The Young Vic has announced details of its new season for 2015 including Rory Kinnear in The Trial and Romola Garai in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.

Highlights:

  • Natalie Abrahami directs Eugene O’Neil’s only comedy Ah, Wilderness! starring Janie Dee & George MacKay
  • Rory Kinnear stars as Josef K. in Richard Jones’ production of Franz Kafka’s The Trial
  • The UK premiere of Simon Stephens’ new play Song from Far Away directed by Ivo van Hove in a limited run
  • Joe Hill-Gibbins tackles Shakespeare’s dark comedy Measure for Measure with Romola Garai as Isabella.
  • Dance and theatre combine in a new production of Macbeth co-directed by Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin
  • In the Maria studio theatre: interactive theatre game World Factory and a rare revival of La Musica by Marguerite Duras

Ah, Wilderness!
12 April 2015 – 23 May 2015, Main House

Eugene O’Neill’s warmest, most delightful play  is a funny and poignant account of family life and teenage tribulations in 1906 Connecticut.  A staple in the US but rarely performed in the UK it was written in 1933 almost as a prelude to his wrenching, autobiographical A Long Day’s Journey into Night.  Directed by Natalie Abrahami, with design by Dick Bird, costumes by Sussie Juhlin-Wallén, light by Charles Balfour, sound by Ben Ringham and movement by Ann Yee. Cast: Georgia Bourke, Janie Dee, George MacKay, Martin Marquez, Eleanor McLoughlin, Dominic Rowan, Susannah Wise and Ashley Zhangazha

The Trial
19 June 2015 – 8 August 2015, Main House
Richard Jones directs a new stage adaptation of Kafka’s great novel The Trial written by Nick Gill and starring Rory Kinnear as the powerless victim of the system Josef K.  In his thirtieth year K. lives a waking nightmare. Visited at home by state agents on his birthday, accused of an unspecified crime, K. is bewildered by spiralling layers of bureaucracy – and the more sinister motives which lurk beneath them. Design by Miriam Buether. Nick Gill’s new
adaptation, commissioned by the Young Vic, reveals a murky and dangerous world in which The Law’s word is final.

Song from Far Away
3 September 2015 – 19 September 2015
An original new play by Simon Stephens, directed by Ivo van Hove, is a poignant journey through grief and hope.  Returning home to Amsterdam after the death of his brother, a young man (played by Eelco Smits) attempts to reconnect with his sibling through a series of letters. New music composed especially for the production is by Mark Eitzel and design is by Jan Versweyveld (A View from the Bridge).

Measure for Measure
2 October 2015 – 7 November 2015, Main House
Romola Garai leads the cast in Joe Hill-Gibbins take on Shakespeare’s dark comedy of injustice, sexual politics and disguise. In a Vienna heaving with sex and corruption, even the authorities are up to no good. The Duke has left deputy Angelo to clean up the city’s reputation, whilst he observes in disguise. Abusing his power, Angelo forces young nun Isabella to choose between saving her brother’s life or breaking her vow of chastity.   Dramaturgy for Measure for Measure is by Zoë Svendsen with design by Miriam Buether. Costumes are by Nicky

Macbeth
26 November 2015 – 16 January 2016, Main House
Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin reunite to direct a new vision of Macbeth using dance and theatre in this
world premiere. Betrayal, jealousy and suspicion reign in Scotland as Shakespeare’s tragedy of the desperate desire for power is redrawn in an ambitious new staging.  Light for Macbeth is by Neil Austin and costumes are by Merle Hensel.

World Factory
11 May 2015 – 30 May 2015, Maria Studio
Delving into the murky history and contemporary reality of the garment industry, World Factory provokes a
conversation about consumer capitalism and ethical trade in relation to China. Audiences become factory managers,
calling the shots on profits, products and workers – and are asked to decide for themselves what success means. Direction/design by Zoë Svendsen and Simon Daw

La Musica
24 September 2015 – 17 October 2015, Maria Studio 

Jeff James directs the first major London revival  of Marguerite Duras’ La Musica for 22 years.  An estranged husband and wife return to the town where they once lived to finalise their divorce. Meeting by
chance in a hotel bar they spend the night struggling to understand each other, caught between desire and
recrimination.  Design by Ultz.

LINKS

The Young Vic – more info and bookings