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.

Nadia Latif

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.

Jonathan CullenJonathan 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

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

 

andrew burnap.jpgAndrew Burnap | Toby Darling
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

 

hubert burton.pngHubert Burton | Young Henry / Young Man 3
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

 

 

John Benjamin Hickey.jpgJohn Benjamin Hickey | Henry Wilcox
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

 

Samuel H. Levine.jpgSamuel H. Levine | Adam / Leo / Young Man 1
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

 

 

Kyle Soller.jpgKyle Soller | Eric Glass / Young Man 9
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.

11 Questions with the cast of The Jungle | Moein Ghobsheh

Moein Ghobsheh, also known as Milan among his friends, hails from Iran, and spent time living in the Calais “Jungle” before successfully making the boarder crossing to the UK. He plays the role of Omid in The Jungle and these are his 11 Questions…

1. Can you describe your character in The Jungle in three words?

Crazy, fighter, musical.

2.  What’s the most exciting thing about being part of this particular Young Vic production?

I really like it, because this is my story.

3. How do you think this show will make audiences feel?

I hope they will feel safe.

4. Did you do anything unusual to prepare for this role?

Well, I lived in the Calais “Jungle”.

5. What was it like working with Good Chance Theatre?

It’s been a good time working with Good Chance, both here and in the Calais “Jungle”.

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

I listen to music and tune my guitar.

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Back row: Mohammad Amiri, Mohamed Sarrar, Elham Ehsas, Moein Ghobsheh. Front Row: John Pfumojena. (Source: @FalsettoJohn ) 

7. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Anything Amy* says!

*Amy works for Good Chance and met Moein in Calais

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

My Dad.

9. What is your favourite play (that you’ve seen / read / worked on)?

This is actually my first real experience of theatre, although I suppose I did see some in Calais.

10. What is the last thing that made you laugh out loud.

Years ago, back home in Iran – my friends would make me really laugh out loud.

11. Confession time. This is a safe space: tell us something that you’ve never told anyone before.

I’m in love!

The Jungle runs until 9 Jan. Find out more about the production here. Tickets are sold out but you are welcome to queue for returns before each performance. 

Top image: Mohamed Sarrar, Ben Turner, Moein Ghobsheh, Elham Ehsas. Photo by David Sandison. 

★★★★★ “A haunting, humane masterpiece. Hearts ache. Anger boils. Tears flow.” | The Jungle reviews

We are overwhelmed with the outstanding reviews received so far for Joe Murphy & Joe Robertson’s The Jungle, set in part of the Calais refugee camp, directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin.

★★★★★
“Exuberant, full of music and movement. This is a story we need to hear. It feels of national significance.”
Time Out | Read the full review

★★★★★
“This devastating, uplifting show celebrates the human capacity to build something out of nothing, to work together and try to make a difference.”
The Guardian | Read the full review

★★★★★
“The show breathes with the generosity of spirit that it champions. Wonderfully humane and illuminating.”
The Independent | Read the full review

★★★★★
“Important, deeply moving theatre that challenges us to face this terrible, intractable crisis.”
Financial Times | Read the full review

★★★★
“You’re left awed and appalled. It’s warts and all – and that’s the beauty of it.”
The Telegraph | Read the full review

★★★★
“Urgency, vividness and wit. The play’s sense of the knottiness of world politics makes this a remarkable evening.”
The Times | Read the full review

★★★★★ “Brimful of hope, humour and humanity.”
Metro | Read the full review

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Mohammad Amiri (Norullah) in The Jungle at the Young Vic © David Sandison

★★★★★
“A haunting, humane masterpiece. Hearts ache. Anger boils. Tears flow.”
The Stage | Read the full review

★★★★★
“Searing, emotional and profound. It makes you think and feel in a way that theatre very rarely does”
Whatsonstage | Read the full review

★★★★★
“An absolutely vital attempt to bring the tragedy of unwanted and abandoned refugees to the attention of the world.”
The Upcoming | Read the full review

★★★★
“A visual masterpiece. It’s unlike anything you have ever seen.”
Broadway World | Read the full review

The Jungle runs at the Young Vic until 9 January. Tickets are available to book from £10; find out more and book now.

