Woyzeck was originally discarded halfway due to Büchner’s untimely death, but was put together and first published in 1879. Based on the true story of a military barber who stabbed his mistress in a fit of jealous rage, Woyzeck is the typical ‘Everyman play’, which is hugely influential and is studied across the country. When Woyzeck discovers that his lover Marie is engaged in a secret tryst with a Drum-Major, his world falls apart and he flies into a fit of rage, stabbing her several times. True to the story, the real Woyzeck was sentenced to death in 1821 for his crimes.
Directed by Joe Murphy (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas), Woyzeck stars John Boyega in the title role, with further casting yet to be announced. Boyega recently shot to stardom after the massive success of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, and is also well-known for Attack the Block. Jack Thorne’s adaptation of the pertinent play is sure to bring it wildly up to date, with his most recent work including the next instalment in the Harry Potter series.
Casting includes Ben Batt (A Streetcar Named Desire) as Andrews, Nancy Carroll (Closer) as Maggie, Sarah Greene (Penny Dreadful) as Marie and Steffan Rhodri (This House) as Captain.
Woyzeck features as part of Warchus’ 2016-2017 season at the Old Vic, which includes King Lear starring Glenda Jackson. At the London venue on May 6th, Woyzeck is set to play until June 24th 2017. Don’t miss out on your chance to see John Boyega make his stage debut!