The Brothers Size | Production Photos

The production photos are here for The Brothers Size. Get your first look at this long-awaited revival from the writer of the Oscar-winning film Moonlight, Tarell Alvin McCraney. The Brothers Size is directed by Bijan Sheibani.

The cast includes Jonathan Ajayi, Sope Dirisu, Manuel Pinheiro and Anthony Welsh.

After a spell in prison, two African-American brothers reunite through Yoruba mythology and live music.

Tickets are selling fast for this short run at the Young Vic. Book your tickets now.

Photos by Marc Brenner.

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The Brothers Size runs at the Young Vic until 14 February. Tickets are limited so book now.

The Brothers Size | Rehearsal Room Photos

Take a look behind-the-scenes as we go into rehearsal room of The Brothers Size ahead of previews opening next week here at the Young Vic.

Bijan Sheibani returns to direct this long-awaited revival from Tarell Alvin McCraney, the Oscar-winning writer of Moonlight, with Jonathan Ajayi, Sope Dirisu, Manuel Pinheiro and Anthony Welsh.

After a spell in prison, two African-American brothers reunite through Yoruba mythology and live music.

(LtoR) Anthony Welsh, Sope Dirisu and Jonathan Ajayi in rehearsal for The Brothers Size © Marc Brenner

Anthony Welsh, Sope Dirisu and Jonathan Ajayi in rehearsal for The Brothers Size. Photography by Marc Brenner

(LtoR) Jonathan Ajayi, Anthony Welsh and Sope Dirisu in rehearsal for The Brothers Size © Marc Brenner

Anthony Welsh, Sope Dirisu and Jonathan Ajayi in rehearsal for The Brothers Size. Photography by Marc Brenner

(LtoR) Jonathan Ajayi, Sope Dirisu and Anthony Welsh in rehearsal for The Brothers Size © Marc Brenner (2)

Anthony Welsh, Sope Dirisu and Jonathan Ajayi in rehearsal for The Brothers Size. Photography by Marc Brenner

(LtoR) Sope Dirisu, Anthony Welsh and Jonathan Ajayi in rehearsal for The Brothers Size © Marc Brenner

Anthony Welsh, Sope Dirisu and Jonathan Ajayi in rehearsal for The Brothers Size. Photography by Marc Brenner

(LtoR) Sope Dirisu, Jonathan Ajayi and Anthony Welsh in rehearsal for The Brothers Size © Marc Brenner (2)

Anthony Welsh, Sope Dirisu and Jonathan Ajayi in rehearsal for The Brothers Size. Photography by Marc Brenner

Anthony Welsh in rehearsal for The Brothers Size at the Young Vic © Marc Brenner (2)

Anthony Welsh in rehearsal for The Brothers Size. Photography by Marc Brenner

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Bijan Sheibani in rehearsal for The Brothers Size. Photography by Marc Brenner

Jonathan Ajayi in rehearsal for The Brothers Size © Marc Brenner

Jonathan Ajayi and Sope Dirisu in rehearsal for The Brothers Size. Photography by Marc Brenner

Manuel Pinheiro in rehearsal for The Brothers Size at the Young Vic © Marc Brenner (2)

Manuel Pinheiro in rehearsal for The Brothers Size. Photography by Marc Brenner

Sope Dirisu and Jonathan Ajayi in rehearsal for The Brothers Size at the Young Vic © Marc Brenner

Sope Dirisu and Jonathan Ajayi in rehearsal for The Brothers Size. Photography by Marc Brenner

Sope Dirisu in rehearsal for The Brothers Size at the Young Vic © Marc Brenner (3)

Anthony Welsh, Sope Dirisu and Jonathan Ajayi in rehearsal for The Brothers Size. Photography by Marc Brenner

The Brothers Size runs from 19 Jan – 14 Feb with Jonathan Ajayi, Sope Dirisu, Manuel Pinheiro and Anthony Welsh.

Limited tickets available from £10. Click here to book now.

Behind the scenes with The Jungle cast 👀

This week we let Ammar Haj Ahmad from the cast of The Jungle loose on our Instagram Story while the cast were in tech rehearsals. We’ve rounded up some of the best behind-the-scenes footage that he caught backstage here at the Young Vic.

