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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead extends until Sat 6 May, and New Voices Off Events announced

Due to popular demand, The Old Vic has announced that Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead will extend by one week until Sat 6 May.Tickets will go on sale at 12pm today (Mon 27 Mar).

In addition to the extra week of performances, The Old Vic announces two Voices Off events in connection with Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire will be in conversation on stage on Tue 2 May and The Old Vic hosts The School of Life: How to Face Death on 29 Apr, a workshop on death and how we might think about this complex topic without experiencing it for ourselves.

As previously announced Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead will also be broadcast live from The Old Vic to cinemas around the UK on 20 Apr 2017 as part of NT Live.

ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD

By Tom Stoppard

Directed by David Leveaux

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig

Until Sat 6 May 2017

Mon – Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm

 Captioned Performance: Thu 6 Apr 7.30pm

Audio Described Performance: Tue 4 Apr 7.30pm, touch tour 6pm

 

VOICES OFF

 Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire in conversation

Tue 2 May, 5pm

TICKETS: £6

 

The School of Life: How to Face Death

Sat 29 Apr, 11.30am

TICKETS: £8

Public booking for Voices Off opens on Mon 3 Apr

The Divide, a new play by Alan Ayckbourn, to open at The Old Vic this autumn following its premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival

The Old Vic
The Old Vic

The Old Vic © Manuel Harlan

The Old Vic today announces that The Divide, a new play by Alan Ayckbourn, will open at The Old Vic this autumn following its premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival.

 The Divide is a tale for our own turbulent times that unflinchingly explores a dystopian society of repression, insurrection and forbidden love. The show is directed by Annabel Bolton, an associate director of The Old Vic, and will be presented in two parts.

 The Divide runs at the King’s Theatre as part of the Edinburgh International Festival over a two-week run (8 August to 20 August 2017) before opening at The Old Vic. The Old Vic has a long history with the International Festival, having performed at the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival in 1947 and many times in the following decade.

 Artistic Director Matthew Warchus comments,

 ‘The Old Vic was in residence at the very first Edinburgh International Festival and it’s with great pleasure and hugely fitting that we celebrate our respective milestones by collaborating again to co-produce the world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn’s ambitious and exciting new work, The Divide.’

THE DIVIDE

By Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Annabel Bolton

Design by Laura Hopkins

Music composed by Christopher Nightingale

Lighting by David Plater

Sound by Bobby Aitken

Video by Ash J Woodward

Casting by Jessica Ronane CDG

The Old Vic presents The Missing Light, an enchanting puppetry show for ages 7+ about hopes, dreams and true friendship, created by Mark Arends for Make Mend and Do.

The Missing Light
The Missing Light

The Missing Light

‘You’re never too old for hopes and dreams… there’s always time for plans and schemes.’

As part of its programme for families, The Old Vic is pleased to present The Missing Light, an enchanting puppetry show for ages 7+ about hopes, dreams and true friendship, created by Mark Arends for Make Mend and Do.

When Warple moves into a small fishing village by the seaside, he discovers his neighbour, Hilda, looking out towards the horizon each night, searching for a glimpse of her long-lost husband. When loneliness, curiosity and a far-off flickering light brings them together, the two elderly friends embark on a surprising journey to reconcile their pasts and find what might lie within their futures.

Using music, puppetry and film, the company work together to create enchanting animation live on stage.

The Missing Light is a daytime production and will play on the main stage.

Samantha Arends’ theatre credits include The Magic Flute (ENO / London Coliseum), Rumpelstiltskin (Norwich Puppet Theatre), In The Night Garden Live (UK Tour), At the End of Everything Else (Liverpool Everyman / Egg Theatre Bath / BAC) and Something Very Far Away (Unicorn / International Tour).

Sam Clark’s recent theatre credits include War Horse (National Theatre), A Dog’s Heart (ENO in collaboration with Complicite) and The Butterfly Lion (Mercury Theatre).

David Emmings’ theatre credits include The Elephantom (National Theatre / West End), War Horse (West End), Emily Rising (Little Angel Theatre), Sleeping Beauty (Bristol Old Vic), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bristol Old Vic), Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas (Lyric Hammersmith), Something Very Far Away (Unicorn / International Tour) and The Confetti Maker (New Diorama Theatre). He has also appeared in the films The Homeless Polar Bear, Sherlock Holmes and Alice.

Mark Arends founded and runs Make Mend and Do Theatre Company. His previous work as a writer / director includes Something Very Far Away (Unicorn / International Tour) and At The End Of Everything Else (Unicorn / BAC / International Tour). As an actor he has worked in theatres across London, the UK and Europe. Recent work includes the title role in Hamlet (Trafalgar Studios), originating the role of Winston Smith in 1984 (Headlong / Almeida) and the role of Proteus in The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal Shakespeare Company).

