Jeremy in Drama Queens

Jeremy Irons is joining Kevin Spacey and other actors in Drama Queens at the Old Vic for a special gala event.

12 October 7.30pm
Running Time 45 mins

The Old Vic is to collaborate with leading international artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset to stage a new production of their acclaimed work, Drama Queens (text by Tim Etchells) for a special Gala event on Sunday 12th October, 2008.

Drama Queens features six famous sculptures as its protagonists. Trapped on a theatre stage are icons inspired by 20th century art history: Walking Man by Alberto Giacometti (1947), Brillo Box by Andy Warhol (1964), Elegy III by Barbara Hepworth (1966), Four Cubes by Sol Lewitt (1971), Untitled (Granite) by Ulrich Rückriem (1984), and Rabbit by Jeff Koons (1986).

As ‘personalities’ the sculptures assume characteristics from the cultural zeitgeist in which they were produced. Remotely controlled, the sculptures ‘perform’ to a seated audience, thereby reversing the typical roles of how an audience engages with art in galleries, as well as traditional concepts of theatre. A specially cast group of actors, including Old Vic Artistic Director Kevin Spacey, will voice the sculptures, which will be performed live for the first time.

All proceeds from this event will go to The Old Vic Theatre Trust Creative Development Programme, including a special new initiative to bring visual artists and theatre practioners together.

VIP Gala Tickets
For more information please call +44 (0) 20 7902 7590


The Berlin-based art collaborative Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset debuted their 30-minute-long play Drama Queens at Sculpture Project Munster 07, drawing much comment for its basic conceit: replacing the actors with seven modern sculptures — Alberto Giacometti’s Walking Man, Andy Warhol’s Brillo Box, Jeff KoonsRabbit and works by Jean Arp, Barbara Hepworth, Sol LeWitt and Ulrich Rückriem. Now, the artists are staging the playlet, which features a text by Tim Etchells, as a benefit for the Old Vic theater in London on Oct. 12, 2008.

The duo has snagged some impressive talents to play the parts, including Jeremy Irons as the Giacometti, Kevin Spacey as the Koons and Joseph Fiennes as the LeWitt. VIP gala tickets, which include a print by Elmgreen & Dragset plus more, are £250; for additional info, contact the Old Vic or Victoria Miro, where the pair’s exhibition “Too Late” is on view, Oct. 14-Nov. 15, 2008.