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.

Billie Piper

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:


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:

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.

If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me | Meet the cast + music in the show just announced


The company of If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me in rehearsal at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

Jane Horrocks stars in the world premiere of If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me, an extraordinary new show with the energy of the best night out you ever had.

Part gig, part dance piece, Jane sings her own gritty and soulful versions of the new wave music she grew up with in the Northwest featuring songs by Joy Division, The Human League, Gang of Four, OMD, Cabaret Voltaire, The Buzzcocks, The Fall, Throbbing Gristle, Soft Cell, The Smiths, Morrissey and New Order.

Featuring gorgeously evocative choreography from Aletta Collins, a company of brilliant dancers and a fabulous live band (Fabienne Débarre, Kipper, Mark Neary and Rat Scabies) playing an unforgettable soundtrack. Meet the cast of this exciting new production.

For the Young Vic: Pictures From an Exhibition, Daniel Krammer/Frauke Requardt.
Theatre credits include: Sleep No More (associate choreographer and originator of the Male Witch), The Drowned Man (associate choreographer and originator of Frankie Gardener), The Masque of the Red Death, Faust and The Dutchess of Malfi (Punchdrunk); The Revengers Tragedy, War Horse, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (National Theatre); Cocteau Voices (Royal Opera House).
Other Credits include Jammy Dodgers – Frauke Requardt. Park – Jasmin Vardimon. Rusulka – Glyndebourne/Still. For The Mckittrick Hotel – Creative director of Special events.


Daniel studied at Rambert. He has performed in works by directors, choreographers and companies which include Aletta Collins, Itzik Galili, Joanna Fong, Nigel Charnock, Jonathan Lunn, Carolyn Choa, Andonis Foniadakis, Fiona Shaw, Hubert Essakow, Kim Brandstrup, Deborah Warner, John Cameron Mitchell, Wayne McGregor, Robert Binet, Garry Clarke, Phyllida Lloyd, Stijn Celis, Robert Cohan, Lea Anderson, Rambert Dance Company, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, The National Theatre, ROH, The New Vic, ENB, Duckie, ENO, Lyon Opera, NDCWales, Live Arts New York, Brooklyn Academy, Salzburg Festspiele.

As a creator Daniel has performed through the UK and Europe to critical acclaim as a soloist and choreographer. Daniel co-formed the collective Impermanence Dance Theatre and the cabaret duo Thick&Tight. Daniel is an award winning filmmaker presenting his work on in Operas, Galleries and on YouTube.

Previous Young Vic includes: Annie Get Your Gun and The Good Soul of Szechuan.
Other theatre includes: East is East (Trafalgar Studios & tour); Aunt Dan and Lemon, Road (Royal Court); Absurd Person Singular (Garrick); Sweet Panic (Duke of York’s); Cabaret (Donmar Warehouse/West End), The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (National Theatre/Aldwych) and Valued Friends (Hampstead).
Film credits include: Ab Fab The Movie, Sunshine on Leith, Corpse Bride, Chicken Run, Little Voice, Life is Sweet, Memphis Belle, The Witches and The Dressmaker.
Television credits include: Trollied (Series 1-3, Christmas Specials 2013, 2015), The Road to Coronation Street, Gracie!, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, The Street, Mirrorball, Absolutely Fabulous, Never Mind the Horrocks, Bad Girl and Road.

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Lorena Randi is a dancer and choreographer
Choreography includes: Into The Woods, Sunday in the park with George, Sweeney Todd (Theatre de Chatelet, Paris); Sweeney Todd, San Fransisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera 2015; an ongoing project with Martin Creed Work 1020 performances include the Barbican, Sadler’s Wells, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Kitchen (New York) Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago); The Queen of Spades (English National Opera 2015); work with Hetain Patel including American boy (Lilian Baylis Theatre) and Let’s talk about Dis (commission for Candoco).
Dance includes: Mark Morris’ Nixon in China; Aletta Collins’ Cocteau Voices, Magical Night (Linbury Theatre); a solo for Scott Walker’s show at the Barbican; Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre 2006-2010 Giselle, James Son of James, The Rite of Spring; Michael Clark Company 1998-2006 CurrentSee, Before and After:The Fall, Oh my Goddess, Would.Should.Could.Be, Alexander McQueen Fashion Show (Paris). She also danced Foie Gras a duet with choreographer Adam Linder which was awarded The Place Prize (2008).


