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Kwame Kwei-Armah Announces the Young Vic 2019 Season

Kwame Kwei Armah
Kwame Kwei Armah

Kwame Kwei- Armah

In the Main house:

Marianne Elliott directs Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, with Wendell PierceSharon D. Clarke and Arinzé Kene cast as Willy, Linda and Biff Loman

Tree a new music theatre production created by Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah, based on Elba’s own album Mi Mandela, with Kwei-Armah to direct

Yaël Farber brings Federico García Lorca back to the Young Vic with Marina Carr’s new version of Blood Wedding

• The UK premiere of Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury, directed by Young Vic Genesis Fellow /Associate Director Nadia Latif

In the Maria:

Bronx Gothic by Okwui Okpokwasili a part theatre, part dance, and part visual art installation created in collaboration with Peter Born

The Jumper Factory conceived by Young Vic Taking Part and Justin Audibert, written by Luke Barnes and directed by Josh Parr

In the Clare:

The announcement of two Genesis Future Director Award-winners, and their productions:

Wild East by April De Angelis and directed by Lekan Lawal

Ivan & The Dogs by Hattie Naylor directed by Caitriona Shoobridge

Digital Projects:

The 8 Club a free to access video series investigating the subjects that really matter to young men, produced and directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah Junior and David Weale-Cochrane

Draw Me Close dates at the Young Vic announced as 21 January – 2 February

Young Vic Unpacked:

• The second of the Young Vic Unpacked series She Ventures, And He Wins by Ariadne to be performed at community venues across Southwark and Lambeth

Further Taking Part Productions:

The Freedom Project a co-commission between the UK’s first two Theatres of Sanctuary, the Young Vic and Leeds Playhouse, exploring the ideas of social freedom

The Wonderful Way to Marbleous Town a playful non-verbal performance fusing clowning, contemporary dance and physical theatre returns for children who prefer a relaxed environment


KWAME KWEI-ARMAH, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, SAYS:

“The stages of The Young Vic have always been a place dedicated to asking the most profound questions in artistically compelling ways. It’s not just the art we invite into these four walls but also the art and discourse we send beyond them.

In 2019 we will see Marianne Elliot dance with Arthur Miller’s Death of a SalesmenIdris Elba and I’s funky multi-disciplinary TreeYaël Farber and Marina Carr’s transformation of Lorca’s Blood WeddingJackie Sibblies Drury’s fierce and challenging new work Fairview directed by Nadia Latif; and the exquisite pain of Okwui Okpokwasili’s Bronx Gothic.

And that’s not forgetting our Genesis Award-Winning directors, 
Lekan Lawal and Caitriona Shoobridge both using the Young Vic stages to ask questions of us in a way I truly believe no other medium can.

YV Unpacked will once again tour with She Ventures, And He Wins and we’re bringing back The Jumper Factory by Luke Barnes, directed by Josh Parr, after starting its journey in HMP Wandsworth.

We’re continuing our commitment to channeling work into the digital world: The 8 Club will question the role of young men at this crucial moment in history.

Despina and I are very proud to be welcoming these wonderful artists, and their brilliant creative collaborators to share this space and these stories with you.

Nuff love.


Further information on upcoming productions: 

A Young Vic, Elliott & Harper and Cindy Tolan Production
Death of a Salesman
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Marianne Elliott

Main House

1 May – 29 June
Press night: 9 May

Award-winning director Marianne Elliott (Company, Angels in America) brings her unique vision to one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century, seen through the eyes of an African American family.

Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Suits, Selma) makes his UK stage debut as Willy Loman, with Olivier Award-winning Sharon D. Clarke as Linda Loman and Arinzé Kene (Misty, Been So Long) as Biff Loman.

Design will be by Anna Fleischle, light by Aideen Malone, sound by Carolyn Downing and casting by Charlotte Sutton CDG.


Young Vic, Manchester International Festival and Green Door Pictures co-production
Tree
Created by Idris Elba & Kwame Kwei-Armah
Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah

Main House

29 July – 24 August
Press night: 1 August

Tree takes you on a thrilling journey in search of the soul and the spirit of contemporary South Africa. Created by Idris Elba, whose album Mi Mandela provides the soundtrack, and Kwame Kwei-Armah, this major world-premiere production, performed in the round, is also directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah.

Music, dance and film combine to explore the past, present and future of this country at a crossroads – all through the eyes of one young man on a journey of healing.

Set and costume design by Jon Bausor, sound by Paul Arditti, video design by Duncan McLean, music super-visor and composer Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, choreographer Gregory Maqoma and casting by Pippa Ailion CDG.


Blood Wedding
By Federíco Garcia Lorca
in a new version by Marina Carr
Directed by Yaël Farber

Main House

19 September – 2 November
Press night: 25 September

Multiple award-winning director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs, Mies Julie, The Crucible), brings Federíco Garcia Lorca’s most famous tragedy Blood Wedding to the Young Vic in a new version by Marina Carr.


