Twelfth Night | Behind the Scenes with our Community Chorus

Come backstage with us, to the loud and bubbly atmosphere of the dressing rooms where our fantastic Community Chorus are getting ready for a performance of Twelfth Night.

Many have a pre-existing love of the theatre – some participating in previous Taking Part community productions, some totally new to the stage.

The 60-strong Young Vic Community Chorus for Twelfth Night spans many different backgrounds, generations and stories. The youngest chorus member is 18, whilst the oldest is in her mid-80s.

Cathy, 86, spent her working life in war zones for the United Nations. She can now be found on the Young Vic stage 4 nights a week. After a spell in Matthew Bourne’s company, Neil found himself homeless, which is how he came to be in Go Between, a Young Vic Taking Part production which was performed by a company who had all had some form of contact with homelessness, either directly or indirectly. Neil now works for St Mungo’s, and brought a group from the hostel to see him perform.

They share the stage with 18, 19 and 20 year-olds who come from our local boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth.

Amongst the backstage hubbub, we captured some quieter moments to gain an insight into what happens behind the scenes of our “joyous and dazzlingly colourful musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy at the Young Vic.

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Community chorus preparing for the stage. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Community chorus preparing for the stage. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Lending a hand. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Doing hair in the dressing room. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Final checks backstage. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Some extra curricular. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Seeing it from the audience’s perspective. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Backstage excitement of some of our Community Chorus. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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The community atmosphere, on stage. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Watching from the wings. Photo by Leon Puplett.

Twelfth Night runs at the Young Vic until 19 Nov. Book Tickets now.

Head to our website to find out more about Taking Part and how you can get involved in their future projects, workshops and productions.

★★★★ “This Twelfth Night is a thing of beauty” | Reviews Round-Up

Reviews for our musical adaptation of Twelfth Night are coming in! Critics are loving the jubilance that abounds throughout this exuberant production.

Co-directed by Oskar Eustis and our own Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah, who conceived the work in partnership with Shaina Taub for New York’s acclaimed Public Theater ahead of its debut here in the UK.

★★★★ ‘Brilliant. Show-stopping musical numbers’ The TimesRead the full review

★★★★ ‘Executed with flair, intelligence and vitality, this Twelfth Night is a thing of beauty’ Financial Times | Read the full review

★★★★ ‘A shot to the heart.’ The Observer | Read the full review

★★★★ ‘Irrepressible fun’ Evening StandardRead the full review

★★★★ ‘A joyous and dazzlingly colourful musical’ Time Out Read the full review

 

Martyn Ellis and Gerard Carey in Twelfth Night. Photography by Johan Persson

★★★★ ‘A big, bright and lively staging’ The StageRead the full review

★★★★ ‘Marvellous. Fun. An inclusive warmth’ WhatsOnStageRead the full review

Twelfth Night runs at the Young Vic until 17 November. Limited tickets are available. Find out more and book now.

First Look: Twelfth Night Production Photos

Our highly anticipated musical adaptation of Twelfth Night is now in previews at the Young Vic. You’re in the right place if you are looking for your first glimpse of this joyous gem of a production.

Twelfth Night is conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah & Shaina Taub. Music & Lyrics by Shaina Taub. Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah & Oskar Eustis

Set Designer Robert Jones, Costume Designer Brigitte Reiffenstuel, Lighting Designer Tim Lutkin

Book tickets from £10: https://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/twelfth-night

Community Chorus members dancing. Photography by Johan PerssonGabrielle Brooks & Rupert Young in Twelfth Night. Photography by Johan PerssonCommunity Chorus members dancing. Photography by Johan PerssonGabrielle Brooks & Melissa Allan in Twelfth Night. Photography by Johan PerssonNatalie Dew in Twelfth Night. Photography by Johan PerssonMartyn Ellis and Gerard Carey in Twelfth Night. Photography by Johan Persson

Twelfth Night runs at the Young Vic until 17 November. Limited tickets from £10. Find out more and book tickets now on our website.

Photography by Johan Persson

First look inside the Twelfth Night rehearsal room

Take your first look inside the rehearsal room for our upcoming musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night which opens for previews in just two weeks time.

Directed by our Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah and Oskar Eustis, this production is set to be an injection of joy for audiences this Autumn and we can’t wait!

This celebration of love in all its forms features an awe-inspiring community chorus from Southwark and Lambeth with music and lyrics by the critically acclaimed songwriter Shaina Taub.

Twelfth Night runs at the Young Vic from 2 Oct until 17 Nov. Tickets from £10.

Find out more and book tickets now.

