YV 2016 Season | A note from our Artistic Director

Photo by David Sandison.

Photo by David Sandison

Artistic Director David Lan on our 2016 season announcement:

“In 2016 we take some of our theatre journeys further down the road and we head off in a number of new directions.

The great Jane Horrocks is one of our closest friends and colleagues. In If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me Jane and Aletta Collins create a new kind of show. Part dance piece, part gig – a live band, brilliant dancers and Jane’s unique take on many of your favourite new wave anthems… We’re thrilled to have Jane back following our hit Annie Get Your Gun and to welcome Aletta for the first time.

Anyone who saw Simon Stone’s The Wild Duck at the Barbican knows he has an amazingly original and powerful vision. We’re gleeful that he will create his first new work in the UK here. As before, he writes and directs a new version of a great classic of the European stage – in this case Lorca’s masterpiece of yearning and loss Yerma.

Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange was acclaimed an instant classic at its first performance at the NT 15 years ago. Sadly still as pertinent as ever to our lives in our great multicultural capital city, this first major revival is directed by Matthew Xia whose brilliant production of Sizwe Banzi Is Dead played twice at the Young Vic and then on tour.

Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne’s Battlefield, an immensely powerful meditation on violence and mortality, is now playing in Paris. The UK premiere of this CICT/Young Vic co-production is the opening show of our 2016 season.

In our Maria studio:
Charlene James’ Cuttin’ It won the George Devine Award and the Alfred Fagon Award. No surprise. Its tough subject is FGM. Its power and importance is such that we and the Royal Court Theatre decided to co-produce it and tour it to ensure that it reaches the wide audience we’re sure will want to see it. Our new Genesis Fellow Gbolahan Obisesan, whose unforgettable production of Sus was twice at the Young Vic and on tour, directs.

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, Annie Ryan’s adaptation of Eimear McBride’s gripping best-seller has been acknowledged as an instant classic since it was first seen at the Dublin Festival. A major hit at Edinburgh, where it won three awards, we have already extended its run. Aoife Duffin’s heartbreaking solo performance is not to be missed.

Bull was an instant sell-out last year. Mike Bartlett’s fierce, ring-side view of the horrors of the contemporary workplace returns in Clare Lizzimore’s incisive, Olivier Award winning production.

And… the Young Vic in New York. Two great American classics find their way home: Ivo van Hove’s production of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge and Benedict Andrews’ production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, both award winning productions.”

For more on the season announcement and to book tickets: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/2016
You can also take a look at our 2016 Season Brochure here.

Thanks for all your support | A note from our Executive Director


Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, we are able to produce an ambitious programme in all of our three spaces, alongside our extensive neighbourhood-wide participation programme and our directors programme which is recognised as the most extensive in the country.

Public investment, record box office receipts (including from commercial transfers) and a high level of philanthropic giving enable us to keep our ticket prices low and to offer over half of our tickets for under £20, as well as 10% of our seats free to targeted audiences. Our sustained long term growth has only been possible because of sustained public investment, allowing the strategic risk taking that produces artistic and commercial success.

Last year we welcomed over 11,000 of our neighbours, young and old, to work with professionals on projects such as our Parallel Productions (non-professional versions of our shows), our Special Education Needs Festival and The Brolly Project which was created and performed by sex workers in response to our forthcoming production of Measure For Measure.

Lucy Woollatt
Executive Director

From more about the Young Vic and how you can get involved, www.youngvic.org/about-us.



We’ve just announced new shows for 2016! Two world premieres, award-winning new writing and the world’s greatest directors come to the Young Vic in 2016. 

Jane Horrocks celebrates the music of her youth in If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me featuring the music of ‘new wave’ artists, choreographed and directed by Aletta Collins (10 March – 16 April). We’ve also got a new production of Joe Penhall’s award-winning Blue/Orange directed by Matthew Xia (12 May – 18 June). Simon Stone writes and directs a new version of Lorca’s Yerma (29 July – 10 September) in his first original work in the UK. We then have Cuttin’ It, a double award-winning play by Charlene James focusing on female genital mutilation, directed by Gbolahan Obisesan in the Maria studio (20 May – 11 June).

Take a look below for more on our exciting lineup. It’s a big world in here – and it’s yours.



Jane Horrocks stars in this world premiere of a show unlike any you’ve seen.

Part gig, part dance piece, at its heart nation’s favourite Jane Horrocks sings her own gritty and soulful versions of the new wave music she grew up with in the Northwest.

