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Casting announced for Life of Galileo directed by BAFTA winner Joe Wright

Life of Galileo
Life of Galileo

Life of Galileo

Brendan Cowell takes the title role and is joined by Billy Howle as Andrea, Paul Hunter as Sagredo and Anjana Vasan as Virginia.

Galileo Galilei: father, hero, heretic. When a chance discovery leads to evidence of a seismic shift in scientific thinking, Galileo sparks a dangerous dispute with authority. To challenge the idea that the earth is the centre of the universe is to challenge the all-powerful Roman Catholic Church.

Brecht’s dramatisation of the battle between belief and reason considers whether proof matters when it inspires dissent. Joe Wright catapults Life of Galileo into the Young Vic’s Main House auditorium as you’ve never seen it before with design by Lizzie Clachan and projections by 59 Productions. The full cast is: Ayesha Antoine, Jason Barnett, Brendan Cowell, Billy Howle, Paul Hunter, Joshua James, Bettrys Jones, Alex Murdoch, Brian Pettifer, Anjana Vasan and Sarah Wright.

Bertolt Brecht was born in 1889 in Augsburg, Germany. He grew to maturity as a playwright in the twenties and early thirties and wrote such plays as Man Equals Man, The Threepenny Opera and The Mother. He left Germany when Hitler came to power in 1933, eventually reaching the United States in 1941, where he remained until 1947. During this period of exile, he wrote Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and Her Children and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Shortly after his return to Europe in 1947, he founded the Berliner Ensemble and produced his own plays there until his death in 1956.
Brendan Cowell’s theatre credits include: Yerma (Young Vic); The Wild Duck (Barbican, UK tour, Vienna and Amsterdam tour); Once in Royal David’s City, Miss Julie (Belvoir, Sydney); The Dark Room (nominated for Best Actor at the Sydney Theatre Awards, Company B); True West, Dissident, Goes Without Saying (Sydney Theatre Company) and MEN (Old Fitzroy). His film credits include Last Cab to Darwin, Broke, Beneath Hill 60 (nominated for Best Actor in a Feature Film, Australian Film Institute Awards); Noise (winner of Best Actor in a Feature Film, Film Critics’ Circle Awards). His television credits include: Brock, The Let Down, The Outlaw Michael Howe (also written and directed); The Borgias (Series 3) and Love My Way (nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actor, ASTRA Awards, Most Popular TV Actor, Silver Logie Awards and Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, TV Week Awards as well as contributing several episodes over three series). Credits as a writer (UK) include: Happy New (Trafalgar Studios), Rabbit (Frantic Assembly UK tour), The Slap (nominated for a BAFTA and Emmy Award) and Ruben Guthrie (also directed; 2015 BFI London Film Festival).Billy Howle makes his Young Vic debut in Life of Galileo. His recent theatre credits include: Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Little Mermaid (Bristol Old Vic) and Ghosts (Brooklyn Academy of Music). His credits for film include: On Chesil Beach, The Sense of an Ending and The Seagull. For television: The Witness for the Prosecution, Cider with Rosie, Glue, Vera and New Worlds. 

Paul Hunter returns to the Young Vic following Animal Farm, The Water Engine and My Perfect Mind. His recent theatre credits include: The Little Match Girl, The Mystery Plays, Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe); Gaslight (Northampton); Tartuffe (Birmingham Rep) and My Perfect Mind (Young Vic, Theatre Royal Plymouth and 59E59 Theaters, New York). His film credits include: Denial, This Beautiful Fantastic, Pan, Marvellous, Cinderella and Maleficent. TV credits: Trinity, After You’ve Gone, Absolute Power and Tunnel of Love. Paul is also Artistic Director of Told by an Idiot.

Anjana Vasan makes her debut at the Young Vic in Life of Galileo. Her recent theatre credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe); Image of an Unknown Young Woman (Gate Theatre); Dara, Behind the Beautiful Forevers (National Theatre); Macbeth (Park Avenue Armory, New York City) and First Encounters: Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company). Her credits for film include: The Children Act, Cinderella and Jack Ryan. For television: Ill Behaviour, Black Mirror, Call the Midwife, Fresh Meat and Asia At War: Fighting For India: The Women Who Dared.

Joe Wright is an acclaimed film and theatre director. He returns to the Young Vic following his 2013 production of A Season in the Congo. His film credits include the six-time Oscar nominated Atonement which premiered at the 2007 Venice Film Festival; he was the youngest director ever to open this prestigious event. He received four Oscar nominations and won a BAFTA for Pride & Prejudice in 2005. His bold adaptation of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jude Law and Keira Knightley was one of the biggest film openings of autumn 2012. Joe is currently filming Darkest Hour, a drama about Winston Churchill’s turbulent first weeks as Prime Minister during WWII, starring Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn and Lily James.

The Jerwood Assistant Director working with Joe Wright on Life of Galileo is Taio Lawson. The role is supported through the Jerwood Assistant Directors Program at the Young Vic.
Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht, translated by John Willett and directed by Joe Wright runs 6 May – 24 June 2017 in the Young Vic’s Main House. It is designed by Lizzie Clachan, with light by Jon Clark, sound by Tom Gibbons and projections by 59 Productions. Casting is by Julia Horan CDG.

