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.