We’re incredibly proud and excited to announce that The Jungle has won the theatre category at the South Bank Awards 2018! A huge congratulations to everyone that has worked on this brilliant production.
The Jungle premiered with a sold-out run at the Young Vic last year and is now playing at the Playhouse Theatre until 3rd November 2018. Tickets are available to book here.
We’re thrilled to announce a new season of shows from our new artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah. In addition to this we’ve announced two exciting upcoming projects called My England and YV Unpacked. You can read more about these below.
Tickets are on sale now to YV Friends. Public booking opens at 10am on Monday 23 April.
A Musical Adaptation of William Shakespeare’s
Conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub
Music and Lyrics by Shaina Taub
Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Oskar Eustis
2 Oct – 17 Nov 2018
Shakespeare meets his match as brass bands and Beyoncé weave through this enchanting musical adaptation of Twelfth Night, with music and lyrics by the critically acclaimed songwriter Shaina Taub.
Young Vic Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah and Oskar Eustis co-direct this technicolour celebration of love in all its forms, following a run at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park.
★★★★ “A rich and gripping drama” – Financial Times
Black Panther star and Tony-nominated writer Danai Gurira’s striking play explores the impact of colonialism and Catholicism on black identity.
It’s 1896 and Jekesai, a young woman fleeing forced marriage, finds herself working for a devout Catholic. Chilford dreams of being an English priest and relishes the opportunity to mould his new convert. But Jekesai’s salvation has its price as her individuality is slowly stripped away…
★★★★ “Shocking, shattering, stunningly well-written” – The Daily Telegraph “Like a shot of caffeine straight in the veins” – The Guardian
From Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis (The Motherf$%ker with the Hat), a dark comedy about the contradictory nature of faith.
Inside the lockdown wing of Rikers Island prison, a frightened young man accused of murdering a cult leader is confronted with a charismatic born-again serial killer and a sadistic guard.
Will one man’s redemption lead to another’s damnation?…
By Naomi Wallace | Directed by Debbie Hannan, 2018 Genesis Award winner
Clare Studio | 15 – 25 August 2018
★★★★ “A gorgeously written and philosophically rich celebration of a black Communist agitator in Depression-era South”
Time Out New York
The knock at the door. Because there is always a knock at the door…
Tice Hogan and his daughter Cali live a quiet life, keeping their heads down, reading the Bible, Karl Marx, and washing the rich folks’ laundry. Until one day an unknown white factory worker crashes into their lives.
Weaving the spiritual into the political, Things of Dry Hours interrogates the idea that humans cannot change; are we really all that black and white?
2018 Genesis Award winner Debbie Hannan directs this tantalizing, poetic play.
My England is a celebration of playwrights from across regions of England. The works look at what it means to be English. Video monologues will be recorded and shown on the Young Vic social media channels.
Confirmed commissions include work from: Leo Skilbeck, Omar El-Khairy, Polly Stenham, Barrie Rutter, Jack Thorne and May Sumbwanyambe.
YV Unpacked is a new strand of work, taking the highest quality theatre to people who do not normally think that theatre is for them. We will be taking shows to refugee centres, prisons, community hubs and home-less shelters as part of this work. The first work to be taken out to the community is:
Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind, directed Caroline Byrne.
It’s been a busy start to 2018 for our incredible education and outreach team, Young Vic Taking Part. Working in response to some stunning productions in the YV’s Main House including The Jungle, The Brothers Size and The Inheritance, they’ve been working with a wide range of people from Lambeth, Southwark and beyond.
The Tide was our schools response toThe Jungleand was met with some amazing feedback. Written by Eno Mfon, directed by Eva Sampson and performed by local teenagers, The Tide explored what is home, family and migration and was performed in the YV’s Maria space with a stunning design incorporating trampolines by Cecile Tremolieres.
Taking Part have also been working with HMP Wandsworth. At the beginning of February Jonathan Ajayi, Sope Dirisu, Manuel Pinheiro and Anthony Welsh performed Bijan Sheibani’s production of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size. Forty men currently at the prison watched the sharing and were invited to take part in our project inspired by the theme’s explored in McCraney’s work. The script they develop with writer Luke Barnes will form a later production with young offenders, directed by Justin Audibert.
Neighbours Known. Neighbours Unknown.
In collaboration with the acclaimed The Choir with No Name who run choirs for homeless and marginalised people, on a singing project that brings together their members with people from our local boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. Members of the YV Taking Part’s Neighbourhood Theatre have been working on Neighbours Known. Neighbours Unknown. a singing project that celebrates singing, community and togetherness. They’ll be performing on Sat 17 March at The Workshop in Vauxhall.
