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James Corden’s new play The Constituent opens in London

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The Old Vic has announced the world premiere of Olivier Award winner Joe Penhall’s The Constituent, starring Tony,  BAFTA and Emmy Award winner James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors, The History Boys, Into the Woods) and BAFTA Award winner Anna Maxwell Martin (Motherland, Line of Duty, Poppy Shakespeare) who will both make their Old  Vic debuts.  

This volatile new play stars Anna Maxwell Martin as a hard-working opposition backbencher whose ideals of public office  are tested by the demands of a man in crisis, played by James Corden. Directed by Old Vic Artistic Director and Olivier  Award winner Matthew Warchus, The Constituent deconstructs politics, panic alarms and the conflict between public  service and personal safety. 

The Constituent is at The Old Vic from 13 June to 10 August.  

Matthew Warchus said: ‘In a theatre once mainly renowned for classic revivals, I’m excited to present The Old Vic’s 25th  world premiere since my tenure began in 2015 – this urgently topical new play from Joe Penhall set in a local MP’s  constituency office. In a landscape of increasing threat, what place is there for empathy? Is an open door policy now  dependent on stab vests?’ 

Joe Penhall said: ‘I began writing this play four years ago, as I became fascinated and appalled by the growing antipathy  towards elected politicians. But during lockdown it looked like theatre was done for, so when I showed a rough first draft to  Matthew and he had such a confident vision for it, I was simultaneously thrilled and doubtful of our chances. It’s beyond  exciting to be finally doing it and I feel utterly indebted to The Old Vic and everyone involved for getting us here.’ 

This volatile new play stars BAFTA Award winner Anna Maxwell Martin (Motherland, Line of Duty) as a hard working opposition backbencher whose ideals of public office are tested by the demands of a man in crisis, played  by Tony, BAFTA and Emmy Award winner James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors, The History Boys). 

Directed by Olivier and Tony Award winner Matthew Warchus (A Christmas Carol, Matilda The Musical) and written  by Olivier Award winner Joe Penhall (Blue/Orange, Mood Music), The Constituent deconstructs politics, panic  alarms and the conflict between public service and personal safety. 

ACCESS PERFORMANCES

BSL: Tues 23 Jul, 7:30pm

Captioned: Fri 26 Jul, 7:30pm

Relaxed (also Audio Described, BSL & Captioned): Sat 27 Jul, 2:30pm

Audio Described: Wed 31 Jul, 7:30pm

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[ To buy tickets for The Constituent visit the Old Vic Theatre website. ]

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