Chiwetel Ejiofor’s return to the stage is one of the highlights of the Young Vic’s recently announced 2013 season. He’ll be starring in A Season in the Congo by AimÃ© CÃ©saire, a play about the 1960 rebellion in the Congo and and the assassination of the political leader Patrice Lumumba. The production will be directed by Joe Wright following his debut at the Donmar directing Pinero’s Trelawny of the Wells. Ejiofor’s previous stage credits include an acclaimed performance in The Seagull at the Royal Court and an incredible, enthralling Othello, also at the Donmar.
Before that there will be a second chance to see Carrie Cracknell’s production of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House – in a version by Simon Stephens – starring Hattie Morahan and Dominic Rowan. According to Daniel B. Yates’ review, Stephens’ adaptation, with “its crystal views of a shattered bourgeois family, remains an eloquent testimony to the residual, nagging, subordinate position of women in the household – as old and durable as fireplaces and the institution of heterosexuality itself.”
In February, the Young Vic will stage Feast, an exploration of the Yoruba culture written by five playwrights from across the world. Then in May the theatre will stage Public Enemy, a another Ibsen adaptation, this time by David Harrower, which will be directed by Richard Jones, whose past credits at the Young Vic include the Government Inspector; the final production in the Main House, to be staged in September, will be American Lulu, a reworking of Alban Berg’s unfinished opera by Olga Neuwirth. Set against a backdrop of 1950s New Orleans, the production will be directed by John Fulljames in a co-production with The Opera Group.
In the Maria, the Young Vic’s mid-sized studio space, there will be new work by Fevered Sleep with Above Me the Wide Blue Sky, in March, and Told by an Idiot, with My Perfect Mind, in April 2013.
For those unable to see the theatre’s current production, Benedict Andrews’ Three Sisters, the production is now available for download on Digital Theatre.
For further details, visit the Young Vic website.