🌟🌟🌟🌟 “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 .

Rave reviews + A Streetcar Named Desire, New York photos

A Streetcar Named Desire has opened to rave reviews at St. Ann’s Warehouse.

Gillian Anderson is Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster is Stanley and Vanessa Kirby is Stella in Benedict Andrews’ award-winning production, which transferred to New York following a sold-out run at the Young Vic last summer.

Vanessa Kirby and Ben Foster in A Streetcar Named Desire at St. Ann's Warehouse. Photo by Teddy Wolff (3)

Vanessa Kirby and Ben Foster in A Streetcar Named Desire at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Photo by Teddy Wolff

Read the reviews below and view the full selection of production photos on Facebook.

“A brave take on a classic play that envelopes the audiences in a timelessly primeval world” 
New York Times – read the full review

Gillian Anderson in A Streetcar Named Desire at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Photo by Teddy Wolff

★★★★
“Benedict Andrews’ poignant new staging of Tennessee Williams’s play feels utterly contemporary… Gillian Anderson haunts in this vital staging”

The Guardian US – read the full review

Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby in A Streetcar Named Desire at St. Ann's Warehouse. Photo by Teddy Wolff

Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby in A Streetcar Named Desire at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Photo by Teddy Wolff

See Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois in our Young Vic short film, The Departure, inspired by A Streetcar Named Desire. The film takes place in the days before Blanche arrives at her sister Stella’s home.
Directed by Gillian Anderson and written by Andrew O’Hagan.

A Streetcar Named Desire plays in New York at St. Ann’s Warehouse until 23 June. Visit their website to book tickets.

★★★★ for Joe Hill-Gibbins’ Measure for Measure

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The reviews are coming in for Measure for Measure. Read below to find out what the critics think and click here to see the amazing audience response so far.

★★★★
“A fast and furious staging – elusive, slippery and unshiftingly dark”
The Observer – read the full review here.

★★★★
“There are no half measures in Joe Hill-Gibbins’ radical version… an astonishing Romola Garai”
The Guardian – read the full review here

★★★★
“The most scabrously funny take I’ve seen on Shakespeare’s profound comedy… Romola Garai in wonderfully impassioned form”
Independent – read the full review here

★★★★
“Joe Hill-Gibbins is the perfect director to tackle Measure for Measure… side-splittingly funny… Romola Garai shines”
Time Out – read the full review here

★★★★
“A bold, wildly unorthodox staging with an audacious aesthetic”
Financial Times – read the full review here

★★★★
“Designer Miriam Buether creates…  a brilliant visual metaphor”
What’s On Stage – read the full review here

★★★★
“A radical Young Vic production”
The Arts Desk – read the full review here

★★★★
“Joe Hill-Gibbins is a madcap arch provocateur”
Sunday Times

★★★★
“Electrifying… riveting theatre”
Metro

“A characteristically take-no-prisoners production from a directorial iconoclast”
New York Times – read the full review here.

“Director Joe Hill-Gibbins offers a bold, anarchic take. Fresh, strange and irreverent.”
Evening Standard

Measure for Measure runs at the YV until 14 Nov. For more info and to book tickets, go to: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/measure-for-measure
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In the press: 
Joe Hill-Gibbins talks to The Independent on Sunday about the appeal of Measure for Measure

★★★★★ for The Trial and a “mesmerising” Rory Kinnear

Richard Jones’ production of Kafka’s The Trial has been wowing audiences and critics alike. Click here to see the audience feedback so far and read the reviews below.

Young Vic production of THE TRIAL adapted by Nick Gill directed by Richard Jones

                                               Rory Kinnear in The Trial | Photo by Keith Pattison

★★★★★
“In Nick Gill’s brilliant and imaginative adaptation, directed by Richard Jones, Rory Kinnear gives a tremendous performance”
WhatsOnStage – read the full review here.

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“Brilliant Rory Kinnear is a triumph”
Daily Mail – read the full review here.

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“Grotesque and darkly comic… Rory Kinnear is at the peak of his powers, Kate O’Flynn is a rising star”
Time Out – read the full review here.

