The Young Vic reopened last week after its two-year £12.45 million reconstruction, knocking the socks off the assembled press (See News, 12 Oct 2006), but on Friday the new building was officially christened with a bit more pomp and circumstance (See The Goss, 20 Oct 2006).

Jude Law (who twice trod the boards at the old theatre and who led the fundraising campaign for its redevelopment) joined artistic director David Lan and legendary, now Paris-based director Peter Brook (who has brought several productions to the Young Vic) to cut the red ribbon prior to the evening performance of the home-grown community opera Tobias and the Angel, the main house’s inaugural production (which finished on Saturday).

The invited audience comprised leading industry figures – including the National’s Nicholas Hytner, the Almeida’s Michael Attenborough and artistic directors of other flagship theatres – as well as big-name actors and long-time supporters of the theatre such as Clive Owen and his wife Sarah-Jane Fenton, who met when starring as Romeo and Juliet at the Young Vic in 1988.

For 1st Night Photos, our Whatsonstage.com photographer was on hand for the festivities, along with other key guests including Stephen Daldry, Rhashan Stone, Olivia Williams, Daniel Kramer, Noma Dumezweni, Rufus Sewell, Sinead Cusack, David Calder, Alice Eve, Caryl Churchill, Bill Paterson, Neil Pearson, Mark Rylance, John Dove, Debbie Tucker Green, Tim Supple, Melly Still, David Thacker, Gitta Sereny and the man of the hour, architect Steve Tompkins.

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