Just announced: Battlefield, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing + the return of Bull

We’ve just announced 3 exciting shows! The first show of 2016 will be Battlefield, a new work directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne, inspired by Brook’s legendary production of The Mahabharata. In the Maria studio, Annie Ryan’s acclaimed ★★★★★ stage adaptation of Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-formed Thing will have its London premiere following a run at this year’s Edinburgh Festival. We’re also very pleased to welcome back the Olivier Award-winning Bull this December.

Battlefield (3 – 27 Feb 16)

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Destruction never approaches weapon in hand. It comes slyly, on tiptoe, making you see bad in good and good in bad.

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.

The devastation of war isteaing the Bharata family apart. The new king must unravel a mystery: how can he live with himself in the face of the devastation and massacres that he has caused.

An immense canvas in miniature, this central section of the ancient text is timeless and contemporary, asking how we can find inner peace in a world riven with conflict.

This powerful story, touching on our search for reason in a fractured world, is performed by Carole Karemera (Sometimes in April), Jared McNeill (The Valley of Astonishment), Ery Nzaramba (The Suit) and Sean O’Callaghan (Beyond Caring).

Battlefield based on The Mahabharata is by Peter Brook, Jean-Claude Carrière and Marie-Hélène Estienne. It is directed by Peter Brook and Marie- Hélène Estienne. Music is by Toshi Tsuchitori and light is by Philippe Vialatte

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (17 Feb – 19 Mar 16)

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A fearless, unflinching portrait of one girl’s turbulent journey into an adult world.

Fraught family relationships, dangerous intimate liaisons and dark moments of exploitation form a fascinating, fast-paced ride through a complex mind.

Aoife Duffin reprises her her celebrated performance in Annie Ryan’s spellbinding adaptation of Eimear McBride’s best-selling novel. This London premiere follows the show’s triumphant opening at the Dublin Theatre Festival and a sold out season at the 2015 Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

Music and sound for the production is by Mel Mercier. Design is by Lian Bell with light by Sinéad Wallace and costume design by Katie Crowley.

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, adapted and directed by Annie Ryan is produced by The Corn Exchange and Young Vic in association with Cusack Projects Limited.

Bull (11 Dec 15 – 9 Jan 16)

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Mike Bartlett’s Olivier award-winning play returns to the Young Vic for a limited run following rave reviews and audience acclaim last year.

Brilliant, unflinching and very funny” (Financial Times), Bull is a razor-sharp play that walks the fine line between office politics and playground bullying. Bull offers ringside seats as three employees fight to keep their jobs.

Don’t miss your chance to see this daring production the second time around.

Bull by Mike Bartlett is produced by Supporting Wall and Young Vic. It was originally produced by Sheffield Theatres.
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Tickets go on sale to Young Vic Friends today at 10am and to the public Wednesday 5 August at 10am. To become a friend of the YV, go to www.youngvic.org/support-us/friends

11 Questions with the cast of The Trial – Charlie Folorunsho

Charlie Folorunsho (right) in The Trial at the Young Vic. Photo by Keith Pattison.

Charlie Folorunsho (right) in The Trial at the Young Vic. Photo by Keith Pattison.

Charlie Folorunsho is currently playing a Bank Clerk and a Defendant in The Trial at the Young Vic. Here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in The Trial in three words?
Ambitious. Rigorous. Pedantic.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
And the snake sheds its skin. An African pop-meets-opera version of a very old story.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Houmous on toast.

What is your favourite word?
Integrity.

What are you most passionate about?
Injustice.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
1 hour – sleep. 1 hour – TV. 2 hours – with friends.

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

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
Raasay, Scotland.

What is your favourite song?
From the Love Side by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
1950s London for the birth of an exciting society.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
To teleport anyone I’m in a room with somewhere else. For example, if you and I were in a room together we could go to Glastonbury in an instant.

The Trial runs at the YV until 22 Aug. Book now: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/the-trial

11 Questions with the cast of A Number – John Shrapnel

John Shrapnel in A Number at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

John Shrapnel in A Number at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

Following critical acclaim at the Nuffield, John Shrapnel is currently playing Salter in A Number at the Young Vic. Here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in A Number in three words?
Very complex man.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
The one I’m working on.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Lindt Touch Of Sea Salt Chocolate.

What is your favourite word?
Discombobulate.

What are you most passionate about?
My partner.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
Do the best bits twice.

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

Favourite city and why?
Paris. Always wanted to live there. Ever since being a student.

What is your favourite song?
Mother – John Lennon.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
1600’s – there’s a couple of things I want to ask Shakespeare about.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
Time travel (so I could go back to 1600 and ask Shakespeare those questions…)

A Number is at the Young Vic until 15 Aug. Tickets are selling out fast. Book now.

