New Young Vic Season to Feature McCraney's The Brothers Size and Brook-Directed Beckett

News   New Young Vic Season to Feature McCraney's The Brothers Size and Brook-Directed Beckett
London's Young Vic has announced a new season that includes legendary director Peter Brook directing Beckett; emerging American playwright Tarrell Alvin McCraney; and a revival of Carson McCullers' The Member of the Wedding.

In September, Brook's Paris-based theatre Bouffes du Nord company will present Fragments, an umbrella title for five little-known short plays by Samuel Beckett starring Complicite performers Marcello Magnim, Jozef Houben and Kathryn Hunter.

Fragments will open the venue's Maria stage on Sept. 20 following previews from Sept. 15. Following the run, which is scheduled to end Oct. 6, the Young Vic/Theatre des Bouffes du Nord co-production will embark on a tour taking in Europe, America and China.

McCullers' The Member of the Wedding - a hit of the 1950 Broadway season - sees 12-year-old Frankie share her dreams with her maid Bernice. Frankie schemes to leave home to become a sophisticated member of her brother's wedding party. Matthew Dunster's production will begin previews Sept. 7 and offically open Sept. 13.

McCraney's acclaimed play The Brothers Size transplants Yoruba myth to Louisana and was featured in New York's Public Theater "Under the Radar" season last January. The Young Vic's production will be directed by Bijan Shebani, the new artistic director of Actors Touring Company. Previews of the European premiere begin Nov. 9 with an official opening night on Nov. 13.

The season also features a strong African element with a double bill of Christmas shows created by the South African company Isango Potobello. One is a described as a "genre busting" adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, the other a "playful" version of Mozart's The Magic Flute. Prior to that, a Rwandan company of actors will revive The Investigation (Oct. 30-Nov. 1), Peter Weiss' verbatim Holocaust play about Auschwitz.

For more information on the Young Vic's season, call (0)20 7922 2822.

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