Sweet Bird of Youth - Old Vic Theatre

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Venue Information
Old Vic Theatre

Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut
London
London
SE1 8NB

Seating Plan

Directions

Directions
(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.

Sweet Bird of Youth

The Old Vic Theatre leads the way in 2013 when it comes to stand out shows featuring some well known names and a good example of this emerges in June when Kim Cattrall takes on the lead role in Tennessee Williams’ play Sweet Bird Of Youth. With Marianne Elliot in the driver’s seat and Nica Burns producing alongside Max Weitzenhoffer it will provide an unbeatable opportunity to explore this haunting and compelling piece from the well known American playwright.

2013 also sees The Winslow Boy appear at the Old Vic from March and James Earl Jones & Vanessa Redgrave in Much Ado About Nothing from September.

In Sweet Bird Of Youth we are welcomed into a world where dreams are ruined and success lies in the past as we are introduced to the character of Alexandra Del Lago (Cattrall), a fading star of Hollywood who has attempted a comeback film with disastrous results. So she reinvents herself as the Princess Kosmonopolis and goes into hiding, drinking and finding solace with Chance Wayne, who has dreams of stardom himself, but even this is destined to fall apart.

The 1959 play was first seen by audiences in New York  and would eventually open in the West End decades later in the 1980s with Harold Pinter directing Lauren Bacall a production at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. So it has a long history around the world and its integration into popular culture over the years should ensure it attracts plenty of attention when it emerges at the Old Vic in June 2013.

Kim Cattrall is best known to those that pick up theatre tickets for her long-running role as Samantha in Sex And The City, which ran towards the end of the 1990s and the beginning of the 2000s. It spawned two movies, which are among many big screen projects for the actress, who has also appeared in Police Academy and Big Trouble In Little China, among others. Her stage work includes Private Lives at the Vaudeville Theatre in 2010 and Anton And Cleopatra at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2012.

Sweet Bird Of Youth begins is set to begin its run at the Old Vic Theatre on Saturday 1st June 2013.  

Show Information
Booking From: Saturday, 1st June 2013
Booking Until: Saturday, 31st August 2013
Show Status: production_closed
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