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


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

A Very Expensive Poison

What is the story of 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. As the play progresses, it’s made clear that a shocking assassination to happen in the heart of London concerns the general public. What happens when a man caught in the middle has to play with his life in order to survive? 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.

Who is starring in A Very Expensive Poison?

Tom Brooke will play Alexander Litvinenko, with MyAnna Buring  as Marina Litvinenko, Alexander’s wife. Reece Shearsmith will play ‘The President,  Peter Polycarpou will play Russian tycoon Boris Bereszovsky, and Lloyd Hutchinson and Michael Shaeffer will play Dimitri Kotvun and Andrei Luguvoi respectively. The cast is completed by Thomas Arnold, Callum Coates, Marc Graham, Amanda Hadingue, Yasmine Holness-Dove, Robyn Moore, Sarah Seggari, Gavin Spokes and Bea Svistunenko.

When is A Very Expensive Poison at the Old Vic?

A Very Expensive Poison is at the Old Vic from 18th August to 28th September.


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What is the story of Lungs?

When a man and a woman consider what it means to give birth in today’s society, they reflect upon the carbon cost of raising a child. With the ice caps melting, overpopulation and political unrest, what happens when discussions of childbearing reach breaking point?

Who is starring in Lungs?

Claire Foy will play the Woman in Lungs. Winning Golden Globes for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the first two seasons of Netflix’s The Crown, Foy has appeared in stage productions of DNA and The Miracle. She is reunited by her royal counterpart Matt Smith, who played Prince Phillip in The Crown. Best known for being the eleventh incarnate of the Doctor in Doctor Who, his stage credits include The History Boys and Swimming With Sharks.

When is Lungs at the Old Vic?

Lungs is at the Old Vic from 14th October to 9th November.

A Christmas Carol

What is the story of A Christmas Carol?

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When Ebenezer Scrooge is faced with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come, as well as the ghost of his former colleague, Jacob Marley, it’s up to the “humbug” to welcome the Christmas spirit once and for all. Transported to different times in his live, Scrooge sees the lonely life that he has built up for himself. Can Ebenezer be saved before it’s too late?

A Christmas Carol returns to the Old Vic as the annual Christmas show for its third consecutive year. Charles Dicken’s 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.

Who is starring in A Christmas Carol?

Paterson Joseph will lead the cast as Scrooge, with further casting to be announced.

Previous actors to have performed in A Christmas Carol include Stephen Tompkinson as Ebenezer Scrooge in the 2018 production and Griff Rhys-Jones in the 2017 premiere.

When is A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic?

A Christmas Carol is at the Old Vic from 23rd November to 18th January.


What is the story of Endgame?

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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.

Further casting is to be announced.

When is Endgame at the Old Vic?

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

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.

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