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Full Cast announced for Theatr Clwyd and Paperfinch’s co-production of The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen
The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd, Tamara Harvey, today announced full cast for Theatr Clwyd and Paperfinch’s co-production of The Snow Queen, based on Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairy tale. Joe Bunce directs Josh Sneesby in the titular role, and he will be joined by Matilda Reith (Ripley Pockets) and Robyn Sinclair (Gerda). Opening on 18 December, with previews from the 15th and performed as a promenade in 15 specially created spaces in the building, the production will see more than 30 members of the community come together to join the company.

When a mysterious mirror is uncovered within the walls of Theatr Clwyd it opens a portal into an idyllic fairy tale world. But when a storm shatters the Christmas bliss, will you brave the ice to reunite two best friends?

Josh Sneesby returns to Theatr Clwyd to play The Snow Queen. His credits for the company include The Nutcracker. Other theatre credits include The Hypocrite, Birthday Bash (RSC), One Man Two Guvnors (Theatre Royal Haymarket) and The Comedy of Errors (National Theatre).

Robyn Sinclair plays Gerda. Her stage work includes Much Ado About Nothing (Oxford Stage Company) and for film her credits include Fledgeling.

Matilda Reith returns to Theatr Clwyd to play Ripley Pockets – her credits for the company include The Nutcracker. Other theatre credits include Daniel(Theatre Delicatessen, ZOO Theatres) and Picnic Apocalyptic (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). For film her credits include, Red Wine Teeth.

Joe Bunce is Artistic Director of Paperfinch – he has adapted the book for the stage, and also directs. His playwrighting credits include Departures: A Song Cycle for which he won The Sunday Times Playwriting Award and Cameron Mackintosh Award. Credits for Paperfinch include The Nutcracker (Theatr Clwyd, Bank Street Arts), Beatrix Potter’s Garden (Theatre Delicatessen), Curiouser and Curiouser – in collaboration with SlungLow Theatre, and The Steadfast Tin Soldier.

The Snow Queen                                                                                                                                             Listings

Emlyn Williams Theatre

Theatr Clwyd

Raikes Lane, Mold CH7 1YA

Friday 15 December – Saturday 6 January 2018

Tickets: £12 – £8

 Box Office: 01352 701521

Online booking (no booking fees): www.theatrclwyd.com

Twitter: @clwydtweets

Facebook: /TheatrClwyd

Theatr Clwyd: Full cast announced for major revival of Jim Cartwright’s The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice

The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice
The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice

The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice

Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd, Tamara Harvey, today announced the full cast for a major revival of Jim Cartwright’s The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Opening in the Anthony Hopkins Theatre on Tuesday 10 October, with previews from Thursday 5 October, the company will be led by Theatr Clwyd Associate, Catrin Aaron, in the lead role of Little Voice. She will be joined by Victoria John (Sadie), Christian Patterson (Mr Boo/Phone Man), Nicola Reynolds (Mari Hoff), Simon Holland Roberts (Ray Say) and Joseph Tweedale (Billy). The production sees Co-Artistic Director of Out Of Joint Theatre, Kate Wasserbergreturn to Theatr Clwyd to direct.

 In a northern town in the 1980s Little Voice hides in her room with her favourite records, away from the chaos of the world outside, with a secret that could change her life – a voice that could make millions. But will she sing? Little Voice is an award-winning comedy about mothers, daughters and finding a voice of your own.

Jim Cartwright is an award-winning writer and his work has been translated into over 35 languages. His plays include Bed (National Theatre), Two (Octagon Theatre/The Young Vic), Eight Miles High (Octagon Theatre) and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (National Theatre/The Aldwych Theatre). He made his directorial debut with Road at The Royal Exchange Theatre and as a director his credits include I Licked a Slag’s Deodorant, Hard Fruit (Royal Court Theatre), Prize Night (Royal Exchange Theatre), A Christmas Fair (Milton Rooms), Mobile Phone Show (National Theatre), The Ancient Secret of Youth and The Five Tibetans, Two2 (The Octagon). His television work includes RoadVroomWedded and June.

Catrin Aaron returns to Theatr Clwyd to play Little Voice. Credits for the company includes Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, All My Sons, Macbeth, Of Mice and Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Silas Marner. Other theatre credits include Henry V (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), The Forsythe Sisters (Gaggle Babble), What People Do and London: Let’s Get Visceral (Old Vic Tunnels) and Tartuffe, The Three Musketeers (Haymarket Theatre Basingstoke). For television, her credits include The Indian Doctor and The Bastard Executioner. For film, her credits include the forthcoming Apostle.

 Victoria John returns to Theatr Clwyd to play Sadie. Credits for the company include Cyrano de Bergerac, All My Sons, The Light of Heart, and A Chorus of Disapproval. Other theatre credits include HIR (Bush Theatre), The Frozen Scream(Birmingham Hippodrome), Treasure (King’s Head Theatre), Reasons for Feeling (Tristan Bates Theatre), and The Real Story of Puss in Boots (Streetwise Fringe, Dubai). Television credits include MirandaCast Offs and Little Britain.

 Christian Patterson returns to Theatr Clwyd to play Mr Boo/Phone Man where his credits include Insignificance, All My Sons, Under Milk Wood, Aristocrats, Equus, and A Christmas Carol. Other theatre credits include My Country (National Theatre), Oliver! (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), The Merchant of Venice and The Water Babies (Chichester Festival Theatre), Matilda and The Secret Garden (RSC/Aldwych Theatre) and Macbeth (Albery Theatre). For television his credits include PrideMr SelfridgeOutside the Rules, ScoreGrafters, Malice in Wonderland and I Know You Know.

 Nicola Reynolds returns to Theatr Clwyd to play Mari Hoff. Credits for the company include Silas Marner. Other theatre credits include Mother Courage and Her Children (National Theatre Wales), To Sir With Love (Northampton Royal & Derngate and The Touring Consortium), Maid Marion & Her Merry Men (Bristol Old Vic), Under Milk Wood and Tales From The Magic Story Bowl (Bolton Octagon). Television credits include RequiemStellaIdealLucky Bag, Murder and Ready When You Are Mr McGill. For film her credits include Human Traffic, Sex Lives of The Potato Men, Blue Monday.

 Simon Holland Roberts returns to Theatr Clwyd to play Ray Say. Credits for the company include Arden of Faversham, The Taming of the Shrew, and Cyrano De Bergerac. Other theatre credits include The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Saint Joan (Donmar Warehouse), Strife (Chichester Festival Theatre), Of Mice and Men (West Yorkshire Playhouse), and Man is Man (The Steam Industry). For television his credits include Accused, The Street, Shameless, Stepping Up and DaVinci’s Demons and for film The Borrowers and Strictly Ghetto.

 Joseph Tweedale plays Billy. Recent theatre credits include Northanger Abbey (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds), The Borrowers and Taith (Sherman Theatre), Barnbow Canaries (West Yorkshire Playhouse), UKIP! The Musical (Hell Bent Theatre), Either/Or (Theatre 503), The Tempest and Alice Through the Looking Glass (Quantum Theatre), Dido, Queen of Carthage/King Lear, and A Midsummer Nights Dream (Lazarus Theatre Company). Film credits include Outdoors is Safer, Deadly Dinner Date and Exit.

 Kate Wasserberg is the Co-Artistic Director of Out Of Joint Theatre Company. She was the founding Artistic Director of The Other Room in Cardiff, where her directing credits included The Dying of Today, Play/Silence, Sand and Seanmhair. She returns to Theatr Clwyd where as an Associate Director her credits include Glengarry Glen Ross, Roots, Gaslight, The Glass Menagerie and A History of Falling Things and other credits for the company include All My Sons and Insignificance. Further credits include The Barnbow Canaries (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Ten Weeks (Paines Plough), The Knowledge (Dirty Protest at the Royal Court) and Last Christmas (Edinburgh Festival). As Associate Director of the Finborough Theatre, her credits include Mirror Teeth, The ManSons of York, Little Madam, The Representative, and The New Morality.