Claire Harvey is a puppeteer, designer and vocalist. She has puppeteered for various theatre and film organisations in the UK and abroad including Make Mend and Do, Little Angel Theatre, Polka, & Lucasfilm. Her puppet & set design credits include The Wheelabout Theatre (National Theatre), Bluebeard (Milk Presents), The Ordinaries… In an Awkward Silence, Lilly Through The Dark, AngelRust, The Terrible Tales of The Midnight Chorus, Little Matter and Rum Culls & Ragwater (The River People).

Declan Randall is a lighting designer. His lighting designs for Theatre, Opera, Musicals and Dance have been seen throughout the UK, as well as in Europe, USA, Canada, South Africa, Asia and Australia. His credits include Henry V, Othello, Macbeth, Richard III (Guildford Shakespeare company), Tobacco and the Harmful Effects Thereof (Amsterdam), Sister Act, Full Moon (Nelson Mandela Theatre), Man of Steal (Menier Chocolate Factory), Noisy Neighbours (Egg Bath), Something Very Far Away (Unicorn / International Tour), At the End of Everything Else (Unicorn / BAC / International Tour), La Cour de Célimene, Gianni di Parigi, Maria (Wexford), Acis & Galatea, Don Giovanni, Madame Butterfly (Mid Wales Opera).

Writer & Director Mark Arends
Puppetry Designer Claire Harvey
Lighting Designer Declan Randall
Puppeteers/Devisors Samantha Arends, Sam Clark, David Emmings

Original Music Written and Performed by Mark Arends.

Further casting announcement for Woyzeck at The Old Vic

John Boyega as Woyzeck

The multi-award winning Jack Thorne breathes new life into Woyzeck, one of the most extraordinary plays ever written.

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 the love of his life are desperately trying to build a better future for their child.

But the cost of escaping poverty is high, and its tragic consequences unfold in this searing tale of the people society leaves behind.

John Boyega as Woyzeck

John Boyega as Woyzeck

John Boyega plays Woyzeck. John trained as an actor at the Identity School of Acting. The recipient of the 2016 BAFTA Rising Star Award and the Chopard Trophy at Cannes, John was most recently seen in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015). He is currently filming Pacific Rim: Uprising which he is also producing through his production company, Upper Room Productions. He will next be seen in The Circle (April 2017) followed by a principle role in Kathryn Bigelow’s Untitled Project set against the backdrop of the 1967 Detroit Riots (August 2017). In December 2017, he will reprise his role of Finn in Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last
Jedi and will also star in the Netflix original feature, Imperial Dreams. Theatre credits include Six Parties (National Theatre), Category B (Tricycle Theatre), Seize The Day (Tricycle Theatre) and Detaining Justice (Tricycle Theatre). Film and feature-length dramas include Half of a Yellow Sun (2013), The Whale (2013), My Murder (2012), Attack the Block (2011, SXSW Audience Award) and Da Brick (2011). Television credits include Becoming Human and 24: Live Another Day.

Ben Batt plays Andrews. Recent theatre credits include the acclaimed A Streetcar Named Desire (Royal Exchange Theatre). Other credits As You Like It (Royal Exchange Theatre), The Funfair (HOME), Making Noise Quietly (Donmar Warehouse). Ben’s recent television credits include Prey, Barbarians Rising, From Darkness, The Go-Between, The Village (Series 2), From There to Here, Scott & Bailey, Prisoners Wives, Death in Paradise, and he will soon be seen in the BBC’s In The Dark. Film credits include The Windmill, Slapper and Me, Despite The Falling Snow, Coach, Electricity, and A Running Jump.

Nancy Carroll plays Maggie. Her theatre credits include The Moderate Soprano (Hampstead Theatre), Closer, The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse), The Magistrate, After the dance, for which she won an Olivier Award for Best Actress and Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress at the Evening Standard Awards, Man of Mode, The Enchantment, The Voysey Inheritance, The False Servant, The Talking Cure (National Theatre), Arcadia (Duke of York’s), Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 (RSC), House of Games, Waste, King Lear (Almeida), Mammals (Bush Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sheffield Crucible), The Lady’s Not For Burning (Chichester Festival Theatre). Nancy’s television credits include Will, Father Brown (Series 1- 5), Tennison, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Call The Midwife, Silent Witness, Lewis, Midsummer Murders and Cambridge Spies. Film credits include An Ideal Husband, Iris and The Gathering Storm.

