11 Questions with the cast of Measure for Measure – Sarah Malin

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Sarah Malin in Measure for Measure at the Young Vic. Photo by Keith Pattison.

Sarah Malin is currently playing Escalus in Measure for Measure at the Young Vic. Here are her answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Measure for Measure in three words?
Authoritative, harassed, efficient.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Singing to Duncan, who checks the mics.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
The Winter’s Tale.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Coca and toast.

What is your favourite word?
Gusset or rebarbative.   

What are you most passionate about?
Feminism, my children and stories.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Books and cheese. Cheesy book and Michael Fassbender.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
Camping in France last year.

What is your favourite song?
Grapefruit Moon by Tom Waits.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
A flapper hit, only if I could be Daisy in the Great Gatsby. The Parties.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
Flying. It looks like fun and I’d never be late.

Measure for Measure runs at the YV until 14 Nov. Book tickets and find out more on our website.

11 Questions with the cast of Measure for Measure – Natalie Simpson

Natalie Simpson (Julietta) and Zubin Varla (The Duke) in Measure for Measure at the Young Vic. Photo by Keith Pattison

Natalie Simpson in Measure for Measure at the Young Vic. Photo by Keith Pattison.

Natalie Simpson is currently playing Julietta in Measure for Measure at the Young Vic. Here are her answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in in three words?
Feisty, independent and unforgiving.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Having a wee.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg  by Peter Nichols.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Almond butter and dates.

What is your favourite word?
Chrysalism.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
Read more and learn more skills (salsa, ballet).

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

Favourite city and why?
Bordeaux – first time I worked abroad!

What is your favourite song?
House of Cards by Radiohead.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
Due to not wanting to be a slave, i’d say now…

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
Teleportation – I hate travelling from A to B, but I love visiting new places!

Measure for Measure runs at the YV until 14 Nov. Book tickets and find out more on our website.

11 Questions with the cast of Measure for Measure – Matthew Wynn

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Matthew Wynn (right) in Measure for Measure at the Young Vic. Photo by Keith Pattison.

Matthew Wynn is currently playing Barnardine in Measure for Measure at the Young Vic. Here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Measure for Measure in three words?
Perfect boyfriend material.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Educating the lovely Sadie who does my tattoo’s about real music. She thinks Beyonce is good. Bless!

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Christie In Love – I played the Constable.

What is your favourite word?
Middlesbrough 6-0.

What are you most passionate about?
Acting, motorbikes, cars, the Boro, animal welfare and my battersea dog ‘Summy’.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Middlesbrough F.C. Champions League winning players.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
Rhodes  – riding a motorbike around a Greek island is heaven.

Favourite city and why?
Frankfurt – great beer, food and music.

What is your favourite song?
Wherever You May Go by David Coverdale.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
The time before mobile phones and the internet. I experienced some of it. Fantastic!!!

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
To be able to ride my motorbike like Valentino Rossi. That ain’t natural, its definitely supernatural. Why? Why not!

Measure for Measure runs at the YV until 14 Nov. Book tickets and find out more on our website.

11 Questions with the cast of Measure for Measure – Tom Edden

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Tom Edden (left) in Measure for Measure at the Young Vic. Photo by Keith Pattison.

Tom Edden is currently playing Pompey in Measure for Measure at the Young Vic. Here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Measure for Measure in three words?
Profane, survivor and ratty.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Laughing with my dressing room chums.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
August Osage (Stephen Wolf Production at the National Theatre)

What is your favourite word?
SHENANIGANS!

What are you most passionate about?
My relationships, work, music and spending time in wild places.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
A sixth extra of what I normally do, (Shenanigans)

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Anything but sex dolls. I’d like to be in a room full of my friends.

Favourite city and why?
London- Home.
New York- Adventure.

What is your favourite song?
Whither Must I Wander by Vaughan Williams.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
I can’t choose! Maybe late 19th Century to see Tchaikovsky and great romantic composers live.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
Time Travel so I wouldn’t have to choose one era from the former question. Or to be able to sit at a piano and play any piece.

Measure for Measure runs at the YV until 14 Nov. Book tickets and find out more on our website.

11 Questions with the cast of Measure for Measure – Hammed Animashaun

Young Vic production of MEASURE FOR MEASURE by William Shakespeare directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins

Hammed Animashaun (left) in Measure for Measure at the Young Vic. Photo by Keith Pattison.

