Casting announcement | Barbarians


We’ve got yet another casting announcement for you! This time we’re delighted to share with you the cast of Barbarians, a trilogy of gripping and timeless plays by Barrie Keeffe directed by Liz Stevenson, winner of the JMK Award 2015. Barbarians follows Jan, Paul and Louis as they try to fight their way into a society rife with unemployment and rejection. Bubbling tensions erupt with chilling consequences. Get to know the cast and take a look at their biogs below.

Fisayo AkinadeFisayo Akinade makes his Young Vic debut. His previous theatre credits include: The Vote (Donmar); Refugee Boy (West Yorkshire Playhouse; UK Tour); As You Like It (Transport Theatre; UK & European Tour – nominated for Ian Charleson Award); Neighbors (HighTide; Nuffield); Shiverman (Theatre 503); Waiting for Godot (West Yorkshire Playhouse; Talawa UK Tour); Sold (Pleasance Courtyard) and The Edge (New Diorama Theatre). Television credits include: Banana, Cucumber, Ordinary Lies and Fresh Meat. Film credits include: She Who Brings Gifts.




Alex AustinAlex Austin makes his Young Vic debut. His previous theatre credits include: The Striker and Yen (Royal Exchange Manchester); Henry V (Unicorn Theatre; Traverse); The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Unicorn Theatre), Idomeneus (Gate Theatre); Pigeons (Royal Court); Coal Eaters (Theatre 503); Hope, Light and Nowhere (Underbelly, Cowgate); The Greek Season: Philoctetes/Antigone (Unicorn Theatre); Locked Room Scenario (London); Telling Tales and My City (Almeida); Encourage the Others (Almeida Young Friends) and Platform (Old Vic New Voices). Television credits include: Sherlock, The Interceptor, Musketeers, New Tricks, Holby City and Misfits. Film credits include: Legacy, The Hooligan Factory, Christmas Candle, The World’s End, The Swarm, The Sweeney and Undefeated. Radio includes: Ancient Greek.


Brian Vernel Brian Vernel makes his Young Vic debut. His previous theatre credits include: Future Conditional (Old Vic); Takin’ over the Asylum (Royal Lyceum; Citizens’ Theatre); Macbeth (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); The Static and Blackout (Thickskin); The Cherry Orchard and They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and Four Parts Broken (National Theatre of Scotland; Oran Mor; Traverse). Television credits include: The Last Kingdom, The Casual Vacancy, Grantchester, Prey and Field of Blood. Film credits include: Winter Song, Let Us Prey and Offender.



The JMK Award
James Menzies-Kitchin was a theatre director of thrilling promise. The JMK Trust was founded in his memory to give practical learning opportunities to young theatre directors of similar ability and vision. The JMK Award allows one such director a year to stage their own production of a classic text.
The JMK Award is kindly supported by Philip Hooker, the Leverhulme Trust Arts Scholarships Fund, the Martin Bowley Charitable Trust, the Eranda Foundation and all its individual donors. Patrons: Dame Judi Dench, Baroness Howe, Sir Ian McKellen and Tom Morris (Founding Chair) Registered Charity No. 295080

Barbarian runs at the YV from 27 Nov – 19 Dec. Book now:

Cast announcement | A View from the Bridge in New York

We’re pleased to announce that Russell Tovey will be joining Mark Strong, Nicola Walker, Phoebe Fox, Emun Elliott, Michael Gould and Richard Hansell for Ivo van Hove’s Olivier Award winning production of A View from the Bridge which will play at the Lyceum Theatre in New York from 21 October. Russell Tovey will play the role of Rodolfo alongside the original Young Vic company. Take a look at his biog below and click here for more on the rest of the cast.

