“The Tell-Tale Heart” is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe first published in 1843. It is told by the Master who endeavors to convince the viewer of his sanity, while describing a murder he committed. The victim was an old man with a “vulture- eye” as the Master calls it. The murder is carefully calculated and the murderer hides the body by dismembering it and hiding it under the floorboards. Ultimately the Master’s guilt manifests itself in the form of the sound— possibly hallucinatory—of the old man’s heart still beating under the floorboards.
Steven Berkoff has been an undisputed theatrical legend since the 1970s. Throughout his extraordinary career as a theatrical rebrand, performer, writer and director he has railed against safe, mediocre and superficial theatre. His theatrical craftsmanship, his physicality and tremendous voice work has been honed to razor sharpness over a career spanning five decades and it is breathtaking to watch.
Renowned throughout the world as actor, writer and director, Berkoff is known to many for the villains he has played in mainstream lms - Octopussy, Beverly Hills Cop, Rambo, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Krays. He also worked on several films with his friend Stanley Kubrick including Clockwork Orange and Barry Lyndon.