With gorgeously evocative choreography by director Aletta Collins, a company of brilliant dancers and a fabulous live band, If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me follows a woman’s life through desire, love, motherhood and loss.

An unforgettable evening at the theatre with the energy of the best night out you’ve ever had.

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Christopher has been confined to a psychiatric ward for a month.  He wants out.  The problem is he still thinks oranges are blue.

His doctor, convinced he needs help, wants to section him.  The senior consultant thinks it’s all a question of culture: at home in Shepherd’s Bush Christopher will be amongst ‘people who think just like him’.  And besides, it costs taxpayer money to keep Christopher in care.

Race, ethics, sanity and prejudice collide in Joe Penhall’s exquisitely sharp state of the nation classic. Matthew Xia directs this Olivier Award-winning play, as timely now as it ever was.

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‘We’re opposites, even though we came from the same, she’s nuttin like me, an that shames me.’

Teenagers Muna and Iqra get the same bus to school but they’ve never really spoken. Muna wears TopShop and sits on the top deck gossiping about Nicki Minaj’s latest beef, while Iqra sits alone downstairs in her charity shop hand-me-downs.

They were both born in Somalia but come from different worlds. But as they get closer, they realise that their families share a painful secret.

Tackling the urgent issue of FGM in Britain, Charlene James’ devastating new play reveals the price some girls pay to become a woman.

Winner of the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright and the Alfred Fagon Award for Best New Play.

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The enfant terrible of Australian theatre creates his first original work for the UK.

Simon Stone’s version of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck was a sensation at the Barbican last year. Now he writes and directs a new version of Federico Garcia Lorca’s masterpiece Yerma.

This achingly painful story of a young woman desperate to become a mother expresses the anguish of a society battling to free itself from its past.  Simon Stone’s new version re-imagines Lorca’s original for London today.

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That’s not all. We’ve also added more performances to the YV run of Carrie Cracknell & Lucy Guerin’s Macbeth (now 26 Nov – 23 Jan 16). A Girl is a Half-formed Thing also extends its run from 17 February to 26 March.
Previously announced and just as exciting, Olivier Award winning Bull by Mike Bartlett returns to the YV on 11 December – 9 January. Peter Brook and Marie-Helene Estienne’s Battlefield from 3 to 27 February. Across the pond, the Young Vic’s acclaimed productions of A View from the Bridge opens on Broadway on 21 Oct and runs until 21 Feb 16  followed by A Streetcar Named Desire at St Ann’s Warehouse, New York from 23 Apr until 22 May 16.

Become a Friend now and get priority booking from today. Public booking opens Wednesday 7 October at 10am.
Take a look at our 2016 Season Brochure here.

La Musica | Programme

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Emily Barclay
Sam Troughton


Direction Jeff James
Design Ultz
Light Jo Joelson
Video Tim Reid
Music & Sound Ben & Max Ringham
Casting Lotte Hines
Assistant Director Rachel Lincoln
Assistant Designers Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey
              Mark Simmonds

Stage Manager Alicia White
Deputy Stage Manager Sophie Rubenstein
Costume Supervisor Lucy Martin

Set built by Blackfriars Scenery
                       Young Vic Workshops

Sound Operator Jamie McIntyre
Technician Nell Allen
Scenic Artist Erica Stoke
Wardrobe Maintenance Scarlet Wallis
Environmental Expertise Julie’s Bicycle

La Musica is a Classics for a New Climate production. Classics for a New Climate investigates how making theatre can be more sustainable. In collaboration with Julie’s Bicycle.
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Some facts about La Musica

Associated transport is 75% less than for similar scale productions at the YV.

There is a 75% reduction in energy usage compared to similar scale productions at the YV.

We won’t be having a printed programme or freesheet for this production. All the information you’d normally find in a freesheet is here in this blog post.

The production team have built the set from 50% reclaimed set from The Trial, with another 35% built within 0.4miles of the theatre.

With sustainability in mind, we will not be posting or printing tickets. In their place we will be providing wooden blocks as tickets throughout the run. Please plan to collect yours from box office on the night.

La Musica runs at the Young Vic from 24 Sept – 17 Nov. Tickets available: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/la-musica 

11 Questions with the cast of Creditors – Gyuri Sarossy

Gyuri Sarossy (Gustav) and Tom Rhys Harries (Adolph) in Creditors at the Young Vic.

Gyuri Sarossy (left) as Gustav in Creditors at the Young Vic. Photo by Richard Hubert Smith.

