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?

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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.

A View from the Bridge wins two Tony Awards

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A View from the Bridge won two Tony Awards last night and we’re ecstatic. Ivo van Hove won for Best Direction and the show was recognised as the Best Revival of a Play. The critically acclaimed production was originally staged at the Young Vic in April 2014 and transferred to the London’s West End following a sold-out run. Later in 2015 it played a limited run at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway, produced by Scott Rudin and Lincoln Center Theater. A View from the Bridge has played a total of 276 performances across these three venues and has been seen by audiences across the globe via NT Live broadcasts.

The most laurelled show in the Young Vic’s history, the Tony wins brings the total number of awards won by the production on both sides of the Atlantic to 12. Awards include Olivier Awards for Best Revival, Best Actor (Mark Strong) and Best Director; London Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards for Best Actor (Mark Strong) and Best Director; Outer Critics’ Circle Awards New York for Outstanding Director of a Play; Drama League Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play; Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Revival of a Play and Outstanding Director of a Play; and a Theatre World Award for Mark Strong.

Take a look at the heartstopping trailer to A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic:

Accepting the Award for Best Revival of a Play, Producer of the Broadway production Scott Rudin said: “I especially want to thank Rebecca Miller for giving us the stewardship of her father’s remarkable play, Ivo van Hove who did it just, I think, absolutely remarkably, and David Lan and Young Vic who originated the production. We were the stewards of it, but honestly the real work was done by David and his team.”

Artistic Director of the Young Vic David Lan, added “It is the greatest play about immigrants – it felt like exactly the right time to do this play. It has been thrilling for us to bring it back to the city, where it’s a great song of the great people of New York.”

Accepting the Award for Best Director of a Play, Ivo van Hove said: “New York has been so welcoming to us this season. I’m so grateful to Scott Rudin who dared to bring the Belgian bad boy avant-gardist to a center of theatre life, to wonderful theatre life on Broadway.”

Daisy Heath, Lead Producer at the Young Vic, commented: “David told me about an incredible director called Ivo van Hove on my first day at the YV four and a half years ago. The original production was made by a dedicated group on The Cut in the summer of 2014 working to create the visions of both Ivo and Miller. Awards were honestly the last thing on our minds. So to have been recognised by Broadway and the Tony Awards is mind-blowing, a credit to everyone on and offstage in all three runs, and a source of deep pride for me.”

Lucy Woollatt, Executive Director of the Young Vic added: “The wins at the Tony Awards are a real achievement for all involved in the show’s life in the UK and US. Our talented team are supported by the Arts Council and our individual, trust and corporate donors. It’s this crucial support that allows us to program the work that we do and to give away 10% of tickets for free to young people and our neighbours.”
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In the press | Ivo van Hove talks to The New Yorker about his life as a director and bringing out the elemental drama of classic works.

Casting for A View from the Bridge Announced

We’re thrilled to announce the casting for A View from the Bridge! Plus, due to the incredible demand we’ve extended the production until 7 June.

Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Zero Dark Thirty, Sherlock Holmes) and Nicola Walker (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Last Tango in Halifax, Spooks) will lead the cast as Eddie Carbone and wife Beatrice, along with Michael Gould (Alfieri), Phoebe Fox (Catherine), Richard Hansell (Louis), Luke Norris (Rodolpho) and Jonah Russell (First Officer).

Mark Strong will play Eddie Carbone

Mark Strong returns to the stage following his Olivier Award-nominated performance in Sam Mendes’ production of Twelfth Night at the Donmar in 2002. His theatre work also includes roles for the RSC; four productions for Richard Eyre at the National Theatre, as well as David Thacker’s Death of a Salesman and Patrick Marber’s Closer; The Treatment and Thickness of Skin at the Royal Court; and Peter Gill’s West End production of Speed-the-Plow. A familiar and well-loved actor on television, his extensive credits include Our Friends in the North, The Long Firm (BAFTA nominated), Roger Michell’s The Buddha of Suburbia and two seasons of Prime Suspect. Cinemagoers have seen him most recently in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Young Victoria, Syriana and Zero Dark Thirty. He has enjoyed notable collaborations over the years with directors Guy Ritchie, on Sherlock Holmes, RocknRolla, and Revolver; Ridley Scott, on Robin Hood and Body of Lies, for which he received a London Film Critics’ Circle Award nomination; and Matthew Vaughn, on Kick-Ass and Stardust.

Nicola Walker headshot bwNicola Walker won an Olivier Award for her performance in the National Theatre’s highly acclaimed production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in 2012. Her past roles for the NT also include: Season’s Greetings, Gethsemane, Tales from the Vienna Woods and Edmond. Other work in theatre includes: Mrs Klein, Cloud Nine (Almeida); Relocated, Fresh Kills, Sweetheart (Royal Court); A Lie of the Mind (Donmar); Passion Play (Donmar and Comedy Theatre). She has played numerous roles on television including the character of Ruth Evershed in the hit spy drama Spooks, and more recently audiences have seen her in the BBC’s primetime drama Last Tango in Halifax.

Phoebe Fox headshot bwPhoebe Fox played Cordelia in Michael Attenborough’s production of King Lear (Almeida), and was nominated for an Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer Award in 2011 for her performances in As You Like It (Rose Kingston), The Acid Test (Royal Court) and There is a War (National Theatre). She plays Catherine in her Young Vic debut.

Michael Gould returns to the Young Vic following Ian Rickson’s Hamlet in 2011 and Cruel and Tender in 2004. His numerous roles for the National Theatre include Katie Mitchell’s productions of Attempts on her Life, Waves, Women of Troy and The Seagull, as well as Damned by Despair, Earthquakes in London and Our Class more recently. Theatre work also includes The Ugly One (Royal Court) and Othello (RSC). His numerous TV appearances include ITV’s The Bletchley Circle and Channel 4’s Secret State.

Emun Elliott plays Marco. Emun’s stage credits include the National Theatre of Scotland’s international hit Black Watch and Measure for Measure (Almeida). On screen, television audiences have seen him most recently playing John Moray in the BBC’s Victorian drama The Paradise. Past work also includes HBO’s Game of Thrones, Channel 4’s Labyrinth, and on the big screen in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and in the recent adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s Filth.

Richard Hansell plays Louis. He was last on-stage in London in Jamie Lloyd’s Macbeth (Trafalgar Studios), and also appeared in Kemble’s Riot (Pleasance), The Madness of George III (West End and UK tour), As You Like It/The Tempest (Old Vic and BAM for The Bridge Project) and Troilus and Cressida (Shakespeare’s Globe).

Actor and playwright Luke Norris plays Rodolpho. As an actor his theatre work includes Hamlet, As You Like It, The Gods Weep and Days of Significance for the RSC; The Habit of Art, The Kitchen and Antigone for the National Theatre; Filumena for the Almeida. As a playwright his work includes Goodbye To All That (Royal Court), Hearts (NT Connections) and So Here We Are (in development with the Royal Exchange).

Jonah Russell’s past theatre work includes Pains of Youth, Waves, Women of Troy, Attempts on her Life, Waves and The Seagull for Katie Mitchell at the National Theatre, Thea Sharrock’s The Emperor Jones at The Gate, and Roisin McBrinn’s Yerma at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

A View from the Bridge is at the Young Vic from 4 April – 7 June 2014 – book now at youngvic.org!