★★★★★ “A magical portrait of southern masculinity” | The Brothers Size Reviews

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Reviews for The Brothers Size are coming in thick and fast. Critics have been loving this deeply moving fable about the bonds between men directed by Bijan Sheibani and written by the Oscar-winning writer of Moonlight, Tarell Alvin McCraney.

★★★★★
“A magical portrait of southern masculinity

The Guardian | Read the full review

★★★★★
“Bijan Sheibani’s electric, superbly acted revival is magical”
The Financial Times | Read the full review

★★★★
“Tremendous acting… this is pure theatre”
The Times | Read the full review

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“Urgently rhythmic with vivid physicality”
The Evening Standard | Read the full review

★★★★★
“Haunting, poetic and beautiful”
WhatsOnStage | Read the full review

★★★★
“Immaculate, operatic and primal”
Time Out | Read the full review

The Brothers Size runs at the Young Vic until 14 February. Limited tickets are available. Find out more and book now.

The Brothers Size | Production Photos

The production photos are here for The Brothers Size. Get your first look at this long-awaited revival from the writer of the Oscar-winning film Moonlight, Tarell Alvin McCraney. The Brothers Size is directed by Bijan Sheibani.

The cast includes Jonathan Ajayi, Sope Dirisu, Manuel Pinheiro and Anthony Welsh.

After a spell in prison, two African-American brothers reunite through Yoruba mythology and live music.

Tickets are selling fast for this short run at the Young Vic. Book your tickets now.

Photos by Marc Brenner.

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The Brothers Size runs at the Young Vic until 14 February. Tickets are limited so book now.

Young Vic Blind Date is BACK 💘

That’s right. Due to popular demand, we’re bringing back YV Blind Date just in time for Valentine’s Day, which also happens to coincide with the final night of our long-awaited revival The Brothers Size.

Tell us who you’re ideally looking to date and if you’re one of our lucky winners, you could be meeting your mystery someone in The Cut Bar for a free drink before picking up your free tickets to The Brothers Size. Settle down next to your date to enjoy this darkly sparkling, brilliant play from the writer of Moonlight, the 2017 Academy Award winner for Best Picture.


True love may blossom, maybe you’ll have a new theatre buddy for life, or you could just watch a really brilliant show on us. All we ask of you, is that you and your date take a selfie together, fill in our post-date survey, and let us write it up on the blog.

Applications are now open, and you have until midday 5 Feb to send us the following:

1. Name
2. Age
3. The gender you identify as
4. The gender you would like to be set up with
5. What is your favourite play ever?
6. Which actor from a YV show would you most like to kiss?*

To: marketing@youngvic.org with the subject line ‘YV Blind Date’.

* N.B. YV actors will not be partaking in these dates unless they apply independently

The Brothers Size | Rehearsal Room Photos

Take a look behind-the-scenes as we go into rehearsal room of The Brothers Size ahead of previews opening next week here at the Young Vic.

Bijan Sheibani returns to direct this long-awaited revival from Tarell Alvin McCraney, the Oscar-winning writer of Moonlight, with Jonathan Ajayi, Sope Dirisu, Manuel Pinheiro and Anthony Welsh.

After a spell in prison, two African-American brothers reunite through Yoruba mythology and live music.

(LtoR) Anthony Welsh, Sope Dirisu and Jonathan Ajayi in rehearsal for The Brothers Size © Marc Brenner

Anthony Welsh, Sope Dirisu and Jonathan Ajayi in rehearsal for The Brothers Size. Photography by Marc Brenner

(LtoR) Jonathan Ajayi, Anthony Welsh and Sope Dirisu in rehearsal for The Brothers Size © Marc Brenner

Anthony Welsh, Sope Dirisu and Jonathan Ajayi in rehearsal for The Brothers Size. Photography by Marc Brenner

(LtoR) Jonathan Ajayi, Sope Dirisu and Anthony Welsh in rehearsal for The Brothers Size © Marc Brenner (2)

Anthony Welsh, Sope Dirisu and Jonathan Ajayi in rehearsal for The Brothers Size. Photography by Marc Brenner

