A brand new season of shows from Kwame Kwei-Armah

We’re thrilled to announce a new season of shows from our new artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah. In addition to this we’ve announced two exciting upcoming projects called My England and YV Unpacked. You can read more about these below.

Tickets are on sale now to YV Friends. Public booking opens at 10am on Monday 23 April.

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A Musical Adaptation of William Shakespeare’s

Twelfth Night

Conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub
Music and Lyrics by Shaina Taub
Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Oskar Eustis

2 Oct – 17 Nov 2018

Shakespeare meets his match as brass bands and Beyoncé weave through this enchanting musical adaptation of Twelfth Night, with music and lyrics by the critically acclaimed songwriter Shaina Taub.

Young Vic Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah and Oskar Eustis co-direct this technicolour celebration of love in all its forms, following a run at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park.

Book tickets from £10

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The Convert

By Danai Gurira

7 Dec 2018 – 19 Jan 2019

★★★★ “A rich and gripping drama” – Financial Times

Black Panther star and Tony-nominated writer Danai Gurira’s striking play explores the impact of colonialism and Catholicism on black identity.

It’s 1896 and Jekesai, a young woman fleeing forced marriage, finds herself working for a devout Catholic. Chilford dreams of being an English priest and relishes the opportunity to mould his new convert. But Jekesai’s salvation has its price as her individuality is slowly stripped away…

Book tickets from £10

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Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train

By Stephen Adly Guirgis | Directed by Kate Hewitt

14 Feb– 30 Mar 2019

★★★★ “Shocking, shattering, stunningly well-written” – The Daily Telegraph
“Like a shot of caffeine straight in the veins” – The Guardian

From Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis (The Motherf$%ker with the Hat), a dark comedy about the contradictory nature of faith.
Inside the lockdown wing of Rikers Island prison, a frightened young man accused of murdering a cult leader is confronted with a charismatic born-again serial killer and a sadistic guard.

Will one man’s redemption lead to another’s damnation?…

Book tickets from £10

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Things of Dry Hours

By Naomi Wallace | Directed by Debbie Hannan, 2018 Genesis Award winner

Clare Studio | 15 – 25 August 2018

★★★★ “A gorgeously written and philosophically rich celebration of a black Communist agitator in Depression-era South”
Time Out New York

The knock at the door. Because there is always a knock at the door…

Tice Hogan and his daughter Cali live a quiet life, keeping their heads down, reading the Bible, Karl Marx, and washing the rich folks’ laundry. Until one day an unknown white factory worker crashes into their lives.

Weaving the spiritual into the political, Things of Dry Hours interrogates the idea that humans cannot change; are we really all that black and white?

2018 Genesis Award winner Debbie Hannan directs this tantalizing, poetic play.

Book tickets from £10

My England
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My England is a celebration of playwrights from across regions of England. The works look at what it means to be English. Video monologues will be recorded and shown on the Young Vic social media channels.

Confirmed commissions include work from: Leo Skilbeck, Omar El-Khairy, Polly Stenham, Barrie Rutter, Jack Thorne and May Sumbwanyambe.

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YV Unpacked

YV Unpacked is a new strand of work, taking the highest quality theatre to people who do not normally think that theatre is for them. We will be taking shows to refugee centres, prisons, community hubs and home-less shelters as part of this work. The first work to be taken out to the community is:

Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind, directed Caroline Byrne.

Priority Booking is now open for all shows. Public booking opens from 10am on Monday 23 April.

 

 

David Lan’s Olivier Award Speech

Image uploaded from iOS (2)Former Artistic Director of the Young Vic, director and playwright David Lan was presented with the Special Award at the Olivier Awards 2018 ceremony on Sunday evening at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

His speech discussed the local, national and international reach of Young Vic and his aims during his tenure here as Artistic Director.

You can read the full, unedited speech below:

First, thank you to the Society for this award.

It’s a big one and I’m pleased, to put it mildly, and surprised, to put it even more mildly.  Whoever made the decision – I’m grateful to you.

