About Lungs

Claire Foy and Matt Smith will star in Lungs at the Old Vic, first performed on a London stage in 2011. Asking questions about the state of the environment and giving birth, Duncan Macmillan’s distinctive love story is edgy, while getting at the heart of contemporary issues.


The cast of Lungs will star Claire Foy and Matt Smith, reuniting for their first acting performance since their critically-acclaimed performances as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip in Netflix’s The Crown.

Foy’s theatre credits include DNA and The Miracle at the National Theatre and Lady Macbeth in a 2013 production of Macbeth at Trafalgar Studios opposite James McAvoy.

Smith’s theatre credits include The History Boys at the National Theatre, Swimming with Sharks at the Vaudeville Theatre and That Face at the Royal Court, winning best newcomer at the 2008 Evening Standard Theatre Awards for the latter production. In 2013, Smith starred in the musical adaptation of American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre.

What's the story?

As a couple weigh up the pros and cons of giving birth in modern day society, the pair consider the environmental impact of bringing a baby into the world. With political unrest, overpopulation and melting ice caps, is it good for the environment to have a child and what happens when adults reach breaking point?

“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”.


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Lungs Performance Dates & Times

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Now Starring

Claire Foy
Matt Smith

Old Vic Theatre

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Where is Lungs?

103 The Cut London SE1 8NB
  • Nearest Bus stop: (Waterloo Road) 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 521, X68; (Mepham Street) 211, 243, 507
  • Parking: Waterloo Station (4mins)
  • Nearest Night Bus: (Waterloo Road) 139, 176, 188, N1, N68, N171; (Mepham Street) 243
  • Nearest Tube: Waterloo & City, Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee
  • Directions:

    (7mins) Take Mepham Street (100 metres) down to Waterloo Road. Turn right on Waterloo Road, but keep left as the theatre is 100 metres further along on the opposite corner.

  • Nearest Station: Waterloo


  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible

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