The Hairy Ape at the Old Vic

The Old Vic, London
Booking to 21 November 2015
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The Hairy Ape is an iconic piece of American drama by Pulitzer prize winning play-write Eugene O’Neill.

Richard Jones directs Eugene O’Neill’s timeless classic of class and identity at the Old Vic theatre. The Hairy Ape – a thought provoking, iconic piece of American drama.

The Hairy Ape plays a limited season from 17 October 2015 until 21 November 2015 at the Old Vic theatre.


A classic expressionist masterpiece by Nobel prize-winner Eugene O’Neill, The Hairy Ape tells the story of Yank, a labourer who revels in his status as the strongest stoker on a transatlantic ocean liner. But when Yank is called a ‘filthy beast’ by the overbred daughter of a steel merchant, he experiences an awakening of consciousness that leads him on a journey through the wealthy neighbourhoods and disenfranchised underbelly of New York society. Searching for a way to belong, Yank is forced to confront primal questions about his true place in the world.


Bertie Carvel is to lead the cast in the role of Yank.  The full cast includes Christopher Akrill, Adam Burton, Charlie Cameron, Okorie Chukwu, Buffy Davis, Callum Dixon, Phil Hill, Nicholas Karimi, Ben Lee, Oliver Llewellyn-Jenkins, Luke Murphy, Elan James, Steffan Rhodri and Rosie Sheehy.


Directed by Richard Jones with design by Stewart Laing, choreography by Aletta Collins, lighting by Jordan Sherin and sound by Sarah Angliss.

Richard Jones is an acclaimed, multi-award winning director. His credits include Anna Nicole (Royal Opera House), Public Enemy, The Government Inspector, Annie Get Your Gun (Young Vic), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), Tales from the Vienna Woods (National Theatre) and Into the Woods (West End).


★★★★ “an expressionist spectacle of caged humanity” The Guardian
★★★★ “Carvel is a man of steel” The Observer
★★★★ “supple and captivating” The Telegraph
★★★★ ‘utterly extraordinary’ The Stage
“Bertie Carvel is immense as the unlikely hero” The Evening Standard

Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 21 November 2015

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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Full casting announced for Richard Jones production of The Hairy Ape at the Old Vic
Full casting announced for Richard Jones production of The Hairy Ape Joining the already announced Bertie Carvel who will play Yank in The Old Vic’s forthcoming production of Eugene O’Neill’s timeless classic of class and identity are Steffan Rhodri as Paddy, Adam Burton as Secretary, Buffy Davis as Aunt, Callum Dixon as Long, Rosie Sheehy as Mildred, and Nicholas Karimi as Second Engineer. Completing the cast are Christopher Akrill, Charlie Cameron, Okorie Chukwu, Callum Dixon, Phil Hill, Ben Lee, Oliver Llewellyn-Jenkins, Luke Murphy and Elan James. Adam Burton returns to The Old Vic stage having performed alongside Eve Best in The Duchess of Malfi. His extensive theatre credits include Everyman (National Theatre), The Drowned Man (Punchdrunk), A Life of Galileo, Julius Caesar, King Lear and The Winter’s Tale (RSC), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare's Globe). His film credits include Other Side of the Game, and the upcoming film Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass. Bertie Carvel recently starred in the BBC television drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, and he will soon be seen in the five-part BBC One drama Doctor Foster. On stage, he is best known for creating the role of ‘Miss 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. His other theatre credits include Bakkhai (Almeida Theatre),Revelations(Hampstead Theatre), The Life of Galileo, The Man of Mode (National Theatre) and Parade (Donmar Warehouse). Other recent television work includes the role of Nick Clegg in Coalition, Babylon and The Wrong Mans. Buffy Davis's extensive theatre credits include Uncle Vanya (St James’ Theatre), School for Scandal (Park Theatre), Hedda Gabler (Old Vic), The Government Inspector and Annie Get Your Gun (Young Vic), and The Rose Tattoo (National Theatre). Television credits include What Remains, Doc Martin, Silk, and Mutual Friends. She has also appeared on film in Anna Karenina, Hyde Park on Hudson, and in Stephen Frears’ feature film Florence Foster Jenkins. Callum Dixon's recent theatre credits include Between Us (Arcola), The Complaint (Hampstead Theatre), Hamlet and The Government Inspector (Young Vic), The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, Market Boy and Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads (National Theatre), Mojo (Royal Court), and Edward II and Richard III (RSC). On television he has appeared in A Touch of Cloth, Random, and The Armando Iannucci Show, and on film, credits include The Kid and Telstar. Steffan Rhodri's recent theatre credits include The Mentalists (Wyndham's), Posh (Duke of York's), Absent Friends (Harold Pinter), Abigail’s Party (Hampstead Theatre), The Kitchen Sink (Bush), Clybourne Park (Royal Court Theatre), and It's A Mad World My Masters and Candide (RSC). Steffan's extensive television credits include Henry IV The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, part 2, Under Milk Wood, Cucumber,and Gavin and Stacey; and on film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Rosie Sheehy who makes her professional stage debut is a recent graduate from RADA, where her theatre credits include As You Like It, Sweet Charity and Mrs Warren’s Profession.  Nicholas Karimi is currently playing in Everyman at the National Theatre. Other recent theatre credits include Lardo (Old Red Lion), The Kite Runner (Nottingham Playhouse / Liverpool Playhouse), Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare’s Globe), Game of Life (The Yard Theatre), Outward Bound, The Fear of Breathing (Finborough Theatre), The Double, (Theatre Royal Bath), and Macbeth (National Theatre). The Hairy Ape plays a limited season from 17 October 2015 until 21 November 2015 at the Old Vic theatre. BOOKING Book tickets to The Hairy Ape

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