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The Old Vic announces Matthew Warchus’ fifth season as artistic director

Season preview

THE Old Vic has announced Matthew Warchus’ Season 5, which features an exciting and eclectic mix of thought-provoking entertainment.

It includes the world premiere of A Very Expensive Poison; Claire Foy and Matt Smith in Lungs; the return of A Christmas Carol; a Samuel Beckett double bill; and a musical adaptation of Local Hero.

In addition, The Old Vic is also launching two new initiatives: an online loyalty scheme called OV Extra, designed to give audiences discounts, insights, invites and surprises for just £5 a month, and Matinee Idols, a social initiative specially for those aged over 60.

The Old Vic has also announced the appointment of Tina Alexandrou and Olivier Award-winning actress Sheila Atim to The Old Vic Theatre Trust Board of Trustees.

The new season opens with the world premiere of A Very Expensive Poison, which begins preview performances from August 19, 2019. Suitable for ages 12+.

A shocking assassination in the heart of London. In a bizarre mix of high-stakes global politics and radioactive villainy, a man pays with his life.

At this time of global crises and a looming new Cold War, A Very Expensive Poison has audiences careering through the shadowy world of international espionage from Moscow to Mayfair.

John Crowley (Brooklyn, The Goldfinch) directs Lucy Prebble’s (The Effect, ENRON) reimagining of Luke Harding’s jaw-dropping exposé of the events behind the notorious death of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.

Next, but with dates to be confirmed, comes Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs. Suitable for ages 14+.

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?

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

The Christmas season sees the return of Jack Thorne’s (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Directed by Matthew Warchus, it begins preview performamces from November 23, 2019. Suitable for ages 8+.

The new year opens with a Samuel Beckett double bill – Endgame and the rarely seen short play Rough for Theatre II – which begins preview performances from January 27, 2020. Suitable for ages 14+.

Go and get two bicycle-wheels.
There are no more bicycle-wheels.
What have you done with your bicycle?
I never had a bicycle.

Nothing stirs outside. In a bare room, Hamm, an old, blind tyrant confined to a wheelchair, is locked in a stalemate with his servant Clov. Interrupted only by the nostalgic musings of Hamm’s ancient parents, this bleakly funny double act cling stubbornly to their routine of casual savagery and mutual dependence.

Richard Jones (The Hairy Ape, Into the Woods) directs Alan Cumming and Daniel Radcliffe in Beckett’s macabre comedy in which hope and cruelty are the last things to die.

Finally, comes a musical adaptation of Local Hero, which begins preview performances from June 18, 2020. Suitable for ages 11+.

Knox Oil will consider any price.
I tell you what, Mister Mac, how about this: a dollar for every grain of sand in my hand?

Ambitious Texan oil executive Mac MacIntyre arrives in Scotland on a mission to buy a small seaside village and replace it with a refinery. It’s the deal of a lifetime, but Mac soon finds that putting a price on this beautiful spot is more complicated than he bargained for. Before the locals get rich, they must decide what their home is worth.

The hit comedy film Local Hero takes to the stage as John Crowley directs a new musical adaptation by Bill Forsyth and David Greig (Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax) with music and songs by the legendary Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits).

This production is presented by special arrangement with Neal Street Productions and Patrick Daly.

All My Sons continues at The Old Vic until June 8, 2019.