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The Hairy Ape

Closed November 21, 2015

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

Why See The Hairy Ape?


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?

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Additional Information


Previews from: 17 October 2015

Opening night: 29 October 2015


Suitable for ages 12+

Cast and Creative


Bertie Carvel as Robert Smith 'Yank'
Adam Burton as the Secretary
Buffy Davis as Aunt
Callum Dixon as Long
Steffan Rhodri as Paddy
Rosie Sheehy as Mildred
Nicholas Karimi as Second Engineer
Christopher Akrill
Charlie Cameron
Okorie Chukwu
Phil Hill
Ben Lee
Oliver Llewellyn-Jenkins
Luke Murphy
Elan James


Directed by Richard Jones
Set design by Stewart Laing
Lighting by Mimi Jordan Sherin
Sound by Sarah Angliss

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