The Old Vic is pleased to be presenting two world premieres, a UK premiere and the return of a much loved, joyful Christmas hit production for Part 1 of Matthew Warchus’ fourth season. Tickets
• The world premiere of hip hop musical SYLVIA from ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company.
• The UK premiere of 17c, a multi-media dance theatre production conceived and directed by
New York choreographer Annie-B Parson.
• A world premiere of Angela Carter’s novel Wise Children, adapted and directed by Emma Rice.
• Jack Thorne’s version of A Christmas Carol directed by Matthew Warchus returns with Stephen
Tompkinson announced as Ebenezer Scrooge.
• A new adaptation for the stage by Lucy Prebble of Luke Harding’s A Very Expensive Poison, world
premiere, coming soon in 2019.
From The Old Vic:
• On UK tour: ‘ART’ (produced at The Old Vic in 2016) is currently on a UK tour until June 2018.
• Kneehigh Theatre's acclaimed production of Noël Coward's Brief Encounter runs at the Empire Cinema in
London's West End in a co-production with The Old Vic, David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and Steve & Jenny
Wiener until 2 September 2018.
• Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax is currently playing at The Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis, until 10 June
2018 and then runs at The Old Globe, San Diego, from 3 July–12 August 2018.
• Girl from the North Country at the Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto, from September 2019.
Artistic Director Matthew Warchus commented:
‘The Old Vic's new identity aims to be more welcoming, more surprising, more entertaining, more daring and more accessible than ever before. Developing a new audience is one of the most important responsibilities of any theatre. It is also one of the greatest pleasures. A very encouraging product of our new approach to mixed programming (classics alongside new writing, musicals alongside dance pieces, art house work alongside populist entertainment) is that since 2015 our overall audience numbers have increased by nearly 10% and are still growing.
I'm delighted to present four invigorating upcoming productions.
In September we are proud to welcome ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company onto The Old Vic stage with their exciting new show, SYLVIA. This production stands as the highlight in a range of Old Vic projects celebrating the centenary of the first women in Britain getting the vote. The Old Vic turns 200 this year and was established by two brilliantly tenacious and visionary women - Emma Cons and Lilian Baylis - so it is particularly gratifying to be celebrating Sylvia Pankhurst’s world-changing achievements in the advancement of democracy and equality during this anniversary.
Following SYLVIA is 17c - a new dance work about Samuel Pepys from New York choreographer Annie-B Parson. Annie-B previously made a great impact in London with her infectious and dazzling choreography in the David Byrne musical Here Lies Love, and now she is bringing her own very popular company, Big Dance Theater, to London for the first time.
Then, in October, the incomparable Emma Rice will launch her new company with a rambunctious adaptation of Angela Carter's theatrical novel, Wise Children.
Kate, Annie-B and Emma, in completely different ways, have a fantastic track record of delighting audiences with high-spirited mischief and bold theatrical energy.
The festive season at The Old Vic will once again be celebrated with mince pies, satsumas, handbells, much singing, dancing, tears and laughter (not to mention copious snowfall and a turkey on a zipwire) in the return of Jack Thorne's euphoric version of A Christmas Carol. I am hugely looking forward to remounting the show and transforming the auditorium again. Of all the shows I have ever directed, I think this might well be my favourite. It is conceived to be enjoyed with or without children so don't miss out!
The Old Vic is your local theatre. Come and join in.’
ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company’s SYLVIA
Book by Kate Prince and Priya Parmar
Music by Josh Cohen & DJ Walde
Lyrics by Kate Prince, Josh Cohen & DJ Walde Director & Choreographer Kate Prince Additional Music by Kate Prince
An Old Vic, Sadler’s Wells and ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company production Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary
Previews from 3 September 2018, press night 11 September 2018
Votes for Women and a fractured family at a momentous hour in British history.
100 years after the first women in Britain were granted the vote, Kate Prince combines dance, hip hop, soul and funk to shed new light on a remarkable story at the heart of the Suffragette movement. SYLVIA is a modern musical celebrating the life of Sylvia Pankhurst, her pivotal role in the campaign for women’s rights and the price of the passion and politics that tore her family apart.
