Kafka’s Monkey returns to the Young Vic

The extraordinary Kathryn Hunter once again plays a monkey playing a man as this sell-out production returns to the Young Vic following a hit world tour.

‘Esteemed members of the academy! You have done me the great honour of inviting me to give you an account of my former life as an ape.’

Brutally imprisoned and desperate to escape, the ape-man reveals his rise through the ranks of the beasts to become a master of the ‘civilised world’ – a walking, talking, spitting, smoking, hard-drinking man of the stage.

Reminiscent of Metamorphosis, A Report to an Academy is quintessential Kafka – a grotesque, brilliant mixture of absurdity and pain.

Colin Teevan’s compelling adaptation reveals a world in which humans seem ape-like and apes humane. This witty, heart-rending tale explores the struggle to belong while remaining forever an outsider – a theme with powerful contemporary relevance in our world of cultural and political migrancy.

Kathryn Hunter returns to the Young Vic where she also performed in Peter Brook’s Fragments (Young Vic/ Bouffes du Nord/ world tour). Other recent acting credits include Antony & Cleopatra, King Lear and The Grain Store (all RSC), The Diver (Soho Theatre), Yerma (Arcola) and The Visit (National Theatre) for which she won an Olivier Award. Amongst her film credits are Mike Leigh’s All or Nothing and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. As a director her credits include Othello (RSC), The Birds (NT) and Pericles (The Globe).

Colin Teevan is a celebrated playwright and translator whose work has premiered at the National Theatres of Scotland, Ireland and England. His recent play The Lion of Kabul was produced as part of the Tricycle’s Great Game: Afghanistan. He has worked with Kathryn Hunter before on The Bee at the Soho Theatre and is a regular collaborator of directors Hideki Noda, Sir Peter Hall and actors Clare Higgins and Greg Hicks.

Walter Meierjohann’s recent UK directing credits include Tarell Alvin McCraney’s In the Red and Brown Water (Young Vic) and All My Sons (Curve). Walter was artistic director of the Contemporary International Line of The Dresden State Theatre from 2004 – 2007. His short film Dear Anna starring Kathryn Hunter and Marcello Magni is currently in post-production.

Booking for Friends of the Young Vic opens Monday 14 March. Public booking opens Monday 28 March. Tickets and information www.youngvic.org 020 7922 2922

Kafka’s Monkey is directed by Walter Meierjohann, with design by Steffi Wurster, costume by Richard Hudson, sound by Nikola Kodjabashia and movement by Ilan Reichel.

Kafka’s Monkey 19 May – 11 June; Press Night 24 May 7.30pm

Release issued by: Young Vic


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