Twelfth Night | Cast Announcement

We’re extremely excited to announce the cast of Twelfth Night, Kwame’s first YV adaptation as Artistic Director. Conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub,  with music & lyrics by Shaina Taub and direction by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Oskar Eustis.

A community chorus of 60 members from Southwark and Lambeth will perform alongside the professional artists below.

Melissa Allan (Feste)
Gabrielle Brooks (Viola)
Gerard Carey (Malvolio)
Natalie Dew (Olivia)
Martyn Ellis (Sir Toby Belch)
Gbemisola Ikumelo (Maria)
Jyuddah Jaymes (Sebastian)
Jonathan Livingstone (Antonio)
Silas Wyatt-Barke (Andrew Aguecheek)
Rupert Young (Duke Orsino)

Meet our wonderful company…

Melissa_Allen Simon Murphy Headshot

Melissa Allan | Feste
Theatre includes: A Christmas Carol (Old Vic); Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (NTS/National Theatre); Gemma (Playwrights’ Studio Scotland); Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Sweeney Todd (Aberdeen Youth Musical Theatre Group); and Westside Story (Leading Lights Theatre Group).



Gabrielle Brooks| ViolaGabrielle Brooks Headshot
Theatre includes: The Way of the World (Donmar Warehouse); The Wizard of Oz (Sheffield Crucible); Everybody’s Talking about Jamie (Sheffield Crucible); Queen Anne (RSC/Theatre Royal Haymarket); Lazarus (King’s Cross Theatre); Perfect Pitch Musical (St James Theatre); Red Snapper (Belgrade Theatre); Synergy Play Readings (Theatre 503); The Strangers Case (Liverpool Everyman); The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales); I Can’t Sing (London Palladium); Our House (Savoy Theatre),  Avenue Q (UK and Ireland Tour) and Hairspray (UK and Ireland Tour)
Concerts include: The Light Princess (National Theatre)
Television and film includes: Coming Down The Mountain and Notes of a Scandal.


Gerard CareyGerard Carey | Malvolio
Theatre includes: The Jungle (Playhouse Theatre); A Christmas Carol (RSC); Half a Sixpence (Noel Coward Theatre); Shrek the Musical (UK Tour); Dickens Abridged (Arts Theatre); Soho Cinders (Soho Theatre); Master Class (Vaudeville Theatre); Ex (Soho theatre); Butcher, Noises Off(Birmingham Old Rep); Invisible Man (Menier Chocolate Factory); His Dark Materials (National Tour); Jack and the Beanstalk (About Productions); Spamalot (Palace Theatre); Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz (Birmingham Rep); A Midsummer Nights Dream, Taming of the Shrew, Leonardo’s Last Supper, Two Gentlemen of Verona, High Society (New Shakespeare Company/ Regents Open Air); Cinderella (Oxford Playhouse); Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre).
Film and television includes: Bound, Love Soup and Torchwood.


Natalie Dew |OliviaDEW COLOUR
Theatre includes: Deposit and Fault Lines (Hampstead Theatre); Breaking the Code (Royal Exchange Theatre); Human Animals, The Internet is Serious Business and Rough Cuts (Royal Court); Bend it Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre); Twelfth Night (Liverpool Everyman Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre); Arab Nights (Metta Theatre) Rest Upon the Wind (A.M. Productions); Hamlet (Northern Broadsides); Arabian Nights (RSC); As You Like It (Dash Arts) Hansel and Gretel (Catherine Wheel Theatre Company) and Twelfth Night (The New Shakespeare Company).
Film and television: Peter Rabbit, We Can Be Heroes, Bodyguard, Casualty, Kiri and Gavin and Stacey.



Martyn Ellis | Sir Toby Belch
Theatre includes: My Fair Lady (Teatro di San Carlo); Carousel (English National Opera); Wicked (Apollo Victoria); My Fair Lady (Sheffield Crucible); One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre, West End and Broadway); Aspects of Love (Menier Chocolate Factory); The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre); Guys and Dolls(Piccadilly Theatre); Grand Hotel (Donmar Warehouse); The Lion King (Original London Cast-Lyceum Theatre); Lennon (Astoria Theatre); and Les Miserables (Palace Theatre).
Film and Television includes:  Catch 22, The Romanoffs, Decline and Fall, Father Brown, Harley and the Davidsons, The Last Kingdom, Agatha Raisin, Jonathan Strange and Mr.Norrell, The Smoke, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Doctors, Christmas Eve, Agent Cody Banks 2 and A Christmas Carol.

