11 questions with the cast of After Miss Julie: Polly Frame

Next up in our After Miss Julie cast is Polly Frame.

Tell us about your character.
I play Christine, cook of the household and unofficially engaged to John. She does a mean kidneys on toast, can smoke and sleep for England and is as at home in church as trading on the black market. In the next life, she deserves better!

Favourite word?
Puddle (thanks to Patrick Marber for that one).

Proudest moment?
Every time anyone I love does something brilliant, which happily happens quite often.

If you could have a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Either books for a bit of peace and quiet or my friends and I could call it a party.

If 28 hour days existed, what would you do with the extra four hours?
I’d like to sleep for the extra 4, seeing as I’m not much good at it in the standard 24 hour format.

Favourite holiday?
Mexico a few years ago.

Weirdest quirk?
Get funny about socks on inside out.

Favourite play?
The New Electric ballroom by Enda Walsh.

If you had one super power, what would it be?
Flying of course, who wouldn’t want to?

Do you have any regrets?
I’ve had a few….

Favourite midnight snack?
Kidneys on toast of course.

After Miss Julie ends in 3 days!

11 questions with the cast of After Miss Julie: Kieran Bew

First up in our After Miss Julie  cast series is Kieran Bew. You may recognise him from the acclaimed Reasons to be Pretty (Almeida). He’s also been in Almeida’s The Knot of the Heart and Trevor Nunn’s production of Richard II at the Old Vic). Films he’s been in includes Green Street, Alien vs Predator, King Lear and recent British indie film 1-2-3-4.

Tell us about your character.
John is an ambitious, dedicated, butler and valet. He works on Miss Julie’s estate for her father.

Favourite word?
Crocodile

Proudest moment?
Winning the British cadet epee championship.

If you could have a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Parsons Terrier puppies.

If 28 hour days existed, what would you do with the extra four hours?
Talk to my family.

Favourite holiday?
Greece with my lady.

Weirdest quirk?
I’m clumsy… I could trip over my feet in bed…

If you had one super power, what would it be?
To shape shift. I believe this will cover a wide range of abilities.

Do you have any regrets?
Piano… I should have learned to play the piano… (looks out of window wistfully).

Favourite midnight snack?
Roast potatoes with mature cheese.

Since working on After Miss Julie (Classics for a New Climate)…
I turn lights off when I leave rooms now – before the production I often left a room well-lit.

After Miss Julie starts tomorrow and we’ve added an extra week of performances so it now plays until 14 April. Buy your tickets now >>

Congrats nominees!

Hamlet has been nominated for Best Shakespearean Production for the 2012 What’s On Stage awards! Plus Kyle Soller, seen in our productions of Government Inspector and The Glass Menagerie, has been nominated for London Newcomer of the Year.

Separately, Michael Sheen and Bill Mitchell’s The Passion for the National Theatre of Wales has been nominated for Theatre Event of the Year.

Congratulations to all the nominees. We have our fingers crossed for you.

11 questions with the cast of Hamlet: James Clyde

Next in our Hamlet cast series is James Clyde. You may have seen him in National Theatre’s Twelfth Night; Shakespeare’s Globe’s Macbeth; RSC’s Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night; Trafalgar Studios’ Jane Eyre; or on TV: ITV’s Croupier, Anonymous and Above Suspicion; BBC’s Between the Lines and New Tricks. He plays Claudius.

What do you like about your character in Hamlet?
His mind.

Favourite word?
Neutrino

Proudest moment?
Ruby’s birth

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

If 28 hour days existed, what would you do with the extra four hours?
Walk, furiously

Favourite holiday?
Iona, Scotland

Weirdest quirk?
Watching rabbits on YouTube

Favourite play?
Macbeth

If you had one super power, what would it be?
Teleportation

Favourite midnight snack?
Anchovies

Day seats are available for all remaining performances of Hamlet. Tickets from £10, bought in-person on the day of the performance from 9.30am.

Hamlet Resource Pack: Ten Facts About Hamlet

Hamlet Resource Pack: Ten Facts About Hamlet

Welcome to the Resource Pack for Hamlet which runs at the Young Vic Theatre from 28 October 2011 to 21 January 2012. Resource packs are created for the majority of Young Vic shows, to provide an insight into the plays we produce and how we produce them. Please check back for interviews with the cast and creative team.

The Hamlet resource pack has been written by Lootie Johansen-Bibby.

Enjoy!
Taking Part Department

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TEN FACTS ABOUT HAMLET

1.  Hamlet is the most widely performed play in the world.  It is estimated that it is being performed somewhere every single minute of every day.

