Matthew Warchus on the return of Dr. Seuss's The Lorax

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I am so happy to be welcoming Max Webster’s production of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax back onto The Old Vic stage. We first presented it nearly two years ago and have brought it back for a short run before it embarks on a tour of North America, visiting Toronto, Minneapolis and San Diego. I can say, hand-on-heart, that it’s one of my all-time favourite pieces of theatre. It makes me laugh, it makes me cry, it has a big and urgent message, and it is a celebration of theatrical storytelling.

You can’t say fairer than that.

This is the first time that Dr. Seuss’s famous book (written, with prescience, in 1971) has been adapted for the stage. We are excited for its future life beyond The Old Vic and look forward to it touching hearts and minds, of all ages. For many people it will be the first Old Vic production they have seen and I’m delighted that this beautiful show will be our introduction. Since I became Artistic Director we have made a concerted effort to expand the types of shows that we programme; not just familiar classic revivals but also new writing, music-theatre, dance and regular family programming for all ages.

We want The Old Vic to be enjoyed by as many different people as possible and in many different ways. The Old Vic is a big theatre. We have room for everyone — not just the privileged few. It’s very important to me that our shows are available to people from all backgrounds. To do this without any public funding we are entirely dependent on our tremendous sponsors and donors. Without them The Old Vic would either disappear completely or diminish into a decaying historic building with no ambition, no spirit of adventure and, therefore, no future. So we say a passionate thank you to our Principal Partner Royal Bank of Canada, whose vision and commitment has made it possible to bring this powerful and timely production back to our stage, and to PwC who share our desire for everyone to enjoy the transformational power of theatre at affordable prices through the PwC £10 Previews scheme. We’re also hugely grateful to all our loyal and valued individual, corporate and trust and foundation supporters for their incredible generosity. We hope this show will leave a powerful, lasting impression on you. And, thanks to our friends at Wyevale Garden Centres, you can embody the spirit of the Lorax — just collect a packet of seeds as you leave the theatre and help nurture our precious planet.

And if you personally want to support The Old Vic and secure an adventurous future, then please come to as many shows as you can afford in our kaleidoscopic seasons or make a donation. You can find out here or text OVIC17 £5 to 70070. Everything you do, however small, makes a big difference.