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Old Vic sees return of in-the-round auditorium for Other Desert Cities

The venue will host a season of productions this year with the configuration, beginning with the UK premiere of Jon Robin Baitz's play, directed by Lindsay Posner

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The Old Vic in-the-round in 2008
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The Old Vic Theatre will recreate its theatre-in-the-round configuration for a season of productions in 2014, beginning with the UK premiere of Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities in March.

The play, which will be directed by Lindsay Posner and runs from 24 March to 24 May 2014 (previews from 13 March) is a drama "deftly exploring family politics, love, loss and redemption". It was first seen at New York's Lincoln Center in 2010 starring Stockard Channing, before transferring to Broadway in 2011.

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The transformation of the auditorium was first seen in 2008 for The Norman Conquests, as well as productions of Complicit and Dancing at Lughnasa, and is supported by CQS and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

American playwright and screenwriter Jon Robin Baitz is known for TV series Brothers and Sisters, and his other plays include The Substance of Fire, A Fair Country and Ten Unknowns. Director Lindsay Posner's credits include The Winslow Boy, Noises Off (Old Vic) and Uncle Vanya (Vaudeville).

Casting is to be announced for the production.

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