Yerma to be broadcast through NT Live

We’re delighted to announce that 2016’s biggest hit Yerma will be broadcast live to the world through the power of NT Live on Thursday 31 August, with encore screenings to follow at some cinemas. 

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Billie Piper in Yerma – Photograph by Johan Perrson

Following the huge success of NT Live’s broadcast of A View From the Bridge and A Streetcar Named Desire, we’re thrilled that another Young Vic show will shooting out across the world. Last year Yerma had queues round the block, and we are very pleased to be able to share the opportunity to see it with thousands more.  You can watch the trailer for the show here.

National Theatre Live performances are broadcast via satellite to over 1500 venues in over 40 different countries, live in Europe and some US cities, and time-delayed in countries further afield. For cinema tickets and venue information, visit ntlive.com.

Yerma returns to the Young Vic for a limited run 26 July – 31 August. Priority booking is now open, with Public booking opening Wednesday 1 February at 10am. 

 

New Season Announcement: Young Vic 2017 Season – Time to make some noise.

We’re not doing 2017 by halves, we’re over the moon (you’ll get that in a minute) to announce seven new shows in our 2017 line up.

In the Main House it’s the season of creative returns: Joe Wright returns to the Young Vic with Life Of Galileo after his acclaimed production of A Season of the Congo.  Sell-out sensation, Yerma is back for a limited run. The incredible team behind Happy Days reunites for Wings, directed by Natalie Abrahami. And, The Suppliant Women brings back Ramin Gray, after Living with the Lights on. Over in the studios we have Taha, Nina and How to Win Against HistoryFind out more on all the shows below.

Life of Galileo ( 6 May – 24 Jun)

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BAFTA Award-winning film director Joe Wright (Atonement, Anna Karenina) returns to the Young Vic after his celebrated production of A Season in the Congo, with Brendan Cowell in the title role following his acclaimed performance in Yerma.

Galileo makes an explosive discovery about the universe with his new invention – the telescope. The establishment is in an uproar over his powerful challenge to their worldview and their entrenched religious beliefs.

Brecht’s masterpiece will be performed in-the-round on a stunning set designed by Lizzie Clachan (Yerma, A Season in the Congo) and with projections by 59 Productions (Feast, War Horse).

Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht, translated by John Willett, runs 6 May – 24 June 2017 in the Young Vic’s Main House. It is directed by Joe Wright with design by Lizzie Clachan, video by Lysander Ashton for 59 Productions, light by Jon Clark,  sound by Tom Gibbons, puppet direction by Sarah Wright and dramaturgy by Sarah Tipple. With Brendan Cowell and more to be announced.

Yerma (26 Jul – 31 Aug)

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★★★★★
‘An extraordinary theatrical triump’ – The Times

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‘A shatteringly powerful reinvention of a familiar classic’ – The Independent

★★★★★ – The Observer, Evening Standard, Metro, Mail on Sunday, The Sun, iNews

2016’s biggest hit returns for a strictly limited run. The extraordinary Billie Piper plays Her, a woman driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child.

Simon Stone creates a radical new production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece.

Yerma by Simon Stone after Federico García Lorca runs 26 July – 31 August in the Young Vic’s Main House. It is directed by Simon Stone with design by Lizzie Clachan, costumes by Alice Babidge, light by James Farncombe, music & sound Stefan Gregory, video by Jack Henry James, casting by Julian Horan CDG. With, Maureen Beattie, Brendan Cowell, John MacMillan, Billie Piper and Charlotte Randle. 

Yerma is now sold out. We will be running returns queues on the day from an hour before each performance. Find more information on NT Live screenings here.  

Wings (14 September – 28 October) 

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Juliet Stevenson takes on yet another extraordinary role.  Emily was a fiercely independent woman, an aviator and a wingwalker, until a stroke destroyed her sense of reality. Fragments of her life come together as she struggles to find her voice and herself.

The hugely successful collaborators from  Happy Days reunites with director Natalie Abrahami.

