11 Questions with the cast of The Cherry Orchard – Angus Wright

Angus Wright in The Cherry Orchard at the Young Vic.

Centre: Angus Wright in rehearsals for The Cherry Orchard at the Young Vic.
Photo by Stephen Cummiskey.

Angus Wright can be seen on stage at the Young Vic as Leonid Gaev. Here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in The Cherry Orchard in three words?
Obsessive, solitary, entitled.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Preparing the immediate circumstances before the start of the play.

What is your favorite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Measure for Measure or Cat in the Hat.

What is your favorite word?
Pinkelpause. Its the German word for a toilet break. Literally, a pee-pause.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
Learn Arabic.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
A combination of Nitrogen, Oxygen and Carbon-Dioxide.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
Thailand.

Favourite city and why?
New York. New York.

What is your favorite song?
Heaven by Talking Heads.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
The Stone Age. No commuting. No Facebook.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
Time travel. So I could re-write some of these answers.

The Cherry Orchard is at the Young Vic until 29 Nov. Book now.

The Scottsboro Boys reviews

The Scottsboro Boys Company at the Garrick Theatre.

The Scottsboro Boys Company at the Garrick Theatre.
Photo by Johan Persson

Reviews for The Scottsboro Boys at the Garrick theatre are rolling in and here are some of the critics thoughts. Let us know what you think of the show on Twitter using #ScottsboroBoys.

★★★★★
“Brave, brilliant and unmissable. I urge you to buy a ticket.”
Sam Marlowe, The Times

★★★★★
“Unmissable. A shocking, gripping, superbly staged, fabulously well-performed show.”
Mail on Sunday

★★★★★
“Audacious. Elating and shocking. Finger-snapping, toe-tapping. Tremendous.”
Sarah Hemming, Financial Times

★★★★★
“The Scottsboro Boys is brilliant: it shakes, stirs and takes you for an unforgettable ride. Out of this world.”
The Observer - read the full review here.

★★★★★
“Fantastic. Not to be missed.”
Neil Norman, Daily Express – read the full review here.

★★★★★
“Intoxicating”
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail – read the full review here.

★★★★
“Beautifully performed. A triumph.”
Laura Barnett, Time Out – read the full review here.

★★★★★
Powerful and provocative theatre.”
The Metro – read the full review here.

★★★★
“A radical musical. Daring. Electrifying. Brilliant.”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian – read the full review here.

★★★★
“The music is magnificent. A triumph.”
Evening Standard – read the full review here.

The Scottsboro Boys is at the Garrick until 21 Feb 2015.

11 Questions with the cast of The Cherry Orchard – Kate Duchêne

YOUNG VIC THEATRE: THE CHERRY ORCHARD, 2014

Kate Duchêne (Lyubov Ranevskaya) in The Cherry Orchard. Photo by Stephen Cummiskey.

Kate Duchêne can be seen on stage at the Young Vic as Lyubov Ranevskaya. Here are her answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in The Cherry Orchard in three words?
Lonely, manipulative, fun.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?Sitting backstage imagining I’m on a train.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Peanut butter.

What is your favourite word?
‘Shriveled’ – because it sounds exactly like what it means.

What are you most passionate about?
My children.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
Sleep.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
Eigg.

Favourite city and why?
Paris. I live there when I was mall and it is still a paradise for me.

What is your favourite song?
The farewell song from Cosi Fan Tutte.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?Now is the best time.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
Flying – I used to have great flying dream.

The Cherry Orchard is at the Young Vic until 29 Nov. Book now.

Just announced: 2 New Young Vic Shorts featuring Gillian Anderson & Juliet Stevenson

Today we are pleased to premiere the latest Young Vic short, MAYDAY, starring Juliet Stevenson, and announce Gillian Anderson’s upcoming short film The Departure, written by Andrew O’Hagan, directed by and starring Gillian Anderson.

MAYDAY was inspired by Natalie Abrahami’s production of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days at the Young Vic, which will return to the Main House stage from 13 February 2015.  The short film stars Juliet Stevenson with appearances from David Beames and Tanya Moodie and glimpses the life of one resilient woman, fighting to “keep up the glamour” as she descends into ever increasing isolation.  Both Stevenson and Beames will return to the Young Vic in next year’s Happy Days revival.

MAYDAY
Written by Nancy Harris
Directed by Natalie Abrahami
Starring Juliet Stevenson

Want more? Watch the making of documentary featuring exclusive footage and interviews with Juliet Stevenson and Natalie Abrahami.

The Departure is inspired by Benedict Andrews’ hugely successful production of A Streetcar Named Desire which played at the Young Vic 23 July – 19 September 2014. Gillian Anderson received much praise for her performance as Blanche Du Bois, a role she will reprise in the film.  She said “The Departure imagines the circumstances leading up to Blanche arriving at her sister’s house in New Orleans, a sort of prequel to Tennessee Williams’ great play. I am thrilled that, with the support of the Young Vic, Andrew and I have had the opportunity to delve further into the life of this iconic character and create something which can be seen by audiences across the globe.”

