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Key facts

Playwright: Duncan MacMillan


The ice caps are melting, there’s overpopulation, political unrest; everything’s going to hell in a handcart – why on earth would someone bring a baby into this world?

Directed by Matthew Warchus, Claire Foy and Matt Smith perform a socially distanced version of Duncan Macmillan’s hilarious emotional rollercoaster of a play about a couple wrestling with life’s biggest dilemmas live from The Old Vic.

Old Vic: In Camera is a new artistic initiative combining a run of socially distanced performances of LUNGS followed by a major series of rehearsed play-readings, all streamed live from the iconic Old Vic stage with the empty auditorium as a backdrop. Rekindling live performance in this irrepressible 202-year-old venue, albeit with minimal staging and accessible only via camera, is a genuine thrill for us. But this series is both an exciting creative experiment and also crucial in igniting the box office now all our usual channels of revenue have been entirely wiped out and we fight to preserve this beloved theatre for our audiences, surrounding schools and communities, staff, crew, and the myriad of writers, performers and creatives that work with us.

Each performance of LUNGS will be available for up to 1,000 people per night (with some matinees) replicating our usual audience capacity size. Tickets will be priced as they are in our auditorium from £10–£65 and whilst all ‘seats’ offer the same view (from the comfort of your own home), we’re asking audiences to give what they can to help support our theatre in return for access to this totally unique experience. There is also the option to add a further donation on top of this for those who are able to give a little more.

How will the captions work?

Lungs will be streamed over Zoom and the captions will be available to turn on while watching. Everyone who purchases a ticket will recieve a seperate email before the event with a link to the show and outlining how to turn the captions on for the performance.

If you have recieved the email but still have questions about using the captions please contact Courtney Rudge (courtney@stagetext.org), who has organised the access for this event and will be able to help you with any queries.

Event details

Sat 4 Jul 2020, 8:00pm

This event is sold out.

Live subtitling and captioning by Stagetext

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Venue details

The Old Vic
The Cut

Phone: 0844 871 7628

Email: box.office@oldvictheatre.com

Textphone: 18001 0844 871 7628 (text phone)

Website: The Old Vic

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