A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Cast announcement

We are very excited to share with you the first glimpse of casting for Joe Hill-Gibbins’ thrilling take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The cast includes Oliver Alvin-Wilson (Demetrius), Leo Bill (Bottom), John Dagleish (Lysander), Michael Gould (Oberon), Anastasia Hille (Titania), Anna Madeley (Helena), Jemima Rooper (Hermia) and Matthew Steer (Peter Quince). Get to know the cast of this bold new production below.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs at the Young Vic 16 Feb – 1 Apr 2017. £10 tickets available. Book now: youngvic.org


Oliver Alvin-Wilson
Theatre includes: The Red Barn, Emperor And Galilean, All’s Well That Ends Well (National Theatre); Antigone (Pilot, Theatre Royal Stratford East); A Midsummer Night’s DreamHenry VThe Merchant Of Venice (Propeller Theatre Company); Doctor Faustus (West Yorkshire Playhouse/ Citizens Theatre) and Blue/Orange (ATG, Theatre Royal Brighton/UK Tour).
Film includes: The Huntsman.
Television includes: From Cradle to Grave, Misfits, Hollyoaks and Casualty.

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For the Young Vic: The Glass Menagerie.
Theatre includes: Hamlet (Barbican); Light Shining in BuckinghamshirePains of YouthThe Observer, The HothouseA Woman Killed With Kindness (National Theatre); The Silence of the Sea (Donmar Warehouse); Posh (Duke of York’s Theatre, Royal Court) and The Way of the World (Sheffield Crucible Theatre).
Film includes: Alice Through the Looking Glass, Mr Turner, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Me and Orson Welles, The Fall and Vera Drake. For television: Taboo, The White Queen, Pramface, The Borgias and Eroica.


john-dagleishJohn Dagleish
Theatre includes: The Winter’s Tale/Harlequinade (The Garrick); Sunny Afternoon (Hampstead Theatre, Harold Pinter Theatre) for which he won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical; Shoot/Get Treasure/RepeatThe Mother (Royal Court).
Film includes:
 The Monuments MenAge Of Heroes, Frankie Teardrop and The Priest.
Television includes: The Last DragonslayerThe Moorside Project, Silent Witness, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Siblings, Truckers, Beaver Falls I & II, Larkrise To Candleford (4 series) and Henry V.


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For the Young Vic: A View from the Bridge (Wyndham’s Theatre and Lyceum Theatre New York), Hamlet and Cruel and Tender.
Theatre includes: Attempts on her Life, Waves, Women of Troy, Earthquakes in London, Pillars in the Community, Our Class (National Theatre); The Audience (Apollo Theatre); The Ugly One (Royal Court); Othello (RSC) and King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe).
Television includes: The Jury, Secret State, The Bletchley Circle, Lucan, Getting On, Decline and Fall, Silent Witness and The Conversation.
Film includes: Our Kind of Traitor, Crocodile, Private Peaceful and Room 8 (BAFTA Best Short).

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For the Young Vic:
The Jewish Wife and The Maids.
Theatre includes: Dido-Queen of Carthage, Women Of Troy, Macbeth, Waves, A Dream Play, The Oresteia, The Effect (National Theatre); The Master Builder (Almeida, Olivier nominated); Forty Winks (Royal Court); The Dark, Morphic Respnance (Donmar Warehouse); The Winter’s Tale (RSC); Ashes to Ashes/ Mountain Language (Royal Court, Lincoln Centre NYC);  Macbeth, Measure for Measure (Barbican) and most recently Hamlet (also Barbican, Olivier nominated).
Film includes: Good and most recently, A United Kingdom.
Television includes: The Missing, Not Safe For Work, Getting On, The Tunnel and The Fear (BAFTA nominated).

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Theatre includes: Les Blancs (National Theatre); The Turn of the Screw, Becky Shaw (Almeida Theatre); The Crucible (Old Vic); Contractions, Ladybirds (Royal Court); The Philanthropists, The Cosmonauts Last Message (Donmar Warehouse); and Private Lives (Music Box Theatre).
Film includes: Deep Water, The Ones Below, A Fantastic Fear of Everything, Strawberry Fields, Brideshead Revisited and In Bruges.
Television includes: Anne Lister, Secret State, Crossing Lines, The Crown, Virtuoso, Code of a Killer, Utopia and Mr Selfridge.