(LtoR) Sope Dirisu, Anthony Welsh and Jonathan Ajayi in rehearsal for The Brothers Size © Marc Brenner

Anthony Welsh, Sope Dirisu and Jonathan Ajayi in rehearsal for The Brothers Size. Photography by Marc Brenner

(LtoR) Sope Dirisu, Jonathan Ajayi and Anthony Welsh in rehearsal for The Brothers Size © Marc Brenner (2)

Anthony Welsh, Sope Dirisu and Jonathan Ajayi in rehearsal for The Brothers Size. Photography by Marc Brenner

Anthony Welsh in rehearsal for The Brothers Size at the Young Vic © Marc Brenner (2)

Anthony Welsh in rehearsal for The Brothers Size. Photography by Marc Brenner

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Bijan Sheibani in rehearsal for The Brothers Size. Photography by Marc Brenner

Jonathan Ajayi in rehearsal for The Brothers Size © Marc Brenner

Jonathan Ajayi and Sope Dirisu in rehearsal for The Brothers Size. Photography by Marc Brenner

Manuel Pinheiro in rehearsal for The Brothers Size at the Young Vic © Marc Brenner (2)

Manuel Pinheiro in rehearsal for The Brothers Size. Photography by Marc Brenner

Sope Dirisu and Jonathan Ajayi in rehearsal for The Brothers Size at the Young Vic © Marc Brenner

Sope Dirisu and Jonathan Ajayi in rehearsal for The Brothers Size. Photography by Marc Brenner

Sope Dirisu in rehearsal for The Brothers Size at the Young Vic © Marc Brenner (3)

Anthony Welsh, Sope Dirisu and Jonathan Ajayi in rehearsal for The Brothers Size. Photography by Marc Brenner

The Brothers Size runs from 19 Jan – 14 Feb with Jonathan Ajayi, Sope Dirisu, Manuel Pinheiro and Anthony Welsh.

Limited tickets available from £10. Click here to book now.

Casting announcement: meet the cast of The Brothers Size

We’re excited to announce casting for The Brothers Size which runs in the Young Vic’s Main House from  – 

Sope DirisuSope Dirisu makes his Young Vic debut in The Brothers Size.

Theatre includes: Coriolanus, Pericles (RSC); One Night In Miami (Donmar); The Whipping Man (Theatre Royal Plymouth); Tory Boyz, Romeo and Juliet (West End for National Youth Theatre) and Prince Of Denmark, Our Days Of Rage, Tory Boyz (National Youth Theatre).

Television includes: Next of Kin, Five By Five, The Halcyon, Black Mirror, Undercover, Siblings, Humans, The Casual Vacancy, The Mill and Utopia.

Film includes: Sand Castle, The Huntsman: Winter’s War and Criminal

Jonathan AjayiJonathan Ajayi makes his Young Vic debut in The Brothers Size.

Theatre includes: A Midsummer Nights Dream in New Orleans (The Arts Theatre), Sucker Punch, Port, Duchess of Malfi, A New Brain, Lady from the Sea (LAMDA).

Film includes: Hallelujah.

 

 

Anthony WelshAnthony Welsh returns to the Young Vic after appearing dirty butterfly, Blackta and the original production of The Brothers Size in 2007.

Theatre includes: Barber Shop Chronicles, Nut (National Theatre); The Merchant of Venice (Almeida); Precious Little Talent, Lower Ninth (Trafalgar Studios); Sucker Punch (Royal Court); Pornography (Tricycle Theatre & Tour).

Television includes: Black Mirror: Crocodile, Fleabag, The Secrets, Life’s Too Short, Top Boy, Holby City and The Bill.

Film includes: The Arrival, Ibiza, Journeyman, Sand Castle, The Girl With All The Gifts, Second Coming, Starred Up, Dirty Money, My Brother The Devil and Comes A Bright Day.

The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney is directed by Bijan Sheibani, designed by Patrick Burnier with live music and sound design by Manuel Pinheiro. A co-production with Actors Touring Company.

Find out more about the show and book your tickets here.