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Rami Malek and Indira Varma to star in Oedipus at The Old Vic

Indira Varma and Rami Malek

The Old Vic Theatre in London will present the world premiere of a new adaptation of Sophocles’ Oedipus, adapted by Ella Hickson.

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The production, set to launch in January 2025, will feature Academy Award winner Rami Malek and renowned actress Indira Varma in lead roles.

This adaptation of the classic Greek tragedy, originally penned around 429 BC, promises a fresh and compelling take. Hickson, recognised for her innovative storytelling, brings a modern sensibility to the ancient text, while retaining its profound themes.

Malek, widely known for his roles in “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “No Time To Die”, and Varma, celebrated for her performances in “Present Laughter” and “Game of Thrones”, are set to bring their considerable talents to this age-old story.

Co-directing the production are Matthew Warchus and Hofesh Shechter.

Warchus said: “Sophocles’ play, arguably the best-plotted tale ever told, is the original detective story. 2,450 years since it was written, we still find ourselves captivated by the intractable questions at the core of its drama: of the sometimes destructive outcomes in our quest for knowledge; how much we’re in control of our fate, or if we’re mostly living out a pre-written script that we’re completely powerless to change.

“I’m so excited to be co-directing this extraordinary play, in a dazzling new version by Ella Hickson, alongside the phenomenal choreographer Hofesh Shechter. And I am thrilled to announce the brilliant Rami Malek and Indira Varma in the lead roles.”

The Old Vic will reveal further casting details, specific dates, and additional information about the production in the coming months.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.