The Emperor – Reviews

Colin Teevan’s adaptation of Ryszard Kapuściński’s The Emperor has opened with a bang. Walter Meierjohann’s stunning production runs at the Young Vic through until 24 Sept, before heading to HOME in Manchester. Catch the latest reviews below and find out what audiences have been saying.

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Kathryn Hunter in The Emperor, at the Young Vic. Photo by Simon Annand.

★★★★★
“Colin Teevan’s perfect adaptation. Kathryn Hunter spellbinds. The triumph is shared by everybody involved.”
The Arts Desk- read the full review here.

★★★★
“Intriguing and unsettling – Hunter’s presence is mesmeric”
The Evening Standard – read the full review here.

★★★★
“The Emperor’ is a study in love – it’s also incredibly moving.”
Time Out – read the full review here.

★★★★
“The astonishing shape-shifting Kathryn Hunter – in this shrewd and resonant account of Haile Selassie’s fall from grace.”
The Guardian – read the full review here.

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Kathryn Hunter and Temesgen Zeleke in The Emperor, at the Young Vic. Photo by Simon Annand.

★★★★
“A tour de force performance from Kathryn Hunter”
Financial Times- read the full review here.

★★★★
“A great actor in action.  Kathryn Hunter is one of the best.  A richly absorbing hour.”
What’s on Stage – read the full review here.

“A production that will stay with me for life”
Matthew Paris, The Times – read the full article here.

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For tickets and information on the HOME season head to their website.

Now We Are Here – Reviews

Golda Rosheuvel in Now We Are Here at the Young Vic. Photo by HelenMurray (2).

Golda Rosheuvel in Now We Are Here | Photo by Helen Murray

We’re sad about the fact it’s over, but definitely not sad about the reception it received. The reviews are in for our new Taking Part play Now We Are Here – a brave collaboration of true stories written by four refugees and the award-winning poet and spoken word artist Deanna Rodger.  Take a look below to see what critics made of the show.

★★★★
“This is seductive theatre, persuasive protest – the stories will haunt you”
The Times – read the full review here.

★★★★
“Simple but starkly affecting – anyone still in any doubt about theatre’s ability to tackle the pressing stories of the day should acquaint themselves sharpish with the Young Vic’s wholly admirable Horizons season”
The Evening Standard – read the full review here.

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The Cast of Now We Are Here | Photo by Helen Murray

★★★★
“Ian Rickson directs this sensitive, compelling production which strips away everything but the bare minimum needed for these voices to be heard”
The Independent – read the full review here.

★★★★
“It is absolutely paramount that more of these stories are told so that we are not desensitised by dehumanising statistics and relentless news reports. […] These beautifully told stories with humour and wit are just the tip of the iceberg.”
Theatre News – read the full review here.

“One takes away from “Now We Are Here” great pride in the courage of the individuals presented alongside an abiding wish that an often unforgiving world can — or will — just let them be.”
The New York Times – read the review here.

Queen of Syria – reviews

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“I have a scream I have to let out. I want the world to hear it.”

The reviews are in for Queens of Syria an extraordinary modern retelling of Euripides’ Trojan Women by a group of Syrian women. Take a look below to see what critics make of the show.

★★★★★
“A raw reminder of our common humanity, hitting an extraordinary pitch of intensity”
The Times – read the full review here.

★★★★
“A terribly moving show for theatregoers but, most importantly, for members of the human race”
The Evening Standard – read the full review here.

★★★★
“An eloquent re-working of an ancient text – intense, compelling and humbling”
The Independent – read the full review here.

★★★★
“It’s a piece full of pain and longing —but there is icy, humbling rage here too”
Financial Times – read the full review here.

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Queens of Syria runs at the Young Vic now until 9 July and then goes on a UK tour. More info below:

11 – 12 July 2016
The North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade, Oxford, OX2 7JN
13 – 14 July 2016
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Gardner Centre Road Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RA
15 – 16 July 2016
Everyman Playhouse, 5-11 Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BH
18 July 2016
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UP
19 – 20 July 2016
Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9SU
21 July 2016
Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham, DH1 3ET
24 July 2016
New London Theatre, 166 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PW

Blue/Orange | Setting the Tone

Matthew Xia’s revival of Joe Penhall’s “timeless” production of Blue/Orange has been critically acclaimed and received brilliantly by audiences. We spoke to Matthew and Joe about the production and the script to get an insight into how they both approached the text, the themes it explores and what set the tone of Blue/Orange, including some iconic 90s tracks that fill the Young Vic every night.

In our podcast, Off Book, we went in depth with Matthew Xia on his approach to reviving Blue/Orange and talked about his upbringing in London, background as a DJ as well as the biggest influences on his artistic career.  

Blue/Orange features some iconic 90s tracks featuring Oasis, Blur, Destiny’s Child and many more. Enjoy some of the songs that set the scene with our Blue/Orange playlist.

Blue/Orange writer Joe Penhall discusses how he came to write his Olivier-award winning, ‘state of the nation’ classic and looks back on 90s Britain, when the script was written.

Blue/Orange runs at the Young Vic until 2 Jul. Book your tickets online.

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

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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

“Explosive and mesmerising” ★★★★★ for Blue/Orange

Luke Norris (Bruce), David Haig (Robert) and Daniel Kaluuya (Christopher) in Blue Orange at the Young Vic © Johan Persson.jpg

Matthew Xia’s revival of Joe Penhall’s “timeless” production of Blue/Orange opened at the Young Vic to critical acclaim. Take a look below at what critics have to say about the show. You can also read the audience responses to the show here. Blue/Orange runs at the Young Vic now until 2 Jul.

★★★★★
“Explosive and mesmerising… a contemporary classic”
The Arts Desk – read the full review here.

★★★★★
“David Haig’s Robert is a study in power”
The Arts Desk – read the full review here.

★★★★
“Packs even more of a punch 16 years after its debut… tremendous performances from Daniel Kaluuya, David Haig and Luke Norris”
The Guardian – read the full review here.

★★★★
“Daniel Kaluuya is superb as Christopher”
Time out – read the full review here.

★★★★
“A fierce and timely revival from Matthew Xia”
Evening Standard – read the full review here.

★★★★
“Sharply funny and provocative”
The Independent – read the full review here.

★★★★
“Daniel Kaluuya and Luke Norris are excellent and David Haig magisterial”
Sunday Express – read the full review here.

★★★★
“Three thrilling performances are just what the doctor ordered”
The Stage – read the full review here.

★★★★
“Disturbingly current – Kaluuya’s performance is thrilling”
Mail on Sunday

★★★★
“A beautifully pitched, fizzing revival”
Financial Times

★★★★
“Hilarious and razor sharp”
The Times

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We spoke to Joe Penhall, writer of Blue/Orange about his sharp, ‘state of the nation’ classic. Here’s what he had to say:

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.