Russell Tovey

Russell Tovey last appeared on Broadway in the National Theatre production of The History Boys playing Rudge, the role he originated in London and subsequently performed around the world. He reprised the role in the film version of the play, directed by Nicholas Hytner. Tovey’s other theatre credits include Howard Katz, Henry V, His Girl Friday and His Dark Materials (National Theatre); Plasticine, A Miracle and The Pass (Royal Court Theatre); The Sea and Sex With A Stranger (West End). His film credits include Pride, Grabbers, The Pass, Mindhorn, and the upcoming The Lady in The Van. His television credits include the role of Kevin in HBO’s Looking, The Night Manager, Being Human, Banished, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Little Dorrit, Him and Her and The Job Lot.
A View from the Bridge, Arthur Miller’s dark and passionate classic drama set on the Brooklyn waterfront, premiered at the YV in April 2014 to ecstatic reviews and instantly sold out. The show subsequently transferred to the West End where it recently concluded another completely sold-out run.

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Casting announced for 4 shows + Measure for Measure extends


Today we’re announcing the cast of 4 upcoming YV shows. John Heffernan and Anna Maxwell Martin lead the cast of Macbeth while Zubin Varla and Paul Ready join Romola Garai in Measure for Measure. Also, due to huge demand for tickets before the show has even opened, we’ve added an extra week of Measure for Measure performances, on sale today! We’ve also got some super exciting La Musica and Creditors casting news – find out more below.

Directed by Carrie Cracknell & Lucy.

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John Heffernan makes his Young Vic debut in Macbeth. His previous theatre credits include: Oppenheimer (RSC/West End); Edward II, She Stoops to Conquer, Emperor and Galilean, After the Dance, The Habit of Art, (National); King Lear, The SeagullMuch Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet (RSC); Love and Information (Royal Court); The Physicists (Donmar Warehouse); The Last of the Duchess (Hampstead); Richard II (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, Bristol); Love, Love, Love (Paines Plough); and The Hothouse and Carrie’s War (West End). Film credits include: Eye in the Sky and Having You.  Television credits include:  Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Ripper Street, Sons of Liberty, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Outlander, Foyle’s War, Love and Marriage, The Hollow Crown and The Shadow Line.  Later this year John will be seen in Dickensian (BBC) and Luther (BBC).

Anna Maxwell Martin makes her Young Vic debut. Her previous theatre credits include: Di and Viv and Rose (Hampstead); Measure for Measure (Almeida); The Female Species (Vaudeville); Cabaret (Lyric); The Entertainer, Dumb Show (Royal Court); His Dark Materials, Honour, Three Sisters, The Coast of Utopia (National Theatre) and The Little Foxes (Donmar Warehouse). Her film work includes: The Alan Partridge Movie, Philomena, Becoming Jane, The Other Man, Enduring Love, and The Hours. Television credits include: Midwinter of the Spirit, And Then There Were None, The Frankenstein Chronicles, Death Comes to Pemberley, The Accused, The Bletchley Circle, The Nightwatch, South Riding (BAFTA Award nominated), Freefall, Poppy Shakespeare (BAFTA Award for Best Actress), White Girl, Wind in the Willows, Bleak House, for which she won the Bafta Award for Best Actress, Dr. Who and North and South.

Also with: Mark Ebulue, Thomasin Gulgeç, Ira Mandela Siobhan, Ana Beatriz Meireles, Prasanna Puwanarajah and Clemmie Sveaas.

Measure for Measure
Directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins.


Romola Garai makes her Young Vic debut. Romola’s previous theatre work includes Indian Ink (Roundabout, New York); The Village Bike (Royal Court); Three Sisters (Lyric Hammersmith); King Lear/The Seagull (RSC); and Calico (West End) for which she was nominated for Most Promising Newcomer at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Her film work includes Atonement, for which she was nominated for the Best Actress Award at the Evening Standard British Film Awards, One Day, I Capture the Castle, Last Days on Mars, Angel, for which she won Lumiere Award nomination for Most Promising New Actress, Scoop, Amazing Grace and As You Like it. Her television credits include The Hour (Golden Globe nominated), The Crimson Petal and the White (BAFTA nominated) and Emma (Golden Globe nominated). In 2015 Romola will be appearing in Dominion and Suffragette and has just finished filming Churchill’s Secret.

