Complete casting has been announced for a new production of Georg Büchner's Woyzeck, which begins performances at London's Old Vic May 13 prior to an official opening May 23 with John Boyega in the title role.
He is joined by Ben Batt, Nancy Carroll (Olivier winner for After the Dance at the National), Sarah Greene (best known for her recurring role in Penny Dreadful, and seen on Broadway in The Cripple of Inishmaan that transferred from the West End), and Steffan Rhodri.
In the play, set in 1980s Berlin in this new adaptation by Jack Thorne (who also co-wrote the current stage version of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), the Cold War rages and the world sits at a crossroads between capitalism and communism. On the border between East and West, a young soldier and the love of his life are desperately trying to build a better future for their child.
Boyega, who plays the title role, was most recently seen in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015). He is currently filming Pacific Rim: Uprising, which he is also producing through his production company, Upper Room Productions. He will next be seen in The Circle (April 2017) followed by a principal role in Kathryn Bigelow’s Untitled Project, set against the backdrop of the 1967 Detroit Riots (August 2017). In December 2017, he will reprise his role of Finn in Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi and will also star in the Netflix original feature, Imperial Dreams. Previous stage credits include Six Parties (National Theatre) and Category B, Seize the Day, and Detaining Justice (all at North London's Tricycle Theatre).
The production is directed by Joe Murphy, with designs by Tom Scutt, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, music composed by Isobel Waller-Bridge, movement by Polly Bennett, and illusions by Ben Hart.
The production will be broadcast by NT Live to cinemas around the U.K. April 20, with international dates to follow.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 871 7628 or visit oldvictheatre.com.