facebook play-alt chevron-thin-right chevron-thin-left cancel location info chevron-thin-down star-full help-with-circle calendar images mail whatsapp directions_car directions_bike train directions_walk directions_bus close spinner11
Following official government advice theatres are currently closed to help slow the spread of coronavirus. For more information on cancelled performances click here.
For_web_i5muc0

Tell Us In 10: Justin Audibert

Kitty Underwood

By Kitty Underwood First Published 6 November 2019, Last Updated 7 November 2019

In our profile series, Tell Us In 10, we ask cast members and creatives of top London shows to tell us all about themselves in just 10 questions.

This week, we hear from Justin Audibert, who’s directing the Royal Shakespeare Company’s innovative gender-swapped production of The Taming Of The Shrew at the Barbican. Justin is also the current artistic director of the Unicorn Theatre.

The RSC's The Taming Of The Shrew

1. My route into theatre was…

The Sooty and Sweep Show at the Kenneth More Theatre in Ilford on my 5th birthday where I got to make my birthday cake live onstage. Add in a dash of my Auntie Sandra taking me to the RSC for my 11th birthday. Followed that up with the brilliant Jeff Shaw at Wilson’s School expanding my literary horizons.

Then up to the Steel City where I joined Sheffield University Theatre Company and had the space to play, create and get stuff wrong. Before I then got to learn from Rob Swain and all the brilliant artists on the Birkbeck MFA in directing.

Finally, the most important shout out has to go to my Mum and Dad for making me believe I could be whatever I wanted to be.

2. My West End idol is…

Una Marson, who I believe was the first Black female playwright produced in the West End way back in 1938. Maximum Respect.

3. My colleagues would describe me as…

ENTHUSIASTIC!

Justin Audibert's production of Beowulf at the Unicorn Theatre. Photo by Graham Michael.Justin Audibert’s production of Beowulf at the Unicorn Theatre. Photo by Graham Michael.

4. My favourite show present or past (that isn’t one I star in) is…

Err… I kind of have to say Hamilton. It’s pretty peerless, although Matilda runs it a close second.

5. The career moment I’m most proud of is…

I am going to have three if that’s ok?

Firstly the opening night of The Jew of Malta where my Auntie who took me there as an 11 year old was able to see a show directed by her nephew at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Secondly when a young person came to see My Mother Medea at the Unicorn and said to their teacher: “Miss you told us we were going to the theatre but that was much better than the theatre.”

The Unicorn Theatre London BridgeThe Unicorn Theatre London Bridge

And lastly seeing those enormous posters for The Taming of the Shrew with all those inspirational female actors plastered all over London Train Stations. (I am a secret nerd for transport so it’s a win-win for me).

6. The hardest part about my role is…

Working out how I can help other people as they are coming up in the industry from diverse backgrounds. That and not eating ALL THE SWEETS during tech.

7. If I didn’t work in theatre I would be…

Ideally a commentator on Test Match Special but probably something in politics.

8. Something people don’t know about me is…

That I am a nerd for public transport but I did just give that away a few lines back. Oh and that I know all of the lyrics to Regulate by Nate Dogg and Warren G.

Related Article: Theatre Quiz Round 4: West End animals
This week's round is animal-themed! So grab the nearest pet as a lucky mascot and settle down to see how many right answers you can get!

9. The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is…

Always be the stupidest person in the rehearsal room. That way you are always learning and can always get better.

10. The one thing I wish I could tell my younger self is…

Maybe you don’t need to go partying EVERY weekend Justin…

 

You can grab tickets to Justin Audibert’s current production of The Taming Of The Shrew through the button below.

Share

Sign up

Related articles

If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.