★★★★ for Peter Brook’s “breathtaking” Battlefield

Battlefield at the Young Vic. Photo by Simon Annand.

Battlefield at the Young Vic. Photo by Simon Annand.

The internationally renowned team of Peter Brook, Marie-Hélène Estienne and Jean-Claude Carrière together revisit the great Indian epic the Mahabharata, 30 years after Brook’s legendary production took world theatre by storm. Read the fantastic reviews of Battlefield below and click here to see the audience response so far.

“Peter Brook’s return to the Mahabharata is breathtaking – a dazzling piece of theatre”
The Guardian – read the full review here

“An hour of magic realism… it has a gentle power that lingers”
The Times

“Cool perfectionism”
Arts Desk – read the full review here

“Something profound is felt on the pulse here… Peter Brook achieves rare magic, and with the slenderest art”
The Telegraph

“A production of stunning beauty”
Le Figaro on Battlefield

“If we go on asking basic questions about what theatre is for, we have Peter Brook to thank for it.”
Michael Billington in The Guardian, 2015

Battlefield plays at the Young Vic until 27 February 2016. Book now.

If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me | Meet the cast + music in the show just announced

Jane Horrocks stars in the world premiere of If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me, an extraordinary new show with the energy of the best night out you ever had.

Part gig, part dance piece, Jane sings her own gritty and soulful versions of the new wave music she grew up with in the Northwest featuring songs by Joy Division, The Human League, Gang of Four, OMD, Cabaret Voltaire, The Buzzcocks, The Fall, Throbbing Gristle, Soft Cell, The Smiths, Morrissey and New Order.

Featuring gorgeously evocative choreography from Aletta Collins, a company of brilliant dancers and a fabulous live band (Fabienne Débarre, Kipper, Mark Neary and Rat Scabies) playing an unforgettable soundtrack. Meet the cast of this exciting new production.

For the Young Vic: Pictures From an Exhibition, Daniel Krammer/Frauke Requardt.
Theatre credits include: Sleep No More (associate choreographer and originator of the Male Witch), The Drowned Man (associate choreographer and originator of Frankie Gardener), The Masque of the Red Death, Faust and The Dutchess of Malfi (Punchdrunk); The Revengers Tragedy, War Horse, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (National Theatre); Cocteau Voices (Royal Opera House).
Other Credits include Jammy Dodgers – Frauke Requardt. Park – Jasmin Vardimon. Rusulka – Glyndebourne/Still. For The Mckittrick Hotel – Creative director of Special events.


Daniel studied at Rambert. He has performed in works by directors, choreographers and companies which include Aletta Collins, Itzik Galili, Joanna Fong, Nigel Charnock, Jonathan Lunn, Carolyn Choa, Andonis Foniadakis, Fiona Shaw, Hubert Essakow, Kim Brandstrup, Deborah Warner, John Cameron Mitchell, Wayne McGregor, Robert Binet, Garry Clarke, Phyllida Lloyd, Stijn Celis, Robert Cohan, Lea Anderson, Rambert Dance Company, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, The National Theatre, ROH, The New Vic, ENB, Duckie, ENO, Lyon Opera, NDCWales, Live Arts New York, Brooklyn Academy, Salzburg Festspiele.

As a creator Daniel has performed through the UK and Europe to critical acclaim as a soloist and choreographer. Daniel co-formed the collective Impermanence Dance Theatre and the cabaret duo Thick&Tight. Daniel is an award winning filmmaker presenting his work on in Operas, Galleries and on YouTube.

Previous Young Vic includes: Annie Get Your Gun and The Good Soul of Szechuan.
Other theatre includes: East is East (Trafalgar Studios & tour); Aunt Dan and Lemon, Road (Royal Court); Absurd Person Singular (Garrick); Sweet Panic (Duke of York’s); Cabaret (Donmar Warehouse/West End), The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (National Theatre/Aldwych) and Valued Friends (Hampstead).
Film credits include: Ab Fab The Movie, Sunshine on Leith, Corpse Bride, Chicken Run, Little Voice, Life is Sweet, Memphis Belle, The Witches and The Dressmaker.
Television credits include: Trollied (Series 1-3, Christmas Specials 2013, 2015), The Road to Coronation Street, Gracie!, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, The Street, Mirrorball, Absolutely Fabulous, Never Mind the Horrocks, Bad Girl and Road.

