5 Tony Award nominations for A View from the Bridge

 

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We’re super pleased that our Broadway production of A View from the Bridge has been nominated for 5 Tony Awards 2016. The US revival of Arthur Miller’s tragic masterpiece directed by the Olivier award-winning Ivo van Hove ran at New York’s Lyceum Theatre earlier this year. To see what audiences said about the show, click here.

A View from the Bridge is nominated in the following categories:

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Mark Strong

Best Revival of a Play

Best Scenic Design
Jan Versweyveld

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Jan Versweyveld

Best Direction of a Play
Ivo van Hove

The full list of nominations here: www.tonyawards.com

‘Mesmerising and moving performance’ of Parallel Macbeth

In January audiences saw local young people take to the stage of the Clare theatre for their Young Vic debuts. The cast of 15-19 year olds were taking on Shakespeare’s Macbeth in response to Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin’s main house production.

Parallel Macbeth - Photo Helen Murray

Parallel Macbeth was performed by a group of 14 young people at the Young Vic from Jan 28th-30th. Photo by Helen Murray.

Most of the young cast were from Southwark or Lambeth London and a few are refugees who are new to the UK. The company first met director Caroline Byrne in late October 2015 and they started exploring the play and the themes of the story through workshops and movement sessions. Many of the company had never engaged with Macbeth or Shakespeare at all and most had never performed prior to this.

Parallel Macbeth Cast - Photo Helen Murray

The cast of Parallel Macbeth. Photo by Helen Murray.

Members of the cast from the Main House production of Macbeth attended the dress rehearsal of Parallel Macbeth and were blown away by what the young company had created. ‘It was an incredible performance! Feel privileged to have been there. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it’ said John Heffernan, who played Macbeth at the Young Vic. Prasanna Puwanarajah who featured as Banquo in Carrie Cracknell’s production was also very encouraging, ‘it’s as good a production of a play by Shakespeare as I’ve seen in its detail and power. Incredible, mesmerising and moving performance, filled with vivid characters moments and movements’.

Movement was key to portraying Macbeth’s downfall in this Parallel Production, similar to Cracknell’s main house version, with very little text being used in the live performance. Byrne found the creative process, ‘a joyous discovery and journey with a unique and talented group of young people’.

All of Young Vic Taking Part’s Parallel Productions are created in response to shows from the current season and are produced by professional creative teams who guide the company through workshops and rehearsals to the production, which take place in the Clare theatre.

Find out more about the work Taking Part do with young people and how you can continue to support the Young Vic’s work.

Macbeth was performed at the Young Vic from 26 Nov 2015 until 23 Jan 2016 before touring to Birmingham Rep and HOME in Manchester.

11 Questions with the cast of Bull – Nigel Lindsay

Nigel Lindsay in Bull at the Young Vic. Photo by Manuel  Harlan.

Nigel Lindsay in Bull at the Young Vic. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Nigel Lindsay is currently playing Carter in Bull at the Young Vic. Here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Bull in three words?
The Grim Reaper.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Intensive aerobic and vocal calisthenics or eating my dinner.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
seen – Madness of George III; read – Hamlet; worked on – The Pillowman this year: seen – People Places and Things; read – Hangmen; worked on – Bull!

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Beer and Twiglets.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
Write that bloody novel.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Puppies.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
African Safari.

Favourite city and why?
London. I’m from it – you can’t beat it.

What is your favourite song?
You Can’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover – Bo Diddley

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
Vienna in the 1800s. All that strudel and swanning about.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
Invisibility. I could sit naked in a Cabinet meeting and no-one would ever know.

Bull runs at the YV until 16 Jan. For more info / to book tickets: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/bull

4 stars for the Olivier Award-winning Bull

Bull at the Young Vic. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Following sold-out success earlier this year and an Olivier Award, the reviews are in for Bull’s return to the Young Vic. Read the fantastic reviews below and click here to see the amazing audience response so far.

★★★★
“A thrilling, riveting production”
The Times 

★★★★
“Absorbing and amusing”
Evening Standard
– read the full review here.

★★★★
“Sparks fly in Clare Lizzimore’s stunning production”
Time Out – read the full review here.

