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?


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.


john-dagleishJohn Dagleish
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.


jemima-roper2Jemima Rooper
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).

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. 



The Young Vic are looking to meet performers, cabaret artists and actors for a production of Chekhov’s The Bear and The Proposal.  The production will be directed by Lucy J Skilbeck as part of the Genesis Future Directors Award. We are interested in representing and exploring the diversity of queer experience and the show will be performed by a gender-fierce company of queer, non-binary, transgender, agender and LGBTQIA identifying artists. It’s not for the fainthearted. 

If you would like to be considered for an initial audition please email willyoumarryme@youngvic.org (by Wednesday 30th November) with your CV, a picture of yourself (one in and one out of performance make up if applicable), a brief outline of your interests and experience (no more than 200 words) and selected website/ youtube / vimeo / spotlight links.

The Bear/The Proposal will run for 12 performances in the Clare Theatre at the Young Vic as part of our 2017 season.

We look forward to hearing from you.


The Bear/The Proposal
Plays by Anton Chekhov

Translated by Michael Frayn
Directed by Lucy J Skilbeck
Casting by Sam Jones CDG

Rehearsals 20th Feb – 21st March
Performances 22nd March –  1st April

JUST ANNOUNCED | 2017 Genesis Future Directors Award Winners

2017 Genesis Future Directors Award winners Lucy J Skilbeck will direct two one-act comic shorts: The Bear/The Proposal by Anton Chekov, translated by Michael Frayn (22 March – 1 April 2017) and Nancy Medina will direct Dael Orlandersmith’s incisive drama Yellowman (22 November – 2 December 2017).
Tickets are now on sale! 

The Bear/The Proposal
Plays by Anton Chekhov
Translated by Michael Frayn 

Happy wife, happy life?

With mortgages to pay and sickly fathers to care for, Chekhov’s heroines must coolly weigh up the practical benefits of marriage over their disgust for their suitors. Our usual assumptions about love and marriage unravel in this bold new production by Genesis Award winner Lucy J Skilbeck. A gender fierce company of queer and transgender performers take on two of Chekhov’s wryest comedies in versions by Michael Frayn.

For more info and to book tickets: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/the-bear-the-proposal 

By Dael Orlandersmith

Alma and Eugene grew up together in the Deep South. As their friendship develops into something closer, they struggle to escape familiar definitions of blackness. Amidst the legacy of Southern black poverty, the impact of the shade of their skin unearths unexpectedly powerful racial tensions. Genesis Award winner Nancy Medina directs a Pulitzer Prize finalist described by Variety as “a celebration of young love and a harrowing study of smouldering domestic violence”.

For more info and to book tickets: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/yellowman


Lucy J Skilbeck is a writer and director and the Artistic Director of Milk Presents, an Associate Company of Derby Theatre. Lucy’s directing credits for theatre include: JOAN (Milk Presents and Derby Theatre); Penelope Retold (Derby Theatre and UK Tour); and 3 Wise Monkeys (Hiccup Theatre and UK Tour). As an Assistant/Associate Director their credits include: Herons (Lyric Hammersmith); The Complete Deaths (Spymonkey and UK tour); Islands (Bush Theatre) and Brassed Off, The Odyssey (Derby Theatre). Lucy was the recipient of a BBC Legacy Award 2015 and a Scotsman Fringe First 2016. Their current work with Milk Presents, Passing in Elysian Fields, is commissioned by the Jerwood Home Run Commission, will premiere at Camden People’s Theatre in September 2017.

Nancy Medina is originally from Brooklyn, New York and received her MA in Drama Directing from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Her recent theatre credits include: Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It (UK tour); Curried Goat and Fish Fingers (Bristol Old Vic); and Dogtag (Theatre West). As an Assistant Director, Nancy has worked for Shakespeare’s Globe, New Vic Theatre, and Salisbury Playhouse. Nancy is also a workshop facilitator for various theatre companies in the South West and is a visiting director/tutor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and Bristol Acting Academy. In September 2017, she will be part of launching a Professional Acting Diploma for 16-18 year olds with boomsatsuma.

Established in 2012, the Genesis Future Directors Award was created to nurture emerging directors by providing them with an opportunity to explore and develop their craft while creating their first fully resourced production at the Young Vic, recognised for its engagement with young directors. The Award will provide Lucy J Skilbeck and Nancy Medina with mentoring and support from the theatre’s unique creative network, which includes Artistic Director David Lan, Genesis Fellow Gbolahan Obisesan, Lead Producer Daisy Heath and Associate Artistic Director Sue Emmas.

Young Vic wins two Evening Standard Awards!

It was a very proud night for the Young Vic at last night’s Evening Standard Awards. We are delighted to have won two awards! Our recent critically acclaimed productions of both Yerma and Cuttin’ It were recognised.

Billie Piper picked up the award for Best Actress at the ceremony last night for her “devastatingly powerful performance” (The Daily Telegraph) in Yerma

Charlene James took home the award for Most Promising Playwright for her play Cuttin’ It, described by the Evening Standard as “70 of the finest minutes of drama 2016 is likely to offer”.

Billie Piper, Yerma, Young Vic

Charlene James, Cuttin’ It, Young Vic/Royal Court

Special mention must also go to our Associate Company Good Chance Theatre for winning the Editor’s Award for their incredible work in the Calais Jungle. Read more about Good Chance’s work here.

See the full list of winners here. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of this year’s awards.