★★★★“Raw and vivid” | Reviews for Start Swimming at Edinburgh Fringe

The reviews are rolling in for YV Taking Part’s Start Swimming, currently playing at Summerhall as part of the Edinburgh Fringe. Start Swimming has sold out to a magnificent response check out what audiences are saying and read the full reviews below.

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Start Swimming company. Photo by Helen Murray.

★★★★
“Radiates puckishness and a sense of mischief”
Time Out | Read the full review

★★★★
“The uniformly terrific cast exert themselves to their limits”
The Stage | Read the full review

★★★★
“Assured, impassioned performances… raw and vivid”
The Scotsman | Read the full review

“Terrific piece from the Young Vic Taking Part department”
The Guardian | Read more

Start Swimming is now sold out but you can contact Summerhall about returns. Created in response to Why it’s Kicking Off Everywhere, Start Swimming is the latest Young Vic Taking Part Parallel Production. Learn more about what Taking Part do. 

 

★★★★ “Benedict Andrews’ stylish, bold production” | Reviews for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

The reviews are coming in for our West End production of Cat on the Hot Tin Roof at the Apollo

Sienna Miller stars as Maggie alongside Jack O’Connell as Brick and Colm Meaney as Big Daddy. A return to the stage for director Benedict Andrews following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Tennessee Williams’ searing, poetic story of a family’s fight for survival is a twentieth century masterpiece.

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★★★★
“Sienna Miller’s commanding performance reeks glamour”
The Independent| Read the full review

★★★★
“There is something splendidly decadent about this Young Vic production of Williams’ great play”
The Times | Read the full review

“This Young Vic production brings combustible conviction to a smoldering classic”
NY Times | Read the full review

★★★★
“Stylish”
Daily Telegraph| Read the full review

★★★★
“Sienna Miller gets right to the heart of Maggie”
The Financial Times | Read the full review

★★★★
“Miller and O’Connell get to a raw and naked truth”
The Metro

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof runs until 7 Oct at the Apollo Theatre. Tickets are available to book here.

📸 by Johan Persson

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “An electric storm of a performance” | Nina reviews

The reviews are in for Nina: A Story about me & Nina Simone !
Josette Bushell-Mingo, and her three piece band, mix story and song as she draws together tales from the life of Nina Simone, Josette’s own extraordinary career and the Black Lives Matter movement. This production is all sold out but you are welcome to join our returns queue from 6.45pm each night.

You can read the reviews below and check out what audiences have been saying so far in our Storify round up.

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Josette Bushell-Mingo and band in Nina at the Young Vic. Photo by Simon Annand

 

★★★★
“An electric storm of a performance”
Time Out | Read the full review

★★★★
“Amid this darkness, there’s also much light. Bushell-Mingo inhabits instinctively the union of joy and protest in Simone’s sound.”
The Times| Read the full review

★★★★
“Josette Bushell-Mingo’s searing one-woman show pushes the boundaries of theatre.”
The Stage| Read the full review

Nina: A Story about me & Nina Simone runs in the Young Vic Maria studio until 29 July before it heads to the Traverse Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

5 things you didn’t know about Nina Simone (& even if you did they’re still pretty incredible)

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Josette Bushell-Bingo in Nina at the Young Vic. Photo by Simon Annand.

1. What’s in a name? Nina Simone was born in 1933 as the slightly-less-catchy Eunice Waymon. She decided to change it after taking a job as a pianist at a bar in Atlantic City and being told she was going to have to sing too. Terrified her Methodist preacher mother would find out she was singing the “devil’s music”, she laid low under this new name which would soon become iconic. “Nina” was a term of endearment used by an ex-boyfriend whilst “Simone” came from the French actress Simone Signoret.

2. “This Bach, I liked him!” Young Nina began playing the piano as a 3 year old in church, crossing the railroad tracks to the white part of town to study classical piano for free lessons which she adored. Her aim was to be the first black classical pianist in America. It was on this journey that she encountered racism as a young girl, paving the way for her later career in activism: first when her parents were moved to the back of the church during her first piano recital to make way for a white family (Nina refused to play unless they were brought back to the front); then again when she was rejected from the Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music based on her race (she carried on trying, and did get into the Julliard School of Music).

