London’s Young Vic has unveiled its 2018–2019 season, the first under the artistic direction of playwright and director Kwame Kwei-Armah.
Kicking off the season will be a Young Vic adaptation of Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub’s musical Twelfth Night, originally performed at The Public Theater in 2016 as part of Public Works, and to be seen again this summer as part of the Public's Shakespeare in the Park season.
Kwei-Armah, the former artistic director of Baltimore Center Stage, began his tenure at the Yong Vic in February. Twelfth Night, which is conceived by Kwei-Armah and Taub, will begin performances October 2. The adaptation features music and lyrics by Taub, and direction by Public Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Kwei-Armah.
Initial casting includes Gabrielle Brooks as Viola, Gbemisola Ikumelo as Maria, Jonathan Livingstone as Antonio, and Silas Wyatt-Barke as Sir Andrew Aguecheek. As in the tradition of Public Works, the actors will perform alongside community members from Southwark and Lambeth in the Young Vic production. Performances are scheduled through November 17.
Kwei-Armah's inaugural season will also feature Danai Gurira’s play The Convert (December 7–January 19, 2019), a revival of Stephen Adly Guirgis' Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, directed by Winner Kate Hewitt (February 14–March 30), and Naomi Wallace's Things of Dry Hours, directed by Debbie Hannan (August 15–25).
For more information on the lineup, as well as to learn about the Young Vic's initiatives beyond the stage, visit YoungVic.org.