London's Young Vic theater company has announced its full 2013 season, which will include five mainstage shows, two small-scale shows and a specially-commissioned short film.
The season begins with Feast, which runs at the Main House from January 25 through February 23. Directed by Rufus Norris and written by five international playwrights, the epic production follows three sisters who travel through eighteenth century Nigeria, Brazil, Cuba the U.S. and the U.K. to reunite for an incredible feast.
A revival of Henrik Ibsen's classic play A Doll's House runs from April 2 through April 20 and stars Hattie Morahan and Dominic Rowan as Nora and Torvald Helmer, respectively, as well as Nick Fletcher, Yolanda Kettle and Steve Toussaint. Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens translates the piece, which will be directed by Carrie Cracknell.
Another Ibsen play, Public Enemy, will play May 4 through June 8. David Harrower conceives a new version of the show (the play currently runs on Broadway as An Enemy of the People), which follows a crusading doctor who discovers a harrowing secret about the water supply in a small town. Richard Jones directs.
A Season in the Congo runs from July 6 through August 10 and will be directed by BAFTA Award-winning director Joe Wright. Acclaimed film and stage actor Chiwetel Ejiofor will star in the U.K. premiere of Aime Cesaire's play, which is an epic retelling of legendary leader Patrice Lumumba's rise and fall in Congo as he is determined to free his people from Belgian rule.
American Lulu, based on Olga Neuwirth's new interpretation of Alban Berg's opera Lulu, runs from September 13 through September 24. The opera is set in the smoky jazz clubs of the Deep South and centers on a young dancer whose world is slowly torn apart by the jealous men and women in her life, all clamoring to be her lover. John Fulljames directs, with Gerry Cornelius conducting.
In the smaller-scale Maria Theatre, Above Me The Wide Blue Sky runs from March 7 through March 28. David Harradine and Sam Butler direct and design the brand new work that explores the relationship between man and nature.
My Perfect Mind will also play the Maria, running from April 3 through April 20. Written by Kathryn Hunter, Paul Hunter and Edward Petherbridge, the play is a moving and comic exploration of the resilience of the human spirit. Paul Hunter and Petherbridge will perform the piece, with Kathryn Hunter to direct.
Nora is the second Young Vic/Guardian short film commissioned especially for Arts Council England and BBC's new digital arts service. Inspired by Carrie Cracknell's production of A Doll's House, the short re-examines the themes in the proto-feminist production.