A complete guide to Matthew Warchus’ Season Five at the Old Vic

By | Posted on 03-Dec-2019

A complete guide to Matthew Warchus’ Season Five at the Old Vic

In April 2019, the Old Vic’s artistic director Matthew Warchus announced the newest season of theatre to be performed at the iconic London venue. With some of the world’s biggest names across stage and screen making their Old Vic debuts as well as returning to the venue, make sure you’re up to date with everything during the season and book your tickets now to these upcoming productions.

Shows in Season Five at the Old Vic


What is the story of Endgame?Old Vic

Considered to be one of Samuel Beckett’s best works, Endgame tells the story of Hamm and Clov, locked in a room together. Interrupted by the nostalgic musings of Hamm’s ancient, dustbin-dwelling parents, this bleakly funny double act cling stubbornly to their routine of casual savagery and mutual dependence.

Who is starring in Endgame?

Two of the biggest names across stage and screen will perform alongside each other for the first time in Endgame.

Alan Cumming will play Hamm, best known for the Tony Award-winning performance as the Emcee in Cabaret, recently revived in 2014 on Broadway.

Best known for playing Harry Potter in the film adaptation of the JK Rowling books, Daniel Radcliffe will return to the West End to play Clov.

Jane Horrocks and Karl Johnson return to the Old Vic to complete the cast of Endgame.

When is Endgame at the Old Vic?

Endgame is at the Old Vic from 27th January to 28th March.

4000 Miles

What is the story of 4000 Miles?

The Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama follows Leo, a 21-year-old who has just cycled across the United States, ending up on the doorstep of his 91-year-old grandmother’s Manhattan apartment. As the pair reunite after time spent apart, their lives collide in spectacular fashion.

Who is starring in 4000 Miles?

Timothée Chalamet will make his London stage debut in 4000 Miles, best known for his Academy Award-nominated performance starring in Call Me By Your Name, as well as appearing in films including The King and Lady Bird. He is joined by the Olivier Award-winning actress Eileen Atkins, last starring in the West End production of The Height of the Storm at the Wyndham’s Theatre.

When is 4000 Miles at the Old Vic?

4000 Miles begins previews on 6th April 2020, with an opening night on 16th April 2020. 4000 Miles will play a limited engagement to 23rd May 2020.

Local Hero

What is the story of Local Hero?

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Based on the 1983 Scottish comedy film of the same name, Local Hero follows Mac MacIntyre, a Texan oil executive with plans to replace a small seaside village in Scotland with an oil refinery. When residents and local communities voice their opinions, Mac quickly realises that changing the town into a money-making location isn’t going to be easy. Before the local gets get rich, they have to decide what their home is worth.

Who is starring in Local Hero?

Casting for Local Hero is to be announced.

When is Local Hero at the Old Vic?

Local Hero is at the Old Vic from 18th June to 22nd August.

Previous shows at the Old Vic

A Very Expensive Poison

Based on the Guardian/Faber book by Luke Harding and adapted for the stage by Lucy Prebble, A Very Expensive Poison illuminates recent news coverage and media opinion on global politics and the death of Russian spy, Alexander Litvinenko. In a world of international espionage lurking over communities across the world, radioactive relationships come to the fore in the world premiere of A Very Expensive Poison, which closed on 28th September.


Matt Smith and Claire Foy starred in an environmental play, considering the impact of giving birth in modern-day society. With the ice caps melting, overpopulation and political unrest, Lungs asks what happens when discussions of childbearing reach breaking point? The gripping play stunned audiences for a limited engagement from 14th October to 9th November.

A Christmas Carol

Paterson Joseph played Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic, which was performed for a third consecutive season. Charles Dickens’ story is adapted by Jack Thorne and directed by Matthew Warchus, reimagined with in the round seating and a true love song to the festive season.

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