11 Questions with Eleanor Kane | Fun Home

Eleanor Kane plays Medium Alison in our current Main House production Fun Home. These are her 11 Questions…

1. Can you describe your character in Fun Home in three words?

Brave, intuitive, hopeful.

2.  What’s your favourite thing about working with Sam Gold?

Providing a skeleton within which you have freedom to play and explore.

3. What can the audience expect from this production that’s different to anything else they are likely to have seen before?

A musical that is incredibly intelligent and delicate.

4. What invention do you think the world is lacking right now?

A PEACE MACHINE!

5. What is your favourite project you have worked on as an actor?

Fun Home!

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

Lying on the floor, trying to focus on what lies ahead.

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Eleanor Kane as Medium Alison in Fun Home. Photo by Marc Brenner.

7. If you could travel anywhere in the universe, where would you go and why?
The top of Mount Everest so I could say I’ve been at the top of the world.

8. Who is your ultimate hero and what would you say to them if you ever met them?

No joke…it’s Aretha Franklin!! She’s always been my biggest inspiration. If I ever met her I’d just thank her for everything she’s helped me and so many others through by her art.

9. What was it that first got you interested in theatre?

Watched a production of David Greig’s Dunsinane and wanted to evoke that level of epic power on stage.

10. What is your favourite midnight snack?

Toast and hummus

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

The 60s, to live through the birth of rock’n’roll and major social change.

Fun Home runs until 1 Sept. Find out more about the production here. Tickets are sold out but you are welcome to queue for returns before each performance. 

Top image: Eleanor Kane and Cherrelle Skeete. Photo by Marc Brenner. 

Win a pair of tickets to the sold-out Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home

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Become a Friend of the YV by midnight on Thursday 16 August and you’ll be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets to a sold out-performance of the Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home on Thursday 30 August. Join us for an exclusive pre-show drinks reception with some of our supporters before you enjoy the show.

By becoming a Friend you’ll be supporting the Directors Program, our unique training program for emerging directors, and Taking Part, our deep rooted education and engagement program in our local area.

We are dedicated to nurturing the next generation of artists and enhancing the lives of our local community. Come join us.

How to Enter?

Sign up to become a Friend or Good Friend of the Young Vic before midnight on Thursday 16 August and email friends@youngvic.org to confirm your entry.

Terms and Conditions

The winner will be selected at random from entrants and contacted on Thursday 23 August. Entrants must become a YV Friend or Good Friend before midnight on Thursday 16 August 2018 to enter. 1 pair of tickets for the Fun Home performance at 19:30 on Thursday 30 August.

Jenna Russell in Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

11 Questions with Kaisa Hammarlund | Fun Home

We took some time out to sit down with the wonderful Kaisa Hammarlund who plays Adult Alison in the critically acclaimed musical Fun Home which is currently playing to sell-out audiences at the Young Vic.

1. Can you describe your character in Fun Home in three words?

Be-quiffed, Lesbian, Cartoonist

2. What’s you’re favourite thing about working with the director Sam Gold?

His attempts at cockney rhyming slang! And his wonderful patience.

3. What can the audience expect from this production that’s different to anything else they are likely to have seen before?

A lesbian protagonist and a fake Tiffany lamp!

4. What invention do you think the world is lacking right now?

An environmental conscience.

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

I’ll be putting gel in my Bechdel-quiff!

6. What is your favourite project you have worked on as an actor?

Why, this of course! And I loved playing Charity in Sweet Charity at the lovely Royal Exchange in Manchester.

7. Is you could travel anywhere in the universe, where would you go and why?

I’d go to Australia to have a quick post-show cocktail with my best Swedish mate.

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

It was on a school trip to see a local production of Blood Brothers.

9. Who is your ultimate hero, and what would you say to them if you ever met them?

I’m with them in my dressing room every day! The ladies of Fun Home.

10. What is your favourite midnight snack?

Anything pickled!

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

800 AD in the Viking Age of Scandinavia. When men and women were equal warriors!

Fun Home runs at the Young Vic until 1 Sept. Find out more about the production here. Tickets are sold out but you are welcome to queue for returns on the day.

Fun Home | Production Photos

The London transfer of Fun Home is now in previews at the Young Vic. Take your first exclusive look at the production photos here.

Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel this heartbreaking and profound musical took Broadway by storm winning 5 Tony Awards.

The cast of Fun Home includes Kaisa Hammarlund, Eleanor Kane, Jenna Russell, Ashley Samuels, Cherrelle Skeete, Zubin Varla and Brooke Haynes, Eddie Martin, Charlie McLellan, Ramsay Robertson, Archie Smith, Harriet Turnbull

Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book & Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
Direction Sam Gold

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Jenna Russell in Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner
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Eleanor Kane and Cherrelle Skeete in Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner
Harriet Turnbull, Eddie Martin and Archie Smith in Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner
Harriet Turnbull in Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner
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Fun Home is now running at the Young Vic until 1 Sept. Tickets are selling fast so best availability is from 13 August. Book tickets now from £15.

Production photos by Marc Brenner

Fun Home | Rehearsal Room Photos

Take a look behind-the-scenes as we go into rehearsal room of Fun Home ahead of previews from 18 June.

Winner of 5 Tony Awards, this electrifying Broadway version of Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel took America by storm.

Meet Alison at three stages of her life as memories of her 1970s childhood in a funeral home merge with her college love life and her coming out.

Looking back on her complex relationship with her father, Alison finds they had more in common than she ever knew…

The Fun Home cast includes Kaisa Hammarlund, Eleanor Kane, Jenna Russell, Ashley Samuels, Cherrelle SkeeteZubin Varla and Brooke Haynes, Eddie Martin, Charlie McLellan, Ramsay Robertson, Archie Smith, Harriet Turnbull

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Eleanor Kane and Cherrelle Skeete in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner
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Ramsay Robertson, Zubin Varla, Brooke Haynes and Charlie McLellan in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Zubin Varla and Jenna Russell in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Kaisa Hammarlund in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Sam Gold and Lisa Kron in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Eleanor Kane in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Eleanor Kane in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Jenna Russell, Brooke Haynes, Charlie McLellan and Ramsay Robertson in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Ashley Samuels in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner.

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Zubin Varla in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Jenna Russell in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Sam Gold in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Cherrelle Skeete and Eleanor Kane in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

Jenna Russell in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner (2)

Jenna Russell in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

Fun Home runs at the Young Vic from 18 June – 1 Sept. Best availability from 6 August.

Book tickets now

 

 

 

Young actors confirmed for Fun Home

Rehearsals for our upcoming production of Fun Home are in full swing (we’ll give you a sneak peek soon) and we’re delighted to announce the confirmed casting of our young actors.

This electrifying Broadway version of Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel explores the life of Alison and her family at three different stages of her life.

Meet our team of extremely talented Small Alisons, Johns and Christians . . .

Small Alison

Brooke Haynes

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Harriet Turnbull

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John

 

Eddie Martin

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Ramsay Robertson

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Christian       

Charlie McLellan

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Archie Smith

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Fun Home is produced in association with Sonia Friedman Productions, Fox Theatricals and Barbara Whitman.

Book tickets now from just £10. Fun Home runs at the Young Vic from 18 Jun – 1 Sept.

Fun Home Casting Announced!

We’re thrilled to be able to announce casting for Fun Home, the five-time award winning musical based on a graphic novel by Alison Bechdel with music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and direction by Sam Gold:

Alison: Kaisa Hammarlund
Medium Alison: Eleanor Kane
Helen: Jenna Russell
Roy/Mark/Jeremy: Ashley Samuels
Joan: Cherrelle Skeete
Bruce, Alison’s father: Zubin Varla

More information about the company is below. Casting for Small Alison, John and Christian will be confirmed soon.

Kaisa_blogKaisa Hammarlund | Alison
Theatre includes: Cockpit (Lyceum Edinburgh); Sweet Charity (Royal Exchange Theatre  Manchester, Theatre Awards & UK Theatre Awards nomination for Best Actress); Bakkhai (Almeida); As You Like It (Southwark Playhouse); Sleeping Beauty (Park Theatre); The Captain of Kopeknick (National Theatre); The Tempest (Theatre Royal Bath); Can I Be Straight With You / Courting Drama (Bush Theatre); The Boys from Syracuse (Union Theatre); The Three Musketeers (Rose Theatre Kingston); A Day Before Spring (Sadler’s Wells); Cabaret (Lyric Theatre); Sunday in the Park with George, They’re Playing Our Song, A Little Night Music, Take Flight (Menier Chocolate Factory); Mamma Mia (Prince of Wales theatre and touring); Legally Blonde (Nöjesteatern, Malmö Sweden).
Television includes:  Lewis, Doctors, The Sandhamn Murders, Holby City.
Film includes: K, Coup de Grace.

