Gillian Anderson and Juliet Stevenson to Headline 2014 Season at London's Young Vic

News   Gillian Anderson and Juliet Stevenson to Headline 2014 Season at London's Young Vic London's Young Vic has announced that Gillian Anderson is to play Blanche DuBois in a new production of A Streetcar Named Desire, and Juliet Stevenson is to play Winnie in Samule Beckett's Happy Days, as part of the theatre's 2014 season. They will respectively be directed by Benedict Andrews and Natalie Abrahami.

There will also be productions of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge, directed by Dutch director Ivo van Hove in his UK directorial debut, and Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, directed by Katie Mitchell who previously directed Uncle Vanya at the theatre in 1998.

Also returning to the Young Vic are Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne, who will bring The Valley of Astonishment to the Young Vic. There will also be visits for the productions of David Greig's The Events and Improbable's version of Beauty and the Beast directed by Phelim McDermott.



Happy Days will begin performances Jan. 23, 2014, prior to an official opening Jan. 30, for a run through Feb. 22. Stevenson, who made her breakthrough in film in Anthony Mingella's debut feature "Truly Madly Deeply," more recently was BAFTA nominated for BBC1's "Accused" and Channel 4's "The Politician's Wife" and also played Lady Elm in BBC's "The Hour." She will be joined by David Beames as Willie. Abrahami previously directed After Miss Julie at the Young Vic in 2012.



A VIew from the Bridge will begin performances April 4 prior to an official opening April 11, for a run through May 24. Ivo van Hove, who previously brought his Toneelgroep production of Roman Tragedies to the Barbican, will direct, with design by his long-time collaborator Jan Versweyveld.



The Valley of Astonishment will begin performances June 20 prior to an official opening June 23, for a run through July 12. Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne return to the Young Vic, where they previously collaborated on The Suit, with a new work that explores the mysteries of the human brain, bringing together neurological research and Persian verse to transport us from the familiar to the extraordinary. In a press statement, Brook has commented, "Today, once again, we are exploring the brain. We will take the spectator into new and unknown territories through people whose secret lives are so intense, so drenched in music, color, taste, images and memories that they can pass any instant from paradise to hell and back again." It will be performed by Kathryn Hunter, Marcello Magni, William Nadylam and Jared McNeill. 

A Streetcar Named Desire will be presented in the summer of 2014, with dates to be confirmed. Benedict Andrews returns to the Young Vic, where he previously directed Three Sisters last year, to direct Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois. Anderson has previously appeared on the London stage in A Doll's House at the Donmar Warehouse, The Sweetest Swing In Baseball at the Royal Court, and What The Night Is For in the West End. It is co-produced by the Young Vic with Joshua Andrews, and features design by Magda Willi, costumes by Victoria Behr and lighting by Jon Clark.



Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard will begin performances Oct. 10 prior to an official opening Oct. 16, for a run through Nov. 29. Katie Mitchell will direct the play in a new version by Simon Stephens, who also provided the new version of Ibsen's A Doll’s House that premiered at the Young Vic and is now running in the West End.

Golem, created by 1927, a London-based performance company that specialize in combining performance and live music with animation and film to create magical filmic theatre, will begin performances Dec. 9 prior to an official opening Dec. 12, for a run through Jan. 17. Co-produced by 1927 with the Salzburg Festival, Théâtre de la Ville Paris and the Young Vic, it will explore one of the great issues concerning the modern world, the question of technology and its misuse. Synchronising original animation, live music and performance, it is described as being a sharp, dark, fantastical, funny and charming tale of man and his machines.



Beauty and the Beast will begin performances Dec. 4 in the Maria studio, prior to an official opening Dec. 9 for a run through Dec. 21. Improbable's Phelim McDermott will direct Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz in what is described as a daring retelling of a famous fairytale, inspired by the real-life love story between Fraser and Muz who met one magical night in Coney Island whilst appearing in a burlesque show. They were married six years and one day later. The cast will also include Jonny Dixon and Jess Mabel Jones.



Priority booking for Friends of the theatre opens Sept. 27, with public booking from Oct. 7. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7922 2922, or visit youngvic.org for more details.

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