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Old Vic Theatre

The Old Vic brings to life Alan Ayckbourn’s startling new play The Divide, a grand dystopic narrative concerning repression, insurrection and forbidden love. The Divide Part 1 is the first performance in an exciting double-bill of this expansive drama, which comes to the London stage from February 2018.

Alan Ayckbourn’s epic new play, The Divide comes to the Old Vic stage in an incredible double-bill performance from February 2018. The Divide Part 1 is the first section of Ayckbourn’s grand dystopic narrative through which the Old Vic’s Associate Director Annabel Bolton explores the play’s dark, labyrinthine themes of repression, insurrection and forbidden love.

Set in a future dystopian society, the The Divide follows in the wake of a deadly contagion which has decimated the English population and rendered contact between men and women lethal. Through the twisted preaching of a mysterious pastor, a hereto unthinkable solution is reached – the total gender segregation of the survivors.

Brother and sister, Elihu and Soween, raised in the repressive society begin witnessing the cracks in the brutal regime. A forbidden love affair arises as between Elihu and the daughter of two activist mothers, threatening to provoke a bloody revolution.

The Divide includes an remarkable on-stage ensemble, brimming with emergent and established talent, including Clare Burt (National Theatre’s London Road), Evening Standard Award-nominee Jake Davies (BBC’s The Missing), Erin Doherty (BBC’s Call the Midwife), Thusitha Jayasundera (National Theatre’s War Horse) and Richard Katz (BBC’s The Honourable Woman).

In addition, Sophie Melville (National Theatre’s Iphigenia in Splott), Clare Lawrence Moody (National Theatre’s Fram), Weruche Opia (Royal Court’s Liberian Girl), Martin Quinn (National Theatre of Scotland’s Let The Right One In), Letty Thomas (Tap Tap Theatre’s Men), Sian Thomas (Spring Awakening in the West End) and Finty Williams (BBC’s Cranford).

The ambitious and powerful production receives its premiere at the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival August 2017, before going on to a limited run at the Old Vic from the 1st to 10th February 2018. Book now for Part 1 of this revolutionary double-bill.

Sorry this show closed 10 February 2018, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
09 Feb 2018 - 10 Feb 2018
Running time:
3 hours.
Age recommendation:
Suitable for age 16+
Audience Notes:
Fans of writer Alan Ayckbourn’s prolific back catalogue will not want to miss the chance to catch one if his most daring projects to date.

The Divide Part 1 Reviews

13 Reviews
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User Reviews


I have to admit the thought of a 4 hour Alan Ayckbourn play really didn't appeal to me, however I was pleasantly surprised (This show is both parts together). The acting is of a great quality and I liked the story that it was telling. Based in a dy Read more

Performance date: 03 February 2018

Now, the blurb for this mentions that the women wear black, and the men white - symbolic of women's evil in infecting men with some sort of plague that pretty much killed them all off, at some unspecified time in the future (over 100 years in their p Read more

Performance date: 08 February 2018
Performance date: 02 February 2018
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