3. Come and knock on my door… Malcolm X and Nina Simone lived next door to one another in Mount Vernon, New York during the late 1960s. The pair were united in their approach to the Civil Rights Movement, believing that a militant stance would be more effective at taking on the establishment than the peaceful protest offered up by Martin Luther King Jr. This was in great contrast to Nina’s early life where she had been taught that racism was the “great unspoken” in her childhood home.

4. “A love affair with fire” – Lisa Simone on her mother. Nina’s second husband Andrew Stroud gave up his day job to become her manager and producer full-time not long after they met and fell in love. They were introduced  in March 1961 while she was playing at a midtown supper club and he was a formidable New York City police officer. Their marriage turned tempestuous, with Stroud becoming abusive before she eventually left him.

5. The messages in Nina’s songs are as relevant today as ever. Nina’s passionate, revolutionary protest anthems such as Mississippi Goddam – a direct response to the murder of Medgar Evers and the Alabama church bombings which killed four children in 1963 – were a call to action and a truly inspiring point of change in the black power movement. In recent years, in the US, the UK and the world over, there have been political stirrings reminiscent of those seen in the 60s and 70s. Nina and her songs are perhaps even more necessary now than ever before.

Nina: A Story about me and Nina Simone runs until 29 July in the Maria studio at the Young Vic. Tickets are sold out but we’ll be operating a returns queue at the box office in advance of each performance.

🎧🎶Listen to our Nina Simone playlist on Spotify to get you in the mood… 🎧🎶

📢 New Season Announcement: Young Vic 2017/18 Season 📢

We’re thrilled to announce five new shows to round off 2017 and see in the new year.

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In the Main House, we’re presenting a season of voices from the edge: the world premiere of The Jungle by Joe Murphy & Joe Robertson, the founders of Good Chance Theatre, directed by Stephen Daldry & Justin Martin, in a co-production with the National Theatre, commissioned by the National Theatre.

Next up is a revival of The Brothers Size by the Academy Award Winner of Moonlight Tarrel Alvin McCraney, directed by Bijan Sheibani, in co-production with the Actors Touring Company.

Another world premiere, a new play presented in two parts by Matthew Lopez is The Inheritance, directed by Stephen Daldry.

Finishing up the Main House season is the UK premiere of the five Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Fun Home, with Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book & Lyrics by Lisa Kron, based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel and directed by Sam Gold.

Over in the studios, JMK Award 2017 winner Josh Roche directs My Name is Rachel Corrie.

 

The Jungle (7 Dec 2017 – 6 Jan 2018)

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This is the place people suffered and dreamed.

Okot wants nothing more than to get to the UK. Beth wants nothing more than to help him.

Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of “The Jungle”– just across the Channel, right on our doorstep.

Join refugees and volunteers from around the world over fresh baked naan and sweet milky chai at the Afghan Café.

From Good Chance Theatre, an immersive new play where worlds collide. In the worst places, you meet the best people.

The Jungle by Joe Murphy & Joe Robertson of Good Chance Theatre, directed by Stephen Daldry & Justin Martin, and designed by Miriam Buether runs 7 December 2017 – 6 January 2018 in the Young Vic’s Main House.

 

Brothers Size (19 Jan – 14 Feb 2018)

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“I was knocked for six by the vivid poetic muscularity of the play and the faultless production”
The Guardian

Ritual and reality intertwine in the sparkling, award-winning debut play by Oscar winning writer of Moonlight Tarell Alvin McCraney.

The African-American working class meets Yoruba mythology when the Brothers Size reconnect after a spell in prison.

Bijan Sheibani directs the long-awaited revival of this deeply moving fable about the rarely spoken bond between brothers.

The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney with direction by Bijan Sheibani, a co-production with Actors Touring Company runs from 19 January – 14 February 2018 in the Young Vic’s Main House.

 

The Inheritance (2 March – 5 May 2018)

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You have to wonder why there isn’t a word in the English language for the fireworks that go off in your brain when you finally kiss someone you’ve wanted for years.
Or for the intimacy and tenderness you feel as you hold the hand of a suffering friend.

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

How many words are there now for the different kinds of pain, the different kinds of love?

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

The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez with direction by Stephen Daldry and set and costume design by Bob Crowley runs in two parts from 2 March – 5 May 2018 in the Young Vic’s Main House.