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For the Young Vic:
A Respectable Wedding.
Theatre includes: Hand to God (West End); Blithe Spirit (West End and US tour); One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre, Tour, West End & Broadway, nomination for What’s On Stage Best Supporting Actress Award); All My Sons (West End, nomination for What’s On Stage Best Supporting Actress Award); Me & My Girl (Sheffield Crucible, nomination for Best Performer in a Musical); The Power of Yes, Her Naked Skin (National Theatre); The Great Game (Tricycle); Where Do We Live (Royal Court).
Film includes: SexlifeOne ChanceWhat If, The Black Dahlia and Kinky Boots.
Television includes: AtlantisLost in Austen, As If, Hex, Love in a Cold Climate and The Railway Children.


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Theatre includes:
 Hamlet (Barbican); The Victorian In The Wall (Royal Court); The Summer House (Gate); Out Of The Blue (Liverpool Everyman) and Britain’s Best Mates (Edinburgh Fringe).
Film includes: Urban HymnNT Live: Hamlet, Cinderella, SuperBob, Criminal, Leatherbird and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I.
Television includes: Agatha Christie’s Partners In Crime, Siblings, Cider With Rosie, Drifters, Crackanory, Count Arthur Strong, Morgana Robinsons The Agency, Drunk History, Outlander, Utopia, New Tricks, The Cafe, Misfits, The Royal, and Silent Witness.

Further casting is still to be announced.

Joe Hill-Gibbins will direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream following his 2015 production of Measure for Measure.  Other credits at the Young Vic include: The Changeling (The Maria, Main House), The Glass MenagerieThe Beauty Queen of Leenane and A Respectable Wedding.  Joe was Genesis Fellow at the Young Vic between 2010 and 2012. His other theatre credits include: Little Revolution (Almeida); Edward II (National Theatre); The Village Bike (Royal Court); and The Girlfriend Experience (Young Vic and Royal Court / Drum Theatre Plymouth). His opera credits include: Powder Her Face (ENO).

Casting Announcement | Cuttin’ It


Today we’ve to announced casting for Cuttin’ It, a devastating new play by Charlene James that reveals the price some girls pay to become a woman. Adelayo Adedayo (Some Girls) and Tsion Habte will play Muna and Irqa directed by Gbolahan Obisesan. Get to know the cast below.


Tsion Habte & Adelayo Adedayo

Adelayo Adedayo makes her Young Vic debut.  Her theatre credits include Klippies (Southwark Playhouse); Rachel (Finborough) and The Dead Wait (Park Theatre). For film, her credits include: Unlocked, Jet Trash, London Fields, Gone Too Far and Sket. Television credits include: Black to the Future, Houdini & Doyle, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Law & Order UK, Some Girls (series 1-3), Skins, and Meet the Bandaiis.

Tsion Habte makes her professional debut in Cuttin’ It. She is currently studying at the BRIT School for Performing Arts.

Cuttin’ It by Charlene James runs at the Young Vic from 20 May – 11 June 2016. For more info / to book tickets: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/cuttin-it.
Cuttin’ It is a Young Vic / Royal Court Theatre co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Sheffield Theatres and The Yard Theatre.

Casting Announcement | Bull’s return to the YV

Following a sold-out run and an Olivier Award, Clare Lizzimore’s riveting production of Mike Bartlett’s Bull (★★★★) returns to the Young Vic for a limited run with ringside standing as three employees fight to keep their jobs. Get to know the cast below.
Due to phenomenal demand we’ve extended the run by one week and added an extra performance on Christmas eve. Book now.

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Theatre includes:Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse); King Lear (Chichester Festival Theatre/BAM New York); Relatively Speaking (Wyndham’s); A Time to Reap, Posh, In Basildon (Royal Court); The Promise, Luise Miller (Donmar Warehouse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Headlong); Fabrication (Affabulazione) (The Print Room); Danton’s Death (National Theatre); Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Comedy Theatre); Measure for Measure (Plymouth Theatre Royal/UK Tour); Waste (Almeida); Romeo and Juliet (Theatre Of Memory); Thyestes (Battersea Arts Centre); Finisterre (Theatre 503); The Herbal Bed (Salisbury Playhouse) and Cymeline (Cambridge Arts Theatre).
Film includes: Set the Thames on Fire, Anna Karenina, The Sweeney, The Numbers Station, The Duchess and 99 Francs.
Television includes: Saving Hope, The Hollow Crown II, Endeavour, Midsomer Murders and Big Bad World.
Radio includes: Heart of Darkness and Beau Geste.