Gyuri Sarossy is currently playing Gustav in Creditors at the Young Vic. Here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Creditors in three words?
Unrelenting, loving, pure.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Getting my head in the game.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Coriolanus – applies to all three of the above.

What is your favourite word?
Crepuscular – animals are those that are active primarily during twilight (i.e., dawn and dusk).

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
Read. Sleep. Swim. Eat. And learn the piano.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
My best pals.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
Inter-railing aged 18. A proper coming-of-age adventure.

Favourite city and why?
Has to be London. Where all life and possibility is. Which sometimes makes it seem impossible and overwhelming. At which point go and sit by the Thames.

What is your favourite song?
Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
16th Century Hungary to connect with my Transylvanian roots. Riding the plains and fending off the Ottomans. Failing that, ancient Athens – where it all began.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
Power of flight. Easy.

Adapted by David Greig and directed by the 2015 Genesis Future Directors Award winner Rikki Henry, Creditors runs at the YV until 19 Sept. More info: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/creditors

★★★★ for Ivo van Hove’s Song from Far Away

Eelco Smits in Song from Far Away. Photo by Jan Versweyveld.

Eelco Smits in Song from Far Away. Photo by Jan Versweyveld.

The reviews are coming in for Song from Far Away written by Simon Stephens with music and lyrics by Mark Eitzel. Read below to find out what the critics think and click here to see the amazing audience response so far.

“Simon Stephens’s first original work at the Young Vic is meticulous”
The Independent – read the full review here.

“Dreamlike and deeply unsettling … exquisitely matched by Jan Versweyveld’s set and lighting”
The Times – read the full review here.

“A frail, gorgeous monologue – Smits is splendid – wryly charismatic, brimming with confusion and long-suppressed feeling”
Time Out – read the full review here.

“Van Hove distills his staging to the heart”
Financial Times – read the full review here.

“Smits’s performance is a tour de force”
The Observer – read the full review here.

“Mesmerising…“Song” finds Ivo van Hove and Simon Stephens illuminating each other’s surgical skills for dissecting the fractured human heart.”
New York Times – read the full review here.

Take a look at the trailer below:

Song from Far Away runs at the Young Vic until 19 Sept. Tickets from £10. For more info: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/song-from-far-away
Get to know Eelco Smits. Follow the link and check out his responses to our 11 Questions.

The Brolly Project – a YV Taking Part production


Jane in The Brolly Project. Photo by Helen Murray.

Like all Taking Part projects at the Young Vic, The Brolly Project was created as a response to a main house production, in this case the upcoming Measure for Measure, wherein themes of sex, morality, and judgment loom large.

We worked closely with various outreach projects throughout London to find a company of performers whom have, or do work in the sex industry. The aim was to make an original performance created by the company, formed by whatever they chose to share. Sex workers are one of the most marginalized groups in the world. The industry is multi-faceted, often invisible, yet shrouded in controversy. Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on it. We have been fortunate enough to work with an awesome group of performers who have shared their own deeply personal histories. By no means definitive, what they have created is a kaleidoscope of experiences; some touching, some tough, some hilarious. They are writers, and teachers, musicians, cleaners, parents, they work in IT, in public services – and they’ve worked closely over the last few months to build an ensemble here at the Young Vic. They have been searingly honest about their lives. They are a wonderful force to have in the building.

Words by Mimi Poskitt & Molly Taylor

Elizabeth and Ricardo in The Brolly Project. Photo by Helen Murray.

Elizabeth and Ricardo in The Brolly Project. Photo by Helen Murray.

The Day the Madness Will Stop

As I stand in front of the mirror
Looking at myself
With my heart beating fast
But not caring about my health
I smile, try to laugh and comb my hair
Trying to think why is this life not fair
I take a drink and lay down on my back
Open wide he says
My heart beats faster
But I don’t get a heart attack
He leaves and now I’m in the money
My phone rings, the dealer says
Do you want to see me?
I’m high and I have no worries
Until the next man comes
I’m pimping myself for a rock
It’s daylight and I want to stop
My body feels weak
But I need more non-stop
Drink makes me feel nice
But loneliness is always on my side
So I close my eyes and smile like I’m happy
Surrounded by people who say they love me
Years go past and I’m on my back or my ass
But I know I’m not going anywhere fast
One day it will change cos the pain is the game
And it will stop when I say enough is enough
Of this mad pop
And that is the day
The madness will stop

Toni was unable to perform in the show and this is her contribution.

Find out more about Taking Part on our website and in this interview in The Stage with Imogen Brodie, Director of Taking Part.