New productions for 2016 Young Vic Season


The Young Vic Theatre in south London has announced a number of new productions for its 2016 studio, including a return to the venue for Jane Horrocks as well as date extensions for some of its popular productions.

The first new production to be announced is If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me, conceived by Jane Horrocks and Aletta Collins which will run in the main house from 10 March to 16 April 2016, with an official opening on 16 March 2016.

The production will feature the music of ‘new wave’ artists, choreographed and directed by Aletta Collins, starring Jane Horrocks. The show conjures the hopes, disillusionment and messy relationships that were the hallmarks of the 1970s and 80s music scene in the UK. It will feature design by Bunny Christie.

This will be followed by a new production of Joe Penhall’s award-winning Blue/Orange which will be directed by Matthew Xia and run in the main studio from 12 May to 18 June 2016, with an official opening on 19 May 2016.

"The day before Christopher is due to be discharged from a psychiatric ward his doctor has reservations. Convinced that oranges are blue and his father is a Ugandan dictator, is Christopher ready to leave? When the doctor raises his concerns with a senior colleague, a disturbing clash of ethics, budgets and self-promotion begins to overshadow Christopher’s future."

The production will feature design by Jeremy Herbert, sound by Carolyn Downing, lighting by Adam Silverman and choreography by Joseph Alford.

The final new production announced for the Main House will be Yerma by Simon Stone after Federico García Lorca, which runs from 29 July to 10 September 2016 with an official opening on 4 August 2016.

"Yerma tells the story of a woman whose inability to have a child tears her life apart. Her fierce desire to be a mother is met with painful indifference by her husband - provoking a desperate reaction."

In the Maria Studio, The Young Vic, Royal Court Theatre in co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Sheffield Theatres and The Yard Theatre will present Cuttin' It by Charlene James, directed by Gbolahan Obisesan. The drama focuses on female genital mutilation.

"Iqra and Muna live in the UK. They’re 15 years old, go to the same school, and were both born in Somalia. These superficial similarities kickstart a friendship based on a shared understanding. But as their trust grows, fundamental differences emerge and drive an irrevocable wedge between them."

As well as new productions, a number of dates have been added to previously announced productions:

Carrie Cracknell & Lucy Guerin’s Macbeth will now run from 26 November 2015 to 23 January 2016, with an official opening on 3 December 2015.

A Girl is a Half Formed Thing has also extended its booking, and will now run from 17 February 2016 to 26 March 2016, with an official opening on 19 February 2016.

Public booking opens Wednesday 7 October at 10.00am

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