The Young Vic has announced details of further new and returning productions for 2017. These will include a new production of Brecht's Life of Galileo, directed by Joe Wright (Oscar-nominated director of Atonement and Pride & Prejudice), the London premiere of Arthur Kopit's Wings, and the return of last year's award-winning production of Yerma, adapted and directed by Simon Stone and starring Billie Piper in the title role, for which she already won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress.
Life of Galileo will begin performances May 6 prior to an official opening May 16 for a run through June 24. Brendan Cowell, who last appeared at the Young Vic in Yerma opposite Billie Piper, will play the title role. The production will be designed by Lizzie Clachan, with video design by 59 Productions, lighting by Jon Clark, and sound by Tom Gibbons.
Yerma will begin performances July 26 for a run through August 31. Piper reprises the title role of a woman whose inability to have a child tears her life apart. Also returning to the show are Maureen Beattie, Brendan Cowell, John MacMillan, and Charlotte Randle. Designs are by Lizzie Clachan, with costumes by Alice Babidge, lighting by James Farncombe, and music and sound by Stefan Gregory.
Wings will begin performances September 14 prior to an official opening September 20 for a run through October 28. Director Natalie Abrahami reunites with actress Juliet Stevenson, with whom she previously collaborated at the Young Vic on Beckett's Happy Days, for this work, which was originally written as a radio play in response to a stroke suffered by the father of playwright Arthur Kopit. The production is designed by Michael Levine, with lighting by Guy Hoare and sound by Gareth Fry.
The season will also include Aeschylus' The Suppliant Women, presented in a new version by David Greig that will be directed by Ramin Gray in a co-production between Actors Touring Company (that Gray runs), Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum (where Greig is artistic director and where it was first produced in October 2016), and the Young Vic. It begins performances November 13 prior to an official opening November 16, for a run through November 25. Prior to the Young Vic, it will also play Manchester's Royal Exchange March 11–April 1. Music is by John Browne, and choreography is by Sasha Milavic Davies. It will be performed by a community chorus drawn from Lambeth and Southwark residents, alongside a professional cast.
In the Maria studio, productions will include Taha, the story of Palestinian poet Taha Muhammed Ali, written and performed by Amir Nizar Zuabi (running July 5–15); Nina—a story about me and Nina Simone, created and performed by Josette Bushell-Mingon (running July 19–29); and How to Win at History, a musical comedy with book, music, and lyrics by Seiriol Davies (running November 30–December 23).
To book tickets, which go on public sale February 1, contact the box office on 020 7922 2922 or visit youngvic.org.