We chatted with the charming and talented Henry Shields of The Play That Goes Wrong! Henry spoke with us about his show, improv and how Iron Giant is definitely not a first date movie below the cut!
Where did you grow up? Do you have a theatrical family? What was your earliest memory of theater?
Oh, awesome! That's very cool. Talk about full circle. So, what are you most passionate about in your own life?
That's really cool, actually! I've never heard that answer before. Ha! So, I'm assuming you moved to London to perform. Since moving to London, is there anything that you really enjoy going to? What's your favorite London area?
What is your favorite book/TV show/movie?
That is crazy! I was literally talking about this movie last night. Not even kidding, I wish I was, but I'm not. That movie is one of the most beautiful movies, so underrated.
Yeah, you don't stick that on the first date. You don't do that.
That is hilarious. I love that. So, going from there, what would be your guilty pleasure?
You seem like such an awesome guy, I'm so glad that you agreed to be interviewed! So, about the show - I just read that it was recently nominated for an Olivier, so congratulations on that! That must be so exciting. Can you tell us what you felt when you found out?
Yeah, that's pretty intimidating for sure. So, my understanding is that you toured with this company for this show and then you got a home in the West End in September of last year. Do you like being on the road or do you like having a stable place to go to every day?
London is pretty cool. There's so much to do, it's endless! What shows have you seen?
Going off this, I know that you write material for this company, the Mischief Theatre, but is there anything in the future that you're working on that you could share with us?
That's so amazing! You are so stealth on the internet, by the way. I was trying to find information about you and the company online and I was digging deep - I felt like Beautiful Mind or something. Anyway. Have you guys ever performed in the United States?
No, improv is awesome! I can tell you, there's definitely a really good foundation for that in New York.
I would definitely go see it, because that's something that I like! So, leading into the show. I'm really happy that it has a home in the West End. Could you give us a bit of information about the show's structure and what people should expect when they go to see it?
Has there ever been a moment in the show where something did genuinely go wrong? Something that wasn't planned?
Now, I saw that the group that you work with, the Mischief Theatre, they are all graduates of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. During your time at this university, did you have any professors that inspired you to pursue something differently within your craft?
Could you sell the show to us? Why should people come see the show?