★★★★
“Brilliant, unflinching and very funny”
Financial Times

★★★★
“Riveting –a masterclass”
The Observer

★★★★
“A gripping spectacle”
The Guardian

★★★★
“Mike Bartlett’s muscular play is powerful and painful”
Daily Telegraph

Bull plays at the Young Vic until 16 January 2016. Book now.

‘Shakespeare is a bit of a stirrer’ | Parallel Macbeth cast talk Shakespeare

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Our cast of young people from across London enjoy starting afternoon rehearsals with an impromptu rap.

Our cast of young people currently devising a response to our main house show of Macbeth spent some time talking about their experience devising with director Caroline Byrne and how incorporating choreography is changing their perspective on Shakespeare and theatre.

What are you getting out of rehearsals and the project in general?

Calum: I have been exposed to physical theatre for the first time and how you can paint a story using your body instead of using words. This is something I haven’t had experience in before and it has really opened my eyes about how you can show something without even saying anything.

Ali: This project is actually helping me work a lot easier with other people and to work within a group of completely different ages… It doesn’t matter about age or where you come from, it’s just about what you can bring to the table.

Joshua: I have been able to use my imagination to form movement and also use movement to express myself and bring my imagination to life.

What do you think about Macbeth?

Jordi: I have done Macbeth about four or five times before and what I have done is mainly scripted performance. Now that we are doing a movement piece it’s not all about learning lines, it’s using movement to create the whole performance.

Have you experienced Shakespeare before and if so, in what way/ what do you think of him?

Django: What I think is interesting is that we are creating a movement piece based on a Shakespeare play, as Shakespeare is normally based on text and is very wordy. It’s interesting because most of the movement is based on violence, death and blood but we are creating a movement piece based on the things in between; sanity and the relationships between different people.

Kieran: I think William Shakespeare is a bit of a stirrer. He makes plays to comment on what’s going on in England at the time he does that really well and he does it in an admirable way.

Jordi: William Shakespeare is a cool dude.

What are you looking forward to the most in your show?

Neuza: I am looking forward to how we have interpreted it and how we can break the Shakespeare stereotype by using movement and bring new life to Macbeth.

Leticia: I am looking forward to the performance because we see how many people think Shakespeare is boring because of the text.

What do you think of the Young Vic?

Ali: I think they are really enthusiastic about young people and try to get fresh new ideas. It’s a really good and comfortable place to be in. Every time I come here I am really welcomed and people are really nice to me. It’s a really lovely place.

Kieran: Very nice place, five out of five stars

Our Parallel Macbeth will be shared with an invited audience in January 2015. To find out more about our Parallel Macbeth production and the young people involved take a look at our blog post.

11 Questions with the cast of Barbarians – Fisayo Akinade

 

 

Fisayo Akinade (Louis) in Barbarians at the Young Vic © Ellie Kurttz

Fisayo Akinade  in Barbarians at the Young Vic. Photo by  Ellie Kurttz.

Fisayo Akinade is currently playing Louis in Barbarians at the Young Vic. Here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Barbarians in three words?
Ambitious, steady and fun.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Listening to music.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom / Angels in America.

What is your favourite word?
Somnambulant.

What are you most passionate about?
Graphic Novels.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
Sleep!

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Trampolines.

Favourite city and why?
Manchester – It’s where I grew up.

What is your favourite song?
I Love You Porgy.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
30’s for the music!

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
Flight – for the rush.

Barbarians runs at the YV until 16 Jan. Book tickets and find out more on our website.

11 Questions with the cast of Macbeth – Ana Beatriz Meireles

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Ana Beatriz Meireles (left), Clemmie Sveaas and Jessie Oshodi in rehearsals for Macbeth at Jerwood Studios. Photo by Richard Hubert Smith.

Ana Beatriz Meireles is currently playing Witch/Child in Macbeth at the Young Vic. Here are her answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Macbeth in three words?
Wicked, powerful and manipulative.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Going for a wee!!

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Amália by Filipe La Féria.

What is your favourite word?
Holiday.

What are you most passionate about?
Moving!

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Brownies.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
Tunisia.

Favourite city and why?
Porto, because it’s home!

What is your favourite song?
Cody by Mogwai.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
The 20s, for the music and hairstyle.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
To fly!!!! Be free like a bird and give my feet some rest!

Macbeth runs at the YV until 23 Jan. Book tickets and find out more on our website.