The Young Vic Theatre has today announced the casting for four productions coming up at the theatre in the next few months.

Macbeth (26th November – 16th January 2016) 

This latest production of William Shakespeare’s play will see John Heffernan (Oppenheimer) playing the title role and Anna Maxwell Martin (South Riding) as Lady Macbeth, directed by Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin.

They are joined in the production by dancers and fellow actors including: Mark Ebulue, Thomasin Gulgec and Ira Siobhan Mandela.

Shakespeare’s tragedy is re-imagined by Cracknell and Guerin, who have previously worked together on Medea at the National Theatre. The production also features lighting design by Neil Austin and costumes by Merle Hensel.

Both Heffernan and Martin are making their Young Vic débuts with this production, while it sees Cracknell return to the theatre for the first time since her acclaimed production of  A Doll’s House, which was revived in 2012.

After appearing at the Young Vic, this production will also be travelling to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre (26th-30th January 2016) and at HOME in Manchester (2nd-6th February 2016).

For more information on the run at the Young Vic visit: http://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/macbeth .

Measure for Measure ( 1st October – 14th November) 

Meanwhile, further casting has been announced for Joe Hill-Gibbins production of Shakespeare’s dark comedy Measure for Measure.

In addition to the previously announced Romola Garai as Isabella, Paul Ready as Angelo and Zubin Varla, it has been announced that Hammed Animashaun, Tom Edden and Sarah Malin will also be joining the cast.

Director Joe Hill-Gibbins returns to the Young Vic Theatre following previous productions such as The Changeling and The Beauty Queen of Leenane.

Set in a Vienna that is filled with sex and corruption, everybody (including the authorities) are up to no good. The Duke has left Angelo to clean up the city’s reputation while he watches in disguise. But Angelo abuses his powers, forcing nun Isabella to choose to save her brother’s life or to break her vow of chastity…

The production features designs by Miriam Buether and costumes by Nicky Gillibrand. For more information visit: http://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/measure-for-measure

La Musica (24th September-17th October) 

Directed by Jeff James, this new production of Marguerite Duras’s play asks what it means to be faithful to another person as the desires of two people tear them apart.

This production sees the return of Emily Barclay and Sam Troughton to the Young Vic. Barclay was last seen in Three Sisters, while Troughton was last seen in Bull at the theatre.

Written fifty years ago, the play sees an estranged husband and wife return to a town where they once lived to finalise their divorce. Unexpectedly meeting each other, they spend the night attempting to understand each other, while caught between desire and recrimination.

Creditors (9th-19th September) 

The Genesis Future Directors Award recipient Rikki Henry will be directing August Strindberg’s exploration of the ethics of love which will star Jolyon Coy, Tom Rhys Harries and Gyuri Sarossy.

Adolph’s marriage to Tekla is the object of scrutiny by Adolph’s new friend Gustav. As Adolph becomes more paranoid about the state of his relationship, he seeks advice from Gustav and plots a confrontation with his wife. But what follows is a sharp lesson in jealousy and a huge emotional price to be paid.

This is the first major revival of the play since 2008 and will feature designs by Petra Hjortsberg and lighting by David Holmes.

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