The Old Vic has announced the next in the Old Vic: In Camera series with a scratch performance of Brian Friel’s classic play Faith Healer. This production will star Michael Sheen, David Threlfall and Indira Varma for just five performances streamed live directly from the iconic Old Vic stage with the empty auditorium as a backdrop.
Friel’s haunting Faith Healer is a kaleidoscopic, ever shifting exploration of the power of belief, as the contradicting recollections of these three characters seek to reconcile with the past.
Artistic director Matthew Warchus said:
“This play has long been a favourite of mine. With mesmerising expertise Friel unlocks a shimmering fable of epic dimensions employing nothing more than single voices weaving this unforgettable story out of thin air. It’s the definition of a masterpiece and hits you with a huge emotional thwack.”
Faith Healer is the third in the Old Vic: In Camera series following the sell out runs of both Lungs with Claire Foy and Matt Smith and Three Kings with Andrew Scott. Always intended as a creative experiment, the series has become crucial in The Old Vic’s fight for survival, as it remains one of the few ways the theatre can ensure any regular income.
The support from audiences all over the world has inspired The Old Vic’s creative team to keep looking at how the venue can continue its work into 2021 and offer Old Vic: In Camera as a core part of Warchus’ sixth season as artistic director of The Old Vic, until the doors can once again be opened to audiences.
Faith Healer will be live streamed for five performances from 16-19 September 2020 with tickets priced from £10-£40. A limited number will be available at each price band and whilst all ‘seats’ offer the same view, The Old Vic is asking audiences to give what they can to help support the theatre “in return for access to this totally unique experience”. Those planning to watch together on the same device only need to book a single ticket.
Michael Sheen Theatre includes: Caligula, Frost/Nixon (Donmar Warehouse); Hamlet (Young Vic); The Passion in Port Talbot (National Theatre Wales); Homecoming, Look Back In Anger (National Theatre); Amadeus (The Old Vic/Broadway); Henry V (RSC). Film includes: The Queen, Frost/Nixon, Midnight in Paris, The Twilight Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, The Damned United, Alice in Wonderland, Tron: Legacy, Far From the Madding Crowd, Sony’s Home, Apostle, Slaughterhouse Rulez. Television includes: Fantabulosa!, Dirty Filthy Love, The Special Relationship, Masters of Sex, 30 Rock, 7 Days In Hell, Spoils of Babylon, Good Omens, The Good Fight, Quiz, Staged. Other work includes: activism through roles including UNICEF Ambassador, Patron of Social Enterprise UK, President of the Wales Centre for Voluntary Action and branching out to start his own social movements.
David Threlfall Theatre includes: Bussy D’Ambois (The Old Vic); Don Quixote, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Blue/Orange, The Wild Duck (West End); Tartuffe, Richard II (National Theatre); Skelling (Young Vic); Peer Gynt, Present Laughter, The Count of Monte Cristo, Macbeth (Manchester Royal Exchange); The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby – Clarence Derwent Award for Best Male in a Supporting Role, Olivier Award for Best Actor (West End/Plymouth Theatre, New York); Julius Caesar, The Suicide, Cymbeline (RSC). Film includes: Black Sea, Nowhere Boy, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Hot Fuzz. Television includes: Troy, Fall of a City, Waiting for Andre, Ripper Street, Midwinter of the Spirit, Code of a Killer, The Ark, Tommy, Shameless.
Indira Varma Theatre includes: Present Laughter (The Old Vic); The Seagull (West End); Celebration, One For the Road (Broadway); Exit The King, Man and Superman, Ivanov, Remembrance of Things Past, Othello (National Theatre); The Treatment, Five Gold Rings (Almeida); Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare’s Globe); Dance of Death, Twelfth Night, The Vortex, Privates on Parade (Donmar Warehouse); Ingredient X, The Vertical Hour, The Country (Royal Court); The Skin of Our Teeth (Young Vic). Film includes: Official Secrets, Close, Exodus, Silent Hours, All You Need is Kill, Bride and Prejudice, Jinnah, Sixth Happiness, Clancy’s Kitchen, Mein Indischer Sommer, Kama Sutra. Television includes: For Life, This Way Up, Carnival Row, Melrose, The Truth, Paranoid, New Blood, Game of Thrones, Rome, Luther.