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David Lan

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.

Who we are

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.

The future won't be the same without you

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.

Become a friend of the Young Vic or donate. Find out how here.

History of the Young Vic

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.

The Young Vic then and now...

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.

Young Vic staff

All staff can be contacted on +44 (0)20 7922 2800.

Our environmental policy

The Young Vic was recently awarded 2 stars by Julie’s Bicycle
Read about our commitment to improving the way we work and how you can help.

Technical Information

Click to view plans, specs and technical info on our spaces at the Young Vic.

Young Vic Board

Sean Egan | Lawyer

David Fletcher | Chair, Young Vic Executive Board

Sarah Hall | COO, reach4entertainment enterprises plc

Patrick Handley | Partner, Brunswick

Clive Jones CBE | Chairman Netplay TV, Energetic Communications and Taliesin News

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

Karen McHugh | Lawyer

Patrick McKenna (Chair) | Chief Executive, Ingenious Media PLC

Rita Skinner | Chair, Young Vic Development Board 

Jane Storie | Director of External Relations, London Film School

Steve Tompkins | Director, Haworth Tompkins Architects

Bill Winters | Group CEO Standard Chartered Bank

A once-in-a-lifetime celebration through theatre of the exhilarating cosmopolitan diversity of London's people and culture.