The Old Vic is certainly doing things differently now that Matthew Warchus is in charge. The main foyer space and downstairs bar has been entirely revamped, and so, too, is the artistic offering on stage. Kevin Spacey opted for conventional, star-driven classic drama, sometimes with himself as the star; but for Warchus, the star is the play.
The Hairy Ape
Cast includes Bertie Carvel as Robert Smith 'Yank' 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.