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.”