Pigs, Pinter and Bremner join Young Vic autumn

Published May 26, 2011

A new production of Enda Walsh’s Disco Pigs, a double bill of Pinter plays and Rory Bremner’s modern translation of Orpheus In the Underworld have been added to the Young Vic’s autumn season.

The revival of Disco Pigs marks the first time that the winner of the prestigious JMK Young Director’s Award has had their production staged at the Young Vic. The 2011 victor, Cathal Cleary, will direct Walsh’s modern classic about two reckless teenage friends whose appetite for sex threatens to tear them apart on the eve of their 17th birthday, which runs between 2 and 24 September.

Pinter’s One For The Road and Victoria Station teams serial collaborators the Young Vic with new venue the Print Room to stage these two short pieces together for the first time since they premiered at the Lyric Hammersmith in 1984.

One For The Road is the horrifically dark tale of three members of a family held in isolation and interrogated one by one with nothing to hold onto but their innocence. Victoria Station explores the power struggle between a minicab controller and one of his drivers in a typically Pinteresque fashion.

The double bill plays first at the Print Room, from 13 September until 1 October, before transferring to the Young Vic from 6 to 15 October.

Impressionist and satirist Bremner returns to the Young Vic for the first time since translating A Respectable Wedding for 2007’s Big Brecht Fest to update Offenbach’s opera about a bored wife, a bad musician, a devious other man and interfering spy, for our media-savvy, celebrity-obsessed world. Following a tour taking in Scotland and Northern Ireland, the opera runs in London from 30 November to 5 December.

These three new pieces join the eagerly anticipated production of Hamlet, which will star Frost/Nixon’s Michael Sheen as the troubled Danish prince from 28 October.

MA