An Actor's Life: Marcus Ellard

An Actor's Life: Marcus Ellard

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Oh What a Lovely War's Marcus Ellard on his favourite part of Oh What a Lovely War and how he would spend his perfect day off

1. What has been your favourite role you have ever played and why?

I once played a 1950s teddy boy called Tosher in the musical Come Dancing at Stratford East. He was a bad boy, carried a flick knife and got into all sorts of trouble... 

2. Where did you grow up?

A village just outside Leicester called Groby.

3. How would you spend your perfect day off?

Lie in, cooked breakfast, wander down the canal and round the markets near where I live, have a nice dinner out and then head to a couple of bars after. Probably try and squeeze an episode of Peaky Blinders in too.

4. What is your favourite bit of Oh What a Lovely War?

The French soldiers standing up to their superior officer. And it's not just because I'm in that bit.

5. What is the best and worst part of being on tour?

Best - different place every week, different theatres and audiences. Worst - only having one day at home a week...

6. If you could go back in time which era would you visit?

It changes all the time because I'm a bit of a history geek! At the minute I'd say the 20s. But only if I was doing well so I could enjoy the roaring 20s properly. 



Oh What a Lovely War runs at London's Theatre Royal Stratford East from 29 January to 7 February 2015, and then tours to Richmond, Malvern, Manchester, Cambridge, Bath, Torquay, Guildford, Coventry, Brighton, Leicester, Aylesbury and Birmingham, where the tour concludes on 9 May 2015.