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Casting announced for The Greatest Wealth, The Old Vic's One Voice performances celebrating the NHS

Casting news

THE OLD Vic has announced casting for The Greatest Wealth, curated by Lolita Chakrabarti and directed
by Adrian Lester to celebrate 70 years of the National Health Service.

Jade Anouka, Louise English, Dervla Kirwan, Ruth Madeley, Art Malik, Meera Syal, Sophie Stone and David Threlfall will perform monologues written by Moira Buffini, Lolita Chakrabarti, Seiriol Davies, Matilda Ibini, Courttia Newland, Meera Syal, Jack Thorne and Paul Unwin in response to each decade since Aneurin Bevan launched the NHS at Park Hospital, Manchester, on July 5, 1948.

Each evening will also include music performed by Gloria Obianyo.

Lolita Chakrabarti said: ‘I am thrilled to be curating this One Voice for The Old Vic and delighted that so many talented and accomplished actors will be a part of it. To see how inventive but truthful each writer has been and then to realise their work with this calibre of actor is fantastic. This is going to be a very special event.’

The full line up is as follows:

1940s: Boo, by Jack Thorne, performed by Sophie Stone
1950s: At The Point of Need, by Paul Unwin, performed by David Threlfall
1960s: Rivers, written and performed by Meera Syal
1970s: Sister Susan, by Moira Buffini, performed by Dervla Kirwan
1980s: Speedy Gonzales, by Lolita Chakrabarti, performed by Art Malik
1990s: Family Room, by Courttia Newland, performed by Jade Anouka
2000s: Choice & Control, by Matilda Ibini, performed by Ruth Madeley
2010s: The Nuchess, by Seiriol Davies, performed by Louise English

This Old Vic commissioned set of world premiere monologues will salute and discuss the past, present and future of our NHS, an extraordinary institution that supports every single one of us. An absolute jewel in our crown.

Performance schedule

The NHS from the 1940s-1970s: Monday, June 25 at 8.30pm
The NHS from the 1980s-present: Tuesday, June 26 at 8.30pm
The NHS from the 1940s-present (double bill): Friday, June 29 at 8pm

Read more about The Greatest Wealth.