Bill Nighy

Opening a play is just tough. The idea that actors are weirdly protected from it is a myth. If you imagine yourself having to spend two and a bit hours cooking bolognaise, remembering a whole major work by David Hare and speaking it at the correct moment between chopping carrots and stirring the onions in front of an audience – the normal human response is ‘Please, can I go to the airport?’

“Opening a play is just tough. The idea that actors are weirdly protected from it is a myth. If you imagine yourself having to spend … Read More

You tell yourself that you’re not auditioning but of course you work like crazy, and you prepare like mad. And you think, “Well, I won’t get that job. But maybe they’ll have another job sometime, and they’ll remember that I was good.”

“You tell yourself that you’re not auditioning but of course you work like crazy, and you prepare like mad. And you think, “Well, I won’t … Read More

I admire David Hare as much as I admire certainly any writer ever. What I like about his writing is it is very conscientiously, in one way, an attempt to reproduce the way people actually speak, but it’s not just an attempt at naturalism. It’s stylised and it’s heightened, to great effect. It’s elegant and it’s funny and that’s the way to my heart, frankly.

“I admire David Hare as much as I admire certainly any writer ever. What I like about his writing is it is very conscientiously, in … Read More

It’s more than usually possible that I won’t do a play again. But Skylight is one of the great plays in the English language. I was lucky enough to be a part of it at one point in its life, and it’s a timely thing to deliver it again in the modern world.

“It’s more than usually possible that I won’t do a play again. But Skylight is one of the great plays in the English language. I … Read More

One is that you legislate according to natural selection, the other is that you don’t. You have compassion, you try and help people. It’s a fundamental clash between two people who happen to love each other, which complicates everything.

“One is that you legislate according to natural selection, the other is that you don’t. You have compassion, you try and help people. It’s a … Read More