Twelfth Night | Cast Announcement

We’re extremely excited to announce the cast of Twelfth Night, Kwame’s first YV adaptation as Artistic Director. Conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub,  with music & lyrics by Shaina Taub and direction by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Oskar Eustis.

A community chorus of 60 members from Southwark and Lambeth will perform alongside the professional artists below.

Melissa Allen (Feste)
Gabrielle Brooks (Viola)
Gerard Carey (Malvolio)
Natalie Dew (Olivia)
Martyn Ellis (Sir Toby Belch)
Gbemisola Ikumelo (Maria)
Jyuddah Jaymes (Sebastian)
Jonathan Livingstone (Antonio)
Silas Wyatt-Barke (Andrew Aguecheek)
Rupert Young (Duke Orsino)

Meet our wonderful company…

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Theatre includes: A Christmas Carol (Old Vic); Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (NTS/National Theatre); Gemma (Playwrights’ Studio Scotland); Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Sweeney Todd (Aberdeen Youth Musical Theatre Group); and Westside Story (Leading Lights Theatre Group).

 

 

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Theatre includes: The Way of the World (Donmar Warehouse); The Wizard of Oz (Sheffield Crucible); Everybody’s Talking about Jamie (Sheffield Crucible); Queen Anne (RSC/Theatre Royal Haymarket); Lazarus (King’s Cross Theatre); Perfect Pitch Musical (St James Theatre); Red Snapper (Belgrade Theatre); Synergy Play Readings (Theatre 503); The Strangers Case (Liverpool Everyman); The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales); I Can’t Sing (London Palladium); Our House (Savoy Theatre),  Avenue Q (UK and Ireland Tour) and Hairspray (UK and Ireland Tour)
Concerts include: The Light Princess (National Theatre)
Television and film includes: Coming Down The Mountain and Notes of a Scandal.

 

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Theatre includes: The Jungle (Playhouse Theatre); A Christmas Carol (RSC); Half a Sixpence (Noel Coward Theatre); Shrek the Musical (UK Tour); Dickens Abridged (Arts Theatre); Soho Cinders (Soho Theatre); Master Class (Vaudeville Theatre); Ex (Soho theatre); Butcher, Noises Off(Birmingham Old Rep); Invisible Man (Menier Chocolate Factory); His Dark Materials (National Tour); Jack and the Beanstalk (About Productions); Spamalot (Palace Theatre); Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz (Birmingham Rep); A Midsummer Nights Dream, Taming of the Shrew, Leonardo’s Last Supper, Two Gentlemen of Verona, High Society (New Shakespeare Company/ Regents Open Air); Cinderella (Oxford Playhouse); Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre).
Film and television includes: Bound, Love Soup and Torchwood.

 

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Theatre includes: Deposit and Fault Lines (Hampstead Theatre); Breaking the Code (Royal Exchange Theatre); Human Animals, The Internet is Serious Business and Rough Cuts (Royal Court); Bend it Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre); Twelfth Night (Liverpool Everyman Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre); Arab Nights (Metta Theatre) Rest Upon the Wind (A.M. Productions); Hamlet (Northern Broadsides); Arabian Nights (RSC); As You Like It (Dash Arts) Hansel and Gretel (Catherine Wheel Theatre Company) and Twelfth Night (The New Shakespeare Company).
Film and television: Peter Rabbit, We Can Be Heroes, Bodyguard, Casualty, Kiri and Gavin and Stacey.

 

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Theatre includes: My Fair Lady (Teatro di San Carlo); Carousel (English National Opera); Wicked (Apollo Victoria); My Fair Lady (Sheffield Crucible); One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre, West End and Broadway); Aspects of Love (Menier Chocolate Factory); The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre); Guys and Dolls(Piccadilly Theatre); Grand Hotel (Donmar Warehouse); The Lion King (Original London Cast-Lyceum Theatre); Lennon (Astoria Theatre); and Les Miserables (Palace Theatre).
Film and Television includes:  Catch 22, The Romanoffs, Decline and Fall, Father Brown, Harley and the Davidsons, The Last Kingdom, Agatha Raisin, Jonathan Strange and Mr.Norrell, The Smoke, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Doctors, Christmas Eve, Agent Cody Banks 2 and A Christmas Carol.
 

