Full Life of Galileo Casting Announced

We’re over the moon to announce the full casting for Life of Galileo directed by BAFTA winner Joe Wright. Brendan Cowell is joined by Ayesha Antoine, Jason Barnett, Billy Howle, Paul Hunter, Joshua James, Bettrys Jones, Alex Murdoch, Brian Pettifer, Anjana Vasan and Sarah Wright. Find out more about each cast member below.

Ayesha AntonieAyesha Antoine
returns to the Young Vic after appearing in trade.
Recent theatre credits: Dirty Great Love Story (Arts Theatre); The Suicide (National Theatre); Red Velvet (West End, Garrick Theatre), The Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes, The House That Will Not Stand (Tricycle Theatre); The Ghost Train (Royal Exchange), We Are Proud To Present A Presentation About The Herero (Bush Theatre), My Wonderful Day (Stephen Joseph Theatre, 59E59 Theaters and UK tour, for which she won a TMA Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Play and was Drama Desk Award nominated)
Film credits: Operation Gadgetman
TV credits: Pompidou, Bellamy’s People, Skins, Mouth To Mouth, Doctor Who, Parents of the Band, Bigger Better Brighter and Placebo.

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Jason Barnett returns to the Young Vic after appearing in About a Boy.
Recent theatre credits: Prime Time, Friday Night Sex, The Victorian in the Wall (Royal Court); Emil and the Detectives, Warhorse (National Theatre); Mogadishu (Lyric Hammersmith) and The Winter’s Tale, Pericles, Days Of Significance (Royal Shakespeare Company)
Film credits: London Road, Cinderella, Superbob, One Man And His Dog and The Sight
TV credits: Porridge, Bliss, Jonathan Creek, Josh, Agatha Raisin, Death In Paradise, The Javone Prince Show and Bad Education

Billy Howle
Billy Howle
makes his Young Vic debut in Life of Galileo.
Recent theatre credits: Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Little Mermaid (Bristol Old Vic) and Ghosts (Brooklyn Academy of Music).
Film credits: On Chesil Beach, The Sense of an Ending and The Seagull
TV credits: The Witness for the Prosecution, Cider with Rosie, Glue, Vera and New Worlds

 

Paul Hunter returns to the Paul HunterYoung Vic following Animal
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Recent theatre credits: The Little Match Girl, The Mystery Plays, Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe); Gaslight (Northampton); Tartuffe (Birmingham Rep) and My Perfect Mind (Young Vic, Theatre Royal Plymouth and 59E59 Theaters, New York).
Film credits: Denial, This Beautiful Fantastic, Pan, Marvellous, Cinderella and Malificent
TV credits: Trinity, After You’ve Gone, Absolute Power and Tunnel of Love
Paul is also Artistic Director of Told by an Idiot.

Joshua JamesJoshua James makes his Young Vic debut in Life of Galileo.
Recent theatre credits: Platonov/The Seagull, Here We Go, Light Shining In Buckinghamshire, Treasure Island (National Theatre); The War Has Not Started Yet (Theatre Royal Plymouth); Fathers And Sons (Donmar Warehouse), Bringing Up The Bodies, Wolf Hall (Royal Shakespeare Company) and No Quarter (The Royal Court)
Film credits: Darkest Hour, Criminal and Summer in February
TV credits: Black Mirror, McMafia, Utopia, Whites, Silent Witness and IdBettrys Jonesentity

Bettrys Jones makes her debut at the Young Vic in Life of Galileo.
Recent theatre credits: The Little Match Girl (Shakespeare’s Globe); We Want You to Watch, Edward II (National Theatre), Praxis Makes Perfect (National Theatre of Wales, Berlin tour) and Sleeping Beauties (Sherman Theatre Cymru)
Film credits: Private Peaceful
TV credits: Doctors and Skins
Radio credits: Home Front, Emile Zola: Blood, Sex And Money, Blood and Milk, Just a Girl Final Call and The Corrections

Alex MurdochAlex Murdoch makes her debut at the Young Vic in Life of Galileo.
Recent theatre credits: Lifegame (The Cockpit), Everything by My Side (Southbank Centre, Adam’s Place, Latitude Festival), Around the World in 80 Days (Polka Theatre and UK tour), Animo (New Diorama Theatre and Latitude Festival) and Permission Improbable (Battersea Arts Centre), The Powercut Compendium (UK tour), The Irish Giant (Southwark Playhouse) and Made Up (Soho Theatre).
Alex is currently under commission as a writer at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

