Bingo Audience Reviews

The audience reviews for Bingo are in!  Read your fellow audience members’ thoughts on the production below, and email us your review at reviews@youngvic.org.

The play is very simply, but very engagingly produced. Set design is minimalist, which allows focus on the performance & clever in the final scene when the snow is shown to fall.

The thrust stage is elegantly used to allow the cast to enter & exit through the audience aisles & this brings the performance out into us as we watch.

Individual performances were terrific & we felt a real camaradie between the players, with Patrick Stewart being very generous in his inclusivity, not over egging his headline status at all – but joining with his fellows.

The theatre itself was a joy! What a great ambience you have created – & how wonderful to sit in comfort, have a brilliant view & have ones own space – fantastic!! As was the provision of a jug of tap water at the bar during the interval – very thoughtful, thank you!

Stephen & Claire

It would be so easy to pick out Patrick Stewart but in truth it was a brilliant cast; he happened to be one of them!  Superbly acted;  fascinating scene design.  Strange play!

 —Marion McCrindle

I saw the original production at the Royal Court. I remember feeling detached and unmoved, disappointed. I am so pleased that I revisited the play; this production had the opposite effect. Patrick Stewart , even conveying the stillness of old age, was animated and movingly anguished. Catherine Cusack made me feel I might understand the family of a great writer through her intelligent portrayal of the domestic Judith. Richard McCabe provided well judged amusement as kindred ,yet contrasting, spirit Jonson.

Those for whom Shakespeare is a life-long fascination will find their knowledge and appreciation enhanced by this production.

I would like to extend my thanks to all involved.

—Tony Couldrey

Brilliant, enthralling, captivating, thought-provoking, unmissable.

—Mary Musker

Watched BINGO by Edward Bond with my friend at the Young Vic last night! Truly brilliant! It revived my thirst for more theatre… “Women with shopping bags stepping over puddles of blood”. A tragic and contradicting retiring Shakespeare portrayed superbly by Sir Patrick Stewart. A must watch!

—Barry Crisp

Although the reviews posted on the website were all 4 star, I did read a couple of reviews that were less enthustiastic, particularly one by a reviewer I’d normally trust who clearly didn’t enjoy Mr. Bond’s play. Well I did enjoy it, and I thought the production was excellent and the acting throughout the cast, not just the mighty Mr. Stewart, was of a very high order indeed.

—Chris Dearmun

Bingo Casting Announced

Bingo by Edward Bond
The full cast for Bingo has been announced! Matthew Marsh will join Patrick Stewart as William Shakespeare and Richard McCabe as Ben Jonson for Edward Bond’s portrayal of the Bard’s final chapter of life, opening 16 February for six weeks only.

Marsh returns to the Young Vic having appeared in eleven past productions including title roles in Hamlet and The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs. His recent theatre credits include No Naughty Bits (Hampstead Theatre), The Shawl (Arcola), Blood and Gifts (NT), Now or Later (Royal Court) and Glengarry Glen Ross (West End).  Matthew is soon to be seen in the hotly anticipated film The Iron Lady.

The cast is completed by:

  • Catherine Cusack (The Crucible, Lyric Theatre Belfast; The Early Bird, Finborough)
  • Tom Godwin (Earthquakes in London, NT; Enron, Chichester/ Royal Court/ West End)
  • Ellie Haddington (Luther, BBC; Taking Care of Baby; Hampstead/ Birmingham Rep)
  • Joanne Howarth (Goodnight Mister Tom, Chichester)
  • Kieron Jecchinis (Mary Broome, The Orange Tree; Coriolanus, directed by Ralph Fiennes)
  • John McEnery (The Master Builder, Chichester)
  • Alex Price (Elektra, Young Vic/ Gate)
  • Michelle Tate (The Long Road, Soho)

Richard McCabe last performed at the Young Vic as Mestophiles opposite Jude Law in Doctor Faustus.  Earlier this year he won great acclaim for his performance as the PM in Yes, Prime Minister (West End/ Tour). Richard has been an associate artist at the RSC since 1997 where his extensive credits include Twelfth Night, King John, Othello, Timon of Athens, Trolius and Cressida, The Winters Tale and White Devil.

Patrick Stewart’s recent stage work includes celebrated productions of Macbeth (Chichester/West End/ Broadway/BBC Four), Hamlet (RSC/West End) for which he won an Olivier, The Tempest (RSC), and Waiting for Godot (West End/tour). Other notable work includes Twelfth Night (Chichester), The Master Builder (West End), and his Olivier-winning one-man A Christmas Carol (world tour).  He worked with Peter Brook on A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Anthony and Cleopatra (RSC) which won him his first Olivier Award.  In 2010 he received a knighthood in the New Year Honours list for his services to drama.

Tickets for Bingo start at £10.  Book today before it’s sold out!

2011-2012 Season Now on Sale to Friends!

It’s a truly unmissable year….

  • The Mighty Boosh’s Julian Barratt in Government Inspector
  • Return of the sell-out hits The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Evening Standard Award-winning musical Street Scene
  • Hamlet starring Michael Sheen
  • Patrick Stewart as William Shakespeare in Bingo

Friends: now / Priority Pass: 8 Feb / All: 15 Feb

Exciting… check it out now!