11 Questions with the cast of Once in a Lifetime – Harry Enfield


Harry Enfield as Herman Glogauer – Photo by Johan Persson

Harry Enfield makes his theatrical debut at the Young Vic.  Harry plays Hollywood movie mogul Herman Glogauer in classic Broadway comedy Once in a Lifetime which runs in the Main House until 14 Jan 2017.

Here, he answers our 11 questions…

Can you describe your character in Once in a Lifetime in three words?


What’s it been like working with Richard Jones?


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


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


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


What is your favourite midnight snack?


What was it that first got you interested in the theatre?


Where is your favourite place in the world?


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


If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?

26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616. OBVIOUSLY

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?


trade: in retrospect

By Sharon Duncan-Brewster

It’s Friday, Black Friday. Whilst actively choosing to ignore the consumeristic dark clouds hovering above millions of pockets today, I cannot escape a different type of cloud which seems to have drifted over my head. A cloud of sorrow, the type which reminds a performer that the play you’ve had so much fun making is yes, about to end. Already?!


Sharon Duncan-Brewster in rehearsals for trade. Photo by Leon Puplett.

We started rehearsals for trade six weeks ago. Written by debbie tucker green, the play covers the political and social effects of Female Sexual Tourism (a different kind of consumerism) on three very different women. I had known for some time that I would be working on this project and was really looking forward to doing it. I’d auditioned for the play when it debuted in 2006 but I wasn’t lucky enough to sail on that astonishing ship back then so, this time around, I was ecstatic about jumping aboard. My excitement increased threefold when I found out that I’d be working alongside the mighty forces that are Ayesha Antione and Jo Martin. Two actresses that I love and respect, who are guaranteed to put a sturdy wind into many a sail.

This production is actually a showcase for our extremely insightful director Bryony Shanahan. Lemme tell yuh sum’ting- remember her name, Bryony Shanahan. She is the rightful captain of our ship!

Bryony is the winner of the 2016 Genesis Future Directors Award. Allowing her to put on 10 performances at the Young Vic theatre, with a production team of her choosing and Amen, she chose well. With Fly Davis, Peter Rice, Seth Rook Williams and Bryony Fayers all becoming great team players and not forgetting the expertise of Sarah Lyndon and Lizzie Donaghy who have worked alongside us every step of the way. (Also with the support of Anna Cole, Daisy Heath and Iain Goosey) We all bravely embarked on a journey which has been an ‘absolute delight’ and I don’t use that term often.


Ayesha Antoine, Sharon Duncan-Brewster and Jo Martin in trade at the Young Vic. Photo by Ellie Kurttz.

When faced with debbie’s challenging yet utterly rewarding dialogue (you should’ve seen us on week one trying to get our heads around it). Bryony, never wavering, always positive and generous in her approach, gave us the confidence and room to bring our own influences to our characters whilst gently steering us towards her vision, that is now the production that so many people are still fighting to get a ticket to see. The show is sold out. It had been before we even started rehearsals and when extra tickets were added later, they too went very quickly.

With 3 shows now left to go, a reluctant countdown begins-

3: Friday (tonight’s) performance.
2: Saturday’s matinee performance.
1: Saturday evening’s Final Performance.

What a privilege it’s been to stand (at an angle) alongside friends old and new, throughout this whirlwind of a project. Maybe it’ll bring us all back together at some point, to resume this powerful production for a longer run? I’ll leave that to the powers that be… For now, I’ll optimistically say – until next time, no more black clouds of sorrow, just pure joy in the truth of knowing what it was to be on this voyage.

As I head out to Waterloo with my internal soundtrack streaming “… It’s off to work I go”, there is no precipitation as yet but there’s always a lickle sum’ting at the very end, isn’t there? If you’ve seen our production you’ll know what I mean. If you haven’t, in the words of all three characters- “Shame”.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Cast announcement

We are very excited to share with you the first glimpse of casting for Joe Hill-Gibbins’ thrilling take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The cast includes Oliver Alvin-Wilson (Demetrius), Leo Bill (Bottom), John Dagleish (Lysander), Michael Gould (Oberon), Anastasia Hille (Titania), Anna Madeley (Helena), Jemima Rooper (Hermia) and Matthew Steer (Peter Quince). Get to know the cast of this bold new production below.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs at the Young Vic 16 Feb – 1 Apr 2017. £10 tickets available. Book now: youngvic.org


Oliver Alvin-Wilson
Theatre includes: The Red Barn, Emperor And Galilean, All’s Well That Ends Well (National Theatre); Antigone (Pilot, Theatre Royal Stratford East); A Midsummer Night’s DreamHenry VThe Merchant Of Venice (Propeller Theatre Company); Doctor Faustus (West Yorkshire Playhouse/ Citizens Theatre) and Blue/Orange (ATG, Theatre Royal Brighton/UK Tour).
Film includes: The Huntsman.
Television includes: From Cradle to Grave, Misfits, Hollyoaks and Casualty.

