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The second half of Matthew Warchus’ fourth season at the Old Vic announced

Season preview

Matthew Warchus’ fourth season as Artistic Director of The Old Vic includes two Arthur Miller plays – The American Clock and All My Sons – and A Very Expensive Poison, a new play by Lucy Prebble based on the book by Luke Harding.

The American Clock opens on February 13 with preview performances from February 4.

For them the clock would never strike midnight, the dance and the music could never stop…

The American Clock turns, fortunes are made and lives are broken. In New York City in 1929, the stock market crashed and everything changed.

In an American society governed by race and class, audiences meet the Baum family as they navigate the aftermath of an unprecedented financial crisis. The world pulses with a soundtrack fusing 1920s swing and jazz with a fiercely contemporary sound, creating a backdrop that spans a vast horizon from choking high rises to rural heartlands.

Visionary director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Hadestown) presents Arthur Miller’s ground-breaking play about hope, idealism and a nation’s unwavering faith in capitalism.

A Very Expensive Poison – dates to be announced.

A modern-day assassination in the heart of London. In the strange coming together of high-stakes global politics and radioactive villainy, a man pays with his life.

At this time of unnerving global crises and rumblings of a new Cold War, A Very Expensive Poison sends audiences careering through the shadowy world of international espionage from the townhouses of Fitzrovia to the brothels of Soho.

With dazzling inventiveness, Lucy Prebble (The Effect, ENRON) reimagines Luke Harding’s jaw-dropping exposé of the events behind the tragic death of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.

And on Sunday, November 4, 2018, to mark 100 years since the Armistice, Arinzé Kene (Girl from the North Country, Misty) curates Remembrance, an evening of five specially commissioned monologues directed by Old Vic Associate Director Annabel Bolton (The Divide) that shine a light on the powerful, poignant and surprising stories often hidden in the shadow of conflict.

Writers include Ben Bailey Smith (Doc Brown), Rachel De-Lahay, Monica Dolan and Arinzé Kene, with further writers to be announced.

This is the latest in a series of One Voice events, specially commissioned monologues that form an integral part of each Old Vic Season. Funded by the TS Eliot Estate, One Voice celebrates the most raw of theatrical forms – a single voice on a stage without scenery, without costume and with nothing to rely on but words.

Then looking ahead, in June 2020, following its world premiere at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in 2019, a musical adaptation of the hit 1983 film, Local Hero, comes to The Old Vic. Adapted by David Greig and Bill Forsyth, it will be directed by John Crowley and have music and lyrics by Mark Knopfler.