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Jane Horrocks to sing new wave anthems as part of Young Vic’s 2016 season

Jane Horrocks will star in If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me at the Young Vic in 2016. Photo: Jay Brooks
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Jane Horrocks will sing a number of new wave hits in a new production at the Young Vic next year.

The show – titled If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me – is one of four announced as part of the theatre’s 2015 season, including a revival of Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange and the stage premiere of Charlene James’ Cuttin’ It – which will soon be broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me will be directed and choreographed by Aletta Collins, designed by Bunny Christie and Young Vic’s main house. It will run from March 10 to April 16 next year, with a press night on March 16.

Artistic director David Lan said: “In 2016 we take some of our theatre journeys further down the road and we head off in a number of new directions.”

He continued: “The great Jane Horrocks is one of our closest friends and colleagues. In If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me Jane and Aletta Collins create a new kind of show. Part dance piece, part gig – a live band, brilliant dancers and Jane’s unique take on many of your favourite new wave anthems. We’re thrilled to have Jane back following our hit Annie Get Your Gun and to welcome Aletta for the first time.”

Matthew Xia, associate director at Manchester’s Royal Exchange, will direct the new staging of Blue/Orange, which is designed by Jeremy Herbert.

The play – which runs in the main house from May 12 to June 18 with a press night on May 19 – will feature lighting by Adam Silverman, sound by Carolyn Downing and movement by Joseph Alford.

Cuttin’ It, which won James the Alfred Fagon award in 2014, will be directed by the theatre’s Genesis Fellow Gbolahan Obisesan. It runs in the theatre’s Maria space from May 20 to June 11, with a press night on May 27.

The play, a co-production with the Royal Court in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Sheffield Theatre and the Yard Theatre, will feature design by Joanna Scotcher.

Later in the season, Simon Stone will direct his new adaptation of Yerma by Federico Garcia Lorca, which will run from July 29 to September 10 with a press night on August 4.

The four productions join the line-up of previously announced shows in the 2016 season including Peter Brook’s Battlefield and the return of Mike Bartlett’s Bull.

Further casting for the four shows is yet to be announced.

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