Sarah Greene plays Marie. Tony and Olivier Award nominated actress, and winner of the IFTA and Irish Film Board ‘Rising Star Award’, Sarah Greene is arguably best known for her recurring role as ‘Hecate Poole’ in the Showtime/Sky Atlantic series Penny Dreadful, created by John Logan. For her role she was awarded the IFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Drama this year. Sarah will next be seen as one of the leads in the Big Light Productions/CBS drama series Ransom, created by Frank Spotnitz and David Vainola. The series is currently on in the US and will soon be available in the UK – TX TBC. Earlier in 2016 Sarah was seen in the role of ‘May’ in the SundanceTV Easter Rising drama Rebellion, for which was she also nominated as Best Actress in a Lead Role for this year’s IFTA Awards. Sarah has also had an exceptional stage career, her most notable stage performance was in Michael Grandage’s production of The Cripple of Inishmaan, a play by Martin McDonagh and co-starring Daniel Radcliffe. As the mean-spirited ‘Slippy Helen’, Sarah performed in both the West End and Broadway, was nominated for a Tony and Olivier Award in 2014, and won the 2014 World Theater Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut.

Steffan Rhodri plays Captain. His recent theatre credits include This House (Garrick Theatre), The Hairy Ape (Old Vic Theatre), The Mentalists (Wyndham’s), Posh (Duke of York’s), Absent Friends (Harold Pinter), Abigail’s Party (Hampstead Theatre), The Kitchen Sink (Bush), Clybourne Park (Royal Court Theatre), and It’s A Mad World My Masters and Candide (RSC). On television he is best known for playing Dave Coaches in Gavin and Stacey, his other extensive television credits include Henry IV The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, part 2, Under Milk Wood, Stella, Crawford and Wire in the Blood. His film credits include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Submarine.

Jack Thorne – Recent work includes Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (SFP Productions/ Harry Potter West End Theatrical), The Solid Life Of Sugar Water (Graeae Theatre Company, Edinburgh Festival & UK Tour), Hope (Royal Court Theatre), Let The Right One In (Dundee Rep / Royal Court Theatre, NTS / Marla Rubin Ltd.), The Borough (Punchdrunk / Aldeburgh Festival), Stuart: A Life Backwards (adapt. Hightide / Sheffield Theatre – Edinburgh Festival & UK tour), Mydidae (Drywrite – Soho Theatre / Trafalgar Studios), The Physicists (adapt. Donmar Warehouse), Bunny (nabokov – UK tour / NYC), Red Car Blue Car, Two Cigarettes, When You Cure Me (Bush Theatre), Greenland (National Theatre), 2nd May 1997 (Bush / nabokov), Burying Your Brother in the Pavement (NT Connections), Stacy (Tron /Arcola / Trafalgar Studios) and Fanny and Faggot (Pleasance Edinburgh / Finborough / Trafalgar Studios). Television work includes National Treasure, The Last Panthers, Don’t Take My Baby (Best Single – Bafta
2016), Glue, The Fades (Best Drama Series – BAFTA 2012), This Is England ’90 (Best Serial – Bafta 2016), This Is England ‘88 (Best Mini-Series – BAFTA 2012) and This is England ‘86, Cast-Offs and episodes
of Skins and Shameless. Films include Warbook, A Long Way Down and The Scouting Book for Boys, which premiered at the 2010 London Film Festival and won the Best British Newcomer Award.

Joe Murphy is a freelance director with experience working in London, on the West End, Broadway and internationally. He was Artistic Director of nabokov theatre company from 2010 to 2015, during which time the company presented the work of 88 playwrights and 496 artists across three continents. He took up his role as The Old Vic’s Season Two Baylis Director in September 2016.

Theatre credits as a director include What I Learned from Johnny Bevan (Soho Theatre and UK tour), Incognito (Bush Theatre), Blink and Bunny (Soho Theatre, UK tour and off-Broadway), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (Chichester Festival Theatre and UK tour), The Taming of the Shrew and Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe and international tour). His Associate Director credits include Wolf Hall (RSC, West End and Broadway), This House (National Theatre), Henry V (Shakespeare’s Globe and UK tour) and Ghost Stories (West End and Moscow).

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 The Old Vic to broadcast Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, in partnership with National Theatre Live

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

The Old Vic’s 50th anniversary production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, directed by David Leveaux and with a cast including Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig, will be broadcast live from The Old Vic to cinemas around the UK on 20 April 2017 as part of NT Live (dates vary internationally).

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is The Old Vic’s first collaboration with NT Live; and also marks the 50th anniversary of the original National Theatre production premiering at The Old Vic on 11 April 1967.

Against the backdrop of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, this mind-bending situation comedy sees two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz (Daniel Radcliffe) and Guildenstern (Joshua McGuire), take centre stage. Increasingly out of their depth, the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of this iconic drama. In a literary hall of mirrors, Stoppard’s brilliantly funny, existential labyrinth sees us witness the ultimate identity crisis.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead previews at The Old Vic from Saturday 25 February, with a press night on Tuesday 7 March, and will run until 29 April.

Artistic Director Matthew Warchus commented:

‘Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead premiered here 50 years ago as a brand new play steeped in theatrical tradition but forging a revolutionary new path in playwriting. It’s thrilling to welcome it home to The Old Vic to celebrate such a momentous anniversary, in a season which sees new writing and classics from the past shoulder to shoulder. Even more so to be able to share this new production with a global audience in our first live performance broadcast from The Old Vic.’

