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London News Rosie Sheehy-Led Machinal Revival Opens at London's Old Vic April 18

The production played an earlier run via Ustinov Studio and Theatre Royal Bath.

Rosie Sheehy in Machinal Foteini Christofilopoulou

Ustinov Studio and Theatre Royal Bath's production of Sophie Treadwell's Machinal makes its London premiere via The Old Vic with an official opening April 18 after beginning previews April 11. The run will continue through June 1.

Rosie Sheehy is back to star as Young Woman, with Richard Jones directing.

The work, which recently entered the public domain in the U.S., is based on the true story of Ruth Snyder, who was sentenced to death for murder in 1928. The play explores the sexist system that can drive women to horrible acts.

Sheehy is sharing the stage with the production's entire original cast, including Daniel Abelson, Sam Alexander, Christian Alifoe, Steven Beard, Daniel Bowerbank, Imogen Daines, Buffy Davis, Steven Dykes, Tim Frances, Carla Harrison-Hodge, Emilio Iannucci, Jane MacFarlane, Caroline Moroney, Pierro Niel-Mee, and Wendy Nottingham. Casting is by Ginny Schiller.

"Once in a while a production or lead performance comes along which makes theatre history. Such is the case with Rosie Sheehy’s gobsmacking performance in Richard Jones’ unmissable production of Sophie Treadwell’s expressionist tour de force, Machinal," said Old Vic Artistic Director Matthew Warchus in an earlier statement. "I was one of the few lucky enough to catch this show at Theatre Royal Bath, and to say I was completely blown away is an understatement."

The production features sets by Hyemi Shin, movement by Sarah Fahie, costumes by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting by Adam Silverman, and sound by Benjamin Grant.


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