Taking Part have also had the first few rehearsals of Within Reach, a movement based response to Matthew Lopez’s The Inheritance, led by Grace Gibson. Working with people who have HIV or have been directly affected by the illness, the work will be shared in early May.
Taking Part has also been working hard on arts in schools and worked on the first London Theatre Consortium symposium on a future curriculum for drama education which YV AD Kwame Kwei-Armah spoke at. Find out more about the event and people’s responses on our video.
What’s all this hype about Fun Home then? 🤷 Isn’t it that 90s kids game show presented by Pat Sharp I used to watch after school? Is it making a comeback, because I am SO DOWN.
Nope, guess again!
Fun Home is, in fact, a MUSICAL! An acclaimed, groundbreaking musical directed by Sam Gold, which has already taken America by storm and is about to hit London for the first time – and we’re just hoping you guys can handle it…
Things you need to know:
1. This is the first musical with a lesbian character as the lead role
Roberta Colindrez (Joan) & Emily Skeggs (Medium Alison) in the 2015 Broadway production of Fun Home
This is a coming-of-age story about a lesbian called Alison looking back on younger versions of herself, and examining her relationship with her closeted gay father. There are plenty of musicals around exploring the stories of gay men, but it’s rare to see a lesbian’s story in this genre and we’re so proud to fly that flag.
(Sung by ‘Medium Alison’, aged 19, experiencing a sexual awakening after her first night spent with her friend, Joan.)
2. Fun Home the musical is based on a graphic novel (which is also a true story)
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
Written by Alison Bechdel, the original graphic memoir has garnered much critical acclaim, including being named Best Book of the Year by Time, Entertainment Weekly, the New York Times, and People. Alison wrote the book following her father’s suicide and tries to unpick how the two of them ended up taking such different paths in life. It is profound, tender, funny, incredibly powerful and deeply moving. Ideal material for a…musical, huh?
(Sung by ‘Present-day Alison’, reliving the moment she and her father take a drive after she comes out to him. She hopes she can talk openly to her father one last time.)
3. ‘Fun Home’ is actually code for funeral home
Sydney Lucas, Zell Morrow & Oscar Williams in the 2015 Broadway production of Fun Home
A musical about a funeral home? This is already a plot twist! Yes, the narrative centres on Alison who grew up in her family’s Pennsylvania funeral home (her father was the funeral home director) where she and her brothers would sometimes play in the coffins… Whilst not your traditional setting for a musical, this kind of juxtaposition of humour and tragedy is part of what makes the show so riveting.
(Sung by ‘Young Alison’ and her brothers, Christian and John, who are playing at making a TV advert for their family’s funeral home, AKA the ‘fun home’.)
4. It won 5 Tony Awards the year it opened on Broadway 🏅🏅🏅🏅🏅
The original Broadway production was nominated for 12 Tony Awards in 2015, winning FIVE, including Best Musical. Also, the truly excellent Jeanine Tesori & Lisa Kron were the first female writing team to win the Tony Award for Best Original Score. Their acceptance speech is everything. (Did we mention this musical has an all female writing team?)
(Sung by Alison’s mother, Helen, who tells Alison about how her relationship with her father changed over the years. A beautiful example of Tesori & Kron’s musical genius.)
5. The Bechdel Test is named after – you guessed it – Alison Bechdel
We’re just going to let The Simpsons explain this one…
Alison featured this 3-step measure for films in her long-running comic Dykes to Watch Out For (Does it have at least 2 women in it and do they speak to each other about something besides a man?) and has since grown in popularity so much that it has become part of our modern-day vernacular.
(Sung by ‘Young Alison’, who, at 10 years old, is on the brink of discovering her sexuality when she sees a woman walk into the cafe that she and her father are sitting in – this one definitely passes the Bechdel test)
We are thrilled that our Artistic Director David Lan has been awarded a Special Award for Services to Theatre at today’s annual Critics’ Circle Awards held at the Prince of Wales Theatre. The award is in recognition of David’s significant impact and legacy on the theatre industry, and comes, significantly, in his final week as Artistic Director of the Young Vic.
David Lan, 2018. Photo by Johan Persson.
David was appointed AD of the YV in 2000 where he established the Genesis Directors Project, the Jerwood Directors Award and the Young Vic Award.
He won an Olivier Award for the 2004 YV season. Other awards include the John Whiting award, The George Orwell award and the Zurich International Television Prize. He led the £12.5 million rebuild of the Young Vic theatre and the two year Walkabout season while the theatre was closed.