Our Young Vic Young Associates take a trip to Sweden

Daniel Harrison, the Young Vic’s Taking Part and Administration Assistant tells us about the Young Associates’ trip to Sweden. 

At the Young Vic we have four Young Associates on our team; Rassin in Press & Marketing, Nassy in Producing, Scarlet in Production and Adrian in Taking Part. These four young people were recruited from our surrounding borough of Southwark, and are cutting their teeth and learning the ropes here on The Cut at “the best theatre in London”. Rassin, Nassy, Scarlet and Adrian may have long careers in the arts ahead of them but most importantly, our aim is to arm them with transferable skills for whatever the future may hold.

The Young Vic Young Associates scheme is generously funded by Southwark Council, Berkeley Homes, The Creative Employment Programme and Karl-Johan Persson, the CEO and President of fashion company H&M – we are all immensely grateful for their involvement in the scheme. One of the funders, Karl-Johan Persson, kindly invited us to H&M’s headquarters in Stockholm to meet him, so Rassin, Nassy, Adrian, Sharon (our Participation Projects Manager) and I set off to Sweden to say thank you, personally.

In Stockholm we were met by Beatrice Bondy, a member of the Young Vic’s Development Board, friend of Karl-Johan, and sister of Young Vic International Associate Luc Bondy, who showed us the sights and sounds of the city. We tucked into a traditional fish supper, took a boat to an island and wandered about the streets of Stockholm in glorious Swedish sunshine. Huge thanks to Beatrice for her excellent hospitality.

 

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The Young Vic team with Karl-Johan Persson

Sandwiched between our meeting with Karl-Johan we visited arts venues which share the Young Vic’s ethos of inclusion and outreach. Fryshuset is the world’s largest youth centre, offering arts and sports projects for young people, ranging from preventative initiatives for those at risk of social exclusion, basketball tournaments and skateboard parks to music concerts and theatre performances. It was inspiring to see so much incredible work and this reenergised us in terms of understanding just why we do the work we do at the Young Vic.

Uppsala Theatre, in Sweden’s fourth city, is an old friend of ours. They came to visit the Young Vic last December. It was great to reconnect with our colleagues in Uppsala, and see first-hand the community and education projects that they run.

Our time in Stockholm and Uppsala was brief but great. Two brilliant cities with five brilliant colleagues, visiting three brilliant venues and with one brilliant host. All in all, brilliant – or in Swedish, lysande!

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The Young Vic team in Sweden

To find out more about Taking Part, visit www.youngvic.org/taking-part

 

11 Questions with the cast of The Trial – Marc Antolin

Marc Antolin in rehearsal for The Trial at the Young Vic. Photo by Keith Pattison

Marc Antolin in rehearsal for The Trial at the Young Vic. Photo by Keith Pattison

Marc Antolin is currently playing the Law Student and the Flogger in The Trial at the Young Vic. Here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in The Trial in three words?
Sadistic. Violent. Thug.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Having a wee, brushing my teeth and combing my beard (not at the same time).

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Jerusalem. Mark Rylance’s performance was astonishing.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
An omelette and a glass of whiskey.

What is your favourite word?
Cwtch. It’s Welsh for an affectionate hug.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
Catch up with everything I want to watch on Netflix.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Books. There is always something new to learn.

Favourite city and why?
London. It’s where I live, all my brilliant friends are here and there’s so much I still haven’t seen and done.

What is your favourite song?
Dire Straits by Brother in Arms.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
Born early 40s so I could have been a teen in the 50s (preferably in America). I’m a rockabilly at heart and love the whole diner culture.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
The ability to morph into anything.

The Trial runs at the YV until 22 Aug. Book now: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/the-trial

★★★★★ for Caryl Churchill’s A Number

Caryl Churchill’s A Number has finally opened at the Young Vic following huge success at the Nuffield and on tour last year. Read below to find out what the critics think and click here to see the amazing audience response so far.

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Lex Shrapnel in A Number.

★★★★★
“Punchy, compact and endlessly inquisitive” 

The Guardian 
on Nuffield’s original production read the full review

★★★★
“Unsettling, tense and darkly comic”
Time Out read the full review here.

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“A virtuoso intensity fuelled by fine performances from John and Lex Shrapnel”
Telegraph read the full review here.

★★★★
“Brilliant, gripping and beautifully served… One of Caryl Churchill’s finest plays”
Financial Times

★★★★
“Tom Scutt’s design is a triumph”
Evening Standard

★★★★
“An ingenious revival”
The Times

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Days

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

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David Beames in Happy Days at the Young Vic.

Ah, Wilderness! 

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

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

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

Head over to www.curtaincallonline.com to see more of their work.