Theatr Clwyd                                                                                                                                              Listings

Raikes Lane, Mold CH7 1YA

 Anthony Hopkins Theatre

THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE

Thursday 5 – Saturday 28 October

Press Night: Tuesday 10 October   

Matinee performances:

Saturdays at 2.30pm

Wednesday 18 October at 2.30pm

Thursday 26 October at 2.30pm

Box Office: 01352 701521

Tickets £25 – £10

https://www.theatrclwyd.com/en/

Twitter: @Clwydtweets Facebook: /TheatrClwyd

 Season at a glance                                                                                                                                          Listings

UNCLE VANYA

Theatr Clwyd – Emlyn Williams Theatre

Thursday 21 September – Saturday 14 October

Press Night: Tuesday 26 September

HEROINE

Emlyn Williams Theatre

Wednesday 18 October – Saturday 4 November

Press Night: Thursday 19 October

SLEEPING BEAUTY

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto

Anthony Hopkins Theatre

Friday 24 November – Saturday 20 January

Press Night: Tuesday 28 November

THE SNOW QUEEN (World Premiere)

Emlyn Williams Theatre

Friday 15 December – Saturday 6 January

Press night: Monday 18 December

Hightide announce casting for Heroine & Kanye The First

Heroine
Heroine

Heroine Photography by Helen Maybanks and Rebecca Pitt Artwork by Rebecca Pitt

HighTide have today announced casting for Heroine and Kanye The First, their world premiere commissions for 2017. Heroine, co-production with Theatr Clwyd by Nessah Muthy (The Host) will be directed by HighTide’s Artistic Director Steven Atkinson with a cast including: Asmara Gabrielle, Maggie McCarthy, Wendy Morgan, Lucy Thackeray and Hannah Traylen. Asmara Gabrielle, who plays Grace, is a newcomer to a lead stage role. Comic drama Kanye The First by Sam Steiner (Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons) is a co-production with Paul Jellis in association with The Marlowe and The North Wall, directed by HighTide Associate Director Andrew Twyman and the cast will include: Imogen Doel, Caroline Faber, Daniel Francis-Swaby and Keziah Joseph. Imogen Doel will lead the cast and has extensive experience in theatre, having previously performed in a number of West End productions, as well as multiple collaborations with Anthony Neilson.

Muthy’s devastating exploration of patriotism and nativism in modern Britain follows young ex-soldier Grace as she struggles to reassimilate into society following a medical discharge from the army.

Steiner’s first commission, and highly original new play will be the first major stage work around one of the most celebrated artists in popular music history, charting the second coming of global pop icon Kanye West. The play takes a timely look at identity and guilt in contemporary culture.

Alongside these productions Theresa Ikoko’s Girlsjoint winner of the George Devine Award (2016), the Alfred Fagon Award (2015), is set to return with a new cast including: Heather Agyepong, Yvette Boakye and Yasmin Mwanza. Telling the tale of three young friends who are kidnapped in Nigeria, Ikoko wrote Girls to highlight the stories behind the headlines that quickly become yesterday’s news. Girls is a co-production between HighTide, Talawa Theatre Company and Martha Rose Wilson.

Kanye the First Photography by Helen Maybanks and Rebecca Pitt Artwork by Rebecca Pitt

Kanye the First Photography by Helen Maybanks and Rebecca Pitt Artwork by Rebecca Pitt

The Suffolk festival, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016, is set to continue its winning formula of finding, commissioning and producing the country’s best new playwrights at its home in Aldeburgh in September. This year the company will transfer the productions to East London’s Walthamstow in a brand new temporary theatre space with Waltham Forest Council and in association with The National Theatre. ‘The Mix’ will come to London’s Walthamstow Town Centre for 12 days following the Aldeburgh season, bringing an eclectic arts programme to an area of London which currently has no mid to large scale theatre spaces and where there are consequently relatively low levels of engagement with theatre. The diverse programmes in both locations will include three headline plays and a programme of comedy, cabaret, talks and music. The Festival in Aldeburgh will run 12 – 17 September with a Press Day on 16 September. The Walthamstow Festival will run 26 September – 8 October with Press Nights on 26 & 27 September.

Kanye The First was developed through The Marlowe’s Roar programme.

BIOGRAPHIES

Imogen Doel most recently appeared in Twelfth Night at the National Theatre. Other theatre credits include The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe),  A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), Marat/Sade (RSC) The Importance of Being Earnest (Vaudeville Theatre), Serpent’s Tooth (Almeida), In the Vale of Health (Hampstead Theatre),  Narrative (The Royal Court), The Get Out (The Royal Court) and The Seagull (Gaiety Theatre Dublin). Her television credits include Resistance (RTE) and Misfits (E4).

Caroline Faber’s recent stage credits include My Mother Said I Never Should (St James Theatre), The Iliad(Almeida), Luna Gale (Hampstead Theatre) and The Taming of the Shrew (RSC), King Lear (Young Vic), Romeo and Juliet (Headlong) and  Paradise Lost (Headlong). Television credits include EastEnders (BBC), Berlin Station(Paramount), Merlin (BBC), Dis/connected (Shine Productions)A Good Murder (Sally Head Productions).

Daniel Francis-Swaby recently appeared in Twelfth Night at the Royal Exchange. Other recent theatre credits include On Fleek (The Royal Court), Les Blancs (National Theatre) and Milk Milk Lemonade (Ovalhouse).

Asmara Gabrielle’s theatre credits include Pimp Bobby (Leicester Square Theatre). Her film credits include Finding Fatimah (BMTV), My Abuse, and How to Succeed.

Keziah Joseph’s theatre credits include Silver Lining (Rose Theatre Kingston), Wuthering HeightsRomeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night (all Royal Central School of Speech and Drama). Her radio credits include Doctor Who- Cold VengeanceThe Archers, and Watership Down (all BBC Radio 4).

Maggie McCarthy’s theatre credits include Silver Lining (English Touring Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston), We Wait in Joyful Hope (Theatre 503), Juno and the Paycock (Bristol Old Vic and Liverpool Theatres), Private Lives(Chichester Festival Theatre) and Absence of War (Headlong, Rose Theatre, Kingston & Sheffield Theatres). National Theatre credits include Children of the SunCocktail Sticks and Mother Clap’s Molly House. Recent television credits include Dancing On The Edge (BBC), Call the Midwife (BBC/Neal Street Productions) and Coronation Street (Granada Television). Film credits include Angela’s AshesAttack the BlockThe History BoysCalendar Girls and soon to be released Ghost Stories.

Wendy Morgan’s theatre credits include Animal Farm,  Martine (Olivier and Standard Best Actress Nominations), Yonadab, As I Lay Dying, Bacchai, Streetcar Named Desire, Phedre (National Theatre) Hatched and Dispatched (Park Theatre). Film credits include Yanks (Most Promising Newcomer Award), Birth of The Beatles84 Charing X RoadThe Mirror Crack’d’, Television credits include The Jewel In The Crown (Granada TV), Midsomer Murders (Bentley Productions), Casualty (BBC), Wire in the Blood (ITV) and Emmerdale (ITV).

Lucy Thackeray recently appeared in Alginate at the Bunker Theatre. Other theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), My Beautiful Black Dog (Bush Theatre) and Bike (Salisbury Playhouse). Her television credits include Damned (Channel 4) New Tricks (BBC), The Five (Red Productions for Sky) and Casualty(BBC).

Hannah Traylen graduated from Italia Conti last year and is making her professional stage debut. Her theatre credits whilst at drama school include Coram BoyThe LibertineTime and the Conways, Three Sisters, and Twelfth Night (all Italia Conti), Oliver Twist (Italia Conti, Edinburgh Fringe) and God Bless Ye Merry Gentleman (Grindstone, Tristan Bates Theatre). Her television credits include Howards End (BBC/Starz), Doctors (BBC), Harlots (ITV Encore), Call the Midwife (BBC/Neal Street Productions) and Unforgotten (ITV).

