Kwame Kwei-Armah Announces the Young Vic 2019 Season

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