Bristol Old Vic Season to Include Juno and the Paycock, Return of Swallows and ENO Collaboration
07 Jul 2014
The new season at the U.K.'s Bristol Old Vic — which Tom Morris and Emma Stenning are marking celebrating their fifth anniversary in charge of this fall — will include a co-production of Sean O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock, a revival of Bristol Old Vic's production of the musical Swallows and Amazons that has previously played in the West End, and a collaboration with English National Opera.
Juno and the Paycock will be directed by Gemma Bodinetz, artistic director of the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, where the production will transfer after premiering in Bristol, where it begins performances Sept. 5 prior to an official opening Sept. 10 for a run through Sept. 27.
The play, set in Dublin in 1922, will feature Niamh Cusack as the eponymous Juno and Des McAleer as her husband Jack Boyle, and will be staged against a world of zero contract hours and the spread of pawnbrokers where matriarchs like Juno struggle to hold their family together against the odds.
Swallows and Amazons, created by writer Helen Edmundson, composer Neil Hannon and director Tom Morris and based on the book by Arthur Ransome, will begin performances Nov. 27 prior to an official opening Dec. 2, for a run through Jan. 17, 2015. It is described in press materials as a story of an idyllic era, of endless summer evenings and the beauty of youthful imagination.
Orfeo, co-produced with English National Opera, will begin performances April 16 for a run through April 25. It will be directed by Tom Morris and conducted by Christopher Bucknall.
There will also be appearances by visiting companies including Theatre Damfino, the Mark Bruce Company, Action Hero, Kneehigh, Crying Out Loud, Tall Stories, Gecko and Theatre Uncut, amongst others.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.