Fairview
By Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Nadia Latif  

Main House

28 November 2019 – 18 January 2020
Press night: 5 December

Following a ground breaking, sell-out run in New York, Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Fairview is an interrogation of our subtly destructive preconceptions. This radical examination of power is directed by Young Vic’s Genesis Fellow / Associate Director, Nadia Latif.  


A Young Vic and Los Angeles Performance Practice co-production
Bronx Gothic 
Writer, Performer and Sound Designer: Okwui Okpokwasili
Director, Visual and Sound Designer: Peter Born

Maria Studio 
 
1-29 June 
Press night: 5th June

Part theatre, part dance and part visual art installation, Okwui Okpokwasili’s Bronx Gothic delves into her memories of growing up in the Bronx, before emerging into a breathtaking exploration of girlhood.

Created in collaboration with Peter Born, in this UK premiere, Bronx Gothic draws on inspiration from West African griot storytelling and the epistolary style of the Victorian novel to ask what it means to be brown in a world that values whiteness.

Okwui Okpokwasili is a 2018 MacArthur ‘Genius Award’ recipient.


Draw Me Close

Maria Studio

21 January – 2 February 

Draw Me Close blurs the worlds of live performance, virtual reality and animation to create a vivid memoir about the relationship between a mother and her son in the wake of her terminal-cancer diagnosis.

The experience is by award-winning playwright and filmmaker Jordan Tannahill, in a co-production between the National Theatre’s Immersive Storytelling Studio and National Film Board of Canada, in collaboration with All Seeing Eye, with illustrations by Teva HarrisonDraw Me Close is a preview presented by the Young Vic.

Tickets on sale early 2019.


The Jumper Factory 
By Luke Barnes
Conceived by Young Vic Taking Part & Justin Audibert
Directed by Josh Parr 

Maria Studio 

27 February – 9 March

Originally staged by prisoners to fellow inmates, Luke Barnes collaborated with HMP Wandsworth to create a new piece of theatre with eight inmates about how they survive a life behind bars.

This new production, performed in the Maria Studio, is presented by a cast of young men aged from 18 – 25, who have all been affected by the criminal justice system.


Wild East
By April De Angelis
Directed by Lekan Lawal

Clare Studio

6 – 16 Feb

Genesis Future Directors Award winner Lekan Lawal directs April De Angelis’ surreal Wild East. This outlandish play artfully turns the most sterile of settings, a corporate job interview, into a sharp comedy about the permeation of human chaos.


Ivan & Dogs 
By Hattie Naylor
Directed by Caitriona Shoobridge

Clare Studio

10-20 July

Genesis Future Directors Award winner Caitriona Shoobridge directs this one-person show which explores the need for kindness and trust when, despite being betrayed by the people around you, family can still be forged in the face of adversity.


A Young Vic and David Weale-Cochrane and Kwame Kwei-Armah Jr co-production
The 8 Club

The 8 Club is a pioneering, free to access, video series investigating the subjects that really matter to young men. Provocative and often unspoken topics for men, such as mental health, ‘toxic masculinity’ and personal relationships are faced head-on.

Release dates to be announced in due course.


Taking Part:

The Freedom Project

Working collaboratively as the UK’s first two Theatres of Sanctuary, The Young Vic and Leeds Playhouse will co-commission a new play exploring the idea of social freedoms.

Written in response to the words and stories of refugees and asylum seekers in London and Leeds, the project will begin at The Young Vic during Refugee Week 2019 and will culminate the following year with a co-production of a new play by Luke Barnes. The piece will be performed by local refugees and asylum seekers in both Leeds and London.

The Wonderful Way to Marbleous Town

The Wonderful Way to Marbleous Town returns in 2019 after a successful run for schools this summer. Directed by Natasha Nixon and designed by Kirsty Harris, this playful non-verbal performance fuses physical theatre, clowning and contemporary dance and is part of our work for children and young people who prefer an open and relaxed performance environment.

Free tickets will be available for schools across South London.