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Theatre Includes: Our Country’s Good (UK Tour); Oliver Twist (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Snow White (Mercury Theatre); The New Nigerians (Arcola Theatre); The Night Watch (the Royal Exchange); Little Shop of Horrors (Salisbury Playhouse); Hopelessly Devoted (Paines Plough Tour/Tricycle Theatre/Birmingham Rep); The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre); The Coloured Museum (Talawa); Death & The Kings Horseman (National Theatre); Duck (Unicorn Theatre); God is a DJ (Theatre Centre); RENT (English Theatre of Frankfurt); and The Bat (The New Vic Theatre).
Film and Television: Cocktail, Famalam, SunnyD, Broadchurch, One Night, What’s Your News, Holby City and Black Britain.

 

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Jyuddah Jaymes | Sebastian
Theatre includes: The Taming of the Shrew, The Wizard of Oz, Jason and the Argonauts, Little Baby Jesus, Blue/Orange, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Under Milk Wood, The Seagull, The Beaux Strategem, The Merchant of Venice, Our Country’s Good and The Garden Hop (Bristol Old Vic).
Film and television includes: Clique and Wedding Snaps.

 

 

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Young Vic includes: Now We Are Here
Theatre includes: Machinal (Almeida Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe); Our Country’s Good, Treasure Island, War Horse (National Theatre); White Hot and Weak (Old Vic New Voices Festival); Superior Donuts (Southwark Playhouse); Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Cheek By Jowl); The Taming of the Shrew (RSC); Pocket Comedy, Pocket Dream, Merchant of Venice, Midsummer Nights Dream  (Propeller) 7 New Plays By Young Writers (Kids Company and National Theatre); Pandora (Giant Theatre Company/ Arcola); Alice In The Walled Garden (Brockwell Park); Ignition 2 (Royal Court Upstairs).
Film and Television includes: Still Life, Chewing Gum and Holby City.

 

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Theatre includes: As You Like It (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Rose Theatre); Dr Seuss’ The Lorax (The Old Vic/Royal Alexandra Theatre Toronto); Forty Years On (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Emperor and the Nightingale (Theatre by the Lake); The Go Between (Apollo Theatre); Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre); Jack and the Beanstalk (The Production Exchange, Key Theatre).
Film includes: Benjamin.

 

 

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Theatre includes: Gaslight (UK Tour); While the Sun Shines (Theatre Royal Bath), The Philanderer (Orange Tree Theatre); High Society (Old Vic); Tonight at 8:30 (Nuffield Theatre & Tour); Company (Southwark Playhouse); Much Ado About Nothing (Globe Theatre); Afterlife, Never So Good (National Theatre); French Without Tears (English Touring theatre); Sleeping Beauty (Salisbury Playhouse); Cymbeline, H.M.S Pinafore and Twelfth Night (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre);and Comedy of Errors (Wild Tyme).
Film and Television includes: The Bisexual, Will, Good Karma Hospital, Writers Retreat, Dirty Filthy Love, People Just Do Nothing, the White Queen, Merlin (Series II-V), Shameless, Hotel Babylon, Primeval, Heartbreak, Vital Signs, Foyles War, Doc Martin and Island At War.

 

Twelfth Night runs from 2 October – 17 November 2018 in the Young Vic’s Main House. Book your tickets here

Fun Home | Production Photos

The London transfer of Fun Home is now in previews at the Young Vic. Take your first exclusive look at the production photos here.

Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel this heartbreaking and profound musical took Broadway by storm winning 5 Tony Awards.

The cast of Fun Home includes Kaisa Hammarlund, Eleanor Kane, Jenna Russell, Ashley Samuels, Cherrelle Skeete, Zubin Varla and Brooke Haynes, Eddie Martin, Charlie McLellan, Ramsay Robertson, Archie Smith, Harriet Turnbull

Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book & Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
Direction Sam Gold

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Harriet Turnbull in Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner
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Fun Home is now running at the Young Vic until 1 Sept. Tickets are selling fast so best availability is from 13 August. Book tickets now from £15.

Production photos by Marc Brenner

Fun Home | Rehearsal Room Photos

Take a look behind-the-scenes as we go into rehearsal room of Fun Home ahead of previews from 18 June.

