NEWS: Harry Enfield stars in Once in a Lifetime at Young Vic, New shows

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Award-winning comedian, actor, writer and director Harry Enfield will play Hollywood studio boss Glogauer in Richard Jones’ production of Once in a Lifetime from 25 November 2016 in the Young Vic’s Main House. Joining Enfield in the company are Daniel Abelson, Claudie Blakley, Okorie Chukwu, Lucy Cohu, Lizzy Connolly, Buffy Davis, Otto Farrant, Amy Griffiths, Amanda Lawrence and John Marquez. Further casting is still to be announced.

In other Young Vic news:

  • Joe Hill-Gibbins returns to the Young Vic and to Shakespeare following his critically acclaimed Measure for Measure in 2015. A Midsummer Night’s Dream will play the Young Vic’s Main House 17 February to 1 April 2017.
  • Performed by a company of current and former sex workers, See Me Now brings their fascinating stories to the Maria stage 11 February – 4 March in a production directed by Mimi Poskitt and created by Poskitt, writer Molly Taylor and the company.
  • Bryony Shanahan directs debbie tucker green’s trade in the Clare from 16 November. Casting for the Genesis Future Directors Award production is announced today: Ayesha Antoine will play The Novice, Sharon Duncan-Brewster will play The Local and Jo Martin will play The Regular.

Artistic Director David Lan commented on today’s announcements:

The range of the shows we produce is ever expanding. We’re thrilled to announce such brilliant casting for two productions yet to come in 2016, and to share news of two new shows for 2017.  Since I first saw it aged 16, I’ve longed to be in some way connected to Kaufman and Hart’s best play Once in a Lifetime. I can’t think of a better way to finally achieve this than by asking Richard Jones to direct the comedy. 

“The rare revival of debbie tucker green’s three-hander trade is directed by our Genesis Future Directors Award winner for 2016 Bryony Shanahan.  We look forward to welcoming the companies of these two shows to the Young Vic.

Joe Hill-Gibbins’ ferocious Measure for Measure was many people’s favourite Shakespeare of its year. Now Joe will tackle A Midsummer Night’s Dream, his sixth production for us, with the same ferocity. See Me Now is a weaving together of the stories of sex workers, as told by and performed by them. It’s powerful, poignant, hilarious and eye-opening, all qualities I especially value in the work we produce.

We’ll announce more of our 2017 season soon, including shows that are part of our Horizons series dramatising the experience of refugees.

Once in a Lifetime

Friday 25 November 2016 – Saturday 14 January 2017
Press Night: Tuesday 6 December 2016, 7.00pm

Harry Enfield will play studio boss Herman Glogauer in Christopher Hart’s adaptation of Kaufman and Hart’s classic Hollywood comedy. Enfield is joined in the cast of Richard Jones’ production by John Marquez as George and Claudie Blakley as May, with further casting still to be announced.

Three actors in a struggling vaudeville troupe travel West to try their luck in 1930s Hollywood. With the advent of talking pictures, it’s a changing industry. A chance meeting with a film journalist gives May, George and Jerry an idea: brimming with chutzpah they found a school of elocution for starlets of the silver screen, to help them adapt to ‘talkies’. When their scheme takes off they are plunged into the frenetic world of a Hollywood studio, full of glitz and glamour – but as their responsibilities escalate, will the lustre last?

Award-winning director Richard Jones brings this satire to life, with design by Hyemi Shin and costumes by Nicky Gillibrand. Casting is by Julia Horan, CDG. The cast includes: Daniel Abelson, Claudie Blakley, Okorie Chukwu, Lucy Cohu, Lizzy Connolly, Buffy Davis, Harry Enfield, Otto Farrant, Amy Griffiths, Amanda Lawrence and John Marquez. Further casting is still to be announced.

Harry Enfield is a BAFTA Award-winning writer, comedian, actor and director. His film credits include: Swallows and Amazons, Scottish Mussel, Acts of Godfrey, Churchill: The Hollywood Years and Tooth. His television credits include: The Windsors, Upstart Crow, Ruddy Hell! It’s Harry and Paul, for which he won a British Comedy Award and two BAFTA TV Awards, Bad Education, Psychobitches, Blandings, It’s Kevin, The Hunt For Tony Blair and Skins. His writing credits for television include: Saturday Night Live, Friday Night Live, Harry Enfield’s Television Programme, Harry Enfield And Chums, for which he won a Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award and Smashy and Nicey: End Of An Era.

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