11 Questions with the cast of Bull – Nigel Lindsay

Nigel Lindsay in Bull at the Young Vic. Photo by Manuel  Harlan.

Nigel Lindsay in Bull at the Young Vic. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Nigel Lindsay is currently playing Carter in Bull at the Young Vic. Here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Bull in three words?
The Grim Reaper.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Intensive aerobic and vocal calisthenics or eating my dinner.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
seen – Madness of George III; read – Hamlet; worked on – The Pillowman this year: seen – People Places and Things; read – Hangmen; worked on – Bull!

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Beer and Twiglets.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
Write that bloody novel.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Puppies.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
African Safari.

Favourite city and why?
London. I’m from it – you can’t beat it.

What is your favourite song?
You Can’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover – Bo Diddley

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
Vienna in the 1800s. All that strudel and swanning about.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
Invisibility. I could sit naked in a Cabinet meeting and no-one would ever know.

Bull runs at the YV until 16 Jan. For more info / to book tickets: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/bull

Casting Announcement | Bull’s return to the YV

Following a sold-out run and an Olivier Award, Clare Lizzimore’s riveting production of Mike Bartlett’s Bull (★★★★) returns to the Young Vic for a limited run with ringside standing as three employees fight to keep their jobs. Get to know the cast below.
Due to phenomenal demand we’ve extended the run by one week and added an extra performance on Christmas eve. Book now.

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Theatre includes:Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse); King Lear (Chichester Festival Theatre/BAM New York); Relatively Speaking (Wyndham’s); A Time to Reap, Posh, In Basildon (Royal Court); The Promise, Luise Miller (Donmar Warehouse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Headlong); Fabrication (Affabulazione) (The Print Room); Danton’s Death (National Theatre); Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Comedy Theatre); Measure for Measure (Plymouth Theatre Royal/UK Tour); Waste (Almeida); Romeo and Juliet (Theatre Of Memory); Thyestes (Battersea Arts Centre); Finisterre (Theatre 503); The Herbal Bed (Salisbury Playhouse) and Cymeline (Cambridge Arts Theatre).
Film includes: Set the Thames on Fire, Anna Karenina, The Sweeney, The Numbers Station, The Duchess and 99 Francs.
Television includes: Saving Hope, The Hollow Crown II, Endeavour, Midsomer Murders and Big Bad World.
Radio includes: Heart of Darkness and Beau Geste.

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SUSANNAH FIELDING
Theatre includes: The Beaux Stratagem, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, Much Ado About Nothing, Philistines, The Rose Tattoo (National Theatre); The Merchant of Venice (winner of Ian Charleson Award), American Psycho (Almeida); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Noel Coward); Trelawny of the Wells (Donmar Warehouse); School for Scandal (Theatre Royal, Bath); All New People (West End and tour); The Merchant of Venice (RSC) and An Enemy of the People (nominated for Ian Charleson Award) (Sheffield Crucible).
Film and Short Film includes: 4-3-2-1, First night, She Stoops to Conquer, The Batsman & The Ballerina and Watching.
Television includes: I Want My Wife Back, Catastrophe (Series 2), Scrotal Recall, Death in ParadiseThe C Word, Boomers, The Great Fire, Drifters, Father Brown, The Job Lot, A Nice Arrangement, Uncle, Pramface (Series 2), Jo, Pete Vs Life (Series 1&2), The Paul Andrew Williams show, Midsomer Murders, Dr Who, Filth and Wallander.

