JUST ANNOUNCED: Billie Piper is Yerma + extra dates added

We’re so excited to reveal that Billie Piper will play Yerma in Simon Stone’s new version of Federico García Lorca’s masterpiece.

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Billie Piper makes her Young Vic debut as Yerma. Her previous theatre credits include: Great Britain, The Effect – Olivier nomination for Best Actress (National Theatre); Reasons To Be Pretty (Almeida),Treats – Evening Standard Theatre nomination for Best Actress (Garrick). Her film work includes: City of Tiny Lights, Animals United, Things to Do Before You’re 30, The Calcium Kid and Spirit Trap. Television credits include: Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, Doctor Who, A Passionate Woman, The Shadow in the North, The Ruby in the Smoke, Much Ado About Nothing, True Love, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Canterbury Tales: The Miller’s Tale and Mansfield Park.

This achingly powerful story of a young woman desperate to become a mother expresses the anguish of a society battling to free itself from its past. Simon Stone’s new version re-imagines Lorca’s original for London today.

Stone’s version of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck was a sensation at the Barbican in 2014. Now he writes and directs his first original work for the UK.

As well as this incredible casting news, we’re also extending Yerma‘s run due to huge demand for tickets. The production will now play until 24 Sept and you can book now for the extra dates.

Yerma plays at the Young Vic from 28 July – 24 Sept, to book tickets click here.

Rave reviews + A Streetcar Named Desire, New York photos

A Streetcar Named Desire has opened to rave reviews at St. Ann’s Warehouse.

Gillian Anderson is Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster is Stanley and Vanessa Kirby is Stella in Benedict Andrews’ award-winning production, which transferred to New York following a sold-out run at the Young Vic last summer.

Vanessa Kirby and Ben Foster in A Streetcar Named Desire at St. Ann's Warehouse. Photo by Teddy Wolff (3)

Vanessa Kirby and Ben Foster in A Streetcar Named Desire at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Photo by Teddy Wolff

Read the reviews below and view the full selection of production photos on Facebook.

“A brave take on a classic play that envelopes the audiences in a timelessly primeval world” 
New York Times – read the full review

Gillian Anderson in A Streetcar Named Desire at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Photo by Teddy Wolff

★★★★
“Benedict Andrews’ poignant new staging of Tennessee Williams’s play feels utterly contemporary… Gillian Anderson haunts in this vital staging”

The Guardian US – read the full review

Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby in A Streetcar Named Desire at St. Ann's Warehouse. Photo by Teddy Wolff

Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby in A Streetcar Named Desire at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Photo by Teddy Wolff

See Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois in our Young Vic short film, The Departure, inspired by A Streetcar Named Desire. The film takes place in the days before Blanche arrives at her sister Stella’s home.
Directed by Gillian Anderson and written by Andrew O’Hagan.

A Streetcar Named Desire plays in New York at St. Ann’s Warehouse until 23 June. Visit their website to book tickets.

In memory of those who were tragically killed on 17 April 1941

Today we remember those who were tragically killed on our site on The Cut, on 17 April 1941, 75 years ago.

The building that stood here, a bakery, suffered a direct hit as all 54 people killed were sheltering in the cellars.

They were:

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Researched and complied by Low and Lew Sheppherd, 1997.

If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me | FLASHBACK!

With Jane Horrocks on stage on our main house singing her own gritty and soulful versions of the new wave music she grew up with, we’re throwing it back with these blast from the past snaps of our If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me cast and creative team from way back when.

But can you tell your Rat Scabies from your Kipper? Answers are at the bottom of this post!

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Rat Scabies 2 - c. Gavin Watson Michael Walters - USE Jane Horrocks

Kipper Fabienne-Debarre  Joe Hancock  Conor Doyle  Aletta-Collins Lorena-Randi  Andreas-Fuchs

From top, left to right: Bunny Christie, Daniel Hay Gordon, Rat Scabies (Photo by Gavin Watson), Michael Walters, Jane Horrocks, Kipper, Fabienne Debarre, Joe Hancock, Conor Doyle, Aletta Collins, Lorena Randi and Andreas Fuchs.

If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me plays at the Young Vic until 16 April. To book or find out more, click here.

Blue/Orange: Full casting + an extra week of performances announced

Today we announce the full cast of Matthew Xia’s production of the Olivier Award-winning Blue/Orange.

David Haig (Guys and Dolls, Four Weddings and a Funeral) joins Daniel Kaluuya (Black Mirror, Sucker Punch) and Luke Norris (Poldark, A View from the Bridge) in Joe Penhall’s razor-sharp look at race and mental health. Find out more about the incredible cast below. 

And, due to phenomenal demand, we’ve just added an extra week of performances to the already extended run of Blue/Orange, now playing until 2 July.

David Haig

David Haig’s theatre credits include Guys And Dolls (West End), for which he is nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical; Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Chichester Festival Theatre); Pressure (written by and starring David – Chichester Festival Theatre and Edinburgh Lyceum); King Lear (Theatre Royal Bath); The Madness of George III (West End and Theatre Royal Bath – Olivier Nominated); Yes, Prime Minister (Chichester Festival Theatre and West End); Mary Poppins (West End – Olivier Nominated); Donkeys’ Years (West End – Olivier Nominated); Hitchcock Blond (Royal Court and West End); Our Country’s Good (Royal Court), for which he won the Olivier Award for Actor of the Year; House and Garden (National Theatre); Art (West End and Broadway). Television credits include: Penny Dreadful, The Thick Of It and The Thin Blue Line.  His film credits include: Two Weeks Notice and Four Weddings and a Funeral. Later in 2016 he will appear in Florence Foster Jenkins with Meryl Streep.

daniel kDaniel Kaluuya returns to the Young Vic following A Season in the Congo in 2013. His other theatre credits include: Trelawny of the Wells (Donmar Warehouse), Oxford Street, Sucker Punch (Royal Court), for which he won a Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Award. His film credits include: Sicario, Kick Ass and Johnny English. TV   includes: Channel 4 cult drama Skins, Black Mirror, Psychoville and Doctor Who. Daniel’s writing credits include: Skins series 1,2 & 3 and Two of a Kind (Hampstead).

 

 

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Luke Norris returns to the Young Vic following his appearance in A View from the Bridge (also West End) which won an Olivier Award for Best Revival. His other theatre credits include: Hamlet, As You Like It (RSC); Orpheus Descending (Royal Exchange); Antigone, The Kitchen (National Theatre); Filumena (Almeida); Remembrance Day (Royal Court), War Horse (NT West End) and White Boy (Soho Theatre). For television, his credits include: Poldark, Our World War, Titanic, Skins and The Inbetweeners. As a playwright, his work includes: So Here We Are (Winner of a 2013 Bruntwood Prize), Hearts (National Theatre Connections) and Goodbye To All That (Royal Court).

Blue/Orange plays at the Young Vic from 12 May – 2 July. To book tickets, click here.

If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me | Tracklist just announced!

The company in rehearsal for If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me. Photos by Johan Persson.

The company in rehearsal for If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me. Photos by Johan Persson.

Opening next month on 10 March, Jane Horrocks stars in an extraordinary new show – part gig, part dance piece – If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me.

Featuring gorgeously evocative choreography by Aletta Collins, a company of brilliant dancers and a fabulous live band playing an unforgettable soundtrack, Jane sings her own gritty and soulful versions of the new wave music she grew up with in the North West.

Today we announced the incredible tracklist of classic songs you’ll hear live in the show, they are:

Anthrax
by Gang Of Four
Atrocity Exhibition and Isolation by Joy Division
Fiction Romance and What Do I Get? by Buzzcocks
Nag Nag Nag by Cabaret Voltaire
Empire State Human by The Human League
Hot On The Heels Of Love by Throbbing Gristle
My New House by Fall
Memorabilia by Soft Cell
I Know It’s Over by The Smiths
Life Is A Pigsty by Morrissey

If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me runs at the Young Vic from 10 March – 16 April, to book tickets click here.

★★★★ for Peter Brook’s “breathtaking” Battlefield

Battlefield at the Young Vic. Photo by Simon Annand.

Battlefield at the Young Vic. Photo by Simon Annand.

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. Read the fantastic reviews of Battlefield below and click here to see the audience response so far.

★★★★
“Peter Brook’s return to the Mahabharata is breathtaking – a dazzling piece of theatre”
The Guardian – read the full review here

★★★★
“An hour of magic realism… it has a gentle power that lingers”
The Times

★★★★
“Luminous and potent”
The Independent – read the full review here

★★★★
“Delivered with remarkable grace and deceptive lightness of touch”
Financial Times

★★★★
“Combines the immediacy of story-telling with the purity of Greek tragedy”
Sunday Express – read the full interview here

★★★★
“Cool perfectionism”
Arts Desk – read the full review here

“Something profound is felt on the pulse here… Peter Brook achieves rare magic, and with the slenderest art”
The Telegraph

“A production of stunning beauty”
Le Figaro on Battlefield

“If we go on asking basic questions about what theatre is for, we have Peter Brook to thank for it.”
Michael Billington in The Guardian, 2015

Battlefield plays at the Young Vic until 27 February 2016. Book now.