10 questions for...Pippa Bennett-Warner

Pippa Bennett-Warner is currently appearing in The Beaux Stratagem.

Samuel Barnett and Pippa Bennett-Warner. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

1. Who do you play in The Beaux Stratagem?

I play Dorinda

2. Describe The Beaux Stratagem in 3 words.

Fun, fruity and entertaining.

3. Is there a scene you particularly enjoy performing?

My favourite scene to perform  is definitely the wheelchair scene. I find it quite hard not to corpse.

4. Do you have any pre-performance rituals?

Beroca and bananas. I’m also partial to a Pret Ginger and Apple pick me up shot. Apart from that I make sure I do a good warm up.

5. Who’s your backstage hero?

Our dressers, the ladies from wigs, hair & make-up and our stage management. Couldn’t do the show without them.

6. What’s the most memorable on-stage moment you’ve seen or been part of that has made a lasting impression on you?

Douglas Hodge in Inadmissible Evidence. His performance blew my mind.

7. What would be your dream role?

Hard question to answer. I don’t think I have one. Well, not right now anyway. 

8. If you could watch a play with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be?

My grandfather. He died when I was very little so I never got to share any theatrical experiences with him.

9. What’s your favourite spot at the NT?

At the moment the dressing room I share with Susie Fielding and Amy Morgan. We laugh a lot. 

10.   If there was one play you would recommend and it was the only play someone would ever see, which would it be?

The Crucible.

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