The Playboy Of The Western World - 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.

The Playboy Of The Western World

The famous play “The Playboy of the Western World” makes its way to the Old Vic Theatre in 2011 and is set to feature a great cast working under the direction of John Crowley. The show is a well known piece penned by J M Synge and was first seen in Dublin in 1907, making it over a century old. Back then there were riots following its premiere that were dubbed the ‘Playboy Riots’ and it goes to show that at the time the topic of patricide was a contentious one that gave people a lot to think about. Today it is likely that audiences will be striving to pick up Theatre Tickets to witness the production when it lands at one of the best known venues in town.

The plot focuses on the character of Christy Mahon and takes audiences back in time to Ireland in the early 20th century, where Mahon arrives at Michael James Flaherty’s public house. Upon his arrival he regales the other patrons with his story of murdering his oppressive father and this captures their imagination whilst also capturing the heart of a beautiful young woman. But eventually the reality of what actually happened catches up with him and when the locals realise he might not be who he says he is all hell breaks loose.

Actor Robert Sheehan is set to appear in the show in what will be his high profile stage debut following various well known appearances in television shows and films. Earlier this year he appeared alongside Nicolas Cage in “Season of the Witch”, whilst he has also appeared in films like “Killing Bono”, “Cherrybomb” and “Summer of the Flying Saucer”. Meanwhile, his television credits include “Mifits” – for which he is most famous – and “Red Riding”.

The show will also feature Ruth Negga and former “Heartbeat” star Niamh Cusack in lead roles

So audiences will be getting a compelling show with “The Playboy of the Western World”, whilst also experiencing the work of a rising star. The production also appears in a year when The Old Vic celebrates the end of its venture known as “The Bridge Project” with the production of “Richard III” starring Kevin Spacey and directed by Sam Mendes. So audiences have plenty of reasons to head to the famous London theatre.

“The Playboy of the Western World” runs at the Old Vic Theatre from Tuesday 27th September 2011 (previews from Saturday 17th September 2011) until Saturday 26th November 2011.

Show Information
Booking From: Saturday, 17th September 2011
Booking Until: Saturday, 26th November 2011
Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Show Status: production_closed
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