A brand new season of shows from Kwame Kwei-Armah

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.

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A Musical Adaptation of William Shakespeare’s

Twelfth Night

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.

Book tickets from £10

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The Convert

By Danai Gurira

7 Dec 2018 – 19 Jan 2019

★★★★ “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…

Book tickets from £10

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Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train

By Stephen Adly Guirgis | Directed by Kate Hewitt

14 Feb– 30 Mar 2019

★★★★ “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?…

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Things of Dry Hours

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.

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My England
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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.

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YV Unpacked

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.

Priority Booking is now open for all shows. Public booking opens from 10am on Monday 23 April.

 

 

In response to The Jungle, The Brothers Size and The Inheritance | YV Taking Part

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

The Tide was our schools response to The Jungle and 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.

The Brothers Size Parallel Production

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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.

Within Reach

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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.

Arts in Schools Campaign

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 is Fun Home and why should I be ridiculously excited about it?

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
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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.

🎧 Listen: Changing My Major To Joan

(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 TimeEntertainment 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?

🎧 Listen: Telephone Wire

(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
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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.

🎧 Listen: Come to the Fun Home

(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 🏅🏅🏅🏅🏅

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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?)

🎧 Listen: Days and Days

(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.

🎧 Listen: Ring of Keys

(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)

 
So, ridiculously excited yet? We definitely are. Fun Home opens 18 June, so hurry and snap up your tickets now!

David Lan wins Special Award at 2018 Critics’ Circle Awards

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.

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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.

Genesis announcement: Meet our new Genesis fellow and cast for Winter

Nadia Latif named Young Vic Genesis Fellow

We are excited to announce that Writer and director Nadia Latif has been named the next Genesis Fellow at the Young Vic.

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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 for Winter 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.

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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

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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

 

Young Vic Blind Date is BACK 💘

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.


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:

1. Name
2. Age
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?*

To: marketing@youngvic.org with the subject line ‘YV Blind Date’.

* N.B. YV actors will not be partaking in these dates unless they apply independently

The Inheritance cast & extension announced

We are thrilled to announce today the company of The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez, a major world premiere in two parts directed by Stephen Daldry.

Andrew Burnap and John Benjamin Hickey will play the roles of Toby and Henry respectively, whilst Samuel H. Levine and Kyle Soller will join them in the roles of Adam/Leo and Eric.

Joining them is Hugo Bolton, Robert Boulter, Hubert Burton, Paul HiltonSyrus Lowe, Michael Marcus, Luke Thallon and Michael Walters.

We are delighted to welcome Vanessa Redgrave back to the Young Vic to play the role of Margaret.

Find out more about our new company below.

Due to popular demand, we are also very excited to have added extra performances. The Inheritance now runs 2 March – 19 May. For the full schedule and to book your tickets for parts 1 & 2, head to the production page now.


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Hugo Bolton | Jasper / Young Man 7
Theatre includes: Texas Tax Man (Vault Festival 2017); Love Me Do (Watford Palace Theatre); Travesti (Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh); Then Silence (Platform Theatre); Perfect Match (Watford Palace Theatre); Billy Budd (Southwark Playhouse) and Electra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Drama Centre London)
Television includes: Marcella
Film includes: The Spy Who Dumped Me, Wasp and The Swimming Pool Library

 

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Robert Boulter | Young Man 5 / Toby’s Agent
Theatre includes:
Revolt. She said. Revolt again., The Ant and the Cicada, I Can Hear You (RSC); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Wirksworth Festival); The Merchant Of Venice (Derby Live); The Odyssey, Karamazoo (Natonal Theatre); How To Curse (Bush Theatre); Burn/Chatroom/Citizenship, An Island Far From Here (Cottlesloe National Theatre); Mercury Fur (Menier Chocolate Factory) and Herons (Royal Court)
Television includes:
Evidence, Doctors, Father Brown, Casualty, Survivors, Waking The Dead and The Long Firm
Film includes:
Star Wars Episode Vii – The Force Awakens, Genesis, Mark, Some Things Mean Something, Mercenaries, Donkey Punch and Daylight Robbery

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Theatre includes: The Legend of Georgia McBride (Geffen Playhouse);This Day Forward (Vineyard Theatre); Troilus and Cressida, King Lear (Public Theater/Delacorte); Caucasian Chalk Circle (Yale Repertory Theatre); Once Five Years Pass, Dental Society Midwinter Meeting (Williamstown Theatre Festival); and Two Gentlemen of Verona, Kiss Me Kate, Coriolanus, All’s Well That Ends Well (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company)
Upcoming film includes: A Star Is Born, Spare Room and The Chaperone

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Theatre includes: The Deep Blue Sea, Waste (National Theatre) and She Stoops to Conquer (Theatre Royal Bath)
Television includes: The Last Post, Jekyll and Hyde, UKIP: The First One Hundred Days, The Outcast, Holby City and The Passing Bells
Film includes: Their Finest and Testament of Youth

