Young Vic announces plans for two major Taking Part initiatives made for and with our local community

The Young Vic today announces its plans for two major Taking Part initiatives, delivering the Taking Part core mission of creating the highest quality work for and with the local community.

YV Unpacked: She Ventures and He Wins

Following the success of YV: Unpacked Spring Awakening in 2018, Young Vic Taking Part will tour the groundbreaking play, She Ventures and He Wins, to spaces in the local boroughs, including community venues, prisons, elderly care homes, homeless shelters and rehabilitation centres, bringing theatre to those who would not otherwise easily have access to it.

She Ventures and He Wins was written in the late 17th century by one of the earliest known female playwrights, ‘Ariadne’, and iscredited with starting the great theatrical tradition of cross-dressing.

YV Unpacked: She Ventures and He Wins is directed by Sasha Milavic Davies, with musical direction and original composition by Joseph Atkins.

Full cast includes Robert Jackson, Lucy Jane Parkinson, Boadicea Ricketts, Caleb Roberts, Elexi Walker and Arthur Wilson.

The tour will conclude with a public performance run at the Young Vic, 9 – 14 December 2019, with tickets on sale today.

https://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/she-ventures-and-he-wins

TWENTY TWENTY

In November 2019, Young Vic Taking Part launches TWENTY TWENTY, a year-long project to form sustained, meaningful creative relationships with three extraordinary organisations working within the Lambeth and Southwark community: Blackfriars Settlement, Certitude and Thames Reach.

The result of this 12 month collaboration will be three plays commissioned around the themes of Home, Heritage & History, to be performed in late 2020.

The TWENTY TWENTY plays will be written by Jasmine Lee Jones, Nessah Muthy and Tolani Shoneye, with direction by Milli Bhatia, Jade Lewis and Audrey Sheffield, and performed by community companies from Blackfriars Settlement, Certitude and Thames Reach.

The creative collaborators

Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director of the Young Vic, said: “Theatres have long been perceived as places that people come to, that people visit. The importance of the Taking Part team, and specifically the two extraordinary projects announced today, is that they recognise that this needs to be different if everyone is to have the option of theatre in their life. The community is the engine of the enterprise, and Taking Part fulfil completely the double meaning of their name; ‘Taking Part’ by staging participatory theatre with our communities, but also ‘Taking Part’ of the Young Vic magic out of this building, and serving everyone in our community with it.”

Find out more about TWENTY TWENTY: https://www.youngvic.org/taking-part/neighbourhood-theatre/twenty-twenty

Meet Caitriona Shoobridge | Director of Ivan and the Dogs

Genesis Future Directors Award winner Caitriona Shoobridge has recently directed Hattie Naylor’s Ivan and the Dogs which runs in The Clare studio until 20 July.

This one-person play with Alex Austin as Ivan explores the need for kindness and trust in the face of adversity.

We sat down with Cat to find out more about her career and her Young Vic debut.

Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get into directing?

I belonged to a youth theatre from quite a young age and just became obsessed with theatre. I didn’t really find my ‘thing’ at school and so didn’t do higher education but theatre I always kept coming back to. It’s been the constant thing in my life and has opened my eyes to many different worlds, cultures and possibilities. 

What do you love about the play ‘Ivan and the Dogs’ by Hattie Naylor?

It is such an extraordinarily unique piece of writing. My favourite thing about it is that it feels both ancient and familiar to us as fairytales do but at the same time is also incredibly pertinent to the world right now. 

Alex Austin in Ivan and the Dogs. Designer Basia Bińkowska. Lighting Designer Elliot Griggs. Photo by Anthony Lee

Can you describe Ivan and the Dogs in just 5 words?

No, it is too epic!

What has been your best moment while directing this show?

I don’t think I can pick out a single moment as the whole journey from start to finish has been brilliant. One of my favourite things about making it has been collaborating with an extraordinary creative team and company. That has been pure joy. 

