This socially distanced performance will see Matt Smith and Claire Foy reprise their roles in Duncan MacMillan’s brilliant play about a couple deciding whether or not to have a baby. The show will have a 1,000 limit capacity for each performance that will be live streamed from the Old Vic stage. I reckon we might see more of this model over the coming months as theatres in desperate financial straits try to find ways to get some income. Macmillan says that “Lungs should feel like a conversation happening in the present tense in which the characters are self-editing as they go and discovering what they really feel by saying something out loud. That is really demanding on the actors, but such a joy to watch.” It is.
Lungs was performed and streamed live from The Old Vic stage to 69 countries across the globe in summer 2020. ‘I could fly to New York and back every day for seven years and still not leave a carbon footprint as big as if I have a child. Ten thousand tonnes of CO2. That’s the weight of the Eiffel Tower. I’d be giving birth to the Eiffel Tower’ The ice caps are melting, there’s overpopulation, political unrest; everything’s going to hell in a handcart – why on earth would someone bring a baby into this world?