Alan Ayckbourn's The Divide will transfer to The Old Vic from the Edinburgh International Festival later this year.
Following yesterday's announcement that the playwright will mark his festival debut with the two-part epic examining 'a dystopian society of brutal repression, forbidden love and seething insurrection,' it has been confirmed for a London transfer.
Dates have not yet been announced, but a priority mailing list can be accessed from The Old Vic's website here. The Divide will be premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival from 8 - 20 August 2017.
The Divide takes place a century from now, where England is recovering from a great disease. Contact between men and women is fatal. They live on separate sides of the Divide. Men wear white as a mark of their purity. Women - still infected - wear black as a sign of their guilt and sin. Gay relationships are the norm; heterosexuality is a perversion.
Brother and sister Elihu and Soween grow up in post-catastrophic Sarum, slowly learning the ways of the misogynistic, bullying society around them. But when Elihu falls for the daughter of two radical mothers, he risks not only fatal disease, but also inciting a bloody revolution.
The Divide is a co-production with the Edinburgh International Festival and London’s The Old Vic, directed by Annabel Bolton, associate director of The Old Vic.
Further details and bookings can be found at the Edinburgh International Website here (Part 1) and here (part 2) and you can find out more about the history of The Divide at Alan Ayckbourn's official website here.
Details of the Old Vic transfer will be carried on this blog as soon as they are announced.