The sound design is really integral part of this production. Can you tell us more about that? Who are the voices we can hear?

Yeah, there are 19 offstage characters that Ivan encounters in his story who are given to us in a soundscape in Russian dialogue. We used the idea of the soundscape as the central part of the concept for design and thought; what is the most we can do with this? What if we made the entire world from sound?

Have you learnt anything new from this experience?

There are so many things! A big one is definitely having a creative team around you that you trust to share your biggest ideas with and who you can take a risk with. Another would be holding your nerve when executing that idea. And finally the ability to zoom out from it at the end of the process and understand that your work consists of everything you’ve done on the journey and not just what happens on the night. 

Alex Austin in Ivan and the Dogs. Photo by Anthony Lee.

What are your top tips for anybody reading this who is interested in becoming a director?

Really think about who you are as person and what you as an individual you bring to your work. I find that theatres are only interested in finding out who you are and not listening to what you may think they want to hear. Oh and join the Young Vic Directors Program!

Tell us about how it felt to be a 2019 Genesis Foundation Future Directors Award Recipient? 

Best feeling ever.

What has it been like working at the Young Vic? What’s been your favourite part?

The Young Vic is undoubtedly one of my favourite theatres. It’s incredibly supportive of emerging directors from the core artistic team to production to front of house everyone is brilliant and there’s something to learn from everyone. I’ll remember this experience for a long time. 

What are you looking forward to doing after this production?

Spending time with my daughters and hopefully making another one? 

Ivan and the Dogs runs at the Young Vic until 20th July. Availability is limited but returns are released online. A returns queue is open from one hour before each performance.

Director Caitriona Shoobridge
Designer  Basia Bińkowska
Lighting Designer  Elliot Griggs
Sound Designer  Xana
Casting Director  Lotte Hines
Movement Director  Natasha Nixon
Voice Coach Anne-Marie Speed
Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Directors Tian Brown-Sampson, Grace Duggan


With Alex Austin

A statement on behalf of Green Door Pictures, Manchester International Festival (MIF) and the Young Vic

Issued on behalf of Green Door Pictures, Manchester International Festival (MIF) and the Young Vic:

We are deeply saddened to read Tori Allen-Martin and Sarah Henley’s article published today online. Tree is a new work, based on a concept by Idris Elba with an original script by Kwame Kwei-Armah. 

It is a fact that Green Door Pictures, MIF and the Young Vic are passionate about supporting and nurturing emerging talent within the creative industry from the widest variety of backgrounds and we are committed to ensuring fair representation on stage and behind the scenes. Tori Allen-Martin and Sarah Henley acknowledge in their article that it is common practice to workshop theatrical projects during their development, as with this project. Whilst we appreciate that they were involved in exploring ideas for a project based on Idris’ original concept, the truth of the matter is that MIF and Green Door did not feel their proposed direction was artistically viable. It was decided by these producers that the show needed to go in a very different direction with a new writer attached, using Idris Elba’s original concept as the starting point. Several offers were made to Tori Allen-Martin and Sarah Henley to discuss the future of the show, and how the producers could continue working with them, which they declined. 

John McGrath, Artistic Director and CEO of MIF said: “Kwame came on board as director and writer of Tree at the invitation of Idris and MIF. His involvement has been characterised by the integrity and creativity for which he is widely known. His script for Tree is entirely his creation and is, in my opinion, a resonant and exciting response to the themes of Idris’s Mi Mandela album.”

Idris Elba created Green Door to champion diversity of thought and offer opportunities to gifted filmmakers from across all genres, race and gender. His two TV projects boast a 50-75% split in the writers’ room in favour of female writers, as well as an extremely diverse group ranging from British Ghanaian to West Indian and Asian. Kwame Kwei-Armah’s career in theatre, up to and including the season he has just announced for 2020 at the YV is testament to his passion and drive to support and nurture a diverse range of talent: the Young Vic Director’s Program is dedicated to nurturing and supporting emerging talent – every day a different artist from the program joined the Tree rehearsal room. His upcoming programmed work at the Young Vic champions some excellent female writers and directors. 