The Jungle opens at the Young Vic from 7 Dec. A powerful world premiere set in the Calais jungle refugee camp. Book tickets from £10:
https://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/the-jungle

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The Jungle runs at the Young Vic from 7 Dec – 9 Jan. Book tickets from £10.

A Young Vic and National Theatre co-production with Good Chance Theatre. Commissioned by the National Theatre

The Jungle | Rehearsal Room Photos

We went behind-the-scenes inside the rehearsal room for The Jungle at the Young Vic.

This world premiere set in the Calais Jungle opens at the Young Vic from 7 Dec 2017. Written by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson, directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin.

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Ansu Kabia, Alex Lawther and Michael Gould in rehearsal for The Jungle

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Alex Lawther, Justin Martin, Joe Robertson and Mohamed Sarrar

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The cast in rehearsal for The Jungle

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Rachel Redford in rehearsal for The Jungle

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Ben Turner and Mohamed Amiri in rehearsal for The Jungle

 

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John Pfumojena in rehearsal for The Jungle

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Jo McInnes in rehearsal for The Jungle

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Rachel Redford and Alyssa Denise D’Souza in rehearsal for The Jungle

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Ben Turner and Ammar Haj Ahmad in rehearsal for The Jungle

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Raphael Acloque in rehearsal for The Jungle

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Writer Joe Murphy in rehearsal for The Jungle

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Ben Turner in rehearsal for The Jungle

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Justin Martin and John Pfumojena in rehearsal for The Jungle

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Jo McInnes and Rachel Redford in rehearsal for The Jungle

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Jo McInnes and Nahel Tzegai in rehearsal for The Jungle

The Jungle runs at the Young Vic from 7 Dec 2017 – 6 Jan 2018

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📸 by David Sandison

Joint Statement on the Theatre Industry

Following the reports and allegations of the last two weeks, first in America and, more recently, closer to home, we have come together to make clear that there can be no place for sexual harassment or abuse of power in our industry.

We salute the bravery of everyone who calls out this abusive behaviour. We support a theatre culture that empowers people to speak up: a culture where abuse of power is always challenged.

We are committed to working together to ensure that theatre is a safe space for all, where everyone is respected and listened to. The Royal Court Theatre’s Day of Action on Saturday 28 October is one important part of this process.  Together, we are developing further ways to support people to speak up and to hold others to account.

It is the responsibility of the industry to create and nurture a culture where unacceptable behaviour is swiftly challenged and addressed.

We want to be absolutely clear and say again: there is no room for sexual harassment or abuse of power in the theatre.  Everyone deserves to enjoy a happy, healthy and safe working environment. We will support you to speak out, and we will hear you when you do.

Statement from (in alphabetical order)