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“Such brilliantly skewed theatre is not to be missed, least of all at London’s buzziest theatre”
Arts Desk

“Rory Kinnear is mesmerising as Josef K”
Guardian

“Kinnear is immense”
Evening Standard

“Brilliantly evocative”
Metro

Check out the production photos for the show on Facebook.

The Trial runs at the Young Vic until 22 August. Book now.

4 Stars for World Factory at the Young Vic

Heather Lai and Lucy Ellinson (standing) and audience members in World Factory. Photo by David Sandison.

Heather Lai and Lucy Ellinson (standing) and audience members in World Factory. Photo by David Sandison.

The reviews are in for World Factory. Read below to find out what the critics think and click here to see the amazing audience response so far.

★★★★
“Innovative, thought-provoking and richly absorbing”
Evening Standard – read the full review here.

★★★★
“Fun and engaging”
The Independent – read the full review here.

★★★★
“A breakneck, thought-provoking piece”
The Guardian – read the full review here.

★★★★
“Lively, ambitious and highly entertaining”
The Times

★★★★
“Smart, mischievous and genuinely thought-provoking”
Financial Times

★★★★
“One of the guiltiest pleasures going… the game is great fun”
WhatsOnStage – read the full review here.

“Stunningly presented and brilliantly intricate”
Time Out – read the full review here.

World Factory runs at the Young Vic until 6 June. Book now

4 Stars for Bull at the Young Vic

Sam Troughton, Adam James, Eleanor Matsuura in Bull at the Young Vic. Photo by Simon Annand.

Sam Troughton, Adam James, Eleanor Matsuura in Bull at the Young Vic. Photo by Simon Annand.

The reviews are in for Bull. Read below to find out what the critics think and click here to see the amazing audience response so far.

★★★★
“Riveting –a masterclass”
The Observer – read the full review here.

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“A gripping spectacle”
The Guardian – read the full review here.

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“Mike Bartlett’s muscular play is powerful and painful”
Daily Telegraph – read the full review here.

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“Gripping, nasty and brutish”
The Times – read the full review here.

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“Clare Lizzimore’s production is taut and rivetingly performed”
Evening Standard – read the full review here.

★★★★
“Exquisitely excruciating and relentlessly brutal”
Time Out – read the full review here.

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“A vicious comedy – astonishing”
Time Out New York

★★★★
“Brilliant, unflinching and very funny”
Financial Times

Bull returns to the Young Vic from 11 December 2015. Book now.

4 stars for A Season in the Congo – updated with Sunday reviews

10 A Season in the Congo – Ira Mandela Siobhan, Josépha Madoki, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Patrice Lumumba, Sandra Reid, Oliver Tida Tida. Photo by Johan Persson.

A Season in the Congo – now until 24 August!

Everybody’s talking about Joe Wright’s production of A Season in the Congo. Check out some of the reviews below…

   
Mail on Sunday


“Chiwetel Ejiofor delivers a passionate performance”
The Sunday Telegraph – read the full review here


“Astonishing, rousing, chilling… Intoxicating theatre”
The Guardian – read the full review here


“Right from the start, when the lights rise on an opened-out arena-style public space, pulsing with the rhythm and colour of an African night, we know we’re in for something special.”
Evening Standard – read the full review here


“Chiwetel Ejiofor is perfect in Joe Wright’s storming, spectacular production”
The Times 


“A searing evening of theatre”
Metro   – read the full review here


“Sprawling, vibrant, monumental”
Daily Telegraph  – read the full review here

   
“Wright’s vibrant production brims with Congolese music and dance”
The Independent – read the full review here

“A production of such colour and passion that I came out thrilled and honoured to have seen it… Chiwetel Ejiofor is absolutely amazing, superb, incredible”
Huffington Post – read the full review here

“The role of Lumumba demands greatness. Chiwetel Ejiofor delivers it… The integrity that radiates throughout his complex, powerful and tender performance suffuses the whole production.”
The Observer – read the full review here

“Haunting, electrifying”
The Independent on Sunday – read the full review here

A sharp indictment of colonialism”
Financial Times 

A Season in the Congo runs until 24 August. Tickets are available at youngvic.org.