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Cush Jumbo to play Hamlet as part of Young Vic’s new season

Cush Jumbo at The Stage Awards. Photo: Alex Brenner
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Cush Jumbo is to make her Young Vic debut as Hamlet in a new production directed by Greg Hersov.

Jumbo currently stars in legal drama The Good Fight and her theatre credits include Rosalind in As You Like It, for which she won the Ian Charleson Award, and Mark Antony in an all-female cast of Julius Caesar at the Donmar Warehouse.

Announced as part of the Young Vic’s 2020 season, Hamlet will run from July 6 to August 20.

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Other highlights in the programme include Ruth Negga also making her Young Vic debut in Marina Carr’s Portia Coughlan.

Negga has also previously played Hamlet in a production at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, and received an Oscar nomination for her role in the 2016 film Loving.

Portia Coughlan, which is directed by Caroline Byrne, runs from September 16 to October 31, with press night on September 22.

Nora: A Doll’s House, which is a reworking of Ibsen’s play by Stef Smith, will also run in the main house in a co-production with Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre. It is directed by Elizabeth Freestone.

Other main house productions include the world premiere of Orfeus: A House Music Opera, which is created by and stars Nmon Ford and directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, and performance and live cinema piece The Second Woman, which is a co-production with Lift.

Taking Part, the theatre’s participation programme, has also announced a new season of work made for and with the local community including 8196 Humans, which is a play made with London’s travelling community, and Twenty Twenty, a year-long heritage project.

The Young Vic has also announced it is to introduce a new strand of music and club nights in the Maria Studio.

Artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah said: “It is with much joy that I introduce a programme for 2020 which includes on our main stage two exciting Young Vic debuts from world-class talents – the magnificent Cush Jumbo playing Hamlet, and the incredible Academy Award-nominee, Ruth Negga, in Marina Carr’s hauntingly brilliant Portia Coughlan.”

He added: “My hope is that these plays and these players will do more than just entertain us, they will reflect and refract the times we are living in.”

Season at a glance:

Nora: A Doll’s House by Stef Smith

Directed by Elizabeth Freestone
February 6 to March 23, with press night on February 11
Main House

Orfeus: A House Music Opera by Nmon Ford

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright
April 14 to May 30, with press night on April 21
Main House

The Second Woman by Nat Randall and Anna Breckon

June 2020
Main House

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Directed by Greg Hersov
July 6 to August 20
Main House

Portia Coughlan by By Marina Carr

Directed by Caroline Byrne
September 16 to October 31, with press night September 22
Main House

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