Young Vic Announces New Show: Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere by Paul Mason, directed by David Lan

#KickingOffLive
• Former Economics Editor of Channel 4 News and BBC’s Newsnight Paul Mason writes and performs in a new show based on his acclaimed book
• Directed by the Young Vic’s David Lan
• The show will be filmed for broadcast at a later date by the BBC as part of Performance Live
• Audience participation will be a key part of the performance

Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere is a play about revolution. The story of the networked generation, it traces how we got from the optimism of the Arab Spring and the origins of the Occupy Movement to Trump’s election and the present day – through the eyes of Paul Mason. Audiences will participate throughout the promenade performances.

Performed by Mason, Khalid Abdalla, Sirine Saba, and Lara Sawalha, Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere will run Tuesday 28 to Thursday 30 March in the Young Vic’s Maria studio.

Tickets for the three performances are free, limited to one per person and will be allocated via ballot. Audiences can register to enter before 12noon on Wednesday 22 March, here: http://bit.ly/2mW0QRn

Design for Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere is by Jeremy Herbert, with video by Ali Hossaini, light by Nicki Brown and sound by Peter Rice. It will be directed for TV by Tim van Someren. The show is produced in partnership with Totally Theatre Productions.
Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere is one of a series of programmes for BBC Arts called Performance Live – a two-year project, produced in partnership with Arts Council England with Battersea Arts Centre as strand producer, that will challenge a spectrum of exciting artists, producers and arts organisations to produce their own television programmes. The first broadcast of the series was Kate Tempest’s Let Them Eat Chaos in October 2016. Further programmes in the series will be announced in due course.

These diverse and original commissions, spanning theatre, dance, comedy, spoken word, live-art and everything in-between, will be rooted in different parts of England and will explore the middle ground between live performance and television, shifting perceptions about what performance can be.

Paul Mason is a writer, journalist and film-maker. He reported for Channel 4 News as Economics Editor before going freelance in 2016. Prior to that he was Economics Editor for BBC Newsnight, covering the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the rise of networked protest movements. His most recent book is Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future. His play about the Paris Commune, Divine Chaos of Starry Things, will run at The White Bear Theatre 25 April – 20 May 2017.

 David Lan is a playwright, theatre director and social anthropologist. Artistic director of the Young Vic since 2000, he has produced more than 150 shows and directed, amongst others, A Raisin in the Sun, Doctor Faustus, The Daughter-in-Law, The Skin of Our Teeth, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Blackta, as well as As You Like It in the West End. He led the campaign to rebuild the theatre which reopened to acclaim in 2006. He is on the board of Belarus Free Theatre and Good Chance Theatre and is co-director of World Stages. Between July 2013 and October 2015 he was Consulting Artistic Director of the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Centre in New York. Lan has received an Honorary Doctorate from London South Bank University and a CBE.

Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere by Paul Mason and directed by David Lan will be performed 28 – 30 March 2017 in the Young Vic’s Maria studio. Tickets are free and will be allocated by ballot. Register before 12noon on Wednesday 22 Marchhere: http://bit.ly/2mW0QRn
Listings
Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere
The Maria, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ
Tuesday 28 – Thursday 30 March 2017
Performance times:
Tuesday 28 March, 7.15pm
Wednesday 29 March, 7.15pm (limited number of press tickets available)
Thursday 30 March, 2.15pm (limited number of press tickets available)
Box Office: 0207 922 2922 | www.youngvic.org
Tickets: Free

New Shows for 2017 at the Young Vic

Young Vic 2017 Season
Young Vic 2017 Season

Young Vic 2017 Season

• Joe Wright directs Brecht’s Life of Galileo with Brendan Cowell in the title role
• Billie Piper returns to her role in Simon Stone’s Yerma   
• Juliet Stevenson reunites with director Natalie Abrahami in the London premiere of Arthur Kopit’s Wings 
• London premiere for Ramin Gray and David Grieg’s acclaimed production The Suppliant Women featuring a chorus of Waterloo residents 
• In the Maria, two poetic personal stories Taha and Nina – a story about me and Nina Simone, and Edinburgh Festival hit How To Win Against History 

Plus as previously announced:
• Joe Hill-Gibbins’s production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
See Me Now created by Mimi Poskitt, Molly Taylor and a company of performers who have been or are sex workers
• Two Genesis Future Directors Award shows: Chekhov’s The Bear and The Proposal – casting announced today – and Yellowman by Dael Orlandersmith
New Shows for 2017 at the Young Vic

New Shows for 2017 at the Young Vic

Artistic Director David Lan on today’s announcement:  
We want every show we stage to evoke the world on our streets. As life becomes ever more complex and surprising, we look for the best angles from which to watch and intervene.
 
Joe Hill-Gibbins’ ferocious A Midsummer Night’s Dream searches out the darkest caverns beneath Shakespeare’s young masterpiece with some of the finest actors on the UK stage and two great designers from Berlin.
 
Brendan Cowell’s Young Vic debut was opposite Billie Piper in Yerma. Now he plays the genius astronomer in Brecht’s greatest play Life of Galileo. How do you stay true to your hard-won understanding of the nature of reality when Power tells you you’re wrong? Joe Wright directs this timeless play of extreme ideologies and dogma backed by violence. The designs by Lizzie Clachan and 59 Productions promise an out of this world experience. 
 
And Simon Stone’s huge 2016 success Yerma returns with the incomparable Billie Piper. Last time demand went through the roof so we’re thrilled more people will have a chance to catch this once-in-a-lifetime show. 
 
