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Claire Foy and Matt Smith to star in live-streamed, socially distanced version of Lungs at The Old Vic

Claire Foy and Matt Smith will star in a socially distanced online performance of Lungs at The Old Vic.


It will form part of the new Old Vic: In Camera series which will also feature a major series of rehearsed play-readings, all streamed live from the iconic Old Vic stage with the empty auditorium as a backdrop.

Directed by Matthew Warchus, Claire Foy and Matt Smith perform a socially distanced version of Duncan Macmillan’s hilarious emotional rollercoaster of a play about a couple wrestling with life’s biggest dilemmas live from The Old Vic.

Tickets will go on priority sale from 12pm BST on Mon 08 Jun and general sale from 12pm on Wed 10 Jun for the following performance dates:

Fri 26 Jun, 8pm BST

Sat 27 Jun, 2pm BST – captioned

Sat 27 Jun, 8pm BST

Fri 03 Jul, 8pm BST

Sat 04 Jul, 2pm BST

Sat 04 Jul, 8pm BST

Each performance of Lungs will be available for up to 1,000 people per night (with some matinees) replicating the theatre’s usual audience capacity size.

Tickets will be priced as they are in theatre auditorium from £10–£65 and whilst all ‘seats’ will offer the same view from the comfort of your own home, the theatre is asking audiences to give what they can to help support our theatre in return for access to this totally unique experience.

For more information and tickets visit The Old Vic website here.

The Old Vic said: “Rekindling live performance in this irrepressible 202-year-old venue, albeit with minimal staging and accessible only via camera, is a genuine thrill for us.

“But this series is both an exciting creative experiment and also crucial in igniting the box office now all our usual channels of revenue have been entirely wiped out and we fight to preserve this beloved theatre for our audiences, surrounding schools and communities, staff, crew, and the myriad of writers, performers and creatives that work with us.

“We hope that you will join with us to support this new series and feel excited to be part of a live theatre community once again. We need your help in making sure that The Old Vic and our productions are still here to enjoy when our much-missed normal lives resume.”

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