Poster image for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Poster image for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Creative arts festival VAULT will return to Waterloo Tunnels next year, building on the success of the inaugural festival in 2012.

The six-week long programme of events includes two headline productions; Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Cement Garden, as well as live music and comedy and VAULT Lates every Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout the festival.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is newly adapted and directed by Lou Stein, an old friend of the novel's writer Hunter S Thompson. Running from 28 January to 8 March, this production explores the loss of national identity and "resonates with the instability that threatens journalism today". Ralph Steadman, illustrator and Thompson's collaborator, will provide artwork for the production. Cast members include recent winners of the 2013 Funny Women Awards Nina Smith & Libby Northedge.

The Cement Garden will receive its world premiere as part of the festival, running from 28 January to 8 March. Originally a novel by Ian McEwan, this dark coming of age tale of four abruptly orphaned children is adapted by Jimmy Osborne and David Aula. Directed by Aula, the production will be staged across two levels and will give audience members access to the cellar which houses the family's secret. The cast for the production includes George MacKay and Ruby Bentall.

Designed to house productions large and small, established and experimental, and everything in between, VAULT 2014, produced by the Heritage Arts company, will have over 24,000 tickets on sale.