Friday, 10 July 2015

Bertie Carvel to star in The Hairy Ape at the Old Vic

Bertie Carvel will star in a new production of The Hairy Ape at The Old Vic. 

Directed by Richard Jones, the play opens on 29th October (previews from 11th October) and runs until 21st November 2015. It is the second play in Matthew Warchus' first season as artistic director of the venue.

A classic expressionist masterpiece by Nobel prize-winner Eugene O’Neill, The Hairy Ape tells the story of Yank, a labourer who revels in his status as the strongest stoker on a transatlantic ocean liner. But when Yank is called a ‘filthy beast’ by the overbred daughter of a steel merchant, he experiences an awakening of consciousness that leads him on a journey through the wealthy neighbourhoods and disenfranchised underbelly of New York society. Searching for a way to belong, Yank is forced to confront primal questions about his true place in the world.

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