Things of Dry Hours rehearsal photos

Weaving the spiritual into the political, Things of Dry Hours interrogates the idea that humans cannot change; are we really all that black and white?

2018 Genesis Award winner Debbie Hannan directs this tantalizing, poetic play.

Check out Debbie and the cast in the rehearsal room ahead of the play opening in the Clare studio at the Young Vic on 15 August 2018.

Read more about the play and Genesis.

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Debbie Hannan and Jude Akuwedike – Things of Dry Hours Rehearsals – Genesis 2018 © Leon Puplett


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Emun Elliott in Things of Dry Hours Rehearsals – Genesis 2018 © Leon Puplett

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Emun Elliott & Michelle Asante in Things of Dry Hours Rehearsals – Genesis 2018 © Leon Puplett

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Michelle Asante in Things of Dry Hours Rehearsals – Genesis 2018 © Leon Puplett

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Jude Akuwedike in Things of Dry Hours Rehearsals – Genesis 2018 © Leon Puplett

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Emun Elliott & Jude Akuwedike in Things of Dry Hours Rehearsals – Genesis 2018 © Leon Puplett

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Things of Dry Hours Rehearsals – Genesis 2018 © Leon Puplett

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 Allan (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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Melissa Allan | Feste
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.




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

Things of Dry Hours|Cast Announcement

Rehearsals for our upcoming production of Things of Dry Hours are about to begin and we’re delighted to announce the confirmed casting.

2018 Genesis Future Director Award winner Debbie Hannan directs this tantalizing, poetic play. Weaving the spiritual into the political, Things of Dry Hours interrogates the idea that humans cannot change; are we really all that black and white?

Things of Dry Hours runs from 15 – 25 August 2018 in the Clare.

Meet our super talented company…


Jude Akuwudike

Young Vic includes: Young Hamlet, Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Theatre includes: The Cherry Orchard, The Lower Depths (Arcola Theatre); The Royale (Bush Theatre); Workshop Negative (Gate Theatre); The Crucible (Bristol Old Vic); Hamlet Asylum Seeker (Talawa Theatre Company); Othello (Actors From The London Stage); Ignorance (Hampstead Theatre); Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (National Theatre); Britannicus (Wilton’s Music Hall); The Faith Machine (Royal Court Theatre); Passing Wind (Pulse Festival); Great Expectations (English Touring Theatre); Othello (Glasgow Citizens Theatre); Iya-Ile by Oladipo Agboluaje (Tiata Fahodzi/Soho Theatre); Walking Waterfall at Tiata Delights (Tiata Fahodzi/ Almeida Theatre); The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Lyric Hammersmith); God in Ruins (RSC/Soho Theatre); Macbeth, Pericles, The Winter’s Tale, Brixton Stories, Luminosity (RSC); The Overwhelming (National Theatre / Out of Joint); Pericles (Shakespeare’s Globe); Edmond, Henry V, Honk! The Ugly Duckling, Not About Nightingales, Richard II (Royal National Theatre).

Film and Television includes: Moving On, The Forgiving Earth, Carol and Vinnie, In the Long Run, Kiri, Beasts of No Nation, The Tempest.

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Michelle Asante

Young Vic includes: Feast, Dirty Butterfly

Theatre includes: Welcome Home Captain Fox (Donmar Warehouse); Eclipsed, Sunset Baby (Gate Theatre); Wendy & Peter Pan (RSC); The Bacchae (National Theatre of Scotland); Ruined (Almeida Theatre); Torn (Arcola Theatre); One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show (Sheffield Crucible); School Reunion (DryWrite/Latitude Festival).

Film and Television includes: Doctors, Moving On, Our Girl 2, Father Brown, Lucky Man, Identicals, London Boulevard, Some Dogs Bite, Verbo, Sand Serpent, Monroe 1 & 2, Doctor Who and Casualty.


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Emun Elliott

Young Vic includes: A View From the Bridge

Theatre includes: Red Velvet (Garrick Theatre) Measure for Measure (Almeida Theatre); Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland & International Tour); Ubu The King (Dundee Repertory / Barbican); Here Comes a Chopper, The Bite of the Night, Pericles, Electra (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).

Film and Television includes: Tell it to the Bees, Walking to Paris, Star Wars : The Force Awakens, 6 Days, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Filth, Prometheus, Strawberry Fields, Trust Me, Clique, The Paradise, Labyrinth, Threesome, Game of Thrones, Lip Service.



