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The Old Vic announces special Bicentenary Season production of Sea Wall

Andrew Scott. Photo by Kevin Cummins

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IN CELEBRATION of its 200th Birthday, The Old Vic has announced a special additional production to its Bicentenary season – the acclaimed Paines Plough production of Sea Wall.

Written by Simon Stephens, directed by George Perrin and performed by Andrew Scott, it will play at The Old Vic from Monday, June 18 to Saturday, June 30, 2018.

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Sea Wall was written by Simon Stephens as a stage play for Andrew Scott and first performed at the Bush Theatre in 2008. It was subsequently performed at the NT Shed in 2013 and the Project Arts Centre, Dublin Theatre Festival in 2015.

Andrew Scott said: “I’m so excited to return to The Old Vic. Sea Wall, to my mind, is a stunning piece of writing, and the idea of performing Simon’s beautiful play in this most magical of theatres makes me really happy. Thanks Matthew for having us. I hope The Old Vic audiences will love the play as much as I do.”

Simon Stephens said: “This news has just about made my summer. The collaboration with George Perrin and Andrew Scott on Sea Wall is as special as any collaboration in my working life. The idea that we can bring our work to a theatre as magical and magnificent as The Old Vic quite fills my heart and blows my mind.”

Matthew Warchus, The Old Vic Artistic Director, said: “I’m so delighted that Andrew is joining us in this very special Bicentenary Season. There are just 14 performances for audiences to catch one of the world’s most mesmeric actors in this stunning play by the great Simon Stephens.”

George Perrin, Artistic Director of Paines Plough said: “It’s an honour to bring Simon’s exquisite play and Andrew’s virtuosic performance to The Old Vic – the first London stage I directed on. I’m thrilled that with The Old Vic, Paines Plough is able to make new writing of this quality accessible to so many people.”

As well as Sea Wall, Andrew Scott’s theatre credits include Design for Living, Dublin Carol (The Old Vic); Hamlet (Almeida/West End, Critics’ Circle Award for Best Shakespearean performance); The Dazzle (Found111); Cock, A Girl in a Car with a Man (Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre); Birdland, Dying City, Crave, Playing The Victim (Royal Court); 50 Years on Stage, Emperor, Galilean and Aristocrats (National Theatre); The Vertical Hour (Broadway); Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Spirit of Life Award Winner, Gate Theatre); and Six Characters in search of an Author, A Woman of No Importance, The Marriage of Figaro (Abbey Theatre Dublin).

Film credits include Spectre; Jimmy’s Hall; Victor Frankenstein; Locke; Pride (BIFA Best Supporting Actor); Denial; Swallows and Amazons; Alice Through the Looking Glass; The Stag; Handsome Devil; Steel Country; Saving Private Ryan; The Duel; Korea; Nora; and Dead Bodies (IFTA Best Actor in a Lead Role).

Television work includes Sherlock (BAFTA Best Supporting Actor; IFTA Best Supporting TV Actor); The Hollow Crown, The Town, The Hour, John Adams, Band of Brothers, My Life in Film, Longitude, Lennon Naked and Legacy. Scott has twice won the BBC Audio Drama award for his work on radio.

Sea Wall is suitable for ages 14+.

Image: Andrew Scott. Photo by Kevin Cummins.

Tickets: £10, £15, £20, £30, £40. For information regarding PwC Previews or Premium Seats please call the box office on 0844 871 7628 or book tickets online at

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7pm; Saturday at 5.30pm and 7pm; Friday, June 29 at 6pm.

Joe Penhall’s new play Mood Music continues at The Old Vic until June 16, 2018.