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Lorena Randi is a dancer and choreographer
Choreography includes: Into The Woods, Sunday in the park with George, Sweeney Todd (Theatre de Chatelet, Paris); Sweeney Todd, San Fransisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera 2015; an ongoing project with Martin Creed Work 1020 performances include the Barbican, Sadler’s Wells, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Kitchen (New York) Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago); The Queen of Spades (English National Opera 2015); work with Hetain Patel including American boy (Lilian Baylis Theatre) and Let’s talk about Dis (commission for Candoco).
Dance includes: Mark Morris’ Nixon in China; Aletta Collins’ Cocteau Voices, Magical Night (Linbury Theatre); a solo for Scott Walker’s show at the Barbican; Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre 2006-2010 Giselle, James Son of James, The Rite of Spring; Michael Clark Company 1998-2006 CurrentSee, Before and After:The Fall, Oh my Goddess, Would.Should.Could.Be, Alexander McQueen Fashion Show (Paris). She also danced Foie Gras a duet with choreographer Adam Linder which was awarded The Place Prize (2008).

Dance training: The Juilliard School
Professional dance companies include: Nederlands Dans Theatre; Frankfurt Ballet; Lyon Opera Ballet
Drama training: RADA
Theatre includes: The Drunken City (19thStreet Productions); In the Jungle of Cities (Arcola); A Thousand Miles of History (Bussey Building); and Anna Christie (Donmar Warehouse).
Film includes: Now You See Me: The Second Act, About Time, and Better Than Happy.

If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me
opens at the Young Vic on 10 March 2016. To book tickets or find out more, click here

Love theatre? Become a YV Young Ambassador.

We’re looking for Young Ambassadors to join us at the Young Vic. Based on The Cut in Waterloo, we produce a great variety of work: new plays, classics, musicals, adaptations of books, short films, and more. Recent shows include A View from the Bridge, The Scottsboro Boys and A Streetcar Named Desire.

This is an exciting opportunity for people aged between 16 – 23 to engage with all aspects of our theatre whilst developing and sharing their views about theatre through workshops and regular meetings.


  • Access to free and discounted tickets for you and your friends
  • Invitations to special events and press nights
  • The opportunity to network with other ambassadors and arts professionals
  • An insight into different job roles available in the theatre through YV staff participation in our monthly meetings
  • The chance to enhance your professional development, leadership and communication skills
  • Working closely with one of London’s best theatres


  • Must be aged between 16 – 23
  • Must be based in London

We’re looking for enthusiastic, creative and committed people and we encourage applicants from different backgrounds with different experiences, skills and backgrounds to join us and influence and develop our working practice.

To apply, send your completed application form to marketing@youngvic.org quoting ‘YV Young Ambassadors’ in the subject line. We will get in touch will all applicants after the closing date.

Closing date: midday, Friday 5 Feb
Application pack: YV Young Ambassadors 2016

In conversation with Peter Brook


Peter Brook at Theatre des Bouffes du Nord. Photo by Simon Annand.

We spoke to legendary theatre director Peter Brook in Paris at the Bouffes Du Nord ahead of the London premiere of Battlefield at the Young Vic. 

Theatre is a process. In a process, something is moving and developing every day, getting a bit better, maybe getting a little farther.

Over the years people have asked the question: “When you do a play, do you think you’re helping to change the world?”  I say: “My god no!”.  But I know that when you’ve got a group of ten actors, however much on the first day they’re different, you have a common aim and it is immediate.  It’s like a football team because when it comes to the match, nobody can think of anything but the immediate.  Something is moving and developing every day.  This little world is changing.  Rehearsal time is always short but the pressure brings intensity, which in turn brings everyone nearer to one another.  If a group of actors have worked together and they have become a whole, they know that with their story which they are longing to share, they can’t exist without an audience.  And they know that time is limited.

When I started working all we had was just three weeks and I fought and fought until we could bring it up to eight weeks.  I think for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we got ten weeks out of Stratford, and then when we did the Mahabharata in our own theatre, on our own conditions, we could take ten years.


What’s interesting is that there is no such thing as a bad audience.  The more diverse, the bigger the mixture, the better the audience.  Gradually they come to what for us is the test.  The audience is won.

We have to go on preparing, building, sharing, until a point when that whole group of people who have each come off the street with their own preoccupations suddenly are touched.  And that’s a mysterious thing.  For a moment, they and the performers have become one.  And that for us is the only real test – we’re delighted if people applaud, it’s natural – but if before the applause there is that moment of silence, that is the ultimate reward.


The Bouffe du Nord, Paris. June 2015.


Battlefield runs at the YV from 3 – 27 Feb. Click here to watch the video of Peter Brook in conversation and head to our Facebook page for a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal.

