Matthew Warchus has announced a number of new productions as part of his fourth season as Artistic Director of The Old Vic Theatre.
Director Rachel Chavkin will make her Old Vic debut when she mounts a production of Arthur Miller’s The American Clock. Running form 4th February, the play follows the Baums, an American family struggling during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Miller’s masterpiece All My Sons will then be revived by director Jeremy Herrin from 15 April 2018. Starring Sally Field, Bill Pullman, Jenna Coleman and Colin Morgan, the play follows successful couple Joe and Kate Keller, whose lives are overshadowed by the loss of their eldest son at war.
Lucy Prebble’s play about a modern-day assassination in London is also set to be premiered as part of the season. With dates to be announced, the ENRON writer’s new play A Very Expensive Poison will transport the Old Vic to the shadowy areas of Fitzrovia and the brothels of Soho.
It has also been announced that David Greig and Bill Forsyth will adapt Forsyth’s film Local Hero, set to be staged in 2020. Directed by John Crowley and with music and lyrics by Mark Knopfler, the musical comedy is about a businessman who is sent to a Scottish town with a view of purchasing it and the surrounding area.
These productions form Part 2 of the season, and follow the previously announced Part 1 consisting of the troubled production of SYLVIA; Annie-B Parson’s 17c; Emma Rice’s highly anticipated Wise Children; and a new adaption of A Christmas Carol by Harry Potter scribe Jack Thorne.
Warchus, one of Britain’s most versatile and respected directors, succeeded Kevin Spacey as Artistic Director of the Old Vic in 2014. His numerous credits include the Ibsen’s The Master Builder, Groundhog Day The Musical, RSC’s Matilda, The Norman Conquests, God of Carnage, Tell Me on a Sunday and Art.