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Film

Happy End Dir: Michael Haneke
Hunter Killer Dir: Donovan Marsh
Private Peaceful Dir: Pat O'Connor
Coriolanus Dir: Ralph Fiennes
Chariots Of Fire Dir: Hugh Hudson

Theatre

All Our Children Dir: Stephen Unwin
Jermyn Street Theatre
A Winter's Tale Dir: Dominic Dromgoole
Globe Theatre
Taken At Midnight Dir: Jonathan Church
Chichester Festival Theatre & Haymarket Theatre
An Ideal Husband Dir: Ethan McSweeney
Gate Theatre, Dublin
Mrs Warren's Profession Dir: Patrick Mason
Gate Theatre, Dublin
A Marvellous Year For Plums Dir: Philip Franks
Chichester Festival Theatre
Uncle Vanya Dir: Lucy Bailey
The Print Room
Henry IV Parts I & II Dir: Sir Peter Hall
Theatre Royal Bath & Tour
Single Spies Dir: Jamie Glover
The Watermill
Mrs Warren's Profession Dir: Michael Rudman
Theatre Royal Bath, Tour & West End
For King & Country Dir: Tristram Powell
Chichester Festival
The Circle Dir: Jonathan Church
Chichester Festival & Tour
Nicholas Nickleby Dir: Jonathan Church
Chichester Festival Theatre, Tour, West End & Canada
For Services Rendered Dir: Ed Hall
The Watermill
Troilus & Cressida Dir: Peter Stein
Edinburgh Festival & RSC Stratford
Tosca's Kiss Dir: Auriel Smith
The Orange Tree
Man & Boy Dir: Maria Aitken
Michael Whitehall Ltd
Henry IV Dir: Michael Grandage
The Donmar Warehouse
As You Like It Dir: Peter Hall
Peter Hall Company
Cuckoos Dir: Peter Hall
The Pit & Bath Theatre Royal
Life X 3 Dir: Jenny Darnell
Tour % Strand Theatre
Lady Windermere's Fan Dir: Peter Hall
Haymarket Theatre Royal
God Only Knows Dir: Anthony Paige
Cuckoos Dir: Peter Hall
The Gate Theatre
The Jew Of Malta Dir: Michael Grandage
The Almeida Theatre
Richard III Dir: Elijah Mojinsky
RSC
Major Barbara
The Misanthrope
Dir: The Peter Hall Rep. Co
Piccadilly Theatre
Waste
The Seagull
King Lear
The Three Of Us
Dir: Peter Hall
The Old Vic Season
An Ideal Husband Dir: Peter Hall
Broadway & The Haymarket Theatre
The Importance Of Being Earnest Dir: Terry Hands
The Old Vic
Blithe Spirit Dir: John David
Far East Tour
The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie Dir: Alan Strachan
Tour & Strand Theatre
H.R.H. Dir: Giles Havergal
Theatre Clwyd & Mold
The Seagull Dir: Paul Shelley
Orange Tree, Richmond
The Rules Of The Game Dir: Almeida Theatre
Rumours Dir: Chichester Festival Theatre & Tour
The Importance Of Being Earnest Dir: Theatre Royal, Windsor
The Deep Blue Sea Dir: Alan Strachan
Haymarket Theatre
A Patriot For Me Dir: Ron Eyre
Chichester Festival & Los Angeles
Merchant Of Venice Chichester Festival Theatre
School For Scandal Duke Of York's Theatre & European Tour
Major Barbara National Theatre
The Shoemaker's Holiday National Theatre
Deathtrap The Garrick Theatre
Smell Of Fantasy Royal Court Theatre
The Circle Triumph Productions
Room With A View Bristol Old Vic
Sleuth Bristol Old Vic
Travestites Bristol Old Vic
John Gabriel Borkman Royal National Theatre
Hamlet Royal National Theatre
Phaedra Royal National Theatre

TV

Endeavour Dir: Bokur Sigthorsson
Mammoth Screen for ITV
Father Brown Dir: Bob Tomson
BBC
Midsomer Murders Dir: Nick Laughland
Bentley Productions
REG Dir: David Blair
LA Productions / BBC
The Crown Dir: Various
Netflix
Poirot:
Curtain
Dir: Hettie McDonald
ITV
Doctors Dir: Jeff Naylor
BBC
Law & Order UK Dir: Hettie McDonald
Kudos Ltd
Eastenders Dir: Jennie Darnell
BBC
Poirot:
Three Act Tragedy
Dir: Ashley Pearce
ITV
Foyles War Dir: Stuart Orme
ITV
Bones Dir: Ian Toynton
20th Century Fox TV
Poirot
Mrs McGinty's Dead
Dir: Ashley Pearce
ITV
Spooks Dir: Stefan Schwartz
BBC
Midsomer Murders Dir: Sarah Hellings
ITV
Waking The Dead Dir: Bob Bierman
BBC
Inspector Lunley Dir: Bob Bierman
BBC
The Line Of Beauty Dir: Saul Dibb
BBC
Poirot
Taken At The Flood
Dir: Andy Wilson
Granada Television
Rocketman Dir: Jane Prowse
Most Mysterious Murders Dir: Delyth Thomas
Susie Chat
Love Soup Dir: Sandy Johnson
BBC
Bad Girls Dir: Nigel Douglas
Hewland International
Stranded Dir: Charles Beeson
Hallmark TV
Wilderness Man Dir: Various
Dalziel & Pascoe Dir: Ros Devenish
BBC TV
Dance To The Music Of Time Dir: Christopher Morahan Alvin Rakoff
Dancetime Ltd
The Good Guys Haverhall Pictures
Stay Lucky Dir: Various
YTV
Long Weekend Sveriges TV
The Strauss Dynasty Dir: Martin J Chomsky
A Bit Of A Do
(2 Episodes)
Dir: Various
YTV
Poirot
Murder In The Mews
Dir: Edward Bennett
LWT
The Bretts Dir: Baz Taylor
Central Television
May We Borrow Your Husband Dir: Bob Mahoney
YTV
A Little Princess Dir: Carol Wiseman
LWT
Star Quality Dir: Alan Dossor
BBC TV
Nancy Astor Dir: Richard Stroud
The Spider's Web Dir: Basil Coleman
Othello Dir: Jonathan Miller