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Theatre includes: The Beaux Stratagem, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, Much Ado About Nothing, Philistines, The Rose Tattoo (National Theatre); The Merchant of Venice (winner of Ian Charleson Award), American Psycho (Almeida); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Noel Coward); Trelawny of the Wells (Donmar Warehouse); School for Scandal (Theatre Royal, Bath); All New People (West End and tour); The Merchant of Venice (RSC) and An Enemy of the People (nominated for Ian Charleson Award) (Sheffield Crucible).
Film and Short Film includes: 4-3-2-1, First night, She Stoops to Conquer, The Batsman & The Ballerina and Watching.
Television includes: I Want My Wife Back, Catastrophe (Series 2), Scrotal Recall, Death in ParadiseThe C Word, Boomers, The Great Fire, Drifters, Father Brown, The Job Lot, A Nice Arrangement, Uncle, Pramface (Series 2), Jo, Pete Vs Life (Series 1&2), The Paul Andrew Williams show, Midsomer Murders, Dr Who, Filth and Wallander.

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Theatre Credits Include: Speed-The-Plow (Playhouse); A Small Family Business, The Pillowman, London Cuckolds, Blue Remembered Hills, Dealer’s Choice (also Vaudeville) (National Theatre); Richard II (RSC); The Same Deep Water As Me, The Real Thing (also Albery, Broadway), Morphic Resonance (Donmar Warehouse); Shrek the Musical (Dreamworks/Theatre Royal, Drury Lane; nominated for Olivier and What’s On Stage Awards, Best Actor in a Musical); Broken Glass (Tricycle; winner of What’s On Stage Award, Best Supporting Actor); Sucker Punch, The Woman Before, Push Up, King Lear (Royal Court) Under the Blue Sky (Duke of York’s); The Homecoming, Awake and Sing(nominated for What’s On Stage Award, Best Supporting Actor), Romance, The Earthly Paradise, The Tower (Almeida); Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly) World Music, Hamlet (Sheffield Crucible); The Tempest (Old Vic); Bedroom Farce (Aldwych), Katerina (Lyric Hammersmith) and Anna Karenina (Shared Experience).
Film includes: Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Breakfast With Johnny Wilkinson, Four Lions (nominated for British Comedy Award for Best British Comedy Performance in Film), First Night, Scoop, Mike Bassett: England Manager, Blackball, On A Clear Day and Rogue Trader.
Television includes: Victoria (2016), Death In Paradise (Series 5), The Devil You Know, You, Me And The Apocalypse, Foyle’s War, Poirot: The Labours Of Hercules, Gifted, The Tunnel, The Fear, George Gently (Series 6), Best Of Men, Mid Morning Matters With Alan Patrtridge, Spooks (Series 9), Silent Witness, Waking The Dead, The Relief Of Belsen, Rome, Jam And Jerusalem, Ok Corral, All About George, New Tricks, The Bill, Tunnel Of Love, Frances Tuesday, Murphy’s Law, My Family, Casualty, I’m Alan Patrtidge, Midsomer Murders, The Armando Iannucci Show, Too Much Sun, Déjà Vu, A Dance to the Music of Time, Harbour Lights, Bye Bye Baby, Brass Eye, Dressing For Breakfast (Series 1-3), A Few Short Journeys Of The Heart and Between The Lines.

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Theatre includes: The Same Deep Water As Me (Donmar Warehouse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC) and Seasons’s Greetings (National Theatre).
Film includes: Bad Education: The Movie, Nativity 3, The Harry Hill Movie, Nativity 2, Arthur Christmas,  Nativity, Frequently Asked Questions about Time Travel and Confetti.
Television includes: High and Dry, Psychobitches, Drunk History, Inside Number 9, Way to Go, Delocated, La La Land (winner of Rose d’Or Award), Marc Wootton Exposed, Gavin & Stacey, Nighty Night, High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman, French & Saunders, The Pilot Show, My New Best Friend (winner of British Comedy Award and Rose d’Or Golden Rose Award), Cyderdelic: The Revolution Will Be Televised (winner of BBC2 Green Light Award) and The 11 O’Clock Show.

