Kursk and Sus make Young Vic returns

Published January 11, 2010

The Young Vic has expanded its already announced spring season with revivals of previous productions Kursk and Sus, and new piece Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl.

Kursk, in which theatre company Sound&Fury and playwright Bryony Lavery recreate the lives of submariners deep in the icy seas, was nominated for an Evening Standard Award for Best Design when it premiered at the Young Vic in 2009. It returns to the venue’s Maria theatre from 26 March to 17 April.

Sus, which was also seen at the Young Vic last year, returns from 8 to 26 June. Set on election night 1979, the tale of institutionalised racism tells of a black man arrested in East London. He is incensed, believing he will be fodder for an incoming government keen to flex its law and order muscles.

Ruhl’s re-imagining of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice receives its European premiere at the Young Vic from 29 April to 5 June, in a co-production with ATC and the Drum Theatre Plymouth.

Described as “Alice In Wonderland meets Greek mythology”, Eurydice will be directed by Bijan Sheibani, who previously directed the Laurence Olivier Award-nominated The Brothers Size at the Young Vic. It will star Ony Uhiara, who last appeared at the Waterloo venue when she played Oya in the Young Vic production of In The Red And Brown Water.

Kursk, Sus and Eurydice join a season that already includes children’s show The Cat In The Hat, which transfers after a sell out season at the National Theatre, English National Opera co-production Elegy For Young Lovers, Palestinian tale I Am Yusuf And This Is My Brother and David Harrower’s new version of Schnitzler’s Liebelei, Sweet Nothings, which today announced its cast.

Told By An Idiot’s Hayley Carmichael, who was recently seen in The Fahrenheit Twins at the Barbican, is joined in the production by Natalie Dormer, who is best known for playing Anne Boleyn in The Tudors. A second The Tudors actress, Catherine Steadman, who appears in the show’s fourth season, is also cast alongside Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare’s Globe actor Jack Laskey, Tom Hughes and Andrew Wincott.

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