Steven Atkinson is co-founder and the Artistic Director of HighTide. His directing credits for HighTide include In Fidelity (Traverse  Theatre), The Sugar Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie (Arcola Theatre) Forget Me Not (Bush Theatre); So Here We Are (Royal Exchange Theatre); Lampedusa (Soho Theatre); peddling (Arcola Theatre/ Off-Broadway); Pussy Riot  (Bush Theatre/ Southbank Centre); Neighbors (Nuffield Theatre); Bottleneck (Soho Theatre/ UK tour); Dusk Rings A Bell (Watford Palace Theatre) and Lidless (Trafalgar Studios). His other productions include Chicken (Paines Plough Roundabout) and The Afghan and the Penquin (Radio 4).

Following the staged reading of Normal in HighTide 2015, Theresa Ikoko, a Talawa Writers’ Programme playwright, debuted Girls at HighTide 2016. Girls won the Alfred Fagon Award, was joint winner of the George Devine Award and was a named finalist for the Verity Bargate Award.

Elayce Ismail was awarded the JP Morgan Award for Emerging Directors 2014/15 and was Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio, where she directed The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco at the Gate Theatre as part of the Freedom Burning season. Her other directing credits include The Sound Of Yellow (Creative Associate, Young Vic Taking Part), Simpatico (‘5 Directors, 5 Plays, 5 Days’ project at the Young Vic), Bed and Breakfast (Brighton Fringe and National Tour).  She worked with Joe Wright as Jerwood Assistant Director on A Season in The Congo at the Young Vic. She was also co-founder and Artistic Director of Offstage Theatre.

Nessah Muthy is a writer for TV and theatre. She has written for Cardboard Citizens, National Youth Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre. Nessah is under commission to the Kali Theatre and the National Youth Theatre. For screen, Nessah has written for Holby City, following successful completion of the show’s shadow scheme and has previously written for EastEnders: E20 and currently developing an original television drama for the BBC Drama Writers’ Programme.

Sam Steiner is a playwright and screenwriter from Manchester, who has just finished an attachment at Paines Plough as their Playwright Fellowship. Sam’s debut play, Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons, completed a national tour in 2016 after back-to-back sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe. The play is published by Nick Hern Books, received a reading in New York from Sienna Miller and Russell Tovey in 2016 and has been translated into several different languages. Other pieces of Sam’s work have been showcased at the Royal Exchange, Soho Theatre, Southwark Playhouse and Cannes Film Festival. Sam is also under commission at Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Plymouth.

Andrew Twyman is currently the Associate Director at HighTide and an Associate Artist at Live Theatre Newcastle. For HighTide as Associate Director: Sugar Coated Bullets Of The Bourgeoisie (Arcola Theatre). For HighTide  as Assistant Director: Those Who Trespass (The Arts Educational Schools), Forget Me Not (Bush Theatre). Theatre includes: Machinal (The Arts Educational Schools), Odd Shaped Balls (Old Red Lion/Edinburgh Festival/Space UK) Don’t Smoke In Bed (Finborough Theatre); Te Karakia (Vibrant 2015 at Finborough Theatre); Reason and Force (King’s Head Theatre); Fair Exchange (Tabard Theatre). Andrew was also a member of the writing programme at the Live Theatre, Newcastle.

LISTINGS

HighTide runs 12-17 September in Aldeburgh, Suffolk and 26 September – 8 October in Walthamstow, London. www.hightide.org.uk.

Press performances:
Heroine & Kanye The First16 September, Aldeburgh
Kanye The First26 September, Walthamstow
Heroine: 27 September, Walthamstow

Box Office and more information: www.hightide.org.uk.

For information on the Festival in Aldeburgh see here. For information on the Festival in Walthamstow see here.

HighTide and Theatr Clwyd presents
HEROINE
by Nessah Muthy
Directed by Steven Atkinson
Set and Costume by Richard Kent
Lighting Design by Elliot Griggs
Sound Design by Adrienne Quartly
ALDEBURGH: WEDNESDAY 13, FRIDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 8PM & SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER AT 12PM
WALTHAMSTOW: 27 SEPTEMBER3 & 6 OCTOBER AT 7.30PM30 SEPTEMBER AT 7PM8 OCTOBER AT 2PM
Venue: The Mix
Running time: 1h 30m (no interval)
Recommended age: 14+ Contains strong language

HighTide and Paul Jellis in association with The Marlowe and The North Wall presents
KANYE THE FIRST
by Sam Steiner
Directed by Andrew Twyman
Set and Costume by Camilla Clarke
Lighting Design by Jai Morjaria
Sound Design and Composition by Alexandra Faye Braithwaite
Dramaturg – Roy Alexander Weiss
Consultant Dramaturg (Marlowe Theatre) – James Baldwin
ALDEBURGH: TUESDAY 12, 14 SEPTEMBER AT 8PM & SATRUDAY 16 SEPTEMBER AT 4PM
WALTHAMSTOW: 26, 29 SEPTEMBER & 5 OCTOBER, 7.30PM30 SEPTEMBER AT 2PM7 OCTOBER AT 7PM
Venue: The Mix
Running time: 1h 40m (no interval)
Recommended age: 14+ Contains strong language

Talawa Theatre Company, HighTide and Martha Rose Wilson presents
GIRLS
by Theresa Ikoko
Directed by Elayce Ismail
Set and Costume by Rosanna Vize
Lighting Designer Andy Purves
Sound Design and Composition by Richard Hammarton
ALDEBURGH: SUNDAY 17 SEPTEMBER
WALTHAMSTOW: 28 SEPTEMBER AT 7.30PM, 1 OCTOBER AT 5PM4 OCTOBER AT 7.30PM7 OCTOBER AT 2PM
Venue: The Mix
Running time: 1h 30m (no interval)
Recommended age: 14+

Theatr Clwyd: Full Cast Announced For Peter Gill’s New Adaptation Of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya
Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya

Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd, Tamara Harvey, today announced the full cast for her production of Uncle Vanya, in a first-time co-production with Sheffield Theatres. In a brand new adaptation from Peter Gill, Tamara Harvey directs Jamie Ballard as Vanya, following their previous collaboration on Simon Gray’s In The Vale of Heath at Hampstead Theatre, he will be joined by Robert Blythe (Telyegin), Oliver Dimsdale (Astrov), Sharon Morgan (Mariya), Sian Owens (Worker), Shanaya Rafaat (Elena), Veronica Roberts (Marina), Rosie Sheehy (Sonya) and Martin Turner (Serebryakov).

Opening on Tuesday 26 September, with previews from 21 September, in the Emlyn Williams Theatre, the production will transfer to the studio at Sheffield Theatres as part of Robert Hastie’s inaugural season from 18 October until 4 November.

Chekhov’s comic tragedy about polite people going crazy in the middle of nowhere, drinking too much and not having enough sex. Can people ever take a leap and change their own lives?

Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was a Russian playwright and short story writer. His principal works for the stage include Ivanov, Platonov, The Seagull, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard.

Peter Gill (b.1939) is a Welsh playwright, theatre director and actor. As a playwright, his works include, The Sleeper’s Den, Over Gardens Out, Small Change, Kick for Touch, Cardiff East, Certain Young MenThe York RealistOriginal Sin, Another Door Closed, Versailles and As Good a Time as Any. His adaptations for the stage include A Provincial Life, The Merry-Go-Round, The Cherry Orchard, Touch and Go, As I Lay Dying and The Seagull.

Jamie Ballard plays Vanya. Recent theatre credits include The White Devil, Troilus and Cressida (Shakespeare’s Globe), Ghosts(HOME, Manchester) King John (The Rose Theatre Kingston), In The Vale of Health (Hampstead Theatre), Scenes from an Execution, Saint Joan, Emperor and Galilean, Warhorse and Antigone (National Theatre), Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Sweet Charity, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), The Devil Inside Him (National Theatre of Wales) The Changeling, Macbeth (The Tobacco Factory & Barbican), Hamlet, Troilus & CressidaAs You Like It (The Tobacco Factory) and The Duchess of Malfi (Salisbury Playhouse). For television his credits include Three Girls, Penny Dreadful, Ripper Street, The Hollow Crown II, Sons of Liberty, Father Brown, and The Great Fire. For film his credits include Suffragette, X & Y, A Poet in New York, The Comedian, and Black Death.

