Curtain Call’s Exclusive Backstage Photography

Our good friends at Curtain Call took some stunning backstage photography of our recent YV productions and we’re excited to share some of the photos with you.
Curtain Call was founded by John Schwab and Matt Humphrey and together they are producing a book that will feature exclusive backstage photography of shows throughout London theatre from a unique perspective.

Take a look below for a glimpse into the unseen and intimate moments from some of your favourite shows.

A View from the Bridge – West End


Emun Elliott & Mark Strong in A View from the Bridge at Wyndham’s Theatre.


Mark Strong in A View from the Bridge at Wyndham’s Theatre.


Phoebe Fox & Nicola Walker in A View from the Bridge at Wyndham’s Theatre.


Luke Norris in A View from the Bridge at Wyndham’s Theatre.

Happy Days


Juliet Stevenson (centre) in Happy Days at the Young Vic.


David Beames in Happy Days at the Young Vic.

Ah, Wilderness! 


George MacKay in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic.


Susannah Wise in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic.


Janie Dee in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic.

Head over to to see more of their work.

★★★★★ for The Trial and a “mesmerising” Rory Kinnear

Richard Jones’ production of Kafka’s The Trial has been wowing audiences and critics alike. Click here to see the audience feedback so far and read the reviews below.

Young Vic production of THE TRIAL adapted by Nick Gill directed by Richard Jones

                                               Rory Kinnear in The Trial | Photo by Keith Pattison

“In Nick Gill’s brilliant and imaginative adaptation, directed by Richard Jones, Rory Kinnear gives a tremendous performance”
WhatsOnStage – read the full review here.

“Brilliant Rory Kinnear is a triumph”
Daily Mail – read the full review here.

“Grotesque and darkly comic… Rory Kinnear is at the peak of his powers, Kate O’Flynn is a rising star”
Time Out – read the full review here.

“Such brilliantly skewed theatre is not to be missed, least of all at London’s buzziest theatre”
Arts Desk

“Rory Kinnear is mesmerising as Josef K”

“Kinnear is immense”
Evening Standard

“Brilliantly evocative”

Check out the production photos for the show on Facebook.

The Trial runs at the Young Vic until 22 August. Book now.

Two new shows announced for autumn 2015

Today we announced two new shows that will play strictly limited runs in the Clare this autumn.


Creditors by August Strindberg & Barbarians by Barrie Keeffe.

First, in September, this year’s Genesis Future Directors’ Award winner Rikki Henry will direct August Strindberg’s CreditorsA masterclass in jealousy and deception, this thrillingly vicious play is a scathing crash course in the costs of love.

In November, Liz Stevenson the winner of the JMK Award 2015, takes on Barbarians, a trilogy of gripping and timeless plays about three lads from Lewisham by Barrie Keeffe.

Tickets are now on sale for both shows from £10. To book visit


YV Associate Company + Genesis Fellow Announcement

Alongside the announcement of two shows from award-winning young directorswe’re also super excited to announce our new Associate Company as well as the newly appointed Genesis Fellow succeeding Natalie Abrahami, who has held the post 2012 – 2014.

BirdGang become first dance company to be an associate of the Young Vic

BirdGang Dance Company will be joining us on The Cut as one of our associate companies. BirdGang and the Young Vic developed a relationship on A Harlem Dream, which debuted in the Maria Studio as part of Dance Umbrella 2014. Led by artistic directors Ivan Blackstock, Simeon Qsyea, Quails (Ukweli Roach) and Kendra J Horsburgh, BirdGang established in 2005 and as an associate company they will have the opportunity to collaborate with and be supported by the YV team whilst pursuing their future projects.

Rooted in hip-hop culture, the company are interested in stimulating audiences through a combination of movement, music, film and striking lighting design. Ivan Blackstock, a founding artistic director of BirdGang commented: “I speak for all of us when I say that we are truly honoured and excited to be working with an organisation like the Young Vic who are renowned for their daring and vibrant productions, along with their dedication to investing in and developing young artists in the UK.”

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Gbolahan Obisesan is named the new Genesis Fellow at the Young Vic

© Michael Wharley Photography 2014

                               Photo by Michael Wharley.

Director and playwright Gbolahan Obisesan joins the Young Vic as Genesis Fellow in 2015. The Genesis Fellowship, a two year grant supported by the Genesis Foundation, enables the recipient to develop their craft as a theatre director whilst working closely with Young Vic Artistic Director David Lan. Opportunities whilst in post include directing a show at the Young Vic, supporting the theatre’s programming and artistic planning, contributing to the work of the Young Vic’s Directors Program and mentoring Genesis Future Directors Award-recipients. The Genesis Foundation supports the Genesis Fellowship, the Genesis Directors Network and the Genesis Future Directors Award at the Young Vic.

Gbolahan’s previous work at the Young Vic includes Feast (co-written with Yunior García Aguilera, Rotimi Babatunde, Marcos Barbosa and Tanya Barfield) directed by Rufus Norris, his play Mad About The Boy directed by Ria Parry, and direction of Sus by Barrie Keeffe, as the recipient of the 2009 Jerwood Directors Award. The production subsequently toured to venues around the UK.