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Theatre includes: Six Degrees of Separation (Ethel Barrymore Theatre); The Normal Heart (John Golden Theatre – Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play); Mary Stuart (Broadhurst Theater); The Crucible (Virginia Theatre); Cabaret (Henry Miller’s Theatre/Studio 54); and Love! Valor! Compassion! (Walter Kerr Theater)
Television includes: The Good Wife, Manh(a)ttan, The Big C (Emmy Nomination for Best Supporting Actor), Modern Family, Hannibal, Law and Order, and Sex and the City.
Film includes: Mapplethorpe (upcoming), Hostiles, Forever My Girl,  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Barry, Tallulah, Truth, Infamous, The Taking of Pelham 123, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Flags of Our Fathers and Pitch Perfect

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Young Vic includes: The Cherry Orchard, The Daughter-in-Law
Theatre includes: Mosquitoes, Peter Pan, wonder.land, The President of an Empty Room, Mourning Becomes Electra, Three Sisters, The Oresteia (National Theatre); Anatomy of a Suicide, Terrorism, Mountain Language (Royal Court); Romersholm, The Storm (Almeida); Dr Dee (ENO); All New People, Riflemind, In Celebration (Duke of York’s); Dr Faustus, As You Like It (Globe); Polar Bears, The Wild Duck (Donmar); The Mysteries, Romeo and Juliet (RSC)
Television includes: Grantchester, A Very English Scandal, Silk, Twenty Twelve, Casualty 1909, True, Dare, Kiss
Film includes: Lady Macbeth, Wuthering Heights, London Road, Swansong, Edge & Klimt.

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Theatre includes: A Guide for the Homesick (Huntington Theatre Company); Alligator (New Georges Theater) and Kill Floor (Lincoln Center Theater)
Television includes: Bull, Elementary, Red Oaks, and Big Dogs
Film includes: The Transfiguration

 

Syrus Lowe.jpgSyrus Lowe | Tristan / Young Man 6
Theatre includes: Saint Joan (Donmar Warehouse); Henry V (Regent’s Park); Walking the Tightrope (Underbelly); Fast Cuts & Snapshots (Oran Mor); The Velveteen Rabbit (Unicorn Theatre); Fragile (Southwark Theatre / Soho Theatre, Theatre Uncut / Paterson’s Land); The President and the Pakistani (Waterloo East Theatre); Six Books (Bush Theatre); Macbeth (Liverpool Everyman); The Charming Man (Theatre 503) and Earthquakes in London (National Theatre)
Television includes: Holby City, The Living and the Dead, The Five, Critical, DCI Banks, Talking to the Dead, Doctors, Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet, Ashes to Ashes and The Bill

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Michael Marcus | Jason/Young Man 2
Theatre includes: Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal Shakespeare Company), Richard II (Donmar Warehouse), Jumpy (Royal Court)
Television includes: Siblings, Lucan, Ripper Street, The White Queen and Misfits
Film includes: Their Finest, The Theory of Everything, The Physician and The Invisible Woman

 

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Young Vic includes: The Government Inspector, The Glass Menagerie
Theatre includes:
Hedda Gabler, Edward II (National Theatre); Cyrano de Bergerac (American Airlines Theatre); Long Day’s Journey into Night (Apollo, for which he was nominated for an Olivier award for Best Supporting Actor); The Faith Machine (Royal Court); The Glass Menagerie (Salisbury Playhouse/UK tour), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Globe/UK tour)
Television includes: Bounty Hunters, The Trip to Spain, American Odyssey, An Inspector Calls, Silent Witness, You, Me and the Apocalypse, Poldark, The Hollow Crown and Bad Education
Film includes:
Marrowbone, The Titan, The Fifth Estate, The Keeping Room and Anna Karenina.
Kyle was awarded the Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer at the 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

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Luke Thallon | Young Walter / Young man 4
Theatre includes: Albion (Almeida Theatre – nominated for the Evening Standard Emerging Talent Award); Misalliance (Orange Tree Theatre); Bent (National Theatre) and Out There (Riverside Studios)
Film includes: The Favourite

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Michael Walters | Jason 2 / Young Man 8
Young Vic includes: If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me
Theatre includes: Death of a Salesman (Royal & Derngate & UK Tour); The Drunken City (19th Street Productions); In the Jungle of Cities (Arcola); A Thousand Miles of History (Bussey Building); and Anna Christie (Donmar Warehouse)
Film includes: Now You See Me: The Second Act, About Time, and Better Than Happy

 

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Vanessa Redgrave | Margaret 

The Inheritance runs at the Young Vic 2 March – 19 May. You can book to see parts 1 and 2 separately on weekday evenings or see both parts in one day on Wednesdays or Saturdays. Find out more and book now.