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.

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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…

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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.

 

 

The Inheritance | Audience Responses

We’ve been blown away with the brilliant responses to the first few previews of Part 1 & 2 of The Inheritance.

Inspired by the novel ‘Howards End’ by E.M. Forster, The Inheritance asks what is it like to be a young gay man in New York? This hilarious and profound heart-breaker runs at the Young Vic until 19 May.

See what audiences have been saying on social media and book your tickets now.

Syrus Lowe, Kyle Soller and Michael Walters in The Inheritance at the Young Vic © Simon AnnandSyrus Lowe, Kyle Soller & Michael Marcus. Photo by Simon Annand.
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The Inheritance runs at the Young Vic until 19 May. Stephen Daldry directs this hilarious and profound world premiere in two parts by New York playwright Matthew Lopez.

Book tickets: https://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/the-inheritance

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.

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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.

Welcome to new YV Artistic Director, Kwame Kwei-Armah!

1st February. A momentous day in British theatre history – Kwame Kwei-Armah takes the keys for the Young Vic and steps into his new shoes as our Artistic Director. And we couldn’t be more excited!

First day photography by Leon Puplett 📸

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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

Maisie Greenwood

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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