Young Vic Theatre announce new season to Jan 2009

Young Vic Theatre announce new season to Jan 2009

The Young Vic Theatre has announced its new season for productions from July 2008 to Jan 2009.

In the Main House

17 to 22 July 2008
Music by Kurt Weill, lyrics by Langston Hughes, book by Elmer Rice. Directed by John Fulljames, designed by Dick Bird, lighting by Jon Clark, sound by Fergus O’ Hare. An Opera Group/ Young Vic/ Watford Palace Theatre co-production.
Set in a New York tenement building over a long hot summer's day and night, Street Scene is a meeting of Broadway musical and American opera. It incorporates an array of show tunes, arias, blues, jazz and spirituals in a musical melting pot that captures the diversity of working class New York in 1947.

27 Aug to 13 Sep 2008
by Samuel Beckett. Directed by Peter Brook, assisted by Lilo Baur and Marie-Helene Estienne. A Theatre des Bouffes du Nord/Young Vic co-production
Starring Marcello Magni, Kathryn Hunter, Khalifa Natour
5 short plays: Rockaby, Rough Theatre I, Act Without Words II, Come and Go, Neither. 'Peter Brook’s sinuous stripped back productions reveal all the angry warmth of this dark, despairing, life-celebrating humanist. They will be performed in English and will demonstrate what Brook believes to be the bedrock of theatre: the purity of the text and the undiluted power of acting.'

2 Oct to 8 Nov 2008
by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Directed by Walter Meierjohann, designed by Miriam Buether, lighting by Jean Kolman.
Oya is a star athlete. She never feels so right as when she’s running. As a girl she has to choose between following her dream and caring for her sick mother. As a woman she is torn between two men and is desperate to bear a child.

27 Nov 2008 to 24 Jan 2009
written and directed by Pedro Cardoso and Paul Heritage. Designed by Gringo Cardia. A Young Vic/People’s Palace Projects co-production
Christmas Brazilian style! Inspired by the stories and culture of the rainforest. Twin boys take refuge in a tree in the rainforest and a spirit casts a spell over all who pass beneath its branches. Years later a troupe of dancers rehearses in the forest. Confusion erupts as friends and enemies change bodies, transformed by the enchanted tree. The world looks different through another pair of eyes.


In the Maria Studio

8 Oct to 8 Nov 2008
by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Directed by Bijan Sheibani, designed by Patrick Burnier, lighting by Mike Gunning, choreography by Aline David, sound by Manuel Pinheiro. A Young Vic/ATC co-production.
Starring Daniel Francis, Tunji Kasim, Anthony Welsh.
Drama that plants Yoruba myth into the soil of Louisiana. It tells the story of two brothers: Ogun who owns an auto-repair shop, and Oshoosi, who’s just left prison and always manages to take the wrong track. When his ex-cell mate Elegba gives him a clapped-out car, true freedom seems just around the corner…


In the Clare Studio

14 to 18 Oct 2008
by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Directed by Matthew Dunster, designed by Anna Fleischle. A Royal Exchange Theatre Production.
Starring William Ash
A vivid, fast-talking, visceral snapshot of life growing up in the 1980s.Recalls those moments growing up that are at the same time unique and universal: a dark moment of rebellion against your mum, the bloodlust of your gang, the summer evening feeling that you’ll live forever.

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