Sea Wall

Theatre, Drama
Andrew Scott, Sea Wall
© Kevin Cummins

Andrew Scott brings back Simon Stephens‘s harrowing short play

Simon Stephens’s devastating half-hour play ‘Sea Wall’ get a fresh lease of life as part of the Old Vic's two-hundredth birthday celebrations – performed by its originator, Andrew Scott.

Scott plays Alex, who has everything: a beautiful daughter, wife, father-in-law with a holiday home in France. But what he thought he could depend on is easily taken away.

Tickets on sale Friday 25 at noon.


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Utterly stunning.

Andrew Scott is one of the most incredible actors you can see on a stage today, and the fact that he is performing Simon Stephen's writing makes 'Sea Wall' completely unmissable.

The nature of the writing and the structure of the piece is calculated to make you care deeply for the narrator, before absolutely crushing you with the final tragic event; Scott's performance of it leaves you heartbroken: he is able to create such a genuine and likeable figure, that when he narrates his story you cannot help but find it unbearable.

It was a short stint - 30 minutes - but I don't think I could have taken much more. It is one of the best things I've seen all year.


This performance seals Andrew Scott's place as one of the most talented actors around at the moment. He is phenomenal. At only 30 minutes long, I felt slightly fleeced by the lack of quantity, however there is no doubt about the quality of the writing and of the performance and I doubt that either Andrew Scott, or indeed the audience, could have enjoyed that intensity for any longer.

If you hate the current fashion for long pieces, this is the perfect antidote. Short and sublime.