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The title 'SPRING AWAKENING' sits in a pile of golden hay. There is a faint indent in the hay suggesting it has recently been disturbed, and the title is partially obscured by the scattering of straw. Sunlight shines brightly on the way towards the top of the image, which gets much darker and more shadowy towards the bottom.

YV Unpacked: Spring Awakening

By Franz Wedekind
Adapted from the 1891 text by Caroline Byrne
Directed by Caroline Byrne

Monday, Wednesday & Saturday: 7:45pm

Wednesday & Saturday Matinees: 2:45pm

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 4pm 

Running time approx: 1hr 15mins 

All tickets for Spring Awakening are free. Pre-booking is required.

Allergy warning: Hay is used as part of the show. If you suffer from or have any concerns about allergies to hay, pollen or dust please contact the box office.

The Clare

He said roses in the flowerbeds have such meagre
blooms every summer because they are over-protected
and over pruned.

He said he was a weed.

Am I then the rose?

Moritz has been having dreams about legs in blue stockings again. Wendla wants to feel something, anything. Meanwhile, Melchior’s basically got it all figured out…

A vital, timeless tale exploring the consequences of a society which struggles to be open about sex and sexuality.

Featuring a cast including actor-musicians, Caroline Byrne’s timely adaptation is stripped bare by raw percussive energy composed by Tasha Taylor Johnson and Line Bech’s striking costume designs.

YV Unpacked is a new strand of work that is free and open to everyone, taking the highest quality art to places where theatre doesn’t normally happen. Before arriving at the Young Vic, Spring Awakening will be performed in the community, including at refugee centres, prisons, women’s refuges and homeless shelters.


United St. Saviour’s Charity

United St Saviour’s supports the people and communities of north Southwark through their grant-making programmes, helping communities tackle social need by investing in exciting projects that offer both proven and innovative ways of solving problems. They also provide exceptional housing for older people in our almshouses, creating strong and supportive communities in beautiful surroundings.

This year they have generously supporting the production of YV Unpacked Spring Awakening.

For more information, please visit

Directed by Caroline Byrne

Costume Design Line Bech

Composer & Original Songs Tasha Taylor Johnson

Dramaturg Morna Regan

Movement Direction Shenoah Allen


With Olivia Caley, Charles Furness, Archie Rush, Harold Addo, Oliver Cudbill, Ged Simmons, Barbara Marten

Please call our Welcome Team to discuss any access related questions or requirements.

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