Fortune's Fool - Old Vic Theatre

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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.

Fortune's Fool

The Old Vic Theatre, familiar with compelling shows such as Much Ado About Nothing landing on its stage, sets its sights on Ivan Turgenev’s classic play Fortune’s Fool as director Lucy Bailey brings Mike Poulton’s adaptation to the capital. More than a century and a half since the original story was penned by the Russian novelist the play returns to the stage and t does so with some talented actors taking on the two key main roles – Richard McCabe and Iain Glen.

The show is set to appear at the Old Vic during the Christmas season, beginning in mid-December and carrying on into the New Year. In addition to McCabe and Glen, the cast also includes Dyfan Dwyfor, Janet Fullerlove, Paul Ham, Richard Henders, Simon Markey, Lucy Briggs-Owen and Alexander Vlahos.

The plot of Fortune’s Fool focuses on the character of Vassily Semyonitch Kuzovkin (Glen) and his wealthy neighbour Flegont Alexandrovistch Tropatchov (McCabe) – plus some recently arrived newlyweds. The former is a resident on an estate who used to have closer ties to its ownership and is now dining with Tropatchov, who is not a fan of his, plus the newlyweds. During the course of the dinner Kusovkin is encouraged to drink as much as is possible, loosening him up so that he is more likely to speak. The result is that he dishes out secrets that he should not be and soon Tropatchov realises he has happened upon something truly shocking that could have wide-reaching results.

Mike Poulton’s adaptation of Turgenev’s original first appeared on Broadway just over a decade ago and this had huge success at New York’s Music Box Theatre. The show would go on to earn Tony Awards thanks to performances by Alan Bates and Frank Langella, though it was also nominated for Best Play. So its arrival in London was inevitable and it is likely to drum up plenty of interest.

Part of this interest will be connected to its cast, with McCabe well known amongst London theatre audiences for appearing as former Prime Minister Harold Wilson in The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre alongside Helen Mirren’s Queen Elizabeth II. His co-star Iain Glen, meanwhile, is well known for roles in Game Of Thrones and Ghosts at the Duchess Theatre in 2010.

Fortune’s Fool runs at the Old Vic Theatre from Thursday 19th December 2013 (previews from Friday 6th December 2013).

Show Information
Booking From: Thursday, 20th February 2014
Booking Until: Saturday, 22nd February 2014
Running Time: 2 Hours 20 Minutes
Show Status: production_closed
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