Tybalt played by Ricky Champ
Romeo and Juliet (2017)
Written by: William Shakespeare
Ricky trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Previous theatre includes: Wildfire, The Giant (Hampstead Theatre); Cannibals (MRE); Love’s Labour’s Lost, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Days of Significance, Coriolanus (RSC), and Bent (Trafalgar Studios).
Film includes: Lost in London, Paddington 2, A Royal Night Out, Mortdecai, Am Day, The World’s End, I Spit on your Rave, Hamlet, Driving Lessons, and Hotel Very Welcome.
Television includes: Absentia, Lucky Man, Harlots, We the Jury, Plebs, Game of Thrones, Tracey Ulman’s Show, Him and Her, Youngers, Knifeman, Peter and Wendy, Jekyll and Hyde, Crims, Shakespeare and Us, Dead Boss, Mankind, Rev, and EastEnders.
Ricky Champ, featured as part of the Adopt an Actor interview series for this production.
"There is no roof on this theatre...I know that sounds obvious! But you’ll get in here after rehearsing wherever you’ve rehearsed for the last four, five, six weeks, and you will start speaking and there will be no bounce-back from that roof. And you have to change, change the way you’re speaking..."
As Romeo and Juliet closes, Much Ado About Nothing opens, and Ricky shares his advice for performing in the Globe with the new cast members.
"I’ve died quite a few times! I mean, the best way to do a death...there are a million ways to die, there’s a million ways to live. But honestly, it's honesty in the moment...and you know, I don’t ever apologise either for breathing after I’ve died on stage!'
Taking some questions from audience members, Ricky reveals the best way to do a good death scene in Shakespeare!'
"On the stroke of midnight, when Romeo and Juliet went up on the Midnight Matinee, it was my birthday and we were all backstage. And the cast, they all whispered, sang 'Happy Birthday' to me before I went on. And it moved me..."
Catching up with Ricky on the final day of performances, he looks back on the Midnight Matinee, memorable moments, and the magic of the Globe.
"You're not coxed gently into our world of Verona; you're dropped from a height! And every audience is kind of a different beast and affects the play in different ways. A big a laugh or a big gasp one night won't be there the next, which is very strange."
As performances continue, Ricky discusses how audiences are reacting both during the show and overheard from the wings in the interval...
"I’m understudying Romeo for my sins! So, it just makes me respect Ed Hogg even more seeing first hand what he has found and what he has brought to that age old role. So many people have come before him. Romeo is a car crash, but a beautiful one!"
With the first few performances under their belts, Ricky looks back on Tech Week, dress rehearsals, and starting understudy runs.
"The dog is an endless source of comedy, which is funny now, but we're quickly realising how much of a danger that is! I had a costume fitting for my dog today, and it's wicked!"
As costume fittings begin, Ricky talks about his favourite moments from rehearsals so far, and Tybalt's least favourite foes.
"Tybalt is a proud man, who will fight and die for the Capulets' honour. Fire, definitely that is the element I have assigned him...but we're also finding moments of playfulness with Tybalt, of love with Tybalt, as well as his fire..."
Discussing his initial impressions of Tybalt, Ricky explores how these are developing in the rehearsal room.
"Romeo and Juliet is a play that has been done a thousand times, by a thousand different companies, a thousand different ways. And Daniel Kramer is going to put on this production in a way that nobody else has seen. It's going to be an artistic interpretation, but we're still going to tell the story. The text is still the star..."
As rehearsals continue, Ricky discusses performing at the Globe for the first time, working with Director Daniel Kramer, and his vision for the production.
"I actually read for Benvolio first and I said, 'I'd love to play him...but you know, I dream of playing Tybalt!' Daniel said, 'Well that's great to know. But whoever is playing Tybalt will be covering Romeo.' I was really intrigued. I think it's just how I look, my type, that I don't think I'll ever be cast as Romeo..."
As rehearsals begin, Ricky takes us through the various characters he will be both playing and understudying, including Tybalt, Romeo and a rather surprising role...