The Greatest Wealth


Curated by Lolita Chakrabarti and directed by Adrian Lester, celebrates 70 years of the National Health Service this summer. Eight specially-commissioned monologues will be written and performed in response to each decade.
The Greatest Wealth at The Old Vic

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Overview


Genre: Drama
Venue: The Old Vic
Starts: Monday 25 June 2018
Closes: Friday 29 June 2018
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: Not available

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Background


In celebration of 70 years of the NHS the theatre is offering 70 tickets per performance priced at £5 for NHS workers and NHS students (£10 for the Friday double bill).


There is a limit of four NHS tickets per person and these can be booked by calling the box office.


A valid form of NHS staff or NHS student ID must be presented upon arrival at the theatre.


Synopsis


The Greatest Wealth, curated by Lolita Chakrabarti and directed by Adrian Lester, will celebrate 70 years of the National Health Service this summer.


Eight specially-commissioned monologues by Moira Buffini, Lolita Chakrabarti, Seiriol Davies, Matilda Ibini, Courttia Newland, Meera Syal, Jack Thorne and Paul Unwin will be written and performed in response to each decade since Aneurin Bevan launched the NHS at Park Hospital, Manchester on 5 July 1948.


This Old Vic commissioned set of world premiere monologues will salute and discuss the past, present and future of our NHS, an extraordinary institution that supports every single one of us.


An absolute jewel in our crown.


Monday 25 June, 8.30pm: The NHS from the 1940s-1970s


Four monologues, one for each decade, written by Jack Thorne (1940s), Paul Unwin (1950s), Meera Syal (1960s) and Moira Buffini (1970s).


Tuesday 26 June, 8.30pm: The NHS from 1980s-present


Four monologues, one for each decade, written by Lolita Chakrabarti (1980s), Courttia Newland (1990s), Matilda Ibini (2000s) and Seiriol Davies (2010s)


Friday 29 June, 8pm: The NHS from 1940s-present


All eight monologues in one evening, one for each decade.


The Greatest Wealth is part of the Bicentennial One Voice season, celebrating other important anniversaries in The Old Vic's 200th year.


This began with One Hand Tied Behind Us, curated by Maxine Peake to mark 100 years since The Representation of the People Act 1918 gave the first women in Britain the right to vote.


Later this year, there will be one final special anniversary performance to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.


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Dates


Previews from:Monday 25 June 2018

Closes:Friday 29 June 2018

Performance days & times


Evening:

Monday ‑ 8‑30pm

Tuesday ‑ 8‑30pm

Friday ‑ 8‑00pm


Matinee:
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Tickets


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Access information


The performances will be live sign language interpreted in British Sign Language (BSL)

Creatives


Author: 

Curated by Lolita Chakrabarti.

Writers: Moira Buffini, Lolita Chakrabarti, Seiriol Davies, Matilda Ibini, Courttia Newland, Meera Syal, Jack Thorne and Paul Unwin.


Director: Adrian Lester

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