Young Vic 2019 Season Announcement

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We’re thrilled to announce a second season of shows from our artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah. From exciting world premieres to gripping adaptations of classics we have got it all coming up in 2019.

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Death of A Salesman 

By Arthur Miller | Directed by Marianne Elliott

Main House | 1 May – 29 June 

“I don’t say he’s a great man…but he’s a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. He’s not to be allowed to fall in his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must finally be paid to such a person.”

Award-winning director Marianne Elliott brings her unique vision to one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century, seen through the eyes of an African American family.

Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Suits, Selma) makes his UK stage debut as Willy Loman, with Olivier Award-winning Sharon D. Clarke as Linda Loman and Arinzé Kene (Misty, Been So Long) as Biff Loman.

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Tree 

Created by Idris Elba & Kwame Kwei-Armah | Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah

A Young Vic, Manchester International Festival and Green Door Pictures co-production     

Young Vic | 29 July – 24 Aug 2019
Manchester International Festival | 29 June – 10 July 2019

Tree takes you on a thrilling journey in search of the soul and spirit of contemporary South Africa.  Created by Idris Elba, whose album Mi Mandela provides the soundtrack, and Kwame Kwei-Armah, this major world-premiere production, performed in the round. 

Music, dance and film combine with an exciting cast to explore the past, present and future of this country at a crossroads – all through the eyes of one young man on a journey of healing.

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Blood Wedding

By Federíco Garcia Lorca, in a new version by Marina Carr | Directed by Yaël Farber

Main House | 19 Sept – 2 Nov 2019

We’re all curious about what might hurt us…

What do you do when the day that’s supposed to be the happiest of your life becomes a living nightmare?

A repressed, passionate love affair rears its head on the day two young people tie the knot. What is done cannot be undone.

Multiple award-winning director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs, Mies Julie, The Crucible), brings Federíco Garcia Lorca’s most famous tragedy Blood Wedding to the Young Vic in a new version by Marina Carr

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Fairview

Fairview

By Jackie Sibblies Drury | Directed by Nadia Latif

Main House | 28 Nov 2019 – 18 Jan 2020

“Dazzling and ruthless…a glorious, scary reminder of the unmatched power of live theatre to rattle, roil and shake us wide awake.”
The New York Times (Critic’s Pick)

Following a ground-breaking, sell-out run in New York, Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Fairview is an interrogation of our subtly destructive preconceptions. This radical examination of power is directed by Young Vic’s Genesis Fellow / Associate Director, Nadia Latif.

It’s Grandma’s birthday and the Frasier family have gathered to celebrate. Beverly just wants everything to run smoothly, but Tyrone has missed his flight, Keisha is freaking out about college and Grandma has locked herself in the bathroom.

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Bronx Gothic

A Young Vic and Los Angeles Performance Practice co-production

Writer, Performer and Sound Designer Okwui Okpokwasili | Director, Visual and Sound Designer Peter Born

Maria Studio | 1 – 29 June

Part theatre, part dance and part visual art installation, Okwui Okpokwasili’s Bronx Gothic delves into her memories of growing up in the Bronx, before emerging into a breathtaking exploration of girlhood.

Created in collaboration with Peter Born, in this UK premiere, Bronx Gothic draws on inspiration from West African griot storytelling and the epistolary style of the Victorian novel to ask what it means to be brown in a world that values whiteness.

Okwui Okpokwasili is a 2018 MacArthur ‘Genius Award’ recipient.

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Wild East

By April De Angelis | Directed by Lekan Lawal

Clare Studio |  6 – 16 February

This is some Interview.

Frank is nervous, his interview with Dr Jacqueline Pitt and Dr Marcia Gray is about to begin. If he can do this, it’s his ticket back to Russia.

But secret motivations reveal themselves as the three get caught in each-others’ crossfire during the course of questioning – and all under the ever-present eye of the higher-ups.

Outlandish and surreal, April De Angelis’ Wild East artfully turns the most sterile of settings, a corporate job interview, into a sharp comedy about the permeation of human chaos.

Directed by Genesis Award winner Lekan Lawal.

“Wild East is possibly best described as the funniest play Ionesco never wrote, but even that doesn’t do justice to the job interview gone eccentrically, even apocalyptically haywire.” Variety

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Ivan & The Dogs 

By Hatti Naylor | Directed by Caitriona Shoobridge

Clare Studio | 10 – 20 July

All the money went and there was nothing to buy food with…So mothers and fathers tried to find things they could get rid of, things that ate, things that drank, or things that needed to be kept warm

…The dogs went first.

Four-year-old Ivan would rather face living on the streets of Moscow than stay home. Now, to survive he faces new challenges; from young gangs of boys to the police, and his own hunger.

But all is not lost as Ivan finds family amongst the other outcasts around him – the dogs.

Genesis Award winner Caitriona Shoobridge directs this one-person play exploring the need for kindness and trust, when despite being betrayed by the people around you, family can still be forged in the face of adversity.