Hammed Animashaun is currently playing Provost in Measure for Measure at the Young Vic. Here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Measure for Measure in three words?
Tries his best.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Dancing! Or playing games on my phone.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
One Man, Two Guvnors starring Tom Edden who is in the show. HA!

What is your favourite word?
Shambles!

What are you most passionate about?
Power Rangers.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Power Ranger memorabilia!

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
Berlin!

Favourite city and why?
Chicago because it feels like home.

What is your favourite song?
Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
1920s New York because of the fashion.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
Teleportation. I’d never have to pay for a plane ticket or train tickets or bus pass ever again!

Measure for Measure runs at the YV until 14 Nov. Book tickets and find out more on our website.

Two Boroughs Shakespeare workshop

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This week Two Boroughs participants have been given the chance to explore different approaches to putting on Shakespeare, from text to clown to design. The workshops have been led by five different practitioners including Jerwood Assistant Director, Jasmine Woodcock-Stewart (Assistant Director for our current main house show, Measure for Measure) and our associate director and Genesis Fellow, Gbolahan Obisesan.

Our participants had the chance to rehearse the opening scene from our Measure for Measure production on the stage, as well as get to grips with the stage management, sound, lighting and video elements to the show.

Participants have been drawn from across our members and include people who have been in past community shows including Flashes, The Events, The Trial, Turning a Little Further and The Brolly Project, as well as people who have never taken part in a workshops at the Young Vic before.

Find out more about Taking Part and follow @YVTakingPart for all the latest Schools, Young People and Two Boroughs activities, including our Cut Cart story collecting day.

★★★★ for Joe Hill-Gibbins’ Measure for Measure

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

★★★★
“A fast and furious staging – elusive, slippery and unshiftingly dark”
The Observer – read the full review here.

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“There are no half measures in Joe Hill-Gibbins’ radical version… an astonishing Romola Garai”
The Guardian – read the full review here

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“The most scabrously funny take I’ve seen on Shakespeare’s profound comedy… Romola Garai in wonderfully impassioned form”
Independent – read the full review here

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“Joe Hill-Gibbins is the perfect director to tackle Measure for Measure… side-splittingly funny… Romola Garai shines”
Time Out – read the full review here

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“A bold, wildly unorthodox staging with an audacious aesthetic”
Financial Times – read the full review here

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“Designer Miriam Buether creates…  a brilliant visual metaphor”
What’s On Stage – read the full review here

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“A radical Young Vic production”
The Arts Desk – read the full review here

★★★★
“Joe Hill-Gibbins is a madcap arch provocateur”
Sunday Times

★★★★
“Electrifying… riveting theatre”
Metro

“A characteristically take-no-prisoners production from a directorial iconoclast”
New York Times – read the full review here.

“Director Joe Hill-Gibbins offers a bold, anarchic take. Fresh, strange and irreverent.”
Evening Standard

Measure for Measure runs at the YV until 14 Nov. For more info and to book tickets, go to: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/measure-for-measure
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In the press: 
Joe Hill-Gibbins talks to The Independent on Sunday about the appeal of Measure for Measure

The Brolly Project – a YV Taking Part production

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Jane in The Brolly Project. Photo by Helen Murray.

Like all Taking Part projects at the Young Vic, The Brolly Project was created as a response to a main house production, in this case the upcoming Measure for Measure, wherein themes of sex, morality, and judgment loom large.

We worked closely with various outreach projects throughout London to find a company of performers whom have, or do work in the sex industry. The aim was to make an original performance created by the company, formed by whatever they chose to share. Sex workers are one of the most marginalized groups in the world. The industry is multi-faceted, often invisible, yet shrouded in controversy. Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on it. We have been fortunate enough to work with an awesome group of performers who have shared their own deeply personal histories. By no means definitive, what they have created is a kaleidoscope of experiences; some touching, some tough, some hilarious. They are writers, and teachers, musicians, cleaners, parents, they work in IT, in public services – and they’ve worked closely over the last few months to build an ensemble here at the Young Vic. They have been searingly honest about their lives. They are a wonderful force to have in the building.

Words by Mimi Poskitt & Molly Taylor

Elizabeth and Ricardo in The Brolly Project. Photo by Helen Murray.

