Matthew Warchus Launches New Old Vic Season

No sooner are the last chords of Kevin Spacey’s rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” fading in our ears, the new King of the South London, Matthew Warchus, who takes over as artisitic director of the Old Vic, launches his first season there.

Rob Brydon, who has only just stopped blinking from the press launch of the Kenneth Branagh season, will open Warchus’s tenure by starring in Tamsin Oglesby’s bracingly topical and boisterously funny new play, Future Conditional.

After which the Old Vic will welcome Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape. As Mr W says himself: “This iconic piece of American drama is brought to our stage by a visionary of British theatre, Richard Jones.”

But Matthew Warchus, think of the children!

Christmas will be a family affair with the premiere of a new stage adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s  The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.

2016 will start with a couple of dramatic big hitters: Ralph Fiennes in Ibsen’s The Master Builder and Timothy Spall in Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker.

But, with its vaudeville history, the Old Vic was never just about acting…

Drew McOnie, one of the UK’s most innovative theatre choreographers, reimagines Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde and then Tim Minchin will reimagine the film Groundhog Day in his brand new musical.

And if that all wasn’t enough, Warchus is going to put on  Sunday night Variety Nights.

The only question remains, c

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