phone mail2 facebook twitter play whatsapp
‘I feel totally at home in the theatre’: an interview with Charlotte Hope

‘I feel totally at home in the theatre’: an interview with Charlotte Hope

6 October 2017 Will Rathbone

In just a few short years, Charlotte Hope's career has gone from strength to strength. Now starring in Almedia's production of 'Albion', she talks to London calling about the venue, a love of the theatre and cake.

London Calling: Thanks for speaking to us! Could you tell us a bit about Albion and the role that you play?
 
Charlotte Hope: It’s a play about family and what it means to be British. It’s about a woman, Audrey played by Victoria Hamilton, who buys an old English home and wants to restore it. I play her daughter Zara. They have a relationship I think a lot of people will understand, fractious but bound by bloodline. It’s a character study about a family and their relationships and how that disintegrates. I’m really excited for the audience to get to see it ’cause it’s magic.
 
LC: Have you performed at the Almedia before?
 
CH: No! I’ve been seeing plays here forever and I’ve always thought it was the pinnacle of theatre, so to be here on my third theatre job is… I’m pinching myself really. My boyfriend’s father gave me, when I was auditioning, his Almedia membership card as a kind of lucky charm: I’ve still got it! I’m just really excited to be a part of this place which is so well respected and produces such brilliant work.
 
LC: How is it working with director Rupert Goold?
 
CH: He’s amazing. I think he’s a brilliant director; he’s so intelligent. Everything he says is really spot on. He brings such clarity and specificity to every point, and that's exactly the way I like to work. I feel like I’ve learned more in a few weeks with him than I have in years. It’s no surprise the work he produces is so brilliant.
 
LC: You've performed on stage before, in a 2016 production of Buried Child, written by Sam Shepard. Did you notice a big change in the writing style from that play, written by a classic American writer and English playwright Mike Bartlett's writing in Albion?
 
CH: As an actress I always try to find the truth in whatever I’m saying. I think both of those playwrights are just so talented and such brilliant writers that for an actor it’s a total gift. In that sense they haven’t seemed hugely dissimilar to me so I’ve approached it in the same way.
 
LC: Is theatre something you’d like to do more of going forward then compared to film?
 
CH: I love it all! I’ve done a year now of lots of theatre and its been a total joy. This rehearsal process just means I get to practice acting every day, and I feel like I’m getting better which is really exciting for me as an actress. I’d love to go back and do more film and TV as well. But, at the moment, I feel totally at home here, which is a really magic thing for an actor, because so often we feel so adrift.
 
LC: Do you go to the theatre a lot and what are some of your highlights?
 
CH: Yes. I just thought [The 2017 production of Federico García Lorca play] Yerma was so brilliant. Billie Piper is kind of an idol of mine, I think she’s electric and amazing; I could see that show over and over again. She’s a great role model for me.
 
Are you a Londoner? What are some of your favourite places to go eat or go hang out?
 
CH: I go to the same places the whole time. No imagination! The Camberwell Arms, in Camberwell, has some of the best food I’ve eaten in London. Every weekend, when we say, ‘where shall we eat this weekend?’ I inevitably always end up there. They had this amazing caramelized pecan and brown sugar ice cream last week that I’ve been dreaming about ever since. I’m also obsessed with this cake shop Konditor and Cook which has something called a curly wurly cake which is a staple of my diet. When I was at uni, I would buy a whole cake and take it back to Oxford and eat it through the week ’cause I thought it was the best thing ever. I’ve got a sweet tooth!
 
LC: Are there any books, or albums or exhibitions, something you’ve seen recently that you’ve really enjoyed.
 
CH: I’m really obsessed with The National’s new album Sleep Well Beast; I’m seeing them play next week and I’m super excited about that. And I thought Lorde’s album was totally amazing, so I’m seeing that next week too. I really love live music. I’m always going to as many gigs as I can. 
 
Charlotte Hope stars in Albion at the Almedia, Almedia Street N1 1TA from the 10th of October to 24th November 2017.  Tickets from £10

Tell us what you think

You may also like

Freud The Musical

Freud The Musical

A One Woman Show about Sex, Madness and Medicine

This week: 5 – 11 February

This week: 5 – 11 February

Escape the miserable weather with meditative opera, dream yourself away on an elegant ocean liner or give in to the darkness with an H. P.…

This week: 12 – 18 February

This week: 12 – 18 February

This week brings us both Pancake Day and Valentine’s Day back to back but if you’ve had your fill of sweet stuff, there is some fierce…

An Interview with Ed Night

An Interview with Ed Night

The 21-year old comedian was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Comedy Awards at Edinburgh Fringe 2017. Now he is taking his debut show Anthem…

Laugh Out London

Laugh Out London

Comedy Night at the Old Queen's Head

An Interview with Sarah Roy

An Interview with Sarah Roy

After a successful Edinburgh Fringe run, the actor is starring in Derek Ahonen’s one-woman show Catherine and Anita at the King’s Head Theatre. She talks to…

An Interview with Ian Grant

An Interview with Ian Grant

The writer, actor and publisher talked to London Calling about his play After The Ball, votes for women and a mysterious find in his grandparents’ house…

Amy Conway’s Super Awesome World

Amy Conway’s Super Awesome World

Depression, growing up, and video games - join Amy Conway on a dark and difficult quest

Succubus comedy night

Succubus comedy night

Razor-sharp women’s satirical magazine, Succubus, launches a brand new comedy night championing female comedy writers and stand ups.

This week: 19 – 25 February

This week: 19 – 25 February

After the cold dark days of last week we could all do with some fun, so here are some exclusively jolly ideas to brighten up…

Most popular

Win Tickets to Best of Broadway!

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Win Tickets to Best of Broadway!

Experience an evening showcasing the finest shows on Broadway and in the West End live at the Royal Albert Hall.
Win 2 Tickets to a Cocktail Cinema Evening!

Courthouse Hotel - Win 2 Tickets to a Cocktail Cinema Evening!

Your chance to win a magical night out with this Cocktail Cinema Evening for Two at the 5* Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch!
Win 2 tickets to see Good Girl

Trafalgar Studios - Win 2 tickets to see Good Girl

Naomi Sheldon’s award-winning debut play
Win Tickets to The Enchanted Room

Estorick Collection - Win Tickets to The Enchanted Room

We've got two tickets to give away to a unique display of Italian art.
Win Tickets to Lab Late: Managing the Biosphere

The Imagination Lab - Win Tickets to Lab Late: Managing the Biosphere

Are you concerned about rapid changes facing the planet? Hear about a movement that advocates for action, driven by the people!
Top 5: Brutalist Buildings in London

Top 5: Brutalist Buildings in London

Concrete beasts in the city
Win a bottle of Prosecco and free entry to Womb 2

Number 90 Bar & Kitchen - Win a bottle of Prosecco and free entry to Womb 2

Number 90 Bar & Kitchen in Hackney is celebrating it’s 4th birthday with a massive 4 day party of individually themed events.
Top 5: Escape room games in London

Top 5: Escape room games in London

Exciting quest for adventurous explorers
Julius Caesar at The Bridge Theatre

Julius Caesar at The Bridge Theatre

Ben Whishaw, Michelle Fairley, David Calder and David Morrissey take to London’s newest stage.

Your inbox deserves a little culture!!