ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD
By Tom Stoppard
Directed by David Leveaux
Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire
Previews from Saturday 25 February 2017, press night Tuesday 7 March 2017
Half a century after its premiere on The Old Vic stage, Rosencrantz and 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.
By Georg Büchner
World Premiere of a new version by Jack Thorne
Directed by Joe Murphy
Starring John Boyega
Previews from Saturday 6 May 2017, press night Wednesday 17 May 2017
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.
GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY
Written and Directed by Conor McPherson
Music and Lyrics by Bob Dylan
Previews from Wednesday 12 July 2017, press night TBC
The Old Vic is proud to present the World Premiere of Girl From the North Country, an electrifying new work from esteemed playwright Conor McPherson along with classic songs from Bob Dylan.
Duluth, Minnesota in the midst of the Great Depression.
A family adrift, their future on a knife edge. Lost and lonely people drifting through the rooms of their guesthouse. But Nick Laine thinks he’s seen a way out…
Adapted by David Greig
Music and Lyrics by Charlie Fink
Directed by Max Webster
Previews from Sunday 15 October 2017, press night TBC
‘I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees!’
The irrepressible, big-hearted, moustachioed critter is back. Following rave reviews and an Olivier nomination for Best Entertainment and Family show, Dr. Seuss’sThe Lorax returns to The Old Vic stage.
This dazzlingly funny, moving and inspiring show sees the go-getting Once-ler come face to face with the magical Lorax in a battle over the beloved truffula trees and the whole of Paradise Valley. Adapted for the stage by David Greig with music and lyrics by Charlie Fink, Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax is a brilliant riot of eye- popping colour, gorgeous puppetry and infectious music to enchant adults and children alike.
MONOLOGUES FUNDED BY THE TS ELIOT ESTATE
Saturday 26 November 2016 Friday 10 February 2017 Friday 21 April 2017
Friday 19 May 2017
‘All I have is a voice.’ W. H. Auden
A voice can take you anywhere, to see anything, to feel joy, pain, to make you laugh until you cry, to see
inside another person’s head, to build castles in the air.
A series of monologues specially commissioned by The Old Vic and premiering on our stage with one off performances from renowned actors, One Voice celebrates the most raw of theatre forms – a single voice on a stage without scenery, without costume and with nothing to rely on but words.
Writers this season include Amelia Bullmore, Shami Chakrabarti, John Godber, Marie Jones, Patrick Marber, Chris Terrio and Mark Watson, with more to follow.
Further dates to be announced.
LATES AT THE OLD VIC
I’M NOT HERE
Saturday 11 February 2017, 9.45pm
A one-off appearance by multi award-winning comic Mark Watson. I’m Not Here sold out 27 nights in Edinburgh, where it was the third best reviewed comedy show of the Fringe. This, after an 85-date national tour, is the only London performance.
RONNIE SCOTT’S JAZZ TRIO IN MARK’S BAR
Saturday 18 February 2017, 9.30pm
Enjoy a cocktail (or two) with music from the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Trio. Ronnie’s is one of the oldest jazz clubs in the world and has featured most of the legendary and popular names in modern jazz and jazz fusion. Ronnie’s Jazz Trio performs for one night only in Mark Hix’s bar at The Old Vic. Mark’s Bar serves delicious and specially crafted cocktails and is open late after every performance.
COVER MY TRACKS
Written by David Greig
Music and Lyrics by Charlie Fink Directed by Max Webster
5 – 17 June 2017, 9.30pm
In an interconnected, digital world, what does it take to disappear?
Former Noah and the Whale front man and songwriter Charlie Fink, multi-award-winning playwright David Greig and director Max Webster (the team behind Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax) bring us Cover My Tracks, the story of an idealistic young songwriter who sets out on the road looking to write a 21st century pop masterpiece and vanishes without a trace. Might her personal songbook be the key to unlocking the mystery?
FAMILIES AT THE OLD VIC
Theatre is a magical world of 3D stories and no child is too young to start experiencing the delight and wonder of live performance. This Season, in partnership with performers and organisations, The Old Vic brings storytelling for all ages to our theatre. More titles to be announced during the Season.
TALES FROM THE SHED
Thursday 10 November, Thursday 24 November and Thursday 1 December 2016, 10am & 11.30am Christmas Tales, Wednesday 21 December 2016, 10am & 11.30am
North London-based inclusive theatre company Chickenshed will present their hugely popular Tales From The Shed. This vibrant and interactive show for young children aged 0-5 includes puppetry, sign language, song and dance and will play weekly in Mark’s Bar at The Old Vic.
20 Mar – 1 Apr 2017, Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri, 2.30pm, Sat matinee 11am
‘You’re never too old for hopes and dreams…there’s always time for plans and schemes.’
When loneliness is replaced by a far off flickering light, two elderly friends break free on a journey to reconcile their pasts and find what remains of their futures. A newly commissioned puppetry show created by Mark Arends and Make Mend and Do, Missing Light, a daytime production for children aged 8+, will play on the main stage in 2017.
Production supported by Arts Council England.
THE CHILDREN’S BOOKSHOW
The Old Vic is delighted to be hosting Michael Rosen, the fifth Children’s Laureate, at The Children’s Bookshow on 18 November 2016. A literacy charity, The Children’s Bookshow organises an annual autumn tour at theatres around the country where children are treated to performances from acclaimed authors, illustrators and poets. This event is recommended for children aged 7-11.
A series of talks, conversations, debates and workshops given by leading voices in the arts, media, science
and politics, which explore the themes raised by the productions on our main stage in creative ways.
IF I HAD A VOICE
8 October, 5pm Pre-show discussion
How do we challenge inherent misogyny and create positive female role models at a time when the public voices of women are arguably still criticised and even silenced? Nimco Ali, Sara Khan, Stella Creasy and Emily Maitlis (chair) will find new ways to tackle an old conversation.
LISA DWAN IN CONVERSATION
13 October, Post-show
Hear Lisa Dwan talk about the concept behind the production and her unique approach to exploring Beckett’s momentous texts, in conversation with Clemency Burton-Hill.
IS RIPENESS ALL?
Should the older generation be trusted with the future? 17 November, 5.45pm – Pre-show debate
The Brexit vote has ignited a rhetoric of the old versus the young. This debate will pit Millennials against Baby Boomers to ask who should be responsible for the future.
LEAR AND DAUGHTERS
29 November, Post-show
Morfydd Clark, Jane Horrocks, Celia Imrie and Glenda Jackson give an insight into the working process behind this landmark production
The School of Life:
HOW TO BE A BETTER FRIEND
14 January, 12.30pm – Workshop
Lovers may come and go, work may carry us halfway around the world but friendship provides stability in an otherwise changing world. In this workshop from The School of Life, you’ll explore the limits and perils of friendship, as well as its promise.
FROM ART TO ARTEFACT
24 January, 5.45pm – Pre-show discussion
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Art London premiere, a group of leading contemporary playwrights will come together to discuss the process of revival and how it feels to watch their work transition from ‘modern’ to ‘modern classic.’
Q&A WITH JOHN BOYEGA
Date to be announced
Join John Boyega as he talks about his debut at The Old Vic and bringing Büchner’s tragic character to life.