Gbemisola Ikumelo | MariaGbemisola Ikumelo
Theatre Includes: Our Country’s Good (UK Tour); Oliver Twist (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Snow White (Mercury Theatre); The New Nigerians (Arcola Theatre); The Night Watch (the Royal Exchange); Little Shop of Horrors (Salisbury Playhouse); Hopelessly Devoted (Paines Plough Tour/Tricycle Theatre/Birmingham Rep); The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre); The Coloured Museum (Talawa); Death & The Kings Horseman (National Theatre); Duck (Unicorn Theatre); God is a DJ (Theatre Centre); RENT (English Theatre of Frankfurt); and The Bat (The New Vic Theatre).
Film and Television: Cocktail, Famalam, SunnyD, Broadchurch, One Night, What’s Your News, Holby City and Black Britain.




Jyuddah Jaymes | Sebastian
Theatre includes: The Taming of the Shrew, The Wizard of Oz, Jason and the Argonauts, Little Baby Jesus, Blue/Orange, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Under Milk Wood, The Seagull, The Beaux Strategem, The Merchant of Venice, Our Country’s Good and The Garden Hop (Bristol Old Vic).
Film and television includes: Clique and Wedding Snaps.



Jonathan Livingstone | AntonioJonathan Livingstone
Young Vic includes: Now We Are Here
Theatre includes: Machinal (Almeida Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe); Our Country’s Good, Treasure Island, War Horse (National Theatre); White Hot and Weak (Old Vic New Voices Festival); Superior Donuts (Southwark Playhouse); Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Cheek By Jowl); The Taming of the Shrew (RSC); Pocket Comedy, Pocket Dream, Merchant of Venice, Midsummer Nights Dream  (Propeller) 7 New Plays By Young Writers (Kids Company and National Theatre); Pandora (Giant Theatre Company/ Arcola); Alice In The Walled Garden (Brockwell Park); Ignition 2 (Royal Court Upstairs).
Film and Television includes: Still Life, Chewing Gum and Holby City.


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Theatre includes: As You Like It (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Rose Theatre); Dr Seuss’ The Lorax (The Old Vic/Royal Alexandra Theatre Toronto); Forty Years On (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Emperor and the Nightingale (Theatre by the Lake); The Go Between (Apollo Theatre); Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre); Jack and the Beanstalk (The Production Exchange, Key Theatre).
Film includes: Benjamin.



Rupert Young | OrsinoHeadshot - Rupert Young
Theatre includes: Gaslight (UK Tour); While the Sun Shines (Theatre Royal Bath), The Philanderer (Orange Tree Theatre); High Society (Old Vic); Tonight at 8:30 (Nuffield Theatre & Tour); Company (Southwark Playhouse); Much Ado About Nothing (Globe Theatre); Afterlife, Never So Good (National Theatre); French Without Tears (English Touring theatre); Sleeping Beauty (Salisbury Playhouse); Cymbeline, H.M.S Pinafore and Twelfth Night (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre);and Comedy of Errors (Wild Tyme).
Film and Television includes: The Bisexual, Will, Good Karma Hospital, Writers Retreat, Dirty Filthy Love, People Just Do Nothing, the White Queen, Merlin (Series II-V), Shameless, Hotel Babylon, Primeval, Heartbreak, Vital Signs, Foyles War, Doc Martin and Island At War.


Twelfth Night runs from 2 October – 17 November 2018 in the Young Vic’s Main House. Book your tickets here

The Jungle wins at South Bank Awards 2018

jungle award

We’re incredibly proud and excited to announce that The Jungle has won the theatre category at the South Bank Awards 2018! A huge congratulations to everyone that has worked on this brilliant production.

The Jungle premiered with a sold-out run at the Young Vic last year and is now playing at the Playhouse Theatre until 3rd November 2018. Tickets are available to book here.

YV Blind Date – Tanvi & Angela – 💘 – “I walked into a wall after we said goodbye”


We set Angela and Tanvi up on a blind date on Valentine’s day at The Cut Bar & Restaurant before watching The Brothers SizeWe caught up with them afterwards to see if love was in the air…

Tanvi on Angela:

What were you hoping for?
A romantic Valentine’s evening!

First impressions?
I thought she was extremely pretty, and clearly intellectual as I found her reading a book on social theory in the bar when I arrived…

What did you drink in The Cut Bar and was it a good place for pre-theatre mingling?
I had a glass of red, and The Cut had a great buzz to it.

What did you talk about before the show?
What other shows and movies we’d seen recently, our university pasts and jobs.

