Australian director Benedict Andrews directs his own new adaptation of Chekhov's 1900 drama, returning to the Young Vic following The Return of Ulysses in 2011. The play runs from 8 September to 13 October in the theatre's main house. Johannes Schütz designs.
Kirby's recent stage roles include Isabella Women Beware Women at the National Theatre, Dana in The Acid Test at the Royal Court and Rosalind in As You Like It at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. She makes her Young Vic debut in the production.
Joining her in the roles of Olga and Irina respectively will be Mariah Gale and Gala Gordon. Gale played Ophelia to David Tennant's Hamlet and Juliet in Rupert Goold's 2010 production of Romeo and Juliet, both at the RSC. She returns to the Young Vic following her appearance in Vernon God Little in 2011. Gordon graduates from Guildhall School of Speech and Drama this summer; Three Sisters is her professional debut.
Matthew Lewis, best known for playing Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter film series, will make his West End debut this autumn when he joins Cian Barry, Arthur Darvill and Laurence Fox in the cast of Our Boys. The show opens at the Duchess Theatre on 3 October (previews from 26 September). Lewis will play the role of Mick.
Written by Jonathan Lewis, Our Boys won the Best New Play award in the 1993 Writers’ Guild Fringe Awards. This production, the play's first staging in the West End, will be directed by David Grindley. Grindley’s theatre credits include the Tony award winning Journey’s End (Comedy/Broadway), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stratford, Ontario), and The Philanthropist (Broadway).
Lewis recently played Jamie in Kay Mellor’s series The Syndicate, receiving a TV Choice Award nomination for best actor. On stage he was last seen in the national tour of Agatha Christie’s Verdict.
The design team – Jonathan Fensom, Jason Taylor and Gregory Clarke – have all worked with David Grindley on a number of West End productions including Journey’s End, Abigail’s Party and Six Degrees of Separation.
Boys runs at the Duchess Theatre until 15 December.