It is not accepted that, by moving the project in a different direction and commissioning Kwame Kwei-Armah to write a brand new script based on Idris Elba’s original concept, there has been a breach of any legal obligations owed to Tori Allen-Martin and Sarah Henley’s original workshop contract. Despite attempts by the producers to resolve the issue with them, they decided to instruct solicitors. Efforts then continued through the parties’ lawyers to reach a compromise, which included the offer of a credit and an additional payment to acknowledge their initial involvement in the project. These proposals were made in spite of that fact that the claims by Tori Allen-Martin and Sarah Henley have no legal basis, and were made only in the spirit of reaching a compromise. It is simply not the case that the attempts to resolve the concerns which Tori Allen-Martin and Sarah Henley have raised were an attempt to ‘buy them off’ and it is therefore disappointing that they have characterised the position in this way.

As stated in the foreword of the Tree programme, the producers are grateful to Tori Allen-Martin and Sarah Henley for the work they did on the initial workshops for the show, alongside all the other actors, creatives and producers who have contributed to the show along its journey. 

Tree | In the rehearsal room

Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah’s electrifying new blend of drama, music and dance follows one man’s journey into the heart and soul of contemporary South Africa – with the audience at the centre of the action.

Take a look inside the rehearsal room with these photos by Marc Brenner.

Tree premieres at Manchester International Festival later this month before coming to the Young Vic from 29 July 2019. Find out more and book now.

Cast includes Christian Bradley, Lucy Briggs-Owen, Sinéad Cusack, Kurt Egyiawan, Alfred Enoch, Anna-Kay Alicia Gayle, Joan Iyiola, Anthony Matsena, Daniella May, Patrice Naiambana, Mbulelo Ndabeni, Stefan Sinclair and Andile Sotiya.

Sinéad Cusack and Alfred Enoch
Director Kwame Kwei-Armah and Choreographer Gregory Maqoma
Mbulelo Ndabeni and Anthony Matsena
Kurt Egyiawan and Lucy Briggs-Owen
Daniella May and Sinéad Cusack
Patrice Naiambana
Christian Bradley and choreographer Gregory Maqoma
Alfred Enoch
Anthony Matsena, Anna-Kay Alicia Gayle and Christian Bradley
Joan Iyiola

Tree premieres at Manchester International Festival later this month before coming to the Young Vic from 29 July 2019. Find out more and book now.

Photos by Marc Brenner.

Bronx Gothic | Production Photos

Part theatre, part dance and part visual art installation, Okwui Okpokwasili’s Bronx Gothic delves into her memories of growing up in the Bronx, before emerging into a breathtaking exploration of girlhood. Directed by Peter Born.

This UK premiere is now running at the Young Vic until 29 June.
Book tickets now from just £10.

Photography credit and copyright: Helen Murray

Bronx Gothic is now running at the Young Vic until 29 June. Book tickets from £10.

11 Olivier Award Nominations for the Young Vic

We’re thrilled to be celebrating a massive 11 nominations for Young Vic productions in the 2019 Olivier Awards 🎉

Congratulations to all of the nominees – and a huge shout out to everyone involved in bringing all of our productions to the Young Vic stages. You’re all winners to us!

The Inheritance
8 Olivier Award Nominations

Best New Play
Matthew Lopez

Best Director
Stephen Daldry

Best Actor
Kyle Soller

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Vanessa Redgrave

Best Set Design
Bob Crowley

Best Sound Design
Paul Arditti & Christopher Reid

Best Lighting Design
Jon Clark

Outstanding Achievement in Music
Composer: Paul Englishby

Fun Home
3 Olivier Award Nominations

Best New Musical

Best Actor in a Musical – Zubin Varla

Outstanding Achievement in Music
Composer: Jeanine Tesori
Lyricist/Bookwriter: Lisa Kron

The Olivier Award winners are announced Sunday 7 April at the Royal Albert Hall, hosted by Jason Manford.

Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train | Production Photos

Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train by Stephen Adly Guirgis is now running at the Young Vic until 30 March directed by Kate Hewitt. Book tickets from £10.

With Oberon K. A. AdjepongMatthew DouglasDervla KirwanUkweli Roach and Joplin Sibtain

Set Designer Magda Willi
Costume Designer Kinnetia Isidore
Lighting Designer Guy Hoare
Photographer Johan Persson

Ukweli Roach as Angel Cruz and Dervla Kirwan as Mary Jane Hanrahan
Oberon K. A. Adjepong as Lucius Jenkins and Joplin Sibtain as Valdez
Ukweli Roach as Angel Cruz
Dervla Kirwan as Mary Jane Hanrahan
Oberon K. A. Adjepong as Lucius Jenkins and Joplin Sibtain as Valdez
Matthew Douglas as Charlie D’Amico and Oberon K. A. Adjepong as Lucius Jenkins
Ukweli Roach as Angel Cruz and Dervla Kirwan as Mary Jane Hanrahan
Joplin Sibtain as Valdez
Dervla Kirwan as Mary Jane Hanrahan
Oberon K. A. Adjepong as Lucius Jenkins and Joplin Sibtain as Valdez
Matthew Douglas as Charlie D’Amico

Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train by Stephen Adly Guirgis is now running at the Young Vic until 30 March directed by Kate Hewitt. Book tickets from £10.

Set Designer Magda Willi
Costume Designer Kinnetia Isidore
Lighting Designer Guy Hoare

Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle

Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle

Some of the finest British actors, writers and directors, each with a personal connection to the Windrush story, tell the story of the Afro-Caribbean community in modern-day Britain through a series of monologues to broadcast on BBC FOUR from Sunday 17 Feb at 10pm.

Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle is a Young Vic co-production with Douglas Road Productions, in collaboration with BBC ARTS.

Set in the front room of an Afro-Caribbean home, the series explores the highs and lows of one family from the 1940s to the present day through their hopes and desires, challenges and shattered dreams.

Curated by Young Vic Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah , the series of eight 15-minute monologues is led by four female directors and has been developed by eight leading British writers.

Can love overcome fear? Can perseverance overcome ignorance and racism? What does it cost to belong? Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle challenges our collective understanding of what it means to be part of the Afro-Caribbean community in modern-day Britain.

Danielle Vitalis as Eustice in Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle

Eunice arrives into 1940s England full of hope and ambition, and we follow her dynasty across leaps of a decade to the present day. Each self-contained monologue links to the original arrival of the enthusiastic, young nurse. We hear of Eunice’s baby, conceived out of wedlock with a runaway white doctor, and of Cyrus – her knight in shiny overalls – who offers his heart and loyalty by agreeing to marry her and put his name on the child’s birth certificate, despite the fact that Eunice doesn’t love him.

“Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle is a wonderful entry point for anyone who wishes to take the psychic temperature of a diaspora generation. I’m proud to be associated with this project and I hope you enjoy it. We tell these stories because they are a gateway to understanding for our children.” – Sir Lenny Henry

Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director of the Young Vic theatre, brings together some of the finest British actors, writers and directors, each with a personal connection to the Windrush story, to tell the tale through a series of deeply emotive monologues.

The impressive cast of nine includes Vinette Robinson (Black Mirror, Doctor Who, Sherlock) as Yvonne; Sir Lenny Henry (The Long Song, Broadchurch) as the older Cyrus; and Montserrat Lombard (Upstart Crow, Ashes To Ashes, Love Soup) in the role of Samantha.

