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The Old Vic  (Photo: Manuel Harlan)

The Old Vic (Photo: Manuel Harlan)

The Old Vic casts The American Clock

Robin Johnson

By Robin Johnson Published 14 November 2018

Josie Walker, John Marquez, Clare Burt and Golda Rosheuvel are amongst the star names announced by The Old Vic for The American Clock, the exciting revival of the Arthur Miller play directed by Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812).

The ensemble cast also includes Amber Aga, Paul Bentall, Greg Bernstein, Flora Dawson, Abhin Galeya, Fred Haig, Jyuddah Jaymes, Francesca Mills, Taheen Modak, Christian Patterson, Abdul Salis and Ewan Wardrop, with further casting to be announced.

The American Clock is Miller’s ground-breaking play about hope, idealism and a nation’s unwavering faith in capitalism. This unique production will celebrate the changing face and evolution of the American family by having three sets of actors in the roles of Moe, Rose and Lee Baum for each performance.

The show centres on 1920s New York City, where the stock market crashed – and everything changed for the Baum family, who attempt to navigate the aftermath of an unprecedented financial crisis. Pulsing with a soundtrack fusing 1920s swing and jazz with fiercely contemporary sound, with music by Justin Ellington, The American Clock will be staged like never before.

Director Rachel Chavkin said, “We’re excited to be bringing together a range of wholly unique artists for The American Clock. It’s essential that this production capture the epic scope of Arthur’s play, which includes many races and cultures and classes, not to mention different corners of the American geography.

“All the characters in the play are struggling with the shared experience of the Great Depression and I hope that by embracing the cultural specificity of each performer we will further deepen and expand the themes of the show.”

The American Clock previews at The Old Vic from 4 February 2019.

 

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