The Departure also features Bruce Alexander, Suzanne Bertish and Rollo Skinner and will be available on the Guardian and Young Vic websites in the near future. Take a look at the stunning behind the scenes images from the film shoot here.

The Departure

Photo by David Sandison

The Departure
A film by Gillian Anderson
Written by Andrew O’Hagan
Directed by Gillian Anderson

Young Vic Shorts are a series of short films inspired by Young Vic productions. They offer artists working with the theatre a unique creative opportunity to reach a large international audience online. The most recent Young Vic short was Columbite Tantalite, written and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor and inspired by Aimé Césaire’s masterpiece A Season in the Congo.

11 Questions with the cast of A Streetcar Named Desire – Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois. Photo by Johan Persson.

Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois. Photo by Johan Persson.

Gillian Anderson can be seen on stage at the Young Vic as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, here are her answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in A Streetcar Named Desire?
Vain, passionate, fantasist.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Going over lines in monologues, specifically.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
A Streetcar Named Desire.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Chocolate covered rice cakes.

What is your favourite word?
Fuck.

What are you most passionate about?
My kids and art in all its forms.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Love.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
1910 – to witness all the revolutions and still be young enough to be a cool cat in the 1960s.

Favourite city?
London.

What’s your favourite song?
Creep by Radiohead / The Rolling Stones You Can’t Always Get What You Want.

If you could have a supernatural power which would you choose?
Teleportation – to go backwards anywhere in time.

A Streetcar Named Desire is on at the Young Vic until 19 September and tickets are now sold out, but you can still see the show by trying your luck and coming along to the day seat lottery, click here for more info.

A Streetcar Named Desire will also be broadcast live around the world by NT Live on 16 September. To find your nearest cinema and book tickets, visit ntlive.com

The Sound Of Yellow – written by Mike Clarke, a participant in Taking Part’s community show

The Sound of Yellow

The Sound of Yellow

Way back at the start of the year, a group of hopefuls auditioned for the chance to be in a new play. We were told that it was about Synesthesia, a condition in which people can see colours or experience tastes by simply hearing a certain word. It’s bizarre, yet truly magical and much harder to explain than I originally thought so here is a proper description.

That video is the very same shown to us by our director Matthew Xia at our audition. In fact, it was after watching that video that two members of our cast discovered that they too were synesthetes.  The energy was buzzing! The Sound of Yellow was already reaching out, and had already infected us all. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?

We were also informed that the play was going to be ‘verbatim’, which means that some of our lines were going to be quotes from actual synesthetes. We were going to be playing real people. So, no pressure!

In the weeks that followed our ‘Two Boroughs’ group met, and played games and bonded. We saw shows together; the splendid A View from the Bridge and the show that inspired our own, The Valley of Astonishment by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne. We were very privileged to meet them both along with the cast and fellow synesthetes. They continued to visit us over the weeks to give us their insight into their process and help us translate our script to an unsuspecting audience.

It was only a week before the play when we met up with the other groups participating in this event; Kairos Community Trust, Foundation 66, St Mungo’s Broadway & the Open Voices Choir. We finally got to see the bits of the play we had only read on paper come to life. Each group had been working on a different section, so seeing the whole thing come together was exciting!

Over the weeks we had been teased with images and models of the set. With tales of ever changing lights, smells of beef and disinfectant, 3D glasses, lights and sounds all in one tent. Well, the stage guys at the Young Vic did not disappoint. Our stage was an ever changing canvas, painting different colours, smells and sounds in a fully interactive space. It’s hard to explain (closest thing I could get was the holodeck from Star Trek) but was a wonder to experience. The play had street performances, it had audience participation, it had sounds, tastes, and lighting to affect as many senses as possible. It had a choir! It had moments of happiness and pure joy. It also had moments of utter gut wrenching sorrow. It was able to take you there safely and bring you back to the safety of yourself. By looking at your own reflection, you saw (we hoped) a whole new you. Not the you who had started watching this play as, but the new ‘enlightened’ one.  That wasn’t supposed to be as pretentious as it read. Oh well.

I remember getting ready to go, the show was over it was time to get back to reality via a few celebratory drinks at the bar, when I was stopped by one of the members of Foundation 66. He asked me simply, “What I was going to do now?” I replied with, “Go to the bar and hang for a bit”. He corrected me with, “No I mean, what are you going to do now? Now this is all over?” I replied, “I don’t know what I’m going to do now.” That’s when it hit me. This wasn’t just some play; this had been a life force and life line to so many people.

The Sound of Yellow was never going to be a straight forward play. Over the weeks it had become a piece of organic material. A living breathing thing, that kept evolving and growing, needing our sustenance, wanting to be much more than just a performance piece. And in that final moment, I think it achieved it.