Gamba Cole as Malcolm and Elliot Barnes-Worrell as David
Gamba Cole as Malcolm and Elliot Barnes-Worrell as David

A number of rising stars feature in the younger roles: Danielle Vitalis (Attack the Block, Youngers, Afro Punk Girl) as Eunice; Clifford Samuel (McMafia, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and A Guide For The Homesick) as young Cyrus; Gamba Cole (Damilola: Our Loved Boy, Guerilla, Lucky Man) as Malcolm and Elliot Barnes-Worrell (Poirot, Jericho, Ready Player One) as David. Whilst, Jonathan Jules (Invasion Earth, The Battle Within, Dave Allen at Peace) plays the role of Kev, and, Olivia-Mai Barrett (Disney’s Alex & Co, Penny on MARS) is Michaela.

“This has been an incredibly personal project for me: as a storyteller I’ve felt a huge sense of responsibility in exploring this history. Having the chance to honour my late parents and the pioneering Windrush immigrants – as a generation begins to slip away – has felt incredibly moving. I hope that the series will draw viewers to question their own story and how we collectively move forward.” –
Kwame Kwei-Armah

The team of leading writers for television and stage includes Carmen Harris (EastEnders, The Crouches, Family Affairs); Angie Le Mar (Funny Black Women On The Edge, The Brothers, Forty); Roy Williams (Clubland, Sucker Punch); Juliet Gilkes Romero (RSC The Whip, Best Play Award at Writers’ Guild); and Carol Russell (House of Usher, Comin’Atcha, The Story Of Tracy Beaker). With a number of actors composing scripts: Clint Dyer (Royal Court Theatre, Scala Films, Theatre Royal Stratford); Nathaniel Martello-White (Royal Court, Young Vic), and Kwame Kwei-Armah (Artistic Director, the Young Vic).

Vinette Robinson (Black Mirror, Doctor Who, Sherlock) as Yvonne
Vinette Robinson (Black Mirror, Doctor Who, Sherlock) as Yvonne

The all-female team of directors are led by Bafta Award-winning writer-director Tinge Krishnan (Been So Long, The Exorcist TV series), and includes 2013 London Film Festival Best British Newcomer Destiny Ekaragha (Silent Witness, Gone Too Far); Christiana Ebohon-Green (Holby City, Eastenders, Doctors); and Dionne Edwards (We Love Moses, That Girl).

Lamia Dabboussy, BBC Arts, says: “Following the success of Queers and Snatches, it’s fantastic to once again bring television and theatre together in this way, supporting established as well as emerging writers, directors and producers to deliver this highly moving series of stories. It’s been wonderful to work in partnership with the Young Vic theatre and Douglas Road Productions in making this a reality.”

Kwame Kwei-Armah and Sir Lenny Henry
Kwame Kwei-Armah and Sir Lenny Henry

Inspired by Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle, join Sir Lenny Henry, Kwame Kwei-Armah and host Afua Hirsch for an evening of lively discussion about the Windrush generation, Afro-Caribbean culture and heritage, and ideas around identity in Britain today. Find out more.

You can watch the series on BBC FOUR from Sunday 17 to Wednesday 20 February at 10pm each evening, or catch up later on BBC iPlayer.

Wild East | Production Photos 📸

Take your first look at April De Angelis’ outlandish and surreal Wild East which is currently running in The Clare studio directed by Genesis Foundation Award Winner Lekan Lawal.

Frank is nervous, his interview with Dr Jacqueline Pitt and Dr Marcia Gray is about to begin. If he can do this, it’s his ticket back to Russia.

Wild East is now running until 16 Feb. Tickets are sold out but any returns will be released online. We are operating a returns queue from 1 hour before each performance. Find out more.

