Groundhog Day musical to premiere at London's Old Vic
- Kirstyn Smith
- 21 April 2015
The team behind Matilda are to bring a musical version of Groundhog Day to the Old Vic in 2016
The musical is part of the new programme at the Old Vic, in the first season since Kevin Spacey stepped down as Artistic Director. New Director Matthew Warchus plans to create an 'artistic powerhouse', transforming the Old Vic into a more 'diverse and eclectic' space.
His inaugural season begins in September with a varied mixture of productions, including Dr Seuss' The Lorax, directed by Max Webster (James and the Giant Peach, To Kill a Mockingbird, Twelfth Night) and Harold Pinter's The Caretaker, starring Timothy Spall.
Rob Brydon is to star in Future Conditional by Tamsin Oglesby (The Mouse and His Child, Really Old Like 45) while Ralph Fiennes takes on the title role in Henrik Ibsen's The Master Builder. There are also plans for weekly variety nights, a modern take on the Old Vic's previous existence as the Royal Coburg Theatre, presenting 'music, magic, whims and oddities'.