Design For Living - Old Vic Theatre

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Venue Information
Old Vic Theatre

Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut

Seating Plan


(7mins) Take Mepham Street (100 metres) down to Waterloo Road. Turn right on Waterloo Road, but keep left as the theatre is 100 metres further along on the opposite corner.

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The work of Noel Coward has been seen around the world, from his efforts as an actor to those of a playwright, and in 2010 his enduring popularity will once again be proven by the staging of Design for Living at the Old Vic Theatre from September. It will be an opportunity to witness a show that was first seen by audiences in the 1930s, first of all in New York and then in London, and was also adapted into a movie. It will also be an opportunity to experience the acting talents of Tom Burke, Lisa Dillon and Andrew Scott.

The plot of Design for Living follows three morally questionable characters and their shocking attitude towards relationships. They are Gilda, Otto and Leo, with their friend, the art dealer Ernest, a victim to their antics. At the beginning of the show Gilda is in a relationship with Otto, with Ernest informing her that Leo is in town. But Gilda, having slept with Leo the night before, is all too aware of this development. We then fast-forward in time and Gilda is now in a relationship with Leo, whilst she secretly rekindles the relationship with Otto, only for her to leave them both and marry Ernest. But when Otto and Leo arrive back on the scene, it seems clear that this complex love triangle is only going to develop further.

Lisa Dillon will be appearing in the production alongside another show at the Old Vic this year – the other being John Mortimer's version of Georges Feydeau's A Flea in Her Ear – and arrives on the back of a successful career on the stage and screen. Audiences will have previously seen her work in the television series Cambridge Spies as well as shows such as When the Rain Stops Falling at the Almeida Theatre in 2009.

And directing this production will be Anthony Page, the theatre director also responsible for a range of movies. His credits include Broadway productions of the likes of Waiting for Godot and television shows like My Zinc Bed.

Design for Living makes its way to the Old Vic Theatre and appears from Wednesday 15th September 2010 (previews from Friday 3rd September 2010) to Saturday 27th November 2010.

Show Information
Booking From: Friday, 3rd September 2010
Booking Until: Saturday, 27th November 2010
Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Running Time: 120 minutes
Show Status: production_closed
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