Director Lekan Lewal
Designer Sarah Beaton
Lighting Designer Amy Mae
Photography Gabriel Mokake

With Lucy Briers, Kemi-Bo Jacobs and Zach Wyatt

Lucy Briers, Zach Wyatt & Kemi-Bo Jacobs in Wild East at the Young Vic. Photo by Gabriel Mokake.
Kemi-Bo Jacobs & Lucy Briers in Wild East at the Young Vic. Photo by Gabriel Mokake.
Zach Wyatt in Wild East at the Young Vic. Photo by Gabriel Mokake.
Zach Wyatt, Lucy Briers & Kemi-Bo Jacobs in Wild East at the Young Vic. Photo by Gabriel Mokake.
Kemi-Bo Jacobs & Zach Wyatt in Wild East at the Young Vic. Photo by Gabriel Mokake.
Kemi-Bo Jacobs & Lucy Briers in Wild East at the Young Vic. Photo by Gabriel Mokake.
(l to r) Zach Wyatt, Lucy Briers & Kemi-Bo Jacobs in Wild East at the Young Vic. Photo by Gabriel Mokake.
Lucy Briers in Wild East at the Young Vic. Photo by Gabriel Mokake.
Kemi-Bo Jacobs in Wild East at the Young Vic. Photo by Gabriel Mokake.

Wild East is running at the Young Vic until 16 Feb directed by Genesis Foundation Award Winner Lekan Lawal.

Full cast announced for Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman

Artistic Director of the Young Vic, Kwame Kwei-Armah, today announces the full cast for Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, a co-production with Elliott & Harper Productions and Cindy Tolan.

Following her recent award winning success on Company and Angels in America, Marianne Elliott will co-direct this production with Miranda Cromwell, who worked as Associate Director on both of those shows. 

Wendell Pierce (making his UK stage debut as Willy Loman), Sharon D. Clarke (Linda Loman) and Arinzé Kene (Biff Loman) will be joined by Ian Bonar (Bernard), Trevor Cooper (Charley), Martins Imhangbe (Happy Loman), Joseph Mydell (Ben Loman), Nenda Neurer (Letta), Jennifer Saayeng (Miss Forsythe), Matthew Seadon-Young (Howard Wagner and Stanley) and Maggie Service (The Woman and Jenny) in the production, which opens on 9 May, with previews from 1 May.

“I don’t say he’s a great man…but he’s a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. He’s not to be allowed to fall in his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must finally be paid to such a person.”

Directed by Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell, Design by Anna Fleischle, Lighting Design by Aideen Malone, Sound Design by Carolyn Downing and Casting by Charlotte Sutton CDG.

Arthur Miller (1915-2005) was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan.  His plays include All My SonsDeath of a SalesmanThe CrucibleA View from the BridgeAfter the FallIncident at VichyThe American ClockBroken GlassMr. Peters’ Connections, and Resurrection Blues. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1949. Other works include the novel Focus, the screenplay The Misfits, the memoir Timebends, and texts for the books In RussiaIn the Country, and Chinese Encounters, in collaboration with his wife, photographer Inge Morath.Newly published collections include CollectedEssays and Presence: Collected Stories.

Ian Bonar returns to the Young Vic toplay Bernard. Previous theatre credits for the Young Vic include Ma Vie en Rose. His other theatre credits include Jellyfish (Bush Theatre), Be Prepared (Edinburgh Festival Fringe/VAULT Festival), Arden of FavershamThe Witch of EdmontonThe Roaring Girl (RSC), The Blackest Black (Hampstead Theatre), Brilliant Adventures (Royal Exchange Theatre), Me as a Penguin (Arcola Theatre), and DNA and The Miracle (National Theatre). His television credits include Damilola: Our Loved Boy, New BloodHoly Flying Circus, and Going Postal; and for film, Interlude in Prague, SpectreSkyfall, Kon-TikiStarter for 101234Atonement, and How to Lose Friends & Alienate People.

