Fireface opens on 28 September at the Young Vic and we’ve just announced the fantastic cast!
Something is wrong with Kurt and Olga. Suffocated by their parents and trapped in a world they despise, it seems like there’s no escape from the endless humiliation of being young. When Olga meets her first boyfriend Paul, Kurt buries himself in a new and explosive hobby. It’s an obsession that will fuel his anger, engulf his sister and threaten to burn their world to the ground.
Rupert Simonian makes his Young Vic debut in the role of Kurt. Past work in theatre includes Simon Stephens’ Three Kingdoms, Punk Rock and A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky for the Lyric Hammersmith. TV audiences will have seen him in the BAFTA award-winning drama The Appropriate Adult and BBC One thriller Hidden.
Aimeé-Ffion Edwards will play Kurt’s sister Olga. She was most recently in The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse) and also starred in the Olivier and Tony award-winning Jerusalem (Royal Court/West End/Broadway).
Her television roles include Kathy Burke’s autobiographical Walking and Talking, hit BBC series Luther and she played Sketch in E4’s Skins.
You may recognise Aimeé-Ffion from our short film Epithet starring Patrick Stewart, the Young Vic’s first short film, in partnership with The Guardian.
You can watch the short film here (warning: violent imagery and language)
David Annen returns to the Young Vic to play Father. David previously performed at the Young Vic in My Dad’s a Birdman and Andorra.
Recent theatre includes Complicité’s The Master and Margarita and A Disappearing Number, Measure for Measure and Judgment Day at the Almeida.
Helen Schlesinger plays Mother. Past work in theatre includes von Mayenburg’s The Stone (Royal Court) and Whipping It Up (Bush/West End). Helen will be in the highly anticipated second series of The Hour.
William Postlethwaite joins the cast as Paul. His previous theatre includes Collaborators (NT) and As You Like It (Royal Exchange).
Find out more about Fireface and book your tickets for £10 – £12.50, visit the website
We’re very excited about our upcoming production of Blackta, the world premiere of Nathaniel Martello-White‘s new play to be directed by our artistic director David Lan.
You may well have seen Nathaniel in previous shows at the Young Vic as an actor in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (also directed by David Lan) and The Brothers Size.
And now we can tell you all about the cast…
Anthony Welsh returns to the Young Vic following his acclaimed performance in The Brothers Size (Olivier nominated). His recent theatre includes Precious Little Talent (Trafalgar Studios), Pornography (Tricycle) and he starred in the smash-hit Sucker Punch (Royal Court ).
He recently appeared in the Channel 4 flagship drama Top Boy. He’s had some very exciting film appearances – including starring in Comes a Bright Day and Dirty Money. He recently appeared in My Brother the Devil (Sundance award winner).
Daniel Francis also returns to the Young Vic following his performance in The Brothers Size in 2009. His recent theatre includes Twelfth Night (RSC) and Off The Endz (Royal Court). He has appeared in the film Fast Girls and the television programme Eternal Law.
Howard Charles joins the cast for his Young Vic debut. He has recently been in the RSC Ensemble for The Merchant of Venice as Gratiano and Macbeth as Malcolm. He also played the Security Officer in the critically acclaimed production of Enron (Chichester/Royal Court/West End).
Javone Prince returns to the Young Vic following his performance in the outstanding Raisin in the Sun. His recent theatre includes Loot (Tricycle) and Iya Lle (Soho). His extensive TV work includes My Family and Horrible Histories.
Leo Wringer‘s recent theatre includes playing the title role in Othello (Lyric) and performances in Beauty and the Beast (Lyric), The Wheel (Traverse) and Macbeth (Odyssey).
He played Jasperino in the film version of The Changeling. His television work includes Law and Order and Silent Witness.
Wow – what a cast!
For further details on Blackta, check out the website.
As you’ll know from Fact #16 - in 1971 The Who played at the Young Vic and recorded their album ‘Young Vic Blues’. Wow. But things continued for The Who’s presence at the Young Vic…
In 1974, we had a production of The Taming of the Shrew with a young Richard Gere in his theatrical debut (cool) and Jim Dale (Grammy Award winner and of Carry On fame) played Petruchio.
Keith Moon, The Who drummer, was in the audience that night.
During the curtain call – a ‘somewhat chemically excited’ (The Guardian) Keith Moon stood up and started to bow next to the actors. Jim Dale, infuriated by this, chased Keith off the stage and out of the theatre – yelling “I’LL MURDER HIM”.
Wow – dramatic!
Steve Toussaint plays Dr Rank in A Doll’s House.
Tell us about your character
Rank is a romantic and playful soul, who pretends to be grumpy!
Too many to name.
If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
Warsini – an island off the coast of Kenya.
Couldn’t possibly tell you that!!
If you could have one supernatural power, which would you choose and why?
Do you have any regrets?
Life’s too short for regrets.
Favourite midnight snack?
Currently digestives and cheese.
Today we recorded a voiceover with William Houston, who plays Vershinin, for our Three Sisters trailer, produced by Dusthouse. We can’t wait to show you the trailer… coming in just a few days!
William Houston, who plays Vershinin in Three Sisters at the Young Vic, records a voiceover for the trailer