The Divide Part 1 at Old Vic Theatre tickets
The Divide Part 1 at Old Vic Theatre tickets

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About the show

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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: Suitable for age 16+

Dates and times

Running time: 3 hours
Opened: 01 Feb 2018
Press night: 03 Feb 2018
Booking from: 09 Feb 2018
Booking until: 10 Feb 2018

Seating plan

For detailed seating information for The Divide Part 1, please check out our interactive Old Vic Theatre seating plan with 1553 seat reviews and 3 photos of views from seat.

Location and map

Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut
London, SE1 8NB

13 Reviews Add review

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... More

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

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... More

u2fancat 5'6'', 93 reviews, 2 helpful votes

eroot 160 cm, 57 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Disappointing play that seemed far too long and ambitious. It was converted from two parts into one single performance (with an interval)... More

LondonLass 5"1, 248 reviews, 14 helpful votes

rhiev 5' 6", 218 reviews, 15 helpful votes

JenK 5'10, 71 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Great production, staging, music and performances of a very silly play. It was like watching a bad YA dystopian novel.

ilanalindsey 5"1', 21 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Wonderful dystopian world. I think the play improved with the cuts. I really enjoyed it and loved the live music.

kwarnock7 5'4, 189 reviews, 0 helpful votes

dawnbsp 4ft 11, 347 reviews, 4 helpful votes