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Song from Far Away

by Simon Stephens & Mark Eitzel

2 – 19 Sept

A Toneelgroep Amsterdam production. Mostra Internacional de Teatro de São Paulo co-producer.

Young Vic: London co-producer.

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"Simon Stephens's first original work at the Young Vic is meticulous"
The Independent 

"Dreamlike and deeply unsettling ... exquisitely matched by Jan Versweyveld’s set and lighting"
The Times 

"Smits’s performance is a tour de force"
The Observer

"A frail, gorgeous monologue - Smits is splendid – wryly charismatic, brimming with confusion and long-suppressed feeling"
Time Out

"Van Hove distills his staging to the heart"
Financial Times

“Mesmerising… “Song” finds Ivo van Hove and Simon Stephens illuminating each other’s surgical skills for dissecting the fractured human heart.”
New York Times 


"I drank three glasses of scotch and ginger ale before we’d even cleared Coney Island. I didn’t want to come home. It was then that I decided to write you these letters."

On a crisp winter day in New York, Willem gets the call. It’s Mum. Pauli’s died. Come back to Amsterdam.

An unforgettable homecoming to an estranged family, a lost love, unsettling sex and an unexamined life.

Ivo van Hove returns to the Young Vic following his sensational A View from the Bridge. A UK premiere written by Olivier Award-winner Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, A Doll’s House) with music by singer/songwriter Mark Eitzel.

Click here to see what audiences have been saying about the show so far.  


Monday - Saturday: 7:30pm

Wednesday & Saturday matinees: 2:30pm
(except 9 Sept)

Running time: 1 hour 15 mins

Contains nudity.


Tickets: £10, £19.50, £27.50, £35 
Previews: (3 - 4 Sept) £10, £19.50


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In the press

"Ideas mustn't be too fixed. Kill your darlings" - Ivo van Hove interviewed by WhatsOnStage

Ivo van Hove on Bowie and Arthur Miller - an interview with The Times 

'King without a crown' - The Financial Times looks at the growing role of a dramaturg in theatre

Simon Stephens talks to The Evening Standard about Song from Far Away and the state of the arts

Time Out picks the top 10 theatre openings for September 2015

Direction Ivo van Hove
Music & Lyrics Mark Eitzel
Design & Light Jan Versweyveld
Dramaturgy Bart Van den Eynde
Assistant Designer Ramón Huijbrechts

Eelco Smits 

Toneelgroep Amsterdam Private Producer Joachim Fleury  

Access performances

Audio Description performance
19 Sept 2.30pm 

Captioned performance
17 Sept 7.30pm

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