New Alan Ayckbourn Play to Premiere at Edinburgh Ahead of London Transfer

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The Divide will run August 8-20 at Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre.
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The Divide, a new play by Alan Ayckbourn, will premiere at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival Theatre, ahead of a transfer to London’s Old Vic.

Described as “a tale for our own turbulent times that unflinchingly explores a dystopian society of repression, insurrection and forbidden love,” it will run at Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre August 8-20, before transferring to London’s Old Vic, who is co-producing it with the Edinburgh International Festival. It will be directed by Annabel Bolton, an associate director of the Old Vic, and will be presented in two parts.

In a press statement, Matthew Warchus, artistic director of the Old Vic, commented, “The Old Vic was in residence at the very first Edinburgh International Festival and it’s with great pleasure and hugely fitting that we celebrate our respective milestones by collaborating again to co-produce the world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn’s ambitious and exciting new work, The Divide.

The creative team includes designer Laura Hopkins, with music composed by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by David Plater, sound by Bobby Aitken, video by Ash J Woodward, and casting by Jessica Ronane.

Casting and London dates are still to be announced.

Tickets for the Edinburgh run go on sale March 25. To book, visit


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