Find a show or venue


Order by phone

0845 505 8500

Your independent guide to the best shows in London

The Cut, Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8NB


Ended 21 Nov 2015 after 35 days

Eugene O'Neill's iconic play about class and self-identity

Closed 21 Nov 2015


Eugene O'Neill's seminal play about class divisions comes to the Old Vic this October in a timely exploration of what it means to be human. When Yank (Bertie Carvel), a burly and strong stoker on a transatlantic steamer, has a run-in with the snobbish daughter of the liner's owner, he begins a dark journey of self-exploration and discovers where he belongs in the greater scheme of things. Directed by Richard Jones of Anna Nicole and Into The Woods fame, this iconic American play is given a new revival in a British theatre.

What is The Hairy Ape About?

We follow the story of Yank, an earthy labourer who enjoys his status as the strongest stoker on a transatlantic ocean liner. Unfortunately, not everybody is enamoured by his strength as his co-workers; Yank is called a "filthy beast" by the snooty daughter of a passing steel merchant. Experiencing a full crisis of identity, he emabrks on a journey through both wealthy neighbourhoods and disenfranchised underclass of New York society. As his search for a way to belong becomes more desperate, Yank is forced to confront the ultimate question; where is his true place in the world, and will he be able to find it?

Additional Information


Previews from: 17 October 2015

Opening night: 29 October 2015

Closing night: 21 November 2015


Suitable for ages 12+

What You Say

No comments yet, be the first to write a review.


Please note: The term Old Vic Theatre and/or The Hairy Ape as well as all associated graphics, logos, and/or other tradermarks, tradenames or copyrights are the property of the Old Vic Theatre and/or The Hairy Ape and are used herein for factual descriptive purposes only. We are in no way associated with or authorized by the Old Vic Theatre and/or The Hairy Ape and neither that entity nor any of its affiliates have licensed or endorsed us to sell tickets, goods and or services in conjunction with their events.

What's on When

You might also like:

Keep up to date