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The Hairy Ape

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Richard Jones directs this iconic piece of American drama by Nobel Prize winner Eugene O’Neill at The Old Vic. Read More >

Richard Jones directs this iconic piece of American drama by Nobel Prize winner Eugene O’Neill at The Old Vic.

A classic expressionist masterpiece, The Hairy Ape tells the story of Yank, 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.

Jones is a multi-Olivier Award winner. The director, whose credits include Anna Nicole at the Royal Opera House and Into The Woods in the West End, picked up his third accolade in April 2015 for his direction of English National Opera’s The Girl Of The Golden West, The Mastersingers Of Nuremberg and Rodelinda.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 17/10/2015

Opening Night: 29/10/2015

Closing Night: 21/11/2015

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Cast & Creative


Bertie Carvel, Adam Burton, Buffy Davis, Callum Dixon, Steffan Rhodri, Rosie Sheehy, Nicholas Karimi, Christopher Akrill, Charlie Cameron, Okorie Chukwu, Phil Hill, Ben Lee, Oliver Llewellyn-Jenkins, Luke Murphy, Elan James


Director - Richard Jones

Producer - The Old Vic

Designer - Stewart Laing

Choreographer - Aletta Collins

Lighting Designer - Mimi Jordan Sherin

Sound - Sarah Angliss

Author - Eugene O’Neill

About The Old Vic

The Cut, London, United Kingdom, SE1 8NB

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