Young actors confirmed for Fun Home

Rehearsals for our upcoming production of Fun Home are in full swing (we’ll give you a sneak peek soon) and we’re delighted to announce the confirmed casting of our young actors.

This electrifying Broadway version of Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel explores the life of Alison and her family at three different stages of her life.

Meet our team of extremely talented Small Alisons, Johns and Christians . . .

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Brooke Haynes

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Harriet Turnbull

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Eddie Martin

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Ramsay Robertson

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Christian       

Charlie McLellan

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Archie Smith

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Fun Home is produced in association with Sonia Friedman Productions, Fox Theatricals and Barbara Whitman.

Book tickets now from just £10. Fun Home runs at the Young Vic from 18 Jun – 1 Sept.

Ola Ince to direct Danai Gurira’s ‘The Convert’ at the Young Vic

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We’re thrilled to announce that Ola Ince will direct The Convert by Tony-nominated writer and Black Panther star Danai Gurira at the Young Vic this December.

In 2016 Ola was the winner of the Genesis Future Director Award which saw her direct Dutchman at the Young Vic, Amiri Baraka’s provocative play about race relations and freedom.

Ola is currently Associate Director on Tina Turner The Musical following a number of high profile roles including director of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (Gate Theatre, 2018), Start Swimming (Young Vic, 2017) and Assistant Director on the Donmar’s critically acclaimed Shakespeare Trilogy which transferred to St Ann’s Warehouse in New York in 2017.

The Convert, explores the impact of colonialism on heritage, history and faith.

It’s 1896 and Jekesai, a young woman fleeing forced marriage, finds herself working for a devout Catholic.  Chilford dreams of being an English priest and relishes the opportunity to mould his new convert.  But Jekesai’s salvation has its price as her individuality is slowly stripped away…

The Convert runs at the Young Vic from 7 Dec 2018 – 19 Jan 2019. Tickets are available to book now from £10.

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The Inheritance transfers to the West End following its sold out run at the Young Vic

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We are delighted to announce that The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez will continue its journey with a West End transfer this autumn.

Directed by Stephen Daldry, Lopez’s major two-part world premiere will play a strictly limited season at the Nöel Coward Theatre, beginning previews on 21st September.

The Inheritance will finish its sold out run here at the Young Vic Theatre on Saturday 19th May, where it opened to huge acclaim. Critics recognised Matthew Lopez’s play as a modern classic, and one of the most important plays for many years.

The majority of the original Young Vic cast will transfer with the production, including: Hugo Bolton, Robert Boulter, Andrew Burnap, Hubert Burton, John Benjamin Hickey, Paul Hilton, Samuel H. Levine, Syrus Lowe,  Michael Marcus,  Vanessa Redgrave,  Kyle Soller and Michael Walters

The Inheritance will run at the Nöel Coward Theatre from 21 September 2018 – 5 January 2019. Tickets are on sale now via TodayTix.

Theatre Uncut announce the Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award

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The Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award aims to find the next generation of political playwrights who want to explore the big issues that affect our lives today.

Through the award Theatre Uncut are looking for brand new voices from all backgrounds that examine – in a full length play – the political in its widest sense, from the domestic to the global.

In an effort to reach talented writers from across the UK, Theatre Uncut has collaborated with The Sherman, Traverse Theatre and the Young Vic, utilising the diversity within each partner venues’ networks.

The writer of the winning play will receive an award of £9,500 including an agreement to option the production of the play to Theatre Uncut and the award partners. Submissions will open on 1st September 2018 and close 1st November 2018.

A longlist of 30 will be read by Theatre Uncut Artistic Directors Hannah Price and Emma Callander. A shortlist of 10 plays will then be read by the Artistic Directors of the partner venues Kwame Kwei Armah, Rachel O’Riorden and Orla O’Loughlin and the winner judged by the panel above with invited guests (to be announced soon).

Theatre Uncut also presented THE POWER PLAYS on 1 May, a new series of brand-new of short plays written by some of the UK’s most dynamic female playwrights exploring the theme of power from the female perspective. The Power Plays are available to download from theatreuncut.com and can be performed by anyone anywhere free of charge for a limited period. Over 6,000 people have performed Theatre Uncut plays across 26 countries so far. Visit the Theatre Uncut Mass Participation Map to see how far these plays have reached so far and to upload information on your own Theatre Uncut event.

Theatre Uncut aims to provoke debate and galvanise action by making new political theatre available for everyone, everywhere. 

Within Reach | A Taking Part community response to The Inheritance

“It’s been a wonderfully rewarding process. Not only have I learnt how to awaken my body through movement, but I’ve learnt that speech isn’t always needed to create a powerful, emotive performance.”

Created by a group of individuals who have a relationship to HIV and/or AIDS, Within Reach was inspired by the themes found within Matthew Lopez’s The Inheritance.

