Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith will reunite with his co-star from The Crown, Claire Foy, as the two reprise their roles from the 2019 run of Lungs.

Smith and Foy will perform to an empty Old Vic theatre in a production that keeps them a socially distanced two meters apart. Each performance will be live-streamed to 1,000 ticket buyers, at prices of £10-65 ($12-80), with donations accepted in addition. The shuttered theatre is in dire financial circumstances amidst the coronavirus pandemic, especially since it has not proven eligible for the Arts Council England’s emergency relief fund. Lungs will inaugurate the Old Vic: In Camera series of presentations.

“This series is both an exciting creative experiment and also crucial in igniting the box office now all our usual channels of revenue have been entirely wiped out and we fight to preserve this beloved theatre for our audiences,” the Old Vic said in a statement.

Lungs may well resonate as never before. “The ice caps are melting, there’s overpopulation, political unrest; everything’s going to hell in a handcart—why on earth would someone bring a baby into this world?” according to a description of the play.

It can’t hurt to have a Doctor on hand.

You can get tickets at https://www.oldvictheatre.com/whats-on/2019/lungs

Lungs synopsis

‘I could fly to New York and back every day for seven years and still not leave a carbon footprint as big as if I have a child. Ten thousand tonnes of CO2. That’s the weight of the Eiffel Tower. I’d be giving birth to the Eiffel Tower

The ice caps are melting, there’s overpopulation, political unrest; everything’s going to hell in a handcart – why on earth would someone bring a baby into this world?

Directed by Matthew Warchus, Claire Foy and Matt Smith perform in Duncan Macmillan’s hilarious emotional rollercoaster of a play about a couple wrestling with life’s biggest dilemmas.

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