A number of new shows have been announced as part of the Young Vic Theatre’s 2016 programme.This latest announcement follows the previous news of Macbeth (26th November-23rd January), the return of the Olivier award winning Bull (11th December- 9th January), Battlefield (3-27th February) and A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (17th February- 26th March).
Aletta Collins and Jane Horrocks will present a world premiere in the form of If you Kiss Me Kiss Me, running at the Young Vic from the 10th March until the 16th April. Jane Horrocks will perform with a live band and a company of dancers to bring to life the rebel spirit of new wave. The show will represent the hopes and disillusionment that were the trademarks of the music during the 1970’s and 1980’s.
It has also been announced that the Young Vic will be presenting a new production of Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange from the 12th May to the 18th June. It will be directed by Matthew Xia, who returns to the Young Vic following his production of Sizwe Banzi is Dead. The story follows Christopher who is about to leave a psychiatric ward – but his doctor has reservations. Christopher is convinced that oranges are blue and his father is actually a Ugandan dictator so is he ready to leave?
Meanwhile, Australian director Simon Stone will present a new version of Lorca’s Yerma – his first original work for the UK. The story tells the tale of a woman whose inability to have a child tears her life apart. But her desire to be a mother is met with indifference by her husband, leading to a desperate reaction. Casting for the production (29th July- 10th September) has yet to be confirmed.
Finally, Charlene James’ award winning play Cuttin’ it will arrive at the Young Vic Theatre from the 20th May to the 11th June. It tells the story of two friends of the same age, who go to the same school and were both born in Somalia. But alongside their trust it soon becomes clear how very different they really are and soon drives a wedge between them. The production will be directed by Gbolahan Obisesan.
For full details of each of the shows in the brand new season of work and to book tickets visit: http://www.youngvic.org .