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NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND
Running: October 6th to November 1st (London), November 6th and 8th (Paris)
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
Release date: November 7th (US), January 1st (UK)
Role: Paul Crosley
Status: Renewed for season two
Role: Harry Percy
Status: Airing on BBC2 in 2015
Graphics by B
"I am spiteful! I am ill! You are not going to like this!"
- Harry Lloyd in Notes From Underground
On location for his newest project, London-born actor Harry Lloyd is struck by the vastness of the Santa Fe desert in New Mexico. “It’s a strange place,” he says with a laugh. In the city he will call home for the next several years, “there are no billboards.” Lloyd is filming the new television series Manhattan, a show set in 1940s New Mexico where scientists worked secretly on the Manhattan Project, the WWII-era research program that successfully developed America’s first atomic bombs. It’s a new page in his career and a substantial commitment.
Even stranger than the isolation, peace, and relative quiet offered by the actor’s current locale is the path that took him there. “It’s really weird for me—and fascinating—to be a regular on a series like [Manhattan]. When you sign up for seven years of your life based on a pilot episode you think, Yeah, I’ll live in New Mexico for five months, a year, potentially for the next seven years. I mean, I’m 30; I know what I’m doing with my life,” he smiles, with a measure of self- deprecation.
Coming to us from the creators of the newly acclaimed Masters of Sex on Showtime, Lloyd’s character in Manhattan, Paul Crosley, is described by the actor as a “very complicated, mysterious man.”
“He starts off a disdainful Brit, wishing he were higher up the food chain, keen to make a mark on this important project and gain his recognition.” he explains, “but as we learn why he’s there, and as he learns more about his own wants, he becomes a really interesting and challenging character.”
Eddie Redmayne Takes on Stephen Hawking’s Love Story in ‘The Theory of Everything’
This past weekend, we had the pleasure of seeing “Notes From Underground”. We have no substantial knowledge of the novella it’s adapted from so we can’t comment on that, nor can we really comment on the theatrical aspect of it.
However, we did find it to be very thought provoking and Harry was mesmerizing to watch on stage. He completely transforms into a crazed man — so much so that you find yourself forgetting that it’s actually him — and his acting is completely on point, as well as being rather intense. He plays a man full of contradictions as he speaks to an audience that isn’t actually there about his life from “above”, telling stories of people he’s encountered and all too common situations that he found himself in.
It’s definitely some of Harry’s finest acting and it’s all the more impressive that he actually adapted the work himself! Even more so that it’s a 1 hour+ monologue. (Some people have said that it’s 60 or 70 minutes long, but we think our performance ran for around 80 minutes.)
For us, though, our favourite part of it is the “interaction” Harry has with the “audience”. Waving, smiling, directing you to your seat, and sometimes laughing with/at you whilst in character as you enter the room and wait for it to start. (Also watching him before it starts, you could really tell that he was enjoying himself and was excited for the show. At the end when he’s taking his applause, you can also see this. You can tell he’s having an absolute blast!) He also speaks to/at you during his monologue, maintaining eye contact with every member of the audience multiple times, for quite some time. Some might find it unnerving, but we really liked how personal and intimate of a theatre experience it is!
Having seen him in both “The Sea” and “A View From the Bridge” before, we think it’s definitely our favourite stage piece of Harry’s thus far, and we highly recommend that anyone go see it if they have the opportunity!