The Inheritance | Rehearsal Photos

Take a look inside the rehearsal room for The Inheritance. This major new play by Matthew Lopez is directed by Stephen Daldry and previews at the Young Vic from 2 March.

A generation after the height of the AIDS crisis, what is it like to be a young gay man in New York? Inspired by E.M. Forster’s novel ‘Howards End’, The Inheritance is a hilarious and profound play in two parts.

See both parts from just £20. Find out more on our website.


Syrus Lowe, Paul Hilton, Kyle Soller, Michael Walters, Michael Marcus and Hubert Burton in rehearsals for The Inheritance


Kyle Soller and Vanessa Redgrave in rehearsals for The Inheritance


The company in rehearsals for The Inheritance


Paul Hilton and John Benjamin Hickey in rehearsals for The Inheritance


Andrew Burnap, Paul Hilton and Kyle Soller in rehearsals for The Inheritance


Kyle Soller, Michael Walters and Paul Hilton in rehearsals for The Inheritance


Michael Marcus, Matthew Lopez and Michael Walters in rehearsals for The Inheritance


Samuel H. Levine in rehearsals for The Inheritance


Andrew Burnap in rehearsals for The Inheritance


Hubert Burton in rehearsals for The Inheritance


Hugo Bolton in rehearsals for The Inheritance


Matthew Lopez in rehearsals for The Inheritance


Michael Walters, Paul Hilton and Michael Walters in rehearsals for The Inheritance


Robert Boulter in rehearsals for The Inheritance



Stephen Daldry in rehearsals for The Inheritance


Hugo Bolton and Syrus Lowe in rehearsals for The Inheritance


Hugo Bolton, Syrus Lowe, Robert Boulter & Luke Thallon in rehearsals for The Inheritance

The Inheritance runs at the Young Vic from 2 Mar – 19 May. Tickets available from £10. Click here to find out more and book now.

📸 Photos by Simon Annand

5 Tony Award nominations for A View from the Bridge



We’re super pleased that our Broadway production of A View from the Bridge has been nominated for 5 Tony Awards 2016. The US revival of Arthur Miller’s tragic masterpiece directed by the Olivier award-winning Ivo van Hove ran at New York’s Lyceum Theatre earlier this year. To see what audiences said about the show, click here.

A View from the Bridge is nominated in the following categories:

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Mark Strong

Best Revival of a Play

Best Scenic Design
Jan Versweyveld

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Jan Versweyveld

Best Direction of a Play
Ivo van Hove

The full list of nominations here:

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.
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:

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.


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

A Streetcar Named Desire transfers to New York!

We are delighted to announce that Benedict Andrews’ award-winning production of A Streetcar Named Desire will transfer to St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York for a limited run next year.

Streetcar will open in New York on 23 April 2016, with the stellar London cast reprising their roles for the run at St Ann’s Warehouse. Gillian Anderson returns as Blanche DuBois in “the performance of her career” (5 stars, Daily Telegraph) alongside the “explosive” (5 stars, Evening Standard) Ben Foster as Stanley Kowalski and Vanessa Kirby as Stella .

Gillian Anderson. Streetcar photo by Johan Persson.

Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire. Photo by Johan Persson.

Have a look at the stunning production photos taken here at the Young Vic last summer as well as the incredible audience response to the “hottest theatre ticket of 2014” (The Guardian).

Public booking opens on 15 July with tickets for St. Ann’s members on sale from Friday 5 June. You can find dates, times and more info here. Plus, check out out our short film The Departure directed by and starring Gillian Anderson inspired by the show, and watch the video interview below to hear from Gillian on why playing Blanche in Streetcar was a “dream come true”.

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams is a Young Vic/Joshua Andrews co-production presented by St. Ann’s Warehouse. In association with Bruno Wang Productions.

11 Questions with Sizwe Banzi is Dead’s Taio Lawson

Matthew Xia and Taio Lawson,  Sizwe Banzi is Dead’s Trainee Assistant Director answers our 11 Questions….

If you had to pick a favourite line from the play, which one would it be and why?
‘Her husband got arrested for that thing… I’ll tell you about it later.’ – Because it opens up a story that is never concluded. I love it.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
I can’t eat that late anymore! Got love handles to lose. However, the food I dream of at midnight is Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream.

What is your favourite word?
Obfuscation. As it seems to best describe my general, everyday state of mind.

