About Ah, Wilderness!

Booking to 23 April 2015
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Ah, Wilderness! starring Janie Dee and George MacKay at the Young Vic

The great American playwright Eugene O’Neill’s warmest, most delightful play is a funny and poignant account of family life and teenage tribulations in 1906 Connecticut. A staple in the US but rarely performed in the UK it was written in 1933 almost as a prelude to his wrenching, autobiographical A Long Day’s Journey into Night.

Ah, Wilderness plays for a strictly limited run at the Young Vic theatre from 12 April 2015 til 23 May 2015.


Directed by Natalie Abrahami, with design by Dick Bird, costumes by Sussie Juhlin-Wallén, light by Charles Balfour, sound by Ben Ringham and movement by Ann Yee.


The cast includes Georgia Bourke, Janie Dee, George MacKay, Martin Marquez, Eleanor McLoughlin, Dominic Rowan, Susannah Wise and Ashley Zhangazha.

Georgia Bourke plays Muriel, making her professional stage debut. Her film credits include Jane Eyre, Girl Like Me and Reign of the General. Georgia’s television work includes Silent Witness and Hollyoaks.

Janie Dee makes her Young Vic debut playing Essie. Her other theatre credits include Blithe Spirit (West End); NSFW (Royal Court); Noises Off (Old Vic & West End); Cats, Cabaret, Showboat (RSC at the London Palladium); Carousel (National Theatre) for which she won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance; Much Ado About Nothing, Design for Living (Theatre Royal, Bath) and Betrayal (Theatre Royal, Bath and West End) . She worked extensively with Harold Pinter and Sir Alan Ayckbourn, winning the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics Circle Awards for Best Actress in Ayckbourn’s Comic Potential (West End and Broadway). Film credits include Me and Orson Welles, Harold Pinter: A Celebration and Dare to be Wild. Her work for television includes: In Love With Shakespeare, Death in Holy Orders and The Murder Room and House of Cards.

George MacKay plays Richard. He makes his Young Vic debut in Ah, Wilderness! following his first professional stage role in The Cement Garden at VAULT Festival 2014. Nominated as one of the EE BAFTA Rising Stars in 2014, George’s recent film credits include PRIDE, Sunshine on Leith, How I Live Now and For Those in Peril.

Martin Marquez plays Nat. Making his Young Vic debut,  his previous theatre credits include Blasted (Sheffield Theatres); The Crucible (West Yorkshire Playhouse); From Here to Eternity (West End); Mother Courage and her Children, Anything Goes, Love’s Labours Lost (National Theatre); The Iceman Cometh (Old Vic); and Cleansed (Royal Court). Television credits include Vera, Twenty Twelve and The Whale.

Eleanor McLoughlin makes her Young Vic debut playing Norah. Previous stage credits include Planter’s Island (Saint Martin’s Studio Theatre) and Playboy of the Western World (Millbank Theatre). Her film credits include Forgotten Man and Ghost Runner.

Dominic Rowan plays Sid. He most recently appeared at the Young Vic as Lopakhin in Katie Mitchell’s production of The Cherry Orchard, and previous credits for the theatre include A Doll’s House (West End and BAM in New York), and After Dido. Other theatre credits include Medea, Happy Now?, Iphegina at Aulis (National Theatre); The Village Bike (Royal Court); Henry VIII (Shakespeare’s Globe); and The Misanthrope (West End). Television credits include Henry IV, The Restless and Law and Order UK (four series).

Susannah Wise plays Lily. She first appeared at the Young Vic in A Doll’s House. Other theatre credits include Hero and Where Do We Live (Royal Court); Blurred Lines, The Hush, The Holy Rosenbergs (National Theatre); Three Sisters and Festen (West End). Susannah’s television credits include Derek, Jo, Phone Shop, Camp X and Babylon.

Ashley Zhangazha plays Arthur. Ashley makes his Young Vic debut, his previous theatre credits include Hamlet (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Venice Preserv’d (The Spectator’s Guild); Henry V (Nöel Coward Theatre, Michael Grandage Season); Fences (Duchess Theatre); Belong and Truth and Reconciliation (Royal Court); Richard II and King Lear (Donmar Warehouse); and Danton’s Death (National Theatre). Ashley’s television credits include Humans, Ordinary Lies and Lenny Goes to Town.

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