Evening Standard: Natalie Dormer on playing England’s naughtiest queens

Filed Under (2010, Interviews) by Laura at 1:20 pm

The real beauty of being an actor is the huge cross-section of projects you can work on,’ says Natalie Dormer. And she should know. This year alone, Natalie has spent six months playing a sensual turn-of-the-century Viennese woman in Sweet Nothings at the Young Vic, portrayed the young Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (the Queen Mother) in Madonna’s Wallis Simpson film, been a junior barrister in the BBC’s new courtroom drama series Silk and a sassy Second World War American private in the giant-budget Captain America, alongside Tommy Lee Jones, Hayley Atwell and Samuel L Jackson.

Now Natalie, 28, is slumming it on a basement stage at the Hampstead Theatre as Pat, a working-class New Yorker in a violent relationship in a new play, .45, by American writer Gary Lennon, and our conversation is occasionally interrupted by the noise of hammering and sawing from on-stage as the company struggles through a technical rehearsal. ‘It’s real grit-and-sawdust stuff,’ Natalie enthuses, coiling up on the sofa in her working outfit of leggings, cosy boots and layers of wool. ‘I’ve played a lot of elegance and refinement, so to do something really down and dirty is a great attraction. Pat is very “legs apart”.’
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“Sweet Nothings” brings Schnitzler and Bondy to the Rose

Filed Under (2010, Sweet Nothings) by Laura at 12:39 pm

The dark world of Austrian playwright Arthur Schnitzler, who chronicled the decadence and darkness of Vienna at the turn of the twentieth century, has been given a modern twist by the Young Vic whose touring production, Sweet Nothings, runs at the Rose next week.

Directed by acclaimed Swiss director Luc Bondy, Sweet Nothings, is a new version of Schnitzler’s play Liebelei and it is in Kingston from April 22 – April 24. The play tells the story of young Vienesse Fritz and his friend, Theo, who invite two girls, Christine and Mizi, to join them for a party.

The festivities are soon interrupted by a mysterious stranger who challenges Fritz about an adulterous affair he has been having. This being Schnitzler, tragedy soon starts to unfold.

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