The play tells the story of Robert Smith, known as Yank, a laborer who revels in his status as the strongest stoker on a transatlantic ocean liner. But when he is called a 'filthy beast' by the overbred daughter of a steel merchant, he experiences an awakening of consciousness that leads him on a journey through the wealthy neighborhoods and disenfranchised underbelly of New York society. Searching for a way to belong, he is forced to confront primal questions about his true place in the world.
Bertie Carvel, who created the role of Miss Trunchbull in the original production of Matilda The Musical (winning the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical in London and Tony-nominated on Broadway), plays Yank. He recently starred in the BBC's "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" and will soon be seen in "Doctor Foster." Most recently he appeared onstage in Bakkhai opposite Ben Whishaw at the Almeida.
Also in the cast are Adam Burton, Buffy Davis Steffan Rhodri, Rosie Sheehy, Nicholas Karimi, Christopher Akrill, Charlie Cameron, Okorie Chukwu, Phil Hill, Ben Lee, Oliver Llewellyn-Jenkins, Luke Murphy and Elan James.
The production is directed by Richard Jones, whose Broadway credits include La Bete (for which he was Tony-nominated) and Titanic. He returns to the Old Vic, where he has previously directed Too Clever By Half, The Illusion and A Flea in Her Ear. He has also directed extensively at the Young Vic, including productions of Six Characters Looking for an Author, Hobson's Choice, The Good Soul of Szechuan, Annie Get Your Gun, The Government Inspector and Public Enemy.
The production is designed by Stewart Laing, with choreography by Aletta Collins, lighting by Mimi Jordan Sherin and sound by Sarah Angliss. To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 871 7628 or visit oldvictheatre.com.