Young Vic announce full cast for The Collaboration starring Paul Bettany


The Young Vic have today announced the complete cast and creative team for The Collaboration, the world premiere of Anthony McCarten’s thrilling new drama, directed by Young Vic Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah.

As already announced, multi award-winning actor Paul Bettany (The Avengers, WandaVision, A Very British Scandal) is the iconic Warhol alongside two-time Tony Award nominee Jeremy Pope (Hollywood, Choir Boy, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations) as the magnetic Basquiat, with the complete cast also including Sofia Barclay and Alec Newman.

The Collaboration is Written by Anthony McCarten, and Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, with Set and Costume Design by Anna Fleischle, Lighting Design by Mark Henderson, Sound Design by Emma Laxton, Casting by Isabella Odoffin CDG, Projection Design by Duncan McLean, Composition by Ayanna Witter-Johnson, DJ/VJ by Xana and Assistant Direction and Production Dramaturgy by Olivia Nwabali.

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.


Full details:

The Collaboration

By Anthony McCarten

Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah

From 16 February to 2 April 2022

Main House


Socially Distanced Perfs: 8 March 7.30pm, 9 March 2.30pm & 7.30pm, 10 March 7.30pm, 18 March 7.30pm

Relaxed Perf: 8 March, 7.30pm

Captioned Perf: 10 March, 7.30pm

Audio Described Perf: 18 March, 7.30pm

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