Drawing: Nigel Lindsay in Bull at the Young Vic

Nigel Lindsay Bull

‘The Grim Reaper’, was Nigel Lindsay’s reply when asked how he would describe, in three words, his character Carter in his latest stage sojourn.

‘Life can be nasty, brutish and short. So is this play.’

This is one critic’s summation of Mike Bartlett’s 55 minute, Olivier Award-winning  BULL, which was recast and returned to the Young Vic’s Maria space over the festive period (the ‘grinch’ option to all that joyish stuff).  It’s described as a vicious comedy in an allegorical death match between business colleagues. Nigel plays the brutal boss who has to ‘interview’ three people ( Max Bennett, Susannah Fielding and Marc Wootton) for two roles in a workplace-come-bullring. Nigel was a stockbroker in a pre-actor life, so he was familiar with a number of the play’s concepts. He was actually involved in an early reading of the play, but was unable to be participate in the initial runs at the Sheffield Crucible, off-Broadway and the Young Vic in 2014/15.

In an interview he was asked what asked what supernatural power he would choose, Nigel said invisibility, which would make drawing him a little easier. He also added “I could sit naked in a Cabinet meeting and no one would ever know” ….except maybe all the other invisible naked people. So this is a fully-visible, fully-clothed rendering of Nigel as Carter that he signed on his way to the BULL fight for the final matinee a couple of weeks ago.

Drawing: Nigel Lindsay in Shrek

Nigel Lindsay

British actor Nigel Lindsay played the title role in the original production of Shrek The Musical which opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 14 June 2011. He finished in February 2012, earning nominations for both the Laurence Olivier and Whatsonstage Awards for Best Actor in a Musical.

The previous year he won the latter for Best Supporting Actor as Dr Harry Hyman in Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass at the Tricylcle Theatre in London.

To play the grumpy Socttish ogre Shrek, Nigel had to spend 90 minutes before each performance having a prosthetic make up applied. There was also a touch of the Time Lord in his voice – he asked his mate David Tennant to help him out with this delivery  – a cross between Kenny Dalglish and the former Dr Who. David said if he did Kenny no one would understand him, Nigel responded that, “yeah, but you’re too fey” so David ‘butched’ it up for him.

Nigel’s currently playing Charlie Fox in David Mamet’s Speed the Plow at London’s The Playhouse where he signed my sketch last night.