We love a bit of Once, we really do! Following our hoot of an interview with original London cast Guy and Girl, Declan Bennett and Zrinka Civitesic, we thought it would only be right to ensnare the new Guy on the block, Arthur Darvill.
Some of you may know acting veteran Arthur from the telebox. Yep, Mr Darvill played everyone’s favourite male nurse, Rory Williams, in Doctor Who for two seasons and then went on to portray the very holy Reverend Paul Coates in Broadchurch. Also…bombshell… Arthur was in SOOTY AND SWEEP at the age of 17, there are literally so many strings to this gent’s bow!
Away from the screen, Arthur is also a highly successful stage actor, previously seen in West End productions of Our Boys (Duchess Theatre), Swimming with Sharks (Vaudeville Theatre) and Doctor Faustus at the Shakespeare’s Globe. However one could arguably claim that Arthur Darvill hit the theatrical jackpot when he was offered the role of Guy on Broadway, which won him much critical acclaim for the 8 months he was in the show at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Now the Brit is back in town and ready to play Guy in his mother country! Hurrah! Check out what Arthur had to say to us about playing Irish romantic, Guy, in the West End version of Once the Musical at the Phoenix Theatre. Watch below.
The Lightning Round
As is customary when West End stars come face to face with Official Theatre, we inducted Arthur into the rigors of the Lightning Round! We fired “lightning” fast miscellaneous questions at Arthur, here is what he had to say for himself!
Our favourite interview quotes
Heck, you might be reading this interview feature at work or school so cannot watch the video in full right now. Boo! So to tie you over, here is a selection of our favourite quotes from our chat with Arthur!
“I’ve done it with six girls…that sounds filthy!”
“[Matt Smith] looks like HE-MAN right now.”
“My Friend saw Tom York buying red jeans in American Apparel.”
“I’ve broken 14 guitar strings since I started”
“[Zrinka] is really funny. I find it hard not to laugh her!”
“There is a little bit in me in all that characters I play.”
“I’m effervescing with excitement.”
Five Facts about Arthur
Think Arthur is a man shrouded in mystery? Here are five of our favourite facts about him to help you get to know him better!
1- Arthur has a cat named Prince Phillip. Very regal indeed. *curtsy’s to the prince*
2- Arthur is strangely connected to the world of 90’s Children’s television. His mother played the Why Bird in Play Days and Arthur appeared in 25 episodes of Sooty and Sweep
3- Arthur’s favourite bands include Talking Heads, Radiohead and Grizzly Bear.
4- Arthur supports Aston Villa (Yippi Aye Eh!)
5- After some deliberation, Arthur confirms he prefers hoovers to brooms. Tough call.
Arthur In Action
Want to see Arthur in action as Guy? We thought so! Check out the video below to hear him sing “Say It To Me Now.”
Catch Arthur in Once until the end of May.
A big thank you to Sarah at Premier for helping us arrange this interview.