Prison drama coming to the Young Vic

  • Category: Art & Culture
  • Date: Monday, 01 January 0001

This November, visitors to London have the chance to witness a gripping prison drama at the Young Vic theatre. 

From November 7th to 30th, JMK award-winning director Alex Brown is leading a performance of The Island - a play devised by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona during the apartheid era in South Africa. 

It is inspired by true stories from the notorious Robben Island prison off the coast of Cape Town, where former South African president Nelson Mandela was held for 27 years after attempting to overthrow the government in the early 1960s. 

The main protagonists in this stage performance are two prisoners named John and Winston - one about to be released, the other serving a life sentence. To pass the time they rehearse a performance of Sophocles' Ancient Greek tragedy 'Antigone' but soon begin to realise that life is imitating art inside the prison, where tensions run high and oppression rules. 

Playgoers can catch a dramatic evening performance between Monday and Saturday at 7.45pm or enjoy a matinee showing at 2.45pm on Wednesday or Saturday for £15 in one of London's most prestigious theatres, which has been providing a platform for up-and-coming directors and performers since 1970. 

Other productions at the Young Vic this winter include exciting musical The Scottsboro Boys and an adult version of Beauty and the Beast.

For a very convenient place to stay, book a room at the Chesterfield Mayfair in Central London. Just a short walk from the Jubilee Line at Green Park, you can be outside the Young Vic at Waterloo in just 15 minutes. 

And with guests currently able to take advantage of the 'Foodie for Thought' package, you can combine great drama with great cuisine - enjoying a full English breakfast each morning and a three-course dinner in Butlers Restaurant on one evening when you book a room or suite.