Mark Rylance Mr Rylance is the recipient of the Tony, Olivier, and BAFTA Awards for his acting. In 2016 he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the film 'Bridge of Spies'. He originated the role of Johnny Byron in Jez Butterworth's play Jerusalem to worldwide acclaim, and he was the very first Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe, a position he held for ten years. He very kindly took time out of his busy schedule to deliver Arena a personal message: "Theatre is the soul's arena".
Jez Butterworth Mr Butterworth is one of Britain's most acclaimed dramatists. His work has seen him win the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play, the American Critic's Circle Award for Best Play, and the George Devine Award (Mojo); two Evening Standard Awards for Best Play (Mojo and Jerusalem); and a Tony Award nomination for Jerusalem. He was awarded the E M Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2007. Other works include Parlour Song, The Night Heron, Birthday Girl, and The River.