Friday, 6 February 2015

The Young Vic announces details of new season

The Young Vic has confirmed details of its 2015 season. 

Georgia Bourke, Janie Dee, George MacKay, Martin Marquez, Eleanor McLoughlin, Dominic Rowan, Susannah Wise and Ashley Zhangazha will star in in Eugene O’Neill’s only comedy Ah, Wilderness! directed by Natalie Abrahami between 12th April and 23rd May.

Rory Kinnear will play Josef K. in Richard Jones’ production of Franz Kafka’s The Trial in a new version by Nick Gill from 9th June to 8th August. The Young Vic will host the UK premiere of Simon Stephens’ new play Song from Far Away directed by Ivo van Hove in a limited run between 3rd and 19th September.

Joe Hill-Gibbins tackles Shakespeare’s dark comedy Measure for Measure with Romola Garai as Isabella opening on 2nd October and closing on 7th November. Dance and theatre combine in a new production of Macbeth co-directed by Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin from 26th November 2014 to 16th January 2016.

Elsewhere, in the Maria studio theatre: the garment trade is put under the spotlight in interactive theatre game World Factory (11th – 30th May) and a rare revival of La Musica by Marguerite Duras (24th September – 17th October).

In other news The Departure, a film directed by and starring Gillian Anderson is released today whilst the Young Vic's production of Ivo van Hove’s A View from the Bridge opens in the West End at the Wyndham’s Theatre on 10th February. The production will be broadcast via NT Live on Thursday 26th March.

A full statement from Artistic Director David Lan reads:

2015 at the Young Vic is a mix of rarely performed plays, world premieres, new light on dark classics - and the next in our series of brilliant short films. Created by theatre artists we love, many of whom have made their home in our theatre, I hope this season will speak to our neighbourhood as much as to our city.

Immediately after the return of Natalie Abrahami’s Happy Days with Juliet Stevenson comes her new production of Ah, Wilderness!, a dappled portrait of a Connecticut childhood by the great Eugene O’Neill.

Rory Kinnear, one of the leading actors of his generation, will play Josef K. in Richard Jones’ staging of Franz Kafka’s The Trial. This tale of ordinary terror will be in a new adaptation by Nick Gill. 

Simon Stephens has written three adaptations for us. I am thrilled that we now present his new play Song from Far Away. Ivo Van Hove directs following his award-winning ‘A View from the Bridge’ in 2014.

We only produce Shakespeare when a director has a powerful need to do a particular play at a particular time. Joe Hill-Gibbins follows his path breaking The Changeling and Edward II (National Theatre) with the enigmatic Measure for Measurestarring the brilliant Romola Garai…

… and Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin follow their Medea (National Theatre) with Macbeth, this time director and choreographer as equal collaborators. In their production movement interrupts the text to create a startling new version of the well-known story.

In the Maria: World Factory has audience members calling the shots at their own Chinese clothing factory in a probing and playful look at the modern textile industry.

The plays of the great Marguerite Duras are rarely seen. La Musica irises in on the final meeting between an estranged couple. Jeff James (‘One for the Road’) directs.

These shows join the already announced Lippy, acclaimed in Dublin, Edinburgh, New York, A Number, Caryl Churchill’s take on cloning with father and son John and Lex Shrapnel playing father and son, directed by Michael Longhurst and Man, three short plays by Tennessee Williams directed by Genesis Future Directors Award-winner Finn Beames.

Look out for further shows in our studio theatres in 2015, including the annual JMK Award production.

As for our ‘fourth stage’ - our series of short films online continues. We’re delighted that, after playing an extraordinary Blanche du Bois, Gillian Anderson has directed a short film that delves into her life before A Streetcar Named Desire begins. You can watch ‘The Departure’ online from today.

Ivo Van Hove’s production of A View from the Bridge opens next week at the Wyndham’s Theatre. If you can’t catch it onstage, it will be broadcast to cinemas in over 40 countries via NT Live on March 26.

In 2015 we continue to collaborate with partners across the UK and further afield. Macbeth is a co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Manchester’s new venue HOME and will play in those theatres next spring. Golem will visit Taiwan, Paris and many further dates. Kafka’s Monkey also visits HOME. The Events visits New York. Oh My Sweet Land plays the Holland Festival.

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