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Reviews

HABIT OF ART
★★★★☆  MATTHEW KELLY and DAVID YELLAND are on top form heading an ensemble who highlight the way that art is both magical and mundane: that everything is provisional, everything is a process, be it writing or acting or composing or love or friendship. This first revival of Bennett’s follow-up to The History Boys shows it to have wild amounts of resonance and heart, clarity as well as cleverness. And plenty of laughs. It’s a hell of a tightrope walk, but Philip Franks’s production makes it look easy. Ambitious, revealing and hugely entertaining.
Dominic Maxwell, The Times

★★★★☆ The two great men are superbly rendered by MATTHEW KELLY as the veteran “Fitz” who becomes Auden, and DAVID YELLAND as the more restrained Henry who is being Britten.  Kelly’s Auden is rubicund and scruffy, sexually and reputationally reckless but a great and open heart, pining for his ever-unfaithful partner Chester.  Yelland gives Britten all his precise, tweedy nervousness and buttoned-down, closeted yearning for boyish beauty and innocence. 
Libby Purves, Theatre Cat

★★★★★The production boasts a stellar ensemble cast, led by MATTHEW KELLY and DAVID YELLAND. Kelly portrays Fitz/WH Auden, both grappling with the struggles of ageing minds and bodies, with fierceness and sensitivity. He delivers Bennett’s pithy dialogue with a nuanced command of tone that transforms what could be taken as inane rambling into colourful monologues that you can’t turn your gaze from. DAVID YELLAND is similarly engaging as Henry/Benjamin Britten. His Britten is delicate and tight-lipped, a completely believable mixture of palpable repression, fragile ego and quiet warmth. In Henry we see reflected the same qualities, with Yelland bringing out more warmth and less ego.  “The Habit of Art”, while often touted as a meeting of two of Britain’s great artists, goes far beyond a simple portrayal of two characters. It is first and foremost a play of resonant themes, exploring art, ageing, legacy and heartache. Philip Franks and a captivating cast bring these themes to life in a way which is at times hilarious, at others moving, but always deeply human. Thought-provoking and expertly played, this is not a production to be missed.
Sarah Ryan, Broadway World

★★★★★ The interplay between MATTHEW KELLY and DAVID YELLAND as Henry/Britten works beautifully. Yelland portrays Britten as a fidgeting neurotic wrapped in the half-smile of decorum. But underneath there lies a large and fragile ego. When Auden punctures his artistic pretension by claiming Britten’s musical inspirations are not classical and high-minded but his lust for boys, Yelland’s repressed white-knuckle rage is palpable. Funny and tender by turns, you feel for the man – both men – and their jointly-owned self-doubt.
Chris Titley, York Mix

★★★★★ Philip Franks’s unshowy direction is text-true, his cast uniformly stunning. MATTHEW KELLY and DAVID YELLAND brilliantly essentialise Auden and Britten.
Clare Brennan, The Observer.


HENRY IV PARTS I & II
“David Yelland proves a tremendous Henry IV, capturing all the guilt, filthy temper and physical frailty of the man, as well as his deep grief over his son’s waywardness.”
- Charles Spencer (The Telegraph)

“Yelland, striding on with confidence… charts Henry’s mind through expert shaping of the verse.”
- Timothy Ramsden (www.whatsonstage.co.uk)

SINGLE SPIES
“It is David Yelland who perfectly portrays the refined art historian Anthony Blunt.”
- Julie Watterson (The Stage)

“David Yelland was excellent as the cold, rather hard-boiled Blunt bringing colour to what could have been a long-winded role.”
- Carol Evans (The Public Reviews)

“As Blunt, a distinguished-looking David Yelland is by turns waspishly amusing, guardedly courteous and primly evasive – an outsider at the heart of the establishment.”
- Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

UNCLE VANYA

“David Yelland pushes the character, wonderfully, to the apex of absurd sententiousness.”
- Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“The performances are strong throughout. David Yelland milks every possible laugh from his pompous professor, a hypochondriac”
- (The Stage)

“...there is a peach of a performance from David Yelland as her (Yelena) insufferably tetchy, pompous husband”.
- Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“David Yelland’s splendidly pompous Professor.”
- Kate Bassett (The Independent)

“David Yelland’s interpretation strikes the right note of charmless, speechifying pomposity.”
- (www.thisislondon.co.uk)

“David Yelland makes the absentee host as memorable as anyone is likely to get in this role. The gouty old codger is cruelly self-centred as he whines and dictates while sucking the family dry.”
- Philip Fisher (www.britishtheatreguide.info)

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

“You would want the mighty David Yelland as the defence lawyer, Sir Wilfrid Roberts, fighting your corner”
- Dominic Maxwell (TheTimes)

“David Yelland has the right smooth, upper-class assurance as Vole’s defence counsel.”
- Michael Billington (The Guardian)

Stats

Eyes: Blue   
Hair: Mid-Colour   
Height: 5'11"   

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