Lungs Claire Foy and Matt Smith

The Crown’s Claire Foy and Matt Smith to reunite in Lungs at the Old Vic

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

After starring together in Netflix's The Crown as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Claire Foy and Matt Smith will both make their West End debuts in an upcoming production of Lungs at the Old Vic.

Written by Duncan Macmillan, Lungs is a two-character play that follows a couple named M and W, as they reflect upon what it means to give birth in today's society, with questions of carbon footprints and political dilemmas asked.

Matt Smith played Prince Phillip in the first two seasons of Netflix's The Crown, receiving an Emmy nomination for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series. In the West End, Smith has starred in Swimming with Sharks at the Vaudeville Theatre, That Face at the Duke of York's Theatre and National Theatre productions of Citizenship and The History Boys. Smith is also known as the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who, playing the iconic role from 2009 to 2013.

Winning Golden Globe Awards and Screen Actor Guild Awards for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, Claire Foy made her professional stage debut in 2008 at the National Theatre in DNA and The Miracle. Foy has also starred in television series including the BBC drama Wolf Hall as Anne Boleyn.

Lungs received its world premiere at the Studio Theatre in New York in 2011, with the 2013 UK premiere starring Kate O' Flynn and Alistair Cope winning the award for best new play at the Off West End Awards of the same year.

Dates and a performance schedule for Lungs are currently unknown, however the Old Vic's artistic director Matthew Warchus said that the production would play for "an extremely limited run".

Other productions announced as part of the newest season at the Old Vic include a double bill of Samuel Beckett's Endgame and Rough for Theatre II starring Alan Cumming and Daniel Radcliffe, the world premiere of A Very Expensive Poison by Lucy Prebble and a musical adaptation of Local Hero based on the 1983 film.

Photo credits: NASA HQ Photo (Flickr under CC 2.0) and Gage Skidmore (Flickr under CC 2.0).

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