“Hattie Naylor’s writing beautifully conveys the incredible way the boy and dogs connected to each other, and one leaves the theatre feeling disgust for those on two legs, but admiration for those on four.” The Telegraph

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YV Unpacked: Spring Awakening

By Franz Wedekind |Adapted from the 1891 text by Caroline Byrne
| Directed by Caroline Byrne

The Clare |  – 

He said roses in the flowerbeds have such meagre
blooms every summer because they are over-protected
and over pruned.

He said he was a weed.

Am I then the rose?

Moritz has been having dreams about legs in blue stockings again. Wendla wants to feel something, anything. Meanwhile, Melchior’s basically got it all figured out…

A vital, timeless tale exploring the consequences of a society which struggles to be open about sex and sexuality.

Featuring a cast including actor-musicians, Caroline Byrne’s timely adaptation is stripped bare by raw percussive energy composed by Tasha Taylor Johnson and Line Bech’s striking costume designs.

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The Jumper Factory

Conceived by Young Vic Taking Part & Justin Audibert |By Luke Barnes |Directed by Josh Parr

Maria Studio | 27 February – 9 March

Created in collaboration with inmates at HMP Wandsworth and written by Luke Barnes, this intimate and powerful new piece explores the stories of people behind bars and the resilience they need to face a world that moves without them.

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Draw Me Close

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A preview of the National Theatre and National Film Board of Canada production, presented by the Young Vic. 

Maria Studio | 21 January – 2 February

Draw Me Close blurs the worlds of live performance, virtual reality and animation to create a vivid memoir about the relationship between a mother and her son in the wake of her terminal-cancer diagnosis.

The experience is by award-winning playwright and filmmaker Jordan Tannahill, in a co-production between the National Theatre’s Immersive Storytelling  Studio and National Film Board of Canada, in collaboration with All Seeing Eye, with illustrations by Teva Harrison.

Tickets will be on sale in early 2019.

The 8 Club

A Young Vic and David Weale-Cochrane and Kwame Kwei-Armah Jr co-production

The 8 Club is a pioneering, free to access, video series investigating the subjects that really matter to young men. Provocative and often unspoken topics for men, such as mental health, ‘toxic masculinity’ and personal relationships are faced head-on.

Release dates to be announced soon.

Taking Part in 2019

Our work with young people and our local communities is a major part of our artistic life, offering free tickets, workshops, projects and the chance to make and perform in shows. Exciting things coming up in 2019 include…

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YV Unpacked is a new strand of work, taking the highest quality theatre to people who don’t normally think that theatre is for them. We will be taking shows to refugee centres, prisons, community hubs and homeless shelters as part of this work. Our 2019 Unpacked, following Spring Awakening which will be taken out to the community is She Ventures, and He Wins, by Ariadne.

The Wonderful Way to Marbleous Town returns in 2019 after a successful run for schools last summer. Directed by Natasha Nixon and designed by Kirsty Harris, this playful non-verbal performance welcomes you into a magical world, where we can discover our true selves. This is part of our work for children and young people who prefer an open and relaxed performance environment. Tickets will be available to SEND schools.

The Freedom Project: Working collaboratively as the UK’s first two Theatres of Sanctuary, The Young Vic and Leeds Playhouse will co-commission a new play exploring the idea of social freedoms.

Written in response to the words and stories of refugees and asylum seekers in London and Leeds, the project will begin at The Young Vic during Refugee Week 2019 and will culminate the following year with a co-production of a new play by Luke Barnes. The piece will be performed by local refugees and asylum seekers in both Leeds and London.

Forest will be our response to Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah’s production of Tree. For the first time, all three strands of Taking Part will come together to make a new show, including our neighbours and friends of all ages. There will be music, dancing, joy and a great story.

Priority booking now open for YV Friends
Public booking opens at 10am on Monday 5 November ⏰

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Cast announcement | A View from the Bridge in New York

We’re pleased to announce that Russell Tovey will be joining Mark Strong, Nicola Walker, Phoebe Fox, Emun Elliott, Michael Gould and Richard Hansell for Ivo van Hove’s Olivier Award winning production of A View from the Bridge which will play at the Lyceum Theatre in New York from 21 October. Russell Tovey will play the role of Rodolfo alongside the original Young Vic company. Take a look at his biog below and click here for more on the rest of the cast.

Russell Tovey

Russell Tovey last appeared on Broadway in the National Theatre production of The History Boys playing Rudge, the role he originated in London and subsequently performed around the world. He reprised the role in the film version of the play, directed by Nicholas Hytner. Tovey’s other theatre credits include Howard Katz, Henry V, His Girl Friday and His Dark Materials (National Theatre); Plasticine, A Miracle and The Pass (Royal Court Theatre); The Sea and Sex With A Stranger (West End). His film credits include Pride, Grabbers, The Pass, Mindhorn, and the upcoming The Lady in The Van. His television credits include the role of Kevin in HBO’s Looking, The Night Manager, Being Human, Banished, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Little Dorrit, Him and Her and The Job Lot.
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A View from the Bridge, Arthur Miller’s dark and passionate classic drama set on the Brooklyn waterfront, premiered at the YV in April 2014 to ecstatic reviews and instantly sold out. The show subsequently transferred to the West End where it recently concluded another completely sold-out run.

More info: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/a-view-from-the-bridge-new-york.

