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Brendan Cowell stares down the lens of the camera with a beautiful pink and purple star field superimposed over a full length shot of him

Life of Galileo

By Bertolt Brecht
Translation by John Willett
Direction Joe Wright

Monday - Saturday: 7.30pm
(except 29 May) 

Wednesday & Saturday matinees: 2.30pm 

Run time: 2 hours 50 minutes,
including an interval

Additional matinee performances added due to popular demand on Weds 14 June and Sat 1 July

£10, £20, £29, £38

Main House

★★★★ "Wonder-inducing, inspiring, pulls out all the stops"  The Telegraph

BAFTA Award-winning film director Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice) returns to the Young Vic after his celebrated production of A Season in the Congo.

Brendan Cowell plays Galileo following his acclaimed performance in Yerma. Galileo makes an explosive discovery about the universe with his new invention – the telescope.

Performed in-the-round on a stunning set designed by Lizzie Clachan (Yerma, A Season in the Congo), the show features original music by The Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowlands and projections by 59 Productions (Feast, War Horse).

★★★★ "Cowell conveys the excitement of science with the thrashy zeal of a rock god" The Evening Standard

★★★★ "A highly compelling revival" The Independent

★★★★ "An indecently banging score from one of the Chemical Brothers. This is a trip, and a good one at that" Time Out

★★★★ “Brendan Cowell showed me Brecht really can make the earth move” The Observer

★★★★ “Driven by a throbbing soundtrack from Tom Rowlands of The Chemical Brothers” The Financial Times

★★★★ “Joe Wright tackles the big themes with a larky, irreverent tone” The Mail on Sunday

★★★★ “There is genuine comedy in Joe Wright’s production which is graced by splendid performances: Brendan Cowell, impassioned. Billy Howle, deeply affecting.” Sunday Express

★★★★ "Joe Wright's visually stunning production" What's On Stage

Click here to see what audiences have to say about the show.


Cast and Creatives

Direction Joe Wright |  Design Lizzie Clachan | Projections 59 Productions | Music Tom Rowlands | Light Jon Clark | Sound Tom Gibbons | Puppet Direction Sarah Wright | Dramaturg Sarah Tipple | Movement Javier de Frutos | Casting Julia Horan CDG

With Ayesha Antoine, Jason Barnett, Brendan Cowell, Billy Howle, Paul Hunter, Joshua James, Bettrys Jones, Alex Murdoch, Brian Pettifer, Anjana Vasan, Sarah Wright

Generously supported by the Richenthal Foundation.

Direction Joe Wright  

Design Lizzie Clachan  

Projections 59 Productions

Music Tom Rowlands  

Light Jon Clark 

Sound Tom Gibbons 

Puppet Direction Sarah Wright 

Dramaturg Sarah Tipple

Movement Javier de Frutos

Casting Julia Horan CDG


Ayesha Antoine, Jason Barnett, Brendan Cowell, Billy Howle, Paul Hunter, Joshua James, Bettrys Jones, Alex Murdoch, Brian Pettifer, Anjana Vasan, Sarah Wright

The music of Tom Rowlands appears as part of this production courtesy of BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

Joe Wright joins Tom Rowlands, one half of the electronic music duo The Chemical Brothers, on BBC Front Row to talk about working together on this new production. 

Brendan Cowell on Brecht and why Life of Galileo is the perfect play for the post-truth age in The Evening Standard 

Brendan Cowell explains why he agreed to take on such a huge role in Life of Galileo and why he's making the UK his home for the time being on What's On Stage

Life of Galileo director Joe Wright cites the clash between science and political dogma as more relevant than ever. Read more on The Observer

The Chemical Brothers' Tom Rowlands to compose music for Life of Galileo! Read all about it on What's On Stage

Director Joe Wright returns to London theatre with Life of Galileo. Read about our 2017 season on The Guardian

Brendan Cowell takes the title role in a production of Bertolt Brecht’s Life of Galileo. Read The Evening Standard's round up of the Young vic's 2017 season.

BAFTA-winning director Joe Wright returns to the Young Vic with Life of Galileo. Read more about our 2017 season on What's On Stage

The Young Vic's new season includes Brecht’s Life of Galileo. Read more on The Stage.

Theatre.London has seven reasons to be excited about the 2017 Young Vic season and Life of Galileo is one of them!

Brendan Cowell plays the genius astronomer in Brecht’s greatest play Life Of Galileo. Read more on Official Theatre London

Audio described performance
7 June, 2.30pm

Captioned performance
20 June, 7.30pm

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