Mishcon de Reya has today announced a collaboration with The Old Vic to deliver thought leadership events as part of The Old Vic’s Voices Off programme. This is the first partnership of its kind for both Mishcon de Reya and The Old Vic. Voices Off, conceived in September 2015 at the start of Matthew Warchus’ inaugural season as Artistic Director, is a series of talks, conversations, debates and workshops which explore the themes raised by the productions on the main stage.
The first collaboration project will explore The Old Vic's production of Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck in a new version by the multi award winning Jack Thorne (This is England, Let the Right One In, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), directed by Joe Murphy and starring John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens).
Set in 1980s Berlin. The Cold War rages and the world sits at a crossroads between Capitalism and Communism. On the border between East and West, a young soldier (Woyzeck) and the love of his life are desperately trying to build a better future for their child. But the cost of escaping poverty is high, and its tragic consequences unfold in this searing tale of the people society leaves behind.
The Voices Off event – On Nature – will take place on Thursday 15 June. A panel led by Anthony Julius will consider Jack Thorne’s adaptation in the context of 19th century modernism, culture and psychoanalysis, and explore its presentation of the darker side of human nature. The event will take place between 5pm and 6pm in the auditorium and is followed by the production at 7pm. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 12pm on Friday 5 May and can be purchased online at www.oldvictheatre.com or over the phone on 0844 871 7628.
Anthony Julius, Deputy Chairman of Mishcon de Reya and inaugural Chair in Law and the Arts at University College London said: "The Old Vic is an iconic arts institution in the UK and we are very proud to be a part of the Voices Off programme. Woyzeck and its exploration of the darker side of human nature is of course forever timely, and this modern adaptation will no doubt provide lots for us to talk about."
Matthew Warchus, Artistic Director of The Old Vic added: "This event marks the launch of our creative collaboration enabling us to create bold and inspiring talks whilst exploring the themes of our productions and engaging new audiences with The Old Vic. It is a celebration of two companies who take an innovative and trailblazing approach to remain pioneers within their industries."