It’s just me standing up here…

… but many had to do much on the journey to this big stage on this big evening.

Patrick McKenna – chair of my board for most of my 18 years

Kevin Fitzmaurice – my first executive director

Lucy Woollatt – my second executive director

Sue Emmas – my long-time associate

Steve Tompkins – architect of our fabulous building

My team, my many teams

And then –

The Arts Council, especially Alan Davey

The Jerwood Foundation, especially the profoundly missed Roanne Dodds

The Genesis Foundation, especially John Studzinsky

… all of whom got in behind our big idea even as we were working out what that big idea might be

… and many, many joined along the way.

Amongst those, especially, I thank the hundreds of great actors, writers, directors, designers, technicians, stage managers… without whom … without whom.

Another without whom – my boyfriend Nick Wright, sitting there in the front row, with whom I’ve been talking about theatre and much else for more than 40 years …

And my long term friend and inspiration Stephen Daldry, also without whom…

When Frank Dunlop started the Young Vic in London SE1 in the late 1960s it was imagined as a place where people could make theatre in the way they wanted their society to be: open, democratic, equal.

I believe we stayed true to those values.

Producers, crew, our whole team thought of our theatre as a welcoming environment in which great artists meet great audiences.

All that mattered to us was what happened when, night after night, those memorable meetings took place.

And alongside many great and will-be-great artists from this country, we welcomed others from Iceland, France, Germany, Brazil, South Africa, the US, Palestine, Congo, Poland, Syria, from all over the planet.

And we welcomed thousands of non-professionals from our neighbourhoods, young as well as old, especially – though not only – the vulnerable in whatever way.

To the shows we made with them we gave the same high status we gave any artist.

Over recent years, we’ve engaged with the world in a special way by inviting into our theatre refugees.

Their lives, their stories, themselves as performers.

I hope you’ll forgive me if I contrast the Young Vic’s welcoming environment with the hostile environment – to give it its official name – which the Home Office creates in relation to refugees.

In particular, the decision to close the door on hundreds of young refugees now scattered across Northern France, many with the legal right to live in this country, abandoned to hunger, to cold, to people traffickers within clear sight of us on a sunny day.

And what of those with no legal right?

My grandparents fled Lithuania as teenagers in the 1920s – escaping poverty and anti-Semitism.

Were they economic migrants?  Well, they were certainly after a better life.

Fifteen years later when the Nazis marched in, their parents were killed in the streets.  So, in retrospect, were Mottel and Golda Lan really political refugees?

Their modern-day equivalents are – now as I speak – locked in squalor in Yarls Wood and other detention centres. Hundreds are deported or turned away.

In The Jungle by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson which we and the National and Good Chance Theatre produced last year, a volunteer at the camp in Calais says of the refugees making their way across Europe:

‘It’s only a crisis because we’re calling it that. A half a million refugees – the population of Europe is 700 million, that’s who knows how tiny a percent. Go to Jordan, a quarter of the people are refugees. Lebanon, it’s a third. Crisis?  European Governments need to stop breaking their own laws.’

In Matthew Lopez’s The Inheritance, now playing at the Young Vic, a character describes the house which symbolises their sufferings and dreams as:

‘A shelter, a refuge, a place of healing; a reminder of the pain, the fragility and the promise of life’.

That’s what I hoped my theatre would be.

We wanted to change the world. Perhaps all we changed was a few streets of London SE1. But that we did.

In that spirit and on behalf of the hundreds, the thousands of citizens of south London and the world who changed it with me –

– thank you for this.

The Olivier Awards 2018 presented by Catherine Tate are now available to watch on the ITV player.

★★★★★ ‘Witty, outrageous and deeply moving’ | The Inheritance Reviews

The company of The Inheritance at the Young Vic © Simon Annand

The reviews are in for The Inheritance and critics and audiences alike are loving about it. This hilarious and profound two part world premiere by Matthew Lopez opened last night at the Young Vic.

