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The Valley of Astonishment

The Valley of Astonishment 

Directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne

Now until 12 Jul 2014

A C.I.C.T. / Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord production co-produced by Theatre for a New Audience, New York, Les Théâtres de la ville du Luxembourg; Théâtre d’Arras / Tandem Arras Douai; Théâtre du Gymnase, Marseille; Warwick Arts Centre; Holland Festival, Amsterdam; Attiki Cultural Society, Athènes; Musikfest Bremen; Théâtre Forum Meyrin, Geneva; C.I.R.T. and Young Vic.

Main House

Show information

Imagine a world where every sound has a colour. Where every colour has a taste. Where the number 8 is a fat lady.

This breathtaking new play explores the fascinating experiences of real people who see the world in a radically different light.

The Valley of Astonishment is a kaleidoscopic journey into the wonders of the human brain, inspired by years of neurological research, true stories and Farid Attar’s epic mystical poem The Conference of the Birds.

Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne return to the Young Vic after their international hit The Suit.

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

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 
'Intriguing, moving and unexpectedly funny.'
The Observer

★ ★ ★ ★
'Delicate and moving' 
The Sunday Times

★ ★ ★ ★
The Independent

★ ★ ★ ★
The Guardian

★ ★ ★ ★
Daily Telegraph

★ ★ ★ ★
The Mail on Sunday


Monday - Saturday (except 23 June): 7:30pm 
Wednesday & Saturday matinees: 2:30pm

Running time: 80 minutes


Tickets: £10, £19.50, £25, £35
Previews: (20 - 21 Jun) £10, £19.50

A limited number of discounts are available for each performance. Early booking is advised.

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Food & drink

The Cut Bar & Restaurant at the Young Vic serves an inspired mix of classic and original play-themed dishes create an exciting menu from fresh, free-range and organic ingredients. 

Visit The Cut Bar's website.

In the press

"An exceptional human being" - Rupert Christiansen writes about Peter Brook for The Telegraph

Listen to Peter Brook's interview with Radio 4 Front Row (from 07:20)

Peter Brook talks to the Financial Times about The Valley of Astonishment

Theatre of the mind: The Economist meets Peter Brook

You can read more from James Woodall's above interview with Peter Brook on theYoung Vic blog where you can also read Peter Brook's introduction to The Valley of Astonishment

What does your tube stop taste like? Find out with the Synaesthesia map of the London Underground in The Telegraph

The Observer looks at how we could all benefit from Synaesthesia.

Synaesthesia is now believed to affect between 1 and 4% of the population. The Guardian on this rare neurological condition which causes the senses to intertwine.

Direction Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne
Light Philippe Vialatte

Kathryn Hunter
Marcello Magni
Jared McNeill

Raphaël Chambouvet
Toshi Tsuchitori

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