FEATURED: Old Vic Announces New Season

Old Vic Announces New Season

  The Old Vic have announced their latest season, now on priority sale to members.

  The season will open with the world premiere of Lucy Prebble’s ‘A Very Expensive Poison’, a reimagining of a book by Luke Harding about the assassination of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.

‘A shocking assassination in the heart of London. In a bizarre mix of high-stakes global politics and radioactive villainy, a man pays with his life.

At this time of global crisis and a looming new cold war, this jaw-dropping exposé of the events behind the notorious death of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, sends us careering through the shadowy world of international espionage from Moscow to Mayfair’.

  Directed by John Crowley, the production will feature set and costume by Tom Scutt, sound by Paul Arditti and light by Mimi Jordan Sherin.

  ‘A Very Expensive Poison’ will run at the Old Vic from 19th August.


A Very Expensive Poison


  Claire Foy and Matt Smith make their Old Vic debuts in Duncan Macmillan’s hilarious emotional rollercoaster ‘Lungs’, as a couple wrestle with our planet’s biggest dilemmas.

“I could fly to New York and back every day for seven years and still not leave a carbon footprint as big as if I have a child. Ten thousand tonnes of CO2. That’s the weight of the Eiffel Tower. I’d be giving birth to the Eiffel Tower”.

‘The ice caps are melting, there’s overpopulation, political unrest; everything’s going to hell in a handcart – why on earth would someone bring a baby into this world?’

  Matthew Warchus directs.

  ‘Lungs’ is coming soon to the Old Vic.




  Jack Thorne’s version of Charles Dickens‘ immortal classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ returns to the Old Vic by popular demand.

  Paterson Joseph will star as Scrooge, following in the footsteps of Rhys Ifans and Stephen Tompkinson, both of whom have played the role in the Old Vic production in 2017 and 2018. Joseph is best known for his roles in ‘King Lear’ and ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ for the RSC, and for television appearances in ‘Casualty’, ‘Peep Show’, ‘Green Wing’, ‘Survivors’, ‘Boy Meets Girl’, ‘Law & Order: UK’ and ‘Timeless’.

  Directed by Matthew Warchus, the production features set and costume by Rob Howell, composition and arrangements by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker, casting by Jessica Ronane CDG and movement by Lizzi Gee.

  This ‘magical’ (Time Out) production fills the auditorium to the brim with mince pies, music and merriment, as a unique staging immerses the audience in this uplifting story.

  ‘A Christmas Carol’ will run at the Old Vic from 23rd November.


A Christmas Carol


  Richard Jones directs Samuel Beckett’s macabre comedy ‘Endgame’, in which hope and cruelty are the last things to die.

“Go and get two bicycle-wheels”.

“There are no more bicycle-wheels”.

“What have you done with your bicycle?”

“I never had a bicycle”.

‘Nothing stirs outside. In a bare room, Hamm, an old, blind tyrant, is locked in a stalemate with his servant Clov. Interrupted only by the nostalgic musings of Hamm’s ancient, dustbin-dwelling parents, this bleakly funny double act cling stubbornly to their routine of casual savagery and mutual dependence’.

  Alan Cumming and Daniel Radcliffe star.

  The play will be presented in a double bill with Beckett’s rarely seen short play ‘Rough for Theatre II’, performed by members of the company.

  ‘Endgame’ will run at the Old Vic from 27th January 2020.




  Hit comedy film ‘Local Hero’ takes to the stage in John Crowley’s musical adaptation by Bill Forsyth and David Greig, with music and songs by the legendary Mark Knopfler.

“Knox Oil will consider any price”.

“I tell you what, Mister Mac, how about this: a dollar for every grain of sand in my hand?”

‘Ambitious Texan oil executive Mac MacIntyre arrives in Scotland on a mission to buy a small seaside village and replace it with a refinery. It’s the deal of a lifetime, but Mac soon finds that putting a price on this beautiful spot is more complicated than he bargained for. Before the locals get rich, they must decide what their home is worth’.

  The production is presented by special arrangement with Neal Street Productions and Patrick Daly.

  ‘Local Hero’ will run at the Old Vic from 18th June 2020.


Local Hero



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