Robert Blythe returns to Theatr Clwyd to play Telyegin. Previous credits for the company include Arms and The Man, As You Like It, Taking Steps, A Small Family Business, Pygmalion, The Drawer Boy, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and King Lear. Other theatre credits include Twelve Angry Men (Garrick Theatre), Deep Cut (Tricycle Theatre), Henry IV, Henry V and Under Milk Wood(National Theatre), Badfinger (Donmar Warehouse) and Mother Claps Molly House (Aldwych Theatre). For television his credits include High Hopes, Waking The Dead, The Famous Five, and You Me and It. For film, his credits include An Ordinary Man, Lie Still, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, The Theory of Flight, and Experience Preferred but Not Essential.

Oliver Dimsdale plays Astrov. Recent theatre credits include The Argument (Hampstead Theatre), A Tale Of Two Cities (Royal and Derngate), Macbeth (The Tobacco Factory/Filter Theatre), Silence, Twelfth Night (RSC/Filter Theatre)and The Tempest(RSC), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (National Theatre), Pravda (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Comedy Of Errors (Sheffield Crucible) Great ExpectationsThe Dead Wait (Royal Exchange) Five Finger Exercise, Beautiful Thing and The Changeling (Salisbury Playhouse). For television his credits include Grantchester, Mr Selfridge, Downton Abbey and He Knew He Was Right. For film, his credits include Journey’s End, Good People, The Fold, Cosi and Rocknrolla. 

Sharon Morgan plays Mariya. Recent theatre credits include This Incredible Life (Canoe Theatre), Mother Courage and Her ChildrenA Good Night Out In The Valleys and Under Milk Wood (National Theatre Wales), Dirty, Gifted & Welsh (Dirty Protest & National Theatre Wales), Dandelion (Welsh Fargo Stage Company) and Sherman Swingers, A Christmas Carol, Cityscape: No Vacancies and Cityscape: Patrolaphobia (Sherman Theatre). For television her work includes Hinterland, The Evermoor Chronicles, Da Vinci’s Demons and Small Country. Film credits include Apostle, Laura Marlin Mysteries, Love Is Thicker Than Water, The Devil’s Vice, Svengali, Resistance, Rain, Abraham’s Point, and Leaving Lenin.

 Sian Owens plays Worker. As a recent graduate of ALRA her credits include The Tempest (Taking Flight Theatre) and Shakespeare by the Sea (Matthew Townsend Productions).

Shanaya Rafaat plays Elena. Recent theatre credits include Terror (Lyric Hammersmith), The White Devil and King Lear(Shakespeare’s Globe), A Tale of Two Cities (Northampton/UK Tour), Great Expectations (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Stateless (Tristan Bates Theatre), Around The World in 80 Days (St James Theatre), The Illusion (Southwark Playhouse) and A Midsummer Nights Dream (RSC and world tour). For television, her credits include Silk and Lewis.

Veronica Roberts plays Marina. Recent theatre credits include After Electra (Tricycle Theatre and Theatre Royal Plymouth), Meeting Bea, Housewife 49, Sherlocks Last Case (Old Laundry Theatre), Horse Piss for Blood (Theatre Royal Plymouth), Nicholas Nickleby (Chichester Festival Theatre and UK tour), Separate Tables (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Comfort Me With Apples, Buried Alive, Dearly Beloved (Hampstead Theatre), Dancing at Lughnasa (Garrick Theatre) and Crime and Punishment (Lyric Hammersmith). For television her credits include Tenko and Peak Practice; and for film,  Mr Turner.

Rosie Sheehy plays Sonya. Recent theatre credits include Escape the Scaffold (Theatre 503), Strife (Chichester Festival Theatre), Bird (Royal Exchange Manchester), The Hairy Ape (The Old Vic) and Chicken (Paines Plough). For television her credits includeDCI Banks.

 Martin Turner plays Serebryakov. His recent theatre credits include The Plague (Arcola Theatre), The Lovers of Viorne, The Haunting of Hill House, The King’s Speech (Chichester Festival Theatre), Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre, Gielgud Theatre, BAM, Lyceum Theater (Broadway), Medea (National Theatre), Twelve Angry Men (Birmingham REP and The Garrick), Boris Godunov, A Life of Galileo (RSC), Electra (Gate Theatre), Fabrication (Print Room), Hay Fever (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Scenes From The Back Of Beyond (Royal Court Theatre), Rabbit (Trafalgar Studios), Promises, Promises, (Sheffield Crucible), Pericles(Lyric Hammersmith) and Protection (Soho Theatre). For television, his credits include Follow the Money, New Tricks and The White Queen.

 Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd, Tamara Harvey directs. Her inaugural production for Theatr Clwyd was Much Ado About Nothing, followed by the première of Elinor Cook’s award-winning play, Pilgrims and Skylight by David Hare. She has directed in the West End, throughout the UK and abroad, working on classic plays, new writing, musical theatre and in film.  Her previous credits include the world premières of From Here To Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre), Breeders (St James Theatre), The Kitchen SinkThe Contingency PlanSixty-Six Books and tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalZ! (Bush Theatre), In the Vale of Health (a cycle of four plays by Simon Gray), Elephants and Hello/Goodbye (Hampstead Theatre), and Plague Over England (Finborough Theatre & West End). Other theatre includes Kreutzer vs Kreutzer (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse/Royal Festival Hall), Bash (Trafalgar Studios),Whipping It Up (New Ambassadors), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Gielgud & Garrick Theatres), Educating Rita and Smash(Menier Chocolate Factory & Theatre Royal Bath) and Pride and Prejudice (Sheffield Theatres).

Listings                                                                                                                                                 Uncle Vanya

Emlyn Williams Theatre

Theatr Clwyd

Raikes Lane, Mold CH7 1YA

Box Office: 01352 701521

Online booking (no booking fees): www.theatrclwyd.com

Thursday 21 September – Saturday 14 October

Press Night: Tuesday 26 September 7.45pm

Evening performances – 7.45pm

Matinee performances:

Saturdays 2.45pm

Wednesday 4 October 2.45pm

Thursday 12 October 2.45pm

Twitter: @clwydtweets

Facebook: /TheatrClwyd

Sheffield Theatres

Studio Theatre

Wednesday 18 October – Saturday 4 November

Evening performances – 7.45pm

Matinee performances:

Saturdays 2.15pm

Thursday 26 October 2.15pm

Wednesday 1 November 2.15pm

 

Theatr Clwyd And Hijinx Theatre Company Present the world première production of BoHo

Boho
Boho

BoHo

Theatr Clwyd and Hijinx Theatre Company today announced the co-production of the world première production of BoHo. Opening at Theatr Clwyd on Thursday 22 June, this production will transfer to Galeri in Caernarfon, where it will open the Hijinx Unity Festival at the end of June. Directed and composed by Hannah Noone, and devised by the company, the cast includes Hijinx North Academy graduates, Lucy Green and Kenny Harma and they are joined by Daniel Lloyd and Barnaby Southgate.

Evolving during sessions with actors from Hijinx North Academy, in which the theme of struggles of modern life and the pressures of ‘keeping up’ and ‘fitting in’ were explored, BoHo is an exploration of what it means to be good enough, performed by a cast of disabled and non-disabled actors through vibrant film and words with an original score by Hannah Noone.

Hannah Noone today said, “Making this show has been a process of discovery, insight and sheer joy. BoHo promises to be a box of delights.”

Life in the City is fast, correct and beautiful. If you keep up, that is.

David Jones is just another cog in the City’s giant wheel, until one untimely mistake forces him out…to BoHo. On this journey of self-discovery, amid an otherworldly collection of misfits and freethinkers, rules are challenged, individuality is celebrated and ‘reality’ is tested.

There he finds himself in hilarious and wonderful situations as he explores the new direction in which his magical journey is taking him, meeting a variety of interesting and exotic people along the way.

