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Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story comes to Wilton's Music Hall in September 2019

Ben Caplan in Old Stock. Photo credit: Stoo Metz Photography.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed 2b theatre company are presenting the London premiere of Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story at Wilton’s Music Hall – from September 18 to September 28, 2019.

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is a dizzying 80 minute, genre bending, darkly funny gig-meets-live theatre experience based on a true story of two Jewish Romanian refugees fleeing Romania for Canada in 1908.

Covering sex, religion, tragedy and triumph, the show follows Chaim and Chaya as they make a fresh start in the New World.

This ingenious Klezmer/folk music theatrical hybrid received rave reviews at its premiere in Halifax, Canada and has since been performed to great critical acclaim throughout Canada, in New York (where it garnered six Drama Desk Award Nominations) and Edinburgh, across the UK, in Australia and Holland.

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is written by Hannah Moscovitch whose work also includes Other People’s Children, This Is War and What a Young Wife Ought to Know. She has won many awards, including the prestigious international Windham-Campbell Prize administered by the Beinecke Library at Yale University and the Trillium Book Award (she is the only playwright to win in the award’s thirty-year history).

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is directed by Christian Barry, who is also responsible for set design (with Louisa Adamson), lighting design (again with Louisa Adamson) and sound design (with Jordan Palmer and Ben Caplan). He also co-wrote the songs with Ben Caplan. Barry is an award-winning director, dramaturge, actor, writer, and designer from Halifax, and a founding member and artistic co-director of 2b theatre company.

Ben Caplan also performs the role of narrator, The Wanderer. Though best known as a songwriter, his first experiences as a performer were in the theatre. This production marks his first return to the theatre after a ten-year hiatus. He has released three albums to critical acclaim, including his latest: a companion piece to this production titled Old Stock.

As Chaya and on violin is Mary Fay Coady who received the Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Lead in 2018 for this performance.

Further casting will be announced soon.

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is suitable for ages 12+.

Image: Ben Caplan in Old Stock. Photo credit: Stoo Metz Photography.

Tickets: From £12.50. To book, call the box office on 020 7702 2789 or visit

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7:45pm; Thursday and Saturday at 3pm.

Summer 2019 at Wilton’s.