The Old Vic Theatre welcomes Other Desert Cities to the stage in 2014, giving London theatre audiences the opportunity to be the first in the country to see a production that has already wowed audiences in the United States, both on and off Broadway. The show is directed by the renowned Lindsay Posner, responsible for a range of acclaimed productions across the capital, and comes from the pen of Jon Robin Baitz, the American playwright whose work has been celebrated since the early 1990s.
Other Desert Cities is a play that explores a popular theme in the world of theatre – an old family drama. It focuses on Brooke Wyeth and her return to Palm Springs, the family home, to visit her fractured family – parents Polly and Lyman, at odds with former alcoholic Aunt Silda thanks to their Republican beliefs, and her brother Trip – and it is here that she reveals something that could change everything. Brooke has not returned in six years but this is no pleasant reunion; instead she reveals that she is about the expose a major moment in the family’s history as she publishes a memoir.
The play premiered early in 2011 and later in the year made its debut on a Broadway stage, leading to high acclaim for writer Baitz. Not only was it a Pulizer Prize nominee, it also landed numerous Tony Award nominations as well, ensuring this Old Vic Theatre version would eventually emerge and cement its place in history.
Director Lindsay Posner has worked for many of the prestigious theatre companies in the counry, including the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. He recently brought The Winslow Boy to the Old Vic Theatre in 2013 and prior to that was behind the likes of Uncle Vanya at the Vaudeville Theatre in 2012, Abigail’s Party at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2012 and A View From The Bridge at the Duke of York’s Theatre in 2009, among others.
So he is more than capable of doing justice to this acclaimed piece of American theatre. Other Desert Cities lands on the stage of the Old Vic Theatre on 24th March 2014 (with previews from 13th March 2014), following shows like Fortune’s Fool.
|Booking From:||Thursday, 22nd May 2014|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 24th May 2014|
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