The Observer

Belgian theatre director Ivo van Hove, 64, has been the artistic director of Toneelgroep Amsterdam, now Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, since 2001. His productions have included the Tony and Olivier-winning A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic, Lazarus at King’s Cross theatre and Hedda Gabler at the National. Van Hove’s adaptation of Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life, starring James Norton and Omari Douglas, is at the Harold Pinter theatre from 25 March to 18 June and the Savoy theatre from 4 July to 5 August. James Norton interview, magazine, p10 Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart Shuggie Bain was the story of a boy who lives with his alcoholic mother in 1980s Glasgow. In Young Mungo we meet a different boy, in 1993. There are two stories: one of Mungo being accompanied by two men to a loch in the Highlands to make him more “manly”, and the other a love story between Protestant Mungo and Catholic James. It’s a page turner: heartbreaking and poetic, perfectly balancing cruelty and beauty.