What are you most passionate about?
There are too many things! I can’t answer this without seeming facetious.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the extra 4 hours?
Fill them with appreciation of all my guilty pleasures. I would listen to Hounds of Love on repeat, watch Love Actually and as much of The Lord of the Rings as possible. And read a Lemony Snicket book. Who said men can’t multitask?

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Cup cakes from Magnolia Bakery in New York.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
Stromboli, Italy. With my brother and father. Seeing that beautiful volcano.

Favourite city and why?
Paris. Bars are open later and it smells like the same french man has gone around the city peeing on everything. I love his dedication to the cause.

What is your favourite song?
Absolutely impossible to pick. But at the moment I have two. The Lottery by The Stepkids and The Memory by Roy Ayres.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
In the late 40s/early 50s so I could have my teens and twenties in the 60s/70s. The music was just too damn good! I would go to so many gigs! Hendrix, Miles Davis, Bobbi Humphreys, Chich, Stanley Clark, Marvin… the list goes on!

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
To be able to control electronic appliances. That way I could turn on my boiler from my bed when I’m trying to get cosy. Or turn the TV off without having to search for the remote, which I always lose. In fact, the ability to always find the remote control!

Taio Lawson is supported through the Boris Karloff Trainee Directors Programme at the Young Vic.

Sizwe Banzi is Dead is on now until 15 March at the Young Vic. Click here to book now or find out more

11 Questions with the cast of Happy Days – Juliet Stevenson

Juliet Stevenson as Winnie in Happy Days. Photo by Johan Persson.

‘Juliet Stevenson lights up the role of Winnie’ (★★★★ The Observer) in Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days. She took a little time out from being buried in her mound to answer our 11 Questions

Can you describe your character Winnnie in Happy Days in three words? Indomitable, lonely, resourceful.  But equally – desperate, funny, optimistic… I am cheating because 3 words don’t do her justice.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins? On this show I am pre-set, sleeping in my mound,  so ten minutes before the performance begins I am usually clambering up into the set, before taking my ten minute pre-show kip. Not really asleep of course – doing leg and foot stretch exercises underneath the set to keep the circulation going while I wait for the start….

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)? Impossible question! Too many contenders… A Dolls House, Yerma, Measure for Measure would be among my favourites worked on… Oh, and Happy Days is right up there now….

What is your favourite midnight snack? Nutella.

What is your favourite word? Another impossible one! Cantankerous, melancholy, effervescent… among many others. Come to think about it, this might double as the answer to question number 1.

What are you most passionate about? Probably the welfare of children – my own and the world’s.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours? Read. I never have the time I would love to have for reading for my own pleasure.

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

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on? With my partner Hugh and the children, exploring North Eastern Australia, travelling up the coast and into the rainforest, fishing on the Daintree River, snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef – every moment of it was magical.

Favourite city and why? A toss up between London, Paris and Vancouver. Prague and New York also big contenders.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why? I  would say the power to restore life, but unless I kept it mightily secret I imagine I would be overwhelmed by demands to use it. So let’s settle for flight.

Happy Days returns to the Young Vic on 13 Feb 2015. Call 020 7922 2922 or click here to book now.

David Lan named consulting artistic director of new World Trade Center theatre

Exciting news for the Young Vic and our artistic director David Lan! He has been named consulting artistic director for a new performing arts centre to be built at Ground Zero in New York City. Speaking to his team today, David drew parallels between the two theatres both built on sites of mass destruction (the Young Vic stands on a bomb site where 54 people were killed during the Blitz), saying “Where there was violence and destruction, art is now made. It’s as if theatre has helped to heal the wound.”

World Trade Center site

World Trade Center site

“One of the most respected figures in British theatre is to take on the challenge of running the planned performing arts centre that will be a key part of the redevelopment of Ground Zero in New York,” writes The Guardian on page 3 of today’s paper.

“David Lan, who has won plaudits since joining the Young Vic in south London more than a decade ago, will today be named as the consulting artistic director of the Frank Gehry-designed arts complex that will be built close to One World Trade Centre.

Because the building will not open until at least 2018, it will be a part-time job, and Lan stressed that he will not be giving up his day job in London any time soon. Nevertheless, the New York project “is an enormous job”, he said, “and a fascinating one”.”

The New York Times writes: “Mr. Lan, who is expected to serve at least until September, traveling regularly to New York, was recruited in 2000 as artistic director for the Young Vic, which opened in 1970 as an offshoot of the Old Vic and is described by officials of the new arts center as a template for what they hope to accomplish. The Young Vic has become a hub of activity for young and diverse talent, offers low ticket prices and has a popular bar and restaurant, the Cut.”