Almeida Theatre – Rupert Goold, Denise Wood
Ambassador Theatre Group – Mark Cornell and Michael Lynas Arcola Theatre – Mehmet Ergen, Leyla Nazli, Ben Todd
Arts Theatre – Louis Hartshorn
Battersea Arts Centre – David Jubb
Barbican Theatre – Toni Racklin
Belgrade Theatre – Hamish Glen, Joanna Reid
Bridge Theatre – Nicholas Hytner, Nick Starr
Birmingham Hippodrome – Fiona Allan Birmingham Repertory Theatre – Roxana Silbert and Stuart Rogers
Birmingham Stage Company – Neal Foster and Louise Eltringham
Bristol Old Vic – Tom Morris, Emma Stenning
Bush Theatre – Madani Younis, Jon Gilchrist
Chichester Festival Theatre – Daniel Evans, Rachel Tackley
Curve Theatre – Chris Stafford and Nikolai Foster
Derby Theatre – Sarah Brigham
Donmar Warehouse – Josie Rourke, Kate Pakenham
D’Oyly Carte Opera Trust – Ian Martin
Eclipse – Dawn Walton
English Touring Theatre – Richard Twyman, Sophie Watson Gate Theatre – Ellen McDougall, Jo Royce
Global Creatures – Carmen Pavlovic and Patrick Murphy
Greenwich Theatre – James Haddrell
Hampstead Theatre – Edward Hall, Greg Ripley-Duggan
Harrogate Theatre – David Bown
Headlong – Jeremy Herrin, Alan Stacey
Hofesh Shechter Company – Hofesh Shechter, Henny Finch
HOME, Manchester – Dave Moutrey, Sheena Wrigley
Hull Truck Theatre – Janthi Mills-Ward and Mark Babych
HQ Theatres and Hospitality – Julian Russell
Kneehigh – Mike Shepherd, Ali Robertson
Leicester Curve – Chris Stafford, Nikolai Foster
Lichfield Garrick Theatre – Karen Foster
Liverpool Everyman and Theatre – Gemma Bodinetz and Deborah Aydon
Live Theatre – Jim Beirne, Max Roberts and Wendy Barnfather
London Theatre Consortium – Emma Rees
Lyric Hammersmith – Sean Holmes, Sian Alexander
Lyric Theatre, Belfast – Ciaran McAuley
Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre – Mark Dobson
Marina Theatre – Lee Henderson Mark Goucher Productions Limited – Mark Goucher
Mark Rubinstein Ltd – Mark Rubinstein
Menier Chocolate Factory – David Babani and Tom Siracusa
Mercury Theatre Colchester – Steve Mannix
National Theatre – Rufus Norris, Lisa Burger
National Theatre of Scotland – Jackie Wylie and Brenna Hobson
Neal Street Productions – Caro Newling
Newcastle Theatre Royal and City Hall – Philip Bernays
New Adventures – Robert Noble
New Wolsey Theatre – Sarah Homes. Peter Rowe
Northern Ballet – Mark Skipper and David Nixon
Northern Stage – Lorne Campbell and Kate Denby
Nottingham Playhouse – Stephanie Sirr, Adam Penford, Giles Croft
Nuffield Southampton Theatres – Sam Hodges and Caroline Routh
Octagon Theatre Bolton – Roddy Gauld and Elizabeth Newman
Old Vic – Matthew Warchus, Kate Varah
Orange Tree Theatre – Paul Miller, Sarah Nicholson
Oxford Playhouse – Louise Chantal
Pitlochry Festival Theatre – John Durnin and Kris Bryce
Playful Productions – Matthew Byam Shaw, Nia Janis, Nick Salmon
Polka Theatre – Peter Glanville, Stephen Midlane, Amanda Cropper
Rose Theatre Kingston – Jerry Gunn and Robert O’Dowd
Royal Court Theatre – Vicky Featherstone, Lucy Davies
Royal & Derngate – Martin Sutherland and James Dacre
Royal Exchange Theatre – Mark Dobson, Sarah Frankcom
Royal Opera House – Alex Beard, Oliver Mears
Royal Ballet – Kevin O’Hare
Royal Shakespeare Company – Gregory Doran, Catherine Mallyon
Runaway Entertainment – Tristan Baker, Charlie Parsons
Sadler’s Wells, Alistair Spalding
Salisbury Playhouse – Gareth Machin, Sebastian Warrack
Shakespeare’s Globe – Emma Rice, Neil Constable, Michelle Terry
Sheffield Theatres – Dan Bates
Sherman Theatre – Rachel O’Riordan, Julia Barry
Soho Theatre – Steve Marmion, Mark Godfrey
SOLT / UK Theatre – Julian Bird, Cassandra Chadderton
Sonia Friedman Productions – Sonia Friedman
Stephen Joseph Theatre – Stephen Freeman
Theatr Clwyd – Tamara Harvey, Liam Evans-Ford
Theatre by the Lake – Conrad Lynch
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds – Karen Simpson
Theatre Royal Plymouth – Adrian Vinken Theatre Royal Stratford East – Nadia Fall, Deborah Sawyerr
The Capitol Horsham – Nick Mowat
The Mill at Sonning – Sally Hughes The Other Room – Dan Jones, Bizzy Day
The Round Company – Tobias Round
tiata fahodzi – Natalie Ibu
Told by an Idiot – Paul Hunter, Jenni Grainger
Tricycle Theatre – Indhu Rubasingham, Bridget Kalloushi
Unicorn Theatre – Purni Morell, Anneliese Davidsen
Venue Cymru / Theatr Colwyn – Sarah Ecob
Warwick Arts Centre – Alan Rivett
Watford Palace Theatre – Jamie Arden and Brigid Larmour
West Yorkshire Playhouse – James Brining and Robin Hawkes
Wizard Presents – Danyah Miller, John Miller
Young Vic – David Lan, Lucy Woollatt

Lucy Woollatt to step down as Executive Director of Young Vic

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The Board of the Young Vic announced today that Lucy Woollatt will step down as Executive Director of the Young Vic this December. Lucy will be leaving the company after 10 successful years.