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“Witty, outrageous and deeply moving”
The Evening Standard | Read the full review

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“Perhaps the most important American play of the century so far”
The Telegraph | Read the full review

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“Stephen Daldry’s crystalline production pierces your emotional defenses”
The Guardian | Read the full review

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“An epic work. Stephen Daldry directs superbly. I fell for it.”
The Times| Read the full review

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“Extraordinarily accomplished acting”
The Independent | Read the full review

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“Transcendent”

Time Out | Read the full review

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“What a class act.  Phenomenally good acting.”

The Daily Mail | Read the full review

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“Exquisitely pitched. An incredible feat”
The Stage | Read the full review

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“Vast in its emotional scope. It covers the whole gamut of gay men’s lives”
Gay Times | Read the full review

The Inheritance runs at the Young Vic until 19 May. Availability is limited.
Click here to book now.

Syrus Lowe, Kyle Soller and Michael Walters in The Inheritance at the Young Vic © Simon Annand

The Inheritance | Audience Responses

We’ve been blown away with the brilliant responses to the first few previews of Part 1 & 2 of The Inheritance.

Inspired by the novel ‘Howards End’ by E.M. Forster, The Inheritance asks what is it like to be a young gay man in New York? This hilarious and profound heart-breaker runs at the Young Vic until 19 May.

See what audiences have been saying on social media and book your tickets now.

Syrus Lowe, Kyle Soller and Michael Walters in The Inheritance at the Young Vic © Simon AnnandSyrus Lowe, Kyle Soller & Michael Marcus. Photo by Simon Annand.
Kyle Soller, Samuel H. Levine and Andrew Burnap in The Inheritance at the Young Vic © Simon AnnandKyle Soller, Samuel H. Levine & Andrew Burnap. Photo by Simon Annand.
Kyle Soller, Paul Hilton and John Benjamin Hickey in The Inheritance at the Young Vic © Simon AnnandKyle Soller, Paul Hilton & John Benjamin Hickey. Photo by Simon Annand.
Samuel H. Levine and Andrew Burnap in The Inheritance at the Young Vic © Simon AnnandSamuel H. Levine & Andrew Burnap. Photo by Simon Annand.

The Inheritance runs at the Young Vic until 19 May. Stephen Daldry directs this hilarious and profound world premiere in two parts by New York playwright Matthew Lopez.

Book tickets: https://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/the-inheritance

The Inheritance | Production Photos

Take a first look at The Inheritance at the Young Vic. We have production photos from Part One.

A generation after the height of the AIDS crisis, what is it like to be a young gay man in New York?

Stephen Daldry directs this hilarious and profound heart-breaker – a major world premiere in two parts by New York playwright Matthew Lopez.

Book tickets: https://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/the-inheritance

Photo credit: Simon Annand

Andrew Burnap in The Inheritance at the Young Vic © Simon Annand

Andrew Burnap in The Inheritance at the Young Vic. Photo by Simon Annand.

John Benjamin Hickey and Paul Hilton in The Inheritance at the Young Vic © Simon Annand

John Benjamin in The Inheritance at the Young Vic. Photo by Simon Annand.

Kyle Soller in The Inheritance at the Young Vic © Simon Annand

Kyle Soller in The Inheritance at the Young Vic. Photo by Simon Annand.

Andrew Burnap and Kyle Soller in The Inheritance at the Young Vic © Simon Annand

Andrew Burnap and Kyle Soller in The Inheritance at the Young Vic. Photo by Simon Annand.

The company of The Inheritance at the Young Vic © Simon Annand

The Company of The Inheritance at the Young Vic. Photo by Simon Annand.

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The company of The Inheritance at the Young Vic. Photo by Simon Annand.

Kyle Soller, Paul Hilton and John Benjamin Hickey in The Inheritance at the Young Vic © Simon Annand

Kyle Soller, Paul Hilton and John Benjamin Hickey in The Inheritance at the Young Vic. Photo by Simon Annand.