JUST ANNOUNCED | 2016 Genesis Future Directors Award Winners

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2016 Genesis Future Directors Award winners Ola Ince will direct Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman (6 – 16 April 2016) and Bryony Shanahan will direct trade by debbie tucker green (16 – 26 November 2016). Tickets go on sale today.

Dutchman by Amiri Baraka
6 – 16 April

Lula and Clay meet on the subway on an oppressively hot New York day. Flirtation and conversation quickly turn to violent attraction. As the train ride comes to an explosive end, who will make it out unscathed?

Dutchman exposes the traumatic black experience and the reality of modern race relations. Amiri Baraka’s cry of rage, written in 1964, is as crucial today as when it was first performed to critical acclaim off Broadway.

Genesis Future Directors Award recipient Ola Ince directs Amiri Baraka’s famously provocative intervention in the debate on race. Get to know Ola and take a look at her biography below.

For more info and to book tickets: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/dutchman

trade by debbie tucker green
16 – 26 Nov

Sex, money and power.  For some women, financial freedom come at a painful price.

Worlds collide at an idyllic Caribbean resort as three very different women unravel the lies that bind them together in the name of fair trade.

debbie tucker green’s darkly humorous play about the costs of sex is directed by Bryony Shanahan, winner of a 2016 Genesis Future Directors Award. Take a look at her biography below.

For more info and to book tickets: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/trade

Ola Ince first worked at the Young Vic in 2012 on One Million Tiny Plays About Britain and subsequently as Boris Karloff Assistant Director to Sacha Wares on Wild Swans. She is currently Resident Associate Director at the Lyric Hammersmith. Her work as a director includes: Rachel, The Soft of Her Palm (Finborough) and Games (Pleasance). As an associate and assistant director credits include: Tipping the Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith & Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh); Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith); Fog (UK Tour), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Dara, A Taste of Honey (National Theatre); Porgy & Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Josephine & I (Bush Theatre).

Bryony Shanahan directs at the Young Vic for the first time. She is co-artistic director of Snuff Box Theatre and in 2014 she won a BBC Performing Arts Award to work at the Royal Exchange, where she assisted on Sarah Frankcom’s Hamlet with Maxine Peake. Other directing credits include: Weald (2016, Finborough Theatre); Operation Crucible (Finborough Theatre & UK tour); Boys Will Be Boys (Women Centre Stage, National Theatre); Bitch Boxer (Soho Theatre, national tour & Adelaide Fringe Festival) and Chapel Street (national tour). As an assistant and associate director, her credits include: The Skriker (Manchester International Festival, Royal Exchange), Our Country’s Good (National Theatre; as staff director) and Around The World In 80 Days (New Vic Theatre/Royal Exchange Theatre). In 2015, Bryony won the BBC Alumni Award.

Amiri Baraka
was a poet, playwright and political activist. Born Everett LeRoi Jones, he changed his name multiple times during his lifetime finally settling on Amiri Baraka.  These changes in identity reflect his shifting political beliefs from his involvement in the Beat movement to Black Nationalism and a conversion to Marxism. Over six decades Baraka established himself as a strong literary voice and a powerful orator. His published work, which encompasses poetry, plays and short stories includes: The Dead Lecturer, Transbluesency: The Selected Poetry of Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones, 1961-1995, Blues People: Negro Music in White America, Black Magic and Dutchman, which was first performed off-Broadway in 1964, and won the Village Voice Obie Award in the same year.

debbie tucker green is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and director. Her work returns to the Young Vic following dirty butterfly in 2014 and generations in 2007. Stage works include: hang, truth and reconciliation, random, stoning mary (Royal Court); trade (RSC/RSC at Soho); born bad (Hampstead) for which she won an Olivier Award in 2004 and then an OBIE award for the play’s Soho Rep production in 2011, and nut (National Theatre). TV and film credits include random, which won a BAFTA for Best Single Drama in 2012 and MVSA Award for Best UK Film in 2011 and second coming, which won the 2015 International Film Festival Rotterdam Big Screen Award and is also BAFTA nominated.

Established in 2012, the Genesis Future Directors Award was created to nurture emerging directors by providing them with an opportunity to explore and develop their craft while creating their first fully resourced production at the Young Vic, recognised for its engagement with young directors. The Award will provide Ola Ince and Bryony Shanahan with mentoring and support from the theatre’s unique creative network, which includes Artistic Director David Lan, Genesis Fellow Gbolahan Obisesan, Lead Producer Daisy Heath and Associate Artistic Director Sue Emmas.