Listings

Death of a Salesman
Wednesday 1 May – Wednesday 29 June
Main House, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London, SE1 8LZ
Press Night: Thursday 9 May @ 7pm
Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm | Matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm
Access Performances
Captioned Performance: Thursday 20 June @ 7.45pm
Audio Described Performance: Tuesday 11 June @ 7.30pm
Tickets: Previews 1 – 8 May £10, £20, £25| 10 May – 29 June £10, £20, £30, £40
Concessions available.
Box Office: www.youngvic.org | 020 7922 2922

Tree
Tuesday 29 July – Saturday 24 August
Main House, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London, SE1 8LZ
Press Night: Thursday 1 August @ 7pm
Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm | Matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm
Access Performances
Captioned Performance: Thursday 8 August @ 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance: Thursday 15 August @ 7.30pm
Tickets: Previews 29 – 31 July £10, £25, £35 (seated) £30 (standing)| 2 – 24 August £10, £30, £40 (seated), £35 (standing)
Concessions available.
Box Office: www.youngvic.org | 020 7922 2922

Blood Wedding
Thursday 19 September – 2 November 2019
Main House, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London, SE1 8LZ
Press Night: Wednesday 25 September @ 7pm
Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm | Matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm
Access Performances
Captioned Performance: Thursday 17 October @ 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance: Tuesday 22 October @ 7.30pm
Tickets: Previews 19 – 24 Sept £10, £20, £25| 26 Sept – 2 Nov £10, £20, £30, £40
Concessions available.
Box Office: www.youngvic.org | 020 7922 2922

Fairview
Thursday 28 November 2019 – Saturday 18 January 2020
Main House, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London, SE1 8LZ
Press Night: Thursday 5 December @ 7pm
Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm | Matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm
Access Performances
Captioned Performance: Thursday 9 January @ 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance: Thursday 12 December @ 7.30pm
Tickets: Previews 28 Nov – 4 Dec £10, £15, £20, £25| 6 December 2019 – 18 January 2020 £10, £20, £30, £40
Concessions available.
Box Office: www.youngvic.org | 020 7922 2922

Bronx Gothic
Saturday 1 June – Saturday 29 June 2019
Maria Studio, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London, SE1 8LZ
Press Night: Wednesday 5 June @ 7pm
Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Access Performances:
Captioned Performance: 17 June at 7.45pm
Audio Described Performance: 24 June at 7.45pm
Tickets: Previews 1 – 4 June £20| 6 – 29 June £25
Concessions available.
Box Office: www.youngvic.org | 020 7922 2922

Wild East
Wednesday 6 February – Saturday 16 February 2019
Clare Studio, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London, SE1 8LZ
Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7.45pm | Matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2.45pm
Tickets: 6 – 16 Feb £17
Concessions available.
Box Office: www.youngvic.org | 020 7922 2922

Ivan & The Dogs
Wednesday 10 – Saturday 20 July 2019
Clare Studio, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London, SE1 8LZ
Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7.45pm | Matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2.45pm
Tickets: 10 – 20 July £17
Concessions available.
Box Office: www.youngvic.org | 020 7922 2922

Casting Announced for Danai Gurira’s The Convert

Danai Gurira
Letitia Wright

Letitia Wright

Letitia Wright will play the role of Jekesai/Ester in the Young Vic production of Black Panther co-star, and Tony nominated writer Danai Gurira‘s The Convert.

She is cast alongside Paapa Essiedu (RSC Hamlet) who plays Chilford, and Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans) taking on the role of Chancellor.

 Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira

Further casting includes: Jude Akuwudike (Uncle); Rudolphe Mdlongwa (Tamba); Pam Nomvete (Mai Tamba). The casting of the role of Prudence will be announced at a later date.

Directed by Ola Ince The Convert, set in 1896 in what is modern day Zimbabwe, explores if faith has a cost and if so, when that cost is too much. Jekesai, a young Shona woman fleeing forced marriage finds herself working for devout Catholic priest, Chilford. He relishes the opportunity to shape his new convert but Jekesai’s salvation has a price.

Casting announced for Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub’s musical reworking of Twelfth Night

Kwame Kwei Armah
Kwame Kwei Armah

Kwame Kwei Armah

Today casting is announced for Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub’s musical reworking of Twelfth Night. The Young Vic production is set in London’s Notting Hill.

Casting is as follows:
Melissa Allen (Feste) 
Gabrielle Brooks (Viola)
Gerard Carey (Malvolio)
Natalie Dew (Olivia)
Martyn Ellis (Sir Toby Belch) 
Gbemisola Ikumelo (Maria)
Jyuddah Jaymes (Sebastian)
Jonathan Livingstone (Antonio)
Silas Wyatt-Barke (Andrew Aguecheek) 
Rupert Young (Orsino)

The professional cast will perform alongside a community chorus of 60 members from Southwark and Lambeth. The chorus will be divided into two teams of 30.
 

Twelfth Night set design is by Rob Jones, costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, sound design by Richard Brooker, choreography by Lizzi Gee and musical direction by Sean Green. Casting by Pippa Ailion, CDG.Twelfth Night was originally performed at The Public Theater in New York as part of their Public Works program in 2016, and revisited this summer as part of their free Shakespeare in the Park Delacorte season. Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theater, is co-directing with Kwame Kwei-Armah.

Full cast biographies available on the Young Vic blog here.