Natalie Abrahami and Juliet Stevenson’s collaboration on Happy Days was so admired that it played two seasons. Now they’re back together with Wings, Arthur Kopit’s extraordinarily poignant and powerful account of an aviatrix in late middle age whose mind, following a stroke, comes apart. Told from within her consciousness, following her journey from trauma towards healing, Wings caused enormous excitement when first seen on Broadway almost 40 years ago. 
 
The Suppliant Women continues our season Horizons, exploring the experience of refugees. 3000 years ago Aeschylus wrote this story about a large number of women, refugees from their destroyed city, as they wait outside a neighboring city, desperate for shelter. David Greig and Ramin Gray’s new version has already had huge success in Edinburgh, Belfast and Newcastle. 
 
In our Maria studio: 
See Me Now began its life as a project run by our Taking Part department in response to our production of Measure for Measure. Now it is a show in its own right created and performed by people who have been or are sex workers. 
 
Taha is the story of the great Palestinian poet Taha Muhammed Ali written and performed by Amer Hlehel, directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi – both of whom have performed many times with us. 
 
Nina – a story about me and Nina Simone created and performed by Josette Bushell-Mingo tells the story of the magnificent musician Nina Simone, linking her life-long struggle within the US Civil Rights movement to the Black Lives Matter movement of today.
 
How To Win Against History was the smash hit of last year’s Edinburgh Festival. We’re delighted to welcome this hilarious musical visit from a great English eccentric. 
 
And in The Clare:
This year the Genesis Future Directors Award gives two outstanding young directors the chance to create their most ambitious show yet. Lucy J Skilbeck brings their unique perspective to two Chekhov shorts The Bear and The Proposal in March and in November Nancy Medina directs the American modern classic Dael Orlandersmith’s Yellowman.  
 

There will be more news of 2017 shows at the Young Vic soon.”

Lucy Woollatt, Executive Director of the Young Vic said: 
“Last year we welcomed almost 150, 000 people to the Young Vic. Sustained funding from Arts Council England as well as box office receipts and philanthropic giving allow us to keep ticket prices low and to offer 10% of seats free to targeted audiences. It also means we can continue to encourage artists to produce bold and exciting work on our three stages and offer a range of opportunities via our wide-reaching participation and directors programs.”
Tickets for the 2017 season go on sale to Friends of the Young Vic at 10.00am today. Public booking opens Wednesday 1 February at 10.00am. Box Office: 0207 922 2922, www.youngvic.org

Casting announced for Joe Hill-Gibbins’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Joe Hill-Gibbins returns to the Young Vic’s Main House stage with a bold new production featuring Michael Gould as Oberon, Anastasia Hille as Titania and Leo Bill as Bottom. Lovers Lysander and Hermia are played by John Dagleish and Jemima Rooper; Demetrius and Helena by Oliver Alvin-Wilson and Anna Madeley. Matthew Steer plays Peter Quince. Further casting is still to be announced.

In a world of grotesque transformations and sexual provocation, repressed conflicts between lovers and their parents are released. Manipulation leads to complications and desire becomes dangerous. Heaving with the energy of a wild house party, Hill-Gibbins’ production dives into the subconscious of Shakespeare’s masterpiece.

Design and light for A Midsummer Night’s Dream is by Johannes Schütz, with costumes by Michaela Barth, sound by Paul Arditti, movement by Jenny Ogilvie and dramaturgy by Zoë Svendsen.

Oliver Alvin-Wilson makes his Young Vic debut in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His theatre credits include: The Red Barn, Emperor And Galilean, All’s Well That Ends Well (National Theatre); Antigone (Pilot, Theatre Royal Stratford East); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V, The Merchant Of Venice (Propeller Theatre Company); Doctor Faustus (West Yorkshire Playhouse/ Citizens Theatre) and Blue/Orange (ATG, Theatre Royal Brighton/UK Tour). For film his credits include: The Huntsman. His television credits include: From Cradle to Grave, Misfits, Hollyoaks and Casualty.

Leo Bill returns to the Young Vic after appearing in The Glass Menagerie in 2010. His other theatre credits include: Hamlet (Barbican); Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Pains of Youth, The Observer, The Hothouse, A Woman Killed With Kindness (National Theatre); The Silence of the Sea (Donmar Warehouse); Posh (Duke of York’s Theatre, Royal Court) and The Way of the World (Sheffield Crucible Theatre). His credits for film include: Alice Through the Looking Glass, Mr Turner, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Me and Orson Welles, The Fall and Vera Drake. For television: Taboo, The White Queen, Pramface, The Borgias and Eroica.

John Dagleish makes his debut at the Young Vic in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His theatre credits include: The Winter’s Tale/Harlequinade (The Garrick); Sunny Afternoon (Hampstead Theatre, Harold Pinter Theatre) for which he won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical; Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat, The Mother (Royal Court). Film credits: The Monuments Men, Age Of Heroes, Frankie Teardrop and The Priest. For television his credits include: The Last Dragonslayer, The Moorside Project, Silent Witness, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Siblings, Truckers, Beaver Falls I & II, Larkrise To Candleford (4 series) and Henry V.