Elizabeth and Ricardo in The Brolly Project. Photo by Helen Murray.

The Day the Madness Will Stop

As I stand in front of the mirror
Looking at myself
With my heart beating fast
But not caring about my health
I smile, try to laugh and comb my hair
Trying to think why is this life not fair
I take a drink and lay down on my back
Open wide he says
My heart beats faster
But I don’t get a heart attack
He leaves and now I’m in the money
My phone rings, the dealer says
Do you want to see me?
I’m high and I have no worries
Until the next man comes
I’m pimping myself for a rock
It’s daylight and I want to stop
My body feels weak
But I need more non-stop
Drink makes me feel nice
But loneliness is always on my side
So I close my eyes and smile like I’m happy
Surrounded by people who say they love me
Years go past and I’m on my back or my ass
But I know I’m not going anywhere fast
One day it will change cos the pain is the game
And it will stop when I say enough is enough
Of this mad pop
And that is the day
The madness will stop

Toni
Toni was unable to perform in the show and this is her contribution.

Find out more about Taking Part on our website and in this interview in The Stage with Imogen Brodie, Director of Taking Part.

Casting announced for 4 shows + Measure for Measure extends

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Today we’re announcing the cast of 4 upcoming YV shows. John Heffernan and Anna Maxwell Martin lead the cast of Macbeth while Zubin Varla and Paul Ready join Romola Garai in Measure for Measure. Also, due to huge demand for tickets before the show has even opened, we’ve added an extra week of Measure for Measure performances, on sale today! We’ve also got some super exciting La Musica and Creditors casting news – find out more below.

 
Macbeth
Directed by Carrie Cracknell & Lucy.

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John Heffernan makes his Young Vic debut in Macbeth. His previous theatre credits include: Oppenheimer (RSC/West End); Edward II, She Stoops to Conquer, Emperor and Galilean, After the Dance, The Habit of Art, (National); King Lear, The SeagullMuch Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet (RSC); Love and Information (Royal Court); The Physicists (Donmar Warehouse); The Last of the Duchess (Hampstead); Richard II (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, Bristol); Love, Love, Love (Paines Plough); and The Hothouse and Carrie’s War (West End). Film credits include: Eye in the Sky and Having You.  Television credits include:  Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Ripper Street, Sons of Liberty, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Outlander, Foyle’s War, Love and Marriage, The Hollow Crown and The Shadow Line.  Later this year John will be seen in Dickensian (BBC) and Luther (BBC).

Anna Maxwell Martin makes her Young Vic debut. Her previous theatre credits include: Di and Viv and Rose (Hampstead); Measure for Measure (Almeida); The Female Species (Vaudeville); Cabaret (Lyric); The Entertainer, Dumb Show (Royal Court); His Dark Materials, Honour, Three Sisters, The Coast of Utopia (National Theatre) and The Little Foxes (Donmar Warehouse). Her film work includes: The Alan Partridge Movie, Philomena, Becoming Jane, The Other Man, Enduring Love, and The Hours. Television credits include: Midwinter of the Spirit, And Then There Were None, The Frankenstein Chronicles, Death Comes to Pemberley, The Accused, The Bletchley Circle, The Nightwatch, South Riding (BAFTA Award nominated), Freefall, Poppy Shakespeare (BAFTA Award for Best Actress), White Girl, Wind in the Willows, Bleak House, for which she won the Bafta Award for Best Actress, Dr. Who and North and South.

Also with: Mark Ebulué, Thomasin Gulgeç, Ben Lamb, Ira Mandela Siobhan, Ana Beatriz Meireles, Prasanna Puwanarajah and Clemmie Sveaas.

Measure for Measure
Directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins.

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Romola Garai makes her Young Vic debut. Romola’s previous theatre work includes Indian Ink (Roundabout, New York); The Village Bike (Royal Court); Three Sisters (Lyric Hammersmith); King Lear/The Seagull (RSC); and Calico (West End) for which she was nominated for Most Promising Newcomer at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Her film work includes Atonement, for which she was nominated for the Best Actress Award at the Evening Standard British Film Awards, One Day, I Capture the Castle, Last Days on Mars, Angel, for which she won Lumiere Award nomination for Most Promising New Actress, Scoop, Amazing Grace and As You Like it. Her television credits include The Hour (Golden Globe nominated), The Crimson Petal and the White (BAFTA nominated) and Emma (Golden Globe nominated). In 2015 Romola will be appearing in Dominion and Suffragette and has just finished filming Churchill’s Secret.

