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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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Next Event: 18 Mar 2020


Events are FREE but ticketed. Tickets must be booked in advance. Max 2 Tickets per person.

Young Vic

A free programme of specialist events for theatre creators and makers.

The programme will promote the sharing of best practice models around the creation of theatre work, to help open up new pathways in the industry and to provide a toolkit for theatre makers to help them navigate their creative journeys. 

Each event in the series will be co-convened by an industry leader, with a spotlight placed on a particular topic or theme that is current and recurrent for the theatre-making community. At each event, two speakers will lead an informal, in-the-round conversation, intended to kick start sharing, questions and experiences from the group. The YV:IDemystify series started in January 2020 with Breaking Down the Doors a candid chat with Chris Sonnex & Matthew Xia. The series continue in February 2020 with Directing and Dramaturgy

Event speakers and further events in the 2020 YV:IDemystify series to be announced.

  • What's Blocking You? - Wednesday 18 March, 4pm-6pm


    In partnership with ArtsMinds

    YV:IDemystify is a series of free events for theatre makers to promote the sharing of best practice models, help open up new pathways in the industry and aid people in navigating their creative journeys.

    Among the many pressures in a creative career, it can sometimes be hard to talk about the difficulties theatre-makers encounter on their paths. Moments where, for whatever reason, work just didn’t quite work the way it was hoped it would. Where pitfalls of comparison, rejection, rumination, or other internal obstacles had to be navigated. This event aims to create a safe environment in which to talk about the bumps in the road and to think through strategies of overcoming them, and re-orienting the thinking about them. To unpack the resilience and survival skills that will help creative practitioners.

  • Festivals as a Pathway for Creating New Work - Thursday 4 June 2020, 4-6pm


    In partnership with LIFT 

    This event looks at making work for theatre festivals, and addresses how creators of work respond to festival contexts, how shows are proposed and developed within these, how originators of work interact with the curated nature of festivals, and how they may subsequently take their work further.

  • Emerged, Mid-Career, And Then What? Routes for Theatre Makers - Friday 3 July 2020


    In partnership with Stage Directors UK

    This event is aimed at mid-career director-theatremakers who have had their first couple of shows (self-)produced and wish to progress to the next stage in their career. Whereas an earlier generation of theatre practitioners may have relied on an infrastructure of associate and artistic directorships as next steps in their pathway in the industry, such opportunities and positions are increasingly hard to find. Where can mid-career makers, too experienced for emerging talent schemes but not yet on the next tier, turn to? What examples of innovative pathways may offer inspiration to those feeling they’re stuck in the middle?