Matthew Warchus directs Timothy Spall in this production of Harold Pinter’s absurdist masterpiece, The Caretaker. When three very different men find themselves unexpectedly linked together, relationships are strained and struggles for power rise to the surface.
The Master Builder
Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece about an ambitious architect plays as part of Matthew Warchus’ first season as Artistic Director at the Old Vic. Ralph Fiennes stars in The Master Builder as Halvard Solness, whose relationship with a younger country girl pushes his life and reputation to the limits.
Dr Seuss The Lorax
The Lorax, Dr. Seuss’s beloved fable about the moustachioed Lorax and his attempt to save the precious Truffula trees, is adapted for the Old Vic by Max Webster (James and the Giant Peach) and David Greig (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Adventures of Tintin). With colourful theatre, songs, and trademark wackiness, The Lorax is guaranteed to be the perfect Christmas treat.
The Old Vic Theatre has a rich history dating back to 1818 when it was first used as a playhouse. It became heavily associated with Lilian Baylis in the 1900s who turned the venue around by presenting Shakespeare plays and seasons of opera and ballet. After moving to Sadler's Wells Theatre in Angel, the venue went back to more traditional roots and suffered from bad bomb damage in the Second World War. Olivier's National Theatre Company used the building in the 1960s before the National Theatre was built on the same side of the river. Kevin Spacey is the current artistic director, and the venue thrives with its own company at the helm. The building is versatile and changes for various productions, which have also included putting the auditorium in the round. The shape of the stage can be extended, as much of the auditorium is built in a horse shoe shape, giving side on views of the stage and interesting perspectives. Prices are usually very fair and differ depending on where you choose to sit.
Under 26's can benefit from the theatre's fantastic £12.50 ticket policy for every show, where only proof of age is required at purchase. Failing that, tickets in the Lilian Baylis Upper Circle are extremely reasonable, and provide a fascinating angle to see any production. For sold out productions, standing and bench tickets are also available for under £10.
The auditorium's shape means that the Dress Circle is quite far away from the stage, although is almost on a level with the action. The mid front Stalls section provides the best views, with the centre of M, N and P being a good distance away to take everything in and hot have to always be looking upwards.
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The Hairy Ape
Multi-Award winning director Richard Jones stages a revival of Eugene O’Neil’s expressionist masterpiece The Hairy Ape as part of the Old Vic’s exciting new season. The play concerns Yank a brutish labourer who experiences a crisis of identity after being referred to as a ‘filthy beast’.
Tamsin Oglesby’s new play Future Conditional becomes the first production in incoming Artistic Director Matthew Warchus’ inaugural season at the Old Vic. This hilarious and topical look at the British school system stars Rob Brydon alongside a cast of 23 young performers.
The classic Greek tragedy by Sophocles is performed in a new version by Frank McGuinness starring Kristin Scott Thomas and directed by Ian Rickson. Electra and her long lost brother Orestes take revenge on their father’s murderers. This show will be performed in the round.
Much Ado About Nothing
Meera Syal starred in this Indian-set production of Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing.
Sweet Bird of Youth
Kim Cattrall stars as a fading Hollywood starlet in Tennessee Williams' classic play.
The Winslow Boy
Henry Goodman stars in Terence Rattigan's classic tale of a father fighting for justice against the rigid establishment at his son's private school.
Kiss Me Kate
Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew gets a musical update in the classic backstage comedy Kiss Me, Kate. The Dress and Lilian Baylis Circles have a severe curve that affects seats on the end of the first two rows, so sightlines will be restricted in these seats.
Olivier-Award winner Sheridan Smith starred as Ibsen's tragic heroine Hedda Gabler in a new translation by Brian Friel.
The Duchess Of Malfi
Eve Best stars in John Webster’s Jacobean Tragedy The Duchess of Malfi. A recently widowed Duchess remarries below her station and her brothers set out to punish her.