Twelfth Night
Tuesday 2 October – Saturday 17 November 2017
Main House, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London, SE1 8LZ
Press Night: Monday 8 October at 7:00pm
Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm | Matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm
Access Performances:
Captioned Performance: Thursday 1 November at 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance: Wednesday 7 November at 2.30pm
Tickets:
Previews 2 – 6 October £10, £20, £25| 9 October – 17 November £10, £20, £30, £40
Concessions available.
Box Office: www.youngvic.org | 020 7922 2922

The Jungle Holds Performance in Recognition of World Refugee Day

Nahel Tzegai Helene and Sara Mokonen Rahel in The Jungle West End. C
Nahel Tzegai Helene and Sara Mokonen Rahel in The Jungle West End. C

Nahel Tzegai Helene and Sara Mokonen Rahel in The Jungle West End. Credit Marc Brenner

The Jungle, currently in previews at the Playhouse Theatre, will today recognise World Refugee Day with all tickets to the evening performance offered to refugee charities, arts partners and guests from the cultural sphere. The production is set in Europe’s largest unofficial refugee camp, the Calais Jungle, which in 2015, became a temporary home for more than 10,000 people. A National Theatre and Young Vic co-production with Good Chance Theatre, The Jungle is written by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson and directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin. It transfers to the West End, produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Tom Kirdahy and Hunter Arnold following a sell-out run at the Young Vic in December 2017.

Refugee Week is the UK’s largest festival celebrating the contribution of refugees and celebrates its 20th anniversary between 18 and 24 June 2018. For two decades, the festival has brought together people of all backgrounds to celebrate the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and the welcome offered to them by British communities.  For this year’s World Refuge Week people are invited to celebrate Refugee Week’s 20th anniversary by doing one of 20 Simple Acts, which are simple actions everyone can do to stand with refugees and bring people together in their communities.   Thousands of people are expected to join Refugee Week’s 20th anniversary celebrations at hundreds of arts, cultural and educational activities across the UK.

The first footage was today released of the newly revamped Playhouse Theatre, where the traditional proscenium theatre has undergone an unprecedented transformation, unlike anything seen in a West End venue before. The stalls have been reconfigured to house Miriam Buether’s critically-acclaimed set design as seen at the Young Vic, where audiences are invited to sit at the benches and tables of the Afghan café in the Calais camp. The Playhouse Theatre also offers the new experience of watching from the Dress Circle, which has been renamed “Cliffs of Dover”. Whilst the circle will retain its traditional theatre seating, the unique and intimate experience is unlike anything regular Playhouse Theatre attenders have had before, with views over the dramatically transformed performance space below, which extends beyond the proscenium arch and over the stalls, enhanced by accompanying video screens, relaying close-up ‘live news broadcast’ style footage of some of the action. The in-the-round transformation reduces the capacity of the theatre to under 450 seats. Top price tickets are directly enabling 40% of the house to be priced at £25 and under, and a proportion of tickets will be held off sale to be offered to refugees and targeted groups in order to maximise diversity and accessibility. Bucket collections and donation stations are available at every single performance of the show.

This is the place where people suffered and dreamed.  Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of the Jungle – just across the Channel, right on our doorstep. The Jungle tells stories of loss, fear, community and hope, of the Calais camp’s creation – and of its eventual destruction. Join the residents over freshly baked naan and sweet milky chai at the Afghan Café, and experience the intense, moving and uplifting encounters between refugees from many different countries and the volunteers who arrived from the UK.

Official charity partner, Help Refugees, which was established alongside the Good Chance Theatre in the Calais Jungle in 2015, and is now the leading UK NGO in a new movement of International humanitarian aid, is supported by the production.

The company is made up of actors from around the world, cast are from Iran, Sudan, Afghanistan, Eritrea, England, Zimbabwe, Syria, Armenia, Congo, Wales, Scotland, The Gambia, Morocco, Lebanon and Germany.

Following its West End run at the Playhouse Theatre, The Jungle will have its American Premiere at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY, beginning December 4, 2018.

Sonia Friedman Productions and Tom Kirdahy, Hunter Arnold present A National Theatre and Young Vic Co-Production with Good Chance Theatre.

