Our Hononary Patrons champion and support our work. They come from all walks of life but have a common interest in our charity’s mission to ‘make magic from myth’ by providing inclusive, accessible and inspiring education and performance work for young people and adults. Please contact lucy@actorsofdionysus to find out more and to join our team.



  • Simon Russell Beale CBE

    Simon Russell Beale is without a doubt one of the most critically acclaimed talents in British theatre. He is an associate of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Almeida Theatre, and in 2003 was awarded a CBE for his services to drama. He is an honorary fellow of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge and of the British Institute of Psychoanalysis. He holds honorary doctorates from Warwick University, City University London and the Open University, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2013 he won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Falstaff in the BBC's The Hollow Crown. Recent stage credits include The Lehman Trilogy at the National Theatre and Richard II at the Almeida Theatre.

  • Professor Bettany Hughes

    Professor Bettany Hughes is an award winning English historian, author and broadcaster. Her speciality is is ancient and mediaeval history and culture. A scholar at Oxford University, she has taught at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and lectured at Cornell, Bristol, UCL, Maastricht, Utrecht and Manchester. She is a tutor for Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education and a Research Fellow of King’s College London. Bettany is an honorary, founding patron of Classics For All and a long-standing patron and supporter of The Iris Project. She is vice president of the Churches Conservation Trust and of the National Churches Trust.

  • Natalie Haynes

    Natalie Haynes is a writer and broadcaster and has spoken on the modern relevance of the classical world on three continents, from Cambridge to Chicago to Auckland. She writes for the Guardian and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 where four series of her show, Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics, have been broadcast. Natalie's first novel, The Amber Fury, was published to great acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, as was The Ancient Guide to Modern Life, her previous book. Her second novel, The Children of Jocasta, was published in 2017. Her retelling of the Trojan War, A Thousand Ships, will be published in May 2019.

  • Jane Asher

    Jane Asher is an English actress, author and entrepreneur who has worked extensively in film, TV and theatre throughout her career. She has appeared in popular TV shows and films such as Deep End, The Masque of the Red Death, Alfie, The Mistress, Crossroads, Death at a Funeral and The Old Guys. She is known for supplying specialist cakes and kitchenware, and for publishing three best-selling novels. Recent stage credits include Pride and Prejudice, Great Expectations, An American in Paris and A Song At Twilight.

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