2014 at the Young Vic (Main House)
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
THE YOUNG Vic has six productions lined up for its Main House in 2014, including Happy Days starring Juliet Stevenson, and A Streetcar Named Desire with Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois.
And it’s Happy Days that starts off the year, running from January 23 to February 22.
Trapped in a scorched wasteland with her detached husband, Winnie keeps despair at bay with ritual, song and her trusty lipstick. But is this buoyant, hopeful heroine in denial of her ever-diminishing world?
Olivier award-winning stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson (Truly Madly Deeply, Death and the Maiden, Duet For One) takes on one of the great roles in Samuel Beckett’s surreal masterpiece, which is directed by Natalie Abrahami and also stars David Beames.
Next – from April 4 to May 24 – comes Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge.
In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. When one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.
A View from the Bridge is a dark and passionate tale in which Miller confronts the American dream.
Ivo van Hove (Roman Tragedies) directs.
The third production is The Valley of Astonishment, directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne (The Suit), which runs from June 20 to July 12.
Imagine a world where every sound has a colour. Where every colour has a taste. Where the number 8 is a fat lady. This breathtaking new play explores the fascinating experiences of real people who see the world in a radically different light.
The Valley of Astonishment is a kaleidoscopic journey into the wonders of the human brain, inspired by years of neurological research, true stories and Farid Attar’s epic mystical poem The Conference of the Birds.
The cast includes Kathryn Hunter, Marcello Magni, Jared McNeill and William Nadylam.
During the summer (dates to be confirmed), Gillian Anderson (The X Files, What the Night Is For, A Doll’s House) will star as Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire.
Widely considered a landmark play, A Streetcar Named Desire focuses on faded Southern belle Blanche DuBois, who visits her sister Stella and Stella’s brutish and sensual husband Stanley Kowalski, with devastating consequences.
A Streetcar Named Desire was last seen in London – at the Donmar Warehouse – in 2009, when Rachel Weisz played Blanche. And in 1951, the film adaptation starring Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando, won four Academy Awards.
Benedict Andrews, whose Three Sisters won the 2012 Critics’ Circle Best Director Award, directs.
Next – from October 10 to November 29 – it’s the turn of Simon Stephens’ English language version of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard.
Trailblazing director, Katie Mitchell, returns to the Young Vic with her signature lyricism to direct Anton Chekhov’s last and greatest play.
Described as vigorous and profound, this new version by Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens (A Doll’s House, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time), is an anguished and heartbreaking love letter to a society in violent transition.
The final production and one of the most anticipated new shows of 2014 is Golem, created by 1927 and co-produced by Salzburg Festival, Théâtre de la Ville Paris and the Young Vic, which runs from December 9, 2014 to January 17, 2015.
The danger lies not in machine becoming more like man but in man becoming more like machine.
Blending stunningly original animation with entrancing music and live performance, Golem explores one of the great questions of the modern world – what happens when mankind and machines become inextricably intertwined?
For more information, visit www.youngvic.org/.