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NIGEL LINDSAY
Theatre Credits Include: Speed-The-Plow (Playhouse); A Small Family Business, The Pillowman, London Cuckolds, Blue Remembered Hills, Dealer’s Choice (also Vaudeville) (National Theatre); Richard II (RSC); The Same Deep Water As Me, The Real Thing (also Albery, Broadway), Morphic Resonance (Donmar Warehouse); Shrek the Musical (Dreamworks/Theatre Royal, Drury Lane; nominated for Olivier and What’s On Stage Awards, Best Actor in a Musical); Broken Glass (Tricycle; winner of What’s On Stage Award, Best Supporting Actor); Sucker Punch, The Woman Before, Push Up, King Lear (Royal Court) Under the Blue Sky (Duke of York’s); The Homecoming, Awake and Sing(nominated for What’s On Stage Award, Best Supporting Actor), Romance, The Earthly Paradise, The Tower (Almeida); Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly) World Music, Hamlet (Sheffield Crucible); The Tempest (Old Vic); Bedroom Farce (Aldwych), Katerina (Lyric Hammersmith) and Anna Karenina (Shared Experience).
Film includes: Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Breakfast With Johnny Wilkinson, Four Lions (nominated for British Comedy Award for Best British Comedy Performance in Film), First Night, Scoop, Mike Bassett: England Manager, Blackball, On A Clear Day and Rogue Trader.
Television includes: Victoria (2016), Death In Paradise (Series 5), The Devil You Know, You, Me And The Apocalypse, Foyle’s War, Poirot: The Labours Of Hercules, Gifted, The Tunnel, The Fear, George Gently (Series 6), Best Of Men, Mid Morning Matters With Alan Patrtridge, Spooks (Series 9), Silent Witness, Waking The Dead, The Relief Of Belsen, Rome, Jam And Jerusalem, Ok Corral, All About George, New Tricks, The Bill, Tunnel Of Love, Frances Tuesday, Murphy’s Law, My Family, Casualty, I’m Alan Patrtidge, Midsomer Murders, The Armando Iannucci Show, Too Much Sun, Déjà Vu, A Dance to the Music of Time, Harbour Lights, Bye Bye Baby, Brass Eye, Dressing For Breakfast (Series 1-3), A Few Short Journeys Of The Heart and Between The Lines.

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Theatre includes: The Same Deep Water As Me (Donmar Warehouse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC) and Seasons’s Greetings (National Theatre).
Film includes: Bad Education: The Movie, Nativity 3, The Harry Hill Movie, Nativity 2, Arthur Christmas,  Nativity, Frequently Asked Questions about Time Travel and Confetti.
Television includes: High and Dry, Psychobitches, Drunk History, Inside Number 9, Way to Go, Delocated, La La Land (winner of Rose d’Or Award), Marc Wootton Exposed, Gavin & Stacey, Nighty Night, High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman, French & Saunders, The Pilot Show, My New Best Friend (winner of British Comedy Award and Rose d’Or Golden Rose Award), Cyderdelic: The Revolution Will Be Televised (winner of BBC2 Green Light Award) and The 11 O’Clock Show.

Bull return to the YV on 11 Dec and runs until 16 Jan 2015. Get close to the action with Ringside Standing tickets for just £10. For more info / to book tickets: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/bull

A Supporting Wall / Young Vic co-production.

Click here to see what audiences said about the show in 2014.

Just announced: Battlefield, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing + the return of Bull

We’ve just announced 3 exciting shows! The first show of 2016 will be Battlefield, a new work directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne, inspired by Brook’s legendary production of The Mahabharata. In the Maria studio, Annie Ryan’s acclaimed ★★★★★ stage adaptation of Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-formed Thing will have its London premiere following a run at this year’s Edinburgh Festival. We’re also very pleased to welcome back the Olivier Award-winning Bull this December.

Battlefield (3 – 27 Feb 16)

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Destruction never approaches weapon in hand. It comes slyly, on tiptoe, making you see bad in good and good in bad.

The internationally renowned team of Peter Brook, Marie-Hélène Estienne and Jean-Claude Carrière together revisit the great Indian epic The Mahabharata 30 years after Brook’s legendary production took world theatre by storm.

The devastation of war isteaing the Bharata family apart. The new king must unravel a mystery: how can he live with himself in the face of the devastation and massacres that he has caused.

An immense canvas in miniature, this central section of the ancient text is timeless and contemporary, asking how we can find inner peace in a world riven with conflict.

This powerful story, touching on our search for reason in a fractured world, is performed by Carole Karemera (Sometimes in April), Jared McNeill (The Valley of Astonishment), Ery Nzaramba (The Suit) and Sean O’Callaghan (Beyond Caring).

Battlefield based on The Mahabharata is by Peter Brook, Jean-Claude Carrière and Marie-Hélène Estienne. It is directed by Peter Brook and Marie- Hélène Estienne. Music is by Toshi Tsuchitori and light is by Philippe Vialatte

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (17 Feb – 19 Mar 16)

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A fearless, unflinching portrait of one girl’s turbulent journey into an adult world.

Fraught family relationships, dangerous intimate liaisons and dark moments of exploitation form a fascinating, fast-paced ride through a complex mind.

