Friday, July 22, 2011


Next Friday (July 29th) is Marc's Opening night - read Lizz Brain's recent interview with Marc on his upcoming Royal Shakespeare Company debut - Huge thanks to Lizz.


Comedian Marc Wootton makes his RSC debut this summer. He tells Lizz Brain about, well... his Bottom

Marc Wootton phones. "Hello?," he says. "Did you have a nice Christmas? What did you get?" It's a strange opening to an interview in July about joining the Royal Shakespeare Company to take on a lead role in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

But then, he's a funny guy and his interesting phone manner does at least break the ice.

He is best known for his TV work in the likes of Channel 4's The Eleven O'Clock Show and My New Best Friend, but after appearing in Ayckbourn's Seasons Greetings at the National Theatre, alongside Catherine Tate, he was asked to meet director Nancy Meckler about working with the RSC.

"You're supposed to do things which scare you, aren't you?" he reasons. "You're supposed to feel the fear and exercise those muscles, and this is scary in that we're doing a play which has existed for hundreds of years and we want to do justice to it.

"The fright mechanism leaves you either wanting to punch someone or run away crying, but being a performer, you put yourself through it.

"I do feel very honoured, though, and without wishing to sound corny, it's a great journey to be on. Please don't use that, it sounds awful. Make me sound clever or something."

Marc has already become a fan, and a part, of the giant cog of the RSC.

"They're brilliant, they have everything. Groups of people who can help. I've had workshops on the language which really made sense of it, the schedulers are incredible who just make everything work time-wise, everyone is so nice from Michael Boyd down.

"I just can't find fault, and I'm the kind of person who would!"

But what about his Bottom?

"He's one of those deluded guys who means well but desperately wants to impress his mates.

"He wants to be loved and is doing all he can to be the greatest actor in the world ever, but falls horribly short.

"The more deluded a person is, the funnier they are. There's nothing funnier than watching someone who thinks they're brilliant at something when they're actually terrible.

"But there's also a charm about them, because they live in blissful ignorance, and that can be quite childlike and naïve; endearing really.

"So to get all that across and make an audience have sympathy for Bottom is quite a challenge, but it's interesting work.

"I'm a real believer in seeing what comes up, and I'm doing this until November so I'll learn all I can, enjoy it and then see what happens.

"I've got to go to New York to finish writing a comedy show, and to St Petersburg to finish a film. Then it will be Christmas."

A Midsummer Night's Dream is at the RSC, Stratford, from July 29 to November 5. Phone 0844 800 1110.

(c) Lizz Brain 2011, reproduced with permission. Lizz's site LIZZBRAIN.COM Follow Lizz on Twitter - @theatreblogger


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Tuesday, July 05, 2011


...thanks to Davina and all at Midlands What's On - read (click to enlarge) Marc's recent interview on his upcoming RSC debut in
A Midsummer Night's Dream at Stratford-Upon-Avon...

To see the full issue click HERE - Marc appears on page 11

Saturday, July 02, 2011


Marc (Nick Bottom) rehearsing with the cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream - opens 29 July 2011 at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Photos by ELLIE KURTTZ - courtesy of Marc Wootton and the R.S.C.

To see the full set of 21 new photos by Ellie Kurttz of Marc and the cast rehearsing visit the official Royal Shakespeare Company page on Facebook - see HERE

Also, see the brilliant new interview with Marc in Midlands WHAT'S ON magazine click HERE to read.