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Dates announced for Lungs at The Old Vic

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE Old Vic has announced dates for Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs. Directed by Matthew Warchus and starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith, it runs from October 14 to November 9, 2019. Public booking opens on June 25.

I could fly to New York and back every day for seven years and still not leave a carbon footprint as big as if I have a child. Ten thousand tonnes of CO2. That’s the weight of the Eiffel Tower. I’d be giving birth to the Eiffel Tower.

The ice caps are melting, there’s overpopulation, political unrest; everything’s going to hell in a handcart – why on earth would someone bring a baby into this world?

Claire Foy and Matt Smith make their Old Vic debuts in this hilarious emotional rollercoaster of a play, as a couple wrestle with our planet’s biggest dilemmas.

Claire Foy’s theatre credits include: Macbeth, The Connections Plays: Baby Girl, DNA and The Miracle (West End); and Ding Dong the Wicked and Love, Love, Love (Royal Court). Her television work includes: The Crown I & II – Primetime Emmy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, Golden Globe Award – Wolf Hall, Crossbones, The Promise, Hacks, Upstairs Downstairs, Going Postal, Little Dorrit, Doctors and Being Human.

Foy has also appeared in the films The Girl in the Spider’s Web, First Man, Unsane, Breathe, Rose Water, Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, Wreckers, Nightwatch and Season of the Witch.

Matt Smith’s theatre credits include: That Face (Royal Court/West End); Swimming with Sharks (West End); Fresh Kills (Royal Court); American Psycho (Almeida Theatre); and Chatroom, Citizenship and The History Boys (National Theatre). His television work includes: The Crown, Doctor Who, Bert and Dickie, Christopher and His Kind, Moses Jones and Party Animals.

Smith’s film credits include: Morbius, His House, Official Secrets, Charlie Says, Mapplethorpe, Patient Zero, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Terminator: Genisys and Lost River. His film work as Director includes Cargese.

Matthew Warchus’ numerous theatre credits include: A Christmas Carol, ‘Art’, The Caretaker, The Master Builder, Future Conditional and Speed-the-Plow (The Old Vic); Groundhog Day and The Norman Conquests (The Old Vic/Broadway); Matilda the Musical (RSC/West End/Broadway/International tour); Ghost The Musical, La Bête and God of Carnage (West End/Broadway); Deathtrap, Endgame, Our House and Much Ado About Nothing (West End); Boeing-Boeing (West End/Broadway/UK tour); The Lord of the Rings (also co-writer, Toronto/West End); Buried Child and Volpone (National Theatre); and Follies (Broadway).

Duncan Macmillan’s theatre includes: People, Places and Things (National Theatre/West End/St Ann’s Warehouse, New York/UK tour); 1984 (Headlong/Nottingham Playhouse/West End/Broadway/International tour); Every Brilliant Thing (Paines Plough/Pentabus Theatre/Edinburgh Festival/UK and International tour/HBO); City Of Glass (HOME/Lyric Hammersmith); 2071 (Royal Court/Hamburg Schauspielhaus); The Forbidden Zone (Salzburg Festival/Schaubühne, Berlin); Wunschloses Unglück (Burgtheater Vienna); Reise Durch die Nacht (Schauspielhaus Köln/Festival d’Avignon/Teatertreffen); Lungs (Paines Plough/Sheffield Theatres/Studio Theatre, Washington DC); and Monster (Royal Exchange Manchester).

Lungs is designed by Rob Howell and has lighting by Tim Lutkin.

Lungs is suitable for ages 14+.

Also at The Old Vic: Noёl Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter, starring Andrew Scott (June 17 to August 10, 2019).

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