The Collaboration - Young Vic (2)

The Collaboration tickets at the Young Vic starring Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope

Young Vic Theatre, London

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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
★★★★  Average review score

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Show Information

Running time
2 hours (including interval)
Performance dates
Booking to 2 April 2022

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Important Notes

Note: 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 Information

Young 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
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The Young Vic’s The Collaboration to get Broadway transfer, new movie version starring Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope
The Collaboration, the Young Vic's latest hit production which had its world premiere earlier this week in London, has set its sights on Broadway and a movie version. Anthony McCarten’s thrilling new drama, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah at the Young Vic, features Hollywood movie star Paul Bettany (The Avengers, Wandavision) as Andy Warhol, and Jeremy Pope (Hollywood, Choir Boy) as Basquiat. McCarten told the Daily Mail this week that the play would get a New York transfer later in 2022, starring Bettany and Pope, although there are no firm dates or venue information at time of press. Also, the play is set for the big screen, with McCarten tearing up the original play and re-writing the screenplay for a New York shoot, also later in the year. Anthony McCarten has great screenplay form, having written the hugely successful movies The Theory Of Everything, Darkest Hour, The Two Popes and Bohemian Rhapsody. Paul and Jeremy will star in the film. Set in New York in 1984, The Collaboration is about 56 year old Andy Warhol’s star is falling, and 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. The play runs at the Young Vic theatre until 2 April 2022. More about The Collaboration at the Young Vic in London

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