In celebration of its 200th Birthday, The Old Vic today has announced a special additional production to its Bicentenary season. The acclaimed Paines Plough production of Sea Wall, by Simon Stephens and performed by Andrew Scott, will play at The Old Vic from Monday 18 June until Saturday 30 June 2018.
Sea Wall was written by Stephens as a stage play for Scott and first performed at the Bush Theatre in 2008 and subsequently performed at the NT Shed in 2013 and the Project Arts Centre, Dublin Theatre Festival in 2015.
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Simon Stephens said: “This news has just about made my summer. The collaboration with George Perrin and Andrew Scott on Sea Wall is as special as any collaboration in my working life. The idea that we can bring our work to a theatre as magical and magnificent as The Old Vic quite fills my heart and blows my mind.”
Andrew Scott added:
“I’m so excited to return to The Old Vic. Sea Wall, to my mind, is a stunning piece of writing, and the idea of performing Simon’s beautiful play in this most magical of theatres makes me really happy. Thanks Matthew for having us. I hope The Old Vic audiences will love the play as much as I do.”
George Perrin, artistic director of Paines Plough, said: “It’s an honour to bring Simon’s exquisite play and Andrew’s virtuosic performance to The Old Vic – the first London stage I directed on. I’m thrilled that with The Old Vic, Paines Plough is able to make new writing of this quality accessible to so many people.”
Andrew Scott’s theatre credits include Design for Living, Dublin Carol (The Old Vic); Hamlet (Almeida and West End, Critics Circle Award for Best Shakespearean performance); The Dazzle (Found111); Cock; A Girl in a Car with a Man (Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre); Birdland, Dying City, Crave, Playing The Victim (Royal Court); 50 Years on Stage, Emperor, Galilean and Aristocrats (National Theatre); The Vertical Hour (Broadway); Sea Wall (Bush Theatre/Traverse Theatre/National Theatre); Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Spirit of Life Award Winner – Gate Theatre); Six Characters in search of an Author; A Woman of No Importance; The Marriage of Figaro (Abbey Theatre Dublin).
Film credits include Spectre; Jimmy’s Hall; Victor Frankenstein; Locke; Pride (BIFA Best Supporting Actor); Denial; Swallows and Amazons; Alice Through the Looking Glass; The Stag; Handsome Devil; Steel Country; Saving Private Ryan; The Duel; Korea; Nora; Dead Bodies (IFTA Best Actor in a Lead Role). Television credits include Sherlock (BAFTA Best Supporting Actor; IFTA Best Supporting TV Actor); The Hollow Crown, The Town, The Hour, John Adams, Band of Brothers, My Life in Film, Longitude, Lennon Naked and Legacy. Scott has twice won the BBC Audio Drama award for his work on radio.