2013 Season at London's Young Vic to Include Film Director Joe Wright Directing Stage Return for Chiwetel Ejiofor
By Mark Shenton
The 2013 season at London's Young Vic will see film director Joe Wright directing Chiwetel Ejiofor in Martinique poet and politician Aimé Césaire's A Season in the Congo, plus two Ibsen plays (the return of a previous staging there of A Doll's House and a new production of Public Enemy), and a collaborative show Feast, written by five playwrights, directed by Rufus Norris.
In a press statement, Young Vic artistic director David Lan commented, "Our 2013 Main House season is a series of shows all radical in their own way. These shows stand at the root of ideas, processes and events that have transformed the way we see and live in the world."
The first show, Feast, evokes, in Lan's words, "the magnificent Yoruba cosmology and philosophy as it travelled to the Caribbean and the New World in the minds of slaves captured in Nigeria. It is written by playwrights from five such countries and directed by Young Vic associate artist Rufus Norris." Co-produced by the Young Vic and the Royal Court as part of World Stages London, it begins performances Jan. 25, 2013, prior to an official opening Feb. 1, for a run through Feb. 23. The playwrights are Yunior García Aguilera, Rotimi Babatunde, Marcos Barbosa, Tanya Barfield and Gbolahan Obisesan. It is choreographed by George Cespedes (Danza Contemporanea de Cuba). Norris has previously directed Vernon God Little and Afore Night Come at the Young Vic. He is currently represented in the West End by Cabaret.
Carrie Cracknell will revive her production of A Doll's House, presented in an English-language version by Simon Stephens, for a run from April 2-10, with Hattie Morahan and Dominic Rowan reprising their performances as Nora and Torvald Helmer.
It will be followed by a new production of another Ibsen play, Public Enemy, in a new version by David Harrower that Richard Jones will direct. It will begin performances May 4, prior to an official opening May 13, for a run through June 8. Jones has previously directed Government Inspector and Annie Get Your Gun at the Young Vic. The play is described in press materials as a "timeless story of corruption and courage. When Dr. Stockmann discovers that the waters of a new public spa are toxic, he expects gratitude and glory. But his revelation makes him the most hated man in town. How far will a man go to stand up for the truth?"
Aimé Césaire's A Season in the Congo will begin performances July 6, prior to an official opening July 16, for a run through Aug. 10. BAFTA Award-winning director Joe Wright ("Anna Karenina," "Atonement" and "Pride & Prejudice") directs Chiwetel Ejiofor (BBC’s "The Shadow Line," "Children of Men" and "Dirty Pretty Things," last seen on the London stage in the title role of Othello at the Donmar Warehouse for which he won an Olivier Award) in the U.K. premiere of this retelling of Congo's turbulent first year of freedom. It charts the rise and fall of legendary leader Patrice Lumumba, whose passionate determination to free his people from Belgian rule inspired great courage and betrayal.
Priority booking for Friends of the Young Vic opens Oct. 18, with public booking from Oct. 25. For full details of the season, as well as work in the Young Vic's studios, visit www.youngvic.org. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7922 2922.
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