200 days ahead of its 200th birthday, The Old Vic today (24 October 2017) marks the launch of its bicentenary and Matthew Warchus‘ third year as Artistic Director of The Old Vic with a season of world premiere productions. Four world premieres newly announced today are:
- A new adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s 1982 Swedish film Fanny & Alexander by Stephen Beresford, directed by Max Webster. Running 21 February to 14 April 2018. Amongst the gilded romance and glamour of 1900s Sweden, two creative siblings find their world turned upside down when their mother remarries a bishop.
- Mood Music, a new play by Joe Penhall, directed by Roger Michell. Running 21 April to 30 June 2018. In a London recording studios, two songwriters, their lawyers and psychotherapists go to battle over music.
- A new adaptation of Patrick Ness’ 2011 children’s fantasy novel A Monster Calls, devised by the company, directed by Sally Cookson. Running 7 July to 20 August 2018. Thirteen-year-old Conor’s mum is sick and not getting better. One night, seven minutes past midnight, a monster arrives to tell Conor tales – when he’s finished, Conor must tell his own story and face his fears. A 2014 film version featured Liam Neeson voicing the monster.
- ZooNation’s new musical dance production, Sylvia, co-written, directed and choreographed by Associate Artist Kate Prince with music and lyrics by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde. Running 1 to 22 September 2018. 100 years after the first women in Britain were granted the vote, this piece combines dance, hip-hop, soul and funk to shed new light on a remarkable story at the heart of the Suffragette movement.
These are in addition to the previously announced productions:
- A new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless classic A Christmas Carol by Jack Thorne, directed by Matthew Warchus
- The Divide, a ‘narrative for voices’, by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Baylis Director Annabel Bolton
- In the West End: Girl from the North Country at the Noël Coward Theatre from 29 December 2017; and the return of Emma Rice’s Brief Encounter at the Empire Cinema, Haymarket from March 2018
- On tour: Dr Seuss’s The Lorax in North and Central America and ART UK wide.
Artistic Director Matthew Warchus commented:
“We love and care for the elderly members of our family and community out of respect for all that they have achieved and contributed in their long lives. On the other hand, we love and care for the young because we are excited about their future and we want them to exuberantly fulfil their potential.
“To honour The Old Vic’s 200th birthday we are celebrating it partly as a treasured historic icon but mostly as an adventurous, youthful, hub of creativity with a vibrant future ahead of it. To emphasise this forward-facing spirit, I’m delighted to present a Bicentenary Season comprised entirely of world premiere productions, including four new commissions. The Old Vic will, of course, continue to mix pertinent revivals and refreshed classics into future seasons, but for this birthday year, we are allowing ourselves to focus on new work.
“We aim for this famous building to be a welcoming, fun, surprising and indispensable cultural landmark, now and for another 200 years. Please join us this celebratory season and entertain something new.”
— Terri Paddock (@TerriPaddock) October 24, 2017