Bull return to the YV on 11 Dec and runs until 16 Jan 2015. Get close to the action with Ringside Standing tickets for just £10. For more info / to book tickets: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/bull

A Supporting Wall / Young Vic co-production.

Click here to see what audiences said about the show in 2014.

Casting announced for Ah, Wilderness!

Natalie Abrahami directs Eugene O’Neill’s warm portrait of a Connecticut childhood, complete with moonlit beaches, firecrackers, booze and a powerfully dark undertow. Take a look at the cast of Ah, Wilderness! in all their glory.

David Annen

David Annen plays David McComber / George. He has also appeared at the Young Vic in Fireface, My Dad’s A Birdman and Demons & Dybbuks. Other theatre includes Macbeth (MIF/Park Avenue Armory); The Master and Margarita, (Complicite); The Cement Garden (Vault Festival); Measure For Measure (Almeida); Henry VIII (Holy Trinity, Stratford); Chains of Dew (Orange Tree); Guantanamo (Tricycle Theatre) and Into The West (New Victory, New York). Film includes Absolutely Anything and The West Wittering Affair. Television includes Coalition, An Adventure in Space and Time, Call the Midwife and Midsomer Murders.

Georgia Bourke

Georgia Bourke plays Muriel, making her professional stage debut. Her film credits include Jane Eyre, GirlLikeMe and Reign of the General. Georgia’s television work includes Silent Witness and Hollyoaks (regular character Lacey Kane).

Janie Dee

Janie Dee plays Essie, making her Young Vic debut. Her other theatre credits include 84 Charing Cross Road (Salisbury Playhouse); A Little Night Music (Palace Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Globe Tour); Blithe Spirit (Gielgud); Putting it Together (St. James); Hello Dolly (Curve, Leicester – UK Theatre Award); NSFW (Royal Court – Olivier nomination); Noises Off (Old Vic/Novello); A Month in the Country (Chichester); Woman in Mind (Stephen Joseph/ Vaudeville); Shadowlands (Wyndhams and tour); My One and Only (Chichester/ Picadilly – Olivier nomination); Comic Potential (Lyric/ Manhattan Theatre Club – Olivier Award, Evening Standard Award, Critics Circle Award, Obie) and Carousel (National – Olivier Award). Television includes A Tribute to Harold Pinter, Celebration, The Murder Room, Death in Holy Orders and House of Cards. Film includes The Trouble With Dot and Harry, Dare to be Wild and Me and Orson Welles. Radio includes That Obscure Hurt, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Skios and From Russia With Love.

George MacKay

George MacKay plays Richard. He makes his Young Vic debut in Ah, Wilderness! following his first professional stage role in The Cement Garden at VAULT Festival 2014.  Nominated as one of the EE BAFTA Rising Stars in 2014, George’s recent film credits include PRIDE, Sunshine on Leith, How I Live Now and For Those in Peril. For his lead role in the latter, MacKay was awarded the Scottish BAFTA for Best Actor and won in the same category at the Stockholm Film Festival. Forthcoming credits include Captain Fantastic with Viggo Mortenson, Duane Hopkin’s Bypass and BBC One television drama The Outcast.

Martin Marquez

Martin Marquez plays Nat. Making his Young Vic debut in Ah, Wilderness!, his previous theatre credits include Blasted (Sheffield Theatres); The Crucible (West Yorkshire Playhouse); From Here to Eternity (West End); Mother Courage and her Children, Anything Goes, Love’s Labours Lost (National Theatre); The Iceman Cometh (Old Vic); and Cleansed (Royal Court). Television credits include Vera, Twenty Twelve and The Whale. In spring 2015 Martin will appear in new BBC One comedy Woody.

Eleanor McLoughlin

Eleanor McLoughlin plays Norah. She makes her Young Vic debut in Ah, Wilderness!.  Previous stage credits include Planter’s Island (Saint Martin’s Studio Theatre) and Playboy of the Western World (Millbank Theatre). Her film credits include Forgotten Man and Ghost Runner.