Gbolahan Obisesan commented: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work alongside the Young Vic team and look forward to being involved in and contributing to the diverse activities of the theatre. Working on Sus, Mad About the Boy and Feast were brilliant experiences and I can’t wait to get started on new projects.”

★★★★★ for Caryl Churchill’s A Number

Caryl Churchill’s A Number arrives at the Young Vic next month following huge success at the Nuffield and on tour last year. We’ve already extended the London run due to phenomenal demand for tickets – book now to ensure you don’t miss out.


Here are some of the reviews from the show’s run at the Nuffield:

“Punchy, compact and endlessly inquisitive”

The Guardian – read the full review


The Telegraph – read the full review

“Agonisingly authentic”

The Sunday Times

“Inventive and surprising”
WhatsOnStage – read the full review

Check out this interview with the cast – real life father and son John and Lex Shrapnel.

A Number runs at the Young Vic from 3 July – 15 August and tickets are available from £10. Book now.

Belarus Free Theatre is Staging a Revolution

BFT: Staging a Revolution

Image by Ai Weiwei

“One of the bravest and most inspired underground troupes on the planet” – The New York Times on BFT

Belarus Free Theatre (BFT), the radical underground theatre company founded under Europe’s last surviving dictatorship mark their 10th anniversary this year. To celebrate, BFT have announced a two week festival featuring 10 of their landmark productions.

The first week of events will be at secret locations as they would be in Minsk where BFT  are banned from performing. Each performance will be followed by a discussion of the most urgent topics of our time with leading thinkers and activist.

The following week, BFT return to the YV to perform three of their critically acclaimed productions. Take a look below for more info:


4.48 Psychosis
Mon 2 Nov at 6pm (Secret location #1 – London postcode EC)
Going against the regime, Sarah Kane’s groundbreaking show was BFT’s first ever underground production in 2005. Today, they continue to tell human truths and illuminate the obvious and hidden taboos within society.
Book now.

Price of Money
Tues 3 Nov at 6.20pm (Secret location #2 – London postcode SE1)
Money makes the world go round – whether you have it or you don’t. Inspired the first political satire from ancient Greece, Plutus by Aristophanes, Price of Money is a scathing attack on inequality and excess.
Book now.

Minsk, 2011: A reply to Kathy Acker
Wednesday 4 Nov at 6.20pm (Secret location #3 – London postcode SE11)
If scars are sexy, Minsk must be the sexiest city in the world…
A love letter to a home that exiles those willing to fight for it, Minsk, 2011 celebrates and mourns a land that has lost its way.
Book now.

Generation Jeans
Thursday 5 Nov at 6.20pm (Secret location #4 – London postcode SW1)
BFT present their critically acclaimed duologue about rock music and resistance. Performed by BFT co-founder Nikolai Khalezin with music by DJ Laurel.
Book now.

Discover Love
Fri 6 Nov at 6.20pm (Secret location #5 – London postcode EC)
Based on a true story, Discover Love is a stirringly powerful original drama about Irina Krasovskaya and her husband Anatoly, a supporter of the Belarus opposition movement who one day simply “disappeared”.
Book now.

Zone of Silence
Sat 7 Nov at 6.20pm (Secret location #6 – London postcode N17)
The human spirit prevails in the face of adversity. Told in three independent chapters, Zone of Silence is an insight to everyday life under dictatorship and the taboos that are vehemently repressed.
Book now.

Trash Cuisine
Sun 8 Nov at 6.20pm (Secret location #7 – London postcode N4)
BFT serve up food, music, dance, Shakespeare and true stories from inmates and executioners in this challenge to the ongoing existence of capital punishment in the contemporary world.
Book now.


Time of Women
Mon 9 & Tues 10 Nov
The world premiere of a play about women on the forefront of a movement for a democratic Belarus – women with an unflinching and unswerving dedication to the truth.
Book now.

King Lear
Wednes 11 & Thurs 12 Nov
A fresh reading of Shakespeare’s classic that draws on on first-hand experience of tyranny and exile whilst also interrogating the universality of power unwisely yielded.
Book now.

Being Harold Pinter
Fri 13 & Sat 14 Nov
A poignant contemporary commentary on institutionalised violence, freedom and human dignity featuring testimonies from Belarusian political prisoners and excerpts Harold Pinter’s lifetime of writings.
Book now.

In the press: “The audience in Belarus is the bravest in the world” BFT co-founder Natalia Kaliada talks to the Guardian about Staging a Revolution and stage life under authoritarian rule.

Staging A Revolution runs from 2 – 14 Nov.

A View from the Bridge is heading to Broadway!

Last week we announced that A Streetcar Named Desire was transferring to New York, and today we are delighted to reveal that following sold-out runs at the Young Vic and in the West End, A View from the Bridge is heading to Broadway!

A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic.. Photo by Jan Versweyveld.

A View from the Bridge | Photo by Jan Versweyveld

Ivo van Hove’s Olivier Award winning production will play at the Lyceum Theatre in New York from 21 October. Best Actor winner Mark Strong as well as Nicola Walker, Phoebe Fox, Emun Elliott and Michael Gould will reprise their roles for the show’s American run.

Tickets will be on sale soon and we’ll let you know as soon as they’re available. In the meantime, check out the trailer and the stunning production photos from A View from the Bridge’s run at the Young Vic.