Win tickets to A Streetcar Named Desire!

Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois. Photo by Johan Persson.

Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois. Photo by Johan Persson.

It’s competition time! We want your best “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers” à la Blanche DuBois via an Instagram video.

Our favourite will win tickets to the NT Live performance of A Streetcar Named Desire here at the Young Vic (being broadcast around the world!) at 7pm on Tuesday 16 September.

Follow us on Instagram and use the hashtag when posting your video.

You have until 6pm on Mon 1 Sept.  The winner will be announced shortly after. Oh and remember, we don’t want realism, we want magic! Good luck!

Win a Season in the Congo poster signed by Chiwetel Ejiofor & company!

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6 lucky people will win a signed copy of the A Season in the Congo poster!  To be entered to win, simply retweet our trailer or like and share the trailer on Facebook.  We’ll announce the winners on Weds 7 August!  Tickets are still available to A Season in the Congo at youngvic.org.

Win a trip to Paris to see The Suit

The Young Vic, Time Out and World Stages London are hosting a competition to win a trip to Paris to see The Suit before it comes to London!

Winners will receive round-trip Eurostar tickets for two, a two-night stay in the luxurious 4 star Champs Elysees McMahon hotel, and tickets to see the world premiere of The Suit at the celebrated Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord.  A new musical adapted and directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne, The Suit is based on Can Themba’s heartbreakingly beautiful South African story of lust, betrayal and retribution.

The competition is free to enter and closes 1 April – enter here now for your chance to win!

To Win or Not To Win FREE Hamlet Tickets?

Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Hamlet or another? I ask the average non- or semi-Shakespeare fan what their favourite story from arguably our most influential author is, and it usually has some correlation with what they studied back in the classroom.

If that is the case then I guess mine should be Macbeth, following my captivating performance as Macduff in Drama Studies (Year 9). My teacher (a harsh critic) called me “brittle”, whilst of course my mother found my display worthy of an Oscar (and ice-cream on the way home).

Nevertheless, I seem to lean towards Hamlet for some reason. I never studied it, or acted in it (‘brittle boy’ never made it past Year 9 Drama) and when I mention it to my inner circle (which consists of some very borderline Shakespeare fans), I get that timeless query: “Is that the one with ‘To be or not to be…’” Despite that lack of inspiration, a combination of internet exploring, coupled with DVDs watching many from Sir Lawrence Olivier to Kenneth Branagh take on the role of the Prince of Denmark drowning in a sea of treachery, revenge, incest, moral corruption, madness and revenge means this classic, powerful tragic tale still gets my vote every time.

That’s explains my personal excitement, and why I can rest assured a mouth-watering on stage adaptation with Michael Sheen (Underworld, Twilight, Frost/Nixon, Kingdom of Heaven) in lead role, awaits those lining up to watch Hamlet at the Young Vic Theatre this winter.

And for any teenagers around the UK (some of which may be shifting through Shakespeare for their new year exams), the Young Vic + Penguin’s Spinebreakers Hamlet Script Writing Competition is your time to showcase your own play-writing skills for a chance to experience Hamlet full on. This is not only a fun opportunity, but a chance to step into Shakespeare’s shoes and inspire David Lan (Young Vic’s Artistic Director) with your own storytelling on the themes of ‘madness and revenge’. 2 winners in return will receive a FREE pair of tickets to watch Hamlet at the Young Vic as well as autographed posters and programmes, with 13 runners-up getting a Spinebreakers special edition of the book.

The Hamlet Script-Writing Competition runs until 9 January 2012. Enter here.

From Dwain Lucktung, editor of Penguin’s Spinebreakers.co.uk


Sugar overload…

Happy Halloween from all of us at the Young Vic!

We  had a Halloween bake-off yesterday. Results? Well, judged by Ian Rickson (the director of our current production of Hamlet), the winners are….

In first place we have Box Office Naomi's black rose cake!

Runner-up: Marketing Katie's owl cupcakes

Runner-up: Development Vicki's pumpkin seed muffins

Some of the many other entries…

Taste Theatre Nicola's double-headed gingerbread men

Box Office Claire's straw-legs spider cupcakes

Associate Company Fevered Sleep's Fevered Sleep cake

Box Office Lyvia's rat and bat cupcakes

Finance Janine's spider rice crispies

mmmmm!

The Great Big Conker Competition

Announcing The Great Big Conker Competition!

Our Associate Company Fevered Sleep are looking for conkers for their production of Forest. They’ve already collected dozens, but are looking for hundreds more! We have a box by the Box Office dying to be filled. Please give us a hand.

Plus! Whoever can find a conker larger than this and send us a photo of it (or drop it off at the box office) before the end of September will win something fun!

Go forth and conker!!

Who’s your favourite mum?

#TantalisingTuesdays time! Tell us who your favourite mum is (and why) for your chance to win a pair of tickets to our 5-star show The Beauty Queen of Leenane. If you’ve already seen the show – we’ll send you a programme. If you have a programme already, we’ll send you something else really good.

Either leave a comment here, email feedback@youngvic.org or post on our Facebook wall.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane, now playing, is all about a very complicated mother-daughter relationship. Mag, who is played by Rosaleen Linehan, has been described as a ‘monster of passive-aggressive manipulation’ (The Stage), a ‘cantankerous hypochondriac’  (Independent) and a ‘house-ridden, tyrannical mother’ (New York Times) — altogether an absolutely unforgettable character. This has got us thinking about other memorable mothers, and we’ve asked some of our staffers who their favourite famous mums are! Here they are:

Chris, our Box Office & Sales Manager’s favourite mum is Norman’s mother in the movie Psycho. She’s a pretty scary figure, but Chris says, ‘It’s not like my mother is a maniac or a raving thing. She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven’t you?’

Vicki, our Development Officer loves Edina from Absolutely Fabulous, whose children set a good example for her rather than the other way around. Vickie says, ‘Eddie is hilarious — she’s everything a mother shouldn’t be.’

Anca, one of our Marketing Managers, says that her favourite mums(!) are more figurative: Linda Acredolo and Susan Goodwyn, the women who developed teaching sign language to non-signing families to communicate with their hearing infants/toddlers. ‘It’s amazing being able to sign with my nephew… from about 11 months, he would sign ‘please’, pass me a book and then climb into my lap so that I would read a book to him,’ Anca says.

Liza, PA to our Artistic Director David Lan, says her favourite famous mum is Diana Rigg, the gorgeous star of The Avengers. Why? ‘My mum was the spitting image of her — she used to get stopped in the street!’

Alan, our Director of Marketing, Press & Sales says that his favourite mother is his own!

Some other mothers we talked about are Medea, Mrs. Bennet , Princess Diana, Molly Weasley, and the ‘Tiger Mother’ — who’s your favourite unforgettable mum?