Matthew Warchus’s new season at London’s The Old Vic, announced today, sees the premiere of Lucy Prebble’s A Very Expensive Poison and The Crown’s royal couple, Claire Foy and Matt Smith, reunited in Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs.
Other highlights include A Christmas Carol, returning for the third year due to popular demand; Alan Cumming and Daniel Radcliffe in a double bill of Samuel Beckett ’s Endgame and Rough for Theatre II; plus a musical adaptation of the hit 1983 film, Local Hero with music and lyrics by Mark Knopfler.
Artistic Director, Matthew Warchus, said: “One of the things I love about theatre is its almost complete disinterest in trivialities.
“It feeds off – and feeds back – life’s most titanic ideas and emotions. Our next batch of shows at The Old Vic is no exception.
“It delivers five powerful stories in five contrasting genres; a world premiere play, a very topical duologue, a festive celebration, a 20th century classic and a brand new musical.
“First up is the extraordinary quest for an elusive truth in Lucy Prebble’s dark fantasia, A Very Expensive Poison, exploring the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko in 2006.
“After that, and hot on the heels of the Extinction Rebellion consciousness-raising demonstrations, there’s an extremely limited run of Duncan Macmillan’s dazzlingly vibrant and profound two – hander, Lungs, which sees a conflicted couple wrestle with huge contemporary dilemmas surrounding the responsibility of bringing new life into an increasingly precarious world.
“Then there’s the race against time to save the soul of greedy misanthrope Ebenezer Scrooge in Jack Thorne’s emotional sucker-punch adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
“In January we’ll plunge into the absurdist verbal sparring which comprises Samuel Beckett’s phenomenal play Endgame, playing for the first time in a double bill with his Rough for Theatre II, where human co-dependency, bathos and malevolence is laid bare in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
“And, finally, a poignant (and comic) battle to save the environment in the new Scottish musical, Local Hero.
“These shows continue our social mission to present productions which entwine empathy, politics and entertainment for as wide an audience as possible”.
A Very Expensive Poison runs from August 19-October 5
Lungs – Dates to be announced
A Christmas Carol from November 23 – January 18, 2020
Endgame/Rough For Theatre II from January 27 – March 28
Local Hero from June 18 – August 22.
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