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The Old Vic announces new season, including ‘Into The Woods’, Emma Rice and Caryl Churchill

A year's worth of theatre has been confirmed.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

UPDATE: The Old Vic has canceled its production of Into the Woods previously announced for the end of its season. No reason was provided.

A new season of work at The Old Vic has been announced, confirming that the London venue will reopen its doors for audiences this summer. The season includes digital streaming, as well as a revival of Into the Woods and plays by Emma Rice and Caryl Churchill. 

The Old Vic: In Camera series will end this July, closing with a production of Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter. Jeremy Herrin will direct Daniel Mays and David Thewlis in the two-hander, inviting audiences to attend the show either in-person, or watch via a livestream. The Dumb Waiter runs from 7 - 10 July. 

Emma Rice's theatre company Wise Children will return to The Old Vic this July, presenting the world premiere of Bagdad Cafe. Patrycja Kujawska, Le Gateau Chocolat and Sandra Marvin will star in the show, running from 19 July - 21 August, with streaming options from 25 - 28 August. 

The world premiere of Bess Wohl's Camp Siegfried will then run at The Old Vic from 7 September - 30 October, starring Patsy Ferran and Luke Thallon. Camp Siegfried is inspired by the 1930s summer camp that taught Nazi ideology in Long Island, and will be directed by Katy Rudd. 

Jack Thorne's A Christmas Carol will once again return to The Old Vic this Christmas, continuing a now annual tradition for the venue. A Christmas Carol will run from 13 November - 8 Jan. 2022.

Caryl Churchill's A Number will be staged at The Old Vic, with performances from January 2022. Lyndsey Turner directs Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu in the two-hander.

The season will be completed by a revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, confirming talks that were in discussion over a year ago. Terry Gillam will direct Into the Woods, running from 16 April - 9 July 2022. Into the Woods casting is to be announced at a later date.

The Old Vic will also present a series of monologues. Noma Dumezweni's collection of monologues titled HOME? will acknowledge Refugee Week, with the three monologues as follows:

Now I'm Gonna Get Paid, written by Dina Nayeri and performed by Betsabeh Emran.
The Displaced, written by Viet Thanh Nguyen and performed by Elizabeth Chan, Taheen Modak, John Pfumojena and Michael Phong Le.
Then and Nowwritten by Natasha Walter and performed by Harriet Walter. 

Photo credit: Old Vic (photo by duncan c on Flickr under CC 2.0)

Article Updated: 4 June 2021

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