New Young Vic short film launched today – Bed Trick, inspired by The Changeling

Sinead Matthews in Bed Trick, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins

Sinead Matthews in Bed Trick, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins

Joe Hill-Gibbins, director of our sold-out hit productions of The Changeling, has written and directed a new short film inspired by the play.  Watch it now and read more from Joe in The Guardian about his experience.

Check out our other short films, coproduced with The Guardian, here.

Plus see behind the scenes photos on Facebook!

Bed Trick is sponsored by Bloomberg.
Bloomberg supports digital innovation at the Young Vic.

The Twitter reviews are in – What you thought of Going Dark!

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So we’ve heard what the critics had to say about Going Dark... But after an overwhelming amount of ( wonderful) responses from you all on Twitter – we thought we’d post your Twitter reviews too!

Oh and a handful of tickets are available for Going Dark (don’t believe the ‘it’s sold out’ rumours!). You can book online or on 020 7922 2922.

Go go go people – final week is approaching!

“Going Dark at @youngvictheatre was a fantastic and truly immersive piece of science/theatre. Highly recommended!” @lorencphransis

“Going Dark is easily the most phenomenal piece of straight theatre I’ve ever seen.. “@Tash2897
“Going Dark @youngvic theatre is a heartbreaking exploration of love, astronomy and mortality. Great companion piece to Constellations.” ‏@lizhoggard 

“‘Going Dark‘ at @youngvictheatre today was fantastic. I’ve missed London theatre, and I’ve been stargazing all evening” @Joclairecheek

“Stunned and moved by Going Dark @youngvictheatre. Looks beautiful, sounds beautiful and electric with wonder. One of the year’s best.” @PeterGraystone
“Going Dark @youngvictheatre Magical, mind-bending, moving. Sound & Fury are seriously interesting theatre makers”@baronessledwich
“Go see Going Dark at The Young Vic if you can. Beautiful, sad, thrilling, scary, awful, uplifting. Just go.” @lizawostmann
“Loved #GoingDark, a sensory treat, an astronomy lesson, and a really good human story, all in one, everyone should go.”@rmkf
“‘Going Dark’ by Sound&Fury @FuelTheatre @youngvictheatre should be on every school syllabus. Visceral, educational theatre for all.” @MDJessup
“Going Dark @youngvictheatre is both mind-twisty & moving. A big bang recommend. Will make you look up at the stars & listen to the rain.” ‏@aligardiner 

“#GoingDark at @youngvictheatre last night – beautiful and brilliant.” ‏@LocalGirlProds

“Thought provoking evening @youngvictheatre watching #goingdark how did we become what we are? And is what we see really what we see?” ‏@TomObrien84

Highly recommend #GoingDark by @FuelTheatre @youngvictheatre. Immersive and a treat for the senses with a heartbreaking central performance.” ‏@tomcunderwood

“I knew it would be good, I knew it! #GoingDark @youngvictheatre was fantastic when I went last night. Get there if you can.” ‏@BenedictWaring

“#GoingDark @youngvictheatre essays sensory deprivation in a delicate, moving way but still you gasp at the enormity of, well, everything…” @JerwoodSpace

“#GoingDark at the @youngvictheatre is absolutely amazing. Such a simple concept done beautifully, very moving. Something special.” @MarieMJS

“I’m off to see #GoingDark @youngvictheatre saw it earlier in the year but looking forward to a second dose, a very moving and exciting piece.” ‏@Earthquakes2013

“Astonishingly good science-meets-theatre @youngvictheatre last night. Please go and see #GoingDark” @BuffyPrice

“Beautiful, sensitive, heartbreaking play #GoingDark @theyoungviclast night. Stunning set.” ‏@LaneConsulting

“How far can you see? Beautiful, intriguing and beguiling show@youngvictheatre #GoingDark by @SoundnFuryMark @FuelTheatre#GoSee” @greg0ryt

” #goingdark @youngvictheatre absolutely stunning GO SEE!” @Emma_F_Lawson

“Oh wow #GoingDark @youngvictheatre, so sensitive, thought provoking and beautiful, astronomy in relation to life” ‏@issyvb

“Captivating and heartbreaking – #GoingDark @youngvictheatre” @lepassepartout

“Outstanding Sound & Fury show at @youngvictheatre “Going Dark”. Conception brilliant; execution better. #GoingDark” @EoghanLondon

“Beautiful and touching performance #goingdark @youngvictheatre” @SaranethBell

“Starry night w/ #goingdark @fueltheatre @youngvictheatre immersed in glistening visuals, soundscape, script + starlight #gorgeous til 22 Dec” ‏@Beki_Bateson

“Subtle, intelligent, heartbreaking gorgeousness #GoingDark@FuelTheatre @youngvictheatre ’til 22 Dec … #stardust”

“Just wow. #GoingDark @youngvictheatre @FuelTheatre” @katysnelling

“Really enjoyed #GoingDark @youngvictheatre last night. Unlike anything I’ve seen before, very moving. Plus you learn lots about astronomy.” ‏@Annamckie

“#GoingDark @YoungVicTheatre is inventive, reflective, moving. Light and dark at once. Go if you can get one of the few tickets left.” ‏@CultureFactor

“And in a groundbreaking initiative @fueltheatre is #captioning#GoingDark @youngvictheatre on 15th Dec so sensory deprived don’t miss out” ‏@JerwoodSpace

“Just so you know Going Dark is really good. Don’t mean to be biased but it is. #goingdark #youngvic” @YVTeaBitch

“Off to the @youngvictheatre to see #GoingDark. So great that they brought back the production, previous run was sold out :D” ‏@MarieMJS

You heard them – don’t miss it!
Keep your reviews coming in, we’ll keep posting them here and on our website.

