One of the world's most outward-looking and influential theatre
Founded back in the mists of time (well, 1970) as a sort of youth-orientated adjunct to the National Theatre (then located at the Old Vic), the Young Vic has grown in stature to the point of now being one of the most influential theatre in London, if not the world.
Long-term artistic director David Lan's programming is eclectic, with the two smaller studio spaces (the Clare and the Maria) often hosting new writing and experimental performances. But the heart of the Young Vic programming lies in leftfield productions of great classics, bringing auteur directors from across the globe in and pairing them with the cream of British acting talent. The Young Vic is arguably the closest Britain has to a 'directors' theatre' in a European mould, with the added bonus of big name actors eager to perform on its stage.
Tickets are very reasonably priced and there is a terrific outreach programme that offers free and subsidised tickets to schools and the local community: it's perhaps the only major theatre in London to boast a genuinely young and diverse audience.
It's also got extensive bar facilities on two levels, plus a menu centred on that ubiquitous London staple the burger. It's a lunchtime hub for workers in the Waterloo area, many of whom are only vaguely aware that they're dining in one of the greatest theatres in the world.
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Life of Galileo
Sometimes there's nothing more excruciating than a director trying to 'liven up' a classic play with a ton of OTT flourishes. And other times the director converts the theatre into a massive fuck-off planetarium and commissions an indecently banging score...Until Saturday July 1 2017
Taha Muhammad Ali was a Palestinian poet who documented the conflict with Israel with witty, direct, and personal reflections about daily life in the city of Nazareth - where he made ends meet by running a souvenir shop. This lyrical new play about his...Drama Wednesday July 5 2017 - Saturday July 15 2017
The story of jazz icon Nina Simone collides with modern narratives of the Black Lives Matter movement in this play with songs. Josette Bushell-Mingo and Dritero Kasapi have collaborated to create a rich tribute to Nina, and a furious and personal look...Musicals Wednesday July 19 2017 - Saturday July 29 2017
'Yerma' returns to the Young Vic in July 2017. This review is from the 2016 run. Tickets for the 2017 run go on sale Feb 1 at 10am As swearwords fly and Billie Piper strides through a cream-carpeted loft, it’s hard to believe we’re watching Lorca’s 1934...Drama Wednesday July 26 2017 - Thursday August 31 2017
After stonking performances in the Almeida's 'Mary Stuart' and the Young Vic's 'Happy Days', Juliet Stevenson takes the lead in this harrowing story. Arthur Kopit's 1978 play 'Wings' centres on a former aviator recovering from a stroke, and shows the...Drama Thursday September 14 2017 - Saturday October 28 2017
The Suppliant Women
Fifty woman set off across perilous seas in Aeschylus's 'The Suppliant Women', reimagined for a refugee crisis setting by David Grieg. As artistic director of Edinburgh's Lyceum theatre, Grieg's adaptation used a chorus of women from the local community...Drama Monday November 13 2017 - Saturday November 25 2017
Genesis Award-winning director Nancy Medina is turning her hand to 'Yellowman', a story of growing up in the Deep South. Its author Dael Orlandersmith reached the Pulitzer Prize finals with this taut two-hander, which looks at a friendship between a man...Drama Wednesday November 22 2017 - Saturday December 2 2017
How to Win Against History
'How To Win Against History' comes to the Young Vic in December 2017. This review is from the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe run. Henry Paget, the fifth Marquess of Anglesea, was Quite The Character, a flamboyant late Victorian who inherited a vast fortune and...Musicals Thursday November 30 2017 - Saturday December 23 2017
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