Curtain Call’s Exclusive Backstage Photography

Our good friends at Curtain Call took some stunning backstage photography of our recent YV productions and we’re excited to share some of the photos with you.
Curtain Call was founded by John Schwab and Matt Humphrey and together they are producing a book that will feature exclusive backstage photography of shows throughout London theatre from a unique perspective.

Take a look below for a glimpse into the unseen and intimate moments from some of your favourite shows.

A View from the Bridge – West End

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Emun Elliott & Mark Strong in A View from the Bridge at Wyndham’s Theatre.

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Mark Strong in A View from the Bridge at Wyndham’s Theatre.

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Phoebe Fox & Nicola Walker in A View from the Bridge at Wyndham’s Theatre.

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Luke Norris in A View from the Bridge at Wyndham’s Theatre.

Happy Days

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Juliet Stevenson (centre) in Happy Days at the Young Vic.

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David Beames in Happy Days at the Young Vic.

Ah, Wilderness! 

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George MacKay in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic.

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Susannah Wise in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic.

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Janie Dee in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic.

Head over to www.curtaincallonline.com to see more of their work.

11 Questions with the cast of Ah, Wilderness! – Lucas Pinto

Lucas Pinto in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

  Lucas Pinto in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

Lucas Pinto is currently playing Tommy Miller (also played by Rory Stroud) in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Ah, Wilderness! in three words?
Raucous. Annoying. Active.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Reading.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Not sure. This play.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
I don’t get up at midnight.

What are you most passionate about?
Drama!

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
Sleep for 2 more hours, play and read.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
Universal Studios Florida.

Favourite city and why?
New York.

What is your favourite song?
Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
Now – because I don’t want my life to change.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
Flight as I have always wanted to fly.

Ah, Wilderness! runs at the Young Vic until 23 May. Head over to YouTube to see the trailer. Book now: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/ah-wilderness

11 Questions with the cast of Ah, Wilderness! – Eleanor McLoughlin

Eleanor McLoughlin in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

Eleanor McLoughlin in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

Eleanor is currently playing Norah in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Here are her answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Ah, Wilderness! in three words?
Clumsy. Cheeky. Young.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Warming up.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. 

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Red wine.

What are you most passionate about?
Prevaricating.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Prospects.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
KnockanStockan.

Favourite city and why?
Dublin – I’d be in fierce trouble if I said otherwise.

What is your favourite song?
It’d be hard to say, I have so many.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
Now is fine.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
The ability to make people laugh at my jokes.

Ah, Wilderness! runs at the Young Vic until 23 May. Head over to YouTube to see the trailer. Book now: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/ah-wilderness

11 Questions with the cast of Ah, Wilderness! – Rory Stroud

Rory Stroud in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

Rory Stroud in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

Rory Stroud is currently playing Tommy Miller (also played by Lucas Pinto) in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Ah, Wilderness! in three words?
Mischievous. Energetic. Excitable.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Playing cards.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Macbeth.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Grapes.

What are you most passionate about?
The pop culture of TV/Film.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Mist.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
Vietnam.

Favourite city and why?
London – very busy.

What is your favourite song?
Common People by William Shatner.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
The 60s because of The Beatles, the moon landing and JFK.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
Invisibility -because I could spy on everyone.

Ah, Wilderness! runs at the Young Vic until 23 May. Head over to YouTube to see the trailer. Book now: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/ah-wilderness

11 Questions with the cast of Ah, Wilderness! – Dominic Rowan

Members of the company in in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

Dominic Rowan (centre) in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

Dominic Rowan is currently playing Sid Davis in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Ah, Wilderness! in three words?
No-more, too-late, farewell.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Failing to hear the five minute call.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Rookery Nook.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Ribs.

What is your favourite word?
Plangent.

What are you most passionate about?
Other people’s faults.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
My son and lego.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
Japan, 2019, paid for by The Holiday Programme.

Favourite city and why?
Rome – Been there, done that, got the ruins.

What is your favourite song?
MacArthur Park by Richard Harn’s version.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
I would learn to speak cat and dog to help them resolve their differences.

Ah, Wilderness! runs at the Young Vic until 23 May. Head over to YouTube to see the trailer. Book now: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/ah-wilderness

10 Questions with the cast of Ah, Wilderness! – Susannah Wise

Susannah Wise in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

Susannah Wise in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

Susannah is currently playing Lily Miller in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Here are her answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Ah, Wilderness! in three words?
Enabling. Prescriptive. Stuck.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Putting on make-up and costume and yawning – I yawn a lot before going on stage. I think it’s a weird coping mechanism for nerves.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
I loved seeing August Osage County at the National Theatre.