Michael Gould returns to the Young Vic following A View from the Bridge (Wyndham’s Theatre and Lyceum Theatre New York), Hamlet and Cruel and Tender. His roles at The National Theatre include: Attempts on her Life, Waves, Women of Troy, Earthquakes in London, Pillars in the Community and Our Class. Other theatre work includes: The Audience (Apollo Theatre), The Ugly One (Royal Court), Othello (RSC), and King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe). On TV: The Jury, Secret State, The Bletchley Circle, Lucan, Getting On, Decline and Fall, Silent Witness and The Conversation. On film: Our Kind of Traitor, Crocodile, Private Peaceful and Room 8 (BAFTA Best Short).

Anastasia Hille returns to the Young Vic after appearing in The Jewish Wife and The Maids. Work at the National Theatre includes: Dido-Queen of Carthage, Women Of Troy, Macbeth, Waves, A Dream Play, The Oresteia and The Effect (Olivier nominated). Other theatre work includes: The Master Builder (Almeida, Olivier nominated); Forty Winks (Royal Court); The Dark, Morphic Respnance (Donmar Warehouse); The Winter’s Tale (RSC); Ashes to Ashes/ Mountain Language (Royal Court, Lincoln Centre NYC); Macbeth, Measure for Measure (Barbican) and most recently Hamlet (also Barbican, Olivier nominated). Film includes: Good and most recently A United Kingdom. Anastasia’s television credits include: The Missing, Not Safe For Work, Getting On, The Tunnel and The Fear (BAFTA nominated).

Anna Madeley makes her Young Vic debut in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her theatre credits include: Les Blancs (National Theatre); The Turn of the Screw, Becky Shaw (Almeida Theatre); The Crucible (Old Vic); Contractions, Ladybirds (Royal Court); The Philanthropists, The Cosmonauts Last Message (Donmar Warehouse); and Private Lives (Music Box Theatre). Her film credits include: Deep Water, The Ones Below, A Fantastic Fear of Everything, Strawberry Fields, Brideshead Revisited and In Bruges. For television her credits include: Anne Lister, Secret State, Crossing Lines, The Crown, Virtuoso, Code of a Killer, Utopia and Mr Selfridge.

Jemima Rooper returns to the Young Vic after appearing in A Respectable Wedding in 2007. Other theatre credits include Hand to God (West End), Blithe Spirit (West End and US tour), One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre, Tour, West End & Broadway, nomination for What’s On Stage Best Supporting Actress Award), All My Sons (West End, nomination for What’s On Stage Best Supporting Actress Award), Me & My Girl (Sheffield Crucible, nomination for Best Performer in a Musical), The Power of Yes (National Theatre), Her Naked Skin (National Theatre), The Great Game (Tricycle), Where Do We Live (Royal Court). Her film credits include: Sexlife, One Chance, What If, The Black Dahlia and Kinky Boots. For television: Atlantis, Lost in Austen, As If, Hex, Love in a Cold Climate and The Railway Children.

Matthew Steer makes his Young Vic debut in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His theatre credits include: Hamlet (Barbican), The Victorian In The Wall (Royal Court), The Summer House (Gate), Out Of The Blue (Liverpool Everyman) and Britain’s Best Mates (Edinburgh Fringe). Film credits: Urban Hymn, NT Live: Hamlet, Cinderella, SuperBob, Criminal, Leatherbird and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I. For television his credits include: Agatha Christie’s Partners In Crime, Siblings, Cider With Rosie, Drifters, Crackanory, Count Arthur Strong, Morgana Robinson’s The Agency, Drunk History, Outlander, Utopia, New Tricks, The Cafe, Misfits, The Royal, and Silent Witness.

Joe Hill-Gibbins follows his Measure for Measure with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other credits at the Young Vic include: The Changeling (The Maria, Main House), The Glass Menagerie, The Beauty Queen of Leenane and A Respectable Wedding. Joe was Genesis Fellow at the Young Vic between 2010 and 2012. Other theatre credits include: Little Revolution (Almeida), Edward II (National Theatre), The Village Bike (Royal Court) and The Girlfriend Experience (Young Vic and Royal Court / Drum Theatre Plymouth). His opera credits include: Powder Her Face (ENO).

Internationally acclaimed set designer Johannes Schütz returns to the Young Vic theatre after Three Sisters in 2012. His other theatre credits include: The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Theatre), Big and Small (Barbican); On the Chimborazo (Münich Kammerspiele); Mama and the Whore (Schauspielhaus Bochum); Katherine of Heilbronn, Summer Folk (Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, In the Greifswald Street (Deutsches Theater Berlin); Schiff Der Träume, Hysteria and Macbeth (Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus). Johannes also worked on numerous productions for the Salzburg Festival and Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe in Paris. His publications include: Stages 2000-2007 and Johannes Schütz: Models & Interviews 2002-2015. His opera credits include: Orpheus and Eurydice and Ariadne on Naxos, works by Brecht and Schiller in Bochum and Mainz.

The Jerwood Assistant Director working with Joe Hill-Gibbins on A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Yaz Al-Shaater. The role is supported through the Jerwood Assistant Directors Program at the Young Vic.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare runs 16 February – 1 April 2017 in the Young Vic’s Main House. It is directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins with design and light by Johannes Schütz, costumes by Michaela Barth, sound by Paul Arditti, movement by Jenny Ogilvie and dramaturgy by Zoë Svendsen.

