Fun Home, based on Alison Bechdel’s celebrated 2006 graphic novel, made a sensational debut at The Public Theater in New York in October 2013, followed by a triumphant Broadway run that won five Tony Awards, and a successful US National tour. The show will make its UK premiere at the Young Vic in June 2018.
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. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
New York’s leading theatre director Sam Gold directs with a UK cast.
Sam Gold makes his directorial debut at the Young Vic, bringing Fun Home to the UK. He directed Fun Home in 2015 (Public Theatre) winning a Tony for Best Direction of a Musical. Other Broadway credits include A Doll’s House, Part 2 (John Golden Theatre), The Glass Menagerie (Belasco Theatre), The Real Thing (American Airlines Theatre), The Realistic Joneses (Lyceum Theatre), Picnic (American Airlines Theatre), Seminar (John Golden Theatre). Off-Broadway credits include Hamlet (Anspacher Theatre), Otello (New York Theatre Workshop), John (Signature Theatre; Obie Award, Lortel and Drama Desk Award nominations), The Flick (Barrow Street Theatre, Playwrights Horizon, National Theatre and Lortel Award nomination), The Mystery of Love and Sex (Newhouse Theatre), The Village Bike (MCC), Uncle Vanya (Soho Repertory Theatre; Drama Desk nomination), The Cradle Will Rock (Encores! Off-Centre), Kin (Playwrights Horizon), The Big Meal (Playwrights Horizons; Lortel), Look Back in Anger (Laura Pels Theatre), Circle Mirror of Transformation (Playwrights Horizon) and The Aliens (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre).
Lisa Kron wrote the book and lyrics for Fun Home which won five 2015 Tony awards including Best Book, Score and Musical, and was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her other plays include In The Wake, Well, 2.5 Minute Ride (Obie). 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. She is the recipient of Guggenheim, Sundance and MacDowell fellowships, a Doris Duke Performing Artists Award, Cal Arts/Alpert and Helen Merrill Awards, the Kleban Prize, and grants from Creative Capital and NYFA. She is a founding member of the OBIE- and Bessie-Award-winning collaborative theater company The Five Lesbian Broth-ers and serves on the boards of the MacDowell Colony and the Sundance Institute, and on the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America.
Jeanine Tesori was awarded a Tony Award for Best Original Score for Fun Home. For Broadway her credits in-clude: Violet (American Airlines Theatre); Caroline, or Change (Eugene O’Neil Theatre, National Theatre); Shrek the Musical (Broadway Theatre, US National Tour, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, UK tour); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Marquis, Shaftesbury Theatre, UK tour); Twelfth Night (LCT); John Guare’s A Free Man of Color (Vivian Beaumont Theatre) Mother Courage starring Meryl Streep (Delacorte). Opera credits include: A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck (libretto, Tony Kushner; Glimmerglass); The Lion, the Unicorn and Me (libretto, J.D. McClatchy; Washington National Opera). Her songs are featured in the Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls. She is the artistic director/co-founder of A Broader Way, an arts empowerment program for girls from underserved communities; the founding artistic director of Encores! Off-Center.
Fun Home with music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and direction by Sam Gold runs from 18 June – 1 September 2018 in the Young Vic’s Main House.