When science teacher Bertram Cates violates a state law he finds himself at the centre of a court case that not only shakes the United States but resonates across the world.
Considered one of the great American plays of the twentieth century Lawrence and Lee’s grippingly relevant drama is inspired by the famous Scopes ’Monkey Trial’. In 1925 school teacher John Scopes stood accused of violating a Tennessee statute by teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution to his students. Two legal Titans confront each other when this close knit community puts freedom of thought on trial.
A film version of the play released in 1960 starring Spencer Tracy and Gene Kelly received four Academy Award nominations. This production marks the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s ’The Origin of Species’.
’’He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart’’ (Proverbs 11:29)
Award-winning Director Trevor Nunn directs an outstanding ensemble cast including Kevin Spacey in this fascinating slice of American history played out in a thrilling courtroom drama.
Trevor Nunn returns to The Old Vic following the success of Richard II starring Kevin Spacey. Aside from his musical credits – which include smash hits such as Cats, Les Misérables and Starlight Express – Trevor Nunn was Artistic Director of the RSC for eighteen years and in 1996 become Artistic Director of the National Theatre. His most recent credits include Hamlet (Old Vic), King Lear and The Seagull (RSC) and A Little Night Music in the West End.
Old Vic Artistic Director Kevin Spacey has appeared in A Moon for the Misbegotten, Richard II and Speed the Plow at The Old Vic.
Starring Kevin Spacey Further cast to be announced
Director Trevor Nunn, Set Designer Rob Howell, Costume Rob Howell & Irene Bohan, Lighting Howard Harrison, Sound Fergus O’Hare, Casting Maggie Lunn By arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd.