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Death of a Salesman – God I love this show

Wendell Pierce

Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell have treated us to a mesmerising evening that is overflowing with suspended furniture, sliding door frames, live music, Arinzé Kene in a vest and a inspired new version of Death of a Salesman, at the Young Vic. 

Inspired as in the Loman family are black, which casts their drudgery in pre-civil rights America in a whole different light. This Salesman stars Sharon D Clarke and Wendell Pierce as Linda and Willy Loman. 

Elliott and Cromwell co-direct with attention grabbing pace. And 70 years on, Arthur Miller’s play has chilling resonance. And it’s all here: the pathos, time bending and drama of intense despair. This revival illuminates the classic as the past haunts the present time and place majestically. 

Memory and reality are never overplayed.

Wendell Pierce

Wendell Pierce

It may demand a lot from audiences and take risks, but that’s what all great theatre should do. And if some don’t come off, it’s one of the few classic tragic plays that can usually fall back on its script or the astonishing performances of its cast.

Particular plaudits with Elliott & Harper’s impressive production, of course, go to Sharon D. Clarke who’s turned loyal wife Linda Loman into a thing of very slow-burning, bluesy pain. 

Wendell Pierce leads the collapse of the Loman family as the deluded Salesman: out of time. His Willy is lofty, pathetic and explosive. 

 Sharon D Clarke

Sharon D Clarke

The design by Anna Fleischle is a beautifully fragmented and disjointed shell of a home: The Young Vic shimmers in rich primary colours through short sharp bursts of light through a prism or wooden frames. Hats off to the glorious sound by Carolyn Downing and clever music by Temowo. 

Halfway through Act 1, though, I felt this was Marianne Elliott on both autopilot and at the peak of her powers: standing, at times, in the shadow of huge successes on both revivals of musical Company and Angels in America.

But Act 2 left me reeling and emotionally shattered. Make of that what you will. 

The final scene is 10/10. 

Personally, I thought the whole thing was so brilliantly executed that it should become a permanent fixture on The Cut. 

A perfect revival. 

Death of a Salesman runs at the Young Vic from May 9-June 29, youngvic.org

Sold out DEATH OF A SALESMAN run extended, £10 ‘Rush’ Tickets to be released

Wendell Pierce

Due to public demand, the Young Vic today announces that the currently sold-out production of Death of a Salesman will extend for an additional two weeks of performances until Saturday 13 July. These additional performances go on sale at 10.30am today, Wednesday 1 May, with tickets priced £10 – £40.

As part of its commitment to accessible tickets, the Young Vic also announces that every Thursday at midday a limited number of £10 ‘Rush’ Tickets will be released online for the following week’s performances. The scheme will begin from Thursday 2 May and will be limited to two tickets per customers, available online.

Following her recent award-winning successes on Company and Angels in AmericaMarianne Elliott co-directs Death of a Salesmanwith Miranda Cromwell, who worked as Associate Director on both shows. Together, they bring a unique vision to one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century, seen through the eyes of an African-American family.

Wendell Pierce makes his UK stage debut as Willy Loman, with Sharon D. Clarke as Linda Loman, Arinzé Kene as Biff Loman and Martins Imhangbe as Happy Loman. The full cast also includes Ian Bonar as Bernard, Trevor Cooper as Charley, Joseph Mydellas Ben Loman, Nenda Neurer as Letta, Jennifer Saayeng as Miss Forsythe, Matthew Seadon-Young as Howard Wagner and Stanley, Maggie Service as The Woman and Jenny and Femi Temowo as Willy Loman’s Father and Musician.

Death of a Salesman is directed by Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell, with design by Anna Fleischle, lighting design byAideen Malone, sound design by Carolyn Downing, composition and musical direction by Femi Temowo, fight direction and additional movement support by Yarit Dor and casting by Charlotte Sutton CDG.

 

Six major arts orgs handing over control to young people – London City Takeover (5-7 Apr)

It has never been more important for us all to champion the energy and ideas of creatives aged 16 to 25, to support them with strong platforms to express themselves, and to give them physical spaces to connect with each other. This is why we – Battersea Arts CentreBFI, the RoundhouseTateWired4Music and the Young Vic – are pledging to give over space to young people for the first pilot London City Takeover. We will each hand over space, both physical and digital, to an exciting collective aged 16 to 25 from ‪‪Friday 5 April to Sunday 7 April, who will use this platform to share their visions of the future.

The London City Takeover will include a breakfast panel discussion at the Young Vic, takeovers at the Roundhouse and Battersea Arts Centre, live events by Wired4Music, and will feature as part of Late at Tate Britain. The programme will close with an open and inclusive digital exchange and discussion on social media, led by young artists.

The London City Takeover is initiated by Battersea Arts Centre’s Artistic Director (Up Next) Saad Eddine Said.

Statement from Battersea Arts CentreBFIthe RoundhouseTateWired4Music and the Young Vic

Statement from the young people working with arts organisations

We, the young people working with London based arts organisations, are responding with a city-wide celebration encouraging young artists involvement and engagement in arts, culture and politics. The London City Takeover will take place across London, hosting events that will highlight young artist’s contributions to politics and culture, and incite our potential. The weekend will include free workshops, talks, performances and exhibitions aimed at young people to explore and empower our political and creative agency. The London City Takeover will be a platform to express our unity, and make a noise loud enough to re-engage with the wider conversation.

This is a statement from Emma Pearce, Henrietta Imore, Jacqueline Wan, Lily Evans-Hill and Luke Ainger.

City Takeover dates and early programme (full line up coming soon):

‪‪Friday 5 April

Late at Tate Britain

Saturday 6 April

Young Vic producer’s breakfast

Battersea Arts Centre #Occupy Takeover

Roundhouse Studios Takeover

Wired4Music live events

Sunday 7 April

Digital takeovers

The Young Vic Announces YV:ID a festival exploring identity

Lenny Henry in Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle
Lenny Henry in Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle

Lenny Henry in Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle Photo Credit: Carlton Dixon

Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director of Young Vic, today announces YV:ID, a five-week festival of digital and live events taking place throughout February and March 2019, which aims to catalyse debates around the themes of identity.

YV:ID festival will include: Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle, a series of monologues commissioned by BBC Arts and produced in partnership with Sir Lenny Henry’s production company Douglas Road Productions, exploring themes of personal and cultural identity through the eyes of an Afro-Caribbean family from the 1940s to the present day, which will air on BBC Four in February; My England, a collection of fourteen short films by writers, directors and performers from across the country, exploring the notions of Englishness and English national identity, which will be released online in March ahead of Brexit; The 8 Club, is a five-part web series investigating the notion of ‘toxic masculinity’, and some of the issues facing future generations in the wake of the positive social change brought about by #MeToo.

The Young Vic will host a series of accompanying live debate events at the theatre to run parallel to each project.

Kwame Kwei-Armah, said today, “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 discourse we send beyond them. After seven years in America, I returned home to a country which seemed amidst an identity crisis. YV:ID is a way to catalyse a debate about those perceptions, and, as part of our commitment to channelling work into the digital world, we are also bringing these discussions into the digital sphere to reach new audiences and continue the conversation outside of our four walls.”

#YVID

 SOON GONE: A WINDRUSH CHRONICLE

Commissioned by BBC Arts and co-produced by Sir Lenny Henry’s production company Douglas Road Productions and the Young VicSoon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle, are eight 15-minute heartfelt monologues set in and around the front room of an Afro-Caribbean home. The monologues, which will broadcast on BBC Four in February, follow the highs and lows of one family from their arrival in England in the 1940s up to the present day as they explore their hopes and desires, challenges and shattered dreams.

They have been curated by the Young Vic’s Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah and feature some of the UK’s finest acting talent including Sir Lenny Henry (The Long Song), Vinette Robinson (Doctor Who), Montserrat Lombard (Upstart Crow), Danielle Vitalis (Attack the Block), Clifford Samuel (McMafia), Gamba Cole (Damilola: Our Loved Boy), Elliot Barnes-Worrell (Jericho), Jonathan Jules (Invasion Earth), and Olivia-Mai Barrett (Penny on M.A.R.S).

The eight films are written by a team of leading writers for television and stage: Carmen Harris (EastEnders), Angie Le Mar (Funny Black Women on the Edge), Roy Williams(Clubland), Juliet Gilkes Romero (Creative Fellow at RSC), Carol Russell (The Story of Tracy Beaker), Clint Dyer (Sylvia Plath for Royal Court), Nathaniel Martello-White(Blackta for Young Vic), and Kwame Kwei-Armah (Elmina’s Kitchen).

The monologues will air on BBC Four in February. As part of YV:ID, the Young Vic will also be programming  a live discussion event hosted by Afua Hirsch and Kwame Kwei-Armah at the theatre on 21 February, around notions of cultural identity and self-definition in the 21st century.

#SoonGoneWindrush

MY ENGLAND

 My England is a series of fourteen filmed monologues from across England, commissioned and produced by the Young Vic and created by writers, actors and directors exploring how they define “Englishness” and what it means to be English right now. Half the monologues were filmed on location in the regions the writers are from, including Coventry, Halifax, Luton, Peak District, Plymouth, Middlesbrough and London, and the other half were filmed at the Young Vic, performed by actors from the local neighbourhood in collaboration with the Young Vic’s Taking Part department.

The writers include Javaad Alipoor (England’s Red with Christopher Eccleston), Michael Bhim (The Question), Ishy Din (UTB!), Kenneth Emson (Mayday), Lynette Linton(Simone), Zodwa Nyoni (On Belonging), Bea Roberts (Sir F. Mother Fucking Drake with Jenny Rainsford), Jack Rooke (The Game), Lucy J. Skilbeck (Big Ben), Stef Smith(How To Grow A Nation with Kate Dickie), Polly Stenham (Flat White with Ophelia Lovibond), Simon Stephens (she), Selina Thompson (I Feel Most English When… with Ronke Adekoluejo) and Jack Thorne (Luton? with Mat Fraser). Directors include Young Vic Genesis Fellow, Nadia Latif, and Rodney Charles.

The films will be released via the Young Vic website and social media channels from 25 February.

The Young Vic will host an accompanying event on 12 March, bringing together members of the public with politicians, artists and social commentators to explore the identity of a nation as it’s going through a divorce, and to ask how we define “Englishness” in our potentially fractious society.

#MyEngland

A Young Vic co-production with David Weale-Cochrane and Kwame (KZ) Kwei-Armah Jr.

THE 8 CLUB

 The 8 Club is an online video series exploring the notion of ‘toxic masculinity’ and the legacy young men have inherited from the ideas of masculinity as defined by generations before them. Each episode tackles the subjects that surround and affect young men today, focussing on provocative and often unspoken topics for men, such as mental health, money, sex, violence and personal relationships and how these topics are viewed in the wake of the #MeToo movement and the wider impact this has on gender politics.

Participants in The 8 Club include JJ BolaMichael Brooks, Ned DukesMatt HarveyRoly Hunter, LionHeartSimon Anthony MitchellAdam PughMichael SimonJordan StephensElric Stockley and Jamell Williams.

The films will be released via the Young Vic social media channels from 11 March, and the Young Vic will host an accompanying live event on 21 March which explores some of the questions around gender politics which are facing the next generation.

#The8Club

Award-winning play THE INHERITANCE holds special performance at the Noel Coward Theatre with Terrence Higgins Trust on World AIDS Day

THE INHERITANCE

The Inheritance, the 2018 Evening Standard Theatre Award-winning ‘Best Play’ by Matthew Lopez, must end its strictly limited engagement at the Noël Coward Theatre on Saturday 19th January. Sonia Friedman, Tom Kirdahy and Hunter Arnold  present the Young Vic production which opened in the West End on Saturday 13th October to widespread critical acclaim, with reviews recognising it as a modern classic, and one of the most important plays for many years.

Directed by multi Olivier and Tony Award winner Stephen Daldry, this landmark production held its world premiere at the Young Vic Theatre earlier this year where it ran for a sold out engagement.

The large ensemble cast of The Inheritance at the Noël Coward Theatre includes: Hugo Bolton, Robert Boulter, Andrew Burnap, Hubert Burton, John Benjamin Hickey, Paul Hilton, Samuel H. Levine, Syrus Lowe, Michael Marcus, Jack Riddiford, Kyle SollerMichael Walters and Vanessa Redgrave.

A generation after the peak of the AIDs crisis, what is it like to be a young gay man in New York? How many words are there now for pain and for love? Matthew Lopez’s major new two-part play explores profound themes through the turbulent and often hilarious experiences of a group of young, ambitious New Yorkers.  What is the legacy left to them by previous generations? What do they owe the future and each other?

Spanning generations and many interlinking lives, The Inheritance brilliantly transposes EM Forster’s novel ‘Howards End’ to 21st century New York.

On 1st December 2018, The Inheritance held a special performance for World AIDS Day with guests helping to raise awareness for Terrence Higgins Trust and their campaign to reach ‘zero HIV’ by ending new transmissions and eliminating HIV-related stigma.

Guests who attended on the day to show support for the charity included Stephen Fry, Stephen K. Amos, Colin Morgan, Bisi Alimi, Zoe Wanamaker, Gawn Grainger, Paris Lees, Tom Hollander, John Partridge, Laura Carmichael, SuRie, Jerry Mitchell, Freida Slaves, Andre de Shields and Michael Cashman.

On Friday 30th November, to mark both World AIDS Day and National Tree-Planting Week, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and cast from The Inheritance, along with representatives from Terrence Higgins Trust and London’s Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, Shirley Rodrigues, planted a tree in Potters Field. The ‘Tilia Cordata’ tree, planted outside City Hall and with a stunning view of London Bridge, in remembrance to all the lives lost to AIDS in the past 30 years.

Photography from both events can be downloaded HERE

Terrence Higgins Trust is the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity offering support, information and advice services for those living with and affected by HIV or poor sexual health.

Ian Green, chief executive at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: 

The Inheritance is a truly beautiful piece of theatre and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. World AIDS Day is always a special and emotional day as we wear our red ribbons in remembrance of all the lives lost far too soon since the start of the HIV epidemic. But seeing The Inheritance made it even more special. This important play not only reminds us of how far weve come in the fight against HIV, but also how much more there still is to do  and all the trauma along the way.

Were honoured to have worked in partnership with The Inheritance to mark the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. Money raised will help support our ambitious but achievable aim of getting to zero new HIV transmissions in the UK and, as importantly, the work we do across the country to eradicate the stigma and misinformation that still surrounds this virus.”

Sonia Friedman, Producer of The Inheritance, said:

“A huge thank you to Matthew Lopez, Stephen Daldry and to the astonishing cast and company of The Inheritance – the play, production, and audience reached new heights of emotion and intensity on World AIDS Day and it will be a day that every one of us in that theatre will cherish forever.

In the 1980s I was a young stage manager working at The National Theatre; all around me, in our industry, people were dying and struggling. I just felt it was wrong and that I had to do something, so I went to the Terrence Higgins Trust, and asked if I could do something, if I could help.

The voluntary work I did with them and other HIV charities formed who I am and it helped make me a Producer and therefore it is a privilege to be working with them again, 30 years later, for this very special performance. It was a day of remembrance, pain, hope and a day of connection.”

Guests who attended the special performance of The Inheritance on World AIDS Day took to social media in support, including:

Too choked with emotion last night to tweet my astonishment at @inheritanceplay – the most magnificent theatrical experience I can remember. It broke my heart and mended it again: I left the theatre believing in theatre again. I don’t have enough praise. See it!
Stephen Fry

This play, this cast, this production astound and embrace and uplift in ways before unimaginable.
Lord Cashman

I’m honoured to have been in the audience for the World AIDS Day performance of @inheritanceplay at the Noël Coward Theatre, let alone invited on stage. Never seen such rapturous applause. Go see it and please support @THTorguk‘s great work to help end HIV.
Paris Lees

Saw @inheritanceplay on Saturday, Parts 1 & 2. A thoroughly engaging, original piece of theatre. Phenomenal cast, brilliant production. So relevant. See it.
Stephen K. Amos

Matthew Lopez’s new play is directed by Stephen Daldry with set and costumes by Bob Crowley, lighting by Jon Clark, sound by Paul Arditti & Christopher Reid, music by Paul Englishby, UK Casting by Julia Horan CDG and US Casting by Jordan Thaler CSA & Heidi Griffiths CSA.

David Lan, who programmed the original production as Artistic Director of the Young Vic, is Executive Producer for the West End production.

Andrew Burnap, John Benjamin Hickey and Samuel H. Levine are appearing with the permission of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange programme between American Equity and UK Equity.

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

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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.