Young Vic: New shows from award-winning emerging directors on sale today

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Two comic Chekhov shorts The Bear and The Proposal will be directed by Lucy J Skilbeck

Dael Orlandersmith’s incisive drama Yellowman will be directed by Nancy Medina

Skilbeck and Medina are the winners of Genesis Future Directors Awards for 2017 

The Bear/The Proposal

Plays by Anton Chekhov
Translated by Michael Frayn
Directed by Lucy J Skilbeck 
Wednesday 22 March – Saturday 1 April 2017

The Clare

Genesis Future Directors Award winner Lucy J Skilbeck directs two one-act comedic shorts: The Bear and The Proposal.
Translated from Chekhov by Michael Frayn, The Bear and The Proposal playfully explore the absurdity of gender divisions. Skilbeck’s new production will feature a company of queer and trans performers.In The Bear, inconsolable widow Elena has vowed to spend the rest of her days at home, grieving. Seven months into her mourning, an intrusion from an unknown and headstrong stranger forces her to re-engage with the outside world.In The Proposal, a bachelor asks a neighbour for his daughter’s hand in marriage. It’s a practical move: time is marching on for Lomov, and he believes Natalya is as good a match as he can hope to find. Though her father is delighted, a misunderstanding leads to wild accusations and Lomov’s plan risks being thrown off course.

Further casting and creative team details for The Bear and The Proposal are still to be announced.

Lucy J Skilbeck is a writer and director and the Artistic Director of Milk Presents, an Associate Company of Derby Theatre. Lucy’s directing credits for theatre include: JOAN (Milk Presents and Derby Theatre); Penelope Retold (Derby Theatre and UK Tour); and 3 Wise Monkeys(Hiccup Theatre and UK Tour). As an Assistant/Associate Director their credits include: Herons (Lyric Hammersmith); The Complete Deaths(Spymonkey and UK tour); Islands (Bush Theatre) and Brassed OffThe Odyssey (Derby Theatre). Lucy was the recipient of a BBC Legacy Award 2015 and a Scotsman Fringe First 2016. Their current work with Milk Presents, Passing in Elysian Fields, is commissioned by the Jerwood Home Run Commission, will premiere at Camden People’s Theatre in September 2017.

Anton Chekhov was born in 1860 in Taganrog, Russia. He supported his family by writing hundreds of comic sketches for newspapers while training to be a doctor. He also wrote a series of comic one-acts and full-length plays which were ahead of their time. His credits include: The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard.

Michael Frayn is an award-winning English playwright and novelist. His writing credits for theatre include: Copenhagen, Afterlife, Benefactors, Donkeys’ Years, and Democracy. Michael has also translated works by Anton Chekhov and other Russian playwrights, and adapted Chekhov’s first untitled play as Wild Honey. He has written a number of screenplays including: Clockwise, starring John Cleese. His eleven novels include: The Tin Men, Towards the End of the Morning, Headlong, Spies, and Skios. His other published work includes articles: Collected Columns, Stage Directions and Travels with a Typewriter; works of philosophy: Constructions, The Human Touch; and a memoir: My Father’s Fortune. His most recent book, Matchbox Theatre, a collection of thirty short stories, was produced by Hampstead Theatre in 2015. A revival of his play, Noises Off, was presented by Roundabout Theatre Company on Broadway this year at the American Airlines Theatre.

Established in 2012, the Genesis Future Directors Award was created to nurture emerging directors by providing them with an opportunity to explore and develop their craft while creating their first fully resourced production at the Young Vic, recognised for its engagement with young directors. The Award will provide Lucy J Skilbeck with mentoring and support from the theatre’s unique creative network, which includes Artistic Director David Lan, Genesis Fellow Gbolahan Obisesan, Lead Producer Daisy Heath and Associate Artistic Director Sue Emmas.

The Bear/The Proposal by Anton Chekov and translated by Michael Frayn is directed by Lucy J Skilbeck, recipient of the Genesis Future Directors Award 2017.

Due to the nature of the Genesis Future Directors Award, no press night will be held for The Bear/The Proposal.

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Yellowman

By Dael Orlandersmith
Directed by Nancy MedinaWednesday 22 November – Saturday 2 December 2017

The Clare

Genesis Future Directors Award winner Nancy Medina directs Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama Yellowman

 

As children Alma and Eugene struck up a friendship, blissfully unaware of their differences. But growing up their developing affection is met with opposition from close quarters, and prejudice and violence complicates their changing relationship.Set in South Carolina in the 1970s, this powerful play reflects on internal racial prejudice and colourism within the black community.

Casting and creative team details for Yellowman are still to be announced.

Nancy Medina is originally from Brooklyn, New York and received her MA in Drama Directing from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Her recent theatre credits include: Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It (UK tour); Curried Goat and Fish Fingers (Bristol Old Vic); and Dogtag(Theatre West). As an Assistant Director, Nancy has worked for Shakespeare’s Globe, New Vic Theatre, and Salisbury Playhouse. Nancy is also a workshop facilitator for various theatre companies in the South West and is a visiting director/tutor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and Bristol Acting Academy. In September 2017, she will be part of launching a Professional Acting Diploma for 16-18 year olds with boomsatsuma.

