If you saw the brilliant Eve Best playing opposite Kevin Spacey in A Moon for the MisBegotten at the Old Vic a couple of years ago, you’ll know that she’s absolutely riveting on stage – quick to make the audience laugh but full of pathos too. After a few seasons playing opposite Edie Falco in Nurse Jackie and starring as Wallis Simpson in The King’s Speech, Best is back at the Old Vic this spring. Playing the lead role in John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, a role previously taken by Judi Dench and Helen Mirren before her and one of the meatiest female roles on stage, we can’t wait to see what Best makes of this most tragic of Jacobean tragedies.
This comic masterpiece and one of Ireland’s best-known plays is about a lonely boy who takes refuge in a pub claiming to have killed his oppressive father. At first he charms the locals with his tale of bravery but suspicions arise when his story turns out to be less than straightforward. When the play first premiered in Dublin in 1907, it provoked riots in the audience but has since become a classic. Directed by John Crowley, whose Broadway production of The Pillowman with Billy Cruddup and Jeff Goldblum earned him a Tony Award nomination for best direction, it stars Robert Sheehan, best known for his role as Nathan in the E4 series Misfits, making his stage debut as the young boy and Niamh Cusack as the villager, Widow Quinn.
With such a great director, cast and play, we think this has got all the makings of a hit. So stay ahead of the crowd and book your tickets now.
If you’re going to just one play this year, this is the one. Sam Mendes is directing and Kevin Spacey follows in the hallowed footsteps of Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Branagh starring as Richard III. What more could you ask for? Tickets have already been available to Old Vic friends and Club members and they go on sale to the general public on Monday 31st January at 9am. We suggest you set your alarm because these tickets will be like gold dust. And you’ll feel super smug when you’ve got yours come June.