New 2019 season announced at the Young Vic
Opening in the Main House in May will be Marianne Elliott’s production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Starring Wendell Pierce in his UK stage debut as Willy Loman, the production will also star Sharon D Clarke, who is set to open in Caroline, or Change this month, and Arinze Kene, whose play Misty is currently running at Trafalgar Studios. It will run from 1st May to 29th June.
In July, Kwei-Armah and Idris Elba will bring Tree to the theatre. Following a run at Manchester International Festival, the piece uses music from Elba’s album Mi Mandela, dance and film directed by Kwei-Armah to explore life in South Africa after Nelson Mandela. It will run at the Young Vic from 29th June to 10th July.
From 19th September, Yael Farber will return to London with a production of Federíco Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding, in a new version by Marina Carr. The tragedy is about an unnamed bride who flees her wedding reception with a former lover.
From 28th November, Jackie Sibblies Drury’s play Fairview will get its world premiere directed by Nadia Latif. The play is set amongst pandemonium in a family home as the Fraisers gather to celebrate their grandma’s birthday.
In the Clare Studio in February, Leal Lawal will direct April De Angelis’ Wild East, which sees two doctors preparing to interview a man called Frank, whose potential return to Russia rests on the meeting’s success.
It will be followed by Hatti Taylor’s play Ivan and the Dogs, which, directed by Caitriona Shoobridge, tells the story of a four-year-old boy who would rather live on the streets in Moscow than stay at home.
From 3rd to 8th December, Caroline Byrne will adapt Franz Wedekind’s Spring Awakening, featuring a cast of actor-musicians and a score by Tasha Taylor Johnson.
In February, Luke Barnes will present his piece The Jumper Factory, which was originally staged by prisoners to fellow inmates. Directed by Josh Parr, the piece will be staged in the Maria by a cast of young men aged 18 to 25 who have all been affected by the criminal justice system.
And in January, Jordan Tannahill’s Draw Me Close will use live performance, virtual reality and animation to tell the story of a mother and son dealing with her terminal cancer diagnosis.