Lucy joined the Young Vic as Finance Director in 2008, and was appointed Executive Director in 2010. During her time the company’s income has doubled, the organisation’s structure and profile has been transformed. Four productions have transferred to the West End, one to Broadway and many have toured around the world. The theatre has won six Olivier Awards, four Critics’ Circle Awards, four Evening Standard Theatre Awards and won The Stage Theatre of the Year in 2015. This past summer she was Executive Producer on the sold-out production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof at the Apollo Theatre in the West End.

The Young Vic will appoint an interim Executive Director before recruiting for a permanent successor.

Lucy Woollatt says: “My decade at the Young Vic has been the most rewarding in my career to date. I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved night after night at the Young Vic, on tour and in the West End. The appointment of Kwame as Artistic Director is energising and uplifting and I wish him huge success. I would have loved to continue my time at the Young Vic with him, but I have decided that – after 10 years – now is the right time for me to move on to a new challenge. I would like to thank David and the Board for their unconditional support over the past decade.”

David Lan, outgoing Artistic Director says: “For more than half my time at the Young Vic, Lucy has been an ideal Executive Director. Rigorous, imaginative, compassionate, judicious, scrupulous and tremendous fun. Nothing we’ve achieved would have been possible without her willingness to take on all challenges of whatever scale. I’m full of admiration and gratitude.”

Kwame Kwei-Armah, incoming Artistic Director says: “Thanks in no small part to Lucy’s hard work I have inherited a phenomenally successful building to lead. I wish her only the best as she continues her journey.”

For further press information please contact:
Sophie Wilkinson, Press Manager
sophiewilkinson@youngvic.org| 0207 922 2979

Wings: 11 Questions with Nick Gasson

Nick Gasson is currently starring in Wings at the Young Vic. His character is struggling to rebuild his communication skills after experiencing aphasia – a condition that affects the brain and leads to problems with speech and language.

We caught up with Nick to ask him these 11 questions . . .

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 1. Can you describe your character in Wings in three words?

Recovering stroke victim

2. What can the audience expect from this production that’s different to anything else they are likely to have seen before?

Wings is an extra-sensory experience!

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

Working with such an amazing team of actors and crew

4. Emily Stilson was a wing walker. What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?

Going on the ‘tea-cups’ ride at the funfair!

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

Apart from hugely impressed at Juliet Stevenson’s performance, I think they will feel like they have a better understanding of what goes on in the head of someone who’s had a major stroke

5. What has it been like working with Natalie Abrahami?

Wonderful. Her approach is always collaborative and the final results are finely detailed

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

Reading the papers!

7. What is your favourite play you’ve either seen, read or worked on?

There have been so many but in terms of taking part, playing the old tramp Davies in 3 tours of The Caretaker. Plays that really stunned me when I saw them include Bent and Angels in America, both at the National Theatre.

What was it that first got you interested in the theatre?

Writing and performing in play at primary school

8. What’s the funniest thing that happened to you recently?

I was in my local bar in Spain and Bobby Davro walked in. You have to be fairly old to know who he is, but he was a popular comedian / entertainer on TV in the 1980’s.

9. What’s the one thing you value most in life?

Got to be either health or the feeling of warm sun on your face

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

No longer with us: David Bowie. I’d say ‘Fancy a pint?’. Alive: Judi Dench. I’d say ‘Fancy a cuppa and a chat?’

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

I wish I’d been born in ’67 rather than ’57. So much changed for the better in those 10 years.

Wings runs at the Young Vic until 4 November. Juliet Stevenson stars as Emily, an aviator who suffers a stroke that destroys her sense of reality. Fragments of her life come together as she struggles to find her voice and sense of self.

Click here to book tickets from £10