 

Fun Home (18 June – 1 Sept 2018)

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“A blazingly original non-stop treasure of invention”
Newsday

Winner of 5 Tony Awards, this electrifying Broadway version of Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel took America by storm.

Meet Alison at three stages of her life.

Memories of her 1970s childhood in a funeral home merge with her college love life and her coming out.

Looking back on her complex relationship with her father, Alison finds they had more in common than she ever knew…

“Directed with vivid precision and haunting emotional ambiguity by Sam Gold”
The New York Times

“This is musical theatre at its best”
Huffington Post

Fun Home with music by Jeanine Tesori, book & lyrics by Lisa Kron and direction by Sam Gold runs from 18 June – 1 September 2018 in the Young Vic’s Main House.

 

My Name is Rachel Corrie (29 Sept – 21 Oct 2017)

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March 2003.  The Gaza Strip.  23 year old Rachel Corrie stands between a Palestinian house and an armoured bulldozer.

Meet the heroine behind the headlines.  This play captures the idealism, the blazing eloquence, the sardonic wit in Rachel’s vivid diary entries.

Josh Roche, winner of the JMK Award 2017, directs this stirring account of an extraordinary young woman’s overwhelming commitment to her cause.

“Powerful, thought-provoking, deeply moving”
The Daily Telegraph

My Name is Rachel Corrie taken from the writings of Rachel Corrie and edited by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner is directed by Josh Roche, winner of the JMK Award 2017. It is designed by Sophie Thomas with light by Joe Price and sound by Kieran Lucas. It is produced in association with Paul Casey and runs 29 September – 21 October 2017 in the Young Vic’s Clare studio. 

 

Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday 21 July at 10am. You can become a Friend and book today at www.youngvic.org 

 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “The language uncoils like perfumed smoke, sensuous, evocative, hypnotic.” | Taha reviews

The reviews for Taha are rolling in. This beautiful production written and performed by Amer Hlehel is directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi (The BelovedI Am Yusuf and This Is My Brother), founder of celebrated theatre company ShiberHur and is part of the Shubbak Festival 2017, opening a Window on Contemporary Arab Culture.

You can read the reviews below and check out what audiences have been saying so far in our Storify round up.

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Amer Hlehel in Taha at the Young Vic. Photo by David Sandison.

★★★★
“Rich, vivid… acutely moving. Simply beautiful.”
The Times | Read the full review

★★★★
“Pure poetry blossoms in deceptively simple show”
The Evening Standard | Read the full review

★★★★
“An inspiring piece, delicate, deeply affecting. Warmly recommended”
Independent | Read the full review

“A simple but well-crafted biographical portrait of an ordinary man who made himself into something more.”
British Theatre Guide | Read the full review

Taha runs in the Young Vic Maria studio until 15 July, make sure to grab your ticket now before it heads to Summerhall at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Nina post-show talk with Josette Bushell-Mingo, Margaret Busby & Dr Deirdre Osborne 🎤

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Josette Bushell-Mingo in Nina: A story about me & Nina Simone. Photo by Andrew Ness.

Nina: A story about me & Nina Simone opens at the Young Vic next week for a hotly-anticipated, sold-out run of just nine performances before heading to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

We are now thrilled to announce a post-show talk on Tuesday 25 July with performer and joint-creator of the show, Josette Bushell-Mingo. Josette will be joined on the panel by Margaret Busby and Dr Deirdre Osborne.

Find out more about the panelists below and read Josette’s recent interview with The Observer discussing how the show evoke’s Nina’s “spirit – her danger, decadence and almost belligerent demand on audiences.”

Josette Bushell-Mingo OBE is a Swedish-based English theatre actress and director. She was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2000 for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Rafiki in the London production of The Lion King. In 2001, she founded a black-led arts festival called PUSH at the Young Vic. Her credits at the Young Vic include: Simply Heavenly (as a director, also West End) and The Iron Man.

Margaret Busby OBE, FRSL is co-founder of Allison and Busby publishing house, broadcaster, playwright, editor Daughters of Africa, book reviewer and obituarist for The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Independent.

Dr Deirdre Osborne is a Reader in English Literature and Drama, Goldsmiths University of London, co-convenor MA Black British Writing and editor of the Cambridge Companion to British Black and Asian Literature (1945-2010).