“No society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means.” Aneurin Bevan.
The Greatest Wealth, curated by Lolita Chakrabarti and directed by Adrian Lester, will celebrate 70 years of the National Health Service this summer. Eight specially-commissioned monologues by Moira Buffini, Lolita Chakrabarti, Seiriol Davies, Matilda Ibini, Courttia Newland, Meera Syal, Jack Thorne and Paul Unwin will be written and performed in response to each decade since Aneurin Bevan launched the NHS at Park Hospital, Manchester on 5th July 1948.
This Old Vic commissioned set of world premiere monologues will salute and discuss the past, present and future of our NHS, an extraordinary institution that supports every single one of us. An absolute jewel in our crown.
The Greatest Wealth is part of our Bicentennial One Voice season, celebrating other important anniversaries in The Old Vic’s 200th year. This began with One Hand Tied Behind Us, curated by Maxine Peake to mark 100 years since The Representation of the People Act 1918 gave the first women in Britain the right to vote. Later this year, there will be one final special anniversary performance to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. Dates, writers and casting to be announced.
In celebration of 70 years of the NHS The Old Vic is offering 70 tickets per performance priced at £5 for NHS workers to The Greatest Wealth (£10 for the Friday double bill). The performances will be live sign language interpreted in British Sign Language (BSL). Casting to be announced.
THE GREATEST WEALTH
ONE VOICE: Monologues funded by the TS Eliot Estate
Part 1: Monday 25 June, 8.30pm £10 – £15
Part 2: Tuesday 26 June, 8.30pm £10 – £15
Parts 1 and 2: Friday 29 June, 8pm £20 – £30
The Old Vic, The Cut, London SE1 8NB