Romola Garai in Measure for Measure and Rory Kinnear in The Trial Will Be Part of Young Vic Season

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London's Young Vic Theatre has announced a slate of seven new shows to be produced in 2015, including main house productions of O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness!, Rory Kinnear in Kafka's The Trial, a new play by Simon Stephens called Song from Far Away, Romola Garai in Measure for Measure and a new production of Macbeth. Also announced are studio productions of World Factory and Marguerite Duras' La Musica.

These shows join the already announced return of Beckett's Happy Days with Juliet Stevenson, Lippy, A Number and Man.

In a press statement, artistic director David Lan commented, "2015 at the Young Vic is a mix of rarely performed plays, world premieres and new light on dark classics. Created by theatre artists we love, many of whom have made their home in our theatre, I hope this season will speak to our neighbourhood as much as to our city."

Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness! begins performances April 14, prior to an official opening April 21, for a run through May 23. Natalie Abrahami directs a cast that includes Georgia Bourke, Janie Dee, George MacKay, Martin Marquez, Eleanor McLoughlin, Dominic Rowan, Susannah Wise and Ashley Zhangazha.

Written in 1933, it is a warm-hearted account of family life in 1906 Connecticut. The action follows the teenage tribulations of Richard Miller.

The production is designed by Dick Bird with costumes by Sussie Juhlin-Wallén, lighting by Charles Balfour, sound by Ben Ringham and movement by Ann Yee. Franz Kafka's The Trial, newly adapted by Nick Gill, will begin performances June 19, prior to an official opening June 26, for a run through Aug. 8. Richard Jones directs Rory Kinnear as Josef K, a powerless victim of the system who is visited at home by state agents on his birthday, accused of an unspecified crime. The production is designed by Miriam Buether, with costumes by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting by Mimi Jordan Sherin and sound and music by David Sawer.

Kinnear was last seen on the London stage as Iago in Othello at the National Theatre in 2013, for which he won an Olivier and Evening Standard Theatre Award.

Simon StephensSong from Far Away will begin performances Sept. 3 prior to an official opening Sept. 4, for a run through Sept. 19. Co-produced with Mostra Internacional de Teatro de São Paulo in Brazil (where it will premiere in March) and Toneelgroep Amsterdam (where it will play at Stadsschouwburg Theatre in April), it is directed by Ivo van Hove, whose Young Vic production of A View from the Bridge transfers to the West End's Wyndham's Theatre this month.

Measure for Measure will begin performances Oct. 2 prior to an official opening Oct. 8, for a run through Nov. 7. Joe Hill-Gibbins will direct a cast led by Romola Garai as Isabella. Design will be by Miriam Buether with costumes by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting by James Farncombe, sound by Paul Arditti and movement by Imogen Knight.

Garai's recent theatre work includes Indian Ink for New York's Roundabout Theatre Company and The Village Bike at the Royal Court. Her films include "Atonement," for which she was nominated for the Best Actress Award at the Evening Standard British Film Awards, and her TV credits include "The Hour" and "Emma" (for both of which she was Golden Globe-nominated).

Macbeth will begin performances Nov. 26 prior to an official opening Dec. 3, for a run through Jan. 16, 2016. It is co-directed by Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin, and co-produced with Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Manchester's HOME, where it will play in 2016.

According to press materials, Cracknell and Guerin will forge a new vision of Macbeth using dance and theatre, working with five dancers, six actors and designer Lizzie Clachan. Lighting is by Neil Austin, and costumes are by Merle Hensel.

World Factory, which will play in the Maria Studio beginning performances May 11 prior to an official opening May 18 for a run through May 30, invites audiences to participate in the politics of fashion, with direction/design by Zoë Svendsen and Simon Daw. According to press materials, the show will "provoke a conversation about consumer capitalism and ethical trade in relation to China. Audiences become factory managers, calling the shots on profits, products and workers - and are asked to decide for themselves what success means."

It has been developed through U.K.-based company METIS' collaboration with Shangai-based Chinese director Zhao Chuan and his company Grass Stage. Real-life accounts of the world of mass production both here and abroad are interwoven with video and set design by Simon Daw. Prior to the run at the Young Vic, World Factory will play at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, from April 13-30.

La Musica will begin performances Sept. 24 prior to an official opening Oct. 2 in the Maria Studio, for a run through Oct. 17. Jeff James directs Duras' 1965 play that examines the contradictions of sex and time as an estranged husband and wife return to the town where they once lived to finalize their divorce. Meeting by chance in a hotel bar they spend the night struggling to understand each other, caught between desire and recrimination. The production is designed by Ultz, with lighting by Jo Joelson. Sound and music are by Ben and Max Ringham.

Tickets for the season are on sale now to Friends of the Young Vic. Public booking opens Feb. 13. To book tickets, contact the box office on 0207 922 2922 or visit www.youngvic.org.

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