David Lan was born in Cape Town where he trained as an actor. He began to write for the theatre and directed at Athol Fugard's theatre The Space. He moved to London in 1972.
At the Young Vic we tell stories that change the way people look at the world.
Our shows are created by some of the world's great artists - of this generation and the next. With roots deep in our neighbourhoods, we reach out to theatre makers across the globe.
We have the most diverse and engaged audience in London, enjoying work of the highest quality at low prices. In our award-winning super-flexible theatre, you'll never feel you're in the same place twice.
The Young Vic. It's a big world in here.
We need your help to continue to do the work we do – especially our work with young people. It’s about talent, about potential, about self respect.
We keep our prices low. We give 10% of our seats away to people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford to come.
Help us to do it. If you value what we do, join us.
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The Young Vic is two things: an idea and a building.
Conceived in the 1960s' spirit of iconoclasm and improvisation, it opened in 1970 as a place in which younger directors, designers, actors, writers and technicians could work alongside the world's great theatre artists to present exciting productions at the lowest possible seat prices.
Its intimate auditorium, built cheaply with a rough, light-industrial feel, reinforced by low prices, created in concrete a dream of the inclusive, class-free society to which its originators aspired.
Over the last forty years, the company has established a powerful reputation at home and abroad. In particular, the Young Vic has begun to be recognised as the major theatre in this country in which young directors can develop and practise their art.
All staff can be contacted on +44 (0)20 7922 2800.
The Young Vic was recently awarded 3 stars by Julie’s Bicycle - the highest score possible!
Read about our commitment to improving the way we work and how you can help.
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Sean Egan | Lawyer
David Fletcher | Chair, Young Vic Executive Board
Rory Kinnear | Actor
Carol Lake | Senior Executive, JP Morgan
David Lan | Artistic Director, Young Vic
Anna Lane | Anna Lane Consulting
Ivan Lewis MP | Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Patrick McKenna (Chair) | Chief Executive, Ingenious Media PLC
Rita Skinner | Chair, Young Vic Development Board
Steve Tompkins | Director, Haworth Tompkins Architects
Bill Winters | Group CEO Standard Chartered Bank