Kevin Spacey David Troughton

Inherit The Wind

Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee
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Two legal titans confront each other when a close knot community puts freedom of speech on trial.

When science teacher Bertram Cates violates a state law he finds himself at the centre of a court case that not only shakes the United Stated but resonates across the world.

Considered one of the great American plays of the twentieth century Lawrence and Lees gripping, relevant drama is inspired by the famous Scopes Monkey Trial where in 1925 school teacher John Scopes stood accused of violating a Tennessee statute by teaching Darwins theory of evolution to his students.

He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart

(Proverbs 11:29)

A film version of the play released in 1960 starring Spencer Tracy, Frederic March and Gene Kelly received four Academy Award nominations. This production marks the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Darwins The Origin of Species.

Award-winning director Trevor Nunn directs an outstanding ensemble including Kevin Spacey and David Troughton in this fascinating slice of American history played out in a thrilling courtroom drama.

Trevor Nunn returns to The Old Vic following the success of Richard II starring Kevin Spacey. Aside from his musical credits which include smash hits such as Cats, Les Miserables and Starlight Express Trevor Nunn was artistic Director of the RSC for eighteen years and in 1996 became Artistic Director of the National Theatre. His most recent credits include Hamlet (Old Vic), King Lear and The Seagull (RSC) and A Little Night Music.

Old Vic Artistic Director Kevin Spacey has appeared in A Moon for the Misbegotten, Richard II and Speed the Plow at The Old Vic.

David Troughton is a well-known face from both stage and screen and was recently seen in the West End in Enjoy. He has appeared in numerous productions at the RSC and National Theatre.

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