Sharon D. Clarke plays Linda Loman. Her theatre credits include Caroline, Or Change (Chichester Festival Theatre/Hampstead Theatre/Playhouse Theatre), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Amen Corner – for which she won an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress (National Theatre), Ghost The Musical (Piccadilly Theatre), The Life (Southwark Playhouse), Porgy and Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre) and the forthcoming Blues in the Night at Kiln Theatre. Her television credits include as series regular Lola Griffin in Holby City, Doctor Who, Informer and Flowers; and for film, Tau, The Darkest Universe, Sugarhouse, Secret Society and Beautiful People.

Trevor Cooper plays Charley. His theatre credits include An Enemy of the People, Heartbreak House (Chichester Festival Theatre), Chimerica (Almeida Theatre/Harold Pinter Theatre), All That Fall (Arts Theatre/59E59, New York), King Lear (Tobacco Factory Theatre), There is a War, The Swan, Playing with Fire (National Theatre), House of Games, Measure for Measure, Awake and Sing, The Late Henry Moss (Almeida Theatre), Arcadia (Duke of York’s Theatre), By the Bog of Cats (Wyndham’s Theatre),and The Lieutenant of Inishmore, King John and The Prisoner’s Dilemma (RSC). His television credits include as series regular Sergeant Woolf in Call the Midwife andLen Clifton in This Country, The Windsors, Wolfblood, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, Ballot Monkeys, Wizards vs. Aliens, Murphy’s Law and Tess of the D’Urbervilles; and for film, Postcards from London, Crooked House, A Quiet Passion, Happy-Go-Lucky, Until Death, Dear Wendy and Vanity Fair.

Martins Imhangbe plays Happy Loman. His theatre credits include The Tragedy of King Richard II (Almeida Theatre), An Adventure, The Royale (Bush Theatre), Absolute Hell, The Barbershop Chronicles (National Theatre), Luce (Southwark Playhouse), Octagon (Arcola Theatre), The Skriker (Royal Exchange Theatre), Lionboy (Complicite UK/international tour), Romeo and Juliet (Orange Tree Theatre), and A Human Being Died that Night (Hampstead Theatre).

Arinzé Kene returns to the Young Vic toplay Biff Loman. Previous theatre credits for the Young Vic include Been So Long. His other theatre credits include Misty – also written by Kene (Bush Theatre/Trafalgar Studios), Girl from the North Country (The Old Vic / Noël Coward Theatre ), One Night in Miami (Donmar Warehouse), Decade (Headlong), The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre), Daddy Cool (Shaftesbury Theatre/international tour) and Torn (Arcola Theatre). As a playwright his credits include One Voice, Good Dog, God’s Property, Little Baby Jesus and Estate Walls. His television credits include The Long Song, Flack, Informer, Crazy Face, Our Girl and Youngers. His film credits include Been So Long, The Pass, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Freestyle.

Joseph Mydell returns to the Young Vic to play Ben Loman. Previous theatre credits for the Young Vic include A Season in the Congo and Elektra. His other credits include The Tragedy of King Richard II, Richard III (Almeida Theatre), Hamlet (RSC), The Comedy of Errors, Edmond, Angels in America ­– for which he won Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor (National Theatre), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Novello Theatre), Mother Christmas and Anna in the Tropics (Hampstead Theatre). His television credits include Mrs. Wilson, Homeland, The Missing and Space Precinct; and for film, Woman in Gold, Tonight You’re Mine and Mammoth.

Nenda Neurer plays Letta. She represented Rose Bruford at the 2017 Sam Wanamaker Festival, playing Vittoria in The White Devil. Her other theatre credits include White Teeth (Kiln Theatre), Jerusalem, The Borrowers (The Watermill Theatre) and Romeo and Juliet (Orange Tree Theatre).