LISTINGS

Sonia Friedman Productions and Tom Kirdahy, Hunter Arnold

in association with Elizabeth Dewberry & Ali Ahmet Kocabiyik, Paula Marie Black, Michael Desantis, Tulchin Bartner Productions, 1001 Nights Productions, Rupert Gavin, Brenda Leff, Stephanie P. Mcclelland, Richard Winkler, Jane Cee & Glenn Redbord present

National Theatre and Young Vic co-production with Good Chance Theatre

THE JUNGLE
by Joe Murphy & Joe Robertson
Directed by Stephen Daldry & Justin Martin
Set Miriam Buether
Costumes Catherine Kodicek
Lighting Jon Clark
Sound Paul Arditti

Musical Direction / Composition John Pfumojena
Video Duncan McLean and Tristan Shepard
Casting Julia Horan CDG
Executive Producer David Lan

The Playhouse Theatre
Northumberland Ave, London WC2N 5DE

First performance: Saturday 16 June
Final performance: Saturday 3 November
Opening Night: Thursday 5 July

Monday to Saturday evenings, 7.30pm
Thursday & Saturday matinees, 2.30pm

Box office: 0844 871 7631 Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge

Groups Bookings: 020 7206 1174

Access Bookings: 0800 912 6971
www.thejungleplay.co.uk

Prices from £15

Twitter: @TheJungleLDN
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Instagram: @TheJungleLDN
#TheJungleWestEnd

 

Kwame Kwei-Armah announces first season as Artistic Director at Young Vic

Kwame Kwei Armah
Kwame Kwei Armah

Kwame Kwei Armah

  • A musical adaptation of Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub’s Twelfth Night
  • Black Panther’s Danai Gurira’s play The Convert
  •  Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train  by Stephen Adly Guirgis to be directed by Winner Kate Hewitt
  •  Genesis Future Director Award Winner announced as Debbie Hannan who will direct Things of Dry Hours by Naomi Wallace in the Clare
  • A new strand of work, YV Unpacked, taking the highest quality theatre to the community
  • Digital project My England, a celebration of Englishness from playwrights across the country
  • The Young Vic to host VR experience Draw Me CloseNational Theatre and National Film Board of Canada production
  • Crying in the Wilderness to join the Young Vic as new Associate Company
  • Initial casting for Twelfth Night is also announced: Gabrielle Brooks as Viola; Gbemisola Ikumelo as Maria; Jonathan Livingstone as Antonio and Silas Wyatt-Barke as Sir Andrew Aguecheek
  •  £5 First Previews announced – all Main House show first preview tickets will be sold at just £5 via a TodayTix lottery 
Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director, said:
 The Young Vic as a producing theatre has become synonymous with staging international works created by some of the world’s finest directors, performers and creatives; productions and projects that say something about the world that we live in. My first season as Artistic Director will attempt to balance on those shoulders the things that are important to me: joy, community, politics and these are deeply embedded in all that we do.

That’s why the musical reworking of Twelfth Night – that I previously directed at The Public Theater in New York – is the show that I have chosen to kick-start my tenure with. A show that stands community members shoulder to shoulder with professional artists, it’s filled with joyful, soulful music by Shaina Taub; it’s a celebration.

After this we will see Danai Gurira’s The Convert and Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Trainboth, in my opinion, modern classics one portraying Rhodesia 1896 and the other prison in Rikers Island. Both plays ripe for interpretation by some of the most interesting young directors in the country.

Alongside these productions, today we announce two projects that will develop throughout the year. My England: a series of monologues from across England created by playwrights, actors and directors telling us how they define “Englishness” in our potentially fractious society. Through this we are committing to pushing the boundaries further, taking theatre outside our four walls and performing the highest quality shows in prisons, community hubs and centres across London. The first of these shows, Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind, looks at the sexually oppressive culture of Germany in the nineteenth century.”

MAIN HOUSE

Twelfth Night
by William Shakespeare
Conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub
Music and Lyrics by Shaina Taub
Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Oskar Eustis
Tuesday 2 October – Saturday 17 November 2018
Press Night: Monday 8 October 2018

A Young Vic adaptation of Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub’s Twelfth Night, originally performed at The Public Theater in New York as part of their Public Works program in 2016, and revisited this summer as part of their free Shakespeare in the Park Delacorte season.

This musical reworking of Shakespeare’s comedy with music and lyrics by critically acclaimed songwriter Shania Taub, will be designed for the Young Vic stage by Rob Jones with Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theater, co-directing with Kwame Kwei-Armah.

Initial casting includes: Gabrielle Brooks as Viola; Gbemisola Ikumelo as Maria; Jonathan Livingstoneas Antonio and Silas Wyatt-Barke as Sir Andrew Aguecheek.. These professional artists will perform alongside community members from Southwark and Lambeth in this classic tale of love and disguise.

The Convert
by Danai Gurira
Main House Friday 7 December 2018 – Saturday 19 January 2019
Press Night: Friday 14 December

Black Panther star and Tony-nominated writer Danai Gurira’s striking play explores the impact of colonialism and Catholicism on black identity.

Set in 1896 Rhodesia, a young girl is taken into the household of a black Roman Catholic missionary, escaping a forced marriage at the cost of leaving behind her family and converting to Catholicism.

Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train
by Stephen Adly Guirgis directed by Kate Hewitt
Thursday 14 February – Saturday 30 March 2019
Press Night: Wednesday 20 February 2019

From Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Adly Guirgis (The Motherfucker with the Hat) Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train takes places in a prison in Rikers Island New York. A frightened young man accused of murdering a cult leader is confronted with a charismatic born-again serial killer and a sadistic guard. Will one man’s redemption lead to another’s damnation?

Originally directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, this adaption will be directed by Kate Hewitt, winner of the JMK Award 2014.

CLARE STUDIO

Things of Dry Hours
by Naomi Wallace and directed by 2018 Genesis Future Director Award Winner Debbie Hannan
Wednesday 15 August – Saturday 25 August 2018

2018 Genesis Award winner Debbie Hannan directs this tantalizing, poetic play. Weaving the spiritual into the political, Things of Dry Hours interrogates the idea that humans cannot change; are we really all that black and white?

Due to the nature of the Genesis Future Director Award, there will be no press night performance. 

WORK BEYOND THE STAGE


 YV Unpacked is a new strand of work, taking the highest quality theatre to people who do not normally think that theatre is for them. We will be taking shows to refugee centres, prisons, community hubs and homeless shelters as part of this work. The first work to be taken out to the community is: Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind, directed Caroline Byrne.
My England is a celebration of playwrights from across regions of England. The works look at what it means to be English. Monologues will be recorded and shown on the Young Vic social media channels.

Confirmed commissions include work from: Lucy J Skilbeck, Omar El-Khairy, Polly Stenham, Barrie Rutter, Jack Thorne and May Sumbqanyambe.

Draw Me Close by Jordan Tannahill is a preview of the National Theatre and National Film Board of Canada production, presented by Young Vic. Draw Me Close blurs the worlds of live performance, virtual reality and animation to create a vivid memoir about the relationship between a mother and her son in the wake of her terminal-cancer diagnosis.
 Crying in the Wilderness Productions join the Young Vic as an Associate Company. Crying in the Wilderness Productions is dedicated to producing groundbreaking productions which are anchored to an intercultural philosophical practice. They have produced work in collaboration with the Bush Theatre, Arcola Theatre and at Stratford Circus Theatre.

Young Vic announces casting for Fun Home

fun home
fun home

fun home

Director Sam Gold makes his Young Vic debut with the five-time Tony award-winning musical Fun Home. Casting includes: Kaisa Hammarlund as Alison; Eleanor Kane as Medium Alison; Jenna Russell as Helen; Ashley Samuels as Roy, Mark and Jeremy; Cherrelle Skeete as Joan and Zubin Varla as Bruce, Alison’s father.

The production is produced in association with Sonia Friedman Productions, Fox Theatricals and Barbara Whitman.

Casting for Small Alison, John and Christian will be confirmed at a later date.

Fun Home, based on Alison Bechdel’s celebrated 2006 graphic novel, made a sensational debut at The Public Theater in New York in October 2013, followed by a triumphant Broadway run and a successful US National tour.

Fun Home explores the memories of Alison’s uniquely complicated family at three different stages in her life – her volatile, brilliant, enigmatic father, mother and brothers – that connect with her in surprising new ways. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Choreography is by Danny Mefford, set and costume design by David Zinn, light by Ben Stanton, sound by Kai Harada, music supervision by Chris Fenwick, music direction by Nigel Lilley and casting by Julia Horan CDG. The Associate Director is Portia Krieger. The Jerwood Assistant Director is Leo J Skilbeck. This role is supported through the Jerwood Assistant Director Program at the Young Vic.

This is the final show in David Lan’s last season as Artistic Director of the Young Vic.

Fun Home runs from 18 June – 1 September 2018 in the Young Vic’s Main House.   

West End transfer announced for The Jungle

The Jungle at the Young Vic.
The Jungle at the Young Vic.

The Jungle at the Young Vic. Credit David Sandison

Following universal critical acclaim, and a sold-out run at the Young Vic, producers Sonia Friedman Productions, Tom Kirdahy andHunter Arnold have announced the West End transfer of the National Theatre and Young Vic co-production with Good Chance Theatre of Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson’s The Jungle, directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin. The production is set in Europe’s largest unofficial refugee camp, the Calais Jungle, which in 2015, became a temporary home for more than 10,000 people.  Previewing from 16 JuneThe Jungle will have an Opening Night on 5 July at the Playhouse Theatre. The first wave of tickets will go on general sale on 15 March.

The Jungle will transfer to the Playhouse Theatre in the West End, where the traditional proscenium theatre will undergo a remarkable transformation. The auditorium stalls will be completely reconfigured to house Miriam Buether’s critically-acclaimed set design as seen at the Young Vic, where audiences were invited to sit at the benches and tables of the Afghan café in the Calais camp. The Dress Circle will be renamed “Cliffs of Dover” and will allow unique views over the performance space, which extends out beyond the proscenium arch and over the stalls. This in-the-round transformation will reduce the capacity of the theatre to 450 seats, to more closely recreate the intimate and immediate experience audiences had at the Young Vic. Top price tickets are directly enabling 40% of the house to be priced at £25 and under, and a proportion of tickets will be held off sale to be offered to refugees and targeted groups in order to maximise diversity and accessibility.

