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Two fat ladies, 88: Valley of Astonishment at the Young Vic

Saturday 21st June 2014, matinée Peter Brook never tires of exploring new territory, and in the ‘Valley of Astonishment’, currently at the Young Vic, he continues a journey he began in the early nineties, when he adapted Oliver Sachs’ popular … Continue reading

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Belgian Tragedy: Ivo Van Hove ‘reinvents’ A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic

Saturday 19th April 2014, matinée Watching the Young Vic’s new production of Arthur Millers ‘A View from the Bridge’ made us feel as though we were witnessing a battle between a great playwright and a director who appears to want to … Continue reading

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What a waist: Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days at the Young Vic

Saturday 25th January 2014, evening (preview) The story goes that Samuel Beckett wrote Happy Days partly in response to Margaret Cusack’s request that he write ‘a happy play’ after ‘Krapp’s Last Tape’.  History does not record her response to the play.  Having … Continue reading

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Southern Discomfort: The Scottsboro’ boys storm the Young Vic

Saturday 2nd November 2013, matinée It doesn’t take long to figure out that the true story of the Scottsboro’ boys seems like the perfect subject for a musical by Kander and Ebb, combining their interest in political oppression (‘Cabaret’ and … Continue reading

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Tears, Fire and Blood: A Season in the Congo at the Young Vic

‘A season in the Congo’ starts the moment we enter the auditorium.  A visually striking set dominates the cavernous space of the Young Vic, with brutalist style concrete buildings forming the set of the main stage, and, bizarrely, a disused … Continue reading

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Stroke of Genius: My Perfect Mind at the Young Vic

Saturday 13th April 2013, matinée Some people say reviews are important because they form a useful record, an evocation of the theatrical experience for those who were not able to attend.  Well, not in this case – My Perfect Mind defies … Continue reading

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The theatre-goers guide to the galaxy: Going Dark at the Young Vic

Saturday 15th December 2012 Sound and Fury are a theatre company with an interesting mission.  Instead of providing spectacle, they tend to immerse their audiences in total darkness.  It’s not often nowadays that you visit the theatre and don’t have to … Continue reading

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Hamlet at the Young Vic: though this be madness, yet there is method in’t

In a fascinating interview, director Ian Rickson states that “I don’t want to create a scheme which is neat and makes it easy for people to define what a play is because all great plays occupy a space which is … Continue reading

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The mysterious disappearance of toto, and other tales of restricted view seating

When it comes to the West End, we have tended to see restricted view seats as a blessing in disguise.  With judicious use of seat opinions on theatremonkey and careful selection of seats, it is possible to sacrifice the view … Continue reading

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