The cast includes Delroy Atkinson, Carly Bawden, Verity Blyth, John Dagleish, Jade Hackett, Todd Holdsworth, Izuka Hoyle, Beverley Knight, Genesis Lynea, Jaye Marshall, Tachia Newall, Maria Omakinwa, Karl Queensborough, Ross Sands, Witney White and Elliotte Williams-N’Dure.
Suitable for ages 10+.
The Old Vic and Dance Umbrella present 17c
Previews from 26 September, press night 27 September
Samuel Pepys wants to tell us everything. Committed to self-improvement and serial adultery, he is a man desperate to be at the cutting edge.
17c splices music, dance, video and spoken word in a reverb-soaked romp through the tell-all diaries of the famed 17th century philanderer and his tragic wife Bess.
Conceived and directed by Annie-B Parson (Here Lies Love, Lazarus), New York City based company Big Dance Theater makes its UK premiere at The Old Vic.
Suitable for ages 11+.
Big Dance Theater
Conceived and directed by Annie-B Parson Co-directed by Paul Lazar
Choreographed by Annie-B Parson and the company
The Old Vic and Wise Children present WISE CHILDREN
By Angela Carter
Adapted and directed by Emma Rice
Co-produced by the Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Oxford Playhouse and York Theatre Royal
Previews from 8 October, press night 17 October
‘Let’s have all the skeletons out of the closet, today, of all days!’ It’s 23 April, Shakespeare’s birthday.
In Brixton, Nora and Dora Chance - twin chorus girls born and bred south of the river – are celebrating their 70th birthday. Over the river in Chelsea, their father and greatest actor of his generation Melchior Hazard turns 100 on the same day. As does his twin brother Peregrine. If, in fact, he’s still alive. And if, in truth, Melchior is their real father after all...
A big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and heartbreak, Wise Children is a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope. Expect show girls and Shakespeare, sex and scandal, music, mischief and mistaken identity - and butterflies by the thousand.
Emma Rice (Romantics Anonymous, Tristan & Yseult, The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk and Brief Encounter) brings her unique, exuberantly impish vision to Angela Carter’s great last novel, Wise Children, launching her new theatre company of the same name and its London residency at The Old Vic.
Suitable for ages 14+. A CHRISTMAS CAROL
A version by Jack Thorne Directed by Matthew Warchus Starring Stephen Tompkinson
Previews from 27 November, press night 5 December
Matthew Warchus’ big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic A Christmas
Carol returns to The Old Vic, joyously adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child). We are delighted to announce that this year’s production will star Stephen Tompkinson as Ebenezer Scrooge
(‘ART’ - West End; Spamalot - West End; Brassed Off and Drop the Dead Donkey).
Filling the auditorium to the brim with mince pies, music and merriment, a unique staging immerses the audience in
this uplifting story. COMING SOON IN 2019
A VERY EXPENSIVE POISON
By Lucy Prebble
Based on the Book by Luke Harding
A modern-day assassination in the heart of London. In the strange coming together of high-stakes global politics and radioactive villainy, a man pays with his life.
At this time of unnerving global crises and rumblings of a new Cold War, A Very Expensive Poison sends us careering through the shadowy world of international espionage from the townhouses of Fitzrovia to the brothels of Soho.
With dazzling inventiveness, Lucy Prebble (The Effect, ENRON) reimagines Luke Harding’s jaw-dropping exposé of the events behind the tragic death of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko. MORE AT THE OLD VIC
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Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax is currently playing at The Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis, until 10 June 2018 and then runs at The Old Globe, San Diego, from 3 July–12 August 2018.
‘ART’ (produced at The Old Vic in 2016) is currently on a UK tour until June 2018, produced by David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers.
Kneehigh Theatre's acclaimed production of Noël Coward's Brief Encounter adapted and directed by Emma Rice, runs at the Empire Cinema in London's West End in a co-production with The Old Vic, David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and Steve & Jenny Wiener until 2 September 2018.
Following its sell-out run at The Old Vic in 2017 and West End transfer, Girl from the North Country will run at the Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto, from September 2019. BOX OFFICE INFORMATION
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