Conceived in the 1960s’ spirit of iconoclasm and improvisation, The Young Vic opened in 1970 as a place in which younger directors, designers, actors, writers and technicians could work alongside the world’s great theatre artists to present exciting productions at the lowest possible seat prices.
Its intimate auditorium, built cheaply with a rough, light-industrial feel, reinforced by low prices, created in concrete a dream of the inclusive, class-free society to which its originators aspired.
Over the past 40 years, the company has established a powerful reputation at home and abroad. In particular, the Young Vic has begun to be recognised as the major theatre in this country in which young directors can develop and practise their art.
Recent works include The Scottsboro Boys – nominated for 12 Tony Awards, 6 Olivier Awards, Winner of the Best Musical at the Critics Circle Awards and Winner of the Best Musical at The Evening Standard Awards 2014 – which opened in 2014 to critical and public acclaim. A collaboration between the legendary composing duo John Kander and Fred Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago), well known for taking difficult subject matter and turning it into exhilarating entertainment, The Scottsboro Boys is at once challenging and enthralling.
In 2015, A Streetcar Named Desire opened with Gillian Anderson giving an award-winning performance as Blanche du Bois, in this critically acclaimed version of Tennessee Williams’ classic masterpiece.
The fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history, Benedict Andrews’ much anticipated interpretation of the classic play was nominated for Best Revival at the 2015 Olivier Awards. Gillian Anderson scooped the Best Actress award at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2014 and was nominated for an Olivier Award. More information here.
A Streetcar Named Desire then transferred to the newly opened St Ann’s Warehouse, New York, with Gillian Anderson reprising her award-winning role along with Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby.