Artistic director David Lan unveils the Young Vic’s new season:

‘Our 40th anniversary season was a huge success with almost every seat in the house sold every night. It’s great to be able to follow that with one of the strongest line-ups we’ve ever had.

Some of the world’s great actors, writers, directors, designers will be with us – Michael Sheen, Patrick Stewart, Julian Barratt, Jon Fosse, Martin McDonagh, Edward Bond, Simon Stephens, Ian Rickson, Patrice Chéreau, Richard Jones, Benedict Andrews, Miriam Buether, Jeremy Herbert, John Fulljames, Joe Hill-Gibbins, Ultz and many more.

Michael Sheen and Ian Rickson are both old colleagues and friends. I have long hoped to have them with us here. To have them together on Hamlet is a gift. It can’t help but be one of the events of the year.

It’s far too long since Patrick Stewart was at the Young Vic. Last time was as George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The world knows he’s a great Shakespearean actor. Now we’ll see him as Shakespeare himself in Edward Bond’s magnificent – and timely – Bingo.

I’ve seen a number of Benedict Andrews’ brilliant productions at Berlin’s Schaubühne. He is also a regular at Cate Blanchett’s Sydney Theatre Company in his native Australia. In my view, he is one of the most exciting young directors now working anywhere. He will direct Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses, this year’s co-production with ENO.

I’m thrilled that Richard Jones is back with us for David Harrower’s new version of Gogol’s masterpiece Government Inspector. It stars great comedy actors Julian Barratt and Doon Mackichan as well as Kyle Soller who had a huge success in our The Glass Menagerie.

And Rosaleen Linehan returns in last season’s big hit: Joe Hill-Gibbins’ production of Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Plus there’s another chance to see Evening Standard Award-winning musical Kurt Weill’s wonderful Street Scene, returning after its brief run here in 2008 this time for 14 performances.’

New season announcements

I Am the Wind: Tom Brooke and Jack Laskey will perform in Patrice Chéreau’s major international co-production of this Jon Fosse play. The new adaptation is by Simon Stephens. Main House, 26 April – 21 May 2011.

Government Inspector: The Mighty Boosh’s Julian Barratt and Smack the Pony’s Doon Mackichan team up with Richard Jones for David Harrower’s new version of this Russian comedy. Main House, 3 June – 9 July 2011.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane: Rosaleen Linehan reprises her role as Mag for the return of Joe Hill-Gibbins’ sellout production of Martin McDonagh’s black comedy. Main House, 20 July – 3 September 2011.

Street Scene:  John Fulljames’ Evening Standard Award winning musical is back – an 80-strong ensemble perform Kurt Weill’s glorious score. Main House, 15 September – 1 October 2011.

Hamlet: Michael Sheen joins forces with Ian Rickson for this highly anticipated new production. Main House, 28 October 2011 – 21 January 2012.

Bingo: Patrick Stewart takes the lead in Edward Bond’s dramatic take on the final chapter of the life of Shakespeare. Main House, 16 February – 31 March 2012

See the full press release here

Release issued by: Young Vic press office

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