Eureka Day, Old Vic

Eureka Day Tickets

The Old Vic, London
Booking to 31 October 2022
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‘The perfect play for our age of disagreement.’ New York Times

Academy, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets, The Sessions, Mad About You) stars in the UK premiere of Eureka Day.

In Jonathan Spector’s timely and hysterical comedy, polite debate descends into ideological warfare, as a democratic utopia tears itself apart. Katy Rudd (Camp Siegfried, The Ocean at the End of the Lane) directs.

Eureka Day is booking from 6 September 2022 until 31 October 2022 at The Old Vic Theatre, London.

What is Eureka Day about?

Every child is welcomed at the progressive Eureka Day school in Berkeley, California – it’s a point of pride for the parents on the Executive Committee.

But when a public health scare erupts, it turns out tolerance and togetherness are no match for mumps…

In the chaos of London; four strangers meet, fall in love and fall apart.

Who is in the cast of Eureka Day?

Starring Academy, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets), Kirsten Foster (Life of Pi), Mark McKinney (Superstore), Ben Schnetzer (Pride) and Susan Kelechi Watson (This Is Us).

The cast also includesRachel Handshaw as Winter and Alex Cartuson, Shin-Fei Chen, John Vernon and Pippa Winslow.

Creative team

Eureka Day is written by Jonathan Spector with direction by Katy Rudd. Other creatives include Set and Costume by Rob Howell, Lighting by Jon Clark, Sound by Donato Wharton, Video by Andrzej Goulding, Music by Jherek Bischoff, Casting by Jim Carnahan, Voice by Charlie Hughes-D’Aeth and Dialect by Penny Dyer. The Baylis Assistant Director is Aaliyah McKay.


Reviews of Eureka Day

"Helen Hunt is excellent in this smart US comedy" - TimeOut
"Very sharp, very droll satire" - The Telegraph
"Engrossing and textured" - The Guardian

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 31 October 2022
Age restrictions
14+
Running time
Two hours (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.


Important Notes

Audio Described Performance: Tue 11 Oct 7:30pm

Captioned Perfromance: Fri 14 Oct 7:30pm


Venue Information

The Old Vic, Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8NB
Nearest Tube or Train: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 68, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 501
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Helen Hunt to star in Eureka Day at The Old Vic in London
American screen actress Helen Hunt will star in the European premiere of Eureka Day at the Old Vid Theatre in London. Jonathan Spector's multi award-winning off-Broadway play is a timely comedy set during a mumps outbreak in California in 2017. As the school community weighs up questions of vaccination, their democratic utopia is torn apart when polite debate descends into ideological warfare. Book Eureka Day tickets here. Academy, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Hunt is the first member of the cast to be announced. Helen Hunt is best known for her film and tv roles include As Good As it Gets opposite Jack Nicholson, erotic comedy drama The Sessions, Cast Away opposite Tom Hanks, What Women Want and tv series Mad About You. Directed by Katy Rudd (Camp Siegfried, The Ocean at the End of the Lane), the play is a co-production with The Old Vic and Sonia Friedman Productions and will reunite the team behind the highly acclaimed The 47th.   Matthew Warchus, artistic director of the Old Vic said "Following on from our enjoyable collaboration on The 47th earlier this year, I'm very happy to be working with Sonia Friedman again on this brilliantly wince-inducing, laugh-outloud, timely and volatile satire." He continued "I had the privilege of working with Helen Hunt almost 20 years ago on the Broadway transfer of Yasmina Reza's Life x 3 – it's truly a joy welcoming her to the Old Vic for this spectacular production." Eureka Day runs from 6 September to 31 October 2022 at The Old Vic in London.

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