Rami Malek and Indira Varma to star in Oedipus at The Old Vic in 2025

Academy Award winner Rami Malek and Olivier Award winner Indira Varma will star in the world premiere of Ella Hickson’s Oedipus at London’s Old Vic theatre in 2025.

Hickson’s intimate and revelatory new version of Oedipus is based on Sophocles’ Ancient Greek tragedy from c. 429 BC.

Rami Malek is best known for his Oscar winning performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody and as a Bond villain in No Time To Die. Indira Varma is an Olivier Award winning actress known for Present Laughter, Game of Thrones and the current production of Macbeth The Show alongside Ralph Fiennes.

The play is an Old Vic production in association with Hofesh Shechter Company and will be co-directed by The Old Vic Artistic Director, Matthew Warchus and Hofesh Shechter.

Artistic Director of The Old Vic Matthew Warchus said in a statement: “Sophocles’ play, arguably the best-plotted tale ever told, is the original detective story. 2,450 years since it was written, we still we find ourselves captivated by the intractable questions at the core of its drama: of the sometimes destructive outcomes in our quest for knowledge; how much we’re in control of our fate, or if we’re mostly living out a pre-written script that we’re completely powerless to change. I’m so excited to be co-directing this extraordinary play, in a dazzling new version by Ella Hickson, alongside the phenomenal choreographer Hofesh Shechter. And I am thrilled to announce the brilliant Rami Malek and Indira Varma in the lead roles.”

Oedipus at The Old Vic in London will play a strictly limited run from January 2025. Full dates and casting to be announced.

In an unusual turn of events for London’s West End it was also announced today that Sonia Friedman Productions will stage a new production of Oedipus starring Lesley Manville and Mark Strong, adapted and directed by Robert Icke, opening at the Wyndham’s Theatre in October 2024.

The Old Vic’s current season includes the world premiere of Live Aid musical, Just For One Day: The Live Aid Musical (26 January – 30 March), Machinal (11 April – 1 June 2024), and A Christmas Carol (9 November – 4 January 2024).

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