Hannah Noone has previously worked at Theatr Clwyd as Assistant Director on Tamara Harvey’s first two productions, Much Ado About Nothing and Pilgrims. She is a member of the JMK Sherman Cymru’s Directors Group, Resident Director for Opera’r Ddraig and Artistic Director of Welsh Youth Performance Academy. Directing credits include Die Fledermaus, The Beggar’s Opera, Carmen, Hansel & Gretel (Opera’r Ddraig), Cinderella (Bute Park Opera) and Venus & Adonis (Opera Mint).

 Listings                                                                                                                                                 Theatr Clwyd

BoHo

Emlyn Williams Theatre

Thursday 22 – Saturday 24 June at 7.00pm

Press Night: Thursday 22nd June 7.00pm

Saturday matinee 2.45pm

Friday matinee 1.00pm

Tickets £12, concessions £10

Box Office: 01352 701521

Online booking (no booking fees): www.theatrclwyd.com

Twitter: @clwydtweets

Facebook: /TheatrClwyd

Hijinx Theatre Company

Hijinx is a pioneer of inclusive theatre, producing shows in which actors with and without disabilities work alongside each other as equals. Established over 30 years ago, the Cardiff-based company has been touring integrated casts – casts involving actors both with and without learning disabilities – in its professional shows since 2006.

Hijinx’s mission is to produce, pioneer and promote stunning inclusive performance locally, nationally and internationally. Since 12012, Hijinx has run vocational training courses in performance skills for talented actors with learning disabilities. There are currently five Academies around Wales: two in Cardiff, one in Carmarthen, one in Prestatyn and one in Aberystwyth.

BoHo is a co-production between Theatr Clwyd and Hijinx, featuring actors from Hijinx’s North Academy in Prestatyn.

Hijinx Academy North
Hijinx Academy North was established in 2014 in conjunction with Co-Options (Prestatyn) to train talented learning disabled actors from across North Wales in performance skills.

Hijinx Academies set out to address a fundamental problem – that learning disabled actors are rarely able to follow the traditional drama school route into acting because of barriers such as the grades needed to attend or the lack of provision for their requirements. Rather than let their talents go hidden and undeveloped, Hijinx reach talented learning disabled adults across Wales through a network of five academies in Cardiff, Carmarthen, Aberystwyth and Prestatyn, giving them an opportunity to train to become professional actors.

Theatr Clwyd: Cast announced for major revival of The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

Theatr Clwyd  has announced the full cast for a major new revival of Oscar Wilde’s classic masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest which opens on 9 May, with previews from 4 May, and runs until 27 May. Rising star director Richard Fitch directs Gavin and Stacey’s Melanie Walters, in the role of Miss Prism and she is joined by James Backway (Algernon Moncrieff), Robyn Cara (Cecily), Emma Denly (Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax), Nick Harris (Merriman & Lane), Matt Jessup (Jack), Darren Lawrence (Chasuble) and Hilary Maclean (Lady Bracknall).

To lose one parent, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.

Jack Worthing is desperately in love with Gwendolen, there’s only one small problem.

His name isn’t Ernest…

Oscar Wilde’s comic farce about double lives, friendship and discovering who you are is brought to life in this new Theatr Clwyd production.

Melanie Walters returns to Theatr Clwyd to play Miss Prism. She is most well known for her role as Gwen in Gavin and Stacey and her previous work for the company includes Blue Remembered Hills. Her other theatre credits include Before I Leave, The Iliad (National Theatre Wales), The Rivals, Sailor Beware (Chester Gateway), An Evening with Gary Lineker, Blood Brothers (Sherman Theatre), The Merchant of Venice (Aberystwyth Arts), Canterbury Tales, Rape Of The Fair Country and Educating Rita (Swansea Grand) and Shadow of a Gunman (Tricycle Theatre). For television her credits include Doc Martin, Under Milk Wood, Being Human, Stella, Dirty Work, Jack of Hearts, Back Up, Dangerfield, The Healer, Tender Loving Care, Broken Glass. For film her credits include Watcher in the Woods, Burn Burn Burn, High Tide, Another Me, Resistance, Submarine, Rampage.

 James Backway plays Algernon Moncrieff. Recent theatre credits include The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe), War Horse (National Theatre/West End), Watership Down (The Watermill Theatre), Is There Wifi in Heaven? (National Theatre) and The Sound of Music (London Palladium). His television credits include Humans; and for film Litte Sh*t.

 Robyn Cara plays Cecily. She recently graduated from Birmingham School of Acting. Her theatre credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Mercury Theatre Colchester), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Action to The Word/Latitude Festival/National River Stage).

 Emma Denly plays Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax. Her theatre credits include Henry I (RBL Theatre Co.), Macbeth (Sam Wanamaker Festival, Shakespeare’s Globe), Twelfth Night (Pendley Shakespeare Festival) and Archipelago (Jersey Arts Centre).

Nick Harris plays Merriman & Lane. His theatre credits include Much Ado About Nothing and Love’s Labour’s Lost (RSC – Theatre Royal Haymarket / Chichester Festival Theatre), Posh (Barons Court Theatre) and Teddy Ferrara (Donmar Warehouse). For television his credits include Taboo; and for film Denial and White Island.

 Matt Jessup plays Jack. His theatre credits include The Railway Children (King’s Cross Theatre), Love For Love (Bristol Old Vic Theatre Royal), Strawberry and Chocolate, The Boy on the Swing (Tobacco Factory Theatre), Timon of Athens (National Theatre),Only On Sundays (Birmingham REP) and Orpheus and Eurydice (Old Vic Tunnels). His television credits include Genius: Einsteinand Summer in Transylvania; and for film his credits include City of Ember and Dread.

 Darren Lawrence returns to Theatr Clwyd to play Chasuble. His previous work for the company includes Season’s Greetings. His other theatre credits include That Day We Sang, A Thousand Slimy Things (Manchester Royal Exchange), The Village Social andThe Passion (National Theatre Wales), Elegies For Angels, Punks, Raging Queens (BlackBox, Belfast), The Beach (Cockpit Theatre), Erogenous Zones, All’s Fair (Sherman Theatre), Saturday  Night Forever (Sherman Theatre and New York). His television credits include Ordinary Lies, Days That Shook The World, Broken Glass, Cucumber, Lipstick on Your Collar and Nuts  and Bolts. His film credits include The Gospel of Us.

Hilary Maclean plays Lady Bracknall. Her theatre credits include The Autumn Garden (Jermyn Street Theatre), Dirty Dancing (Aldwych Theatre), Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Poor Superman (Manchester Royal Exchange), Bloody Sunday and The Colour of Justice (Tricycle Theatre), Life is a Dream (Edinburgh Royal Lyceum, Barbican and BAM, New York), The Conquest of the South Pole (Traverse Theatre and Royal Court), Great Expectations (Traverse, Middle and Far East tour), Bondagers(Traverse, Canada and Hungary), Ines de Castro (Traverse and Riverside Studios), Grave Plots (Nottingham Playhouse) and Boys Stuff (Sheffield Crucible). For television her credits includes Torchwood, Lip Service, Dangerfield, Monarch of the Glen, Half Moon Investigations, The Creative, Arthur and George, Alibi, Dr Finlay and Outlander.

 Richard Fitch directs and has recently been the tour director for the UK and Ireland tour of the smash hit, West End production of,Funny Girl. Other credits include Barnes’ People, The Moment Before I’m Powerful (Trafalgar Transformed), Serious Heroes, 24 Hour Plays  (The Old Vic), A Kid Like Jake (The TS Eliot US/UK Exchange, The Old Vic), Land’s End (Birmingham REP),  Last Man on the Heygate (Lyric Hammersmith), The Hour of Feeling (HighTide Festival with Public Theater, New York), The Welsh Atlantis (Latitude Festival) and The Boy Who Lived Down the Lane (Riverside Studios & Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Singapore).

