Young Vic artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah has announced his programme for 2020.
Highlights include (In the Main House):
- Nora: A Doll’s House, Stef Smith’s radical reworking of Ibsen’s classic, a co-production with Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, directed by Elizabeth Freestone
- World premiere of Orfeus: A House Music Opera, a contemporary retelling of Ovid’s myth, created by and starring Nmon Ford as Orfeus and directed by Charles Randolph-Wright
- In a co-production with LIFT for 2020, internationally-acclaimed 24-hour feat of endurance performance and live cinema The Second Woman, created by Nat Randall and Anna Breckon
- Cush Jumbo makes her Young Vic debut as Hamlet, directed by her long-time collaborator Greg Hersov
- Academy Award-nominee Ruth Negga is Portia in Portia Coughlan, Marina Carr’s haunting play directed by Caroline Byrne
Also in 2020:
- Introducing a brand new strand of music and club nights in The Maria studio
- Taking Part, the Young Vic’s participation programme, announce a new season of work made for and with the local community
Artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah said:
“It is with much joy that I introduce a programme for 2020. My hope is that these plays and these players will do more than just entertain us, they will reflect and refract the times we are living in. I can’t wait to share these extraordinary experiences and phenomenal talents with you.”
Nora: A Doll’s House
6 February to 21 March 2020 (Press night is 11 February)
A radical new version of Henrik Ibsen’s play by Stef Smith, directed by Elizabeth Freestone in a Young Vic and Citizens Theatre co-production.
Orfeus: A House Music Opera
14 April to 30 May 2020 (Press night is 21 April)
Blurring the lines of opera, house music and theatre, Nmon Ford’s Orfeus makes its world oremiere, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright. Award-winning Ford plays Orfeus, with further casting to be announced.
The Second Woman
The Second Woman is by Nat Randall and Anna Breckon and inspired by the 1977 John Cassavetes film Opening Night. In their first collaboration since 2014, the Young Vic co-produce with LIFT, as part of Kris Nelson’s first festival as artistic director, to bring an exciting new production of this internationally-acclaimed 24-hour feat of endurance performance and live cinema to London.
6 July to 20 August 2020 (Press night TBC)
Cush Jumbo makes her Young Vic debut as a new kind of Hamlet. Following a succession of award-winning productions together, she reunites with her long-time collaborator, director Greg Hersov.
16 September to 31 October 2020 press night is 22 September)
Academy Award-nominee Ruth Negga makes her Young Vic debut as Portia Coughlan in Marina Carr’s haunting play, directed by Caroline Byrne.
DJ & Club Nights In The Maria
A brand new programme of music and club nights in The Maria studio, with dates and artists to be announced.
Kwame Kwei-Armah said: ‘We are extremely lucky to have some beautifully versatile spaces at the Young Vic, and it has been an ambition of mine to explore new ways in which to use these spaces in order to play with art and form, and to challenge expectations of how people can engage with our theatre.
Young Vic Taking Part
Taking Part, the Young Vic’s participation programme, announces a new season of work made for and with the local community including: 8196 Humans, a play created with young people from London’s travelling community; Twenty Twenty, a year-long project about the history and heritage of Lambeth and Southwark; a parallel production around Nora: A Doll’s House made with schools and young people; and Nobler in the Mind, exploring attitudes to mental health, inspired by the upcoming production of Hamlet.
2019 Genesis Future Directors Award Winner
Dadiow Lin is the next Genesis Future Directors Award winner for 2019. Lin will direct at the Young Vic this autumn, with further details including production title to be announced.