Young Vic Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah has announced details for the theatre’s 2020 season, which will launch with Nora: A Doll’s House, in a new adaptation by Stef Smith, running February 6–March 21, 2020. A co-production between the Young Vic and Citizens Theatre, the production reframes the drama in three different time periods: the fight for women’s suffrage, the swinging sixties, and modern day.
Nmon Ford will star in Orfeus: A House Music Opera, running April 14–May 30. The world premiere has music and libretto by Ford, based on Ovid’s legend. Motown’s Charles Randolph-Wright directs.
In June, the Young Vic and LIFT will co-produce The Second Woman, a mix of live cinema and endurance performance inspired by the 1977 John Cassavetes film Opening Night. One hundred different men are invited to star opposite “Virginia,” who performs the exact same scene again and again, for a full 24 hours. The men have never met or rehearsed with Virginia—and many are non-actors. At the end of each scene, they must make a stark decision—creating a binge-worthy 24-hour theatrical cycle.
Cush Jumbo, known for her role in The River and on TV in The Good Fight and The Good Wife, will star in the title role of Shakespeare’s Hamlet running July 6–August 20. And, Oscar nominee Ruth Negga will star in Marina Carr’s Portia Coughlan, running September 16–October 31. Set in the midlands of Ireland, Portia Coughlan examines how the history of the family is the history of a nation.