An Actor's Life: Neil Stewart

An Actor's Life: Neil Stewart

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Oh What A Lovely War's Neil Stewart on becoming an actor, his dream role and which venue he is looking forward to visiting most.

1. What made you want to be an actor?

It’s just something I’ve always done. When I was seven my best friend and I would do cabaret performances in his conservatory for the neighbours. He’d play the piano and we’d do Peter Cook and Dudley Moore sketches that we copied from a record. I co-wrote the school play when I was ten and things just carried on from there.

2. If you had to sell Oh What A Lovely War in one sentence what would it be?

Oh, What A Lovely War: a light-hearted, musical entertainment about a great human tragedy.

3. What would be your dream role?

Anything I’m still young enough to play written by Tom Stoppard.


4. What is your favourite piece of theatre that you have seen recently?

I’m a bit late on this but I saw The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time a couple of months ago. An uplifting tale remarkably-told and brilliantly acted.

5. What have your biggest challenges been so far working on Oh What A Lovely War?

I have exactly 99 entrances if you count my own role and the four characters I’m covering as swing so my challenge is not to be in the wrong wing.

6. Which venue are you most looking forward to playing on the tour? 

Bath. I’ll be staying with friends I haven’t seen for a long time. 


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.