This poignant response piece used movement to physically explore participants experiences, memories, challenges and beliefs over the course of two months.

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Director Grace Gibson, supported through the Jerwood Assistant Director Programme at the Young Vic, told us more about this work:

“The topic of HIV and AIDS is huge and means different things to different people. We can only speak (or in this case move) from our own experiences. Each individual has brought their own story and energy to the process and it has been a true collaboration.”

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One of our amazing participants, Jill, recorded a poem alongside Sound Designer George Dennis as a personal reflection of her time working with us. Listen here:

Our Director Grace went on to explain why she chose movement as the means to tell the story:

“This is the first time the full group have used movement as a form of self-expression. Through exercises involving trust, contact and improvisation the company created a safe and generous environment in which they allowed each other to openly share and take risks.”

You can read some audience responses to the piece here:

 

 

 

A brand new season of shows from Kwame Kwei-Armah

We’re thrilled to announce a new season of shows from our new artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah. In addition to this we’ve announced two exciting upcoming projects called My England and YV Unpacked. You can read more about these below.

Tickets are on sale now to YV Friends. Public booking opens at 10am on Monday 23 April.

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A Musical Adaptation of William Shakespeare’s

Twelfth Night

Conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub
Music and Lyrics by Shaina Taub
Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Oskar Eustis

2 Oct – 17 Nov 2018

Shakespeare meets his match as brass bands and Beyoncé weave through this enchanting musical adaptation of Twelfth Night, with music and lyrics by the critically acclaimed songwriter Shaina Taub.

Young Vic Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah and Oskar Eustis co-direct this technicolour celebration of love in all its forms, following a run at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park.

Book tickets from £10

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The Convert

By Danai Gurira

7 Dec 2018 – 19 Jan 2019

★★★★ “A rich and gripping drama” – Financial Times

Black Panther star and Tony-nominated writer Danai Gurira’s striking play explores the impact of colonialism and Catholicism on black identity.

It’s 1896 and Jekesai, a young woman fleeing forced marriage, finds herself working for a devout Catholic. Chilford dreams of being an English priest and relishes the opportunity to mould his new convert. But Jekesai’s salvation has its price as her individuality is slowly stripped away…

Book tickets from £10

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Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train

By Stephen Adly Guirgis | Directed by Kate Hewitt

14 Feb– 30 Mar 2019

★★★★ “Shocking, shattering, stunningly well-written” – The Daily Telegraph
“Like a shot of caffeine straight in the veins” – The Guardian

From Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis (The Motherf$%ker with the Hat), a dark comedy about the contradictory nature of faith.
Inside the lockdown wing of Rikers Island prison, a frightened young man accused of murdering a cult leader is confronted with a charismatic born-again serial killer and a sadistic guard.

Will one man’s redemption lead to another’s damnation?…

Book tickets from £10

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Things of Dry Hours

By Naomi Wallace | Directed by Debbie Hannan, 2018 Genesis Award winner

Clare Studio | 15 – 25 August 2018

★★★★ “A gorgeously written and philosophically rich celebration of a black Communist agitator in Depression-era South”
Time Out New York

The knock at the door. Because there is always a knock at the door…

Tice Hogan and his daughter Cali live a quiet life, keeping their heads down, reading the Bible, Karl Marx, and washing the rich folks’ laundry. Until one day an unknown white factory worker crashes into their lives.

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?

2018 Genesis Award winner Debbie Hannan directs this tantalizing, poetic play.

Book tickets from £10

My England
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My England is a celebration of playwrights from across regions of England. The works look at what it means to be English. Video monologues will be recorded and shown on the Young Vic social media channels.

Confirmed commissions include work from: Leo Skilbeck, Omar El-Khairy, Polly Stenham, Barrie Rutter, Jack Thorne and May Sumbwanyambe.

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YV Unpacked

YV Unpacked is a new strand of work, taking the highest quality theatre to people who do not normally think that theatre is for them. We will be taking shows to refugee centres, prisons, community hubs and home-less shelters as part of this work. The first work to be taken out to the community is:

Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind, directed Caroline Byrne.

Priority Booking is now open for all shows. Public booking opens from 10am on Monday 23 April.

 

 

£5 First Previews Lottery with TodayTix

We are very excited to introduce £5 First Previews alongside Kwame Kwei-Armah’s first YV season. All first previews of Main House productions will be sold at just £5 via a TodayTix lottery, starting with the first show of the season: Twelfth Night.

You will be able to enter the £5 First Preview Lottery for one week until noon the day prior to the first preview performance of each production (don’t worry, we’ll remind you).

Priority Booking is now open for all shows. Public booking opens from 10am on Monday 23 April.

Find out more about all the shows in the new season by heading over to youngvic.org.