Paul Hilton in The Inheritance at the Young Vic © Simon Annand

Paul Hilton in The Inheritance at the Young Vic. Photo by Simon Annand.

Kyle Soller, Samuel H. Levine and Andrew Burnap in The Inheritance at the Young Vic © Simon Annand

Kyle Soller, Samuel H Levine and Andrew Burnap in The Inheritance at the Young Vic. Photo by Simon Annand.

Robert Boulter and Andrew Burnap in The Inheritance at the Young Vic © Simon Annand

Robert Boulter and Andrew Burnap in The Inheritance at the Young Vic. Photo by Simon Annand.

Samuel H. Levine and Andrew Burnap in The Inheritance at the Young Vic © Simon Annand

Samuel H Levine and Andrew Burnap in The Inheritance at the Young Vic. Photo by Simon Annand.

Syrus Lowe, Kyle Soller and Michael Walters in The Inheritance at the Young Vic © Simon Annand

Syrus Lowe, Kyle Soller and Michael Walters in The Inheritance at the Young Vic. Photo by Simon Annand.

The Inheritance | Rehearsal Photos

Take a look inside the rehearsal room for The Inheritance. This major new play by Matthew Lopez is directed by Stephen Daldry and previews at the Young Vic from 2 March.

A generation after the height of the AIDS crisis, what is it like to be a young gay man in New York? Inspired by E.M. Forster’s novel ‘Howards End’, The Inheritance is a hilarious and profound play in two parts.

See both parts from just £20. Find out more on our website.

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Syrus Lowe, Paul Hilton, Kyle Soller, Michael Walters, Michael Marcus and Hubert Burton in rehearsals for The Inheritance

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Kyle Soller and Vanessa Redgrave in rehearsals for The Inheritance

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The company in rehearsals for The Inheritance

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Paul Hilton and John Benjamin Hickey in rehearsals for The Inheritance

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Andrew Burnap, Paul Hilton and Kyle Soller in rehearsals for The Inheritance

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Kyle Soller, Michael Walters and Paul Hilton in rehearsals for The Inheritance

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Michael Marcus, Matthew Lopez and Michael Walters in rehearsals for The Inheritance

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Samuel H. Levine in rehearsals for The Inheritance

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Andrew Burnap in rehearsals for The Inheritance

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Hubert Burton in rehearsals for The Inheritance

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Hugo Bolton in rehearsals for The Inheritance

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Matthew Lopez in rehearsals for The Inheritance

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Michael Walters, Paul Hilton and Michael Walters in rehearsals for The Inheritance

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Robert Boulter in rehearsals for The Inheritance

 

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Stephen Daldry in rehearsals for The Inheritance

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Hugo Bolton and Syrus Lowe in rehearsals for The Inheritance

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Hugo Bolton, Syrus Lowe, Robert Boulter & Luke Thallon in rehearsals for The Inheritance

The Inheritance runs at the Young Vic from 2 Mar – 19 May. Tickets available from £10. Click here to find out more and book now.

📸 Photos by Simon Annand

The Floor Is Yours at the Young Vic

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Join our Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah at one of three open sessions in the first of a new series of industry events at the Young Vic.

We want to hear your ideas for the future of theatre-making and what you need from us to make it happen.

We welcome artists from diverse backgrounds to share their experiences and contribute thinking for how we move forward together.

When: Saturday 3 March 2018
Where: Young Vic Clare Studio

10.30am – 11.30am
1.00pm – 2.00pm
3.00pm – 4.00pm

We have a limited number of spaces per session. To register, please fill in your details here by midday on Monday 26 February, stating which session you would like to attend, and we will be in touch to confirm whether or not you have a place.

Let us know if you have any access requirements, or if you need to bring your children with you.

If you’re unable to attend, you can tweet us your questions @youngvictheatre using the hashtag #YVFloor in advance and we’ll share on our social channels throughout the day.

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