What the critics thought of Going Dark…

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It took audiences and critics by storm in March this year, and we are now thrilled to have Going Dark back into the Maria!

Going Dark is the story of an astronomer and single dad losing his sight. Created by immersive theatre company Sound&Fury, don’t miss your final chance to see this wonderful show. You can book your tickets online here or by calling our box office on 020 7922 2922.

Here’s a reminder of what the critics thought…

‘Sound&Fury are going boldly where few companies have gone before… this is a dazzling achievement that deserves a rich scattering of critical stars’
The Telegraph (read the full review)

‘A pulse-quickening poem… a wonderful piece of theatre’
The Independent (read the full review)

‘Epic and intimate… Heartbreaking’
The Independent on Sunday

‘Exceptional… imaginative… a technical feat’
The Guardian (read the full review)

‘The audio and visual trickery is first rate, but tellingly the play’s soul lies in Hattie Naylor’s beautifully understated text and actor Jon Mackay’s delicate, heartbreaking performance’
Time Out (read the full review)

The Times

Financial Times (read the full review)


Have you seen Going Dark? What did you think? We’d love to hear what you thought! Email us or tweet us using the hash tag #goingdark

The Changeling… behind the scenes

We dropped into The Changeling rehearsals – here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes.

Grab a ticket for The Changeling – now extended until 22 December.

Photos by Keith Pattison.

The Changeling casting is announced!

We’re delighted to confirm the cast for the revival of Joe Hill-Gibbins’ hit production The Changeling

Sinead Matthews returns to the Young Vic, following her previous performance in Joe Hill-Gibbins’ production of The Glass Menagerie. Sinead’s recent theatre includes Complicite’s The Master and Margarita (Barbican/tour); Women of Troy, Our Class and The Mandate (National Theatre) and the revival of Mike Leigh’s Ecstasy (Hampstead/West End).

Sinead will take the lead of Beatrice-Joanna in The Changeling. 

Sinead Matthews

Harry Hadden-Paton takes the role of Beatrice-Joanna’s love Alsemero for his Young Vic debut. Harry recently starred alongside Sienna Miller in Trevor Nunn’s Flare Path (West End). His recent theatre also includes Jamie Lloyd’s production of She Stoops to Conquer and played Harry Villiers in Posh (Royal Court).

Harry Hadden-Paton

Zubin Varla will play Beatrice-Joanna’s repellent servant De Flores. TV audiences may recall his appearance as Daniel Doyce in BBC One’s Little Dorrit and Channel 4 drama Saddam’s Tribe. Recent theatre includes The Life of Galileo and Cyrano de Bergerac for the National Theatre; Julius Caesar, Midnight’s Children, The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet for the RSC.

Zubin Varla

Alex Beckett returns to the cast of The Changeling as Lollio / Jasperino.

Alex Beckett in The Changeling

 Howard Ward also returns to the cast as Beatrice-Joanna’s father Vermandero.

Howard Ward in The Changeling

Nick Lee will play Antonio / Tomazo, Alex Lowe  will play Alibius / Alonzo and Eleanor Matsuura will play Isabella / Diaphanta.

Eleanor Matsuura

Alex Lowe

Nick Lee

The Changeling is from 20 November – 15 December and has been re-staged for the Main House this winter, revived by director Joe Hill-Gibbins and acclaimed designer Ultz.

For more information and to book your tickets, visit our website!

Thank You from Belarus Free Theatre

Minsk, 2011: A Reply to Kathy AckerA special message from Belarus Free Theatre:

“We wanted to share with all of you who came to see our performance of Minsk 2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker that all of our actors and team managed to get back to Belarus by different flights and trains and will get together this week to start to perform underground in Minsk.

Every night I came on stage to ask for your help so that we could continue to perform for underground Belarusian audiences. Your generous donations to our bucket collection will allow us to perform in Belarus for an entire month. We can’t wait to come back to you, to perform for you and hear your great applause that inspired us and gives us the strength to perform in the last dictatorship of Europe.”

Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin, Founding Co-Artistic Directors of the Belarus Free Theatre

If you’d like to learn more about supporting Belarus Free Theatre, please visit

11 questions with the cast of After Miss Julie: Polly Frame

Next up in our After Miss Julie cast is Polly Frame.

Tell us about your character.
I play Christine, cook of the household and unofficially engaged to John. She does a mean kidneys on toast, can smoke and sleep for England and is as at home in church as trading on the black market. In the next life, she deserves better!

Favourite word?
Puddle (thanks to Patrick Marber for that one).

Proudest moment?
Every time anyone I love does something brilliant, which happily happens quite often.

If you could have a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Either books for a bit of peace and quiet or my friends and I could call it a party.

If 28 hour days existed, what would you do with the extra four hours?
I’d like to sleep for the extra 4, seeing as I’m not much good at it in the standard 24 hour format.

Favourite holiday?
Mexico a few years ago.

Weirdest quirk?
Get funny about socks on inside out.

Favourite play?
The New Electric ballroom by Enda Walsh.

If you had one super power, what would it be?
Flying of course, who wouldn’t want to?

Do you have any regrets?
I’ve had a few….

Favourite midnight snack?
Kidneys on toast of course.

After Miss Julie ends in 3 days!