Mike Birbiglia’s comedy one-man show, The Old Man and the Pool will open in the West End this autumn following a critically acclaimed run on Broadway. The one-man show will showcase at the Wyndham’s Theatre for a limited four-week season from September 12th to October 7th.
Speaking of the appointment, Mike Birbiglia said: “I’d like to think of my show as an event you could bring anyone age 12 through to 112. It’s a series of jokes and stories about life and death and mortality that add up to a single story that will hopefully make you happier about your life than you were when you walked in.”
As he retells stories of his “coming-of-middle-age” journey, Birbiglia includes details of how a medical scare prompted him to face his fear of a YMCA swimming pool to get healthier. Birbiglia’s comedic storytelling earned him sold-out shows across America, most recently on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.
In a statement about the West End transfer, producers Seaview, Sue Wagner, Patrick Catullo, and John Johnson said: “Working with Mike is a joy and we are thrilled to bring his hilarious and life-affirming comedy to the West End this autumn.”
The Old Man and the Pool will also feature at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at McEwan Hall from 22nd-27th August.
Mike Birbiglia is a critically acclaimed actor, director, and comedian who has starred in multiple sold-out solo shows and appeared in movies including ‘A Man Called Otto’, ‘Trainwreck’, and ‘The Fault in Our Stars’.
Booking & Theatre Info For The Old Man And The Pool
The Wyndham’s Theatre is a medium size West End theatre located next to Leicester Square station with a capacity of 878 seats.
The theatre is set across four levels and generally has good views available throughout, Each level is both shallow and features extremely raked seating, however, some of the seats at the ends of rows do have minor restrictions.
Premium seats are in the front of the Royal Circle, in the centre of rows B-F that have views that will not be obstructed by audience members in front due to the high rake and offer completely unobstructed views of the stage. The front of the Stalls section is also a good option for intimate plays, although due to the high stage in the venue, it can pay to sit more than three rows back.
Theatregoers on a budget looking to book cheap tickets to The Old Man and the Pool can find great value in both the Grand Circle and Balcony which both offer exceptionally clear, although distant, views of the stage. Other value can be found by studying the seating plan to exploit cut-off points in the price bands throughout the theatre and also by sitting towards the ends of rows or further back in the auditorium to bring prices down.