Zubin Varla returns to the Young Vic for the first time since his appearance in The Changeling in 2012.  Other theatre credits include: Dara, The Enchantment, Attempts on Her Life, Cyrano de Bergerac (National); Two Gentlemen of Verona, Midnight’s Children, The Tempest, Bartholomew Fair, Romeo & Juliet (RSC); Twelfth Night (Donmar in the West End); Paradise Regained (Royal Court); Jesus Christ Superstar, Beautiful Thing (West End); A Connecticut Yankee in the  Court of King Arthur, Lady Be Good (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Antigone (Old Vic); Amadeus (City of London Sinfonia tour). Television credits include: Our Girl, Strike Back, Little Dorrit, Silent Witness, Spooks.  Film credits include: Mad, Sad and Bad and Jacob. Zubin has recorded with Nitin Sawhney on his album Human and plays with the Bergonzi Quartet.

Paul Ready makes his Young Vic debut in Measure for Measure. His previous theatre credits include: Black Comedy (Chichester Festival); Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Exchange); Terrorism, In the Republic of Happiness, Wastwater, Forty Winks, Black Milk, Crazyblackmuthafuckingself (Royal Court); Noises Off (Old Vic; Novello); Mother Clapps Molly House, A Woman Killed with Kindness, London Assurance, Time & the Conways, Major Barbara, St Joan, Attempts on her Life, Waves (National); Love’s Labours Lost (Globe & US Tour); Romance (Almeida) and World Music (Donmar and Sheffield Crucible). His film credits include: Private Peaceful, Angels and Insects, Maybe Baby, Dresden and Pierrepoint. For television, his credits include: Virtuoso, Cuffs, Utopia, Ripper Street, The Tunnel, Trial and Retribution and Pulling.

Also with: Romola Garai leads the cast as Isabella with Paul Ready as Angelo and Zubin Varla as the Duke. They will be joined by Tom Edden (Pompey), Ivanno Jeremiah (Claudio), John Mackay (Lucio), Sarah Malin (Escalus), Rafael Sowole (Master Froth) and Cath Whitefield (Mariana).

La Musica
Directed by Jeff James.

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Emily Barclay was last seen at the Young Vic in Three Sisters. Her other theatre credits include: Strange Interlude, The Seagull, That Face, Gethsemene, Hamlet (Belvoir, Sydney); This is Our Youth (Sydney Opera House) and The Importance of Being Earnest (Melbourne Theatre Company). Her film credits include: The Light Between Oceans, Weekender, Mr Pip, Love Birds, Lou, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole, Piece of My Heart (for which she won the New Zealand screen award for best actress), Prime Mover, Surburban Mayhem (for which she won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Lead Actress in Film and the Inside Film Award for Best Actress), Cockle and In My Father’s Den (for which she won the British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer and the New Zealand Screen Award for Best Actor). Television credits include: Please Like Me, Lowdown, Kidnapped, Glitch and The Silence (for which she won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Drama).

Sam Troughton returns to the Young Vic for the first time since his appearance in Mike Bartlett’s Bull, which enjoyed runs in both Sheffield and New York. His other theatre credits include: Tuzenbach in Three Sisters (Young Vic); King Lear (National); Mint, Death Tax, The President Has Come to See You, Love Love Love (Royal Court); A Streetcar Named Desire (Liverpool Playhouse); Morte D’Arthur, Romeo & Juliet, The Grain Store, Julius Caesar, The Winter’s Tale, Richard III, Henry VI Part III, Henry VI Part II, Henry VI Part I and Taming of the Shrew (RSC). His film credits include: Spirit Trap, Alien Vs Predator, Vera Drake and Sylvia. Television includes: The Hollow Crown: War of the Roses, Dancing on the Edge, Silent Witness, Judge John Deed, Seven Wonders of the Industrial World: The Sewer King, Summer in the Suburbs, The Town, Ultimate Force and Robin Hood 1, 2 & 3.

