Blue / Orange (2001)

A play by Joe Penhall. Directed by Roger Michell.
Cast: Bill Nighy as Robert, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Andrew Lincoln
Duchess Theatre

Bill Nighy is outstanding as the power-mad senior shrink, moving from apparent affability to ferocious megalomaniac menace, and there is strong support from Andrew Lincoln as his alarmed junior and Chiwetel Ejiofor as the confused, engaging but increasingly peripheral patient.
(Daily Telegraph)

Bill Nighy was nominated for best actor for the 2001 Olivier Award Winners and Nominations.

The Critics

Bill Nighy’s consultant is an overwhelming knockout performance. This is an exposé of the compassionate ego in dramatic vehement engagement. Nighy’s emotionally and intellectually charged acting is stamped with naturalness and conviction. Each nuance of the role, from passion to swaggering vanity is discovered.
(Evening Standard)

Bill Nighy is excellent as the senior consultant whose willowy assurance gives way to bursts of throttled incoherent rage.
(The Guardian)

More on Blue / Orange

You can listen to a RealAudio clip of Bill Nighy in Blue/Orange here

Blue / Orange on the National Theatre Website

There is a great Blue / Orange workpack at the National Theatre website (pdf file)

Bill about Blue / Orange, the length of his hair and a lot of other things (the Independent)
Bill Nighy : Send in the Clown

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