This is the place where people suffered and dreamed.  Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of the Jungle – just across the Channel, right on our doorstep. The Jungle tells stories of loss, fear, community and hope, of the Calais camp’s creation – and of its eventual destruction. Join the residents over freshly baked naan and sweet milky chai at the Afghan Café, and experience the intense, moving and uplifting encounters between refugees from many different countries and the volunteers who arrived from the UK.

The majority of the original cast will transfer with the production, including actors from refugee backgrounds, some of whom came through the Jungle.  The full cast includes: Ammar Haj Ahmad, Mohammad Amiri, Girum Bekele, Elham Ehsas, Trevor Fox, Moein Ghobsheh, Ansu Kabia, Alex Lawther, John Pfumojena, Rachel Redford, Rachid Sabitri, Mohamed Sarrar, Ben Turner and Nahel Tzegai.

Official charity partner, Help Refugees, will be supported by the production, with fundraising efforts taking place at the venue throughout the entire run.

Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy said: The Jungle was a reluctant home for thousands of people from all over the world. It was a place where people built temporary lives and communities formed out of necessity. People who visited asked why we built a theatre in a refugee camp, but it’s always seemed clear to us that theatre should be at the centre of the conversation. That’s why we’re thrilled to bring this play to new audiences and to the West End, in a totally transformed Playhouse Theatre, a stone’s throw from Parliament. The metamorphosis of the Playhouse is a bold statement: that we need new spaces for this conversation to happen, and that the stories of the people in this play belong on our most significant stages.”

Josie Naughton, CEO, Help Refugees said: “Help Refugees is honoured to be the charity partner for the West End run of The Jungle. We have worked with Good Chance since we first met in Calais in 2015, where their theatre provided camp residents with a vital outlet for self-expression. We are excited that in addition to having local social impact, funds will be raised to actively support displaced people in the UK and in Calais. In northern France, there are currently more than 1,000 people sleeping in the forests with no shelter from the rain and snow, with limited access to drinking water, showers and toilets, with no access to safe and legal routes to sanctuary and no opportunity to learn, work and start a new life. Our teams and our partners are still working tirelessly to provide for people’s basic needs, including food, shelter, information and protection.”

Rufus Norris, Director of National Theatre said: Having visited the Calais Jungle at the end of 2015 it felt incredibly important to tell this story. Joe and Joe’s script together with Stephen and Justin’s production perfectly captures the lives of so many individuals caught up in an impossible situation. The Jungle is an unforgettable experience which is both powerful and moving, and it is wonderful that it has now found a home in the West End.”

David Lan said: “It was clear from the start that The Jungle would be one of the most provocative and significant shows we’ve produced.  It tells a powerful real-life story that matters hugely to everyone.  It’s created and performed in an enthrallingly inventive way by some of those who lived it. Those who saw it at the Young Vic said they’d never seen anything like it – and that it was as if they’d been on the journey of a lifetime.  I’m delighted it will now be seen by so many more.”

Sonia Friedman said: “Sometimes plays have to respond to a space. Here, thanks to the commitment of all involved, the space has responded to the work. Experiencing The Jungle at the Young Vic was extremely powerful. Audiences were plunged emotionally and physically into the world of the camp in Calais – a place I visited several times – and the combination of the setting, extraordinary performances and storytelling was a real a sucker punch. I am therefore so happy that we have found a way to transport the world and atmosphere of the play to the West End in a unique and intimate way. The West End needs productions like The Jungle and we have created a democratic pricing structure that allows, I hope, a wide range of people to see it, and to take part in the debate it provokes.”

Sonia Friedman Productions and Tom Kirdahy, Hunter Arnold present A National Theatre and Young Vic Co-Production with Good Chance Theatre.

Mental health in millenials is examined in new play at Lion and Unicorn Theatre

Breathe by Lucrezia Pollice
Breathe by Lucrezia Pollice

Breathe by Lucrezia Pollice

New play Breathe, after readings at the Young Vic and scratch night performances at the Bread and Roses, is staged in a full production at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre this February. The play tackles the thorny issue of mental health amongst millenials trying to make their way in life.

“ambitious (…) I look forward to see the (full production)” The Blog of Theatre Things

Breathe pans across the struggles of four housemates living in London trying to successfully accomplish their dreams. Personal secrets, fears and dreams emerge as their lives intertwine, revealing the importance of human connection and friendship in the face of anxiety and depression. Will they choose security or transform their fears into fuel to conquer their dreams?

