• Stephen Adly Guirgis Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train extended due to popular demand
  • Now playing at the Young Vic until Saturday 6 April
  • Relaxed performance added on Wednesday 3 April matinee

Young Vic presents


By Stephen Adly Guirgis

Directed by Kate Hewitt

Young Vic Main House

Until 6 April 2019

Young Vic presents


By Stephen Adly Guirgis

Directed by Kate Hewitt

Young Vic Main House

Until 6 April 2019

Director: Kate Hewitt; Set Designer: Magda Willi; Costume Designer: Kinnetia Isidore

Lighting Designer: Guy Hoare; Sound Designer: Peter Rice; Movement Director: Imogen Knight

UK Casting Director: Julia Horan CDG; US Casting Director: Jim Carnahan CSA

The Young Vic today announces an extension, due to popular demand, of Stephen Adly Guirgis Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train. The critically-acclaimed production, directed by Kate Hewitt, now runs until Saturday 6 April, and will include a Relaxed Performance on Wednesday 3 April.

The cast includes Oberon K. A. Adjepong (Lucius Jenkins), Matthew Douglas (D’Amico), Ukweli Roach (Angel Cruz) and Joplin Sibtain (Valdez).

‘Blistering. A physical punch of a play.’

The Telegraph

From Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis (The Motherf*cker with the Hat), comes this critically-acclaimed dark comedy about the American justice system and the contradictory nature of faith.

Inside the lockdown wing of Rikers Island prison, a frightened young man accused of murdering a cult leader is confronted with a charismatic born-again serial killer and a sadistic guard.  Will one man’s redemption lead to another’s damnation?

‘Bitingly, blackly funny, with deathlessly sharp dialogue.’

Time Out

Stephen Adly Guirgis is a playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor. As a playwright, his other credits includeOur Lady Of 121st Street, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Little Flower of East Orange, The Motherf*cker with the Hat, and Between Riverside and Crazy, which won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His television writing credits include NYPD Blue and The Get Down.

Kate Hewitt directs. Her theatre credits for the company include as director Far Away (JMK Young Director Award, 2014) and as Associate Director, Yerma. Her other directing credits include Frost/NixonTribes (Sheffield Theatres), The Ice Road (Raucous Theatre), Kiki’s Delivery ServiceTomcat (Southwark Playhouse), Romeo & Juliet (Ambassador’s Theatre) and Portrait (Edinburgh Festival/UK tour). As Associate Director her credits include, One Love: The Bob Marley Musical (Birmingham Rep), Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (Drury Lane),Medea (Headlong Theatre Company) and Electra (Gate Theatre/Latitude Festival).

Oberon K. A. Adjepong plays Lucius Jenkins. His theatre credits include Good Grief (Vineyard Theatre), TheWinter’s Tale, Measure For Measure, PericlesTamburlaine (TFANA), Homecoming Queen (Atlantic Theatre Company – AUDELCO nomination), Uncommon Sense (Tectonic Theater Project), Party People (The Public Theater), 12 Angry Men (The Billie Holiday Theatre), Like I SayCellophane (Flea Theatre), Mother CourageThe Blacks (The Classical Theater of Harlem/Classic Stage Company), Wabenzi (New Ohio Theatre), Hamlet Project (La MaMa), Sango (NBT – AUDELCO nomination). His television credits include BlacklistThe Knick and Louie; and for film, Crazy Famous and Crown Heights.

Matthew Douglas returns to the Young Vic to play D’Amico. His previous credits for the company include King Lear. Other theatre credits include An Inspector Calls (UK tour/Playhouse Theatre), Far from the Madding Crowd (The Watermill Theatre), The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd (The New Vic), TravestiesThe Importance of Being Ernest (Birmingham Rep), Hay Fever (West Yorkshire Playhouse), She Stoops to Conquer (Birmingham Rep/Chichester Festival Theatre/UK tour), The Big House (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), Salt Meets Wound(Theatre503), Hecuba (RSC/Albery Theatre) and Othello (international tour). His television credits includeMiracle Landing on the Hudson; and for film, Papadopoulos and Sons.

Dervla Kirwan plays Mary Jane Hanrahan. Her theatre credits include King LearFrankie and JohnnyUncle Vanya (Chichester Festival Theatre), Mr Foote’s Other Leg (Hampstead Theatre, Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Weir (Donmar Warehouse and West End), Betrayal (Donmar Warehouse), Aristocrats (National Theatre) and Hush (Royal Court Theatre). Her television credits include White DragonThe SilenceMaterial GirlTrue Dare Kiss55 Degrees NorthHearts and BonesBallykissangel and Goodnight Sweetheart; and for film, TrautmannInterlude in PragueLunaEntityOndine and Dangerous Parking.

Ukweli Roach plays Angel Cruz. His theatre credits include Nightfall (Bridge Theatre), 5,6,7,8 (rough cuts) (Royal Court Theatre), Romeo & Juliet and Helen (Globe Theatre). Television credits include HumansHard Sun, Blindspot (series 1 – 3), DickensianThe RoyalsGrantchesterSilkDriftersStarlingsMonroe and Eternal Law. Film credits include One DayStreetdance 3D and Venus And The Son. Roach is Artistic Director of dance company Birdgang, touring with the Blaze international Hiphop dance show.

Joplin Sibtain plays Valdez. His theatre credits include The Beaux’ StratagemDaraAn Oak TreeBehind The Beautiful ForeversOthelloThe Wind in the WillowsThe Absence of War (National Theatre), Godchild(Hampstead Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), King Lear (Almeida Theatre), The King and I (Curve), An Enemy of the People (Sheffield Theatres), A Street Car Named Desire (Nuffield Southampton Theatres), The Crucible (Octagon Theatre Bolton), Indian Ink (Salisbury Playhouse), The Ark an The Covenant (Battersea Arts Centre), The Fall GuyThe Moonstone (Royal Exchange Theatre), and Romeo and Juliet (RSC). His television credits include NightflyersSafeHard Sun and No Offence; and for film, Honey in the Head and Naachle London.

Oberon K.A. Adjepong is appearing with the permission of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity.

Young Vic                                                                                                                                                     Listings

66 The Cut, Waterloo, London, SE1 8LZ

Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train

Main House

Until 6 April 2019

Box Office:                          020 7922 2922

Performances:                  Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm

Matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm

Captioned:                          Thursday 14 March at 7.30pm

Audio Described:              Wednesday 20 March at 2.30pm

Relaxed Performance:   Wednesday 3 April at 2.30pm

Tickets:                                 £10, £20, £30, £40 (Concessions available)

Young Vic

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Artistic Director:              Kwame Kwei-Armah

Executive Director:          Despina Tsatsas

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