Yasmin Paige

Yasmin Paige plays Belle. Making her Young Vic debut in Ah, Wilderness!, her previous theatre credits include Spur of the Moment (Royal Court); Annie (Hammersmith); Romeo and Juliet (Bloomsbury) and Les Miserables (Palace). Film includes The Possibilities are Endless, The Double, Second Nature, Z, Wondrous Oblivion, Tooth, The Keeper, I Could Never Be Your Woman, and Submarine. Television includes Glue, Pramface, Coming Up: Spoof or Die, Secret Life, Smack the Pony, Bed & Breakfast Star, The Last Detective, Mysti, Golden Hour, My Life as a Popat and Murderland. Radio includes Dead in the Water, The Meeting Point, and The Little Toe Radio.

Dominic RowanDominic Rowan plays Sid. He most recently appeared at the Young Vic as Lopakhin in Katie Mitchell’s production of The Cherry Orchard, and previous credits for the theatre include A Doll’s House which played two seasons before transferring to the West End and BAM in New York, and After Dido. Other theatre credits include Medea, Happy Now?, Iphegina at Aulis (National Theatre); The Village Bike (Royal Court); Henry VIII (Shakespeare’s Globe); and The Misanthrope (West End). Television credits include Henry IV, The Restless and Law and Order UK (four series).

Susannah WiseSusannah Wise plays Lily. She first appeared at the Young Vic in A Doll’s House. Other theatre credits include Hero and Where Do We Live (Royal Court); Blurred Lines, The Hush, The Holy Rosenbergs (National Theatre); Three Sisters and Festen (West End). Susannah’s television credits include Derek, Jo, Phone Shop, Camp X and Babylon. Later in 2015 she will be seen in The Enfield Haunting and feature film Take Down. Film credits include An Ideal Husband, Britannic and Wonder.

Ashley Zhangazha

Ashley Zhangazha plays Arthur. Appearing at the Young Vic for the first time, Ashley’s previous theatre credits include Hamlet (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Venice Preserv’d (The Spectator’s Guild); Henry V (Nöel Coward Theatre, Michael Grandage Season); Fences (Duchess Theatre); Belong and Truth and Reconciliation (Royal Court); Richard II, King Lear (Donmar Warehouse); and Danton’s Death (National Theatre). His television credits include Humans, Ordinary Lies and Lenny Goes to Town.

The role of Tommy in Ah, Wilderness! will be shared by Lucas Pinto and Rory Stroud.

Ah, Wilderness! runs from 14 Apr – 23 Mar. Tickets from £10 for all performances. Book now at youngvic.org.

Casting announced for The Cherry Orchard

Casting was announced today for groundbreaking director Katie Mitchell’s The Cherry Orchard in a new English language version by Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens.

Katie Mitchell returns to the Young Vic for the first time in four years to direct the fifth and final of Chekhov’s great plays following Uncle Vanya at the Young Vic, and Three Sisters, Ivanov and The Seagull at the NT. The cast includes:

Kate DucheneKate Duchêne as Lyubov Ranevskaya. Her past roles for Katie Mitchell include Hansel and GretelA Woman Killed With KindnessBeauty and the Beast, Women of Troy, Attempts on Her Life, Waves, Iphigenia at Aulis (National Theatre). Other stage roles include The Cherry Orchard, Faust, The Country Wife, Murder in the Cathedral, Richard III (RSC); Small Craft Warning, The Herbal Bed (West End).

Dominic RowanDominic Rowan returns to the Young Vic to play Alexander Lopakhin. He appeared in Katie Mitchell’s production of After Dido (Young Vic/ENO) at the theatre in 2009, and played Torvald Helmer in Carrie Cracknell’s acclaimed staging of A Doll’s House which played two seasons at the Young Vic before transferring into the West End and on to BAM in New York. Theatre audiences will see him next in Cracknell’s production of Medea at the National Theatre. Other past stage credits include Penelope Skinner’s The Village Bike (Royal Court), Henry VIII (Globe), The Misanthrope (West End) and The Spanish Tragedy (Arcola).

Angus WrightAngus Wright plays Gaev. His last appearance at the Young Vic was in Katie Mitchell’s sold-out children’s show The Cat in the Hat. He has performed in Katie’s productions of Wastwater (Royal Court); The Seagull, Dream Play, Three Sisters and The Dybbuk at the National Theatre. Stage credits also include Privates on Parade (West End), Complicite’s The Master and Margarita and Measure for Measure, and Design for Living (Old Vic). More recently he performed in the all-male double bill of Twelfth Night and Richard III, which played on Broadway after its Globe and West End runs.

