The Young Vic theatre in London has announced two new productions for its 2023/2024 season.
Olivier Award nominated director Matthew Dunster (2:22 A Ghost Story, Hangmen, Shirley Valentine) will direct The Homecoming with design by Moi Tran, and it will play in the main house from 27 November 2023 to 27 January 2024.
It promises to be a a bold refocusing of Pinter’s unnerving modern classic.
2023 Tony Award winner Patrick Marber (Leopoldstadt, Closer, Travesties, Don Juan in Soho, Dealer’s Choice) will direct the UK premiere of Nachtland, which is billed as a mordant satire about marriage, legacy, and the rise of the new right.
Written by German playwright Marius von Mayenburg, and translated by Maja Zade, design will be by Anna Fleischle, and it will run in the main house of the theatre from 20 February to 20 April 2024.
Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director of the Young Vic, said in a statement: “The Young Vic has always been, amongst many things, a theatre for great directors of the world. I’m overjoyed to welcome Matthew and Patrick to dance with one of our mightiest modern classics and an electrifying new work I’m convinced will be a future classic. These are plays that test and entertain us, in the hands of brilliant artists.”
Director Matthew Dunster said: “I’ve always loved Pinter’s work. He can take working class situations and hone them into something really poetic, crystalized and potent. His plays are about patriarchal force and what it takes to resist that, whether at home or in the state. The Homecoming encapsulates this and poses big, universal questions about power. I’m excited by the challenge of this play and I can’t wait to return to the Young Vic.”
Director Patrick Marber said: “Nachtland is a jagged, modern satire but when the laughter stops, there’s a haunting disquiet underneath. I want the show to be thrilling and surprising, the kind of theatre I love.”
Full casting and creative teams will be announced for the two productions soon.