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Are we excited about Matthew Warchus's first season at the Old Vic?

A few things caught my eye when the press release announcing Matthew Warchus's first season as artistic director of the Old Vic landed in my in box this morning.

* Timothy Spall on stage -  have longed to see him tread the boards and he's such a brilliant actor and to double the excitement he's in Pinter's The Caretaker - a play I've always wanted to see on stage.

* Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape - saw a great production at the Southwark Playhouse a few years ago and as we've had a run of Miller plays feels time to move onto another classic American playwright.

* A new commission from Richard Bean of One Man Two Guvnors and Great Britain fame, always something to be looked forward to.

But there was one thing that shone a completely new light on the new season - £10 previews. But not only that £10 previews without age restrictions. They've got a new corporate partner in the shape of PwC and half the seats in the house for the first five previews will be £10. Previously I've been extremely selective about what I see at the Old Vic because of the prices but it's become more affordable for the first time.

So thank you Matthew Warchus, I already think you are doing better than Kevin Spacey (sorry Kev). If you could just sort out the ladies loos then you'll hold the crown.


Since writing this I've got a few more details from the Old Vic about the £10 tickets and how it will work.