July 15, 2015
Bertie Carvel is to star in The Hairy Ape at the Old Vic theatre
Bertie Carvel is to star in Richard Jones’ new production of The Hairy Ape at the Old Vic. Carvel, currently playing opposite Ben Whishaw in The Almeida’s production of Bakkhai, is best known for creating the role of Mrs Trunchbull in Matilda The Musical (RSC, West End, Broadway) for which he won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical, a Drama Desk Award, a Theatre World Award and was nominated for a Tony Award.
The Hairy Ape is a classic expressionist masterpiece by Nobel prize-winner Eugene O’Neill, it tells the story of a labourer (Carvel) who revels in his status as the strongest stoker on a transatlantic ocean liner. But when he is called a ‘filthy beast’ by the over-bred daughter of a steel merchant, he experiences an awakening which takes him on a journey through the wealthy neighbourhoods and disenfranchised underbelly of New York. Searching for a way to belong he is forced to confront primal questions about his true place in the world.
The Hairy Ape forms part of Matthew Warchus’ first season as Artistic Director at the Old Vic theatre and plays a strictly limited run from 17 October 2015 until 21 November 2015.
March 20, 2015
Full casting for The Old Vic’s sparkling new production of High Society has been announced.
The Old Vic’s fabulous new production of High Society has announced full casting. Casting includes the previously announced Kate Fleetwood, Barbara Flynn, Jamie Parker, Annabel Scholey and Rupert Young along with Ellie Bamber, Richard Grieve, Christopher Ravenscroft and Jeff Rawle. The Old Vic’s new production of Cole Porter’s classic feel good musical, High Society is directed by Maria Friedman, with Joe Stilgoe and the High Society Band. High Society is based on The Philadelphia Story and the 1956 film musical starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra.
High Society is the final production in the round at the Old Vic and plays a strictly limited run from 30 April to 22 August 2015.
February 27, 2015
Kevin Spacey is to be honoured with a special award at the 2015 Oliviers.
Kevin Spacey, outgoing Artistic Director of The Old Vic is to be honoured with a special award for his extraordinary contribution to The Old Vic and to British theatre” at the 2015 Oliviers.
Caro Newling, President of the Society of London Theatre, said: “The Society of London Theatre is delighted to formally acknowledge Kevin Spacey’s outstanding contribution to The Old Vic. In general his advocacy of London theatre has been a constant boon, and many of us will miss him as a valued colleague”.
Over his 11 year tenure, Spacey has revived the fortunes and reputation of the Old Vic, placing it at the heart of London theatre and securing its reputation on the international stage. His commitment to Old Vic New Voices, The Old Vic’s mentoring programme for emerging talent, and The Old Vic’s education and community work, has made a significant impact on the lives of 100,000 young people and local residents in one of London’s most deprived boroughs.
Spacey joined the Old Vic in 2004 and steps down in autumn 2015, to be succeeded by Matthew Warchus. His final appearance will be in a revival of the critically acclaimed sell out role of pioneering lawyer Clarence Darrow. Spacey will be honoured with a star-studded gala with performances by Sting and Annie Lennox on 19 April which aims to raise funds for The Old Vic Endowment Fund.
The 2015 Olivier Awards will be announced at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 12 April. Shortlists are unveiled on 9 March.
February 13, 2015
Principal casting announced for the Old Vic’s production of High Society.
Kate Fleetwood, Barbara Flynn, Jamie Parker, Annabel Scholey and Rupert Young are to star in The Old Vic’s new production of Cole Porter’s classic feel good musical, High Society, directed by Maria Friedman, with Joe Stilgoe and the High Society Band.
Kate Fleetwood plays long island socialite Tracy Lord, Rupert Young plays ex-husband C.K. Dexter Haven, Jamie Parker plays tabloid reporter Mike Connor, Barbara Flynn plays Margaret Lord and Annabel Scholey plays Liz Imbrie. Further casting is to be announced.
High Society is based on The Philadelphia Story and the 1956 film musical starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra.
High Society runs from 30 April 2015 until 22 August 2015 at the Old Vic Theatre
October 14, 2014
Groundhog Day The Musical, based on the hit movie, to play at the Old Vic theatre.
Written by Matilda The Musical’s Tim Minchin, and directed by Matilda and Ghost director Matthew Warchus, the brand new musical will be based on the much-loved 1993 movie that starred Bill Murray.
The show’s book will be by Minchin, Warchus and the movie’s original screenwriter Danny Rubin.
Groundhog Day The Musical will form part of Matthew Warchus’ inaugural season as new Artistic Director of the Old Vic theatre.
Phil Connors is an arrogant and egotistical TV weatherman for a local station in Pittsburgh, full of disdain both for his colleagues and viewers. But the thing he hates most is the annual Groundhog Day held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania… he has already covered the event for three years running. His attempts to leave as quickly as possible are thwarted by a snowstorm, which forces him and his colleagues, Rita – the station’s new producer and Larry – the cameraman, to stay an extra night in Punxsutawney.
When he awakes the next day he starts to experience what he thinks is déjà vu, but quickly realises that he’s actually reliving the whole of the last day. Groundhog Day. When the same thing happens the next day and the next and the next he starts to realise that this may be his fate for eternity. But he also realises that his actions have no long term consequences but that knowledge, especially relating to Rita, can be a powerful and dangerous thing. Eventually Phil is given the opportunity to get the day right….
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Directed by Matthew Warchus
Book by Tim Minchin, Matthew Warchus and Danny Rubin