The Rivals | Cast Bio – Lily Donovan

Lily Donovan

Rehearsals are well and truly underway for The Rivals, the next production in our 250th Anniversary Programme, and the company have been in hysterics each day, making the most of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s hilarious comedy of manners under the watchful eye of Director Dominic Hill.

Here we find out a little about Lucy, played by talented Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduate Lily Donovan.

Where are you from and how did you get into acting?
I was born and brought up in South London. I can’t remember actually getting into acting, it has just always been something I loved. My earliest memories are of dressing up and making up stories and plays in the garden. It’s just a passion that grew and grew and never went away.

How does it feel to be a Peter O’Toole Prize Winner and having your professional debut in a Bristol Old Vic production?
It’s amazing! I genuinely can’t believe it! I feel so privileged. Peter O’Toole is a legend and to win an award named after him is so cool.

I’m so excited about performing at Bristol Old Vic. The stage and auditorium is stunning. You can feel the history of it around you. It’s a dream to be making my professional debut there.

Tell us a bit about what characters you are playing in The Rivals?
I’m playing a very mischievous character called Lucy. I don’t want to say too much about her but she’s very smart and quick thinking and enjoys watching the antics she stirs up unfold before her…

What was it like training at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School?
It was amazing. I loved my time there. The teachers are incredible and I made wonderful friends. School was like being in a big family.

What are you most looking forward to in taking the Bristol Old Vic stage?
Knowing I’m standing on that stage where so many great actors have stood and I’m there as a professional too.

The Rivals continues our 250th Anniversary Season 9 Sep-2 Oct. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

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