THE COLLABORATION

YOUNG VIC | 28 FEBRUARY – 2 APRIL 2022

PAINTERS ARE LIKE BOXERS, BOTH SMEAR THEIR BLOOD ON THE CANVAS.
 

 

New York, 1984. Fifty-six-year-old Andy Warhol’s star is falling. Jean-Michel Basquiat is the new wonder-kid taking the art world by storm. When Basquiat agrees to collaborate with Warhol on a new exhibition, it soon becomes the talk of the city.

 

As everyone awaits the ‘greatest exhibition in the history of modern art’, the two artists embark on a shared journey, both artistic and deeply personal, that re-draws both their worlds.

 

Paul Bettany (The Avengers, Wandavision) is the iconic Warhol and Jeremy Pope (Hollywood, Choir Boy, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations) plays the magnetic Basquiat in the world premiere of Anthony McCarten’s thrilling new drama, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah.

 
 

★★ ‘An exercise in giving the audience what they want… Fantastically enjoyable’ 

The Independent

 

★★ ‘A perfect pairing of pop art legend and street art sensation’ 

Daily Mail

 

★★★★ ‘A brush with greatness… Pope is captivating’ 
Observer

 

‘Bettany is a marvel in his first stage role in several decades’ 
New York Times

 

Writer Anthony McCarten

Director Kwame Kwei-Armah

Designer Anna Fleischle

Lighting Designer Mark Henderson

Sound Designer Emma Laxton

Video Designer Duncan McLean

Composer Ayanna Witter-Johnson

Casting Director Isabella Odoffin CDG

DJ/VJ Xan