The Young Vic

About the Young Vic

Based on The Cut in London’s Waterloo, the Young Vic produces new plays, classics, musicals, adaptations of books, short films, digital projects and game-changing forms of theatre, attracting large audiences from many different backgrounds.

We forge deep connections in our neighbourhood through our Taking Part programme, where we engage with over 15,000 people every year via a wide range of projects, from skills-based workshops to on-stage performances. We give 10% of our tickets free to schools and neighbours, irrespective of box office demand, and we are committed to keeping all ticket prices low.

Our Directors Program, the only scheme of its kind, has been running for nearly twenty years and offers early-career directors a unique opportunity to develop their craft through skills workshops, peer-led projects, paid assistant directing roles through the Genesis Fellow, the Jerwood Assistant Director Program and the Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Director Program, as well as access to the Genesis Directors Network.

For many years, the Young Vic has been synonymous with inclusivity, accessibility and creativity. We catalyse debate and channel our work into the digital world, to reach new audiences and continue conversations outside of our four walls. We foster emerging talent and collaborate with some of the world’s finest directors, performers and creatives; creating award-winning productions which engage with the world we live in.

As part of the Young Vic’s current 50th birthday celebrations, we staged a pop-up weekend of performances entitled The New Tomorrow. Now available to stream for free online on the Young Vic’s YouTube channel, the performance explores the change that has come and is coming.

“A jagged, challenging and vital birthday party” – i newspaper

The New Tomorrow features short commissioned performances and activist speeches exploring what the next fifty years might hold, by writers and artists including Jade Anouka, Marina Carr, Jasmine Lee-Jones, Ruth Madeley, Amy Ng, Stef Smith, Jack Thorne, Isobel Waller-Bridge and Steve Waters. The cast includes Ronkẹ Adékọluẹ́jọ́, Adjoa Andoh, Matthew Dunster, Paapa Essiedu, Martina Laird, Anoushka Lucas and Sophie Stone. The performance also includes speeches from Shahidha Bari and Tom Gill, and is directed by Jennifer Tang and hosted by Kwame Kwei-Armah. The New Tomorrow was co-produced with Benjamin Lowy and Emily Vaughan-Barratt for Wessex Grove.

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