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The Greatest Wealth, special One Voice performances at The Old Vic to celebrate the NHS

THE Greatest Wealth, curated by Lolita Chakrabarti and directed by Adrian Lester, will celebrate 70 years of the National Health Service this summer.

No society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of
Aneurin Bevan

Eight specially-commissioned monologues by Moira Buffini, Lolita Chakrabarti, Seiriol Davies, Matilda Ibini, Courttia Newland, Meera Syal, Jack Thorne and Paul Unwin will be written and performed in response to each decade since Aneurin Bevan launched the NHS at Park Hospital, Manchester on July 5, 1948.

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.

The Greatest Wealth is part of The Old Vic’s Bicentennial One Voice season, celebrating other important anniversaries in The Old Vic’s 200th year. This began with One Hand Tied Behind Us, curated by Maxine Peake to mark 100 years since The Representation of the People Act 1918 gave the first women in Britain the right to vote.

Adrian Lester. Photo credit The Masons.

Later this year, there will be one final special anniversary performance to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. Dates, writers and casting to be announced.

In celebration of 70 years of the NHS The Old Vic is offering 70 tickets per performance priced at £5 for NHS workers to The Greatest Wealth (£10 for the Friday double bill). The performances will be live sign language interpreted in British Sign Language (BSL).

Casting for The Greatest Wealth is still to be announced.

Dates and prices: Part 1: Monday, June 25 at 8.30pm (tickets: £10 – £15); Part 2: Tuesday, June 26 at 8.30pm (tickets: £10 – £15); Parts 1 and 2: Friday, June 29 at 8pm (tickets: £20 – £30).

Images: Top: Lolita Chakrabarti. Photo credit: The Masons. Bottom: Adrian Lester. Photo credit The Masons.

Joe Penhall’s new play Mood Music continues at The Old Vic until June 16, 2018. It will be followed – from July 7 to August 25, 2018 – by the world premiere of visionary director Sally Cookson’s powerful new adaptation of Patrick Ness’ piercing novel A Monster Calls.