Things of Dry Hours|Cast Announcement

Rehearsals for our upcoming production of Things of Dry Hours are about to begin and we’re delighted to announce the confirmed casting.

2018 Genesis Future Director 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?

Things of Dry Hours runs from 15 – 25 August 2018 in the Clare.

Meet our super talented company…

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Young Vic includes: Young Hamlet, Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Theatre includes: The Cherry Orchard, The Lower Depths (Arcola Theatre); The Royale (Bush Theatre); Workshop Negative (Gate Theatre); The Crucible (Bristol Old Vic); Hamlet Asylum Seeker (Talawa Theatre Company); Othello (Actors From The London Stage); Ignorance (Hampstead Theatre); Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (National Theatre); Britannicus (Wilton’s Music Hall); The Faith Machine (Royal Court Theatre); Passing Wind (Pulse Festival); Great Expectations (English Touring Theatre); Othello (Glasgow Citizens Theatre); Iya-Ile by Oladipo Agboluaje (Tiata Fahodzi/Soho Theatre); Walking Waterfall at Tiata Delights (Tiata Fahodzi/ Almeida Theatre); The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Lyric Hammersmith); God in Ruins (RSC/Soho Theatre); Macbeth, Pericles, The Winter’s Tale, Brixton Stories, Luminosity (RSC); The Overwhelming (National Theatre / Out of Joint); Pericles (Shakespeare’s Globe); Edmond, Henry V, Honk! The Ugly Duckling, Not About Nightingales, Richard II (Royal National Theatre).

Film and Television includes: Moving On, The Forgiving Earth, Carol and Vinnie, In the Long Run, Kiri, Beasts of No Nation, The Tempest.


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Michelle Asante

Young Vic includes: Feast, Dirty Butterfly

Theatre includes: Welcome Home Captain Fox (Donmar Warehouse); Eclipsed, Sunset Baby (Gate Theatre); Wendy & Peter Pan (RSC); The Bacchae (National Theatre of Scotland); Ruined (Almeida Theatre); Torn (Arcola Theatre); One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show (Sheffield Crucible); School Reunion (DryWrite/Latitude Festival).

Film and Television includes: Doctors, Moving On, Our Girl 2, Father Brown, Lucky Man, Identicals, London Boulevard, Some Dogs Bite, Verbo, Sand Serpent, Monroe 1 & 2, Doctor Who and Casualty.

 

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Young Vic includes: A View From the Bridge

Theatre includes: Red Velvet (Garrick Theatre) Measure for Measure (Almeida Theatre); Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland & International Tour); Ubu The King (Dundee Repertory / Barbican); Here Comes a Chopper, The Bite of the Night, Pericles, Electra (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).

Film and Television includes: Tell it to the Bees, Walking to Paris, Star Wars : The Force Awakens, 6 Days, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Filth, Prometheus, Strawberry Fields, Trust Me, Clique, The Paradise, Labyrinth, Threesome, Game of Thrones, Lip Service.

 

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The Jungle wins at South Bank Awards 2018

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We’re incredibly proud and excited to announce that The Jungle has won the theatre category at the South Bank Awards 2018! A huge congratulations to everyone that has worked on this brilliant production.

The Jungle premiered with a sold-out run at the Young Vic last year and is now playing at the Playhouse Theatre until 3rd November 2018. Tickets are available to book here.

The Marbleous Route Home, Intro to Theatre and Something to Declare | YV Taking Part Summer update

It’s been an incredibly busy few months for the Young Vic’s outreach team, Taking Part. We’ve shared the playful, non-verbal production The Marbleous Route Home with SEND schools and young people over two weeks of performances, our YV Young Associates created an installation for Refugee Week, Something to Declare and Intro to Theatre, our week long programme of free workshops for young people interested in a career in theatre was attended by hundreds who enjoyed the talents and advice of some incredibly exciting artists.

The Marbleous Route Home

Our playful, non-verbal production, The Marbleous Route Home was our new Young Vic Taking Part production created as an original response to Fun Home aimed at children and young people who attend special schools.


Conceived by Natasha Nixon and Kirsty Harris, and devised by the company, Natasha Nixon’s production received some beautiful and excited reactions from audiences throughout our two weeks of performances set in our open and relaxed performance environment.

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Our week long programme of workshops for Young People got even bigger in May 2018. We hosted hundreds of Young People across 26 workshops held by exciting artists including directors Roy Alexander Weise, performers Yolanda Mercy, Serafina Bey, London Hughes and Michael Balogun, writer Luke Barnes and photographer Helen Murray as well as our very own Kwame Kwei-Armah and Nadia Latif.


If you’re interested in finding out more about the next Intro to Theatre then send an email to youngpeople@youngvic.org and they’ll let you know how you can sign up.

Something to Declare

The Young Vic Young Associates are local young people from Southwark who work at the YV, each joining a different department for 9 months of the year. Towards the end of their time at the YV they are given the opportunity to come up with some work on a theme of their choosing. This year’s team of Lanikai, Sandra and Patrick chose to create some work in response to the refugee crisis during Refugee Week.