One concept for an arts center, with theaters on the second floor. Charcoalblue

Michael Billington, lead critic for The Guardian, adds, “It comes as no surprise to learn that David Lan has been appointed as a consulting artistic director to the new team at the World Trade Center. Although Lan has worked as a dramatist, director and film-maker, it is as a producer and talent-promoter that he has excelled in his tenure at the Young Vic….

He once told me that he saw the Young Vic as a “directors’ theatre” in contrast, say, to a “writers; theatre” like the Royal Court. Over the past decade or more he has not only attracted top European talent, such as Peter Brook, Luc Bondy and the late Patrice Chereau to the Young Vic, he has also made it a London base for such outstanding companies as the Belarus Free Theatre and Iceland’s extravagantly physical Vesturport and, at the same time, promoted young directors.”

Read the full story on The Guardian here, and Michael Billington’s commentary here.

11 Questions with the cast of Beauty and the Beast – Mat Fraser

BB8 low resBeauty and the Beast’s Mat Fraser, actor, writer and leader in the disability arts world, answers our 11 Questions…. 

Can you describe your character in Beauty and the Beast in three words?
Beastly: Perfectly Deformed.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Vocal warm up, stretching, chatting and peeing.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Dark Chocolate.

What are you most passionate about?
The social injustice of disabled people’s lack of equality.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
Have sex, sleep, write, train.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Members of the Wirtz family in Wuppertal, Germany, ready to sign their agreement for adequate compensation. That or Julie, naked. That or dark chocolate… no, I know, naked Julie covered in dark chocolate, with the Wirtz family having to watch what happened next, before signing.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
New Zealand’s North Island for 10 days in 2010

Favourite city and why?
New York, because it’s exciting, it gets me and Julie lives there.

What is your favourite song?
That’s tough, so many. Today it’s Rainbow Connection by Kermit, yesterday it was Tomorrow She Goes Away by The Ramones, tomorrow it’ll be Skanga by Rupy Edwards.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
The next one, because it sounds fun!

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
Telekinesis. Because then I could travel to and from international cities without flying, polluting, paying, and waiting.

Beauty and the Beast runs at the Young Vic from 4 – 21 December. Click here to book tickets or to find out more.

2014 Season announced

Today we unveiled our new brand new 2014 Season at the Young Vic and we’re really excited about it.

23 Jan – 22 Feb 2014
Kicking things off will be Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days directed by Natalie Abrahami. Olivier award-winning actress Juliet Stevenson will take on the role of Winnie, alongside David Beames.

A Doll's House
4 Apr – 24 May 2014
Following that, Ivo van Hove makes his UK debut following huge success in Europe and beyond, as he directs one of Arthur Miller’s greatest plays, A View from the Bridge.

20 Jun – 12 Jul 2014
Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne join forces once again as they return to the Young Vic following their international hit The Suit last year; this season they direct brand new play The Valley of Astonishment.

Summer 2014 
In Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, star of stage and screen Gillian Anderson returns to London to play the notorious Blanche DuBois, while Critics’ Circle award-winner Benedict Andrews directs.

10 Oct – 29 Nov 2014
A new version of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard by Simon Stephens will be directed by Katie Mitchell as she makes her much anticipated return to the Young Vic.

A Doll's House
9 Dec 2014 – 17 Jan 2015
Inventive theatre company 1927’s new show Golem is set to blend original animation with live performance in an exploration of what happens when mankind and machines become inextricably intertwined.

A Doll's House
We are also thrilled to announce that following smash-hit runs at the Young Vic and the West End, Carrie Cracknell’s sensational A Doll’s House will be making its way to New York’s BAM in early 2014.

And there’s news on our current season too…

The Scottsboro Boys=
18 Oct – 21 Dec 2013
As well as all of this excitement set for 2014, today we announced that due to phenomenal demand for tickets even before it’s opened, 12-time Tony Award nominated The Scottsboro Boys has been extended at the Young Vic until 21 December.

4 – 21 Dec 2013
Fancy an alternative Christmas show this festive season? Inspired by the real-life love story between Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz, Improbable’s Phelim McDermott directs a radically remixed and adult-only version of classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast.

Young Vic Friends get priority booking, so if you can’t wait and want to book your tickets for our brilliant new season now then become a Friend today from just £35. As a Friend you’ll get other exclusive discounts and benefits on top of priority booking too. If you want to find out more, call 020 7922 2922 or click here.

Public booking for our new season opens on Monday 7 October at 10am.