The Hairy Ape Tickets - The Old Vic, London

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The Old Vic

The Old Vic
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.

Review Summary
Average Rating: 1 out of 5 stars based on 1 review(s)


Latest Review: "What a load of old claptrap this play is. It may have relevant when it was written, but it lost a lo..."

Important Info: Captioned Performance: 12 November 7.30pm Audio Described Performance: 10 November 7.30pm

As part of the first season of shows from Matthew Warchus as he steps up to the mantel of Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theatre, Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape makes its latest appearance on a London stage. A production with a great history and a compelling message, it has stood the test of time ever since it was first staged in the United States in the 1920s.

This production is directed by Richard Jones and he will take us on a journey of self discovery and identity crises as we are introduced to the character of Yank. He is a labourer who stokes the flames of a transatlantic ship and takes great pride in his work. But his world is torn from him when he hears a disparaging remark from the daughter of a rich merchant and he suddenly starts to see the world around him in a new light as he heads to Manhattan and sees how the other side lives.

First staged in Broadway in 1922, the show has also been performed in the United Kingdom, including a production in the 1930s with Paul Robeson. More recently, however, it was seen at the Southwark Playhouse in 2012.

This time, however, Richard Jones is the man behind the vision and he brings The Hairy Ape to the Old Vic on the merits of a career that has included the likes of Government Inspector at the Young Vic Theatre, Into The Woods at the Phoenix Theatre and Holy Mothers at the Royal Court Theatre, amongst others.

The Hairy Ape opens in a year that also welcomes Future Conditional and Dr Seuss’s The Lorax and runs from Thursday 29th October 2015 (previews from Saturday 17th October 2015). 

Show Information
Booking From: Friday, 20th November 2015
Booking Until: Saturday, 21st November 2015
Important Info: Captioned Performance: 12 November 7.30pm Audio Described Performance: 10 November 7.30pm
Show Status: This production is closed
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