Their installation, Something To Declare was developed through a series of interviews and workshops with LGBTQI+ refugees. Visitors were invited to listen to different narratives on headphones while inside the installation room, composed from interviews with workshop participants about their experiences in their home countries and in the UK. The second room offered a chill out space with music, films and food, and later featured moving performances from poets Belinda Zhawi and Tamara McFarlane. It was a great evening and we had a fantastic response from our audiences – big thanks to everyone who contributed to the project and to all of those who came.

All photos © Leon Puplett

 

★★★★★ “A jaw-dropping, tear-jerking musical”| Fun Home Reviews

Brooke Haynes, Kaisa Hammalund and Zubin Varla in Fun Home at the Young VicLast night we celebrated the UK premiere of Fun Home. Read the rave reviews for this groundbreaking musical from Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel and directed by Sam Gold.

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“A groundbreaking masterpiece”
The Independent | Read the full review

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“A jaw-dropping, tear-jerking musical”
Time Out | Read the full review

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“Sam Gold’s production is remarkable”

The Observer | Read the full review 

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“A dazzling musical – tremendous”

Financial Times | Read the full review 

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“Quirky, haunting, heartbreaking”

The Telegraph | Read the full review 

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“Beautifully performed – takes musicals in new directions”
The Guardian | Read the full review

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“A milestone in musical theatre”
Sunday Times | Read the full review

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“A finely woven blend of yearning and euphoric fantasy”
Evening Standard | Read the full review

“Captivating – a sung reflection of memory”
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The Times | Read the full review

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“An incredibly radical show – quietly revolutionises the musical form”
The Stage | Read the full review

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“It reaches a level of emotional honesty that other musicals just don’t begin to touch”
WhatsOnStage | Read the full review

Fun Home runs at the Young Vic until 1 September 2018.  Find out more and book now.

Fun Home | Production Photos

The London transfer of Fun Home is now in previews at the Young Vic. Take your first exclusive look at the production photos here.

Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel this heartbreaking and profound musical took Broadway by storm winning 5 Tony Awards.

The cast of Fun Home includes Kaisa Hammarlund, Eleanor Kane, Jenna Russell, Ashley Samuels, Cherrelle Skeete, Zubin Varla and Brooke Haynes, Eddie Martin, Charlie McLellan, Ramsay Robertson, Archie Smith, Harriet Turnbull

Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book & Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
Direction Sam Gold

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Harriet Turnbull in Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner
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Fun Home is now running at the Young Vic until 1 Sept. Tickets are selling fast so best availability is from 13 August. Book tickets now from £15.

Production photos by Marc Brenner

Young Vic celebrates World Refugee Week, 2018

It’s Refugee Week, 2018 and we’re delighted to have a number of events lined up alongside hundreds of others in communities across the UK, all helping raise awareness of the contribution of refugees around the world.

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Following in the footsteps of the Young Vic staging plays which engage with the world’s migration crisis and which explore the individual stories of refugees, our most recent production of which The Jungle has just opened in the West End.

The Jungle tells stories of loss, fear, community and hope, of the Calais camp’s creation – and of its eventual destruction.

We are thrilled that our Taking Part team will be taking the cast of The Tide (our schools response to The Jungle, performed by local teenagers, exploring what is home, family and migration) to see a performance of The Jungle for free during Refugee Week.

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Meanwhile, our Young Vic Young Associates’ project will culminate with Something To Declare, an installation performed by LGBTQ+ refugees, on 21 June at 6pm at Platform, SouthwarkSomething To Declare has been created through workshops with LGBTQI+ refugees and performances from people who identify as such.

We’ll also soon be hosting our next instalment of Kitchen Conversations on 17 July in conjunction with Migrateful: an initiative which aims to bridge the cultural and generational gap between the local community and refugees who are new to the U.K.

Follow Refugee Week on twitter and the  hashtag for all the latest news and stories. You can find events in your local area on Refugee Week’s events listings: http://refugeeweek.org.uk/events/

Fun Home | Rehearsal Room Photos

Take a look behind-the-scenes as we go into rehearsal room of Fun Home ahead of previews from 18 June.

Winner of 5 Tony Awards, this electrifying Broadway version of Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel took America by storm.

Meet Alison at three stages of her life as memories of her 1970s childhood in a funeral home merge with her college love life and her coming out.

Looking back on her complex relationship with her father, Alison finds they had more in common than she ever knew…

The Fun Home cast includes Kaisa Hammarlund, Eleanor Kane, Jenna Russell, Ashley Samuels, Cherrelle SkeeteZubin Varla and Brooke Haynes, Eddie Martin, Charlie McLellan, Ramsay Robertson, Archie Smith, Harriet Turnbull

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Eleanor Kane and Cherrelle Skeete in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner
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Ramsay Robertson, Zubin Varla, Brooke Haynes and Charlie McLellan in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Zubin Varla and Jenna Russell in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Kaisa Hammarlund in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Sam Gold and Lisa Kron in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Eleanor Kane in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Eleanor Kane in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Jenna Russell, Brooke Haynes, Charlie McLellan and Ramsay Robertson in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Ashley Samuels in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner.

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Zubin Varla in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Jenna Russell in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Sam Gold in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Cherrelle Skeete and Eleanor Kane in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

Jenna Russell in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner (2)

Jenna Russell in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

Fun Home runs at the Young Vic from 18 June – 1 Sept. Best availability from 6 August.

Book tickets now