 

Brian Pettifer makes his debut at the Young Vic in Life of Brian PettiferGalileo.
Recent theatre credits: Young Chekhov: Ivanov, Platonov (Chichester Festival Theatre & National Theatre); Yer Granny, The Missing (National Theatre of Scotland); Scenes Unseen, The Drawer Boy (Tron Theatre); Great Expectations (UK tour); The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne and international tour) and The King of Scotland (Theatre Babel and winner of the Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival).
Film credits: Darkest Hour, Whisky Galore!, The Legend Of Barney Thomson, Donkeys (winner of Best Feature Film at the British Academy Scotland Awards 2011) and Lassie
TV credits: Black Mirror, The Musketeers, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and The Field of Blood

VirginiaAnjana Vasan makes her Young Vic debut in Life of Galileo.
Recent theatre credits: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe); Image of an Unknown Young Woman (Gate Theatre); Dara, Behind the Beautiful Forevers (National Theatre), Macbeth (Park Avenue Armory, New York City) and First Encounters: Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company)
Film credits: The Children Act, Cinderella and Jack Ryan
TV credits: Ill Behaviour, Black Mirror, Call the Midwife, Fresh Meat and Asia At War: Fighting For India: The Women Who Dared

 

Sarah Wright was born and brought up at the Little Angel Theatre, London and has worked
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Puppet Direction and Consultation credits: Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, Cupid and Psyche, Angelo (Little Angel Theatre); The Empress, Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Brief Encounter, Red Shoes, Hansel and Gretel (UK tour).
As a performing Puppeteer credits: Venus and Adonis (Royal Shakespeare Company, Little Angel Theatre); Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty (Little Angel Theatre); The Tower, Planetarium Silo, Hotel (Silo Theatre Amsterdam) and Plucked, Hollow Men (Faulty Optic).
Music and Puppet work credits: The Soldiers Tale, Renard, Geneviève de Brabant, Faust, Philemon and Baucis, Potsdam, Satyagraha, research for Improbable Theatre, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and Houston Grand Opera.

Life of Galileo directed by Joe Wright runs in the Main House at the Young Vic 6 May – 24 June. You can find more information and book tickets here

11 Questions with the cast of The Bear / The Proposal – George Ikediashi

Returning to the Young Vic after Tobias and the Angel in 2006, you may also recognise George Ikediashi from  Threepenny Opera, Porgy & Bess or his fabulous cabaret character Le Gateau Chocolat. 11 Questions with George below… 

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George Ikediashi in The Bear / The Proposal at the Young Vic.     Photo: Ellie Kurttz 

1) Describe your stage presence in three emojis or words?

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2) What’s it been like working on a Young Vic Genesis show?

Thrilling, exciting and utterly exhausting. It was been a true collaborative effort with every moment spent mining Chekhov for his truth and Leo, mining the performers and themselves, for ours.

3) What is one thing you would like people to know about the gender-fierce*/gender queer community? 

To keep questioning and challenging your preconceptions. The fluidity might seem challenging and counter intuitive, in a world that championed and drilled in blue for boys and pink for girls but the rewards of embracing? Liberation.

In the words of en vogue “free your mind and the rest will follow”

4) What are you usually doing 10 minutes before a show begins?

Warming up, doing scales, and or finishing make up. Here though, I’m sat on stage in a cubby hole, waiting to come on as the audience are let in.

5) What is your favourite part of the rehearsal process?

The hope and the boundless ambition showcased and discussed excitedly in the first couple of days – you dive in, get lost, it gets hard, mushy, confusing… you check back and somehow, some of that ambition has materialised and evolved to an unfathomable and interesting place and you’re like – “ah, that what the work was for”

6) What did you want to be growing up?

A lawyer. Ha.

7) If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Um…. no. Making me Sophie’s Choice my food?  You’re ridiculous. Nope, not even hypothetically.

8) What was it that first got you interested in the theatre?

Life. Mine & others. “There is no greater agony that bearing an untold story inside you” – Maya Angelou

9) What’s your favourite play you’ve seen, read or worked on?

This changes so often as I feel it very important to facilitate your growth by consuming a lot of art. So my current answer’s Love at the National; the bleakest depiction of our social care problem. I don’t know when the tears came or when they stopped. It was deeply affecting and painfully human.

