The production begins performances at the Young Vic Theatre on the 16th February.

(c)Manuel Harlan

Ahead of the first performance next week, rehearsal images have been released for the world premiere of The Collaboration, Anthony McCarten’s new drama which is playing at the theatre from the 16th February until the 2nd April 2022.

(c)Manuel Harlan.

New York, 1984. Fifty-six-year-old Andy Warhol’s star is falling. Jean-Michel Basquiat is the new wonder-kid taking the art world by storm. When Basquiat agrees to collaborate with Warhol on a new exhibition, it soon becomes the talk of the city. As everyone awaits the ‘greatest exhibition in the history of modern art’, the two artists embark on a shared journey, both artistic and deeply personal, that re-draws both their worlds.

(c)Manuel Harlan

Directed by the Young Vic’s Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah, the production stars: Paul Bettany, multi award-winning actor (The AvengersWandaVision, A Very British Scandal) is Warhol alongside two-time Tony Award nominee Jeremy Pope (Hollywood, Choir Boy, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations) as Basquiat, with the complete cast also including Sofia Barclay and Alec Newman.

(c)Manuel Harlan

The creative team behind the production includes: Set and Costume Design by Anna Fleischle, Lighting Design by Mark Henderson, Sound Design by Emma Laxton, Projection Design by Duncan McLean, Composition by Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Casting by Isabella Odoffin CDG, DJ/VJ by Xana, Assistant Direction and Production Dramaturgy by Olivia Nwabali and Associate Design by Tina Torbey.

The Collaboration will play at the Young Vic Theatre from the 16th February until the 2nd April.