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The Old Vic announces its Bicentenary Season

Season preview

TWO hundred days ahead of its 200th birthday, The Old Vic marks the launch of its bicentenary and Matthew Warchus’ third year as Artistic Director of The Old Vic with a season of world premiere productions:

A new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless classic A Christmas Carol by Jack Thorne, directed by Matthew Warchus.

The Divide, a ‘narrative for voices’, by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Baylis Director Annabel Bolton.

A new adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny & Alexander by Stephen Beresford, directed by Max Webster.

Mood Music, a new play by Joe Penhall, directed by Roger Michell.

A new adaptation of Patrick Ness’ novel A Monster Calls, devised by the company, directed by Sally Cookson.

A new musical dance production, Sylvia, directed and choreographed by Associate Artist Kate Prince.

Fanny & Alexander runs from February 21 to April 14, 2018.

There should be no shame in us taking pleasure in our little lives.

Legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece Fanny & Alexander is translated to the stage by BAFTA Award-winning writer Stephen Beresford and Old Vic Associate Director Max Webster.

Amongst the gilded romance and glamour of 1900s Sweden, siblings Fanny and Alexander’s world is turned upside down when their widowed mother remarries the iron-willed local bishop. As creative freedom and rigid orthodoxy clash, a war ensues between imagination and austerity in this magical study of childhood, family and love.

Mood Music runs from April 21 to June 30, 2018.

Music is medication. The elixir of life. It’s for injecting into the blood stream to take away the pain… to promote euphoria… to adrenalise us andgive us courage and fortitude.

In an expensive London recording studio two songwriters, their lawyers and their psychotherapists go to battle over music.

I’m not saying he’s a sociopath. I’m just saying you find a lot of damaged people are drawn to the music industry. Lack of empathy, raging narcissism, grandiose egocentricity is expected of them.

A play about the drama and the psychodrama of making music by the writer of Sunny Afternoon and Blue/Orange, the world premiere of Mood Music by Joe Penhall is directed by Roger Michell.

A Monster Calls runs from July 7 to August 25, 2018.

Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?

Patrick Ness’ piercing novel A Monster Calls is brought to The Old Vic stage in a powerful new adaptation by visionary director Sally Cookson.

Thirteen-year-old Conor and his mum have managed just fine since his dad moved to America. But now his mum’s very sick and she’s not getting any better. His grandmother won’t stop interfering and the kids at school won’t look him in the eye.

Then, one night, at seven minutes past midnight, Conor is woken by something at his window. A monster has come walking. It’s come to tell Conor tales from when it walked before. And when it’s finished, Conor must tell his own story and face his deepest fears.

On publication, A Monster Calls became a bestseller with children and adults alike with its dazzling insight into love, loss and healing. It garnered huge critical acclaim, including an unprecedented double win of the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals for outstanding children’s literature and illustration. This adaptation is suitable for ages 10+.

A Monster Calls is an Old Vic production in association with Bristol Old Vic and will run at Bristol Old Vic from May 31 to June 16, 2018.

Sylvia runs from September 1 to September 22, 2018.

Votes for Women and a fractured family at a momentous hour in British history.

100 years after the first women in Britain were granted the vote, Kate Prince combines dance, hip hop, soul and funk to shed new light on a remarkable story at the heart of the Suffragette movement.

Co-written by Kate Prince and Priya Parmar with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde, Sylvia is a modern musical celebrating the life of Sylvia Pankhurst, her pivotal role in the campaign for women’s rights and the price of the passion and politics that tore her family apart.

Sylvia is co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, with support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and from the Department for Culture Media and Sport.

For more information, visit www.oldvictheatre.com/.