Aoife Duffin reprises her her celebrated performance in Annie Ryan’s spellbinding adaptation of Eimear McBride’s best-selling novel. This London premiere follows the show’s triumphant opening at the Dublin Theatre Festival and a sold out season at the 2015 Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

Music and sound for the production is by Mel Mercier. Design is by Lian Bell with light by Sinéad Wallace and costume design by Katie Crowley.

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, adapted and directed by Annie Ryan is produced by The Corn Exchange and Young Vic in association with Cusack Projects Limited.

Bull (11 Dec 15 – 9 Jan 16)

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Mike Bartlett’s Olivier award-winning play returns to the Young Vic for a limited run following rave reviews and audience acclaim last year.

Brilliant, unflinching and very funny” (Financial Times), Bull is a razor-sharp play that walks the fine line between office politics and playground bullying. Bull offers ringside seats as three employees fight to keep their jobs.

Don’t miss your chance to see this daring production the second time around.

Bull by Mike Bartlett is produced by Supporting Wall and Young Vic. It was originally produced by Sheffield Theatres.
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Tickets go on sale to the public on Wednesday 5 August at 10am. Book now: www.youngvic.org

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.

 

 

We’ve been nominated for 11 Olivier Awards!

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We are absolutely delighted to have been nominated for a staggering 11 Olivier Awards, the highest number of nominations for a single venue. A View from the Bridge, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Scottsboro Boys and Bull have all been recognised in this year’s nominations – congrats to all involved! Read below for the full list.

We’re keeping our fingers crossed for the ceremony on Sunday 12 April when the winners will be announced!

Best Revival

A View from the Bridge 

A Streetcar Named Desire 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Phoebe Fox for A View from the Bridge 

White Light Award for Best Lighting Design

Jan Versweyveld for A View from the Bridge 

Best Sound Design

Tom Gibbons for A View from the Bridge 

XL Video Award for Best Set Design

Jan Versweyveld for A View from the Bridge 

Best Actor

Mark Strong for A View From The Bridge 

Best Actress

Gillian Anderson for A Streetcar Named Desire 

Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre

Bull 

Best Director

Ivo Van Hove for A View from the Bridge

Best Actor in a Musical

Brandon Victor Dixon for The Scottsboro Boys

11 Questions with the cast of Bull – Eleanor Matsuura

Eleanor Matsuura in Bull at the Young Vic. Photo by Simon Annand

Eleanor Matsuura in Bull at the Young Vic. Photo by Simon Annand.

Can you describe your character in Bull in three words?
Tight. Tight. Tight.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Laughing. I’m in a dressing room with 3 very naughty actors. We have to laugh before we go on stage and be vile to each other.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train. Stephen Adly Guirgis is one of my favourite writers.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Does whisky count?

What is your favourite word?
Gloaming – it describes that time in the day between light and dark.

What are you most passionate about?
Animal welfare – I foster animals for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. They do the most incredible job.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
4 hours is a weird time, too short to go anywhere interesting, I don’t know.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
My husband and I road-tripped along the West Coast from LA to Vancouver- that was pretty spectacular.

Favourite city and why?
Tokyo – where I was born. It’s a mental blend of old and new.

What is your favourite song?
Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
Teleportation – then those 4 extra hours wouldn’t matter. I could be anywhere I want in the world in the blink of an eye.

Bull is at the Young Vic until 14 Feb and tickets are now sold out. Call on the day of the performance for returns on 020 7922 2922.

4 Stars for Bull at the Young Vic

Sam Troughton, Adam James, Eleanor Matsuura in Bull at the Young Vic. Photo by Simon Annand.

Sam Troughton, Adam James, Eleanor Matsuura in Bull at the Young Vic. Photo by Simon Annand.

The reviews are in for Bull. Read below to find out what the critics think and click here to see the amazing audience response so far.

★★★★
“Riveting –a masterclass”
The Observer – read the full review here.

★★★★
“A gripping spectacle”
The Guardian – read the full review here.

★★★★
“Mike Bartlett’s muscular play is powerful and painful”
Daily Telegraph – read the full review here.

★★★★
“Gripping, nasty and brutish”
The Times – read the full review here.

★★★★
“Clare Lizzimore’s production is taut and rivetingly performed”
Evening Standard – read the full review here.

★★★★
“Exquisitely excruciating and relentlessly brutal”
Time Out – read the full review here.

★★★★
“A vicious comedy – astonishing”
Time Out New York

★★★★
“Brilliant, unflinching and very funny”
Financial Times

Bull returns to the Young Vic from 11 December 2015. Book now.