About the showThe Old Vic will host an original adaptation of the German classic Woyzeck written by the critically acclaimed Jack Thorne and featuring Hollywood film star John Boyega in the lead role, best known for his role in Star Wars – The Force Awakens. The play promises to be a highlight of the Old Vic’s 2016/2017 season under the artistic direction of Matthew Warchus.
Woyzeck was originally begun by German playwright Georg Buchner in 1836, before being left unfinished on his abrupt death a year later. After many years and the publication of completed versions by other authors, it was finally performed in Munich for the first time in 1913 to great acclaim. Since then, it has received many adaptations and alternative endings, being seen as one of the most profound and acclaimed plays in the Germanic canon.
Jack Thorne has become the latest to updated Buchner’s classic work, with his newest version promising ‘an unforgettable howl of rage’ at the issues in today’s contemporary society. Known best for his work on award winning television such as This Is England and Skins, Thorne has also worked on various acclaimed radio plays as well as his first film The Scouting Book For Boys.
Woyzeck will be directed by the up and coming Joe Murphy, who was recently awarded the directorship in residence for 2016 at the Old Vic. Murphy has one two Fringe First Awards previously at the Edinburgh Festival for his work directing What I Learned From Johnny Bevan as well as being Assistant Director on Hillary Mantel’s Wolf Hall.
With a trio of some of the most innovative writers, directors and actors currently working on the London stage, Woyzeck at the Old Vic promises to be one of the most gripping dramas on the West End in 2017. Previews begin in London on 6th May 2017 and is set to run until 24th June 2017.
Who Should See It?Fans of gripping and provocative contemporary drama, with a dissection of society, should enjoy this new production of Woyzeck at the Old Vic. The combination of Jack Thorne as writer, Joe Murphy as director and John Boyega in the lead role should make this one of the most gripping productions of 2017.
This show is not recommended for children under the age of 14 however, due to violence and potential nudity.