About the showAndrew Scott reprises his role in Simon Stephens’ short play Sea Wall, featuring as part of the Old Vic’s 200th anniversary celebrations. A stunning piece of writing that focuses on happiness, humanity, and the ever-increasingly fears of everyday life, this thrilling work is a celebratory revival.
Playing at the London venue for a strictly limited two-week season, the Paines Plough production was first seen at the Bush Theatre in 2003, before transferring to the NT Shed in 2013 and later to the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2015.
Sea Wall is a striking one-man play that discusses family life, fears, beliefs and the idea that things that seem dependable can quickly be taken away. As Alex talks about his wife, his daughter, his job and visiting his father in the South of France, it seems that the force of life can take its toll on even the happiest of humans.
Multi-award-winning actor Andrew Scott reprises his part, in a role that was originally written for him. Best-known for his role in BBC’s Sherlock, as well as films such as Spectre, Scott was last seen on stage in the Almeida Theatre’s critically-acclaimed production of Hamlet, as well as The Dazzle and Birdland.
The production is directed by George Perrin, who is the joint Artistic Director of Paines Plough, and is written by Simon Stephens, whose credits include the recently performed Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, Birdland at the Old Vic, and the smash-hit National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
A hugely pertinent play that stars a stellar actor, Sea Wall is performed as part of the bicentenary celebrations at London’s Old Vic. The play runs at the venue from 18 June to 30 June 2018.
Who Should See It?Fans of Andrew Scott and Simon Stephens should catch this one-off experience, which sees an ultimate collaboration between the two.
Sea Wall is recommended 14+.