Kwame Kwei-Armah announces the Young Vic’s 2019 Season

Artistic Director, Kwame Kwei-Armah, has announced full details of the Young Vic‘s 2019 season, which includes a unique new production of Arthur Miller‘s landmark drama, Death of a Salesman – directed by Marianne Elliott and starring Wendell PierceSharon D. Clarke and Arinzé Kene – and a new music theatre production, Tree, created by Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah, and based on Elba’s own album, Mi Mandela.


The Main House season will also see Yaël Farber bring Federico García Lorca back to the Young Vic with Marina Carr’s new version of Blood Wedding, as well as the UK premiere of Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury, directed by Young Vic Genesis Fellow /Associate Director, Nadia Latif.

The Maria will host Bronx Gothic by Okwui Okpokwasili, a part theatre, part dance, and part visual art installation created in collaboration with Peter Born, and The Jumper Factory, conceived by Young Vic Taking Part and Justin Audibert, written by Luke Barnes and directed by Josh Parr.

In the Clare, Genesis Future Director Award-winners, Lekan Lawal and Caitriona Shoobridge, will direct Wild East by April De Angelis and Ivan & The Dogs by Hattie Naylor, respectively.

Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei Armah (c) David Sandison

Kwame Kwei-Armah comments:

“The stages of The Young Vic have always been a place dedicated to asking the most profound questions in artistically compelling ways. It’s not just the art we invite into these four walls but also the art and discourse we send beyond them.

In 2019 we will see Marianne Elliot dance with Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesmen; Idris Elba and I’s funky multi-disciplinary Tree; Yaël Farber and Marina Carr’s transformation of Lorca’s Blood Wedding; Jackie Sibblies Drury’s fierce and challenging new work Fairview directed by Nadia Latif; and the exquisite pain of Okwui Okpokwasili’s Bronx Gothic. 

And that’s not forgetting our Genesis Award-Winning directors, Lekan Lawal and Caitriona Shoobridge both using the Young Vic stages to ask questions of us in a way I truly believe no other medium can.

YV Unpacked will once again tour with She Ventures, And He Wins and we’re bringing back The Jumper Factory by Luke Barnes, directed by Josh Parr, after starting its journey in HMP Wandsworth.

We’re continuing our commitment to channeling work into the digital world: The 8 Club will question the role of young men at this crucial moment in history.

Despina and I are very proud to be welcoming these wonderful artists, and their brilliant creative collaborators to share this space and these stories with you.

Nuff love.”

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