The Old Vic has announced principal casting for Amy Herzog’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play 4000 Miles. Eileen Atkins and Homeland star Timothée Chalamet, making his London stage debut, take the lead roles the UK premiere production, helmed by artistic director Matthew Warchus, which runs 6 April to 23 May 2020, with a press night on 16 April.
‘It was to finish something I started. Micah and I started something. I finished it. That’s it. People want to make it really complicated but it’s not’
At the beginning of the summer, 21-year-old Leo (Timothée Chalamet) set out from the West Coast cycling across America with his best friend. After weeks of radio silence, no one is more surprised than his 91-year-old grandmother Vera (Eileen Atkins), when Leo turns up on her Manhattan doorstep in the middle of the night. His life just starting, hers nearly ended, in a faded Greenwich Village apartment their griefs collide.
4000 Miles is part of Matthew Warchus’ Season 5, joining the forthcoming productions of A Christmas Carol, Endgame (in a double bill with Rough for Theatre II) and Local Hero.
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Eileen Atkins (Vera) – Theatre includes: Sargeant Musgrave’s Dance, The Lady’s Not For Burning (The Old Vic); The Killing of Sister George – Evening Standard Award for Best Actress (The Old Vic/West End/Broadway); The Height of the Storm (West End/UK tour/Broadway); Female of the Species, The Birthday Party (West End); Honour – Olivier Award for Best Actress, The Winter’s Tale – Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress (National Theatre); Ellen Terry (Shakespeare’s Globe); Doubt, Retreat From Moscow (Broadway); The Unexpected Man – Olivier Award for Best Actress (RSC/Barbican/Broadway). Television includes: The Crown, Doc Martin, Upstairs Downstairs, Cranford – BAFTA Award for Best Actress, Emmy Award for Supporting Actress, Miss Marple. Film includes: Carnage, Paddington, Last Chance Harvey, The Hours, Gosford Park.
Timothée Chalamet (Leo) – Theatre includes: Prodigal Son (Manhattan Theater Club). Film includes: Little Women, The King, Beautiful Boy, Lady Bird, Hostiles, Call Me By Your Name – Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor, Miss Stevens, Interstellar. Upcoming films include: Dune, The French Dispatch.
Matthew Warchus (director) – Theatre includes: Lungs, Present Laughter, ‘Art’, The Caretaker, The Master Builder, Future Conditional, Speed-thePlow (The Old Vic); A Christmas Carol, Groundhog Day, The Norman Conquests (The Old Vic/Broadway); Matilda the Musical (RSC/West End/Broadway/International tour); Ghost The Musical, La Bête, God of Carnage (West End/Broadway); Deathtrap, Endgame, Our House, Much Ado About Nothing (West End); Boeing-Boeing (West End/Broadway/UK tour); The Lord of the Rings (also co-writer, Toronto/West End); Buried Child, Volpone (National Theatre); Follies (Broadway); Life x 3 (National Theatre/The Old Vic/Broadway); True West (Donmar/Broadway); The Unexpected Man (RSC/West End/Broadway); ‘Art’ (Broadway/West End/Los Angeles); Hamlet, Henry V (RSC); Betrayal, Death of a Salesman, The Plough and the Stars, Fiddler on the Roof, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Leeds Playhouse). Opera includes: Falstaff, Così Fan Tutte (ENO); The Rake’s Progress (ROH/WNO). Film includes: Pride — BIFA Best British Independent Film and Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, Simpatico. Matthew was an Associate Director at the Leeds Playhouse and Artistic Associate at The Old Vic before being appointed Artistic Director of the theatre in 2015.
Amy Herzog (writer) – Theatre includes: Belleville (Yale Repertory Theatre/New York Theatre Workshop/Donmar); 4000 Miles – Obie Award for Best New American Play (Lincoln Center, New York/South Coast Repertory/Theatre Royal, Bath); Mary Jane – Horton Foote Playwriting Award 2019, New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, Obie Award for Playwriting (Yale Repertory Theatre/New York Theatre Workshop); The Great God Pan (Playwrights Horizons, New York); After the Revolution – New York Times Award for Outstanding Playwright (Williamstown Theatre Festival/Playwrights Horizons, New York).