Category Archives: theatre

Much Ado About Nothing (2010)

Rupert played Benedick (oh my heart!) in this production of Much Ado about Nothing at the Shakespeare Festival Neuss in Germany, while Rupert was filming the third season of Merlin.

  • Shakespeare Festival Neuss, Germany (21-24 July 2010)
  • Director: Stephen Jameson

The production is featured here on the Festival website, and here on the Internet Shakespeare Editions site.

I have also found a Facebook page for the production that includes some photos, which I’ll upload to a separate gallery page.

Interestingly, Helen Bradbury was Rupert’s Beatrice – and she also played Grace Tranfield with him in The Philanderer. Rob Heaps was Claudio – and he played Bobby with Rupert in While the Sun Shines. I have to say this sounds like perfect casting!

I also found a marvellous promotional video which includes him singing, waltzing with his Beatrice, and generally being his adorable self! However, it now seems to have vanished.

Afterlife (2008)

Rupert played the character Kurt (and was part of the ensemble) for this production of a new play by Michael Frayn.

  • National Theatre (3 June – 30 August 2008)
  • Director: Michael Blakemore

The production is still featured here on the National Theatre website.

Rupert rehearsing for Afterlife, by Conrad Blakemore
Rupert rehearsing for Afterlife, by Conrad Blakemore

French Without Tears (2007)

Rupert played the character Brian Curtis in this play by Terrence Rattigan, for the English Touring Theatre (ETT) company.

  • Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford (14 – 17 February 2007)
  • Malvern Theatres, Malvern (20 – 24 February 2007)
  • Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge (27 February – 4 March 2007)
  • Richmond Theatre, Richmond (6 – 10 March 2007)
  • Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton (20 – 24 March 2007)
  • Director: Paul Miller

You can find out more about this production here on the ETT site.


The cast works away with a light touch to show the changing dynamics between the characters. … Jenna Harrison is perfect as the luscious yet vulnerable Diana, as is Rupert Young as the practical Brian. Hannah Yelland as the love-lorn ‘Jack’ and Adam James as the commander grow warmer before our eyes. Under Paul Miller’s crisp direction, the production has a very organic feel to it. Graham Gurrin, The Stage, 19 February 2007

Rupert in rehearsals for French Without Tears
Rupert in rehearsals for French Without Tears

Sleeping Beauty (2006)

Rupert played the character Prince Peter in this Christmas pantomime.

  • Salisbury Playhouse (6 December 2006 – 6 January 2007)
  • Director: Jeremy Bond


Kevin Catchpole in The British Theatre Guide (2006): ‘… the role of Prince Peter goes this year to newcomer Rupert Young, a young man with a friendly personality and a pleasing singing voice who is a good match for the pretty Aurora of Diana Eskell.’

Isn’t that just our Rupert to a T? ♥

Lesley Bates in The Stage (12 December 2006) mentioned that: ‘Rupert Young’s tree-hugging prince is matched by Diana Eskell’s sparky princess …’

(I’m sure Merlin fans will have a chuckle over the ‘tree-hugging prince’…)

Cymbeline (2005)

Rupert played the character Guiderius in this rarely performed Shakespeare play.

  • Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, London (10 June – 3 September 2005)
  • Director: Rachel Kavanaugh


Charles Spencer in The Telegraph (13 June 2005): ‘And there is strong support from … Rupert Young and Dominic Marsh as Imogen’s long-lost, hilariously hearty brothers who range round the mountains of Wales like superannuated boy scouts.’

The Comedy of Errors (2004)

Rupert played Luciana in an all-male production of The Comedy of Errors at the Shakespeare Festival Neuss in Germany. I assume it was this production in July 2004, as we’ve heard separately that he was in a production of this play for Wild Thyme Productions in 2004. According to his CV, the director was Stephen Jameson.

The all-male cast wouldn’t have helped with all the mistaken identities! Seriously, though, I see they also did an all-female Hamlet, which must have been extraordinary.

The Fix (2004)

This is one of the plays listed on Rupert’s CV from when he was studying with LAMDA. It is a musical, with book and lyrics by John Dempsey and music by Dana P Rowe, that premiered at the Donmar Warehouse, London in 1997 (Wikipedia).

Rupert played the character Cal Chandler, with directors Anne Durham and Stephen Jameson.

I’m not entirely sure of the year, but I’m guessing the first half of 2004 (i.e. at the end of the 2003-04 academic year).