Any awkward moments?
I walked into a wall after we said goodbye at the station but I’m hoping she didn’t notice.

Describe them in 3 words.
Classy, switched-on, mysterious.

What did you think of The Brothers Size – and was it a good date night play?
Absolutely loved it – made us both laugh and we were transfixed throughout – was particularly nice to see it on its last day as the cast were clearly ending on a high.

Tell us about your date using as many emojis as you like.

What star rating would you give the evening?
5 stars – being sat next to Riz Ahmed for the duration of post-show dinner was the cherry on the cake!

Would you meet again?
I’d be up for doing something again..


Angela on Tanvi:

First impressions?
Very pretty.

What did you drink in The Cut Bar and was it a good place for pre-theatre mingling?
Glass of the house white. I’m a big fan of The Cut. And we had dinner after as well!

What did you talk about before the show?
Theatre, the Young Vic, Moonlight.

Any awkward moments?
A colleague from work was also at the play which was a funny coincidence.

Describe them in 3 words.
Sweet. Funny. Smart.

What did you think of The Brothers Size – and was it a good date night play?
If you are both fans of Moonlight and the playwright then yes–which we both were! I really liked The Brothers Size–I’d like to read it to pore over the text.

Tell us about your date using as many emojis as you like.

What star rating would you give the evening?

Would you meet again?
Absolutely as theatre companions–let’s see.

Interested in doing #YVBlindDate in future? Let us know if you would apply at

Genesis announcement: Meet our new Genesis fellow and cast for Winter

Nadia Latif named Young Vic Genesis Fellow

We are excited to announce that Writer and director Nadia Latif has been named the next Genesis Fellow at the Young Vic.

Nadia Latif

Nadia Latif is a theatre maker and film director. She trained as a director under William Gaskill at RADA and has worked since then exclusively in new writing. Nadia has worked for buildings and companies including the Almeida, RSC, National Theatre, Bush, Arcola, Theatre503 and Headlong.

She is currently developing a slate of short and feature-length films, the first of which (White Girl) starts production in spring. Nadia also occasionally writes articles that focus on race, gender and popular culture. She is also writing a book of essays examining the creative, cultural and social experiences of being a black woman.

In 2015 Nadia co-created Homegrown with Omar El-Khairy. The play was shut down half way through the rehearsal period after police intervention. In 2017, Homegrown was published in full.

The Genesis Fellowship, a one-year grant supported by the Genesis Foundation, enables the recipient to develop their craft as a theatre director whilst working closely with the Young Vic’s Artistic Director. Opportunities whilst in post include supporting the theatre’s programming and artistic planning, contributing to the work of the Young Vic’s Directors Program and mentoring Genesis Future Directors Award recipients. The Genesis Foundation supports the Genesis Fellowship, the Genesis Directors Network and the Genesis Future Directors Award at the Young Vic.

Nadia Latif said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the Young Vic at such an exciting time. I’m really looking forward to helping to continue the theatre’s tradition of telling a wide range of stories by different artists to an engaged and diverse audience.”

Nadia’s tenure as Genesis Fellow begins on Monday 29 January 2018.


Casting for Winter announced: Jonathan Cullen and Maisie Greenwood

We’re thrilled to announce casting for Winter which runs in the Young Vic’s Clare studio from – 

Jonathan Cullen and Maisie Greenwood make up the cast of Winter by Jon Fosse. Directed by Genesis Future Director Award recipient John R. Wikinson, Winter tells the story of an ordinary businessman who meets a volatile stranger in a park. What starts as an innocent encounter leads to a series of enduring consequences. Every performance of Winter will be audio described with one captioned performance.

Jonathan CullenJonathan Cullen | Man

Young Vic includes: Our Country’s Good

Theatre includes:  Address Unknown (Soho Theatre); Table, Love the Sinner, Happy Now, Market Boy, Albert Speer (National Theatre), Dr Faustus (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Stone, Nightsongs, Talking to Terrorists, Our Late Night (Royal Court); When the Rain Stops Falling (Almeida); State of Emergency (Gate Theatre) and Equus (Gielgud Theatre)

TV includes: Jo, Outnumbered ,Crossing the Floor, Henry IV, Midsomer Murders, The Echo and The Innocents

Film includes: London Boulevard, Finding Neverland and Fred Claus

Maisie Greenwood

Maisie Greenwood | Woman

Theatre includes: In the Pink (Courtyard Theatre); Holiday Humour (Phoenix Arts Club); Is the Noise In My Head Bothering You? (Cockpit); Tether (Underbelly); Built in Belfast (The Black-E Centre); Macbeth (London Welsh Centre)

Film includes: The Grad Film, Like Mother Unlike Daughter and Seams of the World


11 Questions with the cast of The Jungle | Mohamed Sarrar

We sat down with Mohamed Sarrar who plays Omar in  The Jungle here at the Young Vic. Mohamed, who is originally from Sudan, came through the Calais “Jungle” before successfully making the crossing to the UK. A drummer and singer, he took part in Good Chance Theatre’s programme while there and since coming to the UK has performed in The Welcoming Party at Manchester International Festival and Borderline at the Brighton fringe.

