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.

5 Tony Award nominations for A View from the Bridge

 

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We’re super pleased that our Broadway production of A View from the Bridge has been nominated for 5 Tony Awards 2016. The US revival of Arthur Miller’s tragic masterpiece directed by the Olivier award-winning Ivo van Hove ran at New York’s Lyceum Theatre earlier this year. To see what audiences said about the show, click here.

A View from the Bridge is nominated in the following categories:

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Mark Strong

Best Revival of a Play

Best Scenic Design
Jan Versweyveld

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Jan Versweyveld

Best Direction of a Play
Ivo van Hove

The full list of nominations here: www.tonyawards.com

A View from the Bridge nominated for 4 Drama Desk Awards

We’re delighted that A View from the Bridge has received 4 nominations for the 2016 Drama Desk Awards.

Photo by Jan Versweyveld.

The nominations include ‘Outstanding Revival of a Play’, ‘Outstanding Actor in a Play’ for Mark Strong’s incredible performance as Brooklyn longshoreman, Eddie Carbone, ‘Outstanding Actress in a Play’ for Nicola Walker as Eddie’s wife Beatrice Carbone, and Ivo van Hove received a nomination for ‘Outstanding Director of a Play’.

A View from the Bridge recently played in New York at the Lyceum Theatre from 21 Oct to 21 Feb 2016, electrifying audiences.

Re-live  ‘one of the great theatrical productions of the decade’ or experience it for the first time, when the production will be shown on NT Live screens on 12 May. You can find your nearest cinema showing A View from the Bridge and get a ticket on ntlive’s website.

Cast announcement | A View from the Bridge in New York

We’re pleased to announce that Russell Tovey will be joining Mark Strong, Nicola Walker, Phoebe Fox, Emun Elliott, Michael Gould and Richard Hansell for Ivo van Hove’s Olivier Award winning production of A View from the Bridge which will play at the Lyceum Theatre in New York from 21 October. Russell Tovey will play the role of Rodolfo alongside the original Young Vic company. Take a look at his biog below and click here for more on the rest of the cast.

Russell Tovey

Russell Tovey last appeared on Broadway in the National Theatre production of The History Boys playing Rudge, the role he originated in London and subsequently performed around the world. He reprised the role in the film version of the play, directed by Nicholas Hytner. Tovey’s other theatre credits include Howard Katz, Henry V, His Girl Friday and His Dark Materials (National Theatre); Plasticine, A Miracle and The Pass (Royal Court Theatre); The Sea and Sex With A Stranger (West End). His film credits include Pride, Grabbers, The Pass, Mindhorn, and the upcoming The Lady in The Van. His television credits include the role of Kevin in HBO’s Looking, The Night Manager, Being Human, Banished, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Little Dorrit, Him and Her and The Job Lot.
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A View from the Bridge, Arthur Miller’s dark and passionate classic drama set on the Brooklyn waterfront, premiered at the YV in April 2014 to ecstatic reviews and instantly sold out. The show subsequently transferred to the West End where it recently concluded another completely sold-out run.

More info: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/a-view-from-the-bridge-new-york.

Curtain Call’s Exclusive Backstage Photography

Our good friends at Curtain Call took some stunning backstage photography of our recent YV productions and we’re excited to share some of the photos with you.
Curtain Call was founded by John Schwab and Matt Humphrey and together they are producing a book that will feature exclusive backstage photography of shows throughout London theatre from a unique perspective.

Take a look below for a glimpse into the unseen and intimate moments from some of your favourite shows.

A View from the Bridge – West End

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Emun Elliott & Mark Strong in A View from the Bridge at Wyndham’s Theatre.

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Mark Strong in A View from the Bridge at Wyndham’s Theatre.

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Phoebe Fox & Nicola Walker in A View from the Bridge at Wyndham’s Theatre.

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Luke Norris in A View from the Bridge at Wyndham’s Theatre.

Happy Days

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Juliet Stevenson (centre) in Happy Days at the Young Vic.

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David Beames in Happy Days at the Young Vic.

Ah, Wilderness! 

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George MacKay in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic.

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Susannah Wise in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic.

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Janie Dee in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic.

Head over to www.curtaincallonline.com to see more of their work.

A View from the Bridge is heading to Broadway!

Last week we announced that A Streetcar Named Desire was transferring to New York, and today we are delighted to reveal that following sold-out runs at the Young Vic and in the West End, A View from the Bridge is heading to Broadway!

A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic.. Photo by Jan Versweyveld.

A View from the Bridge | Photo by Jan Versweyveld

Ivo van Hove’s Olivier Award winning production will play at the Lyceum Theatre in New York from 21 October. Best Actor winner Mark Strong as well as Nicola Walker, Phoebe Fox, and Michael Gould will reprise their roles for the show’s American run.

Tickets will be on sale soon and we’ll let you know as soon as they’re available. In the meantime, check out the trailer and the stunning production photos from A View from the Bridge’s run at the Young Vic.

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Update: Tickets are now on sale. Click here for more info.

The YV takes home 4 Oliviers

We are delighted and honoured to have won four Olivier Awards at this year’s ceremony.

Our hit production of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge bagged three prizes; Best Revival, Best Actor for Mark Strong and Best Director for Ivo van Hove, while Bull, a co-production with Supporting Wall, took home the award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre.

Following sold out runs here at the Young Vic and in the West End, A View from the Bridge picked up more Olivier awards than any other play this year, adding to the two Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Actor and Best Director the show received earlier in 2015. On collecting his Olivier for Best Director Ivo van Hove said “London has been so generous to our work. It felt like coming home.”

Check out some behind the scenes snaps below.

Best Actor and Best Director winners Mark Strong and Ivo van Hove on the red carpet

Young Vic Artistic Director David Lan with Executive Director Lucy Woollatt on the red carpet and Ivo van Hove and David Lan chatting to press after collecting the award for Best Revival. 

  

Mark Strong accepting his award for Best Actor and three of our four Olivier awards post ceremony.

  

Mike Bartlett, Ben Monks, Clare Lizzimore and Sam Troughton – the Bull team with their Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre award. 

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For more behind the scenes photos from the night, have a flick through the album on Facebook and to read more about the Oliviers and all of this year’s winners, click here.

A View from the Bridge was broadcast live to cinemas on 26 March by NT Live. There’s still a chance to catch it with encore screenings taking place at venues around the world for a limited time. For tickets and info, click here.