Daniel Radcliffe plays Rosencrantz. Daniel is a stage and screen actor whose most recent work includes the films Now You See Me 2, Swiss Army Man and Imperium, as well as the production of Privacy (Donmar Warehouse on Broadway). Forthcoming work includes Jungle (slated for release in 2017). Theatre credits include The Cripple of Inishmaan (Noël Coward Theatre and Broadway), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Broadway) and Equus (Gielgud Theatre and Broadway). Film work includes Horns (2013), What If (2013), Kill Your Darlings (2013), The Woman in Black (2012) and the eight Harry Potter films. Television includes My Boy Jack written by and co-starring David Haig (ITV),The Gamechangers (BBC telefilm), A Young Doctor’s Notebook, Extras and voice work in The Simpsons, Robot Chicken and BoJack Horseman.

Joshua McGuire plays Guildenstern. Joshua is an actor whose work spans theatre, television and film. Theatre credits include Future Conditional (The Old Vic), The Ruling Class (Trafalgar Studios), Amadeus (Chichester), Privacy (Donmar Warehouse), The Magistrate (National Theatre), Posh (Royal Court and West End), 66 Books (Bush Theatre), Hamlet (Shakespeare’s Globe), Hay Fever (Rose Kingston). Film work includes Old Boys (2017), Claudio in The Complete Walk: Measure for Measure (2016), Bees Make Honey (2016), Cinderella (2015), Mr Turner (2014), Get Santa (2014) and About Time (2013). TV includes Lovesick series 1 and 2, which is currently on Netflix, Love, Nina, Siblings, You, Me and Them, A Young Doctor’s Notebook, The Hour and Misfits.

Full casting announcement Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead at The Old Vic

Daniel Radcliff

Further casting is announced for Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead which previews from Saturday 25 February with a press night on Tuesday 7 March.

Half a century after its premiere on The Old Vic stage, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight, returns to The Old Vic in its 50th anniversary celebratory production.

Against the backdrop of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, this mind-bending situation comedy sees two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz (Daniel Radcliffe) and Guildenstern (Joshua McGuire), take centre stage. Increasingly out of their depth, the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of this iconic drama. In a literary hall of mirrors, Stoppard’s brilliantly funny, existential labyrinth sees us witness the ultimate identity crisis.

Daniel Radcliff

Daniel Radcliff

Daniel Radcliffe plays Rosencrantz. Daniel is a stage and screen actor whose most recent work includes the films Now You See Me 2, Swiss Army Man and Imperium, as well as the production of Privacy (Donmar Warehouse on Broadway). Forthcoming work includes Jungle (slated for release in 2017). Theatre credits include The Cripple of Inishmaan (Noel Coward Theatre and Broadway), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Broadway) and Equus (Gielgud Theatre and Broadway). Film work includes Horns (2013), What If (2013), Kill Your Darlings (2013), The Woman in Black (2012) and the eight Harry Potter films. Television includes The Gamechangers (BBC telefilm), A Young Doctor’s Notebook, Extras and voice work in The Simpsons, Robot Chicken and BoJack Horseman.

 

Joshua Mcguire

Joshua Mcguire

Joshua McGuire plays Guildenstern. Joshua is an actor whose work spans theatre, television and film. Theatre credits include Future Conditional (The Old Vic), The Ruling Class (Trafalgar Studios), Amadeus (Chichester), Privacy (Donmar Warehouse), The Magistrate (National Theatre), Posh (Royal Court and West End), 66 Books (Bush Theatre), Hamlet (Shakespeare’s Globe), Hay Fever (Rose Kingston). Film work includes Old Boys (2017), Claudio in The Complete Walk: Measure for Measure (2016), Bees Make Honey (2016), Cinderella (2015), Mr Turner (2014), Get Santa (2014) and About Time (2013). TV includes Lovesick series 1 and 2, which is currently on Netflix, Love, Nina, Siblings, You, Me and Them, A Young Doctor’s Notebook, The Hour and Misfits.