Theatr Clwyd                                                                                                                                              Listings

Raikes Ln, Mold CH7 1YA

Box Office: 01352 701521

www.theatrclwyd.com

Twitter: @clwydtweets Facebook: /theatreclwyd

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

Theatr Clwyd – Anthony Hopkins Theatre

Thursday 4 – Saturday 27 May

Press Night: Tuesday 9 May

 

THEATR CLWYD                                                                                                                SEASON AT A GLANCE

SCARLETT

Theatr Clwyd – Emlyn Williams Theatre

Until Saturday 15 April

 

BLACK MOUNTAIN

Theatr Clwyd – Roundabout Theatre

Tuesday 11 – Friday 21 July

 

OUT OF LOVE

Theatr Clwyd – Roundabout Theatre

Wednesday 12 – Saturday 22 July

 

HOW TO BE A KID

Theatr Clwyd – Roundabout Theatre

Saturday 24 June – Saturday 22 July

Press Night: Thursday 29 June

 

BoHo

Theatr Clwyd – Emlyn Williams Theatre

Thursday 22 – Saturday 24 June

Press Night: Thursday 22 June

 

UNCLE VANYA

Theatr Clwyd – Emlyn Williams Theatre

Thursday 21 September – Saturday 14 October

Press Night: Tuesday 26 September

 

THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE

Theatr Clwyd – Anthony Hopkins Theatre

Thursday 5 – Saturday 28 October

Press Night: Tuesday 10 October  

Theatr Clwyd announces 2017 Summer and Autumn seasons

Tamara Harvey
Tamara Harvey

Tamara Harvey

As she completes her first year as Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd, Tamara Harvey today announced the 2017 Summer and Autumn seasons for the company. These include four world premières; BoHo, a co-production with Hijinx Theatre which features both learning disabled and non-disabled actors, and, after a successful collaboration on the production of Love Lies and Taxidermy, Theatr Clwyd reunites with Paines Plough to open the 2017 Roundabout Season with co-productions of Black Mountain, Out Of Love and How To Be A Kid in collaboration with the Orange Tree Theatre. The Theatr Clwyd and Sheffield Theatres co-production of a new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, by Welsh Playwright Peter Gill, will be directed by Harvey and will open at Clwyd from the 21 September ahead of transferring to Sheffield Theatres as part of Robert Hastie’s inaugural season.

This summer will see the second annual Family Arts Weekend take place as Theatr Clwyd gives access to all areas of the building with performances, workshops and adventures for children of all ages and their families. Following on from this, the Summer Schools for children aged 6-18 will run from 31 July – 18 August and from October 5 Kate Wasserberg returns to Clwyd to direct a new production of The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice by Jim Cartwright.

Highlights of the visiting programme include Theatr Clwyd hosting the National Theatre’s My Country; a work in progress by Artistic Director Rufus Norris and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Welsh pianist Llyr Williams and international renowned clarinettist Emma Johnson and the Castalian String Quartet present a programme including Mozart and Brahms clarinet quintets. In June, Kneehigh’s acclaimed Tristan & Yseult will be at the theatre and tells a great celtic love story in an show which blends comedy and live music for an irresistible night of love.

Tamara Harvey said today “Celebrating homegrown talent is at the forefront of what we do at Theatr Clwyd and we are privileged, in this forthcoming season, to be working with world renowned and emerging Welsh and Wales-based artists, including playwrights Peter Gill and Brad Birch and director Kate Wasserberg. And I’m very proud to be welcoming back Hannah Noone to direct the world premiere of ‘BoHo’ in our co-production with Hijinx, featuring actors with and without learning disabilities. As I begin my second year in the role of Artistic Director, I’m looking forward to building on the inspiring relationships we’ve formed with some of the UK’s most creative individuals and companies. We’re particularly honoured to be co-producing Paines Plough’s 2017 Roundabout season and opening all three new plays on Theatr Clwyd’s beautiful hillside. Already this spring we’ve co-produced three premières – Scarlett, Junkyard and Sinners Club, the latter created by our first Writer in Residence, Lucy Rivers, whilst she was with us at Theatr Clwyd. As the Writers in Residence scheme begins its second year, my hope is that the relationships we build will further establish us as a home from home for emerging writers as they take centre stage at the heart of our work.”

ROUNDABOUT 2017

Roundabout is the world’s first pop-up, plug-and-play theatre. It flat packs into a lorry and pops up all over the country in theatres, school halls, warehouses, sports centres, car parks and fields. Theatr Clwyd are proud to hold the press night for How To Be A Kid on Thursday 29 June and Out Of Love and Black Mountain press nights will be held in Edinburgh. Artistic Director of Paines Plough, James Grieve, will direct three world première productions that will appear in rep on Theatr Clwyd’s hilltop throughout July.

 

OUT OF LOVE

By Elinor Cook

 A Theatr Clwyd, Paines Plough and Orange Tree Theatre co-production

 Director: James Grieve

 Monday 10 – Saturday 22 July

 From the award-winning writer of Pilgrims, which was co-produced with Theatr Clwyd, HighTide and Vicky Graham Productions and directed by Tamara Harvey, Out Of Love is a tale of friendship, love and rivalry over thirty years.

 Lorna and Grace do everything together and share everything. But when Lorna gets a place at university and Grace gets pregnant they suddenly find themselves in starkly different worlds. Can anything bridge the gap between them?

 Elinor Cook won the 2013 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright for Pilgrims, directed by Tamara Harvey, and her play The Girl’s Guide to Saving the World was produced by HighTide as part of their festival in April 2014, directed by Amelia Sears. Her other plays include Ten Weeks (Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama at Gate Theatre), Microwave (short-listed for the Old Vic/Theatre 503 Award for new writing),The Boy Preference (National Theatre Connections), The Circle Game (Old Vic New Voices Time Warner Ignite 3 recipient and performed at Latitude Festival) and This is Where We Got to When You Came In (co-written with non zero one and Bush Theatre). She wrote an episode of The Secrets, which was directed by Dominic Savage on BBC One. 

James Grieve directs all three Roundabout productions and is Joint Artistic Director of Paines Plough. For Paines Plough his credits include Broken Biscuits, Jumpers For Goalposts, The Angry Brigade, An Intervention, Love, Love, Love, Hopelessly Devoted, Wasted, The Sound Of Heavy Rain, You Cannot Go Forward From Where You Are Right Now, Tiny Volcanoes and Fly Me To The Moon. Other directing credits include a new production of Les Miserables (Wermland Opera in Karlstad) Translations (Sheffield Theatres/ETT/Rose Theatre Kingston), A NOBODY (66 BOOKS) by Laura Dockrill, The Whisky Taster and Psychogeography (Bush Theatre), and The List (Arcola Theatre). Grieve has also directed comedians and poets including Isy Suttie, Simon Brodkin (Lee Nelson), Luke Wright, Martin Figura and Aisle16.

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE

HOW TO BE A KID

By Sarah McDonald-Hughes

 A Theatr Clwyd, Paines Plough and Orange Tree Theatre co-production

 Director: James Grieve

 Saturday 24 June – Saturday 22 July

Press Night: Thursday 29 June 7pm

From Manchester playwright Sarah McDonald-Hughes, How To Be a Kid is for children 7 or over and is alarger than life story of friends, family and fitting in and tackles some big subjects with extraordinary lightness of touch and a lot of joyous dancing.

 Molly cooks and does the dishes. She gets her little brother Joe ready for school. Molly is only 12, but she doesn’t feel much like a kid anymore. Now her mum is feeling better, maybe things will get back to normal. Can Molly learn to be a kid again?

Sarah McDonald Hughes is an award-winning playwright. Her work includes Multi Story (Octagon Bolton),Wondrous Place (Northern Spirit/Liverpool Unity/Sheffield Crucible/Northern Stage/Royal Exchange), Flesh(Manchester Royal Exchange), By Far The Greatest Team, Once In A House On Fire, Maine Road(Monkeywood Theatre), Salisbury Street (Liverpool Everyman), The Tower (Paines Plough/Royal Exchange Studio), The Tree, Night Train (Action Transport Theatre), and Our Pals and The North (Royal Exchange Studio).

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE

BLACK MOUNTAIN

By Brad Birch

A Theatr Clwyd, Paines Plough and Orange Tree Theatre co-production

Director: James Grieve

Saturday 8 – Friday 21 July

 Black Mountain from Welsh playwright Brad Birch is a tense psychological thriller about betrayal and forgiveness.

