Faber Members Spotlight events are free to attend. Tickets are limited to two per Faber Member.
We are delighted to invite Faber Members to hear David Lan in conversation, as he recollects eighteen years running the Young Vic, working with directors such as Peter Brook, Ivo Van Hove, Katie Mitchell and Stephen Daldry, his youth in South Africa, early days at the Royal Court and much more. The evening will open and conclude with drinks, and David will be signing copies of his evocative, fast-paced memoir As if by Chance.
David Lan was born in Cape Town. He has lived in London since 1972. His plays have been produced by the National Theatre, the Royal Court, the RSC and the Almeida. He has published an ethnography Guns and Rain: Guerrillas and Spirit Mediums in Zimbabwe. He was writer in residence at the Royal Court 1995 to 1997 and artistic director of the Young Vic 2000 to 2018. In 2018 he received the Laurence Olivier Special Award, the Critics’ Circle Special Award and the RAI ‘Anthropology in the World’ award. He is Theatre Associate at BAM in New York.
‘David is the heart and soul of theatre – encouraging, democratic, fantastically open-minded and multicultural. As if by Chance takes us with him on an extraordinary journey.’ Jude Law
‘This book is as David Lan is himself: sincere, passionate, vulnerable, open, serious, loving. A great read for fans of theatre and of humanity.’ Ivo van Hove
‘He is the Chagall of theatre, hurtling over his colourful life and the world, his shirt flying, dreaming on behalf of humanity, effortlessly offering courage and guidance to any young producer to go with the unknowable. It’s a remarkable achievement.’ Fiona Shaw
‘David Lan’s book is exceptional. It is rich, warm and sparkling. It is as though we are sitting together and sharing with him the experiences that led him from such a powerful childhood to be a writer and then to take the helm of the Young Vic. True to his roots, he is open to all the artists, all the countries, all the adventures that cross his life.’ Peter Brook