THE STAGE – Actors Richard Madden and Jeremy Irvine, writer Jake Brunger and director Jessica Swale are among the figures coming together for a new festival hosted by the Old Vic.
The festival is being held in celebration of the 11th anniversary of the Old Vic New Voices initiative, and will bring established actors, writers and directors together with new talent nurtured through the scheme.
Featuring new work by British and American playwrights and a new musical, the programme will run from June 19 to July 24 on the Old Vic’s main stage.
New musical The Natives, written by Cat Jones and Matthew Booth and directed by Jamie Jackson, will take place on June 30.
Brunger’s Four Play will be directed by Jack Sain and will run on June 26, while Swale will direct Steven Hevey’s Sirius on July17.
Other performers involved in the festival include Pippa Haywood, Carly Bawden and Marc Elliot, while directors Derek Bond, Alice Hamilton and Caroline Byrne will also be involved.
The programme also include new work by Lucinda Burnett, Thomas Bradshaw and Nessah Muthy.
As part of the festival, a new play by James Baldwin, called Match Fit, will visit schools across London from June 22 to July 17.
The festival is funded by the TS Eliot Estate and Arts Council England.
ACE theatre director Neil Darlison said: “The chance to create new work that will be showcased on the Old Vic’s stage is an exciting opportunity for the participating playwrights. The Old Vic New Voices programme has supported a diverse range of young artists and innovative projects over recent years and the new festival element will help to build on the success achieved to date.”
The festival will be free to attend, with tickets available via a lottery. (source)
Richard attended the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition – VIP Preview at the Royal Academy yesterday (June 3) in London. Various photos from the event have now been added to the gallery, with big thanks to my friend Hailey from Kristin Kreuk Daily for the help!
Richard attended this’ year Costume Institute Benefit Gala (MET) dedicated to ‘China Through The Looking Glass’. He looked handsome in a Tommy Hilfiger suit. Sadly, not much photos were taken of him but, the few I was able to find have been added to the gallery. Thanks to Tori for the help!
Updated the gallery adding a scan from Who Magazine – 100+ beautiful people 2015 issue (April 13) thanks to Tiffanyy. The scan features an outtake from the People Magazine photoshoot, from which I added some more! Enjoy.
Be sure to visit the Official Theatre page dedicate to the Kenneth Branagh season where you can book tickets to see the show(s) and find more out about the plays!