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Daniel Radcliffe, Claire Foy and Matt Smith to star in Old Vic season

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Daniel Radcliffe, Claire Foy and Matt Smith will all star in the Old Vic’s new season.

Artistic director Matthew Warchus’ fifth season at the London theatre will also feature works by writers Lucy Prebble, Jack Thorne and Duncan Macmillan.

Harry Potter actor Radcliffe will star alongside Alan Cumming, whose credits include The Good Wife, in a double bill of Samuel Beckett’s Endgame and Rough for Theatre II, directed by Richard Jones.

Foy and Smith, who co-starred in The Crown, will make their Old Vic debuts in Macmillan’s Lungs, directed by Warchus.

Other productions in the season include the world premiere of a new play by Lucy Prebble, directed by John Crowley and based on Luke Harding’s book A Very Expensive Poison.

Crowley will also direct a previously announced musical adaptation of the 1983 film Local Hero.

Scottish film Local Hero to be adapted as stage musical

Thorne’s version of A Christmas Carol, directed by Warchus, will return to the theatre for a Christmas run.

The Old Vic also announced a series of commissions and projects in development for 2019 and beyond, which include a new version of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex by Ella Hickson.

Other commissions include an adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People by Simon Stephens and a new play by Paul Unwin chronicling the birth of the NHS, directed by Sarah Frankcom.

Following a work-in-progress run at the Old Vic in September last year, Sylvia, which is directed and choreographed by Kate Prince and written with Priya Parmar, is in development to have a future life.

Warchus said: “One of the things I love about theatre is its almost complete disinterest in trivialities.

“It feeds off – and feeds back – life’s most titanic ideas and emotions. Our next batch of shows at the Old Vic is no exception and delivers five powerful stories in five contrasting genres; a world premiere play, a very topical duologue, a festive celebration, a 20th century classic and a brand new musical.”


Season at a glance:

A Very Expensive Poison by Lucy Prebble

Directed by John Crowley
Previews from August 19, with press night on September 5

Lungs by Duncan Macmillan

Directed by Matthew Warchus
Dates to be announced

A Christmas Carol by Jack Thorne

Directed by Matthew Warchus
Previews from November 23, with press night on December 4

Endgame and Rough for Theatre II by Samuel Beckett

Directed by Richard Jones
Previews from January 27, 2020, with press night on February 4

Local Hero by Bill Forsyth, David Greig and Mark Knopfler

Directed by John Crowley
Previews from June 18, 2020, with press night on June 30

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