The Hairy Ape | The Old Vic

The Old Vic | Sat 17 Oct – Sat 21 Nov
The Hairy Ape

The Hairy Ape

By Eugene O’Neill

Directed by Richard Jones


Eugene O’Neill’s timeless classic of class and identity

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The Old Vic announces the full cast to join Bertie Carvel in Richard Jones’ new production of The Hairy Ape, the second production in Matthew Warchus’ opening season as Artistic Director. The Hairy Ape opens on 29 October, with previews from 17 October, and will see The Old Vic theatre transformed back to its original proscenium arch layout.

A classic expressionist masterpiece by Nobel prize-winner Eugene O’Neill, The Hairy Ape tells the story of Yank (Bertie Carvel), a labourer who revels in his status as the strongest stoker on a transatlantic ocean liner. But when Yank 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 neighbourhoods and disenfranchised underbelly of New York society.

Searching for a way to belong, Yank is forced to confront primal questions about his true place in the world.

Directed by the acclaimed, multi award-winning director Richard Jones, The Hairy Ape is an iconic piece of American drama brought to the stage by a visionary of British theatre.


Adam Burton plays Secretary.
Bertie Carvel plays Robert Smith ‘Yank’.
Buffy Davis plays Aunt.
Callum Dixon plays Long.
Steffan Rhodri plays Paddy.
Rosie Sheehy plays Mildred.
Nicholas Karimi plays Second Engineer.

Also joining the cast are Christopher Akrill, Charlie Cameron, Okorie Chukwu, Phil Hill, Ben Lee, Oliver Llewellyn-Jenkins, Luke Murphy and Elan James.


Director Richard Jones
Design Stewart Laing
Choreography Aletta Collins
Lighting Mimi Jordan Sherin
Sound Sarah Angliss
Casting Jessica Ronane CDG


Booking Information


The Old Vic,
The Cut, London SE1 8NB

Sat 17 Oct – Sat 21 Nov
Mon–Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm

Captioned Performance Thu 12 Nov 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance Tue 10 Nov 7.30pm, touch tour 6pm

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