★★★★ “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:


Meet the cast of The Events

rudi and neve

Neve McIntosh and Rudi Dharmalingham to star alongside a live choir in The Events.

Rudi starred alongside James Corden in the original cast of the National Theatre’s sell-out production of ‘The History Boys’. More recently, he appeared in Headlong’s ‘Brilliant, Tense and Completely Gripping’ production of The Seagull.

Neve is most famous for playing Madam Vastra in Doctor Who (though you probably won’t recognise her from beneath the terrifying mask). On stage, she recently played the villainous Goneril in a production of King Lear at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

The Events plays at the Young Vic from 9 October – 2 November. The company moved into the Clare Studio at the Young Vic last week. They will head  north to Edinburgh for the Festival before returning here in the autumn.

Find out more about the show and book tickets at youngvic.org or the Actors Touring Company website.

Visit the ATC facebook page to get to know the company more and for an insight into the Ramin Gray’s rehearsal process of David Greig’s eagerly awaited new play .