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A Statement from the Young Vic - 20 March 2020

Following UK government advice, we have now made the difficult decision to cancel our current production of Nora and postpone our upcoming productions of Orfeus and Conundrum. LIFT Festival has also cancelled their 2020 festival, which includes our co-production of The Second Woman.

We ask that you please bear with our small but brilliant Welcome Team as they deal with a huge number of ticket holders for the above shows.

As a charity, we rely on ticket sales for a substantial portion of our income, and the insecurity ahead is a huge worry for those who work for and with us, as it is for the theatre sector as a whole. Therefore - if you can afford to - please consider donating the price of your ticket, or another amount however large or small, to the Young Vic.


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Based on The Mahabharata and the play by Jean-Claude Carrière

Direction Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne

Destruction never approaches weapon in hand. It comes slyly, on tiptoe, making you see bad in good and good in bad.

The internationally renowned team of Peter Brook, Marie-Hélène Estienne and Jean-Claude Carrière together revisit the great Indian epic The Mahabharata 30 years after Brook’s legendary production took world theatre by storm.

The devastation of war is tearing the Bharata family apart. The new king must unravel a mystery: how can he live with himself in the face of the devastation and massacres that he has caused.

An immense canvas in miniature, this central section of the ancient text is timeless and contemporary, asking how we can find inner peace in a world riven with conflict.

★★★★ "Peter Brook's return to the Mahabharata is breathtaking - a dazzling piece of theatre" The Guardian

★★★★ "An hour of magic realism… it has a gentle power that lingers” The Times

★★★★ "Luminous and potent" The Independent

★★★★ "Delivered with remarkable grace and deceptive lightness of touch" Financial Times

★★★★ "Combines the immediacy of story-telling with the purity of Greek tragedy" Sunday Express

★★★★ "Cool perfectionism" Arts Desk "Something profound is felt on the pulse here... Peter Brook achieves rare magic, and with the slenderest art" The Telegraph

"A production of stunning beauty" Le Figaro on Battlefield

“If we go on asking basic questions about what theatre is for, we have Peter Brook to thank for it.” Michael Billington in The Guardian, 2015

Direction Peter Brook and 
Marie-Hélène Estienne 
Music Toshi Tsuchitori 
Light Philippe Vialatte
Costume Oria Puppo

Carole Karemera,
Jared McNeill,
Ery Nzaramba,
Sean O’Callaghan,
Toshi Tsuchitori