 

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Theatre includes: Assassins, Wondertown,  Barefoot Gen, The Merchant of Venice, Three Days in the Country, Rhinoceros, Three Sisters (Rose Bruford); Threeway (Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Werther (Scottish Opera); Now’s the Hour (Scottish Youth Theatre); Joan and Jim R&D (Told By An Idiot).

 

 

 

Jenna Russell_blogJenna Russell | Helen
Theatre includes: Di and Viv and Rose (Vaudeville theatre); Urinetown (Apollo and St James Theatre); Mr Burns (Almeida); Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory / Pinter Theatre); That Day We Sang (Opera House, Manchester); Seasons Greetings (National Theatre); Into The Woods (Regents Park); Sunday in the Park With George (Wyndhams / Studio 54 Broadway); Amy’s View (Garrick Theatre); Guys and Dolls (Picadilly Theatre); Into the Woods (Donmar Warehouse); Three Sisters (Royal Court).
Television includes: Call the Midwife, The Paradise, Minder, Dr Who, Born and Bred, Picking Up the Pieces.
Film includes: Mortdecai.
Awards include:  Nominee for 2008 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Theatre World Award and Drama League for Leading Actress in a Musical for Sunday In The Park with George. Olivier Award Winner for Best Actress in a Musical for Sunday In The Park with George 2007. Nominee for 2006 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Guys and Dolls.

 

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Theatre includes: Motown the Musical (Shaftsbury Theatre); The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre); The Toxic Avenger (Southwark Playhouse); The World Goes Round (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Olivier Awards 2014 (Royal Opera House).
Television includes: This Morning (ITV); Sing it Kitty (commercial).
Other work includes: Concert soloist (The Other Palace & Electric Theatre).

 

 

Cherrelle Headshot_blogCherrelle Skeete | Joan
Theatre includes: The Seagull, Jack and Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith); Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre); Three Days in the Country, The Amen Corner (National Theatre); Wind in the Willows (Royal & Derngate); And I and Silence (Finborough Theatre); The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre) The Edge, Sold, King Lear, Love’s Last Shift, There’s No Place Like Home, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Three Sisters (Central School of Speech and Drama); Joey Boy (The MAC).
Television includes: Silent Witness, Doctors, Danny and the Human Zoo, The Five, Ordinary Lies, Call the Midwife.

 

Zubin_blogZubin Varla | Bruce
Young Vic includes: Measure for Measure, The Changeling.
Theatre includes: Poison (Orange Tree Theatre); The Unknown Island (Gate Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe); Dara, War Horse, Attempts on Her Life, The Enchantment, The Life of Galileo and Cyrano de Bergerac(National Theatre); The El Train (Hoxton Hall): Don Juan Comes Back from the War (Finborough); Troilus and Cressida (RSC/Wooster Group); Chess (UK tour); Into Thy Hands(Jericho House); Amadeus (City of London Sinfonia/Barbican); In the Soliyude of Cottonfields (ATC) Hello and Goodbye (Treatment Theatre Company); Julius Caesar (RSC/Lyric Hammersmith); Faust (RSC); The Painter of Dishonour (RSC); Midnight’s Children, Roberto Zucco, Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest (RSC); Jesus Christ Superstar (Lyceum); Paradise Regained (Royal Court); Teeth n Smiles (Sheffield Crucible); and Twelfth Night (Donmar West End), Antigone (Old Vic/Donmar); Beautiful Thing (Duke of York’s); In the Heart of America (Bush Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Regent’s Park).
Television includes: Deep State, Will, Our Girl, Strike Back, Holby City, Garrow’s Law, Crocodile Shoes, Hustle, Little Dorrit, Saddam’s Tribe, Silent Witness and Spooks.
Film includes: Mad, Sad and Bad, Twelfth Night.

 

Fun Home runs from 18 June – 1 September 2018 in the Young Vic’s Main House. Book your tickets here