★★★★ “Wonder-inducing, inspiring, pulls out all the stops” | Reviews for Life of Galileo

The reviews are coming in thick and fast for Life of Galileo. This stunning production by BAFTA award-winning film director Joe Wright sees Brendan Cowell star as Galileo with original music by The Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowlands and out-of-this-world projections by 59 Productions.

Check out the reviews below and read what our audiences have been saying so far on Storify.

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★★★★
“Wonder-inducing, inspiring, pulls out all the stops”
The Telegraph | Read the full review

★★★★
“Joe Wright’s take on Brecht is inventive and absorbing”
The Evening Standard | Read the full review

★★★★
“Brendan Cowell is magnificent in the title role”
The Independent | Read the full review

★★★★
“This is a trip, and a good one at that.”
Time Out | Read the full review

★★★★
“Joe Wright’s visually stunning production”
What’sOnStage | Read the full review

Life of Galileo runs in the Young Vic Main House until 1 July 2017, make sure to snap up your tickets now.

Want more? Catch a behind the scene look at the cast in rehearsals, and production photography of the company on Lizzie Clachan’s phenomenal set.

Life of Galileo at the Young Vic. Photo by Leon Puplett Projections by 59 Productions (2)

Life of Galileo at the Young Vic. Photo by Leon Puplett, projections by 59 Productions.

🌟🌟🌟🌟 “Deviant and dazzlingly imaginative” | A Midsummer Night’s Dream reviews

Director Joe Hill-Gibbins has teamed up with designer Johannes Schütz (Three Sisters) to dive into the subconscious of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, giving us a nightmarish #YVDream that everyone’s talking about.

See what the critics, press night guests and audiences alike have been saying in our round-up below.

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John Dagleish and Jemima Rooper as Lysander and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photo by Keith Pattison.

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“Lust and violence are never far away. Delves into the collective unconscious.”
The Guardian | Read the full review here

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“Deviant and dazzlingly imaginative”
The Independent | Read the full review here

 

“I loved so much about last night. All one wants is for people to speak with their souls present, and to remind us that this language and the contradiction of peoples’ personalities shines across 500 years.”
– Fiona Shaw

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Check out what else audiences have been saying over on our Storify and catch #YVDream while tickets last at Young Vic until 1 April .

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.

Head to our facebook page to take a look at more production photos.

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