Young Vic announces New Season for 2016


The Young Vic Theatre has now announced full details of its new season for 2016, which will include four new productions at both the main stage space and the Maria Studio.

It was also announced that Daniel Kaluuya and Luke Norris will join the cast of Blue/Orange in the Main House from 12 May 2016.

In the Main House

A Man of Good Hope
Critically acclaimed South African company Isango Ensemble return to the Young Vic for the UK premiere of a gripping tale of survival, based on the book by Jonny Steinberg, which runs from 6 October to 12 November 2016, with an official opening on 13 October 2016.

"Asad is a young Somalian refugee in Ethiopia with a brilliant head for business. As a budding entrepreneur, he is in search of new opportunities abroad. And so he embarks on an epic journey to South Africa, hoping to find a promised land. But as he arrives horrific xenophobic violence ruptures society, sending the country – and Asad’s plans - into chaos."

The cast for the production includes Pauline Malefane, Noluthando Boqwana, Ayanda Eleki, Zamile Gantana, Sifiso Lupuzi, Bongiwe Mapassa, Zanele Mbatha, Katlego Mmusi, Zoleka Mpotsha, Busisiwe Ngejane, Sonwabo Ntshata, Luvo Rasemeni, Masakane Sotayisi, Luvo Tamba, and Ayanda Tikolo.

The piece will be conducted by Mandisi Dyantyis, with musical direction by Mandisi Dyantyis and Pauline Malefane, movement by Lungelo Ngamlana and lighting by Mannie Manim.

"Three actors in a struggling vaudeville troupe travel West to try their luck in 1930s Hollywood. With the advent of talking pictures, it’s a changing industry. A chance meeting with a film journalist gives the friends an idea: brimming with chutzpah they found a school of elocution for starlets of the silver screen, to help them adapt to ‘talkies’. When their scheme takes off they are plunged into the frenetic world of a Hollywood studio, full of glitz and glamour – but as their responsibilities escalate, will the lustre last?"

The Emperor
by Ryszard Kapuściński, adapted by Colin Teevan will be directed by Walter Meierjohann and star Kathryn Hunter, running from 3 – 24 September 2016 with an official opening on 8 September.

"A despotic ruler’s regime is beginning to crumble. We witness the downfall and debris through the eyes of his staff: a catalogue of characters created by award-winning actor Kathryn Hunter. Based on the book by Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński, The Emperor explores the artifice of absolute power."

"Kurt and Martha will soon become parents. They both work hard to provide for their new family, to give their child the best and most comfortable start in life. They have to; the perfect buggy doesn’t come cheap. But when Kurt’s boss offers him a chance to make some easy money, his decision threatens the health of his family and the entire community."

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