The Young Vic gets 3 big green stars from Julie’s Bicycle!

La Musica... With Emily Barclay and Sam Troughton. directed by Jeff James. 24 Sept - 17 Oct 2015 at the Young Vic Theatre in London. © photograph by David Sandison www.dsandison.com +44 7710 576 445 +44 208 979 6745

Our latest Classics for a New Climate production, La Musica. With Emily Barclay and Sam Troughton. Photo by David Sandison.

We are so delighted to have been awarded 3 Stars by Julie’s Bicycle, in recognition of our ongoing commitment to reducing our carbon emissions and making sustainable and ethical decisions in all areas of the theatre, be that our work in the production and producing of shows, our work with audiences, or all general day-to-day administrative and back-of-house actions and choices that we make.

3 Stars is the highest accreditation that Julie’s Bicycle give – so hopefully we have done something right!

This was a company-wide effort, with all departments chipping in with ideas and initiatives on how to make the Young Vic a greener, more sustainable place to work and visit.

We are incredibly proud of the changes we’ve made. They include working with ethical and sustainable suppliers; in particular the Cut Bar, who stock local and sustainable beers, organic wines, and local and free-range meat. All of our stationary is ethically sourced, and we are very proud that we will have a zero waste-to-landfill policy in 2016, working with, amongst others, Scenery Salvage, First Mile, Arts Basket, Wiles Greenworld, often through our colleagues in the London Theatre Consortium.

Our Taking Part department nurtures and strengthens our relationships with schools, colleges, community groups, residents and young people within Southwark and Lambeth. By giving away 10% of our tickets away for free to these people we ensure that localism is at the heart of our theatre – with people making short journeys, often walking, to the theatre. Any resources no longer required by the theatre, such as playtexts, scripts, or even paint, are given away to these groups for free, so that nothing is thrown away or wasted.

La Musica... With Emily Barclay and Sam Troughton. directed by Jeff James. 24 Sept - 17 Oct 2015 at the Young Vic Theatre in London. © photograph by David Sandison www.dsandison.com +44 7710 576 445 +44 208 979 6745

Our latest Classics for a New Climate production, La Musica. With Emily Barclay and Sam Troughton. Photo by David Sandison.

Our latest Classics for a New Climate production, La Musica. With Emily Barclay and Sam Troughton. Photo by David Sandison.

Our latest Classics for a New Climate production, La Musica. With Emily Barclay and Sam Troughton. Photo by David Sandison.

Our recent Classics for a New Climate production of La Musica, directed by Jeff James and designed by Ultz, which saw a carbon emissions reduction of around 75% compared to similar scale Maria theatre productions. Most of the set was reclaimed from our summer production of The Trial, there was no lighting truss, with LED lighting and even natural and outside light used instead, and no printed programme or tickets. In next year’s Julie’s Bicycle Report we’ll reveal more about what we learnt during that process and how we can incorporate it in the production of future shows.

You can read our full report here.

So, what next? Well, discussions are underway on installing LED house lights, waterless urinals in the public toilets and solar panels. We hope to see our roof garden and gardening club continue to go from strength to strength.

We cannot rest on our 3 Stars from Julie’s Bicycle – there is always more that we can do better and more efficiently and effectively. If you have any ideas then we’d love to hear them – please just email danielharrison@youngvic.org

Thank you Julie’s Bicycle and to you our audience for helping us in this achievement. Let’s keep on going for a cleaner, greener future.

Daniel de la Motte-Harrison
Young Vic Green Champion

11 Questions with the cast of Bull – Nigel Lindsay

Nigel Lindsay in Bull at the Young Vic. Photo by Manuel  Harlan.

Nigel Lindsay in Bull at the Young Vic. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Nigel Lindsay is currently playing Carter in Bull at the Young Vic. Here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Bull in three words?
The Grim Reaper.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Intensive aerobic and vocal calisthenics or eating my dinner.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
seen – Madness of George III; read – Hamlet; worked on – The Pillowman this year: seen – People Places and Things; read – Hangmen; worked on – Bull!

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Beer and Twiglets.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
Write that bloody novel.

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

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
African Safari.

Favourite city and why?
London. I’m from it – you can’t beat it.

What is your favourite song?
You Can’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover – Bo Diddley

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
Vienna in the 1800s. All that strudel and swanning about.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
Invisibility. I could sit naked in a Cabinet meeting and no-one would ever know.

Bull runs at the YV until 16 Jan. For more info / to book tickets: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/bull