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Old Vic Theatre

Bertie Carvel stars in a contemporary remake of Eugene O’Neill’s iconic play The Hairy Ape. Directed by award-winning Richard Jones, The Hairy Ape follows Yank, a proud stoker aboard a transatlantic ocean liner who is dubbed a ‘filthy beast’ by an overbred young girl. Reeling from this accusation, Yank goes on a journey that forces him to confront primal questions about his true place in the world.

Olivier Award-winning actor Bertie Carvel stars in a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s iconic American drama The Hairy Ape. Directed by legendary, multi-award winning director Richard Jones (Into the Woods, The Trial), The Hairy Ape is a classic expressionist masterpiece from Nobel Prize-winning O’Neill, examining class and identity. Opening at the Old Vic Theatre, Jones’ production is due to run from October 2015.

The Hairy Ape tells the story of Yank, a labourer proud of his status as the strongest stoker on any transatlantic ocean liner. But when Yank is called a ‘filthy beast’ by the uppity daughter of a steel merchant, he realises an awakening of his conscious that leads him on a journey through the wealthy neighbourhoods and marginalised underbelly of New York society. Desperately searching for somewhere to belong, Yank must first confront primal questions about his true place in the world.

Bertie Carvel stars as Yank, after recently appearing in Doctor Foster and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Further credits include originating the role of Miss Trunchbull in Matilda on both the West End and Broadway, for which he received an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical and a Drama Desk Award. Further cast members include Adam Burton as Secretary, Buffy Davis as Aunt, Callum Dixon as Long, Steffan Rhodri (The Mentalists) as Paddy, Rosie Sheehy as Mildred and Nicholas Karimi as Second Engineer.

Brought to the stage by a visionary of British theatre, The Hairy Ape features choreography by Aletta Collins, lighting design by Mimi Jordan Sherin and sound design by Sarah Angliss. An exciting opportunity to see a revamped version of O’Neill’s classic text, The Hairy Ape opens at the Old Vic Theatre in October 2015 for a strictly limited season.

Sorry this show closed 21 November 2015, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
21 Nov 2015 - 21 Nov 2015
Audience Notes:
Fans of Bertie Carvel will relish the opportunity to see him live on stage, whilst fan of O’Neill’s text will enjoy Jones’ revamped version. The Hairy Ape is not suitable for children.

The Hairy Ape Reviews

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User Reviews

A deeply moving performance.

Performance date: 20 October 2015
Performance date: 03 November 2015
Performance date: 19 October 2015
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