 Rebecca and Paul are running away. They’re trying to save their relationship. An isolated house in the country is the perfect place to work things out. But you can’t run forever. Especially when you’re being followed.

Brad Birch is an award-winning writer. His plays include This Must Be The Place (Poleroid Theatre/ VAULT Festival), The Brink (Orange Tree Theatre), The Protest (The Old Vic), Selfie: The Modern Day Dorian Gray(Ambassador’s Theatre), Tender Bolus (Manchester Royal Exchange/Schauspielhaus), Gardening For The Unfulfilled and Alienated (winner Fringe First Award 2013) (Undeb Theatre/Edinburgh Festival), Soap Opera, Where The Shot Rabbits Lay, Permafrost (Royal Court Theatre), Even Stillness Breathes Softly Against A Brick Wall (Soho Theatre Upstairs), Want For Nothing-For Waifs And Strays (Lyric Hammersmith), Light Arrested Between The Curtain And The Glass (Sherman Cymru) and Sunflowers, The Snow Queen (Theatr Prowys).

Roundabout is part of Paines Plough’s Programme 2017. Following Theatr Clwyd, Roundabout will tour to Salford, Kendal, Margate, Lincoln, Darlington, Poole, Stoke and Luton in Autumn 2017. Orange Tree Theatre dates, Edinburgh dates and casting for Roundabout 2017 will be announced in due course.

EMLYN WILLIAMS THEATRE

BoHo

Devised by Hijinx Theatre Company

 A Theatr Clwyd and Hijinx Theatre co-production

 Director and Composer: Hannah Noone

 Thursday 22 – Saturday 24 June

Press Night: Thursday 22 June
Devised by the company with a score by Hannah Noone, the world première production of BoHo is a dystopian musical misadventure.

Hannah Noone has previously worked at Theatr Clwyd as Assistant Director on Tamara Harvey’s first two productions, Much Ado About Nothing and Pilgrims. She is a member of the JMK Sherman Cymru’s Directors Group, Resident Director for Opera’r Ddraig and Artistic Director of Welsh Youth Performance Academy. Directing credits include Die Fledermaus, The Beggar’s Opera, Carmen, Hansel & Gretel (Opera’r Ddraig), Cinderella (Bute Park Opera) and Venus & Adonis (Opera Mint).

EMLYN WILLIAMS THEATRE

UNCLE VANYA

By Anton Chekhov; Adapted by Peter Gill

Director: Tamara Harvey

Thursday 21 September – Saturday 14 October

Press Night: Tuesday 26 September 7.45pm

Chekhov’s comic tragedy about polite people going crazy in the middle of nowhere, drinking too much and not having enough sex. Can people ever take a leap and change their own lives?

 Tamara Harvey directs this poignant comedy in a heartbreaking new version by Peter Gill, which was commissioned by Theatr Clwyd. The production will be performed in the round.

 Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was a Russian playwright and short story writer. His principal works for the stage include Ivanov, Platonov, The Seagull, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard.

 Peter Gill (b.1939) is a Welsh playwright, theatre director and actor. As a playwright, his works include, The Sleeper’s Den, Over Gardens Out, Small Change, Kick for Touch, Cardiff East, Certain Young Men, The York Realist, Original Sin, Another Door Closed, Versailles and As Good a Time as Any. His adaptations for the stage include A Provincial Life, The Merry-Go-Round, The Cherry Orchard, Touch and Go, As I Lay Dyingand The Seagull.

 Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd, Tamara Harvey directs – which sees her return to Sheffield Theatres following her recent production of Pride and Prejudice. She has directed in the West End, throughout the UK and abroad, working on classic plays, new writing, musical theatre and in film. Her inaugural production for Theatr Clwyd was Much Ado About Nothing, followed by the première of Elinor Cook’s award-winning new play, Pilgrims and Skylight by David Hare. Her previous credits include the world premières of From Here To Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre), Breeders (St James Theatre), The Kitchen Sink, The Contingency Plan,Sixty-Six Books and tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalZ! (Bush Theatre), In the Vale of Health (a cycle of four plays by Simon Gray), Elephants, Blue Heart Afternoon and Hello/Goodbye (Hampstead Theatre), and Plague Over England (Finborough Theatre & West End). Other theatre includes Kreutzer vs Kreutzer (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse/Royal Festival Hall), Bash (Trafalgar Studios), Whipping It Up (New Ambassadors), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Gielgud & Garrick Theatres), Educating Rita and Smash (Menier Chocolate Factory & Theatre Royal Bath), Romeo and Juliet (Theatre of Memory at Middle Temple Hall), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe), Dancing at Lughnasa (Birmingham Rep), Bedroom Farce (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Importance of Being Earnest (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Closer(Theatre Royal Northampton), Tell Me On A Sunday (UK Tour) and the UK première of Tennessee Williams’Something Cloudy, Something Clear (Finborough Theatre). Harvey directed the Shakespeare scenes that form an integral part of Anonymous, the feature film by Roland Emmerich; has twice been on the panel of the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright, and is a Trustee of the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and of the National Student Drama Festival.  She was Associate Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre in 2010-11, overseeing the move to the Bush’s new home and directing the first three productions in the new theatre.

ANTHONY HOPKINS THEATRE

THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE

By Jim Cartwright

Director: Kate Wasserberg

 Thursday 5 – Saturday 28 October

Press Night: Tuesday 10 October

 In a northern town in the 1980s Little Voice hides in her room with her favourite records, away from the chaos of the world outside, with a secret that could change her life – a voice that could make millions. But will she sing? Little Voice is an award-winning comedy about mothers, daughters and finding a voice of your own.

 Jim Cartwright is an award-winning writer and his plays have been translated into over 35 languages. His plays include Bed (National Theatre), Two (Octagon Theatre/The Young Vic), Eight Miles High (Octagon Theatre) and Rise and Fall of Little Voice (National Theatre/The Aldwych Theatre). He made his directorial debut with Road at The Royal Exchange Theatre and as a director his credits include I licked a Slag’s Deodorant, Hard Fruit (Royal Court Theatre), Prize Night (Royal Exchange Theatre), A Christmas Fair(Milton Rooms), Mobile Phone Show (National Theatre), The Ancient Secret of Youth and The Five Tibetans, Two2 (The Octagon). His television work includes Road, Vroom, Wedded and June.

 Kate Wasserberg is the Artistic Director of The Other Room in Cardiff, where her directing credits for the company include Blasted, The Dying of Today, Play/Silence, Sand and Seanmhair. She returns to Theatr Clwyd where as an Associate Director her credits include Aristocrats, Salt, Root and Roe, Glengarry Glen Ross, Roots, Gaslight, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Glass Menagerie and A History of Falling Things and other credits for the company include All My Sons and Insignificance. Other credits include The Barnbow Canaries (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Ten Weeks (Paines Plough), The Knowledge (Dirty Protest at the Royal Court) and Last Christmas (Edinburgh Festival). As Associate Director of the Finborough Theatre, her credits include Mirror Teeth, The Man (National Tour), Sons of York, Little Madam, The Representative, I Wish to Die Singing and The New Morality.

Theatr Clwyd, Gagglebabble and The Other Room present Sinners Club by Lucy Rivers, inspired by the story of Ruth Ellis – the last woman to be hanged in Britain.

Sinners Club
Sinners Club

Sinners Club

Titas Halder directs Lucy Rivers, Tom Cottle, Dan Messore and Aiden Thorne as the band The Bad Mothers as they record their latest album featuring songs inspired by Ruth’s short life, live in front of an audience. The production opens on 2 March in the Emlyn Williams Theatre at Theatr Clwyd, following performances at The Other Room in Cardiff.

Sinners Club invites you to join live band The Bad Mothers as they record their latest album live in front of an audience. Based on the life of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in the UK, the live recording of this concept album promises songs inspired by Ruth’s short life washed down with a cocktail of stories about lives lost to sin.

 Join The Bad Mothers as we take the journey into a life lost to sin together, and ask ourselves; do we know what we’re capable of?

