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Russell Brand to curate Cracked at The Old Vic

Russell Brand

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS September, award-winning comedian, writer, actor and presenter Russell Brand curates Cracked – a night of seven one-off solo performances written in response to the growing conversation and changing attitudes around mental health and addiction.

Cracked is part of the One Voice series at The Old Vic.

Writers for Cracked include:

Russell Brand (Recovery: Freedom from our Addictions, Re:Birth).

Scarlett Curtis (Feminists Don’t Wear Pink, It’s Not Okay to Feel Blue & Other Lies, co-founder of The Pink Protest).

Lena Dunham (Girls, Not That Kind of Girl).

Mr Gee (Rhyme & Reason, ‘Poet Laureate’ on The Russell Brand Show).

Gabor Maté (In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction).

Matthew Perry (The End of Longing, Friends).

Kate Tempest (The Bricks That Built the Houses, Let Them Eat Chaos).

Russell Brand said: “For this night, mental illness and addiction will adorn The Old Vic stage, celebrated, explored and attacked through CRACKED. I am honoured to have been asked to take over the asylum, albeit for one night only.”

One Voice is a series of newly written monologues, spoken word and song from leading writers and performed by acclaimed actors on The Old Vic stage − this is theatre in its rawest form. Without scenery, costume, and with nothing to rely on but words, One Voice reminds us what a single voice can do.

Russell Brand will be appearing, with other performers to be announced.

Russell Brand’s career spans stand-up comedy, acting, broadcasting and writing. He is the author of seven books including: Recovery: Freedom from our Addictions (Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller). Other recent work includes: weekly podcast Under the Skin and Netflix special Re:Birth. Brand is a passionate mental health and drug rehabilitation activist with over 14 million followers on social media. He lives in the UK with his wife Laura, their two daughters, two dogs, two cats and eight chickens.

The One Voice series is conceived by Artistic Director Matthew Warchus and funded by the TS Eliot Estate. Cracked is directed by Annabel Bolton and design consultant is Polly Sullivan. Lighting is by Jamie Platt and sound by Andy Graham.

Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019.

Time: 7pm.

Tickets: £10, £15. To book, call 0344 871 7628 or visit

Lucy Prebble’s A Very Expensive Poison continues at The Old Vic until October 5, 2019.