11 Questions with the cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Michael Gould

You may remember Michael Gould from our recent smash-hit “superbly acted” 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟(Metro) A View from the Bridge. Now he’s back playing Theseus/Oberon in Joe Hill Gibbins’ dark and nightmarish take on Shakespeare’s tale of betrayal and desire, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Michael Gould with Mark Strong and the rest of the A View from the Bridge company at the YV in 2014

Describe your character in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in three emojis?

🗣 ⚡️ 💩

What’s it been like working with Joe Hill-Gibbins?

Fascinating and terrifying!

Which Dream character would you pick as your Valentine ❤ and why? 

I would pick Cupid, just to get his take on the whole Valentine thing, I know it is a busy day for him but it would be great to chat.

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

Believe it or not, a Young Vic production of Troilus and Cressida in 1975 (or so). I didn’t understand everything but the staging and the words were thrilling!

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

A View From the Bridge at The Young Vic.

You’re hosting a dinner party. Who are your 3 dream guests? 

I would like to invite three characters I have played and find out how the show was for them, did we miss anything, did they feel represented properly etc, did they have any opinions about our interpretation, questions they wanted to ask, did other actors get closer to their truth… – so Alfieri, Iago and, why not, Theseus/Oberon (I know that is four really or is it…?)

There’s a common conception that hearing about other people’s dreams are boring. Tell us about your least-boring dream. 😴 zzzz

Don’t be sad, it is a long time ago but my Dad died on Christmas day. That night I dreamt he hitched a ride in Santa’s sleigh, asking to be dropped off at a resting place in the sky!

If you hadn’t become an actor, what job would you be doing now?

Teaching has always appealed. I have done a bit and I always enjoy it.

Who is your ultimate hero and why?

I am not really a hero kind of person. I think we are a little bit too obsessed by individual glory. I admire great teams, so the 2016 Hockey team I would say are my heroes (currently) and, of course, the glorious ensemble company that is the A Midsummer Night’s Dream Team.

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

Very happy to be able to inhabit Oberon’s Invisibility at the moment, I hear some great gossip and I can influence events in a truly intriguing way.

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

On this show probably having a wee as we are going to be on stage throughout. I did the same on A View From The Bridge and I should probably list “bladder control” as a special skill on my CV.

11 Questions with the cast of Once in a Lifetime – Otto Farrant

You may remember Otto Farrant from *that* scene in A Streetcar Named Desire, but this winter he’s back in “stunningly stylish” (Metro ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) Once in a Lifetime treading the Young Vic boards as eccentric German film director, Kammerling.

We challenged Otto to answer our 11 Questions below.

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Otto Farrant in Once in a Lifetime. Photo by Johan Persson. 

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

Wears furry knickers

What’s it been like working with Richard Jones?

A Once in a Lifetime opportunity…

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

Actors. No, seriously…

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

Calming down Daniel Abelson

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

‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore

What is your favourite midnight snack?

Mint tea

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

Gavroche singing ‘Little People’ from Les Mis.

Where is your favourite place in the world?

LONDON (South of the river, of course)

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

Learn French and/or Russian

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

Right here, right now

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

The power to multitask

11 Questions with the cast of Once in a Lifetime – Amanda Lawrence

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Amanda Lawrence in Once in a Lifetime. Photography by Johan Persson.

The “hilarious” (★★★★ – Metro) Amanda Lawerence “plays a stormer as a crazy receptionist” (Daily Mail) in Richard Jones’ classic Broadway comedy set in 1930s Hollywood.

She joins us in the hot seat for today’s 11 Questions…

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

Forgetful, loyal…

What’s it been like working with Richard Jones?

A joy. The rehearsal space is driven and happy.

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

Trees.

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

A poo.

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

Constantly changes!

What is your favourite midnight snack?

Nothing. I love sleeping.

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

A TIE company coming to my comprehensive school when I was 11.

Where is your favourite place in the world?

Think I’d love Norway – I have to go.

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

Sleep.

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

The Stone Age.

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

To fly, of course!

Catch Amanda and the rest of the cast in Once in a Lifetime until 14 Jan 2017. Book now: youngvic.org/whats-on/once-in-a-lifetime.

★★★★ “Brutally funny account of living with mental illness” | Living With the Lights On reviews

The reviews are coming in thick and fast for Mark Lockyer’s gripping true story of an actor living life on the edge, from his on-stage meltdown as Mercutio at the RSC to his fiery relationships and ultimate recovery.

Check out the reviews below and read what our audiences have been saying so far on Storify.

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Mark Lockyer in Living With the Lights On. Photography by Simon Annand.

★★★★
“Brutally funny account of living with mental illness”
The Guardian | Read the full review

★★★★
“Lockyer has one hell of a story, and he tells it rivetingly well”
The Times | Read the full review

★★★★
“A vivid account of an almighty unravelling”
Evening Standard | Read the full review

★★★★
“Darkly comic solo show…riveting”
Time Out | Read the full review

★★★★
“Lockyer is an engaging and energetic raconteur”
Whatsonstage | Read the full review

★★★★★
“See a great classical actor spill his guts out about life off stage”
The Upcoming | Read the full review

Living With the Lights On is at the Young Vic for a strictly limited run until 23 Dec, so snap up your tickets now.

The Living With the Lights On Safe Space performance, designed especially for people with experience of mental health problems, takes place on 17 Dec at 2.45pm. Find out more about it and book here.

Catch a glimpse of Mark busking on The Cut outside the theatre in our brand new trailer:

 

★★★★ “Hilarious – a stunningly stylish production” | Once in a Lifetime reviews

Harry Enfield makes his stage debut in this classic Broadway comedy, directed by the remarkable Richard Jones.

Read the latest reviews below and find out what our audiences have been saying in our Storify.

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John Marquez in Once in a Lifetime. Photo by Johan Persson.

★★★★
“Hilarious – a stunningly stylish production”
Metro

“Lots of laughs – Claudie Blakley is superb.” 
Time Out

“Richard Jones’s production is full of visual flair and John Marquez’s George is delightfully daft”
Evening Standard

“A jolly surprise – Amanda Lawrence plays a stormer as a crazy receptionist. Great stuff”
The Daily Mail

“Captures the vanity and futility of the Hollywood machine”
Daily Telegraph

Once in a Lifetime runs at the Young Vic until 14 January. You can book tickets here or why not try our £10 Lucky Dip Tickets?

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

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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?

FLUFFS HIS LINES

What’s it been like working with Richard Jones?

BEFORE WE STARTED I TOOK OUT BORE INSURANCE

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

ACTORS, OBVIOUSLY.

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

DRINKING HEAVILY

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

THAT ONE WITHOUT MARK RYLANCE

What is your favourite midnight snack?

BRECHT, OBVIOUSLY

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

MEN IN TIGHTS

Where is your favourite place in the world?

THE OLD VIC (ONE MUST STICK UP FOR ONE’S AGE GROUP)

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

PRAISE SIMON RUSSELL BEALE

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?

I’D LIKE TO BE GOD. I’D MAKE A WONDERFUL GOD.

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

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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).