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


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?


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?


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.


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:


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).

Meet the full cast of Once In A Lifetime

Meet the cast of classic Broadway comedy Once In A Lifetime as they get into the swing of 1930s Hollywood: a city heaving with clueless ingénues, all-powerful studio moguls and neurotic screenwriters…

Photography by Johan Persson, taken in rehearsal at the Copperfield Rehearsal Rooms SE1.

Got you in the mood for some misadventures in Tinseltown? Find out more about Once In A Lifetime and book tickets here.

★★★★ “Stealthy, absorbing” | Reviews for The Nest

The Young Vic’s co-production with the Lyric Theatre, Belfast is a fable about the moral and environmental cost of our materialistic nesting instincts.

Conor McPherson has written a powerful new version of Franz Xaver Kroetz’s German classic.

Read the latest reviews below and find out what our audiences have been saying so far.

“Stealthy, absorbing – Ian Rickson’s production throbs with tension and fear”
The Times | Read the full review

“A quiet and immensely touching production – Kinlan is tremendous”
Financial Times | Read the full review

“A potent production with a brooding original score by PJ Harvey”
Evening Standard | Read the full review

“Nuanced performances from Caoilfhionn Dunne and Laurence Kinlan”
The Telegraph | Read the full review

“The Nest’s environmental message couldn’t be more topical”
The Guardian | Read the full review

“Immaculately directed by Rickson”
Time Out | Read the full review

Babes in Arms performance

Here at the Young Vic we’re opening our doors to those with little ones on 25 November 11.30am. The actors will be aware that there may be additional noise from the auditorium and the house lights will remain up throughout. Find out more or book now.

The Nest runs at the Young Vic until 26 November. Check out more photos from the production. For tickets and more information head to youngvic.org.

Kofi Annan visits A Man of Good Hope

The Young Vic was honoured to welcome former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Laureate, Kofi Annan, to see A Man of Good Hope. 


“I very much enjoyed A Man of Good Hope. The acting is wonderful, the music great and the storyline contemporary and timely.”

– Kofi Annan

Kofi is not alone in sharing how this production impacted him. Check out our Storify of audience tweets so far.

A Man of Good Hope runs at the Young Vic until 12 November.

8 ways to be sustainable in the Theatre | How we try to put them into play

As we draw to the end of Sustainable September, we thought it would be ace to highlight some of the ways you can be sustainable in the theatre ALL year round.


The cast and creative team of La Musica were given a tree in Vauxhall as a present at opening night to commemorate the show being a Classics for a New Climate Production.


1. Up-cycling and reusing sets

🌱 So many times at the end of a production, if it’s not of immediate or foreseeable reuse, all that beautiful set goes straight in the skip. Not only wasting perfectly good materials but filling up our landfills. And we’re in an industry that is currently full of budget cuts, what is going on?  The Young Vic works with Scenery Salvage and Set Exchange, who aim to ensure that sets have a long and meaningful life post-production or are dealt with in the most sustainable way possible when they are no longer required. Recent examples include donating the sand from Ah, Wilderness! to a local nursery, the timber from The Trial being re-appropriated for La Musica and the rubber crumb from Yerma coming from a previous production at the Donmar Warehouse, rather than buying new.

2. LED lighting in the theatre

🌱 LED lighting is the way of the future because quite simply they use a fraction of the power of a normal light bulb…. meaning LOW POWER CONSUMPTION. Woop. Our production of La Musica was a Classics for a New Climate production – and included an LED light box. Capital Refurbishment Projects have also seen us introduce LED lighting into the YV get-round and public toilets.

3. Working to create a living roof garden to support an urban garden ecosystem

🌱 Green roofs (roofs with a vegetated surface and substrate) provide ecosystem services in urban areas, including improved storm-water management, better regulation of building temperatures, reduced urban heat-island effects, and increased urban wildlife habitat.1 Now in its second year, our gardening club works with Kew Gardens ‘Grow Wild’ Campaign. Check out our roof top below.

We’re also in love with our wormery – any appropriate food waste is place in the wormery, digested, and turned into compost. Go green!

4. Give away your surplus playtexts.

🌱 Why not give away any surplus playtexts to those who could use them? Definitely better than having these fantastic pieces of work lie around the office or in storage. All unused and surplus playtexts at the Young Vic are given away to local secondary schools.

5. Encourage your audiences to travel via public transport.

🌱 Actively encourage your audiences to hit the tube, bus, bike or their two feet in order to make to-ing and fro-ing from the theatre have less impact on the environment. Added bonus of not worrying about parking.

On top of trying to promote this practice to our audience, the Young Vic give away 10% of all its tickets away for free to local young people, schools and colleges, residents and community groups. Meaning that we know that at least 10% of our audience comes from the local area, and thus have a minimal carbon footprint in associated travel.

6. Get your in-house theatre bars and restaurants on board.

🌱 Local and organic is best! Just think about the how much wasted energy and carbon output you can cut down on if you stick to locally sourced produce. Also sticking with organic, you know not only exactly where it’s coming from, but what’s in it.

The Cut Bar does some fantastic work: food is seasonal, and comes from ethical, organic and free-range suppliers. There are also number of vegan and vegetarian options, the beer comes from a local brewery in Bermondsey, the wine comes from a biodynamic vineyard, and our takeaway cups are fully recyclable (unlike in coffee-chain shops).

7. Use eco-friendly suppliers within your companies/offices/organizations.

🌱 This one’s for all industries out there. Go green in your stationary and office supplies, why not?  For more information on the impact simple changes such as the paper you use can have, check out our supplier Wiles Greenworld‘s site. Some of their services include 100% recycled plastic pens, products that have not been freighted from overseas and Fairtrade tea and coffee. We love them and you can too!

8. Be recycle and waste concious.

🌱 A 2008 report from the Mayor of London’s office found that the annual carbon footprint of the theatre industry in London is equivalent to driving around the M25 1.5 million times. And it is estimated that around 600 million tonnes of products and materials enter the UK economy each year, with only 115 million tonnes of this getting recycled. There’s only one answer to this people, be recycle and waste concious aware.2

The Young Vic works with First Mile, who ensure that nothing they collect goes to landfill. All waste collected from the theatre is either recycled or incinerated for energy recovery or anaerobic digestion.

If you’d like to read more about how the Young Vic commits itself to helping the environment you can do so here


Young Vic Wormery

1 BioScience Oxford Journals