Dael Orlandersmith won an Obie Award for Beauty’s Daughter, which she wrote and starred in at American Place Theatre. She was a Pulitzer Prize Award finalist and Drama Desk Award nominee for Yellowman which premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2002. Film and television credits include: Hal Hartley’s Amateur, an episode of Spin City and Get Well Soon with Courteney Cox. Dael has toured extensively with the Nuyorican Poets Café (now known as Real Live Poetry) throughout the U.S., Europe, and Australia. In November 1996 she premiered Monster at New York Theatre Workshop and appeared in Romeo and Juliet at Williamstown. Dael has attended Sundance Theatre Festival Lab four times developing new plays. The Gimmick, commissioned by the McCarter Theatre, premiered on their Second Stage on Stage and went on to great acclaim at the Long Wharf Theatre and New York Theatre Workshop. Yellowman was commissioned by and premiered at the McCarter in a co-production with the Wilma and Long Wharf Theatres. Vintage Books published Yellowman and a collection of earlier work. Dael was a Susan Smith Blackburn Award finalist in 1999 and is the recipient of a NYFA Grant and The Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award. Her latest play Until the Flood received its premiere at the St Louis Repertory Theatre in October 2016, and she is currently finishing her first novel, a new play commissioned by the Wilma Theatre and the screenplay version of Yellowman at Sundance Screenwriters Lab.

Established in 2012, the Genesis Future Directors Award was created to nurture emerging directors by providing them with an opportunity to explore and develop their craft while creating their first fully resourced production at the Young Vic, recognised for its engagement with young directors. The Award will provide Nancy Medina with mentoring and support from the theatre’s unique creative network, which includes Artistic Director David Lan, Genesis Fellow Gbolahan Obisesan, Lead Producer Daisy Heath and Associate Artistic Director Sue Emmas.

Yellowman by Dael Orlandersmith is directed by Nancy Medina, recipient of the Genesis Future Directors Award 2017.

Due to the nature of the Genesis Future Directors Award, no press night will be held for Yellowman.

Listings

The Bear/The Proposal
Wednesday 22nd March – Saturday 1st April 2017
The Clare, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London, SE1 8LZ
Performances: Monday to Saturday at 8.00pm | Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 3.00pm (except 22 & 25 March)
Tickets: £15, £10 concessions
Box Office: www.youngvic.org | 020 7922 2922

Yellowman
Wednesday 22nd November – Saturday 2nd December 2017
The Clare, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London, SE1 8LZ
Performances: Monday to Saturday at 8.00pm | Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 3.00pm (except 22 & 25 November)
Tickets: £15, £10 concessions
Box Office: www.youngvic.org | 020 7922 2922

Young Vic announces a series of inclusive performances

A babes in arms performance of The Nest on 25 November 2016

A safe space performance of Living With the Lights On on 17 December 2016

A dementia-friendly performance of Once in a Lifetime on 11 January 2017

These inclusive performances are open to all audience members and are created in partnership with each show’s creative and technical teams

A babes in arms performance of Conor McPherson’s new translation of The Nest by Franz Xaver Kroetz will be held on Friday 25 November at 11.30am. The performance welcomes audience members with babes in arms: parents or carers with a baby under eighteen months. The house lights will remain up throughout, audiences are welcome to move about the space to settle babies if needed, there will be space for buggies to be parked and baby changing and milk warming facilities will be available.
There will be a performance of Living With the Lights On which welcomes people who have experienced or are experiencing mental health problems and their families, friends and carers on Saturday 17 December at 2.45pm. Written and performed by Mark Lockyer, the show relates the actor’s personal experience of bipolar disorder. Developed through conversations with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLAM), at this safe space performance there will be room in the auditorium for audiences to come and go as they wish.
A dementia-friendly performance of Once in a Lifetime will be held on Wednesday 11 January at 2.30pm. The Young Vic welcomes people with dementia together with their families, friends and carers to visit the theatre: an introduction pack including synopsis of the show will be available to audiences before their visit, additional flexibility is available when booking seats and there will be a dedicated room outside of the auditorium available throughout.
David Lan, Artistic Director and Lucy Woollatt, Executive Director said:
“We want everyone who comes to the Young Vic to have the best possible experience, no matter who they are or what their particular needs. We are extremely pleased to be offering these special performances for the first time so that the widest range of people can enjoy our shows.”
Upcoming inclusive and accessible performances at the Young Vic

Upcoming inclusive and accessible performances at the Young Vic

Genesis Future Directors Award recipient Bryony Shanahan directs debbie tucker green’s sharp examination of our transactional world

trade

Cast announced  for trade: Ayesha Antoine, Sharon Duncan-Brewster and Jo Martin.

Three women, The Novice played by Ayesha Antoine (Doctor Who), The Local played by Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Top Boy) and The Regular played by Jo Martin (NW), navigate their way through a series of powerful oppositions: here and there, attack and defence, us and them. Charged with undertones of exploitation and self-justification, the play offers an insight into their lives and the concept of financial and emotional trade.

trade

trade

Bryony Shanahan received a Genesis Future Directors Award for her production of trade, her first time directing at the Young Vic. She is co-Artistic Director of Snuff Box Theatre and in 2014 she won a BBC Performing Arts Award to work at the Royal Exchange, where she assisted on Sarah Frankcom’s Hamletwith Maxine Peake. Her directing credits include: Weald (2016, Finborough Theatre); Operation Crucible (The Crucible, Finborough Theatre); Nothing (Royal Exchange); Boys Will Be Boys (Women Centre Stage: Heroines Festival at the National Theatre); Bitch Boxer (Soho Theatre, national tour & Adelaide Fringe Festival) and Chapel Street (national tour). As an Assistant and Associate Director, her credits include: The Skriker (Manchester International Festival, Royal Exchange), Our Country’s Good (National Theatre; as staff director) and Around The World In 80 Days (New Vic Theatre/Royal Exchange Theatre).

debbie tucker green is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and director. Her work returns to the Young Vic following dirty butterfly in 2014 and generations in 2007. Stage works include: hang, truth and reconciliationrandomstoning mary (Royal Court); trade (RSC/RSC at Soho); born bad (Hampstead), for which she won an Olivier Award in 2004 and then an OBIE award for the play’s Soho Rep production in 2011, and nut (National Theatre). TV and film credits include: random, which won a BAFTA for Best Single Drama in 2012 and MVSA Award for Best UK Film in 2011 and second coming, which won the 2015 International Film Festival Rotterdam Big Screen Award and is also BAFTA nominated.

