Kevin Spacey's The Old Vic announces autumn / winter 2010 productions
In addition to their current programme featuring the Shakespeare classics "The Tempest" and "As You Like It" (part of the anglo-American The Bridge Project season), Waterloo's The Old Vic - Lambeth has announced three new productions at the Kevin Spacey-directed theatre. Set to run during the autumn and winter period, the selections vary from comedy farce to courtroom drama and once again highlight the importance and quality associated with this landmark theatre.
Design For Living
For the first time in 15 years, Noel Coward's risqué (for its time) comedy-play returns to London with a production directed by Anthony Page ("The Lady Vanishes" and "Middlemarch") and concerns the sexual tribulations of three arrogant, artistic and self-absorbed individuals who get their kicks from winding each other up with outrageous sexual exploits between each other. It was originally considered risqué when first performed in the 30s, due to its alleged amoral attitudes and activity. Running from 3rd September until 27th November, this version will star Tom Burke ("Donkey Punch" and "Casanova") and Lisa Dillon ("Cranford" and other Noel Coward plays such as "Present Laughter"). Tickets cost from £22.50 - £43.50.
A Flea in Her Ear
Georges Feydeau was a French playwright famous for writing comedy-farce in the early 20th-century, none more so than the play "A Flea in her Ear". This adaptation is based on John Mortimer's version and will be directed by Richard Eyre ("Guys and Dolls" and "King Lear") and will star Lisa Dillon (see above) and Tom Hollander ("Gosford Park" and "Pirates Of The Caribbean"). The story-line concerns a wife who doubts her husband's fidelity, based on his nervous behaviour. She decides to test out her suspicions with a test to trap him - naturally he is totally unaware of his wife's devious plans. The play runs from 4th December to 5th March 2011 and tickets cost £22.50 to £43.50.
2011 marks the centenary of the birth of Terence Rattigan, the English playwright famous for "Winslow Boy"and "Man and Boy". His "Cause Celebre" play was his last work and concerns the true-story of the trial of Alma Rattenbury and her lover, convicted of her husband's murder. Also produced as a film in the 80s, this version is directed by Thea Sharrock and runs from 17th March until 11th June 2011, tickets cost £22.50 - £43.50.