David Haig plays The Player. David’s most recent theatre credits include Blue/Orange (Young Vic), Guys & Dolls (Savoy Theatre, Olivier Award nomination), and Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me at Chichester Festival Theatre where previous credits include Pressure which was also written by David and Yes, Prime Minister, which transferred to the West End. Other theatre credits include The Madness of George III (Theatre Royal Bath and West End, Olivier Award nomination), Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre, Olivier Award nomination), Hitchcock Blonde (Royal Court and West End), Donkey’s Years (Comedy Theatre, Olivier Award Nomination), Art (Wyndham’s and Broadway), and Our Country’s Good at the Royal Court, for which David won the Olivier Award for Best Actor. Television credits include The Witness for the Prosecution, The Thick Of It, Mo, The 39 Steps, My Boy Jack, Talking Heads and The Thin Blue Line. Film credits include Florence Foster Jenkins and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Other cast includes Hermeilio Miguel Aquino as Courtier (A View of Her Own Beauty at Bush Theatre), Louisa Beadel as a Player (Future Conditional at The Old Vic), William Chubb as Polonius (King Lear at The Old Vic), Josie Dunn as a Player (After Orlando at Theatre Royal Stratford East/The Vaults), Matthew Durkan as a Player (Nell Gwynn at Apollo Theatre/Shakespeare’s Globe), Wil Johnson as Claudius (King Lear at Royal Exchange, Emmerdale, Adulthood), Luke Mullins as Hamlet (Endgame with the Melbourne Theatre Company, Waiting for Godot at The Barbican Centre), Theo Ogundipe as Horatio (Cymbeline at RSC), Marianne Oldham as Gertrude (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas at Chichester Festival Theatre, Sons Without Fathers at The Arcola), Evlyne Oyedokun as a Player (E15, Lung Theatre), Alex Sawyer as a Player (BBC’s Father Brown)  Helena Wilson as Ophelia (Romeo and Juliet, OUDS/Thelma Holt International Tour) and Tim van Eyken as Laertes/ Player (The Little Match Girl, Open Heart Productions).

 Tom Stoppard’s most recent play is The Hard Problem. Other plays include The Real Inspector Hound, After Magritte, JumpersTravestiesEvery Good Boy Deserves Favour (with André Previn), Dirty Linen, New-Found-Land Doggs Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth, Night and Day, The Real Thing, Hapgood, Arcadia, Indian Ink, The Invention of Love, The Coast of Utopia and Rock’nRoll. Translations and adaptations include Tango, Undiscovered Country, On the Razzle, Rough Crossing, Dalliance, The Seagull, Henry IV, Ivanov, The Cherry Orchard, The House of Bernarda Alba and Large Desolato. He has written eight Evening Standard Award-winning plays and five of his plays have won Tony Awards.

Radio plays include Darkside (with Pink Floyd), If You’re GladI’ll Be FrankAlbert’s Bridge (Italia Prize), Where Are They Now?, Artist Descending A StaircaseThe Dog It Was That Died and In The Native State.

Television includes A Separate Peace, Squaring the Circle, Professional Foul (BAFTA and Broadcasting Press Guild Awards) an adaptation of Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat and most recently an adaptation of Ford Madox Ford’s Parades End (BBC/HBO).

Screenplays include Anna Karenina (2012), The Romantic Englishwoman (1975), Despair (1978), The Human Factor (1979), Brazil (1985), Empire Of The Sun (1987), The Russian House (1990), Billy Bathgate (1991), and Shakespeare In Love (with Marc Norman, 1998, Academy Award, Golden Globe, Broadcast Film Critics and American Guild Awards for Best Screenplay). He directed and wrote the screenplay for the film of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (Venice Film Festival Prix d’Or, 1990).

David Leveaux is a director who has worked extensively in London and on Broadway. He recently completed his first feature film, The Exception (2016) and recent work includes directing Plenty for the Public Theatre, New York.

Credits include Closer (Donmar Warehouse), Romeo and Juliet (Broadway), Arcadia (West End and Broadway, Tony nomination for best revival), Cyrano de Bergerac (Broadway), Jumpers (National Theatre and Broadway, Tony nominations for outstanding direction and best revival), The Real Thing (Donmar Warehouse and Broadway, Tony Award for best revival, nominated for outstanding direction), Fiddler on the Roof (Broadway, Tony nomination for best revival), Nine (Donmar Warehouse and Broadway, Tony Award for best revival, nominated for outstanding direction), The Glass Menagerie (Broadway), Anna Christie (Broadway, Tony Award for best revival, nominated for outstanding direction), No Man’s Land (Almeida), Betrayal (Almeida and Broadway, Tony nomination for best revival), Electra (Donmar Warehouse and Broadway, Tony nomination for best revival),

Moonlight (Almeida), The Distance From Here (Almeida), Romeo and Juliet (RSC), A Moon for the Misbegotten (Riverside, West End and Broadway, Tony nominations for outstanding direction and best revival), The Late Middle Classes (Donmar Warehouse), Sinatra Live at the London Palladium, The Father (National Theatre), ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (RSC), Rudolph (Vienna), Tales of Ballycumber and The Three Sisters (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), The Turn of the Screw (Scottish Opera), The Marriage of Figaro and Salome (ENO).

Writer                         Tom Stoppard

Director                       David Leveaux

Designer                     Anna Fleischlea                                                          

Lighting                      Howard Harrison

Sound                         Fergus O’Hare

Composer                   Corin Buckeridge

Cast list: Daniel Radcliffe (Rosencrantz), Joshua McGuire (Guildenstern), David Haig (The Player), Hermeilio Miguel Aquino (Courtier), Louisa Beadel (Player), William Chubb (Polonius), Josie Dunn (Player), Matthew Durkan (Player), Wil Johnson (Claudius), Luke Mullins (Hamlet), Theo Ogundipe (Horatio), Marianne Oldham (Gertrude), Evlyne Oyedokun (Player), Alex Sawyer (Player), Helena Wilson (Ophelia) and Tim van Eyken (Laertes/Player).