Established in 2012, the Genesis Future Directors Award was created to nurture emerging directors by providing them with an opportunity to explore and develop their craft while creating their first fully resourced production at the Young Vic, recognised for its engagement with young directors. The Award will provide Bryony Shanahan with mentoring and support from the theatre’s unique creative network, which includes Artistic Director David Lan, Genesis Fellow Gbolahan Obisesan, Lead Producer Daisy Heath and Associate Artistic Director Sue Emmas.

See Me Now – A new show created and performed by those who have been, or currently are sex workers

See Me Now

Based on workshops and testimony given by the performers, writer Molly Taylor weaves together a series of moving and funny true stories in a production directed by Mimi Poskitt. 

Neither victims nor villains but everything in between, See Me Now challenges the stereotypes and stigma around sex workers and celebrates the group of male, female and transgender performers who share their stories on stage. 

See Me Now

See Me Now

Director Mimi Poskitt said: “Sex workers are one of the most marginalised groups in the world. This project was born out of wanting to work with and understand more about who sex workers are. The industry is multi-faceted, often invisible, yet shrouded in controversy. Over the past year we have been fortunate enough to work with an awesome group of performers who have shared their own deeply personal histories. They are writers, teachers, musicians, cleaners, parents; they work in IT, in public services. By no means definitive, what they are creating reflects a kaleidoscope of life experiences; some touching, some tough, some hilarious.

A version of See Me Now was originally performed as part of The Brolly Projectin August 2015, a Young Vic Taking Part project. The team worked closely with outreach projects across London to find a company of participants who have, or do work in the sex industry. The aim was to make an original performance created by the company, formed by whatever they chose to share. A reading of The Brolly Project took place in September as part of the 2016 HighTide Festival. 

Molly Taylor is a writer and theatre-maker and an Associate of Look Left Look Right. Her other theatre credits include: The Neighbourhood Project (The Bush Theatre), What We Talk About When We Talk About Food (commissioned by the Wellcome Trust), My Desert Island (Old Vic New Voices) and Make We Waka(Lagos Theatre Festival/British Council). Molly developed her writing practice when on attachment at the National Theatre of Scotland; her one-woman play Love Letters to the Public Transport System had a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012 and has since been performed at the Royal Court and internationally.

Mimi Poskitt is the Founder and Artistic Director of Look Left Look Right. Her directing credits in theatre include work at the Royal Court, Roundhouse, Lyric Hammersmith, Covent Garden, Coney and the Old Vic New Voices. In addition, Mimi’s work has toured across the UK and worldwide including Sri Lanka, Australia and Nigeria. As an Assistant Producer for ITV and the BBC, she won a Royal Television Society Award for a documentary about 9/11 and was nominated for The Hospital Club’s h.Club 100, which recognises the most innovative and influential people in the British creative and media industries.

See Me Now created by Mimi Poskitt, Molly Taylor and the company and directed by Mimi Poskitt runs in the Young Vic’s Maria theatre 11 February – 4 March 2017. Sound is by Emma Laxton with music composed by Tom Parkinson. 

Joe Hill-Gibbins returns to the Young Vic with a thrillingly nightmarish take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

The dark heart of Titania and Oberon’s domain is explored as Joe Hill-Gibbins returns to the Young Vic’s Main House stage with a bold new production. In a world of grotesque transformations and sexual provocation, repressed conflicts between young lovers and their parents are released. There’s no magic in this place – manipulation leads to complications and desire becomes dangerous.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Casting is still to be announced. Design and light for A Midsummer Night’s Dream is by Johannes Schütz, with costumes by Michaela Barth, sound by Paul Arditti, movement by Jenny Ogilvie and dramaturgy by Zoë Svendsen.

Joe Hill-Gibbins follows his Measure for Measure with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other credits at the Young Vic include: The Changeling (The Maria , Main House), The Glass Menagerie, The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Respectable Wedding. Joe was Genesis Fellow at the Young Vic between 2010 and 2012. Other theatre credits include: Little Revolution (Almeida); Edward II (National Theatre); The Village Bike (Royal Court); and The Girlfriend Experience (Young Vic and Royal Court / Drum Theatre Plymouth). His opera credits include: Powder Her Face (ENO).