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For the Young Vic: The Glass Menagerie.
Theatre includes: Hamlet (Barbican); Light Shining in BuckinghamshirePains of YouthThe Observer, The HothouseA Woman Killed With Kindness (National Theatre); The Silence of the Sea (Donmar Warehouse); Posh (Duke of York’s Theatre, Royal Court) and The Way of the World (Sheffield Crucible Theatre).
Film includes: Alice Through the Looking Glass, Mr Turner, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Me and Orson Welles, The Fall and Vera Drake. For television: Taboo, The White Queen, Pramface, The Borgias and Eroica.


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Theatre includes: The Winter’s Tale/Harlequinade (The Garrick); Sunny Afternoon (Hampstead Theatre, Harold Pinter Theatre) for which he won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical; Shoot/Get Treasure/RepeatThe Mother (Royal Court).
Film includes:
 The Monuments MenAge Of Heroes, Frankie Teardrop and The Priest.
Television includes: The Last DragonslayerThe Moorside Project, Silent Witness, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Siblings, Truckers, Beaver Falls I & II, Larkrise To Candleford (4 series) and Henry V.


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For the Young Vic: A View from the Bridge (Wyndham’s Theatre and Lyceum Theatre New York), Hamlet and Cruel and Tender.
Theatre includes: Attempts on her Life, Waves, Women of Troy, Earthquakes in London, Pillars in the Community, Our Class (National Theatre); The Audience (Apollo Theatre); The Ugly One (Royal Court); Othello (RSC) and King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe).
Television includes: The Jury, Secret State, The Bletchley Circle, Lucan, Getting On, Decline and Fall, Silent Witness and The Conversation.
Film includes: Our Kind of Traitor, Crocodile, Private Peaceful and Room 8 (BAFTA Best Short).

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For the Young Vic:
The Jewish Wife and The Maids.
Theatre includes: Dido-Queen of Carthage, Women Of Troy, Macbeth, Waves, A Dream Play, The Oresteia, The Effect (National Theatre); The Master Builder (Almeida, Olivier nominated); Forty Winks (Royal Court); The Dark, Morphic Respnance (Donmar Warehouse); The Winter’s Tale (RSC); Ashes to Ashes/ Mountain Language (Royal Court, Lincoln Centre NYC);  Macbeth, Measure for Measure (Barbican) and most recently Hamlet (also Barbican, Olivier nominated).
Film includes: Good and most recently, A United Kingdom.
Television includes: The Missing, Not Safe For Work, Getting On, The Tunnel and The Fear (BAFTA nominated).

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Theatre includes: Les Blancs (National Theatre); The Turn of the Screw, Becky Shaw (Almeida Theatre); The Crucible (Old Vic); Contractions, Ladybirds (Royal Court); The Philanthropists, The Cosmonauts Last Message (Donmar Warehouse); and Private Lives (Music Box Theatre).
Film includes: Deep Water, The Ones Below, A Fantastic Fear of Everything, Strawberry Fields, Brideshead Revisited and In Bruges.
Television includes: Anne Lister, Secret State, Crossing Lines, The Crown, Virtuoso, Code of a Killer, Utopia and Mr Selfridge.


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For the Young Vic:
A Respectable Wedding.
Theatre includes: Hand to God (West End); Blithe Spirit (West End and US tour); One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre, Tour, West End & Broadway, nomination for What’s On Stage Best Supporting Actress Award); All My Sons (West End, nomination for What’s On Stage Best Supporting Actress Award); Me & My Girl (Sheffield Crucible, nomination for Best Performer in a Musical); The Power of Yes, Her Naked Skin (National Theatre); The Great Game (Tricycle); Where Do We Live (Royal Court).
Film includes: SexlifeOne ChanceWhat If, The Black Dahlia and Kinky Boots.
Television includes: AtlantisLost in Austen, As If, Hex, Love in a Cold Climate and The Railway Children.


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Theatre includes:
 Hamlet (Barbican); The Victorian In The Wall (Royal Court); The Summer House (Gate); Out Of The Blue (Liverpool Everyman) and Britain’s Best Mates (Edinburgh Fringe).
Film includes: Urban HymnNT Live: Hamlet, Cinderella, SuperBob, Criminal, Leatherbird and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I.
Television includes: Agatha Christie’s Partners In Crime, Siblings, Cider With Rosie, Drifters, Crackanory, Count Arthur Strong, Morgana Robinsons The Agency, Drunk History, Outlander, Utopia, New Tricks, The Cafe, Misfits, The Royal, and Silent Witness.

Further casting is still to be announced.

Joe Hill-Gibbins will direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream following his 2015 production of Measure for Measure.  Other credits at the Young Vic include: The Changeling (The Maria, Main House), The Glass MenagerieThe Beauty Queen of Leenane and A Respectable Wedding.  Joe was Genesis Fellow at the Young Vic between 2010 and 2012. His other theatre credits include: Little Revolution (Almeida); Edward II (National Theatre); The Village Bike (Royal Court); and The Girlfriend Experience (Young Vic and Royal Court / Drum Theatre Plymouth). His opera credits include: Powder Her Face (ENO).

