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Alan Ayckbourn's The Divide comes to The Old Vic

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING its premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival, The Divide, a new play by Alan Ayckbourn, will transfer to The Old Vic in Autumn 2017.

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 (August 8 to August 20, 2017) as part of the Edinburgh International Festival 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 said: “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.”

A co-production with The Old Vic and Edinburgh International Festival, The Divide will be designed by Laura Hopkins, with music composed by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by David Plater, sound by Bobby Aitken, video by Ash J Woodward and casting by Jessica Ronane CDG.

Further details will be announced soon.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, starring Daniel Radcliffe, continues at The Old Vic until April 29, 2017.