Billie Piper will reprise her Evening Standard Award-winning performance in Simon Stone’s Yerma at the Young Vic Theatre this summer, while her Yerma co-star Brendan Cowell will precede that return season with his own title turn in a new production of Brecht’s Life of Galileo, directed by BAFTA winning film director Joe Wright in May.
Other highlights in the new 2017 productions announced today include the London premiere of Arthur Kopit’s Pulitzer-nominated Wings, which will reunite actor Juliet Stevenson and director Natalie Abrahami after their acclaimed collaboration on Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days at the theatre in 2014 and 2015 (for which she won a MyTheatreMates #AlsoRecognisedAward for Best Solo Performance).
Other shows announced by the Young Vic today include:
- Ramin Gray and David Grieg’s acclaimed production The Suppliant Women featuring a chorus of Waterloo residents receives its London premiere
- In the Maria studio, two poetic personal stories Taha and Nina – a story about me and Nina Simone, and Edinburgh Festival hit How To Win Against History
Plus as previously announced:
- Joe Hill-Gibbins’ production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- See Me Now created by Mimi Poskitt, Molly Taylor and a company of performers who have been or are sex workers
- Two Genesis Future Directors Award shows: Chekhov’s The Bear and The Proposal – casting announced today – and Yellowman by Dael Orlandersmith
Life of Galileo
by Bertolt Brecht, direction Joe Wright
Saturday 6 May – Saturday 24 June
Press Night: Tuesday 16 May, 7.00pm
BAFTA winner Joe Wright directs Brecht’s classic play. Brendan Cowell takes the title role, returning to the Young Vic following his performance in Yerma.
Galileo Galilei: father, hero, heretic. When a chance discovery leads to evidence of a seismic shift in scientific thinking, Galileo sparks a dangerous dispute with authority. To challenge the idea that the earth is the centre of the universe is to challenge the all-powerful Roman Catholic Church.
Brecht’s dramatisation of the battle between belief and reason considers whether proof matters when it inspires dissent. Joe Wright catapults Life of Galileo into the Young Vic’s Main House auditorium as you’ve never seen it before with design by Lizzie Clachan and video design by 59 Productions.
Brendan Cowell takes the title role, following his acclaimed debut at the Young Vic in Simon Stone’s Yerma. Further casting is to be announced.
by Simon Stone after Federico García Lorca, direction Simon Stone
Wednesday 26 July – Thursday 31 August
Billie Piper returns in Simon Stone’s highly-acclaimed production for a strictly limited run.
Billie Piper plays a woman whose inability to have a child tears her life apart. Simon Stone’s contemporary version of Lorca’s tragedy of yearning and loss won plaudits from audiences and critics alike when it premiered in the Young Vic’s Main House in July 2016, with Billie Piper receiving the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress at the 2016 Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Maureen Beattie, Brendan Cowell, John MacMillan and Charlotte Randle return to join Billie in the company.
Design for Yerma is by Lizzie Clachan, costumes by Alice Babidge, light by James Farncombe and music and sound by Stefan Gregory.
by Arthur Kopit, direction Natalie Abrahami
Thursday 14 September – Saturday 28 October
Press Night: Wednesday 20 September, 7.00pm
Juliet Stevenson stars in the London premiere of Arthur Kopit’s illuminating play, directed by Natalie Abrahami.
A woman who once walked on the wings of aeroplanes experiences a severe stroke and struggles to make sense of her world. Fragments of intangible memories replace old certainties and relationships: sensory overload. Originally a radio play written in response to his father’s stroke, Arthur Kopit’s Pulitzer-nominated drama traces a search for understanding in a bright and cacophonous new world.
Following their acclaimed collaboration on Happy Days (2014, 2015 at the Young Vic) and YV short film MAYDAY, Stevenson and Abrahami reunite for this new production with design by Michael Levine, light by Guy Hoare and sound by Gareth Fry. Further casting is to be announced.