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 as 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…

The Fun Home cast includes Kaisa Hammarlund, Eleanor Kane, Jenna Russell, Ashley Samuels, Cherrelle SkeeteZubin Varla and Brooke Haynes, Eddie Martin, Charlie McLellan, Ramsay Robertson, Archie Smith, Harriet Turnbull

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Eleanor Kane and Cherrelle Skeete in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner
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Ramsay Robertson, Zubin Varla, Brooke Haynes and Charlie McLellan in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Zubin Varla and Jenna Russell in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Kaisa Hammarlund in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Sam Gold and Lisa Kron in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Eleanor Kane in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Eleanor Kane in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Jenna Russell, Brooke Haynes, Charlie McLellan and Ramsay Robertson in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Ashley Samuels in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner.

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Zubin Varla in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Jenna Russell in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Sam Gold in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

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Cherrelle Skeete and Eleanor Kane in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

Jenna Russell in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner (2)

Jenna Russell in rehearsal for Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

Fun Home runs at the Young Vic from 18 June – 1 Sept. Best availability from 6 August.

Book tickets now

 

 

 

Young actors confirmed for Fun Home

Rehearsals for our upcoming production of Fun Home are in full swing (we’ll give you a sneak peek soon) and we’re delighted to announce the confirmed casting of our young actors.

This electrifying Broadway version of Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel explores the life of Alison and her family at three different stages of her life.

Meet our team of extremely talented Small Alisons, Johns and Christians . . .

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Brooke Haynes

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Harriet Turnbull

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Eddie Martin

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Ramsay Robertson

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Christian       

Charlie McLellan

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Archie Smith

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Fun Home is produced in association with Sonia Friedman Productions, Fox Theatricals and Barbara Whitman.

Book tickets now from just £10. Fun Home runs at the Young Vic from 18 Jun – 1 Sept.

The Inheritance transfers to the West End following its sold out run at the Young Vic

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

We are delighted to announce that The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez will continue its journey with a West End transfer this autumn.

Directed by Stephen Daldry, Lopez’s major two-part world premiere will play a strictly limited season at the Nöel Coward Theatre, beginning previews on 21st September.

The Inheritance will finish its sold out run here at the Young Vic Theatre on Saturday 19th May, where it opened to huge acclaim. Critics recognised Matthew Lopez’s play as a modern classic, and one of the most important plays for many years.

The majority of the original Young Vic cast will transfer with the production, including: Hugo Bolton, Robert Boulter, Andrew Burnap, Hubert Burton, John Benjamin Hickey, Paul Hilton, Samuel H. Levine, Syrus Lowe,  Michael Marcus,  Vanessa Redgrave,  Kyle Soller and Michael Walters

The Inheritance will run at the Nöel Coward Theatre from 21 September 2018 – 5 January 2019. Tickets are on sale now via TodayTix.

Within Reach | A Taking Part community response to The Inheritance

“It’s been a wonderfully rewarding process. Not only have I learnt how to awaken my body through movement, but I’ve learnt that speech isn’t always needed to create a powerful, emotive performance.”

Created by a group of individuals who have a relationship to HIV and/or AIDS, Within Reach was inspired by the themes found within Matthew Lopez’s The Inheritance.

This poignant response piece used movement to physically explore participants experiences, memories, challenges and beliefs over the course of two months.

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Director Grace Gibson, supported through the Jerwood Assistant Director Programme at the Young Vic, told us more about this work:

“The topic of HIV and AIDS is huge and means different things to different people. We can only speak (or in this case move) from our own experiences. Each individual has brought their own story and energy to the process and it has been a true collaboration.”

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One of our amazing participants, Jill, recorded a poem alongside Sound Designer George Dennis as a personal reflection of her time working with us. Listen here:

Our Director Grace went on to explain why she chose movement as the means to tell the story:

“This is the first time the full group have used movement as a form of self-expression. Through exercises involving trust, contact and improvisation the company created a safe and generous environment in which they allowed each other to openly share and take risks.”

You can read some audience responses to the piece here:

 

 

 

£5 First Previews Lottery with TodayTix

We are very excited to introduce £5 First Previews alongside Kwame Kwei-Armah’s first YV season. All first previews of Main House productions will be sold at just £5 via a TodayTix lottery, starting with the first show of the season: Twelfth Night.

You will be able to enter the £5 First Preview Lottery for one week until noon the day prior to the first preview performance of each production (don’t worry, we’ll remind you).

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

Find out more about all the shows in the new season by heading over to youngvic.org.