Win tickets to A Streetcar Named Desire!

Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois. Photo by Johan Persson.

Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois. Photo by Johan Persson.

It’s competition time! We want your best “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers” à la Blanche DuBois via an Instagram video.

Our favourite will win tickets to the NT Live performance of A Streetcar Named Desire here at the Young Vic (being broadcast around the world!) at 7pm on Tuesday 16 September.

Follow us on Instagram and use the hashtag when posting your video.

You have until 6pm on Mon 1 Sept.  The winner will be announced shortly after. Oh and remember, we don’t want realism, we want magic! Good luck!

Streetcar Day Seat lottery dates: September

To give as many people as possible a chance to see A Streetcar Named Desire, we’re holding our first-ever day seat lottery. Please see the September dates below:

Mon 1 Sep: drawing at 5.30PM
Tues 2 Sep: drawing at 5.30PM
Weds 3 Sep: drawings at 1.30PM & 5.30PM
Thurs 4 Sep: drawing at 5.30PM
Fri 5 Sep: drawing at 5.30PM
Sat 6 Sep: drawings at 1.30PM & 5.30PM
Sun 7 Sep: NO LOTTERY
Mon 8 Sep: NO LOTTERY
Tues 9 Sep: drawing at 5.30PM
Weds 10 Sep: drawing at 5.30PM
Thurs 11 Sep: drawings at 5.30PM
Fri 12 Sep: drawings at 1.30PM & 5.30PM
Sat 13 Sep: drawing at 5.30PM
Sun 14 Sep: NO LOTTERY
Mon 15 Sep: drawing at 5.30PM
Tues 16 Sep: drawing at 5.30PM – please note this is the NT Live performance which begins at 7PM. You must wear dark clothing and be in your seat by 6.45PM.
Weds 17 Sep: drawing at 5.30PM
Thurs 18 Sep: NO LOTTERY
Fri 19 Sep: drawing at 5.30PM

Head on down to the Young Vic at 5PM each day and we’ll take your name.  Names will be drawn at 5.30PM (1.30PM for a matinee) with all tickets at £20, with a £10 concession for Under 26s. A few bits of housekeeping:

  • There will be a limit of 2 tickets per person for lottery winners
  • On matinee days, please arrive at 1PM for a 1.30PM drawing for the matinee performance only, the usual 5PM time for the evening performance
  • If you don’t get lucky in the lottery, please feel free to join the returns queue

Due to popular demand, day seats and returns will only be available in person.

11 Questions with the cast of A Streetcar Named Desire – Branwell Donaghey

Photo by Johan Persson

Photo by Johan Persson

Branwell Donaghey can be seen on stage in A Streetcar Named Desire, here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in A Streetcar Named Desire?
Tough, funny, lucky.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Press ups and a shower.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
The Cherry Orchard.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Cereal – granola or similar – and full fat milk.

What are you most passionate about?
My wife and children’s health and happiness.

If the days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the extra 4 hours?
Sleep.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
For a limited time, peace and quiet.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
Cheap as chips package to Zante in 2005 with my wife (who was my girlfriend at the time).

Favourite city and why?
I prefer the country!

What’s your favourite song?
Wouldn’t It Be Good by Nik Kershaw.

If you could have a supernatural power which would you choose?
Never ending luck!

A Streetcar Named Desire is on at the Young Vic until 19 September and tickets are now sold out, but you can still see the show by trying your luck and coming along to the day seat lottery, click here for more info.

A Streetcar Named Desire will also be broadcast live around the world by NT Live on 16 September. To find your nearest cinema and book tickets, visit ntlive.com.

11 Questions with the cast of A Streetcar Named Desire – Claire Prempeh

Claire Prempeh in rehearsals for A Streetcar Named Desire. Photo by Johan Persson.

Claire Prempeh in rehearsals for A Streetcar Named Desire. Photo by Johan Persson.

Claire Prempeh can be seen on stage in A Streetcar Named Desire, here are her answers to our 11 Questions…

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Laughing.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Titus Andronicus.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Crisps and hummus.

What is your favourite word?
Chanticleer.

What are you most passionate about?
Equality.

If the days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the extra 4 hours?
Sleep.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Sweets.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
Paris – the city that never sleeps.

Favourite city?
Paris – the city that never sleeps.

What’s your favourite song?
Enya, Sail Away.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be?
1960s – I identify with the clothes and the music.

If you could have a supernatural power which would you choose?
Invisibility/flying = invisi-flying.

A Streetcar Named Desire is on at the Young Vic until 19 September and tickets are now sold out, but you can still see the show by trying your luck and coming along to the day seat lottery, click here for more info.

A Streetcar Named Desire will also be broadcast live around the world by NT Live on 16 September. To find your nearest cinema and book tickets, visit ntlive.com.