NEWS: Rachel Chavkin makes her Old Vic directing debut in 2019 season which also includes premiere of new Lucy Prebble play

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Matthew Warchus’ fourth season as artistic director of The Old Vic completes with an Arthur Miller double-bill (featuring Rachel Chavkin’s Old Vic directorial debut), a world premiere by Lucy Prebble and a special One Voice performance.

Highlights include:

  • Visionary director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Hadestown) makes her Old Vic debut directing Arthur Miller’s The American Clock from 4 February 2019
  • Jeremy Herrin directs Sally Field, Bill Pullman, Jenna Coleman and Colin Morgan in Arthur Miller’s American classic All My Sons in a co-production with Headlong from 15 April 2019
  • Closing the season is A Very Expensive Poison – a new play by Lucy Prebble based on the book by Luke Harding
  • A special One Voice performance to mark 100 years since the Armistice, Remembrance curated by Arinzé Kene and directed by Annabel Bolton
  • Further casting is announced for Jack Thorne’s version of A Christmas Carol directed by Matthew Warchus and starring Stephen Tompkinson as Ebenezer Scrooge. The line-up includes: Rosanna Bates, Ava Brennan, Jamie Cameron, Peter Caulfield, Oliver Evans, Eugene McCoy, Myra McFadyen, Frances McNamee, Alastair Parker, Michael Rouse, Tim van Eyken and Witney White.

Coming soon:

• A musical adaptation of the hit 1983 film, Local Hero, adapted by David Greig and Bill Forsyth, directed by John Crowley and with music and lyrics by Mark Knopfler, will come to The Old Vic in June 2020 following its world premiere at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in 2019.

These productions form Part 2 of the season and follow the previously announced Part 1 consisting of ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company’s production of Sylvia; Annie-B Parson’s 17c; Emma Rice’s Wise Children; and A Christmas Carol.

Artistic director Matthew Warchus commented:

“I’m hugely excited to be welcoming the outstanding American director Rachel Chavkin to The Old Vic. It just so happens that, following Sally Cookson’s A Monster Calls, Kate Prince’s SYLVIA, Annie-B Parson’s 17c and Emma Rice’s Wise Children, Rachel is the fifth auteur director within a six-month period to present their distinctive work on our stage. I anticipate her production of Arthur Miller’s rarely-performed The American Clock will be another thrilling and original piece of theatre not to be missed.

“In an adjacent and complementary production, I am also delighted to be presenting Miller’s incandescent classic All My Sons with the extraordinary line-up of Jeremy Herrin directing American icons Sally Field and Bill Pullman, together with UK stars Jenna Coleman and Colin Morgan, in what I predict will be an unforgettable production of a true 20th century masterpiece.

“Alongside these classic revivals, The Old Vic continues its nascent tradition of delivering vital and pertinent new writing with the world premiere of Lucy Prebble’s A Very Expensive Poison. Inspired by Luke Harding’s vehement account of the extraordinary events surrounding the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, this new play from the mutinous writer of Enron and The Effect promises to be a provocative and mind-bending theatrical treat.”

Season details:

  • Remembrance – Sunday 4 November 2018
  • The American Clock –4 February to 30 Mar 2019 (press night is 13 February)
  • All My Sons – 15 April to 8 June 2019 (press night is 23 April)
  • A Very Expensive Poison – dates and process to be announced
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