What is your favourite word?
Marble/Gloaming.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
Probably worry about why the earth had changed its orbit.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Ha!

Favourite city and why?
New York.

What is your favourite song?
Walk on the Wild Side by Lou Reed.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
I would have liked to have been a teenager in the 70s.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
I have dreams in which I can levitate and fly – so, flight.

Ah, Wilderness! runs at the Young Vic until 23 May. Head over to YouTube to see the trailer. Book now: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/ah-wilderness

4 Stars for Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic

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

★★★★
“Natalie Abrahami’s haunting, witty production turns the piece into a dream-like memory play”
The Independent – read the full review here.

★★★★
“Bittersweet with wonderfully funny performances”
Financial Times – read the full review here.

★★★★
Sunday Express – read the review here.

“A visually seductive revival… George MacKay is excellent”
The Guardian

“George MacKay proves himself a stage performer of huge presence and skill”
The Times

“This revival boasts fine performances”
Daily Telegraph

Members of the company in in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

Members of the company in in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

“A stern but loving Janie Dee and a staunch but wry Martin Marquez are great as Richard’s parents”
The Times

“George Mackay is great: gawky, intense, silly, serious, vibrantly alive”
Time Out

“A visually seductive revival… Martin Marquez is wonderful, Janie Dee beautifully captures the mother, and there is first-rate support from Dominic Rowan and Susannah Wise”
The Guardian

“Rising star George MacKay excels as O’Neill’s teen rebel”
Evening Standard

“George MacKay is an absolute delight”
Daily Telegraph

“Extremely charming – O’Neill’s writing and director Natalie Abrahami’s production beautifully capture the ludicrousness of youth”
Time Out

Ah, Wilderness! runs at the Young Vic until 23 May. Book now.

11 Questions with the cast of Ah, Wilderness! – George MacKay

George MacKay in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson

George MacKay in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

George MacKay is currently playing Richard Miller in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Ah, Wilderness! in three words?
Brimming. Growing. Learning.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Warming up and checking props.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
I remember being really struck by Gecko’s The Arab and the Jew at the Lyric Hammersmith and both actors’ physicality. Seeing Blackwatch too at the Barbican by the National Theatre of Scotland was breath-taking.

What is your favourite word?
Domino.

What are you most passionate about?
Wanting to learn more about the whatever it is I am doing at the time.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
More of whatever it is I was doing on normal days.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Friends and family. Really old guitars. Or, stationary.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
Going to Rome was amazing, I’d like to go back there and explore more.

Favourite city and why?
London. It’s home and there is still loads I don’t know about it.

What is your favourite song?
It changes regularly.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
The ability to fly.

Ah, Wilderness! runs at the Young Vic until 23 May. Head over to YouTube to see the exclusive trailer. Book now: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/ah-wilderness

11 Questions with the cast of Ah, Wilderness! – Ashley Zhangazha

Ashley Zhangazha in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

Ashley Zhangazha in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

Ashley Zhangazha is currently playing Arthur Miller in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Ah, Wilderness! in three words?
Loud. Brash. Melodic.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Panicking! No, in all seriousness, usually listening to music.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Fences by the late, great August Wilson.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
A peanut butter, jam and banana sandwich.

What are you most passionate about?
Manchester United.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Books.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
New York – an amazing city.

Favourite city and why?
London – it’s rich in diversity and opportunities, and it’s home.

What is your favourite song?
Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder. I challenge anyone to listen to it and not feel the uncontrollable impulse to move.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
The here and now is cool for me!

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
It would be pretty awesome to be able to fly. Who wouldn’t want to be superman.

Ah, Wilderness! runs at the Young Vic until 23 May. Head over to Facebook to see more of the stunning production photos. For more info – www.youngvic.org/whats-on/ah-wilderness

11 Questions with the cast of Ah, Wilderness! – Yasmin Paige

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Yasmin Paige in rehearsal for Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

Yasmin Paige is currently playing Belle in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. Here are her answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Ah, Wilderness! in three words?

Strong. Skillful. Hungry.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?

Reading.

What is your favourite midnight snack?

Pitta bread and hummus.

What is your favourite word?

Boobee – and affectionate term.

What are you most passionate about?

People and reading.

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

Sleep.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?

Strawberry sweets from the cinema. 

Favourite city and why?

Paris – it’s really pretty.

What is your favourite song?

Elastic Heart by Sia.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?

1920s.  It was a point of big change for society, it must have been a real revolution. 

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

Fly – so that I could be like a bird in the clouds and get anywhere. No more tube. 

Ah, Wilderness! runs at the Young Vic until 23 May. Book now.