Young Vic nominated for 4 Oliviers!

We are absolutely thrilled to have been nominated for 4 Olivier Awards for Yerma and Cuttin’ It. The biggest congratulations to all the cast, crew and creatives involved. 

The ceremony to announce the winners will be on Sunday 9 April, we hope you’ll join us in crossing your fingers and toes until then. More details on the nominated awards below.


Best Revival

Best Director
Simon Stone, Yerma


Best Actress
Billie Piper, Yerma


Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre
Cuttin’ It

You can watch the full Olivier Award Nomination ceremony here.

*Yerma photo credits: Johan Persson. Cuttin’ It photo credit: David Sandison.

“Devastatingly powerful” – ★★★★★ for Cuttin’ It

Tsion Habte (Iqra) and Adelayo Adedayo (Muna) in Cuttin' It at the Young Vic © David Sandison.jpg

Tsion Habte (Iqra) and Adelayo Adedayo (Muna) in Cuttin’ It at the Young Vic. Photo by David Sandison.

Charlene James’ award-winning new play about FGM in Britain opened at the Young Vic and it’s a glowing 4 stars all around. Take a look below to see what critics make of the show and click here for audience reactions to the show so far. Cuttin’ It runs at the Young Vic now until 11 June.

“70 of the finest minutes of drama 2016 is likely to offer”
Evening Standard – read the full review here.

“Gripping, heartfelt and heartbreaking”
Guardian – read the full review here.

“Brilliantly sharp – holds the audience spellbound”
Time Out- read the full review here.

“Searingly potent and devastatingly powerful”
The Times

“A starkly eloquent production – Charlene James writes with great power and sensitivity”
The Independent – read the full review here.

“Unforgettable with brilliant performances”
The Telegraph – read the full review here.

“Furious, powerful drama”
Financial Times

“Powerful, unflinching and witty”
The Stage- read the full review here.

“Superbly written and beautifully performed”
Whatsonstage – read the full review here.

After the run at the Young Vic, Cuttin’ It will go on to Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Sheffield Crucible and the Yard Theatre. For more info about the tour, click here

Casting Announcement | Cuttin’ It


Today we’ve to announced casting for Cuttin’ It, a devastating new play by Charlene James that reveals the price some girls pay to become a woman. Adelayo Adedayo (Some Girls) and Tsion Habte will play Muna and Irqa directed by Gbolahan Obisesan. Get to know the cast below.


Tsion Habte & Adelayo Adedayo

Adelayo Adedayo makes her Young Vic debut.  Her theatre credits include Klippies (Southwark Playhouse); Rachel (Finborough) and The Dead Wait (Park Theatre). For film, her credits include: Unlocked, Jet Trash, London Fields, Gone Too Far and Sket. Television credits include: Black to the Future, Houdini & Doyle, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Law & Order UK, Some Girls (series 1-3), Skins, and Meet the Bandaiis.

Tsion Habte makes her professional debut in Cuttin’ It. She is currently studying at the BRIT School for Performing Arts.

Cuttin’ It by Charlene James runs at the Young Vic from 20 May – 11 June 2016. For more info / to book tickets:
Cuttin’ It is a Young Vic / Royal Court Theatre co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Sheffield Theatres and The Yard Theatre.



We’ve just announced new shows for 2016! Two world premieres, award-winning new writing and the world’s greatest directors come to the Young Vic in 2016. 

Jane Horrocks celebrates the music of her youth in If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me featuring the music of ‘new wave’ artists, choreographed and directed by Aletta Collins (10 March – 16 April). We’ve also got a new production of Joe Penhall’s award-winning Blue/Orange directed by Matthew Xia (12 May – 18 June). Simon Stone writes and directs a new version of Lorca’s Yerma (29 July – 10 September) in his first original work in the UK. We then have Cuttin’ It, a double award-winning play by Charlene James focusing on female genital mutilation, directed by Gbolahan Obisesan in the Maria studio (20 May – 11 June).

Take a look below for more on our exciting lineup. It’s a big world in here – and it’s yours.



Jane Horrocks stars in this world premiere of a show unlike any you’ve seen.

Part gig, part dance piece, at its heart nation’s favourite Jane Horrocks sings her own gritty and soulful versions of the new wave music she grew up with in the Northwest.

With gorgeously evocative choreography by director Aletta Collins, a company of brilliant dancers and a fabulous live band, If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me follows a woman’s life through desire, love, motherhood and loss.

An unforgettable evening at the theatre with the energy of the best night out you’ve ever had.

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Christopher has been confined to a psychiatric ward for a month.  He wants out.  The problem is he still thinks oranges are blue.

His doctor, convinced he needs help, wants to section him.  The senior consultant thinks it’s all a question of culture: at home in Shepherd’s Bush Christopher will be amongst ‘people who think just like him’.  And besides, it costs taxpayer money to keep Christopher in care.

Race, ethics, sanity and prejudice collide in Joe Penhall’s exquisitely sharp state of the nation classic. Matthew Xia directs this Olivier Award-winning play, as timely now as it ever was.

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‘We’re opposites, even though we came from the same, she’s nuttin like me, an that shames me.’

Teenagers Muna and Iqra get the same bus to school but they’ve never really spoken. Muna wears TopShop and sits on the top deck gossiping about Nicki Minaj’s latest beef, while Iqra sits alone downstairs in her charity shop hand-me-downs.

They were both born in Somalia but come from different worlds. But as they get closer, they realise that their families share a painful secret.

Tackling the urgent issue of FGM in Britain, Charlene James’ devastating new play reveals the price some girls pay to become a woman.

Winner of the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright and the Alfred Fagon Award for Best New Play.

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The enfant terrible of Australian theatre creates his first original work for the UK.

Simon Stone’s version of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck was a sensation at the Barbican last year. Now he writes and directs a new version of Federico Garcia Lorca’s masterpiece Yerma.

This achingly painful story of a young woman desperate to become a mother expresses the anguish of a society battling to free itself from its past.  Simon Stone’s new version re-imagines Lorca’s original for London today.

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That’s not all. We’ve also added more performances to the YV run of Carrie Cracknell & Lucy Guerin’s Macbeth (now 26 Nov – 23 Jan 16). A Girl is a Half-formed Thing also extends its run from 17 February to 26 March.
Previously announced and just as exciting, Olivier Award winning Bull by Mike Bartlett returns to the YV on 11 December – 9 January. Peter Brook and Marie-Helene Estienne’s Battlefield from 3 to 27 February. Across the pond, the Young Vic’s acclaimed productions of A View from the Bridge opens on Broadway on 21 Oct and runs until 21 Feb 16  followed by A Streetcar Named Desire at St Ann’s Warehouse, New York from 23 Apr until 22 May 16.

Become a Friend now and get priority booking from today. Public booking opens Wednesday 7 October at 10am.
Take a look at our 2016 Season Brochure here.