Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Matthew Warchus announces first Old Vic season including premiere of Groundhog Day

Matthew Warchus has announced his first season as artistic director of the Old Vic

The season includes the 2016 world premiere of Groundhog Day, which sees Warchus (director) reunite with Tim Minchin (music and lyrics) following their success with Matilda. Book is by Danny Rubin with choreography by Peter Darling. Dates and further information are yet to be confirmed.

The season opens in September with Rob Brydon starring in new play Future Conditional (from 1st September) which will be followed by revivals of Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape (from 17th October) directed by Richard Jones, Ibsen's The Master Builder starring Ralph Fiennes and Pinter's The Caretaker starring Timothy Spall. 

A new dance-thriller adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde choreographed by Drew McOnie with music by Grant Olding will also premiere and there will be a series of variety nights. The season also includes Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (from 2nd December) directed by Max Webster.

Matthew Warchus said: "‘After 25 years of freelance directing I unexpectedly find myself running my favourite theatre in the world. Or, if you like, my two favourite theatres since The Old Vic can now transition with relative ease between London's best in-the- round space and the traditional, magnificent end-on auditorium. During my tenure I look forward to playing seasons in both of these great configurations.

"My first season demonstrates our aim to present more productions per year, of wide-ranging work, in a 'something for everyone' approach which reflects my own eclectic tastes and love of this unique and uplifting art form. In its dazzling history, The Old Vic has been home not only to great acting but also to dance, musical extravaganzas, vaudeville and spectacle. This diverse heritage is a big part of my inspiration going forward.

"When Lilian Baylis ran The Old Vic she kept a sign over her desk which read "Dare, always dare!". Taking my cue from her, my goal is to programme invigorating seasons which are, by turns, surprising, smart, adventurous, and fun. Come and join in."

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