Zubin Varla returns to the Young Vic for the first time since his appearance in The Changeling in 2012.  Other theatre credits include: Dara, The Enchantment, Attempts on Her Life, Cyrano de Bergerac (National); Two Gentlemen of Verona, Midnight’s Children, The Tempest, Bartholomew Fair, Romeo & Juliet (RSC); Twelfth Night (Donmar in the West End); Paradise Regained (Royal Court); Jesus Christ Superstar, Beautiful Thing (West End); A Connecticut Yankee in the  Court of King Arthur, Lady Be Good (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Antigone (Old Vic); Amadeus (City of London Sinfonia tour). Television credits include: Our Girl, Strike Back, Little Dorrit, Silent Witness, Spooks.  Film credits include: Mad, Sad and Bad and Jacob. Zubin has recorded with Nitin Sawhney on his album Human and plays with the Bergonzi Quartet.

Paul Ready makes his Young Vic debut in Measure for Measure. His previous theatre credits include: Black Comedy (Chichester Festival); Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Exchange); Terrorism, In the Republic of Happiness, Wastwater, Forty Winks, Black Milk, Crazyblackmuthafuckingself (Royal Court); Noises Off (Old Vic; Novello); Mother Clapps Molly House, A Woman Killed with Kindness, London Assurance, Time & the Conways, Major Barbara, St Joan, Attempts on her Life, Waves (National); Love’s Labours Lost (Globe & US Tour); Romance (Almeida) and World Music (Donmar and Sheffield Crucible). His film credits include: Private Peaceful, Angels and Insects, Maybe Baby, Dresden and Pierrepoint. For television, his credits include: Virtuoso, Cuffs, Utopia, Ripper Street, The Tunnel, Trial and Retribution and Pulling.

Also with: Romola Garai leads the cast as Isabella with Paul Ready as Angelo and Zubin Varla as Duke Vincentio. They will be joined by Hammed Animashaun (Provost), Tom Edden (Pompey), Ivanno Jeremiah (Claudio), John Mackay (Lucio), Sarah Malin (Escalus), Natalie Simpson (Julietta), Rafael Sowole (Master Froth), Cath Whitefield (Mariana) and Matthew Wynn (Barnardine). 

La Musica
Directed by Jeff James.

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Emily Barclay was last seen at the Young Vic in Three Sisters. Her other theatre credits include: Strange Interlude, The Seagull, That Face, Gethsemene, Hamlet (Belvoir, Sydney); This is Our Youth (Sydney Opera House) and The Importance of Being Earnest (Melbourne Theatre Company). Her film credits include: The Light Between Oceans, Weekender, Mr Pip, Love Birds, Lou, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole, Piece of My Heart (for which she won the New Zealand screen award for best actress), Prime Mover, Surburban Mayhem (for which she won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Lead Actress in Film and the Inside Film Award for Best Actress), Cockle and In My Father’s Den (for which she won the British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer and the New Zealand Screen Award for Best Actor). Television credits include: Please Like Me, Lowdown, Kidnapped, Glitch and The Silence (for which she won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Drama).

Sam Troughton returns to the Young Vic for the first time since his appearance in Mike Bartlett’s Bull, which enjoyed runs in both Sheffield and New York. His other theatre credits include: Tuzenbach in Three Sisters (Young Vic); King Lear (National); Mint, Death Tax, The President Has Come to See You, Love Love Love (Royal Court); A Streetcar Named Desire (Liverpool Playhouse); Morte D’Arthur, Romeo & Juliet, The Grain Store, Julius Caesar, The Winter’s Tale, Richard III, Henry VI Part III, Henry VI Part II, Henry VI Part I and Taming of the Shrew (RSC). His film credits include: Spirit Trap, Alien Vs Predator, Vera Drake and Sylvia. Television includes: The Hollow Crown: War of the Roses, Dancing on the Edge, Silent Witness, Judge John Deed, Seven Wonders of the Industrial World: The Sewer King, Summer in the Suburbs, The Town, Ultimate Force and Robin Hood 1, 2 & 3.

