Ruth Wilson to play non-stop for 24 hours

Virginia waits. The door opens. Marty enters. Virginia has some things she needs to say. But how will he respond?

Incredible news! Be ready for something fresh and new. And no, we can’t say that it has never been done before, but it is definitely something very refreshing.
Ruth Wilson will appear on the Young Vic stage to perform one scene live for a full 24 hours over and over again, starring in The Second Woman. 

Ruth Wilson as Hedda Gabler, Photo Credit: National Theatre

Ruth Wilson is best known for her roles in His Dark Materials, The Affair and Luther, the actress is a two-time Olivier award-winner, Golden Globe winner and Tony and BAFTA awards nominee. Wilson’s brilliant performances in the National Theatre’s production of Hedda Gabler and a Broadway production of Constellation brought her theatre fame and the most sought after roles.

Ruth Wilson at “The Affair” premier, Photo Credit: Getty

The Second Woman is inspired by John Cassevetes’ 1977 film Opening Night, it interrogates the nature of gender roles and the power balances. The bold co-production from the Young Vic and LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) will merge live performance with video. Over a period of 24 hours, 100 different men will appear on stage playing the same character called Marty, and Wilson will be repeating the exact same scene with new men each time!
None of the 100 different ‘Martys’ have met or rehearsed with Ruth Wilson before. Most of them are non-actors, and while the presence of each new Marty shifts the meaning of this intimate exchange, it’s the recurring, unnerving yet familiar moments that shock. 

Nat Randall and Anna Breckon’s The Second Woman
© Heidrun Lohr

‘I am absolutely thrilled, and a little scared, to be part of Nat Randall and Anna Breckon’s truly unique theatrical experience,’ Ruth Wilson says of her upcoming role. ‘I have a feeling that The Second Woman will challenge all norms of what it means to be actor and audience, to be performer and observer.’
The production will run non-stop from 4pm on Friday 19 June to 4pm on Saturday 20 June 2020. Audiences will have the opportunity to watch the entire performance (to reserve a seat for the whole 24 hours) or to show up at any point during the performance and purchase a ticket for a specific time-slot. Whether you choose to stay for 24 minutes or the full 24 hours, the precarious nature of gender and power relationships will continue to circle in your mind long after you leave your seat.


24-Hour Tickets: £45

Advanced Time Tickets: £25

On the Door Tickets: £15

The bookings open 10 March

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