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Ammar Haj Ahmad (Safi) in The Jungle at the Young Vic © David Sandison

 

Casting announcement: meet the cast of The Brothers Size

We’re excited to announce casting for The Brothers Size which runs in the Young Vic’s Main House from  – 

Sope DirisuSope Dirisu makes his Young Vic debut in The Brothers Size.

Theatre includes: Coriolanus, Pericles (RSC); One Night In Miami (Donmar); The Whipping Man (Theatre Royal Plymouth); Tory Boyz, Romeo and Juliet (West End for National Youth Theatre) and Prince Of Denmark, Our Days Of Rage, Tory Boyz (National Youth Theatre).

Television includes: Next of Kin, Five By Five, The Halcyon, Black Mirror, Undercover, Siblings, Humans, The Casual Vacancy, The Mill and Utopia.

Film includes: Sand Castle, The Huntsman: Winter’s War and Criminal

Jonathan AjayiJonathan Ajayi makes his Young Vic debut in The Brothers Size.

Theatre includes: A Midsummer Nights Dream in New Orleans (The Arts Theatre), Sucker Punch, Port, Duchess of Malfi, A New Brain, Lady from the Sea (LAMDA).

Film includes: Hallelujah.

 

 

Anthony WelshAnthony Welsh returns to the Young Vic after appearing dirty butterfly, Blackta and the original production of The Brothers Size in 2007.

Theatre includes: Barber Shop Chronicles, Nut (National Theatre); The Merchant of Venice (Almeida); Precious Little Talent, Lower Ninth (Trafalgar Studios); Sucker Punch (Royal Court); Pornography (Tricycle Theatre & Tour).

Television includes: Black Mirror: Crocodile, Fleabag, The Secrets, Life’s Too Short, Top Boy, Holby City and The Bill.

Film includes: The Arrival, Ibiza, Journeyman, Sand Castle, The Girl With All The Gifts, Second Coming, Starred Up, Dirty Money, My Brother The Devil and Comes A Bright Day.

The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney is directed by Bijan Sheibani, designed by Patrick Burnier with live music and sound design by Manuel Pinheiro. A co-production with Actors Touring Company.

Find out more about the show and book your tickets here.

Five Plays – November 2017 | YV Directors Program

Twice a year we team up five directors from our Directors Program with five different writers and task them with creating five plays, rehearsed and staged over five days with five different casts. The result is Five Plays.

As always, this November saw some amazing collaborations between a host of exciting writing and acting talent working with our five directors, including three Jerwood Assistant Directors who have worked on recent Young Vic productions.

I Have Aids

 

by Rachel De-Lahay.
Direction Milli Bhatia, with Shane Zaza and Shvorne Marks.

 

Pops

 

by Charlotte Josephine.
Direction Alasdair Pidsley, with Sean Campion and Sophie Melville.

 

Glutathione

 

by Winsome Pinnock.
Direction Nicole Charles, with Estella Daniels and Petra Lang.

 

Signs / Wonders 

 

by Katherine Soper.
Direction Anna Poole, with Aoife Duffin and Robyn Addison.

 

Nuclear 

 

by Phoebe Eclair-Powell.
Direction Natalie Denton, with Gemma Lawrence and Jack Shalloo.

To find out more about the YV Directors Program and how we’re supporting artists of the future head to directorsprogram.youngvic.org.

All photos by Slav Kirichok.

Anna Poole, Natalie Denton and Nicole Charles are supported through the Jerwood Assistant Directors Program at the Young Vic.

Alasdair Pidsley is supported through the Young Vic Reach Out initiative.

With thanks to Jerwood Charitable Foundation which is dedicated to imaginative and responsible revenue funding of the arts, supporting artists to develop and grow at important stages in their careers. The aim of its funding is to allow artists and arts organisations to thrive; to continue to develop their skills, imagination and creativity with integrity. It works with artists across art forms, from dance and theatre to literature, music and the visual arts.

For more information on Jerwood Charitable Foundation visit: http://www.jerwoodcharitablefoundation.org