Launched in Kwame Kwei-Armah’s Season 1, YV Unpacked is our new strand of work that is free and open to everyone, taking the highest quality art to places where theatre doesn’t normally happen.
Franz Wedekind’s Spring Awakening was our very first YV Unpacked which saw our Young Vic Taking Part team take Caroline Byrne’s adaptation to new audiences across Southwark and Lambeth before returning home to play to audiences at the YV.
Unpacked’s company of Olivia Caley, Charles Furness, Archie Rush, Harold Addo, Oliver Cudbill, Ged Simmons and Barbara Marten spent 4 weeks in rehearsals at the YV in Line Bech’s stunning costumes and working alongside composer Tasha Taylor Johnson, before heading out into our local neighbourhood. The team went on to visit places including Millwall FC Community Trust, Walworth Academy, St Mungos and Pembroke House over a busy two weeks on the road.
Ali Kaviani who is Director of Projects at Pembroke House said – ‘Thank you for the magical moment that just happened in Pembroke House. The audience looked moved, provoked, challenged and entertained’. “I could watch that for hours” one of them said. Wonderful! Please come back.
We shared our new production with 681 people over the two week tour before bringing it back to the Young Vic where audiences from past Young People’s workshops and events enjoyed it alongside Neighbourhood Theatre members and the general public.
After an incredible first run we can’t wait for YV Unpacked to return in 2019 with Ariadne’s She Ventures and He Wins where we’ll be visiting more refugee centers, schools, community hubs and homeless shelters. To hear all the latest news from Young Vic Taking Part and future YV Unpacked projects sign up to our mailing list at youngvic.org
All photos © Leon Puplett
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.
1st February. A momentous day in British theatre history – Kwame Kwei-Armah takes the keys for the Young Vic and steps into his new shoes as our Artistic Director. And we couldn’t be more excited!
First day photography by Leon Puplett 📸
We are thrilled that our Artistic Director David Lan has been awarded a Special Award for Services to Theatre at today’s annual Critics’ Circle Awards held at the Prince of Wales Theatre. The award is in recognition of David’s significant impact and legacy on the theatre industry, and comes, significantly, in his final week as Artistic Director of the Young Vic.
David Lan, 2018. Photo by Johan Persson.
David was appointed AD of the YV in 2000 where he established the Genesis Directors Project, the Jerwood Directors Award and the Young Vic Award.
He won an Olivier Award for the 2004 YV season. Other awards include the John Whiting award, The George Orwell award and the Zurich International Television Prize. He led the £12.5 million rebuild of the Young Vic theatre and the two year Walkabout season while the theatre was closed.
His productions at the Young Vic include Julius Caesar (2000), A Raisin in the Sun (2001, revival and tour 2005), Doctor Faustus (2002), The Daughter-in-Law (2002), The Skin of Our Teeth (2004) and As You Like It at Wyndhams (2005) as part of Walkabout. In 2010, he directed August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.
In his last week at the helm here at the YV, this Critics Circle Special Award forms just part of our farewell salute to David.
Find out more about the 2018 Critics’ Circle Awards and the full list of winners here.