The Old Vic has announced artistic director Matthew Warchus' second season which includes world premieres, new writing, musicals, classic revivals and the Old Vic Variety Nights. There will also be a new strand of children's programming to engage the next generation of theatregoers.
Season 2 marks Glenda Jackson’s return to the stage, to play the title role in King Lear, directed by Deborah Warner. The Season opens with the world premiere of Samuel Beckett's monologue No's Knife with Lisa Dwan.
Warchus directs the 20th anniversary production of Yasmina Reza's Art and John Boyega stars in a new version of Woyzeck adapted by Jack Thorne. In 2017 and beyond, look out for the return of Season 1’s dazzlingly funny, moving and inspiring show Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, a 50th anniversary celebratory production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard, a world premiere adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s classic film, Fanny and Alexander, adapted by Stephen Beresford, and a new version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore.
Matthew Warchus says: "Anyone who has visited The Old Vic in the last eight months will have felt the new wave of energy which has swept through the building. There's a completely fresh feel to the foyer, bars and café, and a completely fresh approach to how we programme our productions and events. There's much more happening, and for a much wider range of people.
"For a theatre without public funding this is no mean feat. It's an exciting shift, aimed at consolidating The Old Vic as a vibrant and indispensable part of London's artistic scene. With my second season, we continue our mission to be a leading creative hub in the capital, and further afield, radiating an energising and unintimidating spirit, as we celebrate the best of what theatre can be."