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Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut
London, SE1 8NB
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Opened: 06 May 2017
Booking from: 24 Jun 2017
Booking until: 24 Jun 2017
Duration: 2 hours 15 mins (including interval)
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  • joc78 5"4 female 165 reviews 2 helpful votes
    60% total rating Woyzeck, 18th May 2017
    I wasn’t overly keen on this production of ‘Woyzeck’ unfortunately. John Boyega is an excellent actor and played the lead role really well. For me however the character was very under-developed and the whole production felt rushed. Most of the group I was with agreed with me and some even felt bored by part of the production. Warning – this is definitely not a play to take your children too as there is very bad language and nudity involved.
    This seat is situated one row from the back in the Dress Circle towards the left hand facing side of the stage. As can be seen from the photo you do have a pillar to the right hand side of you which does obstruct your view but for this production it didn’t really matter as not much happened on that side of the stage. For the price of the ticket this is an absolute steal as you get used to the pillar being in your view. The seat is fairly comfortable but there isn’t lots of leg room.
    D9 Dress Circle - Old Vic Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Dress Circle D9
  • alicerydz 5"3 female 37 reviews 3 helpful votes
    80% total rating Woyzeck, 15th June 2017
    Great show, we were gutted we didn't get to see John Boyega but the understudy was phenomenal!
    The view from these seats were quite awkward as you had to lean forward to see. None the less there was a lot of leg room and considering we only paid £12 I would sit there again.
    P27 Lilian Baylis Circle - Old Vic Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Lilian Baylis Circle P27
  • londontheatrefan 5'4" female 150 reviews 5 helpful votes
    60% total rating Woyzeck, 21st June 2017
    This production has much to recommend it, particularly the performances, especially from John Boyega, and the excellent staging. But the play itself wasn't so much to my taste, despite some good moments of humour and some powerfully moving aspects too.
    Sat in Stalls Q18
    Excellent seat that's centre of the row. Despite being row Q, I didn't feel distant from the stage and had a great view. There's a decent slope and the seats are staggered such that you're looking between the people in front of you. Comfort and legroom were both very good.
    Q18 Stalls - Old Vic Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls Q18
  • alinapuleston 5"4 female 10 reviews 2 helpful votes
    100% total rating Woyzeck, 22nd June 2017
    Brilliant seats, loved this view! Would definitely sit here again! Photo looks far away however it's a nice overlook of the whole theatre without feeling too far away.
    C26 Lilian Baylis Circle - Old Vic Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Lilian Baylis Circle C26
WOYZECK SEATING PLAN
The Stalls will generally give the best views in the Old Vic, being well raked and also with spacious leg room. Pillars in Row Q restrict the first and last seats in these rows, as well as the Dress Circle overhanging the rear of the stalls, but both of these are usually offered at a lower price. It is normally advisable to take a similar priced seat in the dress circle over these however.

The centre of the Dress Circle offers good views, however can feel distant from the action, while the edge seats receive a very side on view. Seats near the ends of rows A to E are also impaired by support pillars.

The Lilian Baylis Circle can often provide some of the cheapest seats in the house, however many are restricted, with the front side rows being very side on and on tightly packed bench style seats. The back rows are less visually restricted generally, but are very distant to the stage. Those with very good eyesight and an ability to stay immersed in the drama may find these the best value for money in this section however.
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STORY
Woyzeck returned to the London stage in 2017 at The Old Vic in an entirely new version by multi-award winning stage and screen writer Jack Thorne and featuring Hollywood mega star John Boyega in the lead role.
The play featured as one of the main highlights in The Old Vic’s 2016/2017 season, with Matthew Warchus as artistic director, alongside other highly anticipated productions such as Art and King Lear starring Glenda Jackson in the title role.

Many will know John Boyega from his first prominent role as Moses in the British film Attack The Block before being catapulted to worldwide superstardom by taking the lead of Finn in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Despite having appeared in Six Parties at the National Theatre and Category B at the Tricycle Theatre in his younger years, Woyzeck marks Boyega’s first big return to the London stage since becoming a Hollywood star.

His return to the theatre is a step away from the blockbuster roles that many will be used to seeing Boyega in, with Woyzeck traditionally being performed as a dissection of social conditions along with an examination on complex themes such as poverty. The character of Woyzeck is dehumanised by both doctors and the military, looked down upon as having less morality by those with more wealthy and status, slowly driving Woyzeck to despair.

These themes and ideas have been updated in an original script by playwright Jack Thorne. Best known for his work on such critically acclaimed TV series as This Is England and Skins, his first film The Scouting Book For Boys, and a range of highly successful radio plays, Jack Thorne promises to bring a gripping and highly contemporary relevance to one of the most influential plays ever written, creating for our time what Buchner designed for his – an unforgettable howl of rage.

Alongside Boyega, Woyzeck stars Ben Batt (A Streetcar Named Desire) as Andrews, Nancy Carroll (The Moderate Soprano) as Maggie, Sarah Greene (Penny Dreadful) as Marie and Steffan Rhodri (This House) as Captain.

Woyzeck is a play used to being rewritten, especially as it was left unfinished by Georg Buchner before his death in 1837, before finally being performed for the first time in Munich in 1913. Since then it has become considered one of the most influential and most performed plays in all of German Theatre.

Joe Murphy directs this new production, after being awarded the 2016 directorship in residence at the Old Vic, following his previous role as the Artistic Director of the writing company Nabakov. Murphy is known for his work directing What I Learned From Johnny Bevan, which won two Fringe First Awards at Edinburgh, as well as working on the Hillary Mantel Wolf Hall series on Broadway and at the RSC.

Woyzeck is set to opened at the Old Vic in London, 6th May 2017 and ran until 24th June 2017.
SUITABLE FOR
Fans of John Boyega should not miss the opportunity to see the Hollywood star perform in a tough and gritty drama on the West End stage. Having acclaimed performances on both stage and screen, this will be his first big role in a London production since starring in Star Wars.

With the subject matter of Woyzeck and a new adaptation by Jack Thorne (This Is England), it is set to be a tough and brutal dissection of contemporary society. Those who enjoy hard hitting drama with a social depth will find this one of the highlights of the Old Vic’s 2017 productions.

It should be noted that due to violence and nudity, this production is only suitable for audience members aged 14 and over, however as Woyzeck is currently in development, this may still change.

Age Recommendations: Ages 14+ (some violence and nudity)
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