“No, it hasn’t changed,” he says confidently, and I envy him his conviction. ", The Crown Season 3: Everything You Need To Know, Claire Foy: "There's No Such Thing As Just The Wife", ‘The Crown’ Season 5: Everything You Need To Know, Here’s Exactly Where ‘The Crown’ Left Off. Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Richard Gadd reveals the harrowing true story of being stalked in this darkly comic, brutally honest show full of unexpected twists and shocking revelations. In the semi-darkness of The Old Vic’s auditorium, empty on a Monday afternoon before the evening show, Matt Smith is reassuring Claire Foy that she doesn’t “have an irritating voice”. The play follows a couple named only M and W, who reflect on the moral implications of having children in today’s world The pair made their Old Vic debuts in the play to sell-out crowds last year and will now return to the theatre to revive the production in front of a virtual audience watching live at home from 19 different countries. “Bravura performances of Claire Foy and Matt Smith”, This event has been canceled due to concerns around the spread of COVID-19. Bewitched is absolutely the product of its time, but that’s also what makes it so delightfully subversive. Matt Smith and Claire Foy (The Crown) make their Old Vic Theatre debuts in a play by Duncan Macmillan about our planet and the issues we face. Four seasons in, there’s still something rather inspiring about that. It has been two years since Smith appeared on stage, seven for Foy – and there are, quite naturally, a few things concerning them about the task at hand: the size of this place, for starters, especially for such an intimate, spare play with no set; whether the one-liners will land; whether the audience will fall asleep (“It’s only an hour – people can stay awake that long, surely to goodness,” tuts Foy); whether they’ll make it through the run and remain friends. Samantha Stephens (Elizabeth Montgomery) is, on the surface, the ideal housewife of the 1960s. Claire Foy and Matt Smith in Lungs. Yet she also demands old-style strength and initiative from him. “I’m not being rude. … Start your Independent Premium subscription today. The theatre, which is a registered charity, does not receive a regular public subsidy and artistic director Matthew Warchus has said it is in a perilous position as a result of the pandemic. Claire Foy and Matt Smith reunite in this hilarious and bracing look at love in the time of climate change, which sold out its critically acclaimed run at London’s Old Vic. Photograph: Helen Maybanks ‘T he world is fucked,” says one half of the earnest couple in Lungs, fretting about starting a family on an over-populated planet. The work of Jane Austen, as a whole, is a kind of the ultimate comfort blanket. Bang on a Can, Steve Reich, Dither Big Band, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Missy Mazzoli, Opera Ventures, Scottish Opera. Every day on the news there’s more bad news and horror. This time, however, it will be performed to an empty auditorium and streamed to audiences. Matthew Warchus’s direction pits them against each other visually to mirror the verbal combat; they stand at opposite ends of the stage or circle each other in gladiatorial fashion when they are scripted to be lying in bed together. Read more: Claire Foy and Matt Smith Play "Who Am I?". A single mother, Lorelai, and her teenaged daughter, Rory, have an upbeat and supportive relationship, speaking in snappy one-liners and rapid-fire dialogue. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Temperatures rising. Could there be a more quintessentially British TV show than The Great British Bake-Off? “Being serious has always been difficult,” admits Smith. I’m 36 now and people keep going,” here he puts on a geezerish accent, “‘Well, you better get on with it, mate, if you’re going to have four.’”, “It’s very true what they say in the play,” counsels Foy, “which is that our child might save the world. At the Old Vic, London, until 9 November. It is only the last sequence, in which times speeds up and characters, present and imagined, grow up, age or die within seconds, which feels rushed, gimmicky and riddled with cliche. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. Offer is fulfilled by ticket seller, subject to availability and may be changed or revoked at any time. Lungs at the Old Vic Theatre will play in 2019, with exact dates to be announced. The Old Vic – at 202 years old one of London’s oldest theatres – is in a “seriously perilous” financial situation, its artistic director, Matthew Warchus, warned earlier this month. The unnamed couple, played magnetically by Claire Foy and Matt Smith, worry about the polar bears and eating imported avocados. This article was originally published in the October 2019 issue of British Vogue. “It would be bad for me,” Foy, who has struggled with anxiety, says simply, adding, “I used to be addicted to the Mail Online.” Apparently, this was “a revelation” to Smith when he found out. As such, the show offers more of a motivational boost than you might expect for a series about hapless members of a police precinct. Contact BAM Patron Services at 718.636.4182 for more information. You owe it to yourself and your life.”, I tell Smith, who has been in a relationship with actor Lily James for five years, that I’d read he wanted children. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. He also starred across from Christian Slater in the stage adaptation of Swimming with Sharks. Their existential crisis is as much about sexual politics as it is about the environment. Actress Claire Foy reunited with close friend and The Crown co-star Matt Smith in London on Thursday for a socially distanced rehearsal of theatre show, Lungs.. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Even when the person getting the makeover is at the other end of the political spectrum to our hosts, the show focuses on the positives and shows that everyone, whether they’re democrat or republican, can do with a little self-love. It’s also my choice about whether I want to stop. It was a hit last fall at the Old Vic in London, where Matt Wolf, reviewing for The New York Times, called Foy and Smith “irresistible” and even higher-wattage live than on TV. Support free-thinking journalism and attend Independent events, The Crown’s Claire Foy and Matt Smith to reunite on stage for Lungs, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. Rob Howell’s set design, like the original, is minimalist to the extreme, empty but for a solar-panelled floor and two tiles on opposite sides propped up by rock crystals – a sly satirical reminder of the couple’s fashionable, new age environmentalism. Priority access to premium seats, personalized ticket services, exclusive invitations, and more. The project is an attempt to revive the theatre’s box office revenue, which was wiped out by the coronavirus crisis. Claire Foy and Matt Smith in Lungs at the Old Vic - in pictures. “Because that would be weird.