Wings by Arthur Kopit runs 14 September – 28 October in the Young Vic’s Main House. It is directed by Natalie Abrahami with design by Michael Levine, light by Guy Hoare, sound by Gareth Fry and movement by Anna Morrisey. With Juliet Stevenson and more to be announced. 

The Suppliant Women ( 13 – 25 November)

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★★★★★
‘An epic, feminist protest song’ – The Guardian

“If we help, we invite trouble.
If we don’t, we invite shame.”

Fifty women leave everything behind to board a boat in North Africa and fl ee across the Mediterranean. They are escaping forced marriage in their homeland, hoping for protection and assistance, seeking asylum in Greece.

Written 2,500 years ago by the great playwright Aeschylus, one of the world’s oldest plays speaks to us through the ages with startling resonance for our troubled times.

Featuring a chorus of young women from London, this is part play, part ritual. Director Ramin Gray unearths an electric connection to the deepest and most mysterious ideas of the humanity – who are we, where do we belong and if all goes wrong – who will take us in?

An Actors Touring Company, Young Vic and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh co-production.

The Suppliant Women by Aeschylus, a new version by David Greig, runs 13 – 25 Novemeber in the Young Vic’s Main House. It is directed by Ramin Gray with music by John Browne, choreography by Sasha Milavic Davies, design by Lizzie Clachan andlight by Charles Balfour. With Callum Armstrong, Oscar Batterham, Ben Burton, Omar Ebrahim and Gemma May Rees. 

Taha ( 5 – 15 July)

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All my life, nothing came easy.
Not even becoming a poet.

A lyrical story of the life of Palestinian poet Taha Muhammed Ali, written and performed by Amer Hlhel.

Amir Nizar Zuabi (The Beloved, I Am Yusuf and This Is My Brother), founder of celebrated theatre company ShiberHur, returns to the Young Vic to direct this London premiere.

An Amer Hlehel, Young Vic and Shubbak Festival co-production.

Taha by Amer Hlehel, translated by Amir Nizar Zuabi, runs 5 – 15 July in the Young Vic’s Maria. It is translated and directed by Amir Nizar Suabi with light by Muaz Jubeh and music by Habib Shehadeh Hanna. With Amer Hlehel.

Nina (19 – 29 July)

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A STORY ABOUT ME & NINA SIMONE

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‘A searing tribute restarts Simone’s revolution’ – The Guardian

Backed by a brilliant band, Josette Bushell-Mingo mixes story and song as she draws together tales from the life of Nina Simone, her own extraordinary career and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Nina devised by Josette Bushell-Mingo and Dritëro Kasapi runs 19 – 29 July in the Young Vic’s Maria. It is directed by Dritëro Kasapi with design by Rosa Maggiora, light by Matt Haskins, musical direction by Shapor Bastansia and dramaturgy by Christina Anderson. With Josette Bushell-Mingo.

Nina is now sold out. We will be running returns queues on the day from an hour before each performance.

How to Win Against History (30 November – 23 December)

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★★★★★
‘This musical about being a cross-dressing Marquess is a work of genius’ – The Daily Telegraph

★★★★
‘Gleeful, luicrous – a larky collision of Gilbert & Sulivan and Monty Python’ – Time Out

The 5th Marquis of Anglesey was one of the world’s wealthiest men, until he lost it all by being too damn fabulous. A riches-to-rags story becomes a hilarious, ripped-up musical in an outrageous performance by Seiriol Davies.

An Aine Flanagan Productions, Seiriol Davies and Young Vic co-production.

How to Win Against History runs 30 November – 23 December in the Young Vic’s Maria. It is directed by Alex Swift with design by Verity Quinn, light by Dan Saggers, musical direction by Dylan Townley, music by Seiriol Davies and dramaturgy by Eve Leigh. With Matthew Blake, Seiriol Davies and Dylan Townley.