1. Can you describe your character in The Jungle in three words?

Musical, energetic, soulful.

2.  What’s the most exciting thing about being part of this particular Young Vic production?

Being on the Young Vic stage and being able to tell people about the refugee crisis.

3. How do you think this show will make audiences feel?

Hopefully audiences will feel closer to the crisis – and be inspired to help in their own small way.

4. Did you do anything unusual to prepare for this role?

I spent time in the Jungle camp so I didn’t need to prepare as I’d already lived there!

5. What was it like working with Good Chance Theatre?

I have always loved working with Good Chance Theatre, since the first time I found them. They treat refugees as humans. It’s an honour for me to work with them.

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

Having a chat with the other performers and doing some humming as a vocal warm up.

Ammar Haj Ahmad (Safi) and Nahel Tzegai (Helene) in The Jungle at the Young Vic © Leon Puplett.jpg

Ammar Haj Ahmad (Safi) and Nahel Tzegai (Helene) in The Jungle at the Young Vic © Leon Puplett.

7. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Not to lose touch with anyone who was kind to you.

8. Who is your ultimate hero and what would you say to them if you ever met them?

I don’t have a specific one!

9. What is your favourite play (that you’ve seen / read / worked on)?

It’s actually a play I saw at the Young Vic – A Man of Good Hope.

10. What is the last thing that made you laugh out loud.

This really funny Arabic joke about a pen – I can’t tell you it.

11. Confession time. This is a safe space: tell us something that you’ve never told anyone before.

Back home in Sudan, I fell in love with my Chemistry teacher, so I deliberately left the answers blank on my exam so my family would get me tutoring with her. If my dad found out he’d be very angry!

The Jungle runs until 9 Jan. Find out more about the production here. Tickets are sold out but you are welcome to queue for returns on the day. 

Casting announcement: meet the cast of The Brothers Size

We’re excited to announce casting for The Brothers Size which runs in the Young Vic’s Main House from  – 

Sope DirisuSope Dirisu makes his Young Vic debut in The Brothers Size.

Theatre includes: Coriolanus, Pericles (RSC); One Night In Miami (Donmar); The Whipping Man (Theatre Royal Plymouth); Tory Boyz, Romeo and Juliet (West End for National Youth Theatre) and Prince Of Denmark, Our Days Of Rage, Tory Boyz (National Youth Theatre).

Television includes: Next of Kin, Five By Five, The Halcyon, Black Mirror, Undercover, Siblings, Humans, The Casual Vacancy, The Mill and Utopia.

Film includes: Sand Castle, The Huntsman: Winter’s War and Criminal

Jonathan AjayiJonathan Ajayi makes his Young Vic debut in The Brothers Size.

Theatre includes: A Midsummer Nights Dream in New Orleans (The Arts Theatre), Sucker Punch, Port, Duchess of Malfi, A New Brain, Lady from the Sea (LAMDA).

Film includes: Hallelujah.



Anthony WelshAnthony Welsh returns to the Young Vic after appearing dirty butterfly, Blackta and the original production of The Brothers Size in 2007.

Theatre includes: Barber Shop Chronicles, Nut (National Theatre); The Merchant of Venice (Almeida); Precious Little Talent, Lower Ninth (Trafalgar Studios); Sucker Punch (Royal Court); Pornography (Tricycle Theatre & Tour).

Television includes: Black Mirror: Crocodile, Fleabag, The Secrets, Life’s Too Short, Top Boy, Holby City and The Bill.

Film includes: The Arrival, Ibiza, Journeyman, Sand Castle, The Girl With All The Gifts, Second Coming, Starred Up, Dirty Money, My Brother The Devil and Comes A Bright Day.

The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney is directed by Bijan Sheibani, designed by Patrick Burnier with live music and sound design by Manuel Pinheiro. A co-production with Actors Touring Company.

Find out more about the show and book your tickets here.