 Lucy Rivers is co-founder of the award-winning theatre company Gagglebabble and is also an award-winning writer, composer, actor and musician. Recent writing, performing and composing credits include The Bloody Ballad (Edinburgh, Soho and UK tour) and The Forsythe Sisters for Gagglebabble, Wonderman (Gagglebabble and National Theatre Wales), The Devil’s Violin for BBC Radio 4 and Little Sure Shot for The Egg, Bath and West Yorkshire Playhouse.

 Titas Halder is a director and writer. He trained with the Donmar Warehouse and is currently an Associate Artist of The Other Room. His directing credits include St. Nicholas (The Other Room/Theatr Clwyd), Play/Silence (The Other Room), A Boy and His Soul (Tricycle Theatre), The Dance of Death (Donmar Trafalgar), The Goat at Midnight (Bush Theatre – 66 Books), Write to Rock (Theatr Clwyd), Painting a Wall (Finborough Theatre). His writing credits include Escape The Scaffold and  Run The Beast Down.

 Theatr Clwyd produces exciting, dynamic, vibrant theatre for Wales and beyond. Led by Artistic Director Tamara Harvey and Executive Director, Liam Evans-Ford, it is a champion of world-class drama, new writing, musical theatre and family friendly work. Overlooking the Clwydian Hills yet only forty minutes from Liverpool, it has three theatres, a cinema, café, bar and three art galleries,  offering a rich and varied programme of visual arts, film, theatre, music and comedy. Theatr Clwyd works extensively with the local community, schools and colleges as well as creating award-winning work for, by and with young people.

Over 200,000 people a year come through the doors and in 2015 Theatr Clwyd was voted the Most Welcoming Theatre in Wales.

The Other Room at Porter’s is Cardiff’s pub theatre. It was founded by Artistic Director Kate Wasserberg and Executive Director Bizzy Day, in response to the exciting opportunity to develop an audience for drama in the heart of Cardiff.  An intense, purpose-built space with 47 seats, The Other Room produces new work by Welsh and Wales-based artists and great modern plays and has fast established a reputation for quality and daring. The Other Room won Fringe Theatre of the Year at the 2016 Stage Awards and Best Production, Best Play, Best Director and Best Actor at the recent Wales Theatre Awards for their opening season in 2015.

 Gagglebabble are a Cardiff-based theatre company, founded by Lucy Rivers and Hannah McPake, who aim to create entertaining genre breaking high-quality gig theatre for adults. Gagglebabble have presented three full productions to date – The Bloody Ballad, The Forsythe Sisters, and Wonderman (a co-production with NTW) and have toured throughout Wales and to major international festivals in England and Scotland.

 Sinners Club                                                                                                                                                       Listings

Emlyn Williams Theatre

Theatr Clwyd, Raikes Lane, Mold CH7 1YA

Box Office: 01352 701521 (10am – 8pm, MondaySaturday) / www.theatrclwyd.com

Twitter: @Clwydtweets Facebook: /TheatrClwyd

 Thursday 2 March – Saturday 18 March

Evening performances 7.45pm
Saturday matinees – 2.45pm on 4, 11 & 18 March

Thursday matinee – 2.45pm on 16 March

 TICKETS

£10 – £16

£5 Under 30s, 2 – 7 March

£5 Open Dress, 2 March
Concessions, schools and groups rates available

Full casting for major revival of David Hare’s Masterpiece Skylight

Jeany Spark

Artistic director of Theatr Clwyd, Tamara Harvey, today announced full casting for her major new revival of David Hare’s Olivier award-winning drama, Skylight. Harvey will direct Oscar Batterham (Edward), Jeany Spark (Kyra) and Jay Villiers (Tom). The production opens on 14 February, with previews from 9 February, running until 4 March.

A story of private affairs, public guilt and the frustrations of love.

An unexpected visit from her former lover turns schoolteacher Kyra’s life upside down.

Can what they once had be rekindled or are they too different to ever live in harmony?

David Hare is the author of 30 full-length plays for the stage, 18 of which have been presented at the National Theatre. His plays include Slag, The Great Exhibition, Brassneck (with Howard Brenton), Knuckle, Fanshen, Teeth ’n’ Smiles, Plenty, A Map of the World, Pravda (with Howard Brenton), The Bay at Nice, The Secret Rapture, Racing Demon, Murmuring Judges, The Absence of War, Amy’s View, The Blue Room (from Schnitzler), The Judas Kiss, Via Dolorosa, My Zinc Bed, The Breath of Life, The Permanent Way, Stuff Happens, The Vertical Hour, Gethsamane, Berlin/Wall, The Power of Yes,  South Downs and The Red Barn (based on the novel, La Main, by Georges Simenon). His many screenplays for film and television include Licking Hitler, Wetherby, Damage, The Hours, The Reader, Page Eight, Turks & Caicos and Salting the Battlefield.

Oscar Batterham plays Edward. His theatre credits include the forthcoming, The Suppliant Women which is to open in March at the Manchester Royal Exchange following a UK tour, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The One That Got Away (Theatre Royal Bath), and The Wars Of The Roses (Rose Theatre Kingston) and Stella (Theatre Royal Brighton/LIFT).

Jeany Spark plays Kyra. Her recent theatre credits include Battleface (Bush Theatre), Celebrity Night At Cafe Red (Trafalgar Studios), A Voyage Round My Father (Salisbury Playhouse), Moscow Live (High Tide) and Waste (Almeida Theatre). For television, her work includes Wallander, Da Vinci’s Demons, Man Down, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, The Line of Duty, Death In Paradise, The Black Mirror, Shirley, Jericho, Hattie, The Interceptor and Sherlock; and for film The Fifth Estate and Red Lights.

Jay Villiers returns to Theatr Clwyd to play Tom. Previous credits for the company include Dead Funny. Other theatre includes Accolade (St James’ Theatre), The Winslow Boy (The Old Vic), Hedda Gabler, In Praise of Love (Northampton Theatre Royal), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet (Tobacco Factory), Barbarians, The Taming of The Shrew (Salisbury Playhouse) Six Degrees of Separation (Sheffield Crucible) and Ting Tang Mine, Fathers and Songs, Six Characters in Search of an Author (National Theatre). For television, his credits include Outlander, New Blood, War & Peace, Cuffs, Mr Selfridge, Spooks, Extras, The Government Inspector and The Sculptress; and for film, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, The Last Photograph, The Sea, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Lady, The International, Before the Rain and Henry V.

Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd, Tamara Harvey directs. She has recently been included in The Stage 100 Power List. Harvey has directed in the West End, throughout the UK and abroad, working on classic plays, new writing, musical theatre and in film. Her inaugural production for Theatr Clwyd was Much Ado About Nothing, followed by the première of Elinor Cook’s award-winning new play, Pilgrims. Her previous credits include the world premières of From Here To Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre), Breeders (St James Theatre), The Kitchen Sink, The Contingency Plan, Sixty-Six Books and tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalZ! (Bush Theatre), In the Vale of Health (a cycle of four plays by Simon Gray), Elephants and Hello/Goodbye (Hampstead Theatre), and Plague Over England (Finborough Theatre & West End). Other theatre includes Pride and Prejudice (Sheffield Crucible), Bash (Trafalgar Studios), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Gielgud & Garrick Theatres), Romeo and Juliet (Theatre of Memory at Middle Temple Hall), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe), Dancing at Lughnasa (Birmingham Rep), The Importance of Being Earnest (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), and the UK première of Tennessee Williams’ Something Cloudy, Something Clear (Finborough Theatre).   

 

Skylight                                                                                                                                                                Listings

Anthony Hopkins Theatre

Theatr Clwyd, Raikes Lane, Mold CH7 1YA

Box Office: 01352 701521 (10am – 8pm, Monday – Saturday) / www.theatrclwyd.com

Twitter: @Clwydtweets Facebook: /TheatrClwyd

 Thursday 9 February – Saturday 4 March

Press Night: Tuesday 14 February

Evening performances 7.30pm
Saturday matinees – 18, 25 February & 4 March

Wednesday matinee – 22 February

TICKETS

£10 – £25

£5 Under 30s, 9 – 14 Feb

£5 Open Dress, 9 Feb
Concessions, schools and groups rates available