Hollywood star Paul Bettany (The Avengers, Wandavision) plays the iconic Andy Warhol and Jeremy Pope (Hollywood) is the magnetic Jean-Michel Basquiat in the world premiere of Anthony McCarten’s thrilling new drama The Collaboration at the Young Vic in London.
New York, 1984. Fifty-six-year-old Andy Warhol’s star is falling. Jean-Michel Basquiat is the new wonder-kid taking the art world by storm. When Basquiat agrees to collaborate with Warhol on a new exhibition, it soon becomes the talk of the city.
As everyone awaits the ‘greatest exhibition in the history of modern art’, the two artists embark on a shared journey, both artistic and deeply personal, that re-draws both their worlds.
This thrilling new production of McCarten’s acclaimed play is directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, with Set and Costume Design by Anna Fleischle, Lighting Design by Mark Henderson, Sound Design by Emma Laxton, Projection Design by Duncan McLean, Composition by Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Casting by Isabella Odoffin and DJ/VJ by Xana, Assistant Direction and Production Dramaturgy by Olivia Nwabali and Associate Design
by Tina Torbey.
Alongside Bettany and Pope, the cast includes Sofia Barclay and Alec Newman.
Reviews of The Collaboration★★★★ "An exercise in giving the audience what they want… Fantastically enjoyable" - The Independent
★★★★ "A perfect pairing of pop art legend and street art sensation" - Daily Mail
★★★★ "A brush with greatness… Pope is captivating" - Observer
Important NotesNote: This show contains themes of racism, violence, death, abortion, grief, and body hatred. There are moments of nudity. There are references to drug use, guns and police brutality, as well as the use of strong, homophobic and racist language. There is also the use of loud music and cigarette smoke.
Venue InformationYoung Vic Theatre, 66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ
Nearest Tube or Train: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line); Southwark (Jubilee line)
Nearest Buses: 40, 60, N63, N89, 1, 68, 168, 172, 176, 188