Twelfth Night | Behind the Scenes with our Community Chorus

Come backstage with us, to the loud and bubbly atmosphere of the dressing rooms where our fantastic Community Chorus are getting ready for a performance of Twelfth Night.

Many have a pre-existing love of the theatre – some participating in previous Taking Part community productions, some totally new to the stage.

The 60-strong Young Vic Community Chorus for Twelfth Night spans many different backgrounds, generations and stories. The youngest chorus member is 18, whilst the oldest is in her mid-80s.

Cathy, 86, spent her working life in war zones for the United Nations. She can now be found on the Young Vic stage 4 nights a week. After a spell in Matthew Bourne’s company, Neil found himself homeless, which is how he came to be in Go Between, a Young Vic Taking Part production which was performed by a company who had all had some form of contact with homelessness, either directly or indirectly. Neil now works for St Mungo’s, and brought a group from the hostel to see him perform.

They share the stage with 18, 19 and 20 year-olds who come from our local boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth.

Amongst the backstage hubbub, we captured some quieter moments to gain an insight into what happens behind the scenes of our “joyous and dazzlingly colourful musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy at the Young Vic.

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Community chorus preparing for the stage. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Community chorus preparing for the stage. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Lending a hand. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Doing hair in the dressing room. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Final checks backstage. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Some extra curricular. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Seeing it from the audience’s perspective. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Backstage excitement of some of our Community Chorus. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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The community atmosphere, on stage. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Watching from the wings. Photo by Leon Puplett.

Twelfth Night runs at the Young Vic until 19 Nov. Book Tickets now.

Head to our website to find out more about Taking Part and how you can get involved in their future projects, workshops and productions.

Welcome to new YV Artistic Director, Kwame Kwei-Armah!

1st February. A momentous day in British theatre history – Kwame Kwei-Armah takes the keys for the Young Vic and steps into his new shoes as our Artistic Director. And we couldn’t be more excited!

First day photography by Leon Puplett 📸

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Rave reviews + A Streetcar Named Desire, New York photos

A Streetcar Named Desire has opened to rave reviews at St. Ann’s Warehouse.

Gillian Anderson is Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster is Stanley and Vanessa Kirby is Stella in Benedict Andrews’ award-winning production, which transferred to New York following a sold-out run at the Young Vic last summer.

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Vanessa Kirby and Ben Foster in A Streetcar Named Desire at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Photo by Teddy Wolff

Read the reviews below and view the full selection of production photos on Facebook.

“A brave take on a classic play that envelopes the audiences in a timelessly primeval world” 
New York Times – read the full review

Gillian Anderson in A Streetcar Named Desire at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Photo by Teddy Wolff

★★★★
“Benedict Andrews’ poignant new staging of Tennessee Williams’s play feels utterly contemporary… Gillian Anderson haunts in this vital staging”

The Guardian US – read the full review

Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby in A Streetcar Named Desire at St. Ann's Warehouse. Photo by Teddy Wolff

Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby in A Streetcar Named Desire at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Photo by Teddy Wolff

See Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois in our Young Vic short film, The Departure, inspired by A Streetcar Named Desire. The film takes place in the days before Blanche arrives at her sister Stella’s home.
Directed by Gillian Anderson and written by Andrew O’Hagan.

A Streetcar Named Desire plays in New York at St. Ann’s Warehouse until 23 June. Visit their website to book tickets.