Directed by this year’s Genesis Future Directors Award winner Rikki Henry.

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Jolyon Coy makes his Young Vic debut. His theatre credits include: Holy Warriors, Antony & Cleopatra (Shakespeare’s Globe); Wendy and Peter Pan (RSC); Our Boys (Duchess); Edward II (Royal Exchange); The Prince of Hamburg (Donmar); Posh (also West End), Before the Flood (Royal Court) and All’s Well That Ends Well (National). His film credits include: Beauty and the Beast, Testament of Youth, The Fifth Estate and The Deep Blue Sea. For television his credits include: Midsomer Murders, War & Peace, Mr Selfridge, The Whale, Locked Up Abroad, Henry IV(I&II), Pete Vs. Life, The Bill, Doctors, The Friday Night Club, Casualty, The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury and My Hero. Radio includes: Votes for Women and A Girl in Winter.

Tom Rhys Harries makes his Young Vic debut. His previous theatre work includes: Four Play (Old Vic); Hotel (National); Mojo (West End); The History Boys (Sheffield Crucible); Torch Song Trilogy (Menier Chocolate Factory); Night Must Fall, Othello, The Changeling and  A Doll’s House (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama). Film credits include: Crow, The Inbetweeners (The Long Goodbye), Hot Property, Iron Clad: Battle For Blood and Hunky Dory. For television, his credits include: Hinterland II, Jekyll and Hyde, Under Milkwood, D-Day: Last Letters Home, Midsomer Murders and Parades End.

Gyuri Sarossy makes his Young Vic debut. His theatre credits include: The Absence of War (Rose, Kingston), The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd (Orange Tree); The Seagull, Tonight at 8.30, The Tempest (Nuffield); The Seven Year Itch, Design For Living (Salisbury Playhouse); Foxfinder (Finborough); Earthquakes in London, Luther (National); As You Like It (Manchester Royal Exchange); The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Liverpool Everyman & Chichester Festival); Romeo & Juliet (RSC); Man & Superman, Don Juan, Galileo’s Daughter (Theatre Royal, Bath);The Hypochondriac (Almeida); Uncle Vanya, Twelfth Night (Donmar Warehouse) and The Promise (Tricycle). His film credits include: Mercenaries, Another Life and Until Death. Television credits include: The Coroner, Foyle’s War, Einstein and Eddington, Tchaikovsky, Egypt, Judge John Deed and Blue Dove.


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★★★★★ for Annie Ryan’s adaptation of A Girl is a Half-formed Thing


The reviews are rolling in for Annie Ryan’s adaptation of A Girl is a Half-formed Thing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where Aoife Duffin also picked up The Stage Award for Acting Excellence. Read below to find out what the critics think and click here to see the amazing audience response so far.

A courageously feminist production
The Guardian – read the full review here.

A memorable evening of pure theatre
The Sunday Independent – read the full review here.

Superbly shaped… a remarkable performance
The Financial Times

Duffin’s exceptional portrayal is the best of her career
The Irish Times – read the full review here.

Duffin is remarkable throughout
The Telegraph – read the full review here.

A tour de force performance…This ferocious, gorgeous show transcends mere story
Time Out – read the full review here.

It’s a triumph
The Times

“We’re captivated by Duffin’s mesmerizing performance… There’s more tension, drama and suspense in this pungent, pugnacious single-handed performance than in most contemporary Irish drama with a full cast”
The Irish Independent – read the full review here.

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing comes to the Young Vic in February 2016. Book now.

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)


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)


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.

Tickets go on sale to the public on Wednesday 5 August at 10am. Book now:

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?

What are you most passionate about?

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:

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?

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?

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.