 

Parents in Performing Arts (PIPA) publishes the preliminary findings of Best Practice Research Project

PIPA
PIPA

PIPA

Parents in Perf​ orming Arts (PIPA), a Consortium of 18 leading Industry organisations​, led by ​The Old Vic, announces the preliminary findings of their Best Practice Research Project. Conducted in partnership with 15 leading UK theatre organisations and ​The Royal Central School o​ f Speech and Drama, the research project is funded by​ The Ar​ts Council of England, ​Creative Scotland, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Actors’ Children’s Trust, The F​ amily Arts Campaign and​ UK Theatre.

The initial findings, based on a UK wide survey with 966 respondents working in the theatre sector, as well as follow-up interviews and focus groups conducted with the 15 partner theatre organisations, confirm that the burden of childcare falls disproportionately on women. It also reveals that self-employed people are significantly disadvantaged by current provisions for childcare support.

PIPA Interim Report

According to the survey 81% of self-employed people and 57% of employed people reported that they have turned down work as a result of a caring responsibility. Further, 66% of survey respondents reported changing their jobs as a consequence of becoming parents.

It also reveals that there is a tacit working culture in theatres that disadvantages people with caring responsibilities and moreover that caring responsibilities that are not for dependent children are invisible to employers.

‘Our interim findings demonstrate the depth and complexity of the challenges faced both by theatre workers with caring responsibilities and their employers. We have identified both employment and career consequences of caring and aspects of the long-established working culture of theatres that actively disadvantage and exclude parents and those with other caring responsibilities. We have now begun the next phase of the research with some extremely promising discussions with the senior managements of theatre companies. We look forward to supporting them to tria​l solutions to the challenges we have identified.’ Dr Tom Cornford, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

‘​The extraordinary advancement of the PIPA campaign over the last year has been supported by all of us at The Old Vic. We have joined with other members of the industry in this initial best practice research project, the findings of which have already revealed some practical steps that we can all trial to improve our family friendly employment practices. We are committed to finding solutions to effect lasting change. If we don’t, we’ll miss out on the pool of talent out there who need us to open​ the gateway to ensure they can work in our industry.’ Kate Varah, Executive Director, The Old Vic

On 14th December 2016, Phase 2 of the research initiative began with the 15 theatre organisations meeting at the first Parents In Performing Arts symposium hosted by the Donmar Warehouse. The aim of the event was to identify potential solutions to the challenges highlighted by the research findings, some of which will be trialled over the next 6 months.

‘It has been invaluable to spend time with colleagues from across the sector, to explore the challenges and opportunities that people with caring responsibilities face when working within the performing arts industry. It has been fascinating to learn about the many successful best practice processes and policies that already exist, and to learn from one another how these can be more broadly adopted to ensure a consistent approach nationwide. Many of the ideas raised at the recent symposium were surprising simple, easy to implement, and had tangible positive benefits.” Caroline Newall, Director of Artistic Development at the National Theatre of Scotland

The overall aim of the research is to identify barriers facing carers working in the performing arts, and to investigate practical ways of reducing them. The outcome will be a Best Practice Charter to be embedded in the Fami​ly Arts Standards in conjunction with the​ ​Family and Childcare Trust as well as other performing arts industry guidelines.

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First Look: ‘Art’ at The Old Vic

Paul Ritter (Marc) and Rufus Sewell (Serge), Art at The Old Vic.

The Old Vic announces further dates and programming for 2017

The Old Vic today announces further programming, casting and dates for the 2016-17 season, both on and off the main stage. The 50th anniversary production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard will open on 7 March, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire. The previously announced new version of Woyzeck by Jack Thorne, starring John Boyega, in May will be followed by Girl From the North Country written and directed by Conor McPherson with the songs of Bob Dylan in July. Later in 2017 the Olivier-nominated Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax returns by popular demand. The Old Vic is also pleased to announce an exciting additional programme which includes Lates at The Old Vic, One Voice, a series of new- writing monologues, a range of family activities and performances, as well as the on-going Voices Off series of talks, discussions and debates.

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Artistic Director Matthew Warchus commented:

‘For almost two hundred years people have come together at The Old Vic to watch and listen to stories. Hundreds of thousands of people had their first experience of theatre in this building. Look at this country’s leading theatre, dance and opera companies and chances are there’s a thread to be found that leads you back to The Old Vic. It has been, in many ways, the cradle of British theatre, nurturing the companies, showcasing creative vision and building the audiences that together make our performing arts some of the greatest in the world.