11 questions with the cast of trade – Ayesha Antoine


Photo by Ellie Kurttz

Ayesha Antoine plays The Novice in debbie tucker green’s trade. This sold-out darkly humorous play about the costs of sex is directed by Bryony Shanahan, winner of a 2016 Genesis Future Directors Award.

Can you describe your character in trade in three words?
Young, brash, fun-seeking.

What’s it been like working with Bryony Shanahan?
Full of laughter, precision and balls.

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

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Staring at myself in the mirror, picking a spot.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Oooh… difficult one!  The House That Will Not Stand by Marcus Gardley was unforgettable, King Lear by William Shakespeare; The Mountaintop by Katori Hall…. Soooo many!

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Scrambled eggs on crackers.

What first got you interested in theatre?
Christmas panto at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Where is your favourite place in the world?
My bed, my mum’s kitchen, Central Park, Dominica… Anywhere I can find love, peace, sunshine and natural beauty.

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

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
Ancient Egypt.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
Mind-reading / mind control – because free will is overrated!

Find out more about trade at youngvic.org.

11 Questions with the cast of trade – Jo Martin


Photo by ellie Kurttz

Jo Martin plays The Regular in debbie tucker green’s trade.  Only at the Young Vic until 26 November this sold-out humorous play about the costs of sex is directed by Bryony Shanahan, winner of a 2016 Genesis Future Directors Award.

Here are Jo’s answers to our 11 questions:

Can you describe your character in trade in three words?
Lost, lonely, old

What’s it been like working with Bryony Shanahan?
A joy

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

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
On the loo

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Che Walker’s The Frontline

What is your favourite midnight snack?

What was it that first got you interested in the theatre?
The long hours

Where is your favourite place in the world?

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
Start writing a book

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
In the future – it might be better.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
To fly – so I can see the world for free.

New £10 Lucky Dip Tickets

What’s up world! Lucky Dip Tickets have just arrived at “London’s most essential theatre” (The Guardian) and we can hardly wait to see them in action.

Billie Piper, Maureen Beattie and Thalissa Teixeria in Yerma at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson
Almost all our shows sell out, with returns queues around the block for hits like Yerma and A Streetcar Named Desire. 

Want to make sure you see our award-winning productions? Enter: Lucky Dip Tickets for just £10…

So, how does it work?

Buy your ticket in advance, and find out your seat number just ahead of the performance. You might get one of the best seats in the house, or a standing spot. Here at the Young Vic, we don’t sell restricted view – so wherever you are, you’re guaranteed great sightlines.

Book now as there are a limited number of Lucky Dip tickets available.

#Movember | 5 things to get you talking about male mental health this month

Each November, men around the world ditch their razors for Movember – the annual event which aims to raise awareness for men’s health issues, from prostate cancer to depression. Did you know that around the world, on average we lose a man to suicide every minute of every day? Because too many men are struggling alone, we’ve found 5 things to get everyone talking about male mental health this month. 

VISIT: Being A Man Festival at the Southbank Centre

Now in its third year, Being A Man celebrates boys and men, and addresses the pressures of masculine identity in the 21st century. What better way to get you talking than to immerse yourself in an entire weekend’s worth of events? Find out more and book your visit next weekend 25 – 27 Nov.

READ: Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

There’s a reason why Matt Haig’s memoir was in the British top ten bestsellers list for almost a year. His moving, yet joyous personal account about dealing with mental health and making the most out of  life is, according to Amanda Craig, “a life-saving book”. Buy the book now or download the Kindle Edition.

MAN: …Your Local on International Men’s Day
This year, CALM are encouraging men to get talking by asking pubs up and down the land to use their #ManDictionary beer mats on 19 November. The beermats are designed to challenge stereotypes with piss-take puns that reveal what men expect of themselves and each other. And they’re pretty darn stylish too. You can #ManYourLocal this weekend by ordering some from CALM and persuading your local drinking tavern to get involved.

WATCH: Of Two Minds on Netflix

Described by Variety as “intelligent and compassionate”, this award-winning documentary follows four people with bipolar disorder over a three year period. The film has been widely praised for showcasing the stories of a range of different types of people dealing with the same illness, showing that it really can affect anyone. Why not hold a screening party, eat plenty of popcorn and then TALK about it with your all mates. Check out the trailer and then find it on Netflix.

EXPLORE: the Wellcome Collection’s Bedlam: the asylum and beyond
Don your history cap and get down and historical at the Wellcome Collection in Euston. Their latest exhibition follows the rise and fall of the mental asylum and asks whether and how it could be reclaimed as the original idea it represented: a place of refuge, sanctuary and care. Find out more and pop in for a visit any day Tues – Sun.

So, what are you waiting for? Get involved and get talking!

Living With the Lights On (7 – 23 Dec), Mark Lockyer’s own personal story about battling his bipolar disorder, almost cost him his life as well as his flourishing career in theatre. Look out for more content about #malementalhealth on our social media channels this Movember in the run-up to Mark’s return to the Young Vic stage.