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Upcoming Voices Off events at The Old Vic.

THE Old Vic has announced its new Voices Off series; a series of talks, conversations, debates and workshops which explore the themes raised by the productions on the main stage.

PRESENT LAUGHTER

Setting the Stage – in the Rehearsal Room on Friday, June 21 from 1.30 to 5.30pm. Tickets: £10.

Setting the Stage is a gathering of theatre practitioners – this time specialising in stage design: set design, scene painting, prop making and installation. This one-off symposium will bring together established and emerging artists, as well as those who engage with the business of design, such as agents.

Whether you’re already working in this area of theatre, or want to find out more about the world of theatre set design, the symposium will include panel discussions and debates from experts, the chance to ask your own questions − and don’t miss the opportunity to network with the panellists and other attendees. Previous events in this series, Composing the Stage and Shaping the Stage, sold out.

The event will be chaired by Gary Yershon (Associate Artist of The Old Vic and RSC).

The panel includes: Vicki Hallam (Props and Mask Maker), Luke Halls (Video Designer), Rob Howell (Set Designer), Sacha Milroy (Production Manager), Vicki Mortimer (Set Designer) and Davina Shah (Agent).

Andrew Scott In Conversation Supported by the Noël Coward Foundation – in the Auditorium following the show on Thursday, July 25. Tickets: £6.

For me, it’s important that you see the human being behind the celebrity – Andrew Scott

After playing Leo in Noël Coward’s dark romantic comedy Design for Living in 2010, and more recently performing Simon Stephens’ devastating monologue Sea Wall in 2018, Andrew Scott returns to The Old Vic stage for a third time to play Garry Essendine in Coward’s provocative comedy, Present Laughter.

A VERY EXPENSIVE POISON

Marina Litvinenko and Luke Harding In Conversation – in the Auditorium on Tuesday, September 10 at 5pm. Tickets: £6.

The world premiere of Lucy Prebble’s A Very Expensive Poison, based on Luke Harding’s jaw-dropping exposé of the events behind the notorious death of ex-FSB Officer Alexander Litvinenko, comes to The Old Vic stage from Tuesday, August 20.

Join Marina Litvinenko and Luke Harding before the show for a discussion of the real-life events the play is based on, their political legacy on the world stage, and what it’s like seeing the story translated into drama.

Luke Harding is a British journalist and a foreign correspondent for The Guardian. His book A Very Expensive Poison: The Definitive Story of the Murder of Litvinenko was published in 2016.

Marina Litvinenko is the widow of Alexander Litvinenko. In 2007, she co-wrote Death of a Dissident: The Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko and the Return of the KGB with Alexander Goldfarb.

Lucy Prebble and John Crowley In Conversation in the Auditorium on Thursday, September 26 at 5pm. Tickets: £6.

Find out more about the process of putting this brand new play, based on the shocking expose of the events behind the notorious death of ex-FSB Officer Alexander Litvinenko, on to the stage.

LUNGS

How to Save the World – coming soon.

The climate crisis is arguably the most urgent crisis that humanity has faced in our history and the biggest threat to civilisation as we know it. We are already living with its effects – including extreme weather, famine, and species extinction – and it is estimated that it will be responsible for the deaths of over a quarter of a million people per year in the coming decades.

Public opinion is changing, with public concern for the environment at a record high this year, but are we going far enough to avert climate disaster?

Inspired by the production of Lungs, in which a couple weigh up whether or not to bring a baby into this over-polluted world, The Old Vic will hold a series of talks to address some of the burning questions around the climate crisis: is the responsibility personal or governmental? What is the role of big business? Does direct action protest work? Is a Green New Deal the only answer? And what do we need to do to save the world?

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Christmas Storytelling with Michael Rosen – in the Auditorium on Saturday, December 14 at 10am. Tickets: £12 adults, £6 children.

With the auditorium transformed for this year’s A Christmas Carol, gather round The Old Vic stage for a morning of festive storytelling magic.

Much-loved children’s author and poet Michael Rosen returns to The Old Vic to read from some of his own favourites for children aged 8+.

FAMILIES

The Children’s Bookshow presents Neal Layton – in the Auditorium on Friday, September 20 at 11am. Tickets: Children £6, accompanying adults free. Suitable for children in Years 1, 2 and 3. Running time: approximately 1 hour.

The Children’s Bookshow returns to The Old Vic with another fabulous schools event: author and illustrator Neal Layton (Mammoth Academy, Emily Brown) will be sharing his creative process, reading from his picture books, drawing live on stage and taking questions from the audience. It promises to be a fun, entertaining and interactive event.