Gawn GraingerGawn Grainger plays Firs. His extensive stage credits include 20 productions for the National Theatre including: A Small Family BusinessA Woman Killed With Kindness…some trace of her, Saturday Sunday Monday and The Seagull. Past work on stage also includes: Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe), Onassis (West End), The Recruiting Officer (Donmar), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Almeida) and Amy’s View (Theatre Royal Bath).

Paul HiltonPaul Hilton returns to the Young Vic to play Peter Trofimov. He was last on stage at the theatre in David Lan’s production of The Daughter in Law. Stage work also includes Rufus Norris’ The Table (NT) and Dr Dee (ENO); Doctor Faustus (Globe); Howard Davies’ The President of an Empty Room and Mourning Becomes Electra (NT); Katie Mitchell’s Three Sisters (NT); Michael Grandage’s The Wild Duck (Donmar).

The cast also includes:

Natalie KlamarNatalie Klamar as Varya




Sarah MalinSarah Malin as Charlotte Ivanovna




Tom MothersdaleTom Mothersdale as Yasha




Sarah RidgewaySarah Ridgeway as Dunyasha




Hugh SkinnerHugh Skinner as Yepihodov




Catrin Stewartand Catrin Stewart as Anya




The Cherry Orchard begins 10 October. Tickets from £10 for all performances. Book now at youngvic.org.


Casting for A View from the Bridge Announced

We’re thrilled to announce the casting for A View from the Bridge! Plus, due to the incredible demand we’ve extended the production until 7 June.

Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Zero Dark Thirty, Sherlock Holmes) and Nicola Walker (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Last Tango in Halifax, Spooks) will lead the cast as Eddie Carbone and wife Beatrice, along with Michael Gould (Alfieri), Phoebe Fox (Catherine), Richard Hansell (Louis), Luke Norris (Rodolpho) and Jonah Russell (First Officer).

Mark Strong will play Eddie Carbone

Mark Strong returns to the stage following his Olivier Award-nominated performance in Sam Mendes’ production of Twelfth Night at the Donmar in 2002. His theatre work also includes roles for the RSC; four productions for Richard Eyre at the National Theatre, as well as David Thacker’s Death of a Salesman and Patrick Marber’s Closer; The Treatment and Thickness of Skin at the Royal Court; and Peter Gill’s West End production of Speed-the-Plow. A familiar and well-loved actor on television, his extensive credits include Our Friends in the North, The Long Firm (BAFTA nominated), Roger Michell’s The Buddha of Suburbia and two seasons of Prime Suspect. Cinemagoers have seen him most recently in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Young Victoria, Syriana and Zero Dark Thirty. He has enjoyed notable collaborations over the years with directors Guy Ritchie, on Sherlock Holmes, RocknRolla, and Revolver; Ridley Scott, on Robin Hood and Body of Lies, for which he received a London Film Critics’ Circle Award nomination; and Matthew Vaughn, on Kick-Ass and Stardust.

Nicola Walker headshot bwNicola Walker won an Olivier Award for her performance in the National Theatre’s highly acclaimed production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in 2012. Her past roles for the NT also include: Season’s Greetings, Gethsemane, Tales from the Vienna Woods and Edmond. Other work in theatre includes: Mrs Klein, Cloud Nine (Almeida); Relocated, Fresh Kills, Sweetheart (Royal Court); A Lie of the Mind (Donmar); Passion Play (Donmar and Comedy Theatre). She has played numerous roles on television including the character of Ruth Evershed in the hit spy drama Spooks, and more recently audiences have seen her in the BBC’s primetime drama Last Tango in Halifax.

Phoebe Fox headshot bwPhoebe Fox played Cordelia in Michael Attenborough’s production of King Lear (Almeida), and was nominated for an Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer Award in 2011 for her performances in As You Like It (Rose Kingston), The Acid Test (Royal Court) and There is a War (National Theatre). She plays Catherine in her Young Vic debut.

Michael Gould returns to the Young Vic following Ian Rickson’s Hamlet in 2011 and Cruel and Tender in 2004. His numerous roles for the National Theatre include Katie Mitchell’s productions of Attempts on her Life, Waves, Women of Troy and The Seagull, as well as Damned by Despair, Earthquakes in London and Our Class more recently. Theatre work also includes The Ugly One (Royal Court) and Othello (RSC). His numerous TV appearances include ITV’s The Bletchley Circle and Channel 4’s Secret State.

