Claire Foy and Matt Smith will return to the Old Vic Theatre for a limited run of socially distanced, globally live-streamed performances of Duncan Macmillan’s LUNGS, running for a strictly limited season from 26 June to 4 July 2020 only. Tickets go on general sale at noon on Wednesday 10 June 2020.
LUNGS, first staged at the Old Vic in October 2019, is an emotional rollercoaster of a play about a couple wrestling with life’s biggest dilemmas: melting ice caps, overpopulation, political unrest. Why on earth would someone bring a baby into this world? Artistic director Matthew Warchus directs.
Each performance of LUNGS is available for up to 1,000 people per night (with some matinees) replicating the venues usual audience capacity size. Tickets are priced, as they are in the auditorium, from £10-£65 and whilst all ‘seats’ offer the same view (from the comfort of your own home), audiences are asked to give what they can to help support the theatre in return for access to this totally unique experience. There’s also the option to add a further donation on top of this for those who are able to give a little more.
Once you’ve booked your ticket, you’ll be sent your unique Zoom login details at least 24 hours in advance of the performance. These performances are live-streamed, not pre-recorded – much like life pre-lockdown, you’ll need to make sure you take your seat (at home) in time for the start of the show.
This is the first in the brand-new Old Vic: In Camera series of performances and events created to help safeguard the theatre during this period of closure.
Old Vic artistic director Matthew Warchus said:
“Lockdown hit just as the apocalyptic play Endgame was nearing the end of its Old Vic run. It interrupted the launch of the following play, 4000 Miles, which beautifully explores the metaphorical distances between people. Suddenly everything seems resonant! Lungs, which we were always hoping to revive in London and also in NY, is a dazzlingly funny and deeply moving play about the struggles of sharing, building and making a life in the context of a seemingly doomed world. I’ve no doubt it will resonate in many news ways right now.”