Portia Coughlan at the Young Vic

Marina Carr's challenging work is brought to the stage with Loving's Ruth Negga portraying the title character. Peter Gray reports.

-London's Best Events-
What: new theatre
When: 16 Sept until 31 Oct 2020
Where: The Young Vic

This new production at the Young Vic sees Academy Award Nominee Ruth Negga take the lead in Marina Carr’s moving yet disturbing story of Portia Coughlan.

Negga, who won her Oscar nomination for her role as Mildred in the motion picture Loving, is no stranger to the UK stage having started in Phèdre at the National, Playboy of the Western World at the Old Vic Theatre, and Hamlet (as Hamlet) at the Gate Theatre in Dublin.

For her latest role, Negga will explore the world of the Irish playwright Carr, the author of such acclaimed works as By The Bog Of Cats, The Mai and On Raferty’s Hill.

Portia Coughlan tells the story of 30 year old Portia, who finds that she is unable to untether herself from the death of her twin brother, 16 years past. The story examines one momentous day in the characters life, as she struggles to find the will to go on with her life.

The Young Vic website describes the play as a  “profound and disturbing story about love and kinship, examining how the history of the family is the history of a nation”.

The play is just one of several exciting forthcoming productions at the Old Vic. Alongside Negga’s turn as Portia Coughlan, Cush Jumbo will star in an exciting new interpretation of Hamlet.

The Young Vic also recently announced that Nmon Ford would bring his new opera to the venue. Orfeus: A House Music Opera will receive its world premiere at the theatre in March 2020. Stef Smith’s reworking of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House will also open at the theatre.

Portia Coughlan marks another exciting milestone in the tenure of current Young Vic Artistic Director Kwame Kwei Armah.  Armah was made Artistic Director of the company in 2018 following a similar role at the Baltimore Center in the United States. The actor, playwright, director and broadcaster brings a wealth of experience to the role having written, directed and starred in a host of critically acclaimed theatre productions in the last ten years.  

Portia Coughlan will run at the Young Vic from the 16th of September until the 31st of October 2020.

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-London's Best Events-
What: new theatre
When: 16 Sept until 31 Oct 2020
Where: The Young Vic
Website: Portia Coughlan