London's Young Vic to Stage Kursk, Ruhl's Eurydice and Keeffe's Sus

News   London's Young Vic to Stage Kursk, Ruhl's Eurydice and Keeffe's Sus The Young Vic will bring back Sound&Fury's Kursk, its co-production with Fuel, and will also stage the London premiere of Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice, co-produced with ATC and Plymouth's Drum Theatre, and a revival of Barrie Keeffe's Sus, co-produced with Eclipse Theatre.

Sound&Fury's Kursk, originally seen at the Young Vic and subsequently the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2009, is described in press materials as a "powerfully immersive theatrical experience inspired by the Russian submarine disaster of August 2000." It will play at the Young Vic's Maria Studio from March 26 to April 17, and tour both before and after its run there, with seasons at Bristol's Old Vic (March 12-20), then Cambridge's The Junction (April 21-24), Newcastle's Northern Stage (April 28-May 1), Coventry's Warwick Arts Centre (May 4-8) and Glasgow's Tramway (May 19-23). Co-directed by Mark Espiner and Dan Jones, Sound&Fury and playwright Bryony Lavery recreate the life of submariners, deep below the icy seas on the fraying front line of the Cold War. The production is designed by Jon Bausor, with sound by Dan Jones and lighting by Hansjörg Schmidt. Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice, originally produced at Berkeley Rep in 2004 and subsequently at Yale Repertory Theatre and New York's Second Stage in 2007, is to receive its European premiere in a new production that will begin performances at Plymouth's Drum Theatre Feb. 25, then continue on tour to Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre, Cambridge's The Junction, Newcastle's Northern Stage, Bristol's Old Vic and Oxford's North Wall Arts Centre, will then arrive at the Young Vic's Maria Studio, beginning performances April 29, prior to an official opening May 5 for a run through June 5. Described in press materials as a "vivid imagining of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice," it is directed by Bijan Sheibani, who recently made his National Theatre directing debut with Our Class. The production is designed by Patrick Burnier, with lighting by Mike Gunning, music and sound by Manuel Pinheiro and choreography by Aline David. The cast includes Osi Okerafor (Othello for the RSC) and Ony Uhiara ( for the Young Vic).

Finally, Barrie Keeffe's Sus, set on the eve of the Thatcher victory, will be staged to coincide with the upcoming general election of 2010, beginning performances at the Young Vic's Clare June 8, prior to an official opening June 10 for a run through June 26, before touring to Lincoln, Leicester, Liverpool, Barking, Bracknell, Birmingham, Ipswich and Manchester, on dates that are still to be announced. The play is described in press materials as a "powerful and politicized cry against the still-current threat of institutional racism," as it follows two detectives in an East London police station placing bets on which party will win the general election. A black man is picked up, who is incensed, believing that he will be fodder of an incoming government keen to flex its law-and-order muscles. The production is directed by Gbolahan Obisesan and designed by Chloe Lamford, with lighting by Anna Watson and sound by Donato Wharton. It is co-produced by Eclipse Theatre, who produce and tour productions to increase the diversity of work on offer regionally.

Priority booking opens from January 11, with public booking from Jan. 22, on 020 7922 2922, or visit www.youngvic.org.uk

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