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
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.