Wendell Pierce plays Willy Loman. His theatre credits include Cost of Living (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Queenie Pie (Kennedy Center), The Piano Lesson (Walter Kerr Theatre), Serious Money (Royale Theater) and The Boys of Winter (Biltmore Theatre),  The Good Times are Killing Me (Minetta Lane Theatre), Tis a Pity She’s A Whore, Cymbeline, Two Gentleman of Verona (Joseph Papp Public Theater), The Cherry Orchard (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Broke-ology (Lincoln Center) and Fences (Pasadena Playhouse). Pierce is also a Tony Award winning producer of Clybourne Park. His television credits include as series regular Det. Bunk Moreland in The Wire, Robert Zane in Suits, Antoine Batiste in Treme, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Confirmation, Chicago PD, Unsolved, The Odd Couple, Ray Donovan, Advocate’s Devil, Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story, Strapped, Life Support and With Two Lumps of Ice; and for film, Selma, Horrible Bosses, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part Two, Parker, Lay the Favorite and One Last Thing – for which he won the Acting Award at the LA Film Festival.

Jennifer Saayeng plays Miss Forsythe. Her theatre credits include Caroline, Or Change (Chichester Festival Theatre), Ragtime (Charing Cross Theatre), Les Liaisons Dangereuses, City of Angels (Donmar Warehouse), The Etienne Sisters (Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Color Purple (Menier Chocolate Factory), A Long and Happy Life (Finborough Theatre), Ghost (Piccadilly Theatre) and Not Quite Gospel (Birmingham Rep). Her television credits include Emerald City, Vera and the forthcoming Summer of Rockets.

Matthew Seadon-Young plays Howard Wagner and Stanley. His theatre credits include Company (Gielgud Theatre), Assassins (Gate Theatre, Dublin), Big Fish (The Other Palace), Beautiful (Aldwych Theatre), Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace Theatre), Sweeney Todd (ENO), Urinetown (Apollo Theatre), The Architects (National Theatre), School for Scandal (Theatre Royal Bath), She Stoops to Conquer (National Theatre) and Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre). His film credits include Pride and Les Miserables.

Maggie Service plays The Woman and Jenny. Her theatre credits Annie Get Your Gun (Sheffield Theatres), Rules for Living, TABLE, Collaborators, Earthquakes in London, London Assurance (National Theatre), The Country Wife (Royal Exchange Theatre), A Flea in her Ear (The Old Vic), Well (Apollo Theatre) and Girl with a Pearl Earring (Theatre Royal Haymarket); and for film London Road.

Tony award winning Director Marianne Elliot

Marianne Elliott is Artistic Director of Elliott & Harper Productions, a company she founded in 2016 with producer Chris Harper. Her credits for the company include Company (Gielgud Theatre – winner of Evening Standard Award for Best Director and Critics Circle Award for Best Musical) and Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle (Wyndham’s Theatre). Her other directing credits include Angels in America (National Theatre/Neil Simon Theatre – winner of Olivier and Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play), co-direction of War Horse (National Theatre/New London Theatre/Vivian Beaumont Theater – winner of Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre/Apollo Theatre/Gielgud Theatre/Ethel Barrymore Theatre – Olivier and Tony Awards for Best Director), Saint Joan (National Theatre – Olivier Award for Best Revival, South Bank Show Award) and Pillars of the Community (National Theatre – Evening Standard Best Director Award).

Miranda Cromwell’s directing credits include Half Breed (Talawa Theatre/Soho Theatre/India tour), Magic Elves, Hey Diddle Diddle, Sense (Bristol Old Vic), Pigeon English (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), The Rest of Your Life (Bush Theatre) and Death and Treason (UK tour). As Associate Director to Marianne Elliott her credits include Company (Gielgud Theatre) and Angels in America (National Theatre/Neil Simon Theatre) and to Melly Still on Coram Boy (Colston Hall). As Assistant Director her credits include, Strife, An Enemy of the People (Chichester Festival Theatre), hang (Royal Court Theatre), and Swallows and Amazon and Faraway (Bristol Old Vic).

Death of a Salesman runs at the Young Vic from 1 May. Book tickets online now from £10.