10) If you could be a superhero who would it be and why?

Easy. X-Men’s Phoenix; the hair, the costume, the powers. Most importantly though, the metaphor; to rise from the ashes. To embrace the idea that from mistakes, pain, suffering… something beautiful is born. We’re not perfect. You mightn’t succeed at first but learn, grow and rise again.

11) Would you rather have the hiccups for the rest of your life, or always feel like you have to sneeze but not be able to?

First the food question, now this? You’re ridiculous.

George stars in The Bear / The Proposal   which runs 15 – 25 Mar in the Young Vic’s Clare. Tickets for this production are all sold out but you are welcome to join our returns queues from an hour before each performance. Find more information on The Bear / The Proposal here

TBT – Tarell Alvin McCraney at the Young Vic

On Sunday 26 February 2017, Tarell Alvin McCraney made history by becoming the third African-American writer to win an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Moonlight. The film, based on his play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, also took home the Academy Award for Best Picture.

The Young Vic’s Maria theatre was home to the 2007 UK premiere of Tarell’s The Brothers Size which was also nominated for an Olivier Award. In 2008, Tarell returned to the Young Vic to remount the production and to stage the European premiere of his work In the Red and Brown Water in the Main House. That same year, he won the Evening Standard’s Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright.

‘The Young Vic has shown so much faith in my work.’ Tarell McCraney interview with TimeOut

In honour of this huge win and his amazing talent, we wanted to post a few quotes celebrating Tarell’s work at the Young Vic:

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Ony Uhiara and Adjoa Andoh in In the Red and Brown Water. Photo by Keith Pattison.

‘No piece of total theatre could have better lived up to the promise of its title than Tarell Alvin McCraney’s extraordinary In the Red and Brown Water… McCraney is a distinctive voice in American theatre.’  The Evening Standard review of In the Red and Brown Water read the full review here

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The set of In the Red and Brown Water. Photo by Keith Pattison.

‘Tarell Alvin McCraney is a name to remember… the virtue of McCraney’s play lies in the clarity of its storytelling and its ability to yoke different cultures.’ The Guardian review of In the Red and Brown Water read the full review here

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Ashley Walters in In the Red and Brown Water. Photo by Keith Pattison.

‘McCraney has a talent for painting pictures and characters with words.’ The Daily Mail review of In the Red and Brown Water

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Nathaniel Martello-White, Nyasha Hatendi and Obi Abili in In the Red and Brown Water. Photo by Marc Brenner.

‘An instant hit with critics and public alike.’ The Evening Standard on The Brothers Sizeread the full article here

🌟🌟🌟🌟 “Deviant and dazzlingly imaginative” | A Midsummer Night’s Dream reviews

Director Joe Hill-Gibbins has teamed up with designer Johannes Schütz (Three Sisters) to dive into the subconscious of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, giving us a nightmarish #YVDream that everyone’s talking about.

See what the critics, press night guests and audiences alike have been saying in our round-up below.

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John Dagleish and Jemima Rooper as Lysander and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photo by Keith Pattison.

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“Lust and violence are never far away. Delves into the collective unconscious.”
The Guardian | Read the full review here

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“Deviant and dazzlingly imaginative”
The Independent | Read the full review here

 

“I loved so much about last night. All one wants is for people to speak with their souls present, and to remind us that this language and the contradiction of peoples’ personalities shines across 500 years.”
– Fiona Shaw

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Check out what else audiences have been saying over on our Storify and catch #YVDream while tickets last at Young Vic until 1 April .

The Young Vic in the West End: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

We are over the moon to announce our latest show for the West End. Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell will star in Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by Benedict Andrews. #YoungVicCat opens at the Apollo Theatre 13 July 2017.

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The truth hurts. On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday.  The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell.  Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?

Sienna Miller stars as Maggie alongside Jack O’Connell as Brick. 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 (Maggie) trained at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York.  She was last on stage in the West End as Patricia in Flare Path at the Haymarket Theatre and was previously seen at Wyndham’s Theatre as Celia in As You Like It.  Her New York theatre credits include After Miss Julie, Cabaret, Independence and Cigarettes and Chocolate.  Her many film credits include Live by Night, Mississippi Grind, Layer Cake, Alfie, Casanova, Factory Girl, American Sniper, Foxcatcher, The Edge of Love, G.I. JoeYellow and the forthcoming The Lost City of Z.  On television her credits include The Girl, Bedtime and Keen Eddie.

