Rehearsals for Woyzeck at the Old Vic.

In rehearsal: Star Wars’ John Boyega in Woyzeck

First look at John Boyega and cast in rehearsal for Woyzeck.

The Star Wars actor will make his Old Vic Theatre debut playing the title character in a new adaptation by Harry Potter & The Cursed Child playwright Jack Thorne.

Büchner’s Woyzeck, unfinished on his death in 1837, has been transported to 1980s Berlin. With the Cold War raging, a young soldier (Boyega) and the love of his life (Sarah Greene) desperately try to build a better future for their child. But the cost of escaping poverty is high, and its tragic consequences unfold in this searing tale of the people society leaves behind.

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The cast also features Ben Batt (A Streetcar Named Desire, Royal Exchange Theatre) as Andrews, Nancy Carroll (The Magistrate, After the Dance, NT) as Maggie, Darrell D’Silva (Hedda Gabler, Old Vic) as Doctor Martens, Sarah Greene (Penny Dreadful) as Marie with Steffan Rhodri (Gavin & Stacey, This House) playing Captain.

Woyzeck previews from 13 May 2017, opening 23 May, and plays until 24 June 2017 at the Old Vic Theatre.

📷 Main photo: Rehearsals for Woyzeck at the Old Vic. photo: Manuel Harlan

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