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

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

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

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

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

★★★★
“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

★★★★
“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