Matthew Warchus unveils 2016/17 Old Vic Season


The Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theatre on London's Southbank, Matthew Warchus, today announced details of his upcoming second season at the venue including details of new partnerships and outreach projects.

Continuing on from his "something for everyone" approach, he stated that this new season will see the venue "continue our mission to be a leading creative hub in the capital, and further afield, radiating an energising and unintimidating spirit, as we celebrate the best of what theatre can be."

"There's much more happening, and for a much wider range of people. For a theatre without public funding this is no mean feat. It's an exciting shift, aimed at consolidating The Old Vic as a vibrant and indispensable part of London's artistic scene."

The first production in the new season will be Samuel Beckett's No's Knife which will star Lisa Dwan and run from 29 September to 15 October 2016, with an official opening on 3 October.

"Where would I go, if I could go, who would I be, if I could be, what would I say, if I had a voice, who says this, saying it's me?' The world premiere of No’s Knife sees Samuel Beckett, a titan of theatrical writing, exploring the powerful resilience to stay alive"

This will be followed by Shakespeare's classic King Lear which will see double Academy Award-winner Glenda Jackson return to the stage a quarter of a century after she gave up acting for politics to play the title role. She will be joined by Jane Horrocks, Rhys Ifans, Simon Manyonda and Harry Melling with further casting to be announced. Directed by Deborah Warner, the production will run from 25 October to 3 December 2016.

The Christmas production will be a revival of Art by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. Directed by Matthew Warchus, the play is one of the most acclaimed of recent times, premiering in London twenty years ago where it went on to win a Moliere, Evening Standard, Olivier and Tony Award. The production will run from 10 December 2016 to 18 February 2017.

A new production of Woyzeck by Georg Büchner in a new version by Jack Thorne will star John Boyega and be directed by Joe Murphy, running from 25 Feb to 15 April 2017.

Looking further ahead into 2017, the season will continue with a revival of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. "Against the backdrop of Shakespeare's Hamlet, this mind-bending situation comedy sees two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. Increasingly out of their depth, the young double act stumble their way through as events unravel. Stoppard’s brilliantly funny, existential labyrinth offers us as window into a world where life and art collide."

This will be followed by a return of the Olivier-nominated Dr Seuss' The Lorax, adapted by David Greig and directed by Max Webster which will run over the summer 2017.

The autumn will bring Fanny and Alexander adapted from the film by Ingmar Bergman by Stephen Beresford and a new production of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta HMS Pinafore directed by Christopher Luscombe.

Tickets for shows in the first half of the season go on general sale from 31 May at 12noon.

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