At The Old Vic we believe that stories are indispensable. That people of every age, from every walk of life and background, sitting together watching a story unfold has a hugely positive personal, social, political and cultural effect. I am proud to be announcing these very different shows at The Old Vic. They round out my second season in which we continue to promote this iconic building as a gateway for as wide a range of people as possible to experience the breadth of what theatre can be and do.’

During Matthew’s first year as Artistic Director, over 50,000 people saw a performance at The Old Vic for the first time, 1,044 school students saw a show for free through our School’s Club and over 15,000 tickets were sold through our PwC £10 Previews scheme, making our theatre affordable for all.

Upcoming productions:

  •  A 50th anniversary celebratory production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard, directed by David Leveaux and starring Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire
  • John Boyega starring in a new version of Woyzeck by Jack Thorne, directed by new Baylis Director Joe Murphy
  • The world premiere of Girl From the North Country with music and lyrics by Bob Dylan, written and directed by Conor McPherson
  • The return of the Olivier-nominated Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, written by David Greig, music and lyrics by Charlie Fink and directed by Max WebsterAdditional programming:
    • Productions will be accompanied by one-off performances of new writing monologues – One Voice. Influential contemporary writers will give their slant on the multitude of themes presented across the year
    • The new programme for Families at The Old Vic includes the previously announced puppetry show Missing Light created by Mark Arends, as well as Chickenshed’s Tales from the Shed and The Children’s Bookshow with Michael Rosen
    • The introduction of Lates at The OId Vic, late night performances programmed after main stage productions, including Charlie Fink and David Greig’s Cover My Tracks, a one-off performance of Mark Watson’s acclaimed I’m Not Here and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Trio live in Mark’s Bar
    • The continuation of Voices Off talks, conversations, debates and workshops which explore the themes raised by the productions on the main stage, beginning with the debate ‘If I Had a Voice’ chaired by Emily MaitlisPartnerships:
    • We are thrilled to be continuing our three-year sponsorship with Royal Bank of Canada as The Old Vic’s Principal Partner. Their transformational support enables us to fill The Old Vic with a wonderfully bold, innovative and daring creative spirit, which, in turn, broadens The Old Vic’s appeal and reinforces its reputation as an indispensable part of Britain’s cultural landscape.
    • We have been delighted with the success of the PwC £10 Previews ticket scheme in Matthew’s opening season, enabling over 15,500 people to experience the transformational power of theatre for just £10, with over 60% of bookers being newcomers to The Old Vic. We are hugely excited to continue our partnership with PwC to inspire new audiences to our Theatre by making exceptional theatre truly accessible.

You can read more about the upcoming Old Vic Productions HERE

Full casting announced for the world premier of the new musical GROUNDHOG DAY

Book by Danny Rubin
Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Directed by Matthew Warchus
Choreography by Peter Darling

Previews from Monday 11 July 2016, press night Tuesday 16 August 2016.

Full casting is announced today for the world premiere of the new musical Groundhog Day, which previews from Monday 11 July 2016 with a press night on Tuesday 16 August 2016.

Carlyss Peer will play Rita Hanson alongside the previously announced Andy Karl in the role of Phil Connors. They are joined by an ensemble cast including Leo Andrew, David Birch, Ste Clough, Roger Dipper, Georgina Hagen, Kieran Jae, Julie Jupp, Andrew Langtree, Vicki Lee Taylor, Emma Lindars, Antonio Magro, Carolyn Maitland, Kirsty Malpass, Lisa Mathieson, Eugene McCoy, Jenny O’Leary, Leanne Pinder, Mark Pollard, Damien Poole, Jack Shalloo, Andrew Spillett and Spencer Stafford.

Artistic Director of The Old Vic Matthew Warchus, composer and lyricist Tim Minchin, choreographer Peter Darling and designer Rob Howell, four of the creators of the international musical sensation Matilda The Musical, have joined forces with writer Danny Rubin to collaborate on a new musical based on his 1993 hit film Groundhog Day.

Groundhog Day is the story of Phil Connors (Andy Karl), a cynical Pittsburgh TV weatherman who is sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in the isolated small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, when he finds himself caught in a time loop, forced to repeat the same day again and again…and again. As each day plays out exactly the same as before, Phil becomes increasingly despondent, but is there a lesson to be learnt through his experiences, will he ever unlock the secret and break the cycle?

The 1993 Columbia Pictures film, with a screenplay by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis, based on a story by Rubin, and directed by Ramis, starred Bill Murray. Now widely regarded as a contemporary classic, Groundhog Day was cited by the Writers Guild of America as one of the 101 Greatest Screenplays ever written and in 2000 was voted by readers of Total Film as one of the ten best comedies of all time.

Andy Karl, who plays Phil Connors, can currently be seen on the NBC series Law & Order: SVU as Sergeant Mike Dodds. Karl won the Outer Critics Circle Award and has been nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League awards for his starring role opposite Kristin Chenoweth in the Broadway revival of On the Twentieth Century.