Dance training: The Juilliard School
Professional dance companies include: Nederlands Dans Theatre; Frankfurt Ballet; Lyon Opera Ballet
Drama training: RADA
Theatre includes: The Drunken City (19thStreet Productions); In the Jungle of Cities (Arcola); A Thousand Miles of History (Bussey Building); and Anna Christie (Donmar Warehouse).
Film includes: Now You See Me: The Second Act, About Time, and Better Than Happy.

Fabienne Débarre
With a Masters in French Literature and classical training in percussions and piano, Paris-born Fabienne Débarre left for London four years ago to pursue a career in music. She sings and plays both keyboards and percussions for the band We Were Evergreen, whose first album Towards was released in 2014 through Island Records. Her voice and keyboards were also featured on Baxter Dury’s latest album It’s A Pleasure, and she was part of his live band. On top of her musical projects, Fabienne was a voiceover artist for Franco-German TV programme ‘Court-Circuit’. With a background in stage acting, she is also part of theatre company ‘Premières Fontes’, founded by playwright Guillaume Poix and sound designer Guillaume Vesin.

Kipper is a Grammy and Emmy winning producer and multi- instrumentalist. His production credits include: Sting’s biggest solo album, Brand New Day and platinum albums All This Time and Sacred Love (also as performer); work with Stevie Wonder, James Morrison, Mary J Blige, James Taylor, Richard Marx, Judie Tzuke, Chris Botti, Gary Numan, Catherine Zeta Jones, Curtis Stigers.
Recently Kipper was musical director of the Lead Belly Fest at the Royal Albert Hall, with a line-up including Van Morrison, Eric Burdon, Jools Holland and Billy Bragg.

Mark Neary
Mark Neary is a Musician and Audio Engineer/programmer. He has a wide variety of experience in playing a range of instruments. Primarily bass guitar, however Mark also plays pedal steel guitar, double bass and other instruments, as well as synth and software programming. In addition, Mark mixes tracks and albums as well as re-mixing.
His work includes: Roddy Frame ‘western skies’  (double bass/engineer) the Rolling stones (recording engineer/ pro  tools)Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (protools/double bass and various). Supporting U2 on the European leg of 360º stadium tour, The Graham Norton Show with Adele, Leadbelly Festival (Royal Albert Hall), work with Van Morrison, Billy Brag,Paul Jones ,Eric Burdon, Walter trout, Dennis Locorriere, Jools Holland ,Ruby Turner, Dana Fuchs, Josh White Jr.

Rat Scabies
After relentlessly nagging his parents for a drum set, Rat Scabies began playing music at the tender age of eight years old; and once he’d picked up the sticks, he never wanted to do anything else. After meeting guitarist Brian James, he formed The Damned. During the following forty years Rat has played countless live shows and recorded numerous studio albums. Other credits include: work with Robert Fripp, Lemmy, Donovan, Joe Strummer, Jimmy Page and The Eagles Of Death Metal.

If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me opens at the Young Vic on 10 March 2016. To book tickets or find out more, click here. For more behind the scenes photos of the company in rehearsal, click here

The Young Vic gets 3 big green stars from Julie’s Bicycle!

La Musica... With Emily Barclay and Sam Troughton. directed by Jeff James. 24 Sept - 17 Oct 2015 at the Young Vic Theatre in London. © photograph by David Sandison www.dsandison.com +44 7710 576 445 +44 208 979 6745

Our latest Classics for a New Climate production, La Musica. With Emily Barclay and Sam Troughton. Photo by David Sandison.

