The Hairy Ape at Old Vic Theatre tickets
The Hairy Ape at Old Vic Theatre tickets

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About the show

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.

Recommended for

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.

Dates and times

Opened: 17 Oct 2015
Press night: 29 Oct 2015
Booking from: 21 Nov 2015
Booking until: 21 Nov 2015

Seating plan

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Location and map

Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut
London, SE1 8NB

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A deeply moving performance.

sayers500 178cm, 87 reviews, 2 helpful votes

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