The Young Vic will host the UK premiere of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Fun Home, by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, from 18 June to 1 September 2018 (press night is 27 June).
Fun Home, based on Alison Bechdel’s celebrated 2006 graphic novel, made its debut at The Public Theater, New York in October 2013, followed by a Broadway run that won five Tony Awards, and a successful US national tour.
Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely complicated family – her mother, brothers and volatile, brilliant, enigmatic father – that connect with her in surprising new ways.
Leading New York theatre director Sam Gold directs with a UK cast.
Artistic director David Lan: “It was always obvious that the Young Vic is the natural London home for the phenomenon that is Fun Home. We’re delighted to welcome Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron’s ground-breaking and immensely enjoyable musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel about growing up gay in a close complicated family.”
Sam Gold makes his directorial debut at the Young Vic, bringing Fun Home to the UK. He directed Fun Home in 2015 (Public Theater) winning a Tony for Best Direction of a Musical. Other Broadway credits include A Doll’s House, Part 2; The Glass Menagerie; The Real Thing; The Realistic Joneses; Picnic; and Seminar.
Lisa Kron wrote the book and lyrics for Fun Home. Her other plays include In The Wake, Well, 2.5 Minute Ride. As an actor she received a Tony nomination for her performance in Well and a Lortel Award for her turn as Mrs. Mi-Tzu and Mrs. Yang in the Foundry’s acclaimed production of Good Person of Szechuan.
Jeanine Tesori was awarded a Tony Award for Best Original Score for Fun Home. For Broadway her credits include: Violet; Caroline, or Change; Shrek the Musical; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Twelfth Night; John Guare’s A Free Man of Color; and Mother Courage.
Public booking for the 2017/2018 season opens on Friday 21 July at 10am.
Readers may also be interested in:
Fun Home – Circle in the Square Theatre, New York – Review.