4 Stars for Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic

The reviews are in for Ah, Wilderness!. Read below to find out what the critics think and click here to see the amazing audience response so far.

★★★★
“Natalie Abrahami’s haunting, witty production turns the piece into a dream-like memory play”
The Independent – read the full review here.

★★★★
“Bittersweet with wonderfully funny performances”
Financial Times – read the full review here.

★★★★
Sunday Express – read the review here.

“A visually seductive revival… George MacKay is excellent”
The Guardian

“George MacKay proves himself a stage performer of huge presence and skill”
The Times

“This revival boasts fine performances”
Daily Telegraph

Members of the company in in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

Members of the company in in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

“A stern but loving Janie Dee and a staunch but wry Martin Marquez are great as Richard’s parents”
The Times

“George Mackay is great: gawky, intense, silly, serious, vibrantly alive”
Time Out

“A visually seductive revival… Martin Marquez is wonderful, Janie Dee beautifully captures the mother, and there is first-rate support from Dominic Rowan and Susannah Wise”
The Guardian

“Rising star George MacKay excels as O’Neill’s teen rebel”
Evening Standard

“George MacKay is an absolute delight”
Daily Telegraph

“Extremely charming – O’Neill’s writing and director Natalie Abrahami’s production beautifully capture the ludicrousness of youth”
Time Out

Ah, Wilderness! runs at the Young Vic until 23 May. Book now.

11 Questions with the cast of Ah, Wilderness! – George MacKay

George MacKay in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson

George MacKay in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

George MacKay is currently playing Richard Miller in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Here are his answers to our 11 Questions… Can you describe your character in Ah, Wilderness! in three words? Brimming. Growing. Learning. What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins? Warming up and checking props. What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)? I remember being really struck by Gecko’s The Arab and the Jew at the Lyric Hammersmith and both actors’ physicality. Seeing Blackwatch too at the Barbican by the National Theatre of Scotland was breath-taking. What is your favourite word? Domino. What are you most passionate about? Wanting to learn more about the whatever it is I am doing at the time. If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours? More of whatever it is I was doing on normal days. If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be? Friends and family. Really old guitars. Or, stationary. Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on? Going to Rome was amazing, I’d like to go back there and explore more. Favourite city and why? London. It’s home and there is still loads I don’t know about it. What is your favourite song? It changes regularly. If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why? The ability to fly. Ah, Wilderness! runs at the Young Vic from until 23 May. Head over to YouTube to see the exclusive trailer. Book now: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/ah-wilderness

11 Questions with the cast of Ah, Wilderness! – Ashley Zhangazha

Ashley Zhangazha in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

Ashley Zhangazha in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

Ashley Zhangazha is currently playing Arthur Miller in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Ah, Wilderness! in three words?
Loud. Brash. Melodic.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Panicking! No, in all seriousness, usually listening to music.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Fences by the late, great August Wilson.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
A peanut butter, jam and banana sandwich.

What are you most passionate about?
Manchester United.

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

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
New York – an amazing city.

Favourite city and why?
London – it’s rich in diversity and opportunities, and it’s home.

What is your favourite song?
Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder. I challenge anyone to listen to it and not feel the uncontrollable impulse to move.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
The here and now is cool for me!

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
It would be pretty awesome to be able to fly. Who wouldn’t want to be superman.

Ah, Wilderness! runs at the Young Vic from until 23 May. Head over to Facebook to see more of the stunning production photos. For more info – www.youngvic.org/whats-on/ah-wilderness

11 Questions with the cast of Ah, Wilderness! – Yasmin Paige

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Yasmin Paige in rehearsal for Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

Yasmin Paige is currently playing Belle in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Here are her answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Ah, Wilderness! in three words?

Strong. Skillful. Hungry.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?

Reading.

What is your favourite midnight snack?

Pitta bread and hummus.

What is your favourite word?

Boobee – and affectionate term.

What are you most passionate about?

People and reading.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?

Sleep.

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

Strawberry sweets from the cinema. 

Favourite city and why?

Paris – it’s really pretty.

What is your favourite song?

Elastic Heart by Sia.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?

1920s.  It was a point of big change for society, it must have been a real revolution. 

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?

Fly – so that I could be like a bird in the clouds and get anywhere. No more tube. 

Ah, Wilderness! runs at the Young Vic from until 23 May. Book now.

11 Questions with the cast of Ah, Wilderness! – Martin Marquez

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Martin Marquez in rehearsal for Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

Martin Marquez is currently playing Nat Miller in Ah, Wilderness! at the young Vic. Here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Ah, Wilderness! in three words?
Sensitive, Passionate, Modern.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Eating a Fry’s Turkish Delight.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
The Seven Streams of the River Ota by Robert Lepage

What is your favourite midnight snack?
A bowl of Crunchy Nut cornflakes.

What is your favourite word?
Bulbous.

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

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
Drove to the south of Spain where I spent 4 weeks with my family.

Favourite city and why?
Madrid – I feel like it suits my personality so I feel at home there.

What is your favourite song?
Fingersnap by Blackbirds

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
Today. I love thinking to be as modern as possible.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
To be invisible. I would use it to expose rich liars and fraudsters.

Ah, Wilderness! runs at the Young Vic from until 23 May. Book now.

The YV takes home 4 Oliviers

We are delighted and honoured to have won four Olivier Awards at this year’s ceremony.

Our hit production of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge bagged three prizes; Best Revival, Best Actor for Mark Strong and Best Director for Ivo van Hove, while Bull, a co-production with Supporting Wall, took home the award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre.

Following sold out runs here at the Young Vic and in the West End, A View from the Bridge picked up more Olivier awards than any other play this year, adding to the two Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Actor and Best Director the show received earlier in 2015. On collecting his Olivier for Best Director Ivo van Hove said “London has been so generous to our work. It felt like coming home.”

Check out some behind the scenes snaps below.

Best Actor and Best Director winners Mark Strong and Ivo van Hove on the red carpet

Young Vic Artistic Director David Lan with Executive Director Lucy Woollatt on the red carpet and Ivo van Hove and David Lan chatting to press after collecting the award for Best Revival. 

  

Mark Strong accepting his award for Best Actor and three of our four Olivier awards post ceremony.

  

Mike Bartlett, Ben Monks, Clare Lizzimore and Sam Troughton – the Bull team with their Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre award. 

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For more behind the scenes photos from the night, have a flick through the album on Facebook and to read more about the Oliviers and all of this year’s winners, click here.

A View from the Bridge was broadcast live to cinemas on 26 March by NT Live. There’s still a chance to catch it with encore screenings taking place at venues around the world for a limited time. For tickets and info, click here.

 

 

11 Questions with the cast of Ah, Wilderness! – David Annen

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David Annen in rehearsal for Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

David Annen can be seen on stage at the Young Vic from 14 Apr – 23 May. Here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Ah, Wilderness! in three words?
Three letters! E G O – Eugene Gladstone O’Neill

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Checking the letters, cigarettes, matches, pencils, poetry books etc. are in the right place in my pockets

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
King Lear (in theory), Into The West (in practice)

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

What are you most passionate about?
London

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

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
Weyfest with my son

Favourite city and why?
Rome – culture, warmth, wine, ice cream, and history all over.

What is your favourite song?
Everything I Own by Ken Boothe

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
The next one. I’ll find out when I get there.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
Flight. I dreamed of it once and woke happy.

Ah, Wilderness! runs at the Young Vic from 14 Apr – 23 May. Book now.