Amongst some of the other season highlights, announced by artistic director David Lan in a press conference held at the Young Vic, are: the debut play by children’s novelist David Almond, the latest collaboration between the Young Vic and English National Opera and a revival of Tennessee Williams’ classic The Glass Menagerie, with a new score written by Dario Marianelli, the Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award-winning composer of Atonement, Price and Prejudice and over 35 other films.
Speaking at today’s event, Lan said that “from the very beginning”, the Young Vic has been about two things: first, an idea to “tell the big stories”; second, it’s highly adaptable, semi in-the-round main house auditorium, “one of the greatest in the world” – both of which remain central to its work.
And as for his feelings about the Young Vic getting “old” at its 40th milestone, Lan replied: “What does it feel like to be old? I haven’t the faintest idea because we’re only just beginning.”
In addition to the programme, Lan announced today that, after a survey of its audience, it will be introducing reserved seating for selected productions as well as more tickets at £10 available to all theatregoers across all performances. Once the main allocation has sold out, £10 tickets will still be available to under-26s and the unemployed. This is in addition to one-tenth of the house which is given free to local schoolchildren. The Young Vic’s pricing policy is part of its “enormous effort” into attracting an audience that is “as wide as deesp and as complex as possible”.
The full 40th anniversary season of work, in the main house and in the Maria studio, is as follows. Further ahead in 2011, the Young Vic will also host the next high-profile Hamlet, with Michael Sheen tackling the role for director Ian Rickson next winter.
In the main house
In the Maria studio
To celebrate the 40th anniversary, several fundraising and other one-off events will be held throughout the year and announced shortly. Theatregoers are also invited to upload their birthday greetings to the Young Vic at youngvic.org/birthdaygreetings where messages from the likes of Dominic West, Jude Law, Fiona Shaw, Delroy Lindo, Clive Rowe and other artists who’ve worked at the theatre will also be displayed.