The Jungle wins at South Bank Awards 2018

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We’re incredibly proud and excited to announce that The Jungle has won the theatre category at the South Bank Awards 2018! A huge congratulations to everyone that has worked on this brilliant production.

The Jungle premiered with a sold-out run at the Young Vic last year and is now playing at the Playhouse Theatre until 3rd November 2018. Tickets are available to book here.

★★★★★ “A jaw-dropping, tear-jerking musical”| Fun Home Reviews

Brooke Haynes, Kaisa Hammalund and Zubin Varla in Fun Home at the Young VicLast night we celebrated the UK premiere of Fun Home. Read the rave reviews for this groundbreaking musical from Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel and directed by Sam Gold.

“A groundbreaking masterpiece”
The Independent | Read the full review

“A jaw-dropping, tear-jerking musical”
Time Out | Read the full review

“Sam Gold’s production is remarkable”

The Observer | Read the full review 

“A dazzling musical – tremendous”

Financial Times | Read the full review 

“Quirky, haunting, heartbreaking”

The Telegraph | Read the full review 

“Beautifully performed – takes musicals in new directions”
The Guardian | Read the full review

“A milestone in musical theatre”
Sunday Times | Read the full review

“A finely woven blend of yearning and euphoric fantasy”
Evening Standard | Read the full review

“Captivating – a sung reflection of memory”
The Times | Read the full review

“An incredibly radical show – quietly revolutionises the musical form”
The Stage | Read the full review

“It reaches a level of emotional honesty that other musicals just don’t begin to touch”
WhatsOnStage | Read the full review

Fun Home runs at the Young Vic until 1 September 2018.  Find out more and book now.

Ola Ince to direct Danai Gurira’s ‘The Convert’ at the Young Vic


We’re thrilled to announce that Ola Ince will direct The Convert by Tony-nominated writer and Black Panther star Danai Gurira at the Young Vic this December.

In 2016 Ola was the winner of the Genesis Future Director Award which saw her direct Dutchman at the Young Vic, Amiri Baraka’s provocative play about race relations and freedom.

Ola is currently Associate Director on Tina Turner The Musical following a number of high profile roles including director of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (Gate Theatre, 2018), Start Swimming (Young Vic, 2017) and Assistant Director on the Donmar’s critically acclaimed Shakespeare Trilogy which transferred to St Ann’s Warehouse in New York in 2017.

The Convert, explores the impact of colonialism on heritage, history and faith.

It’s 1896 and Jekesai, a young woman fleeing forced marriage, finds herself working for a devout Catholic.  Chilford dreams of being an English priest and relishes the opportunity to mould his new convert.  But Jekesai’s salvation has its price as her individuality is slowly stripped away…

The Convert runs at the Young Vic from 7 Dec 2018 – 19 Jan 2019. Tickets are available to book now from £10.


Theatre Uncut announce the Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award

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The Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award aims to find the next generation of political playwrights who want to explore the big issues that affect our lives today.

Through the award Theatre Uncut are looking for brand new voices from all backgrounds that examine – in a full length play – the political in its widest sense, from the domestic to the global.

In an effort to reach talented writers from across the UK, Theatre Uncut has collaborated with The Sherman, Traverse Theatre and the Young Vic, utilising the diversity within each partner venues’ networks.

The writer of the winning play will receive an award of £9,500 including an agreement to option the production of the play to Theatre Uncut and the award partners. Submissions will open on 1st September 2018 and close 1st November 2018.

A longlist of 30 will be read by Theatre Uncut Artistic Directors Hannah Price and Emma Callander. A shortlist of 10 plays will then be read by the Artistic Directors of the partner venues Kwame Kwei Armah, Rachel O’Riorden and Orla O’Loughlin and the winner judged by the panel above with invited guests (to be announced soon).

Theatre Uncut also presented THE POWER PLAYS on 1 May, a new series of brand-new of short plays written by some of the UK’s most dynamic female playwrights exploring the theme of power from the female perspective. The Power Plays are available to download from and can be performed by anyone anywhere free of charge for a limited period. Over 6,000 people have performed Theatre Uncut plays across 26 countries so far. Visit the Theatre Uncut Mass Participation Map to see how far these plays have reached so far and to upload information on your own Theatre Uncut event.

Theatre Uncut aims to provoke debate and galvanise action by making new political theatre available for everyone, everywhere.