His productions at the Young Vic include Julius Caesar (2000), A Raisin in the Sun (2001, revival and tour 2005), Doctor Faustus (2002), The Daughter-in-Law (2002), The Skin of Our Teeth (2004) and As You Like It at Wyndhams (2005) as part of Walkabout. In 2010, he directed August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.
In his last week at the helm here at the YV, this Critics Circle Special Award forms just part of our farewell salute to David.
Find out more about the 2018 Critics’ Circle Awards and the full list of winners here.
We are excited to announce that Writer and director Nadia Latif has been named the next Genesis Fellow at the Young Vic.
Nadia Latif is a theatre maker and film director. She trained as a director under William Gaskill at RADA and has worked since then exclusively in new writing. Nadia has worked for buildings and companies including the Almeida, RSC, National Theatre, Bush, Arcola, Theatre503 and Headlong.
She is currently developing a slate of short and feature-length films, the first of which (White Girl) starts production in spring. Nadia also occasionally writes articles that focus on race, gender and popular culture. She is also writing a book of essays examining the creative, cultural and social experiences of being a black woman.
In 2015 Nadia co-created Homegrown with Omar El-Khairy. The play was shut down half way through the rehearsal period after police intervention. In 2017, Homegrown was published in full.
The Genesis Fellowship, a one-year grant supported by the Genesis Foundation, enables the recipient to develop their craft as a theatre director whilst working closely with the Young Vic’s Artistic Director. Opportunities whilst in post include supporting the theatre’s programming and artistic planning, contributing to the work of the Young Vic’s Directors Program and mentoring Genesis Future Directors Award recipients. The Genesis Foundation supports the Genesis Fellowship, the Genesis Directors Network and the Genesis Future Directors Award at the Young Vic.
Nadia Latif said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the Young Vic at such an exciting time. I’m really looking forward to helping to continue the theatre’s tradition of telling a wide range of stories by different artists to an engaged and diverse audience.”
Nadia’s tenure as Genesis Fellow begins on Monday 29 January 2018.
Casting for Winter announced: Jonathan Cullen and Maisie Greenwood
We’re thrilled to announce casting forWinter which runs in the Young Vic’s Clare studio from –
Jonathan Cullen and Maisie Greenwood make up the cast of Winter by Jon Fosse. Directed by Genesis Future Director Award recipient John R. Wikinson, Winter tells the story of an ordinary businessman who meets a volatile stranger in a park. What starts as an innocent encounter leads to a series of enduring consequences. Every performance of Winter will be audio described with one captioned performance.
Jonathan Cullen | Man
Young Vic includes: Our Country’s Good
Theatre includes: Address Unknown (Soho Theatre); Table, Love the Sinner, Happy Now, Market Boy, Albert Speer (National Theatre), Dr Faustus (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Stone, Nightsongs, Talking to Terrorists, Our Late Night (Royal Court); When the Rain Stops Falling (Almeida); State of Emergency (Gate Theatre) and Equus (Gielgud Theatre)
TV includes: Jo, Outnumbered ,Crossing the Floor, Henry IV, Midsomer Murders, The Echo and The Innocents
Film includes: London Boulevard, Finding Neverland and Fred Claus
Maisie Greenwood | Woman
Theatre includes: In the Pink (Courtyard Theatre); Holiday Humour (Phoenix Arts Club); Is the Noise In My Head Bothering You? (Cockpit); Tether (Underbelly); Built in Belfast (The Black-E Centre); Macbeth (London Welsh Centre)
Film includes: The Grad Film, Like Mother Unlike Daughter and Seams of the World
That’s right. Due to popular demand, we’re bringing back YV Blind Date just in time for Valentine’s Day, which also happens to coincide with the final night of our long-awaited revival The Brothers Size.
Tell us who you’re ideally looking to date and if you’re one of our lucky winners, you could be meeting your mystery someone in The Cut Bar for a free drink before picking up your free tickets to The Brothers Size. Settle down next to your date to enjoy this darkly sparkling, brilliant play from the writer of Moonlight, the 2017 Academy Award winner for Best Picture.
The Suit, 2012 by Johan Persson
Mat Fraser Julie Atlas Muz in Beauty and the Beast, 2013
True love may blossom, maybe you’ll have a new theatre buddy for life, or you could just watch a really brilliant show on us. All we ask of you, is that you and your date take a selfie together, fill in our post-date survey, and let us write it up on the blog.
Applications are now open, and you have until midday 5 Feb to send us the following:
3. The gender you identify as
4. The gender you would like to be set up with
5. What is your favourite play ever?
6. Which actor from a YV show would you most like to kiss?*