Writer Lucrezia Pollice is a freelance theatre & film director and producer based in London. After training as an actor at the famous Italian drama school Paolo Grassi Academy and the RADA foundation course at CSVPA, Lucrezia graduated with a First Honours Degree from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education – focusing her degree on Directing, Producing and Playwrighting. She recently produced and directed the critically acclaimed short documentary IDENTITY ,which premiered at the United Nations WTPFilm Festival at the BFI Southbank. She will soon be producing and directing a documentary short film for Westminster Council.

Producer Aretusa Campagnolo worked as an assistant producer for MDA Contemporary Dance Company and as an executive producer for RedWedge Srl, a film production company based in Rome. She moved to the UK to undertake a Master’s degree in Culture, Policy and Management at City University of London, where she graduated in October 2017. Prior to moving into assisting in producing Metal Rabbit Productions in  2017, she interned as a Company Administrator for circus company Gandini Juggling.

Lucrezia Pollice and Aretusa Campagnolo present:
BREATHE
February 1st 2018 –  February 2nd 2018, 7.30pm, The Lion and Unicorn Theatre
Press Night: February 1st 2018, 7.30pm

The Inheritance cast announced including Vanessa Redgrave, John Benjamin Hickey and Kyle Soller

The Inheritance
 
The Inheritance

The Inheritance

Young Vic has announced casting for The Inheritance, a major world premiere in two parts: 
Andrew Burnap (Toby)

John Benjamin Hickey (Henry)
Samuel H. Levine (Adam/Leo)
Kyle Soller (Eric)

With Hugo Bolton, Robert Boulter, Hubert Burton, Syrus Lower, Michael Marcus, Luke Thallon and Michael Walters.

Vanessa Redgrave plays the role of Margaret.

The Inheritance gives a panoramic view of gay life in New York City today, a generation after the height of the AIDS crisis.

Of those fears, that activism, the new communities and the new kinds of isolation, what has survived? And what does the experience of the plague years mean to the young, overflowing with life, looking for love?

Due to demand extra performances have been added.

This production is supported by Nattering Way LLC and Sonia Friedman Productions Ltd.

This new play in two parts by Matthew Lopez (The Whipping Man, The Newsroom, The Legend of Georgia Mcbride) is directed by Stephen Daldry (The Jungle, An Inspector Calls, Billy Elliot, The Hours and The Reader). Design is by Bob Crowley (An American in Paris, Skylight and Aladdin) with light by Jon Clark, sound by Paul Arditti and Chris Reid, UK casting by Julia Horan CDG and US casting by Jordan Thaler CSA & Heidi Griffiths CSA.

Justin Martin is Associate Director. The Jerwood Assistant Director is Sadie Spencer. This role is supported through the Jerwood Assistant Director Program at the Young Vic.

The Inheritance 

by Matthew Lopez
direction Stephen Daldry

Main House 

Friday 2 March – Saturday 19 May 2018
Press Day Wednesday 28 March 2018

Casting Announced for The Brothers Size

Sope Dirisu
Sope Dirisu

Sope Dirisu

Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney was an unknown writer when The Brothers Size was first seen at the Young Vic in 2007. Today casting for the highly-anticipated revival from the Evening Standard Award-Winning writer is announced:

After playing Coriolanus at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Sope Dirisu plays eldest brother Ogun. Jonathan Ajayi plays younger brother Oshoosi, reunited with Ogun after a spell in prison. Both make their Young Vic debuts.

Finally, Anthony Welsh returns to the role of Elegba, Oshoosi’s ex-cell mate who tempts him back to his life of crime. Anthony originally performed this role during the 2008 revival of The Brothers Size at the Young Vic and UK tour in the same year.

Bijan Sheibani returns to direct this deeply moving fable following his hit production of The Barbershop Chronicles at the National Theatre.

The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney is directed by Bijan Sheibani, designed by Patrick Burnier with live music and sound design by Manuel Pinheiro. A co-production with Actors Touring Company.

It runs from 19 January 2018 – 14 February 2018 in the Young Vic’s Main House.

There will be a Jerwood Assistant Director working with Bijan Sheibani The Brothers Size. The role is supported through the Jerwood Assistant Directors Program at the Young Vic.

Cast biographies can be found on the Young Vic blog here.

Listings

The Brothers Size

19 January 2018 – 14 February 2018
Main House, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LZ
Press Night: Friday 26 January 2018, 7.00pm
Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7:30pm | Matinees on Wednesday & Saturday (except 20, 24, 27 January)
Access Performances
Captioned Performance: Thursday 8 February at 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance: Thursday 6 February at 7.30pm
Tickets: Previews 19 – 25 January £20, £10 | 27 January – 14 February £38, £29, £20, £10
Concessions available.
Box Office: www.youngvic.org | 020 7922 2922