Casting Announced for Young Vic Stagings of Mike Bartlett's Bull and Caryl Churchill's A Number

News   Casting Announced for Young Vic Stagings of Mike Bartlett's Bull and Caryl Churchill's A Number
London's Young Vic has announced a series of plays for its smaller studio theatres that will include the London premiere of Mike Bartlett's Bull, a triple bill of plays by Tennessee Williams under the title Man and the transfer of a production of Caryl Churchill's A Number from Southampton's Nuffield Theatre.

Bull, which begins performances Jan. 8, 2015, prior to an official opening Jan.15 for a run through Feb. 7 in the Maria Studio, will see the New York company comprising Adam James, Eleanor Matsuura, Neil Stuke and Sam Troughton reassemble in Clare Lizzimore's production. The play sees three desperate colleagues fight for just two jobs. Cruel one-upmanship plays out in an office-come-bullfighting ring, designed by Soutra Gilmour. Audiences surround the action and can cheer and boo the opponents from the ringside by choosing standing tickets.

Man, which will begin performances Feb. 11 for a run through Feb. 21 in the Clare Studio, will offer a rare opportunity to see Tennessee Williams' short plays Auto-da-Fé, The Strangest Kind of Romance and Summer at the Lake. It will be directed by Finn Beames, the fourth recipient of a Genesis Future Directors Award, created to nurture emerging young directors by providing them with an opportunity to explore and develop their craft while creating their first fully resourced production at the Young Vic.

A Number, which begins performances July 3 prior to an official opening July 7 for a run through Aug. 8 in the Maria Studio, is directed by Michael Longhurst in a production that premiered in Southampton earlier this year. It stars real-life father and son John and Lex Shrapnel.

When Bernard discovers he's not an only child – as he was brought up to believe – but one of a number of clones, he must confront his father, Salter, and his own fears. He is left reeling from the news and Salter questions the choices he's made.

Lippy, created by theatre company Dead Centre and written by Bush Moukarzel and Mark O'Halloran, begins performances Feb. 19 prior to an official opening Feb. 26 for a run through March 14 in the Maria Studio. Premiered at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2013, it imagines the circumstances which led to four women's decision to starve themselves to death. The cast comprises Joanna Banks, David Heap, Bush Moukarzel, Caitríona Ní Mhurchú, Liv O’Donoghue, Eileen Walsh and Adam Welsh. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7922 2922, or visit

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