Michael Sheen, Indira Varma and David Threlfall star in the latest play being streamed live from the Old Vic in London.
Brian Friel’s masterful and haunting Faith Healer is billed as a kaleidoscopic, ever-shifting exploration of the power of belief, as the contradicting recollections of three characters seek to reconcile with the past.
The Fantastic Francis Hardy (Michael Sheen) travels the most remote corners of Wales, Scotland and Ireland attempting to heal those who wish to be healed. His wife Grace (Indira Varma) and manager Teddy (David Threlfall) complete this nomadic trio, each with their own telling of the loss, love and struggle of life on the road with a seemingly predestined Faith Healer.
Faith Healer is the third in the Old Vic: In Camera live streamed performances, and will be streamed live directly from the Old Vic stage with the empty auditorium as a backdrop for five performances only. It follows Lungs, starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith, and Three Kings, which had Andrew Scott in the lead role.
Michael Sheen is one of the most acclaimed British actors of his generation. He starred in a trilogy of films as British politician Tony Blair: the television film The Deal in 2003, followed by The Queen (2006) and The Special Relationship (2010). For playing Blair, he was nominated for both a BAFTA Award and an Emmy. Sheen was nominated for a fourth Olivier Award in 2006 for portraying the broadcaster David Frost in Frost/Nixon, a role he revisited in the 2008 film adaptation of the play. He also starred as the football manager Brian Clough in The Damned United (2009)and has since appeared in films ranging from the science-fiction hit Tron: Legacy (2010) to Woody Allen’s romantic comedy Midnight in Paris (2011).
Indira Varma has appeared in television series The Canterbury Tales, Rome, Luther, Human Target and Game of Thrones, while David Threlfall is best known for playing Frank Gallagher in Channel 4’s series Shameless.
Faith Healer runs from September 16 to 19. Visit oldvictheatre.com for tickets.