The Young Vic’s artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah has announced the venue’s 2019 season.
In the Main house:
- Marianne Elliott directs Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, with Wendell Pierce, Sharon D. Clarke and Arinzé Kene cast as Willy, Linda and Biff Loman
- Tree, a new music theatre production created by Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah, based on Elba’s own album Mi Mandela, with Kwei-Armah to direct
- Yaël Farber brings Federico García Lorca back to the Young Vic with Marina Carr’s new version of Blood Wedding
- The UK premiere of Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury, directed by Young Vic Genesis Fellow/associate director Nadia Latif
In the Maria:
- Bronx Gothic by Okwui Okpokwasili a part theatre, part dance, and part visual art installation created in collaboration with Peter Born
- The Jumper Factory conceived by Young Vic Taking Part and Justin Audibert, written by Luke Barnes and directed by Josh Parr
Kwame Kwei-Armah said:
“The stages of The Young Vic have always been a place dedicated to asking the most profound questions in artistically compelling ways. It’s not just the art we invite into these four walls but also the art and discourse we send beyond them. We are very proud to be welcoming these wonderful artists, and their brilliant creative collaborators to share this space and these stories with you.”
Young Vic season in more detail
Death of a Salesman
Main House, 1 May to 29 June 2019 (Press night is 9 May)
Award-winning director Marianne Elliott (Company, Angels in America) brings her unique vision to one of the greatest plays of the 20th century by Arthur Miller, seen through the eyes of an African American family.
Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Suits, Selma) makes his UK stage debut as Willy Loman, with Olivier Award-winning Sharon D. Clarke as Linda Loman and Arinzé Kene (Misty, Been So Long) as Biff Loman.
Main House, 29 July to 24 August 2019 (Press night is 1 August)
Tree takes you on a thrilling journey in search of the soul and the spirit of contemporary South Africa. Created by Idris Elba, whose album Mi Mandela provides the soundtrack, and Kwame Kwei-Armah, this major world-premiere production, performed in the round, is also directed by Kwei-Armah.
Main House, 19 September to 2 November 2019 (Press night is 25 September)
Multiple award-winning director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs, Mies Julie, The Crucible) brings Federíco Garcia Lorca’s most famous tragedy Blood Wedding to the Young Vic in a new version by Marina Carr.
Main House, 28 November 2019 to 18 January 2020 (Press night is 5 December)
Following a groundbreaking, sell-out run in New York, Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Fairview is an interrogation of our subtly destructive preconceptions. This radical examination of power is directed by Young Vic’s Genesis Fellow/associate director Nadia Latif.
Maria Studio, 1-29 June 2019 (Press night is 5 June)
Part theatre, part dance and part visual art installation, Okwui Okpokwasili’s Bronx Gothic delves into her memories of growing up in the Bronx, before emerging into a breathtaking exploration of girlhood. Created in collaboration with Peter Born, in this UK premiere, Bronx Gothic draws on inspiration from West African griot storytelling and the epistolary style of the Victorian novel.
Draw Me Close
Maria Studio, 21 January to 2 February
Draw Me Close blurs the worlds of live performance, virtual reality and animation to create a vivid memoir about the relationship between a mother and her son in the wake of her terminal cancer diagnosis. The experience is by award-winning playwright and filmmaker Jordan Tannahill, in a co-production between the National Theatre’s Immersive Storytelling Studio and National Film Board of Canada, in collaboration with All Seeing Eye, with illustrations by Teva Harrison.
The Jumper Factory
Maria Studio, 27 February to 9 March 2019
Originally staged by prisoners to fellow inmates, Luke Barnes collaborated with HMP Wandsworth to create a new piece of theatre with eight inmates about how they survive a life behind bars. This new production is presented by a cast of young men aged from 18 to 25, who have all been affected by the criminal justice system.
In the Clare:
The announcement of two Genesis Future Director Award-winners, and their productions: Wild East by April De Angelis and directed by Lekan Lawal and Ivan & The Dogs by Hattie Naylor directed by Caitriona Shoobridge.