Young Vic Theatre

The Young Vic is a theatre on the Cut, located near the South Bank, in the London Borough of Lambeth. David Lan has been the theatre's artistic director since 2000. Its philosophy is to "produce great plays for great audiences now and in the future".

In the period after World War II, a Young Vic Company was formed in 1946 by director George Devine as an offshoot of the Old Vic Theatre School for the purpose of performing classic plays for audiences aged nine to fifteen.

This was discontinued in 1948 when Devine and the entire faculty resigned from the Old Vic, but in 1969 Frank Dunlop became founder-director of The Young Vic theatre with his free adaptation of Molière's The Cheats of Scapin, presented at the new venue as a National Theatre production, opening on 11 September 1970 and starring Jim Dale in the title role with designs by Carl Toms (decor) and Maria Bjornson (costumes).

Initially part of the National Theatre, the Young Vic Theatre became an independent body in 1974.

In the words of Laurence Olivier, then director of the National Theatre: "Here we think to develop plays for young audiences, an experimental workshop for authors, actors and producers." The aim was to create an accessible theatre which offered high quality at low cost in an informal environment. The aim was to appeal to young audiences, but this time not specifically to children.

Frank Dunlop completed creation of the theatre venue in 1970, a breeze-block building on The Cut constructed out of a former butcher's shop and an adjacent bomb-site. It was intended to last for five years, but has become permanent.

The auditorium, with a thrust stage, has a capacity of 420. The configuration can vary depending on the needs of each production.

In addition to the Young Vic's main house, there are now two smaller theatre spaces. The Maria, named after theatre designer Maria Bjornson, is the larger of the two with a capacity of 150. The Clare, named after the former artistic director of the Sheffield Crucible, Clare Venables, seats 70. Like the main house, both smaller theatres have flexible seating configurations which can be arranged to suit the production design. In the two smaller auditoriums seating is unreserved, with the actors performing in close proximity to the audience.

The Young Vic primarily performs classic plays, but often in innovative productions. Many well-known actors have worked at the Young Vic including Ian Charleson, who made his memorable professional debut with the Young Vic 1972–74, and who played Jimmy Porter in Look Back in Anger and Hamlet in the first revival of Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead in 1973. Others include Vanessa Redgrave, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, Timothy Dalton, Robert Lindsay, Willard White, John Malkovich, Michael Sheen and Arthur Lowe.

Quintessential rock band The Who held free, weekly concerts at the Young Vic in early 1971 in order to rehearse what would become their masterpiece album, Who's Next. One of these shows was released on the Deluxe edition of this album.

A memorial at the theatre's south-east corner commemorates the 54 people killed in 1941 while sheltering in the cellars of the former building on the site, during the Blitz.

In 1982 the theatre hosted a Poetry Olympics, where comedian Pat Condell took part.

COUNTRY: United Kingdom

CITY: London


2001 - 2017


20/06/2017 - 01/07/2017
15/03/2017 - 17/03/2017
16/02/2017 - 01/04/2017
2017 - 2017
07/12/2016 - 23/12/2016
25/11/2016 - 14/01/2017
06/10/2016 - 12/11/2016
03/09/2016 - 24/09/2016
28/07/2016 - 24/09/2016
20/05/2016 - 11/06/2016
12/05/2016 - 02/07/2016
06/04/2016 - 16/04/2016
01/10/2015 - 14/11/2015
02/09/2015 - 19/09/2015
03/07/2015 - 15/08/2015
19/06/2015 - 20/08/2015
14/04/2015 - 23/05/2015
13/02/2015 - 21/03/2015
11/02/2015 - 21/02/2015
10/02/2015 - 11/04/2015
04/10/2014 - 21/02/2015
06/02/2014 - 15/03/2014
25/01/2013 - 02/03/2013
11/10/2006 - 21/10/2006
03/06/2005 - 03/09/2005


Country: United Kingdom
City: London
Address: 66 The Cut; Waterloo
Post Code: SE1 8LZ