Tickets go on sale to the public on Wednesday 1 February  at 10am. You can become a friend and book today at www.youngvic.org

11 Questions with the cast of Yerma – Charlotte Randle

Charlotte Randle (Mary) in Yerma at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson

Charlotte Randle as Mary in Yerma. Photo by Johan Persson.

 

Charlotte is currently playing Mary in Simon Stone’s adaptation of Lorca’s classic, Yerma. Here are her answers to our 11 questions:

Can you describe your character in Yerma  in three words?

Daughter. Sister. Mother.

What’s it been like working with Simon Stone?

Joyful.

How did you find the rehearsal process in comparison to other productions you’ve been in?

Unprecedented. Minimal. Relaxed and fairly bar based!

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?

Phoning my son.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?

King Lear. I studied it for A levels, have seen 10 productions and was in it here with Pete Postlethwaite.

What is your favourite midnight snack?

Taramasalata scooped up with ready salted Hula-Hoops, from the corner shop on the way home.

What was it that first got you interested in the theatre?

My parents taking me as a kid.

Where is your favourite place in the world?

London.

Who is your ultimate hero, and what would you say to them if you ever met them?

All the doctors, nurses and volunteers doing humanitarian work in war zones and the refugee camps. I would say thank you.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?

I think I’d have enjoyed the 1920’s quite a lot! If I had money…

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?

The ability to go back in time and change the outcome of the Brexit referendum!

 

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Sadiq Khan visits the Young Vic | #LondonIsOpen

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan visited the Young Vic this week to meet our Artistic Director, David Lan and Executive Director, Lucy Woollatt and watch Simon Stone’s Yerma.

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Saadiya Khan, Executive Director Lucy Woollatt, Artistic Director David Lan and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

The Young Vic recently became the first Theatre of Sanctuary in London and we are thrilled to continue in this spirit by supporting the Mayor’s #LondonIsOpen campaign which reflects how the Young Vic’s doors are open to all. The #LondonIsOpen campaign reassures the more than one million foreign nationals who live in London that they will always be welcome.

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#LondonIsOpen at the Young Vic

Announcing #LondonIsOpen Sadiq Khan said, “Few if any other cities can rival London for arts and culture, and our West End shows are an enormous draw for visitors and talent from around the world. Together, we are sending the message, loud and clear, that London is open. We are open to the world’s performers, to businesses, to people and ideas, and I encourage everyone to join us in getting behind the campaign and remind the world that London is the greatest city on earth.”

Find out more about the campaign on london.gov.uk

“An extraordinary theatrical triumph” ★★★★★ for Yerma

Billie Piper (Her) in Yerma at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson

Billie Piper (Her) in Yerma at the Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson.

Simon Stone’s radically modern adaptation of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece has received incredible feedback. Yerma runs through until 24 Sept. Find out what audiences have been saying.

★★★★★
“An extraordinary theatrical triumph”
The Times – read the full review.

★★★★★
“A shatteringly powerful reinvention of a familiar classic”
“from Billie Piper a central performance of such devastating emotional force that I wasn’t surprised to discover myself still visibly shaking from its effects on the Tube afterwards.”
The Independent – read the full review.

★★★★★
“What’s remarkable about Stone’s interpretation is its combination of technical rigour and moments of deeply uncomfortable humour. “
“It’s the quality of the performances that makes this a riveting hundred minutes, and Billie Piper is on raw, ferocious, spellbinding form.”
The Evening Standard – read the full review.

★★★★★
“Billie Piper is astonishing – everything about this production is on-point”
iNews – read the full review.

★★★★★
“Brilliantly staged by the author and impeccably acted throughout, it is a triumph”
“Ms Piper’s gut-wrenching performance in the best play I have seen this year that will remain indelibly stamped upon my heart”

The Sun – read the full review.

★★★★★
“Billie Piper makes a shattering Yerma in Simon Stone’s inspired reworking of Lorca”
The Observer – read the full review 

★★★★★
“Brutal yet ferociously funny”
Metro

★★★★★
“This is unmissable, for the brilliant performances, the astonishing set-changes and the music”
Mail on Sunday

★★★★
“Lizzie Clachan’s design is a reminder that the Young Vic is a place where theatre magic happens”
Time Out – read the full review.