A View from the Bridge is heading to Broadway!

Last week we announced that A Streetcar Named Desire was transferring to New York, and today we are delighted to reveal that following sold-out runs at the Young Vic and in the West End, A View from the Bridge is heading to Broadway!

A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic.. Photo by Jan Versweyveld.

A View from the Bridge | Photo by Jan Versweyveld

Ivo van Hove’s Olivier Award winning production will play at the Lyceum Theatre in New York from 21 October. Best Actor winner Mark Strong as well as Nicola Walker, Phoebe Fox, and Michael Gould will reprise their roles for the show’s American run.

Tickets will be on sale soon and we’ll let you know as soon as they’re available. In the meantime, check out the trailer and the stunning production photos from A View from the Bridge’s run at the Young Vic.

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Update: Tickets are now on sale. Click here for more info.

5 stars for A View from the Bridge in the West End

A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic.. Photo by Jan Versweyveld.
Following it’s sell-out run here at Young Vic last year, A View from the Bridge has transferred to the Wyndham’s Theatre in the West End and has received rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. Click here to see the amazing audience response so far and check out the five star reviews below.

★★★★★
“One of the great theatrical productions of the decade. See it.”
The Times

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“Mark Strong is simply outstanding in Ivo van Hove’s superb, searing production”
Financial Times – read the full review

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“Ivo van Hove reinvents Arthur Miller – it’s like watching a runaway train hurtle towards you”
The Guardian – read the full review

★★★★★
“Pure, primal, colossal – Strong’s stupendous Eddie is a force of nature”
Time Out – read the full review

★★★★★
“Superbly acted”
Metro

★★★★★
“This radical revival of Miller’s mightiest drama is a must-see, never-to-be-forgotten theatrical experience.”
Mail on Sunday

A View from the Bridge runs at the Wyndham’s Theatre in the West End until 11 April. To book tickets click here or call 020 7922 2922. More tickets available for every performance through Delfont Mackintosh – click here to book or call 0844 4825138.

Can’t make it to the show? NT Live will broadcast the production live from the West End to cinemas around the world on Thursday 26 March. For more info on venues and to book cinemas tickets, click here.

A View from the Bridge heads to the West End

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Mark Strong as Eddie Carbone in A View from the Bridge.

We are pleased to announce the West End transfer of A View from the Bridge  with an incredible cast led by Mark Strong. Running for 8 weeks only, don’t miss this “magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold” production which sold out before it even opened at the Young Vic last spring.

Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.
Take a look at the gripping trailer below:

Take a look at the stunning reviews A View from the Bridge received earlier this year during its run at the Young Vic.

★★★★★
“Magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold”
Evening Standard – read the full review here.

★★★★★
“One of the most powerful Miller productions I have ever seen.”
The Telegraph – read the full review here.

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“Unforgettable”
The Independent – read the full review here.

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“Mark Strong is astonishingly good”
Time Out – read the full review here.

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“A visceral, vital reinterpretation of a classic play”
The Observer – read the full review here.

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“A forceful production of visual brilliance”
The Guardian – read the full review here.

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“Not to be missed”
The Times

A View from the Bridge runs at the Wyndham’s Theatre from 11 Feb – 11 Apr 15. 
Priority booking now available for Friends. Public booking opens 10am Monday 17 November.
Direct Debit Friends Membership is available by phone only during Box Office hours, Monday – Saturday 10am to 6pm.

11 Questions with the cast of A View from the Bridge – Jonah Russell

Photo by Jan Versweyveld.As A View from the Bridge comes to a close this weekend, Jonah Russell, who plays the Officer, answers our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in A View from the Bridge in three words?
Looks like me.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Phoebe Fox’s hair – she doesn’t have opposable thumbs.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Attempts On Her Life, Martin Crimp.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Egg nog.

What is your favourite word?
Mardy.

What are you most passionate about?
David Lynch: his work, hair and coffee.

If the days were 28 hours long what would you do with the extra 4 hours?
Re-design the clock face.

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

Dogs or cats?
Dogs if you’re crossing the polar ice cap, cats if you have a mice/rats problem.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
Wild West – I like check shirts.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
I’d be Upgrade Man – so I’d always get first class on flights and good mobile phones.

A View from the Bridge closes this Saturday at the Young Vic and tickets are now sold out. You can watch the trailer for the show here.

11 Questions with the cast of A View from the Bridge – Nicola Walker

Mark Strong, Nicola Walker, Phoebe Fox, Luke Norris in A View from the Bridge-1-©-Jan-VersweyveldNicola Walker, currently playing Beatrice in A View from the Bridge, takes on our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in A View from the Bridge in three words?
Loyal, loving, determined.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Covering my bruises with make up (from a slip in the blood).

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Seen: A production of Faith Healer at the Royal Court in the early 90s.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Red wine.

What is your favourite word?
Precies – when Ivo says it in rehearsals.

What are you most passionate about?
At the moment, this production.

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

Favourite city and why?
London – great theatre.

What is your favourite song?
I don’t have one!

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

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

A View from the Bridge opens at the Wyndham’s Theatre in the West End on 10 Feb. To find out more, click here.