Emun Elliott plays Marco. Emun’s stage credits include the National Theatre of Scotland’s international hit Black Watch and Measure for Measure (Almeida). On screen, television audiences have seen him most recently playing John Moray in the BBC’s Victorian drama The Paradise. Past work also includes HBO’s Game of Thrones, Channel 4’s Labyrinth, and on the big screen in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and in the recent adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s Filth.

Richard Hansell plays Louis. He was last on-stage in London in Jamie Lloyd’s Macbeth (Trafalgar Studios), and also appeared in Kemble’s Riot (Pleasance), The Madness of George III (West End and UK tour), As You Like It/The Tempest (Old Vic and BAM for The Bridge Project) and Troilus and Cressida (Shakespeare’s Globe).

Actor and playwright Luke Norris plays Rodolpho. As an actor his theatre work includes Hamlet, As You Like It, The Gods Weep and Days of Significance for the RSC; The Habit of Art, The Kitchen and Antigone for the National Theatre; Filumena for the Almeida. As a playwright his work includes Goodbye To All That (Royal Court), Hearts (NT Connections) and So Here We Are (in development with the Royal Exchange).

Jonah Russell’s past theatre work includes Pains of Youth, Waves, Women of Troy, Attempts on her Life, Waves and The Seagull for Katie Mitchell at the National Theatre, Thea Sharrock’s The Emperor Jones at The Gate, and Roisin McBrinn’s Yerma at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

A View from the Bridge is at the Young Vic from 4 April – 7 June 2014 – book now at youngvic.org!

Casting is announced for The Island!

We’re thrilled to announce the casting for The Island! Jimmy Akingbola will play the role of Winston and Daniel Poyser will be taking the role of John.

Jimmy Akingbola

Jimmy Akingbola

Jimmy Akingbola has worked with some of the best theatre directors including; Michael Grandage, Roxanne Silbert, Kathy Burke and Christopher Morahan. Theatre highlights include the title role in Frantic Assembly’s OthelloHenry VII for the RSC; The Changeling for the National and the role of Christopher in Blue/Orange for the Sheffield Crucible which won him the TMA for Best Supporting Actor.

On TV, Jimmy is widely known for his portrayal of Mick in the BBC’s BAFTA Award-Winning REV where he plays opposite Tom Hollander, Olivia Colman and Hugh Bonneville and his regular role in the BBC’s Holby City as registrar Anton Malick. For his role in Holby City Jimmy won the Best Actor Award at the NEL Awards 2012, BEFFTA Awards 2011, and the Music Video Screen Awards 2011. 

Outside of acting Jimmy is one third of Triforce Promotions, a networking and promotions company which aims to bring the London acting community together.


Daniel Poyser

Daniel Poyser returns to the Young Vic following his performance as Milady in The Three Musketeers in 2000. Daniel has performed in various productions at the National Theatre: The Comedy of Errors (also NT Live), Welcome to Thebes, An Enemy of the People, Death and the King’s Horseman, England People Very Nice, The Odyssey, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, Much Ado About Nothing and The Emperor Jones. Most recently he has been performing in Neighbours (Hightide & Nuffield) and An Enemy of the People (Sheffield Crucible). He also performed in Blue/Orange at Sheffield Crucible with Jimmy in 2006!

His television credits include the popular television series Waterloo Road, Doctors and Monday, Monday.

Created by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona in apartheid South Africa, the roles of John and Winston are named after their co-creators respectively. The Island premiered in Cape Town in 1972 with John and Winston played by John Kani and Winston Ntshona respectively, before receiving its UK premiere in 1973 at the Royal Court.

The Island is inspired by true stories from South Africa’s notorious Robben Island, the prison Nelson Mandela was held in for 27 years. It was performed in repertory with Sizwe Banzi is Dead and transferred to the West End and Broadway; as well as receiving critical acclaim, both plays were widely recognised as cornerstones in the global anti-apartheid movement.

The Island is directed by the JMK Award Winner 2013 Alex Brown and is on from 7 – 30 November, tickets from £10, it’s selling fast so book yours now!