For his critically acclaimed performance as Rocky Balboa in the Broadway musical Rocky, Karl was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards.

Carlyss Peer, who plays Rita Hanson, has performed on stage and screen. Since graduating from RADA her theatre credits have included Ophelia in Hamlet and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), Jefferson’s Garden (Watford Palace), But I Made You a Mix Tape (Etcetera Theatre), The Rivals (Theatre Royal Bath and Theatre Royal Haymarket) and Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Salisbury Playhouse).

Matthew Warchus is a director of theatre, opera and film who has directed award-winning productions for many of the major British theatre companies. He was an Associate Director at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and was an Artistic Associate at The Old Vic before being appointed in 2014 to succeed Kevin Spacey as Artistic Director of the theatre.

Matthew’s extensive theatre credits include The Caretaker, The Master Builder and Future Conditional (The Old Vic), Matilda The Musical (RSC, West End and Broadway, 7 Olivier Awards, including Best Director and Best New Musical, and 4 Tony Awards), Ghost: The Musical and La Bête (West End and Broadway), Deathtrap (West End), The Norman Conquests (West End and Broadway, Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play), God of Carnage (West End and Broadway, Tony Award for Best Play and Best Direction of a Play), Boeing-Boeing (West End, Broadway and UK tour, Tony Award for Best Revival of a play and Olivier nomination for Best Revival of a Play), Speed-the-Plow (The Old Vic), the theatrical adaptation of The Lord of the Rings (also co-writer, West End), Buried Child (National Theatre), Endgame (Albery Theatre), Our House (Cambridge Theatre, Olivier Award for Best Musical), Follies (Broadway), Life x 3 (National Theatre, The Old Vic and Broadway), True West (Donmar Warehouse and Broadway, Tony nominations for Best Director and Best Play), The Unexpected Man (RSC, West End and Broadway), Art (Broadway, West End and Los Angeles, Olivier and Tony Awards for Best Play), Hamlet and Henry V (RSC), Volpone (National Theatre, Evening Standard Award for Best Director), Much Ado About Nothing (West End) and Betrayal, Death of a Salesman, The Plough and the Stars, Fiddler on the Roof and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Opera credits include Falstaff and Così Fan Tutte (ENO) and The Rake’s Progress (ROH and WNO). Matthew directed feature films Pride (2014, BIFA Best British Independent Film, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations) and Simpatico (1999).

Tim Minchin is a musician, actor, comedian and writer. As a musical satirist, Tim has toured in the UK, the US and Australia and released 5 DVDs. He is the composer/lyricist of Matilda The Musical (book by Dennis Kelly) and is currently directing and writing music and lyrics for forthcoming DreamWorks Animation feature film Larrikins. Acting credits include Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Sydney Theatre Company), Judas Iscariot in Jesus Christ Superstar (arena tour of UK and Australia) and, for television, Atticus Fetch in Californication (Showtime) and Smasher Sullivan in Secret River (ABC).

Peter Darling is an award-winning choreographer. His work for theatre in the UK includes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Billy Elliott (Victoria Palace Theatre), Merrily We Roll Along (Donmar Warehouse), Candide and Oh! What a Lovely War (National Theatre), Sunset Boulevard (Really Useful Group), The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Edward II, The Country Wife, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night, all for Michael Grandage . He choreographed Matilda The Musical, Our House and The Lord of the Rings for Matthew Warchus. His film work includes Billy Elliott and The Phantom of the Opera.

Rob Howell is an award-winning designer who has designed sets and costumes extensively for theatre and opera in the UK and abroad. His work has been recognised with numerous nominations and two Drama Desk Awards, a Tony Award and three Olivier Awards, including for his work on Matilda The Musical. Rob has worked at the Royal Court, the Donmar Warehouse, the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera House and the Metropolitan Opera. Work at The Old Vic includes The Master Builder, Dr Seuss’s The Lorax, Future Conditional, A Flea in Her Ear, Inherit the Wind, Complicit, The Norman Conquests (also on Broadway) and Speed-the-Plow. He is an Associate Artist of The Old Vic.

Danny Rubin is an award-winning screenwriter and lecturer. His screen credits include Hear No Evil, S.F.W. and Groundhog Day, for which he received the BAFTA for Best Screenplay and the Critics’ Circle Award for Screenwriter of the Year, as well as honours from the Writers Guild of America and the American Film Institute.

Full Cast: Leo Andrew, David Birch, Ste Clough, Roger Dipper, Georgina Hagen, Kieran Jae, Julie Jupp, Andy Karl, Andrew Langtree, Vicki Lee Taylor, Emma Lindars, Antonio Magro, Carolyn Maitland, Kirsty Malpass, Lisa Mathieson, Eugene McCoy, Jenny O’Leary, Carlyss Peer, Leanne Pinder, Mark Pollard, Damien Poole, Jack Shalloo, Andrew Spillett, Spencer Stafford.