★★★★
“A sharply witty, slangily modern updating – you can’t take your eyes off Billie Piper”
The Daily Mail – read the full review.

★★★★
“Piper gives a devastatingly powerful performance”
The Daily Telegraph – read the full review

★★★★
“An electrifying theatrical experience”
Daily Express – read the full review

“Merciless and mesmerizing”
The New York Times – read the full review

★★★★
“Wonderfully bold and sensitive writing and direction from Simon Stone”
The Sunday Times – read the full review

★★★★
“Brendan Cowell brings great sympathy to the role of duffer husband John, Charlotte Randle is skittishly appealing as accidentally fertile sister Mary and many of the show’s swiftly diminishing moments of humour come from Maureen Beattie’s inspired Helen, the women’s no-nonsense mother.”
Financial Times – read the full review 

★★★★
“Splendidly acted on Lizzie Clachan’s elegant minimalist set”
Sunday Express – read the full review

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Federico García Lorca | 7 things you might know already but are still pretty interesting

Federico García Lorca, writer of Yerma, is one of Spain’s most celebrated writers. Born in Granada, he travelled a lot in Spain as a young man, and to the US. He was a prominent member of Spain’s Generation of ’27, who explored futurism, surrealism, and symbolism across many art forms. He was possibly killed by nationalist Franco supporters aged 38, most likely due to his political affiliations.

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Here are 7 things you might already know about the man but will want to read again…

  1. Lorca published his first book, aged 19, called Impresiones y Viajes (Impressions and Travel) was a series of musings on his travels around Spain, celebrating Spanish culture and criticising poverty.
  2. Lorca took nine years to finish his Bachelors degree, initially planning to become a musician or composer before focusing on writing.
  3. His first play, (The Butterfly’s Evil Spell) was based on a love between a butterfly and a cockroach.
  4. He was a friend, collaborator and possible lover of Salvador Dali during the 1920s – Dali designed the stage for the first production of Lorca’s Mariana Pineda in Barcelona in 1927.
  5. Lorca wrote a short [screen]play about silent movie star Buster Keaton El paseo de Buster Keaton (Buster Keaton goes for a stroll) in 1928.
  6. In August 1936 Lorca was assassinated by supporters of General Franco, one of thousands being killed by nationalists across Spain. His body has never been found.
  7. Blood Wedding (Bodas de sangre) and Mariana Pineda were the only of Lorca’s plays which were published in his lifetime.

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Billie Piper is Yerma + extra dates added

We’re so excited to reveal that Billie Piper will play Yerma in Simon Stone’s new version of Federico García Lorca’s masterpiece.

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Billie Piper makes her Young Vic debut as Yerma. Her previous theatre credits include: Great Britain, The Effect – Olivier nomination for Best Actress (National Theatre); Reasons To Be Pretty (Almeida),Treats – Evening Standard Theatre nomination for Best Actress (Garrick). Her film work includes: City of Tiny Lights, Animals United, Things to Do Before You’re 30, The Calcium Kid and Spirit Trap. Television credits include: Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, Doctor Who, A Passionate Woman, The Shadow in the North, The Ruby in the Smoke, Much Ado About Nothing, True Love, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Canterbury Tales: The Miller’s Tale and Mansfield Park.

This achingly powerful story of a young woman desperate to become a mother expresses the anguish of a society battling to free itself from its past. Simon Stone’s new version re-imagines Lorca’s original for London today.

Stone’s version of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck was a sensation at the Barbican in 2014. Now he writes and directs his first original work for the UK.

As well as this incredible casting news, we’re also extending Yerma‘s run due to huge demand for tickets. The production will now play until 24 Sept and you can book now for the extra dates.

Yerma plays at the Young Vic from 28 July – 24 Sept, to book tickets click here.