 

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Jack O’Connell (Brick) was last seen on stage in The Nap at Sheffield Crucible Theatre.  His other theatre credits include Scarborough for the Royal Court and The Spiderman, The Musicians and Just for NT Shell Connections.  His film work has garnered him multiple awards, including the 2015 EE BAFTA Rising Star Award, the New Hollywood Award and the Chopard Trophy Award at the Cannes Film Festival.  Most recently, his project Home won the BAFTA for British Short Film in 2017.  His other film credits include Money Monster, 300: Rise of an Empire, Unbroken, ’71, Starred Up, Liability, Private Peaceful, Tower Block, Weekender, Wayfaring Stranger, Eden Lake and Black Dog.  O’Connell will next be seen on screen in Tulip Fever, The Man with the Iron Heart as well as starring in the Netflix TV series Godless.  His television credits include Skins, United, The Runaway, This is England, Dive and Wuthering Heights.

For the Young Vic, Benedict Andrews has previously directed his own version of Three Sisters, which won the London Critics’ Circle Best Director Award, and A Streetcar Named Desire, with Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster, which transferred to New York in 2016.  His first production for the Young Vic was Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses, a co-production with ENO – where he has also directed La Boheme and Detlev Glanert’s Caligula.  His many directing credits for Sydney Theatre Company include The Maids with Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert, which toured to the Lincoln Centre Festival in New York; and Big and Small which came to the Barbican, also starring Cate Blanchett.  Andrews has also worked extensively at the Schaubühne Berlin, Komische Oper, National Theatre Iceland and Belvoir Street Sydney.  His first feature film, Una, starring Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn, premiered at the 2016 Telluride Film Festival and will be released later this year.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof  will play at the Apollo Theatre, 31 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7ES, 13 July – 7 October 2017. For more info and to book tickets, click here.

All photography by Charlie Gray

What’s your name and where do you come from? 💘 YV Blind Date 💘

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An artist’s impression of what love at the Young Vic might look like

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”
– A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This Valentine’s Day, we’re playing Cupid. We’re offering 6 lucky contestants the opportunity to be set up on a blind date by the Young Vic’s expert matchmaking services*.

You’ll get a free drink in The Cut Bar while you get to know your one-and-only, and then settle down in the dark together to watch A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

True love might bloom, maybe you’ll have a new theatre companion for life, or maybe you’ll just have a fun night out on us. All we ask of you, is that you 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 17 Feb to send us the following:

  1. Name
  2. Age
  3. The gender you identify with
  4. The gender you would like to be set up with
  5. An emoji that best describes your personality

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

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*Marketing team

11 Questions with the cast of See Me Now – Pan

PAN is pangender, pansexual, pandemonium, Pandora’s Box.
Pan is a non-binary, non-obligatory human rights fetishist.
Pan is an author, a lover, an artist and a muse.
Pan is some people’s dream and others worst nightmare.
Pan is you, her, him, she, he , it, they….
PAN’s motto is WHAT WOULD LOVE DO?

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If you could only eat one ‘Penny Sweet’ for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A fried egg sweetie.

What is one common misconception about the sex industry you would like to change?

That it’s seedy. Sex is natural and healing.

What is one thing you would like people to know about sex work? 

It involves a lot of dressing up, backstage nerves and performance!

Is this your first time working in theatre? What’s it been like?

It’s been tiring, I will stick to domination!

Descibe the See Me Now rehearsal room vibes in three words (or emojis).

Blood, sweat, tears.

What did you want to be growing up?

A woman.

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

Sleep.

What’s your favourite song and why?

Grace Jones, Libertango – I can relate!

What’s your favourite play or movie you’ve ever seen?

The Hunger, with Catherine Deneuve. Where she says ‘Please call me Margot’. It’s so camp!

If you could have one supernatural power which would you choose and why?

I’m already supernatural.

Do you think you will want to continue being involved in theatre after this production?

I would love to.

Pan stars in See Me Now  which runs 11 Feb – 4 Mar in the Young Vic’s Maria. Tickets for this production are all sold out but you are welcome to join our returns queues from an hour before each performance. Find more information on See Me Now here