When whispers of a new virus began to make the news last year, the actor Adrian Lester was in Los Angeles. He immediately hurried back to London. His instinct was to get back home — but also to return to theatre.
Known to many for his charismatic television appearances — the silky-smooth conman Mickey Stone in Hustle, the tormented cop in Undercover — Lester cut his teeth in theatre, winning awards for his exquisite breakthrough performance as Rosalind in an all-male version of As You Like It. In 2013 he was a brilliant Othello at the National Theatre