About the show
Juliet Stevenson stars in powerful one-person play Wings at Young Vic.
The award-winning actor Juliet Stevenson and director Natalie Abrahami reunite for the monologue Wings. They previously worked together on the hugely successful Happy Days in 2015.
Written by Arthur Kopit, Wings is a poignant look at the life for a former pilot following a severe stroke. Stevenson plays Emily, a woman who once walked on the wings of planes but is now struggling to piece together her own reality.
Lorna Brown, Kelle Bryan, David Emmings, Nicholas Gasson, Richard James-Neale, Emily Mytton, Mary Sheen and also Emily Wachter complete the cast.
Stevenson’s recent appearances on the London stage include playing Gertrude in Robert Icke’s acclaimed version of Hamlet (Almeida Theatre and West End). She also starred opposite Lia Williams in Mary Stuart. That production involved the performers flipping a coin each night to see who played which of the lead roles. It transfers to London’s Duke of York’s Theatre in January.
Abrahami’s directing credits include Queen Anne for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Penned by Helen Edmundson, the play transferred for a season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in 2017. Other work by the director includes a production of After Miss Julie at the Young Vic in 2012.
Yale Repertory Theatre gave Wings its world premiere in 1978. American playwright Kopit was inspired to write it based on his personal experience of his father’s recovery from a stroke.
The Guardian gave the Stevenson/Abrahami Happy Days four stars and described it as “a resolutely cheery, absurdly painful take on Beckett’s play.” The Telegraph also gave it four stars and labelled Stevenson’s performance “faultless”. All of Stevenson’s recent performances suggest we can expect nothing less than this from her in Wings.
Wings runs at the Young Vic from 14 September – 28 October 2017.
Map & Location
Young Vic Theatre
66 The CutBoroughSE1 8LZ