Internationally acclaimed set designer Johannes Schütz returns to the Young Vic theatre after Three Sisters in 2012. His other theatre credits include: The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Theatre), Big and Small (Barbican); On the Chimborazo (Münich Kammerspiele); Mama and the Whore (Schauspielhaus Bochum); Katherine of HeilbronnSummer Folk (Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?In the Greifswald Street (Deutsches Theater Berlin); Schiff Der Träume, Hysteriaand Macbeth (Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus). Johannes also worked on numerous productions for the Salzburg Festival and Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe in Paris. His publications include: Stages 2000-2007 and Johannes Schütz: Models & Interviews 2002-2015. His opera credits include: Orpheus and Eurydice and Ariadne on Naxos, works by Brecht and Schiller in Bochum and Mainz.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare runs 17 February – 1 April 2017 in the Young Vic’s Main House. It is directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins with design and light by Johannes Schütz, costumes by Michaela Barth, sound by Paul Arditti, movement by Jenny Ogilvie and dramaturgy by Zoë Svendsen.

Harry Enfield to play studio boss Herman Glogauer in Christopher Hart’s adaptation of Kaufman and Hart’s classic Hollywood comedy

Once In A Lifetime

Harry Enfield is joined in the cast of Richard Jones’ production by John Marquez as George and Claudie Blakley as May, with further casting still to be announced.

Once In A Lifetime

Once In A Lifetime

Three actors in a struggling vaudeville troupe travel West to try their luck in 1930s Hollywood. With the advent of talking pictures, it’s a changing industry. A chance meeting with a film journalist gives May, George and Jerry an idea: brimming with chutzpah they found a school of elocution for starlets of the silver screen, to help them adapt to ‘talkies’. When their scheme takes off they are plunged into the frenetic world of a Hollywood studio, full of glitz and glamour – but as their responsibilities escalate, will the lustre last?

Award-winning director Richard Jones brings this satire to life, with design by Hyemi Shin and costumes by Nicky Gillibrand. Casting is by Julia Horan, CDG. The cast includes: Daniel Abelson, Claudie Blakley, Okorie Chukwu, Lucy Cohu, Lizzy Connolly, Buffy Davis, Harry Enfield, Otto Farrant, Amy Griffiths, Amanda Lawrence and John Marquez. Further casting is still to be announced.

Harry Enfield is a BAFTA Award-winning writer, comedian, actor and director. His film credits include: Swallows and Amazons, Scottish Mussel, Acts of Godfrey, Churchill: The Hollywood Years and Tooth. His television credits include: The Windsors, Upstart Crow, Ruddy Hell! It’s Harry and Paul, for which he won a British Comedy Award and two BAFTA TV Awards, Bad Education, Psychobitches, Blandings, It’s Kevin, The Hunt For Tony Blair and Skins. His writing credits for television include: Saturday Night Live, Friday Night Live, Harry Enfield’s Television Programme, Harry Enfield And Chums, for which he won a Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award and Smashy and Nicey: End Of An Era.

Claudie Blakely returns to the Young Vic after appearing in Love and Money. Other theatre credits include: Rules for Living, Peter Pan, The Cherry Orchard, Attempts on Her Life (National Theatre); Macbeth, Lear (Sheffield Crucible), Chimerica (Almeida, West End), The Painkiller (Garrick Theatre), All’s Well That Ends Well (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Seagull (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Kosher Harry (Royal Court Theatre). Her film credits include: Bright Star, Severance, Pride & Prejudice, The Cat’s Meow, Gosford Park and War Bride. Her television credits include: Larkrise To Candleford, Cranford, The Driver, Silent Witness, What Remains, The Night Watch and Marple.

John Marquez 
returns to the Young Vic following his appearances in Annie Get Your Gun and The Good Soul of Szechuan. His other theatre credits include: The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company); Ding Dong the Wicked(Royal Court Theatre); The Emperor Jones, Market Boy (National Theatre); House of Games, The Hypochondriac (Almeida Theatre) and Privates on Parade (Noel Coward Theatre). His television credits include: Doc Martin, In the Club, Hotel Babylon, Death in Paradise and Suburban Shootout.

Richard Jones returns to the Young Vic after The Trial in 2015. Other Young Vic productions include: The Good Soul Of Szechuan, Annie Get Your Gun, The Government Inspector and Hobson’s Choice. In addition to numerous West End and Broadway credits, theatre includes: The Hairy Ape (Old Vic) and Into the Woods (Phoenix Theatre) which won the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards. Richard’s opera credits include: The Mastersingers of Nuremburg (ENO), winner of two Olivier Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Opera and Best New Opera production and Anna Nicole (Royal Opera House).

George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart first collaborated on Once in a Lifetime(1930), followed by seven other plays including Merrily We Roll Along (1934), You Can’t Take It With You (1936, Pulitzer Prize), The Man Who Came to Dinner(1939), and George Washington Slept Here (1940). Kaufman’s other collaborators included Edna Ferber, the Gershwins (Of Thee I Sing, Pulitzer Prize) and the Marx Brothers. Hart collaborated with Irving Berlin and Cole Porter, among others, and wrote the best-selling memoir, Act One. Kaufman and Hart also directed much of their own work, and each won a Tony Award for Best Director: Kaufman for Guys and Dolls, Hart for My Fair Lady.

The Jerwood Assistant Director working with Richard Jones on Once in a Lifetime is Ben Mills. The role is supported through the Jerwood Assistant Directors Program at the Young Vic.

Once in a Lifetime by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, adapted by Christopher Hart and directed by Richard Jones, runs 25 November 2016 – 14 January 2017 in the Young Vic’s Main House. It is designed by Hyemi Shin with costumes by Nicky Gillibrand, light by Jon Clark, sound by Sarah Angliss and casting by Julia Horan CDG.