Creditors
Directed by this year’s Genesis Future Directors Award winner Rikki Henry.

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Jolyon Coy makes his Young Vic debut. His theatre credits include: Holy Warriors, Antony & Cleopatra (Shakespeare’s Globe); Wendy and Peter Pan (RSC); Our Boys (Duchess); Edward II (Royal Exchange); The Prince of Hamburg (Donmar); Posh (also West End), Before the Flood (Royal Court) and All’s Well That Ends Well (National). His film credits include: Beauty and the Beast, Testament of Youth, The Fifth Estate and The Deep Blue Sea. For television his credits include: Midsomer Murders, War & Peace, Mr Selfridge, The Whale, Locked Up Abroad, Henry IV(I&II), Pete Vs. Life, The Bill, Doctors, The Friday Night Club, Casualty, The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury and My Hero. Radio includes: Votes for Women and A Girl in Winter.

Tom Rhys Harries makes his Young Vic debut. His previous theatre work includes: Four Play (Old Vic); Hotel (National); Mojo (West End); The History Boys (Sheffield Crucible); Torch Song Trilogy (Menier Chocolate Factory); Night Must Fall, Othello, The Changeling and  A Doll’s House (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama). Film credits include: Crow, The Inbetweeners (The Long Goodbye), Hot Property, Iron Clad: Battle For Blood and Hunky Dory. For television, his credits include: Hinterland II, Jekyll and Hyde, Under Milkwood, D-Day: Last Letters Home, Midsomer Murders and Parades End.

Gyuri Sarossy makes his Young Vic debut. His theatre credits include: The Absence of War (Rose, Kingston), The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd (Orange Tree); The Seagull, Tonight at 8.30, The Tempest (Nuffield); The Seven Year Itch, Design For Living (Salisbury Playhouse); Foxfinder (Finborough); Earthquakes in London, Luther (National); As You Like It (Manchester Royal Exchange); The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Liverpool Everyman & Chichester Festival); Romeo & Juliet (RSC); Man & Superman, Don Juan, Galileo’s Daughter (Theatre Royal, Bath);The Hypochondriac (Almeida); Uncle Vanya, Twelfth Night (Donmar Warehouse) and The Promise (Tricycle). His film credits include: Mercenaries, Another Life and Until Death. Television credits include: The Coroner, Foyle’s War, Einstein and Eddington, Tchaikovsky, Egypt, Judge John Deed and Blue Dove.

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To book tickets or for anymore info: www.youngvic.org

11 Questions with the cast of Happy Days – Juliet Stevenson

Juliet Stevenson as Winnie in Happy Days. Photo by Johan Persson.

‘Juliet Stevenson lights up the role of Winnie’ (★★★★ The Observer) in Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days. She took a little time out from being buried in her mound to answer our 11 Questions

Can you describe your character Winnnie in Happy Days in three words? Indomitable, lonely, resourceful.  But equally – desperate, funny, optimistic… I am cheating because 3 words don’t do her justice.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins? On this show I am pre-set, sleeping in my mound,  so ten minutes before the performance begins I am usually clambering up into the set, before taking my ten minute pre-show kip. Not really asleep of course – doing leg and foot stretch exercises underneath the set to keep the circulation going while I wait for the start….

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)? Impossible question! Too many contenders… A Dolls House, Yerma, Measure for Measure would be among my favourites worked on… Oh, and Happy Days is right up there now….

What is your favourite midnight snack? Nutella.

What is your favourite word? Another impossible one! Cantankerous, melancholy, effervescent… among many others. Come to think about it, this might double as the answer to question number 1.

What are you most passionate about? Probably the welfare of children – my own and the world’s.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours? Read. I never have the time I would love to have for reading for my own pleasure.

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

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on? With my partner Hugh and the children, exploring North Eastern Australia, travelling up the coast and into the rainforest, fishing on the Daintree River, snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef – every moment of it was magical.

Favourite city and why? A toss up between London, Paris and Vancouver. Prague and New York also big contenders.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why? I  would say the power to restore life, but unless I kept it mightily secret I imagine I would be overwhelmed by demands to use it. So let’s settle for flight.

Happy Days returns to the Young Vic on 13 Feb 2015. Call 020 7922 2922 or click here to book now.