Casting and date announced for The Divide


The Divide, a new play by Alan Ayckbourn, will open at The Old Vic on 3 February 2018 with previews from 30 January 2018, following its premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival this summer.

The Divide is a tale that unflinchingly explores a dystopian society of repression, insurrection and forbidden love. The show, presented in two parts, is directed by Annabel Bolton, an Associate Director of The Old Vic.

Clare Burt (National Theatre’s London Road), Evening Standard Award-nominee Jake Davies (BBC’s The Missing), Erin Doherty (BBC’s Call the Midwife), Thusitha Jayasundera (National Theatre’s War Horse), Richard Katz (BBC’s The Honourable Woman), Sophie Melville (National Theatre’s Iphigenia in Splott), Clare Lawrence Moody (National Theatre’s Fram), Weruche Opia (Royal Court’s Liberian Girl), Martin Quinn (National Theatre of Scotland’s Let The Right One In), Letty Thomas (Tap Tap Theatre’s Men), Sian Thomas (Spring Awakening in the West End) and Finty Williams (BBC’s Cranford) make-up the ensemble cast.

Our Artistic Director Matthew Warchus on The Divide:

“Alan Ayckbourn is of course famous for his domestic tragi-comedies. It is perhaps overlooked the extent to which he is a great and perpetual experimenter with form. He has plays which run backward through time, where an exit from one play becomes an entrance into another, where one beginning has sixteen possible endings, even plays which take place simultaneously on two different stages. Now as he turns 78 he delivers a piece of dramatic writing which arguably may not even be a play – The Divide – described on its title page as “a dramatic narrative for voices”.

The Old Vic was in residence 70 years ago at the very first Edinburgh International Festival in 1947 and The Old Vic celebrates its 200th birthday in 2018 and it’s with great pleasure and hugely fitting that we celebrate our respective milestones by collaborating again to co-produce the world premiere of Alan’s ambitious and exciting new work, The Divide.”

Booking information

Tue 11 Jul 12pm: Artistic Director’s Circle and Producer’s Circle

Wed 12 Jul 12pm: Benefactors and Patrons

Thu 13 Jul 12pm: Premium Associates

Fri 14 Jul 12pm: Associates

Mon 17 Jul 12pm: Premium Friends

Tue 18 Jul 12pm: Friends

Wed 19 Jul 12pm: General on-sale