The Divide

Previewed 30 January 2018, Opened 3 February 2018, Closed 10 February 2018 at the Old Vic Theatre

Alan Ayckbourn's new play The Divide in London for a very strictly limited run of just seven two-part performances

Alan Ayckbourn's The Divide is set in the aftermath of a deadly contagion which, a century from now, has decimated the English population and rendered contact between men and women fatal.

Under the dictates of an elusive Preacher, an unthinkable solution is enforced. Separated by the Divide, the adult survivors are segregated by gender, as men wear white as a mark of their purity, and women - still infected - are clothed in black as a sign of their sin. Brother and sister Elihu and Soween grow up learning the ways of their tightly controlled society. As they begin to glimpse the cracks in the system, Elihu falls for Giella, the daughter of two radical mothers, risking fatal disease and threatening to ignite a bloody revolution. A vision of a dystopian future defined by brutal repression and forbidden love.

Alan Ayckbourn's West End plays include Absurd Person Singular, Absent Friends, The Norman Conquests, Communicating Doors, Damsels in Distress Trilogy: RolePlay, FlatSpin, and GamePlan, Woman in Mind, How The Other Half Loves, A Chorus of Disapproval, Bedroom Farce, and Things We Do for Love. Alan Ayckbourn also provided lyrics to the Andrew Lloyd Webber's P G Wodehouse musical By Jeeves, and Roger Glossop's children's show of Beatrix Potter's Where is Peter Rabbit?

Please note that this is a TWO-PART play and should be seen in order with Part One first, followed by Part Two, either on the same day, or on a following day.

This new play Premiere at Edinburgh's King's Theatre as part of the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival before it transfers to London's West End.

The cast features Clare Burt as 'Hork', Jake Davies as 'Elihu', Erin Doherty as 'Soween', Thusitha Jayasundera as 'Kest', Richard Katz as 'Conrad', Joanne McGuiness as 'Axi', Sophie Melville as 'Sassa', Clare Lawrence Moody as 'Desollia', Weruche Opia as 'Giella', Martin Quinn as 'Fergo', Letty Thomas as 'Grosh', Sian Thomas as 'Older Soween' and Finty Williams as 'Chayza'.

Directed by Annabel Bolton with movement by Lucy Hind, designs by Laura Hopkins, video by Ash J Woodward, lighting by David Plater, music by Christopher Nightingale and sound by Bobby Aitken.

The Divide in London at the Old Vic Theatre previewed from 30 January 2018, opened on 3 February 2018 and closed on 10 February 2018