We are so delighted to have been awarded 3 Stars by Julie’s Bicycle, in recognition of our ongoing commitment to reducing our carbon emissions and making sustainable and ethical decisions in all areas of the theatre, be that our work in the production and producing of shows, our work with audiences, or all general day-to-day administrative and back-of-house actions and choices that we make.

3 Stars is the highest accreditation that Julie’s Bicycle give – so hopefully we have done something right!

This was a company-wide effort, with all departments chipping in with ideas and initiatives on how to make the Young Vic a greener, more sustainable place to work and visit.

We are incredibly proud of the changes we’ve made. They include working with ethical and sustainable suppliers; in particular the Cut Bar, who stock local and sustainable beers, organic wines, and local and free-range meat. All of our stationary is ethically sourced, and we are very proud that we will have a zero waste-to-landfill policy in 2016, working with, amongst others, Scenery Salvage, First Mile, Arts Basket, Wiles Greenworld, often through our colleagues in the London Theatre Consortium.

Our Taking Part department nurtures and strengthens our relationships with schools, colleges, community groups, residents and young people within Southwark and Lambeth. By giving away 10% of our tickets away for free to these people we ensure that localism is at the heart of our theatre – with people making short journeys, often walking, to the theatre. Any resources no longer required by the theatre, such as playtexts, scripts, or even paint, are given away to these groups for free, so that nothing is thrown away or wasted.

La Musica... With Emily Barclay and Sam Troughton. directed by Jeff James. 24 Sept - 17 Oct 2015 at the Young Vic Theatre in London. © photograph by David Sandison www.dsandison.com +44 7710 576 445 +44 208 979 6745

Our latest Classics for a New Climate production, La Musica. With Emily Barclay and Sam Troughton. Photo by David Sandison.

Our latest Classics for a New Climate production, La Musica. With Emily Barclay and Sam Troughton. Photo by David Sandison.

Our latest Classics for a New Climate production, La Musica. With Emily Barclay and Sam Troughton. Photo by David Sandison.

Our recent Classics for a New Climate production of La Musica, directed by Jeff James and designed by Ultz, which saw a carbon emissions reduction of around 75% compared to similar scale Maria theatre productions. Most of the set was reclaimed from our summer production of The Trial, there was no lighting truss, with LED lighting and even natural and outside light used instead, and no printed programme or tickets. In next year’s Julie’s Bicycle Report we’ll reveal more about what we learnt during that process and how we can incorporate it in the production of future shows.

You can read our full report here.

So, what next? Well, discussions are underway on installing LED house lights, waterless urinals in the public toilets and solar panels. We hope to see our roof garden and gardening club continue to go from strength to strength.

We cannot rest on our 3 Stars from Julie’s Bicycle – there is always more that we can do better and more efficiently and effectively. If you have any ideas then we’d love to hear them – please just email danielharrison@youngvic.org

Thank you Julie’s Bicycle and to you our audience for helping us in this achievement. Let’s keep on going for a cleaner, greener future.

Daniel de la Motte-Harrison
Young Vic Green Champion

4 stars for the Olivier Award-winning Bull

Bull at the Young Vic. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Following sold-out success earlier this year and an Olivier Award, the reviews are in for Bull’s return to the Young Vic. Read the fantastic reviews below and click here to see the amazing audience response so far.

“A thrilling, riveting production”
The Times 

“Absorbing and amusing”
Evening Standard
– read the full review here.

“Sparks fly in Clare Lizzimore’s stunning production”
Time Out – read the full review here.

“Brilliant, unflinching and very funny”
Financial Times

“Riveting –a masterclass”
The Observer

“A gripping spectacle”
The Guardian

“Mike Bartlett’s muscular play is powerful and painful”
Daily Telegraph

Bull plays at the Young Vic until 16 January 2016. Book now.