Presented by 2b theatre company

18th September to 28th September . 7.45pm, 3pm Thursday & Saturday .
£12.50 - £27 full price, £10 - 24.50 concessions | Previews 18th - 19th September

Sex, religion, tragedy and triumph...

This darkly funny musical folk tale erupts from a shipping container, lifts you by the collar and takes you on a whirlwind exploration of what love actually means across the centuries.

Let the klezmer music take you on the journey of Chaim and Chaya as they flee Romania and arrive as 'outsiders' to Canada in 1908.

Narrated by the anarchic Wanderer (Ben Caplan), Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is an 80-minute shape-shifting, genre-bending, gig-meets-live-theatre experience that is as timeless as the tale itself.

There will be a 20 minute post-show talk after the evening show on Friday 20th September and after the matinee show on Thursday 26th September.

Reviews just in!
'A rollicking piece of folk music theatre' The Guardian
★★★★ 'Gig theatre play mixes klezmer and folk to winning effect' The Times
★★★★★ ‘Probably one of the most remarkable shows I have ever had the joy to watch’ North West End 
★★★★★ ‘Full of joyous music, inspired storytelling and ribald humour’ TheSpyInTheStalls.com
★★★★★ 'The audience came out buzzing in the afterglow of this must-see show' Jewish Renaissance
★★★★ ‘Moving and inventive. A one-of-a-kind show in a one-of-a-kind venue. Not to be missed.’ The Arts Desk 
★★★★ ‘Vigorous and full of vitality – a true celebration of life’ LondonTheatre1
★★★★ 'Captivating on every level' The Upcoming
★★★★ 'Quirky and joyful' BritishTheatre.com

Ben Caplan (The Wanderer)
Mary Fay Coady (Chaya, Violin)
Eric Da Costa (Chaim, Clarinet & various other instruments)
Jeff Kingsbury (Drumset)
Kelsey McNulty (Keyboard, Accordion)

Creative team
Playwright: Hannah Moscovitch
Director: Christian Barry
Songs by: Ben Caplan & Christian Barry*
*Except for Traveler's Curse by Geoff Berner & The Happy People by Danny Rubenstein
**Additional Music Composed by Graham Scott

Stage and Production Manager: Louisa Adamson
Tech Manager, Sound Engineer & Operator:  Rory Howson
Rehearsal Stage Manager: Christine Oakey
Rehearsal Production Assistant: Patricia Vinluan

Set Design: Louisa Adamson & Christian Barry
Lighting Design: Louisa Adamson & Christian Barry
Sound Design: Jordan Palmer, Graham Scott, Christian Barry & Ben Caplan
Costume Design: Carly Beamish
Assistant Director: Laura Vingoe-Cram
Voice and Speech Coach: Susan Stackhouse

Age recommendation: 12+
Approximate running time: 1 hour and 20 minutes

They like it

  • Playful, mysterious, brave and astonishingly captivating

    ***** Musical Theatre Review

  • A thing of raw and unmissable beauty

    ***** Herald Scotland

  • Bewitching

    ****. Time Out New York Critics Pick

  • Brilliant klezmer music and original song

    ****. The Scotsman

  • A reminder that there’s a face behind each immigration form, a history attached to each petition for asylum

    New York Times Critics Pick

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