2. Hamlet is Shakespeare’s longest play and uncut would take between 4 and 5 hours to perform. Hamlet has 1530 lines, the most of any character in Shakespeare.

3. One of the earliest re-mounts of Hamlet was on board a ship called The Dragon, anchored of the coast of Sierra Leone in 1607.

4. It is believed that Shakespeare appeared in the play as the Ghost at the Globe.

5. In the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) production of Hamlet in 2009, David Tennant used a real skull as a prop in the gravedigger scene. The skull had belonged to the composer André Tchaikowsky who bequeathed it to the RSC when he died in 1982 ‘for use in theatrical performance’. David Tennant was the first actor to use the skull on stage in a performance.

6. The first actor to play Hamlet was Richard Burbage, the lead actor in Shakespeare’s company, The King’s Men.

7. The castle in which the play is set really exists. It is called Kronborg castle and was built in the Danish port of Helsingør in 1420s by the Danish king, Eric of Pomerania.

8. At the end of every play performed at the Globe, four dancers, two dressed as women, would perform an upbeat, bawdy song and dance routine called a jig – even if the play was a tragedy like Hamlet.

9. Where now we say ‘I’m going to see a play’ in Elizabethan times, people talked about ‘going to hear a play’.

10. Shakespeare advertises his own work in the play.  When Polonius interrupts the players and proclaims that he enacted Julius Caesar and was ‘accounted a good actor’ in Act 3 scene 2, he is reminding the audience that he will soon be starring in Shakespeare’s production of Julius Caesar.

To Win or Not To Win FREE Hamlet Tickets?

Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Hamlet or another? I ask the average non- or semi-Shakespeare fan what their favourite story from arguably our most influential author is, and it usually has some correlation with what they studied back in the classroom.

If that is the case then I guess mine should be Macbeth, following my captivating performance as Macduff in Drama Studies (Year 9). My teacher (a harsh critic) called me “brittle”, whilst of course my mother found my display worthy of an Oscar (and ice-cream on the way home).

Nevertheless, I seem to lean towards Hamlet for some reason. I never studied it, or acted in it (‘brittle boy’ never made it past Year 9 Drama) and when I mention it to my inner circle (which consists of some very borderline Shakespeare fans), I get that timeless query: “Is that the one with ‘To be or not to be…’” Despite that lack of inspiration, a combination of internet exploring, coupled with DVDs watching many from Sir Lawrence Olivier to Kenneth Branagh take on the role of the Prince of Denmark drowning in a sea of treachery, revenge, incest, moral corruption, madness and revenge means this classic, powerful tragic tale still gets my vote every time.

That’s explains my personal excitement, and why I can rest assured a mouth-watering on stage adaptation with Michael Sheen (Underworld, Twilight, Frost/Nixon, Kingdom of Heaven) in lead role, awaits those lining up to watch Hamlet at the Young Vic Theatre this winter.

And for any teenagers around the UK (some of which may be shifting through Shakespeare for their new year exams), the Young Vic + Penguin’s Spinebreakers Hamlet Script Writing Competition is your time to showcase your own play-writing skills for a chance to experience Hamlet full on. This is not only a fun opportunity, but a chance to step into Shakespeare’s shoes and inspire David Lan (Young Vic’s Artistic Director) with your own storytelling on the themes of ‘madness and revenge’. 2 winners in return will receive a FREE pair of tickets to watch Hamlet at the Young Vic as well as autographed posters and programmes, with 13 runners-up getting a Spinebreakers special edition of the book.

The Hamlet Script-Writing Competition runs until 9 January 2012. Enter here.

From Dwain Lucktung, editor of Penguin’s Spinebreakers.co.uk


11 questions with the cast of Hamlet: Pip Donaghy

First up in our Hamlet cast series is Pip Donaghy! He plays Barnardo, Player King and the Gravedigger.

What do you like about your character in Hamlet?
My first players’ frailty

Favourite word?
Bollocks!

Proudest moment?
My God! I’m a dad!

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

If 28 hour days existed, what would you do with the extra four hours?
Sleep

Favourite holiday?
Applecross – Scottish Highlands

Weirdest quirk?
Concentrating on being in the present

Favourite play?
Juno and the Paycock

If you had one super power, what would it be?
Flying

Do you have any regrets?
Not playing Falstaff

Favourite midnight snack?
Cheese on toast

Day seats are available for all remaining performances of Hamlet. Tickets from £10, bought in-person on the day of the performance from 9.30am.