The Old Vic today announces further programming, casting, and dates for the 2016-17 season, both on and off the main stage. The 50th-anniversary production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard will open on 7th March, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire. The previously announced new version of Woyzeck by Jack Thorne, starring John Boyega, in May will be followed by Girl From the North Country written and directed by Conor McPherson with the songs of Bob Dylan in July. Later in 2017 the Olivier-nominated Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax returns by popular demand. The Old Vic is also pleased to announce an exciting additional programme which includes Lates at The Old Vic, One Voice, a series of new-writing monologues, a range of family activities and performances, as well as the on-going Voices Off series of talks, discussions and debates.
Artistic Director Matthew Warchus commented: ‘For almost two hundred years people have come together at The Old Vic to watch and listen to stories. Hundreds of thousands of people had their first experience of theatre in this building. Look at this country’s leading theatre, dance and opera companies and chances are there’s a thread to be found that leads you back to The Old Vic. It has been, in many ways, the cradle of British theatre, nurturing the companies, showcasing creative vision and building the audiences that together make our performing arts some of the greatest in the world.
At The Old Vic we believe that stories are indispensable. That people of every age, from every walk of life and background, sitting together watching a story unfold has a hugely positive personal, social, political and cultural effect. I am proud to be announcing these very different shows at The Old Vic. They round out my second season in which we continue to promote this iconic building as a gateway for as wide a range of people as possible to experience the breadth of what theatre can be and do.’
During Matthew’s first year as Artistic Director, over 50,000 people saw a performance at The Old Vic for the first time, 1,044 school students saw a show for free through our School’s Club and over 15,000 tickets were sold through our PwC £10 Previews scheme, making our theatre affordable for all.
- A 50th-anniversary celebratory production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard, directed by David Leveaux and starring Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire
- John Boyega starring in a new version of Woyzeck by Jack Thorne, directed by new Baylis Director Joe Murphy
- The world premiere of Girl From the North Country with music and lyrics by Bob Dylan, written and directed by Conor McPherson
- The return of the Olivier-nominated Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, written by David Greig, music and lyrics by Charlie Fink and directed by Max Webster
- Productions will be accompanied by one-off performances of new writing monologues – One Voice. Influential contemporary writers will give their slant on the multitude of themes presented across the year
- The new programme for Families at The Old Vic includes the previously announced puppetry show Missing Light created by Mark Arends, as well as Chickenshed’s Tales from the Shed and The Children’s Bookshow with Michael Rosen
- The introduction of Lates at The OId Vic, late night performances programmed after main stage productions, including Charlie Fink and David Greig’s Cover My Tracks, a one-off performance of Mark Watson’s acclaimed I’m Not Here and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Trio live in Mark’s Bar – The continuation of Voices Off talks, conversations, debates and workshops which explore the themes raised by the productions on the main stage, beginning with the debate ‘If I Had a Voice’ chaired by Emily Maitlis
ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD
By Tom Stoppard
Directed by David Leveaux
Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire
Previews from Saturday 25 February 2017, press night Tuesday 7 March 2017
Half a century after its premiere on The Old Vic stage, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight, returns to The Old Vic in its 50th anniversary celebratory production.
Against the backdrop of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, this mind-bending situation comedy sees two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz (Daniel Radcliffe) and Guildenstern (Joshua McGuire), take centre stage. Increasingly out of their depth, the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of this iconic drama. In a literary hall of mirrors, Stoppard’s brilliantly funny, existential labyrinth sees us witness the ultimate identity crisis.
By Georg Büchner
World Premiere of a new version by Jack Thorne
Directed by Joe Murphy
Starring John Boyega
Previews from Saturday 6 May 2017, press night Wednesday 17 May 2017
The multi-award winning Jack Thorne breathes new life into Woyzeck, one of the most extraordinary plays ever written. It’s 1980s Berlin. The Cold War rages and the world sits at a crossroads between Capitalism and Communism. On the border between East and West, a young soldier and the love of his life are desperately trying to build a better future for their child. But the cost of escaping poverty is high, and its tragic consequences unfold in this searing tale of the people society leaves behind.
GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY
Written and Directed by Conor McPherson
Music and Lyrics by Bob Dylan
Previews from Wednesday 12 July 2017, press night TBC
The Old Vic is proud to present the World Premiere of Girl From the North Country, an electrifying new work from esteemed playwright Conor McPherson along with classic songs from Bob Dylan.
Duluth, Minnesota in the midst of the Great Depression. A family adrift, their future on a knife edge. Lost and lonely people drifting through the rooms of their guesthouse. But Nick Laine thinks he’s seen a way out…
Adapted by David Greig
Music and Lyrics by Charlie Fink
Directed by Max Webster
Previews from Sunday 15 October 2017, press night TBC
‘I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees!’ The irrepressible, big-hearted, moustachioed critter is back. Following rave reviews and an Olivier nomination for Best Entertainment and Family show, Dr. Seuss’sThe Lorax returns to The Old Vic stage. This dazzlingly funny, moving and inspiring show sees the go-getting Once-ler come face to face with the magical Lorax in a battle over the beloved truffula trees and the whole of Paradise Valley. Adapted for the stage by David Greig with music and lyrics by Charlie Fink, Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax is a brilliant riot of eye-
popping colour, gorgeous puppetry and infectious music to enchant adults and children alike.