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We're celebrating 25 years of Taking Part with a joyous season of work created with our local communities. Find out more.

A group of 5 men lay on sand in various states on undress. One has his eyes open whilst the others have theirs closed.

The Inheritance

by Matthew Lopez
inspired by the novel Howards End by E. M. Forster
Direction Stephen Daldry

The Inheritance is a two-part play.

Monday - Saturday: 7.15pm

Wednesday & Saturday Matinees: 1:15pm

You can book to see Parts One and Two separately on weekday evenings or see both parts in one day on Wednesdays or Saturdays.

Running times

Part 1: 3 hours 15 mins (with 2, 10 min intervals)

Part 2: 3 hours 20 mins (with 1, 10 min interval and a 5 min 'pause')

£38, £29, £20, £10

Previews: (2 - 27 Mar) - £10, £20, £25

There will be a number of opportunities to see both parts on a single day. Ms Redgrave appears only in Part Two. The Inheritance is a two-part play and is intended to be seen sequentially. However, each part constitutes a complete theater-going experience on its own.

Main House

The Inheritance has now ended its run at the Young Vic but you can book for the West-End transfer.

★★★★★ 'Witty, outrageous and deeply moving' The Evening Standard 


★★★★★ 'Perhaps the most important American play of the century so far' The Telegraph

★★★★ 'Stephen Daldry’s crystalline production, pierces your emotional defences' The Guardian

★★★★ 'Extraordinarily accomplished acting' The Independent

★★★★ 'An epic work. Stephen Daldry directs superbly. I fell for it.' The Times

A generation after the height of the AIDS crisis, what is it like to be a young gay man in New York? How many words are there now for the different kinds of pain, the different kinds of love?

Stephen Daldry directs this hilarious and profound heart-breaker – a major world premiere in two parts by New York playwright Matthew Lopez.

★★★★ 'Transcendent' Time Out

★★★★ 'What a class act.  Phenomenally good acting.' The Daily Mail

★★★★ 'Terrifically satisfying' WhatsOnStage

★★★★ 'Exquisitely pitched. An incredible feat.' The Stage

★★★★★ 'Vast in its emotional scope. It covers the whole gamut of gay men’s lives' Gay Times

★★★★★ 'Stephen Daldry's masterly production in Bob Crowley's beautiful design is stunningly moving' London Theatre


Cast and Creatives

Direction Stephen Daldry | Design Bob Crowley | Light Jon Clark | Sound Paul Arditti & Chris Reid | Music Paul Englishby | UK Casting Julia Horan CDG | US Casting Jordan Thaler CSA & Heidi Griffiths CSA | Associate Director Justin Martin | Dramaturg Elizabeth Williamson | Dialect William Conacher | Fights Terry King | Jerwood Assistant Director Sadie Spencer

With Hugo Bolton, Robert Boulter, Andrew Burnap, Hubert Burton, John Benjamin Hickey, Paul Hilton, Samuel H. Levine Syrus Lowe Michael Marcus Vanessa Redgrave Kyle Soller, Luke Thallon and Michael Walters

Matthew Lopez discusses The Inheritance in our latest podcast

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Direction Stephen Daldry

Design Bob Crowley

Light Jon Clark

Sound Paul Arditti & Chris Reid

Music Paul Englishby

UK Casting Julia Horan CDG

US Casting Jordan Thaler CSA & Heidi Griffiths CSA

Associate Director Justin Martin

Dramaturg Elizabeth Williamson

Dialect William Conacher

Fights Terry King

Jerwood Assistant Director Sadie Spencer

With Hugo Bolton, Robert Boulter, Andrew Burnap, Hubert Burton, John Benjamin Hickey, Paul Hilton, Samuel H. Levine Syrus Lowe Michael Marcus Vanessa Redgrave Kyle Soller, Luke Thallon and Michael Walters

Read the cast biogs here

"There is no such thing as too much representation". Read the interview with Matthew Lopez and the cast of The Inheritance in the May issue of Gay Times.

Matthew LopezJohn Benjamin Hickey and Andrew Burnap chatted to Attitude magazine about writing, rehearsals and the legacy of the AIDS crisis.

Playwright Matthew Lopez spoke to the Sunday Times about how Howards End inspired him to write The Inheritance. Read it here.

Have a first look at The Inheritance Part 2 via The Guardian here.

Production photos for The Inheritance Part 1 are here! Check them out on What's On Stage.

Actor Andrew Burnap spoke to the New York Times about leaving the US for the first time for The Inheritance. Read it here.

In March 2018, the Young Vic will present the premiere of The Inheritance, a two-part play that takes a panoramic view of gay life in New York today. Read more on The New York Times

The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez and directed by Stephen Daldry is part of the Young Vic's 2017/18. Read more on What's On Stage

Matthew Lopez’s new play The Inheritance, directed by Stephen Daldry, is on at the Young Vic from March 2 to May 5. Read more on The Stage

The Inheritance, a play by Matthew Lopez, looks at the legacy of gay men in modern day New York in the wake of the Aids epidemic. Read more about the Young Vic's 2017/18 season on The Evening Standard

Captioned performances 
Part 1, 23 Apr, 7.15pm | Part 2, 24 Apr, 7.15pm

Audio described performances
Part 1, 30 Apr, 7.15pm | Part 2, 1 May, 7.15pm

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