Young Vic announces New Season for 2015


The Young Vic theatre has now announced full details of its new season for 2015, which will include revivals of classic plays by authors such as Eugene O'Neill and William Shakespeare, as well as new writing by Simon Stephens.

In the Main House

Ah, Wilderness
Eugene O'Neill's 1933 play will be revived in the main house, running from 14 April – 23 May 2015 with an official opening on 21 April 2015. Directed by Natalie Abrahami, this rarely performed comedy was written as a prelude to O'Neill's autobiographical 'A Long Day’s Journey into Night'. Set in 1906 Connecticut, the action follows the teenage tribulations of Richard Miller and touches on memory, trust, love and the painful process of growing up.

The cast for the production includes Georgia Bourke, Janie Dee, George MacKay, Martin Marquez, Eleanor McLoughlin, Dominic Rowan, Susannah Wise and Ashley Zhangazha with further casting to be announced.

The production is designed by Dick Bird with costumes by Sussie Juhlin-Wallén. Lighting design is by Charles Balfour, with sound by Ben Ringham. Movement is by Ann Yee.

In his thirtieth year K. lives a waking nightmare. Visited at home by state agents on his birthday, accused of an unspecified crime, K. is bewildered by spiralling layers of bureaucracy – and the more sinister motives which lurk beneath them.

Design for the production is by Miriam Buether, with costumes by Nicky Gillibrand. Light is by Mimi Jordan Sherin, with sound and music by David Sawer.

This production will mark the first original play by Simon Stephens to be produced at the Young Vic, following his English language version of Anton Chekhov’s 'The Cherry Orchard', directed by Katie Mitchell in autumn 2014.

Returning home to Amsterdam after the death of his brother, a young man (played by Eelco Smits) attempts to reconnect with his sibling through a series of letters. Described as "Part elegy, part catharsis", the production will premiere at Mostra Internacionale de Teatro de São Paulo in Brazil in March before a run at Amsterdam’s Stadsschouwburg Theatre ahead of its London debut.

New music composed especially for the production is by American singer-songwriter Mark Eitzel, along with designs by Jan Versweyveld.

Directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins with designs by Miriam Buether, the cast will be led by Romola Garai who will star as Isabella in her Young Vic debut. Costumes are by Nicky Gillibrand, light by James Farncombe, sound by Paul Arditti and movement by Imogen Knight.

"In a Vienna heaving with sex and corruption, even the authorities are up to no good. The Duke has left deputy Angelo to clean up the city’s reputation, whilst he observes in disguise. Abusing his power, Angelo forces young nun Isabella to choose between saving her brother’s life or breaking her vow of chastity."

"Betrayal, jealousy and suspicion reign in Scotland as Shakespeare’s tragedy of the desperate desire for power is redrawn in an ambitious new staging. As we are propelled towards the play’s conclusion and the thundering armies approach, both reason and the text begin to falter and fragment and are overwhelmed by stark and brutal choreography."

Lighting design is by Neil Austin with costumes by Merle Hensel.

World Factory
METIS in co-production with the Young Vic, New Wolsey Theatre and Company of Angels will present this interactive look at the politics of fashion. Delving into the murky history and contemporary reality of the garment industry, World Factory provokes a conversation about consumer capitalism and ethical trade in relation to China. Audiences become factory managers, calling the shots on profits, products and workers - and are asked to decide for themselves what success means.

The production runs from 11 to 30 May 2015, with an official opening on 18 May 2015. It features direction and design by Zoë Svendsen and Simon Daw who have developed the piece through UK-based company METIS and Shangai-based Chinese director Zhao Chuan's company Grass Stage. It features real life accounts of the world of mass production both here and abroad and uses video and set design by Simon Daw.

"An estranged husband and wife return to the town where they once lived to finalise their divorce. Meeting by chance in a hotel bar they spend the night struggling to understand each other, caught between desire and recrimination." Written in 1965, Duras' play examines the contradictions of sex and time.

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