Paul Willcocks (Fabian) & Gbemisola Ikumelo (Maria) inside the rehearsal room
Paul Willcocks (Fabian) & Gbemisola Ikumelo (Maria) / Photography by Johan Persson
Silas Wyatt-Barke (Sir Andrew Aguecheek) inside the Twelfth Night rehearsal room
Silas Wyatt-Barke (Sir Andrew Aguecheek) / Photography by Johan Persson
Gabrielle Brooks (Viola) inside the Twelfth Night rehearsal room
Gabrielle Brooks (Viola) / Photography by Johan Persson
Gbemisola Ikumelo (Maria), Gerard Carey (Malvolio) & Natalie Dew (Olivia)
Gbemisola Ikumelo (Maria), Gerard Carey (Malvolio) & Natalie Dew (Olivia) / Photography by Johan Persson

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Director Kwame Kwei-Armah and Melissa Allan (Feste) / Photography by Johan Persson

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Gbemisola Ikumelo (Maria) / Photography by Johan Persson

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Jyuddah Jaymes (Sebastian) / Photography by Johan Persson

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Gerard Carey (Malvolio) and choreographer Lizzi Gee / Photography by Johan Persson

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Musical Director Sean Green / Photography by Johan Persson
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Gerard Carey (Malvolio) / Photography by Johan Persson
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Rupert Young (Duke Orsino) / Photography by Johan Persson
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Jonathan Livingstone (Antonio) / Photography by Johan Persson
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Natalie Dew (Olivia) / Photography by Johan Persson
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Martyn Ellis (Sir Toby Belch) / Photography by Johan Persson
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Gabrielle Brooks (Viola) / Photography by Johan Persson
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Kwame Kwei-Armah (director) / Photography by Johan Persson

Shakespeare gets a shake-up as soulful melodies and R&B beats weave through this enchanting musical adaptation of Twelfth Night.

This celebration of love in all its forms features an awe-inspiring community chorus from Southwark and Lambeth with music and lyrics by the critically acclaimed songwriter Shaina Taub.

Book tickets now: https://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/twelfth-night

Black Panther’s Letitia Wright to star in The Convert at the Young Vic

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Letitia Wright will play the role of Jekesai/Ester in the Young Vic production of Black Panther co-star, and Tony-nominated writer Danai Gurira’s The Convert.

She is cast alongside Paapa Essiedu (RSC Hamlet) who plays Chilford, and Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans) taking on the role of Chancellor.

Further casting includes: Jude Akuwudike (Uncle); Rudolphe Mdlongwa (Tamba); Pamela Nomvete (Mai Tamba). The casting of the role of Prudence will be announced at a later date.

Directed by Ola Ince The Convert, set in 1896 in what is modern day Zimbabwe, explores if faith has a cost and if so, when that cost is too much.  Jekesai, a young Shona woman fleeing forced marriage finds herself working for devout Catholic priest, Chilford. He relishes the opportunity to shape his new convert but Jekesai’s salvation has a price.

The Convert will run at the Young Vic from 7 Dec – 26 Jan 2019. Limited tickets are available from £10.

Photo credit: Kwaku Alston

£5 First Preview tickets released for Twelfth Night

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We’re very excited to announce the launch of our £5 First Previews scheme for Kwame Kwei-Armah’s highly anticipated musical adaptation of Twelfth Night which opens for previews on Tuesday 2 October.

For the first preview performance of Twelfth Night, all tickets are just £5. There will be two ways to access these tickets, starting from today.

Book now via the Young Vic website

From noon today we’re selling a limited number of £5 tickets to the first preview of Twelfth Night on Tuesday 2 October at 19:30. Click here to book £5 tickets for the first preview performance now.

Enter the TodayTix £5 Ticket Lottery

 

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TodayTix will be holding a lottery for £5 First Preview tickets. This lottery will open one week before the first preview on Tuesday 25 September.

How to enter the lottery

1. Download TodayTix in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Open and select ‘£5 First Previews @ Young Vic Theatre’.

2. Enter the lottery for up to two £5 tickets to the first preview up to one week in advance of the show.

3. On the confirmation screen, you may double or triple your odds by sharing your entry via Facebook and Twitter!

You’ll be notified if you’ve won on the day before the show. You MUST confirm your winning tickets in the TodayTix app within one hour of being notified. Pick up your tickets at the Young Vic Theatre Box Office between 5:30 and 7:00 PM before the 7:30 PM performance.

Access requirements?

If you have specific access requirements then we request that you enter the TodayTix lottery by sending an email to lotteryentries-uk@todaytix.com. We’ll need to know your full name, email address, number of tickets required (max 2) and any access requirements you have. You’ll then be entered into the main draw.

Carnation for a Song | YV Taking Part response to Fun Home

Carnation for a Song was a Community Response to Sam Gold’s production of Fun Home. Created with Director Megan Cronin and Musical Director Joseph Atkins, Taking Part had an incredibly open and generous company who shared their LGBTQ stories to build this moving musical experience.

The company was made up of LGBTQ Londoners, all aged 50+ and featured original songs by Joseph Atkins directly inspired by their experiences being on the front line of the fight for cultural acceptance and equal rights from the past, as well as the present and their hopes for a more inclusive future.

 

 

Big thanks to the excellent creative and production team who put yet another outstanding community production together in just three weeks, and as always, a standing ovation to the marvelous Carnation for a Song company.

Find out more about Taking Part’s Community Shows.

All photos by Leon Puplett.