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Eileen Atkins and Timothée Chalamet star in 4000 Miles at The Old Vic

Eileen Atkins

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IN SPRING 2020, The Old Vic is presenting Amy Herzog’s Pulitzer Prize for Drama nominated play 4000 Miles. Directed by Matthew Warchus and with Eileen Atkins and Timothée Chalamet in the lead roles, it runs from April 16 (previews from April 6) to May 23.

It was to finish something I started. Micah and I started something. I finished it. That’s it. People want to make it really complicated but it’s not.

At the beginning of the summer, 21-year-old Leo sets out from the West Coast cycling across America with his best friend. After weeks of radio silence, no one is more surprised than his 91-year-old grandmother, Vera, when Leo turns up on her Manhattan doorstep in the middle of the night.

His life just starting, hers nearly ended, in a faded Greenwich Village apartment their griefs collide.

Artistic Director and Director, Matthew Warchus, said: “Amy Herzog is one of my favourite living writers – she writes with a deceptively powerful simplicity, full of extraordinary grace, precision and radiance. I’m very much looking forward to working with this exceptional cast on her gorgeous play which abounds with intimate beauty and truth.”

4000 Miles is part of Matthew Warchus’ Season 5 joining the forthcoming productions of A Christmas Carol, Endgame (in a double bill with Rough for Theatre II) and Local Hero.

Eileen Atkins’ theatre credits include: Sargeant Musgrave’s Dance, The Lady’s Not For Burning (The Old Vic); The Killing of Sister George – Evening Standard Award for Best Actress (The Old Vic/West End/Broadway); The Height of the Storm (West End/UK tour/Broadway); Female of the Species, The Birthday Party (West End); Honour – Olivier Award for Best Actress, The Winter’s Tale – Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress (National Theatre); Ellen Terry (Shakespeare’s Globe); Doubt, Retreat From Moscow (Broadway); and The Unexpected Man – Olivier Award for Best Actress (RSC/Barbican/Broadway).

Atkins’ screen work includes: The Crown, Doc Martin, Upstairs Downstairs, CranfordBAFTA Award for Best Actress, Emmy Award for Supporting Actress, and Miss Marple (TV); Carnage, Paddington, Last Chance Harvey, The Hours and Gosford Park (film).

Timothée Chalamet. Photo credit: Gabriel Goldberg.

Timothée Chalamet’s theatre includes: Prodigal Son (Manhattan Theater Club). His films include: Little Women, The King, Beautiful Boy, Lady Bird, Hostiles, Call Me By Your Name – Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead, New York Film Critics’ Circle Award for Best Actor, Miss Stevens and Interstellar. Upcoming films include: Dune and The French Dispatch.

Amy Herzog’s theatre includes: Belleville (Yale Repertory Theatre/New York Theatre Workshop/Donmar); 4000 Miles – Obie Award for Best New American Play (Lincoln Center, New York/South Coast Repertory/Theatre Royal, Bath); Mary Jane – Horton Foote Playwriting Award 2019, New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play, Obie Award for Playwriting (Yale Repertory Theatre/New York Theatre Workshop); The Great God Pan (Playwrights Horizons, New York); and After the Revolution – New York Times Award for Outstanding Playwright (Williamstown Theatre Festival/Playwrights Horizons, New York).

4000 Miles is suitable for ages 13+.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 0344 871 7628 or visit www.oldvictheatre.com/.

Images: Eileen Atkins (top); Timothée Chalamet, photo credit: Gabriel Goldberg (bottom).