Bertie Carvel stars in O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape at Old Vic

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The Hairy Ape, Eugene O’Neill’s timeless classic of class and identity, opens at The Old Vic later this month starring Bertie Carvel.

It is the second production in Matthew Warchus’ opening season as artistic director of the theatre and will see the stage transformed back to its original proscenium arch layout.

A classic expressionist masterpiece The Hairy Ape tells the story of Yank, a labourer who revels in his status as the strongest stoker on a transatlantic ocean liner.

But when Yank is called a ‘filthy beast’ by the overbred daughter of a steel merchant, he experiences an awakening of consciousness that leads him on a journey through the wealthy neighbourhoods and disenfranchised underbelly of New York society.

Starring Olivier Award winner Bertie Carvel, Adam Burton, Buffy Davis, Callum Dixon, Steffan Rhodri, Rosie Sheehy and Nicholas Karimi.

Also joining the cast are Christopher Akrill, Charlie Cameron, Okorie Chukwu, Phil Hill, Ben Lee, Oliver Llewellyn-Jenkins, Luke Murphy and Elan James.

The Hairy Ape runs at The Old Vic from October 17-November 21.

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