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The Old Vic, London
The Old Vic, London
Our Review 4 / 5

John Boyega makes his debut at the Old Vic Theatre in Woyzeck. One of the most influential plays every written, Woyzeck returns to the London stage in a new version by Jack Thorne. Described as an “unforgettable howl of rage”, Thorne updates Woyzeck to a modern setting, giving the material a new, contemporary voice for a contemporary audience.

Written by Georg Büchner, the play was left incomplete upon Büchner’s death at the age of 23. The ending has been re-written several times by other authors, giving the work great renown and shining a light on the German theatrical scene.

Jack Thorne co-wrote Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with John Tiffany and J.K. Rowling, currently playing at the Palace Theatre. His other theatrical credits include Let The Right One In and Hope, and is possibly best known for his television work – writing for hit shows Skins, Shameless and the This Is England series (’86, ’88 and ’90).

Set in 1980s Berlin, the Cold War continues to rage, the tension at the crossroads of Communism and Capitalism is palpable. The story focuses on young solider Franz Woyzeck (John Boyega) and the love of his life who are desperately trying to build a better life and future for their child.

But as they attempt to escape poverty, the true cost of their plan becomes all too high and as tragedy unfurls, the plight of the people that society left behind becomes all too real.

Previews from |
13th May 2017
Opening date |
23rd May 2017
Booking from |
24th June 2017
Available until |
24th June 2017
Closes |
24th June 2017
Categories |
Georg Buchner
The Old Vic Theatre
Joe Murphy
Cast list:
John Boyega

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The Old Vic, 103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB
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In a recent interview, Star Wars actor John Boyega, who was raised in Peckham in South London a few miles from the Old Vic, commented, "Growing up, I used to get the bus, the 171, and I would pass the Old Vic and I thought, 'Who goes to see plays there, man?' It felt to me so distant."  Read more

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First look at John Boyega in rehearsals for Woyzeck at the Old Vic
First look at John Boyega in rehearsals for Woyzeck at the Old Vic
Tuesday, 25 April, 2017
Rehearsal photos have been released of John Boyega and cast in the Old Vic's upcoming production of Woyzeck, adapted by Jack Thorne and directed by Joe Murphy. Described as one of the most influential plays ever written, Thorne creates for our time what Büchner intended for his: an unforgettable howl of rage. "It’s 1980s Berlin. The Cold War rages and the world sits at a crossroads between Capitalism and Communism. On the border between East and West, a young soldier and...
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