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Brendan Cowell stares down the lens of the camera with a beautiful pink and purple star field superimposed over a full length shot of him
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Life of Galileo

By Bertolt Brecht
Translation by John Willett
Direction Joe Wright

Monday - Saturday: 7.30pm (except 29 May) 

Wednesday & Saturday matinees: 2.30pm 

£10, £20, £29, £38

Previews: (6 - 15 May) £10, £20

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BAFTA Award-winning film director Joe Wright (Atonement, Anna Karenina) returns to the Young Vic after his celebrated production of A Season in the Congo, with Brendan Cowell in the title role following his acclaimed performance in Yerma. Galileo makes an explosive discovery about the universe with his new invention – the telescope. Brecht’s masterpiece about science, power and belief is a play for our times. The production will be performed in-the-round on a stunning set designed by Lizzie Clachan (Yerma, A Season in the Congo) and with projections by 59 Productions (Feast, War Horse).

Cast and Creatives

Direction Joe Wright |  Design Lizzie Clachan | Video 59 Productions | Light Jon Clark | Sound Tom Gibbons | Puppet Direction Sarah Wright | Dramaturg Sarah Tipple

With Ayesha Antoine, Jason Barnett, Brendan Cowell, Billy Howle, Paul Hunter, Joshua James, Bettrys Jones, Alex Murdoch, Brian Pettifer, Anjana Vasan, Sarah Wright

Direction Joe Wright  

Design Lizzie Clachan  

Video 59 Productions   

Light Jon Clark 

Sound Tom Gibbons 

Puppet Direction Sarah Wright 

Dramaturg Sarah Tipple

With

Ayesha Antoine, Jason Barnett, Brendan Cowell, Billy Howle, Paul Hunter, Joshua James, Bettrys Jones, Alex Murdoch, Brian Pettifer, Anjana Vasan, Sarah Wright

Director Joe Wright returns to London theatre with Life of Galileo. Read about our 2017 season on The Guardian Brendan Cowell takes the title role in a production of Bertolt Brecht’s Life of Galileo. Read The Evening Standard's round up of the Young vic's 2017 season. BAFTA-winning director Joe Wright returns to the Young Vic with Life of Galileo. Read more about our 2017 season on What's On Stage.  The Young Vic's new season includes Brecht’s Life of Galileo. Read more on The Stage

Theatre.London has seven reasons to be excited about the 2017 Young Vic season and Life of Galileo is one of them! Brendan Cowell plays the genius astronomer in Brecht’s greatest play Life Of Galileo. Read more on Official Theatre London

Audio described performance 7 June, 2.30pm

Captioned performance 20 June, 7.30pm

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