Menier Chocolate Factory to stage major revival of Fiddler On The Roof this Christmas

Menier Chocolate Factory

 

The Menier Chocolate Factory today announced a major revival of one of the world’s most-beloved musicals of all time, Fiddler on the Roof in a new staging by Trevor Nunn. The production opens on 5 December, with previews from 23 November, and runs until 9 March. Booking opens for supporters of the Menier on 28 August, with public booking on 5 September.

This joyous and heart-breaking story of the travails of Tevye the milkman, his wife and five daughters features such classic songs as “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and remains a heart-warming celebration To Life – L’chaim!

The first London production of Fiddler on the Roof opened in February 1967 at Her Majesty’s Theatre; and the most recent London production opened in May 2007 at the Savoy Theatre with Henry Goodman as Tevye.

Fiddler of Roof sees Trevor Nunn renew his collaboration with the Menier – he previously directed Lettice and LovageLove in Idleness (also West End), A Little Night Music (also West End and Broadway) and Aspects of Love for the company.

From 1968 to 1986, Trevor Nunn was the youngest ever Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, directing over thirty productions, including most of the Shakespeare canon, as well as Nicholas Nickleby and Les Misérables.  From 1997 to 2003, he was Artistic Director of the National Theatre, where his productions included Troilus and Cressida, Oklahoma!The Merchant of VeniceSummerfolkMy Fair LadyA Streetcar Named DesireAnything Goes and Love’s Labour’s Lost.  He has directed the world premières of Tom Stoppard’s plays ArcadiaThe Coast of Utopia and Rock n Roll; and of CatsSunset Boulevard, Starlight Express and Aspects of Love by Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Other theatre includes Timon of AthensSkellig (Young Vic); The Lady From The Sea (Almeida Theatre); HamletRichard IIInherit the Wind (The Old Vic), A Little Night Music (Menier Chocolate Factory, West End and Broadway), Cyrano de BergeracKiss Me Kate (Chichester Festival Theatre); Heartbreak HouseFlare PathRosencrantz and Guildenstern Are DeadThe Tempest (Theatre Royal, Haymarket); Scenes from a Marriage (Coventry & St James), All That Fall (Jermyn Street & New York); A Chorus of Disapproval and Relative Values (West End).  Work for television includes Antony and CleopatraThe Comedy of ErrorsMacbethThree SistersOthelloThe Merchant of Venice and King Lear, and on film, HeddaLady Jane and Twelfth Night.

Listings Information                                                                                                                     Fiddler on the Roof

Booking opens for supporters of the Menier on 28 August, with public booking on 5 September

Venue:                                Menier Chocolate Factory

Address:                             53 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU

Press performance:         5 December at 8pm

Dates:                                 23 November 2018 – 9 March 2019

Times:                                For the performance schedule, please see the website

Box Office:                         020 7378 1713 (£2.50 transaction fee per booking)

Website:                        www.menierchocolatefactory.com (£1.50 transaction fee per booking)

Tickets:                               Prices vary, as below from discounted preview tickets to premier seats. With the emphasis on ‘the sooner you book, the better the price’:

A meal deal ticket includes a 2-course meal from the pre-theatre menu in the Menier Restaurant as well as the theatre ticket.

www.menierchocolatefactory.com

Twitter: @MenChocFactory

 

Philip Glenister and John Simm In Conversation – a fundraiser for the Orange Tree Theatre

Orange Tree Theatre
Orange Tree Theatre

Orange Tree Theatre

Philip Glenister and John Simm are reunited following the hugely popular TV series Life on Mars, Mad Dogs, Prey and State of Play for an exclusive In Conversation at the Orange Tree – chaired by Artistic Director Paul Miller – to fundraise for the work of the multi award-winning Off West End theatre. With just half of the OT’s income coming from ticket sales, the Theatre needs to raise a further £450,000 a year. This will be an evening of great insights – intimate and up-close – with two of Britain’s most popular actors.

Philip Glenister is an Ambassador of the Orange Tree.

His work on TV includes Urban Myths, Living the Dream, Outcast, Inside No.9, Prey, The Level, Big School, The Hollow Crown, From Here To Here, Mad Dogs, Hidden, Treasure Island, Ashes to Ashes, Demons, Cranford, Clocking Off and Vanity Fair. Films include Bel Ami, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Kingdom of Heaven, Calendar Girls, The Other Boleyn Girl and I.D. He last appeared on stage in the National Theatre hit This House by James Graham. He has also performed in Translations at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, and Beautiful Thing at the Bush Theatre

John Simm’s work on TV includes Strangers, Trauma, Collateral, Doctor Who, The Catch, Code of A Killer, Intruders, The Village, Exile, Moving On, Skellig, The Yellow House, Blue/Orange, Sex Traffic, Nero, The Canterbury Tales, Crime and Punishment, Never Never, Forgive and Forget, The Lakes, Between the Lines and Cracker. Films include Everyday, Human Traffic and Wonderland with director Michael Winterbottom, and 24 Hour Party People.

On stage he’s worked with OT Artistic Director Paul Miller on Elling at the Bush and in the West End, Goldhawk Road at the Bush and the title role inHamlet at Sheffield Crucible. He appeared in Pinter’s The Homecoming and The Hothouse at Trafalgar Studios and will feature in Celebration andParty Time at the Harold Pinter Theatre in December. Other plays include Three Days in the Country at the National Theatre and Speaking in Tonguesin the West End.

Tickets are £48 and available from midday Thursday 16 August.

A limited number of £20 tickets for under 30s are also available.

 

 

The Color Purple – New Co-Production for Curve Leicester and Birmingham Hippodrome in 2019

The Color Purple
The Color Purple

The Color Purple

Leicester’s Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome theatres join forces to co-produce Broadway musical The Color Purple, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker.

The production, the first to be created outside of London in the UK, will be directed by Tinuke Craig, winner of the 2014 Genesis Future Directors Award. Tinuke’s recent credits include random/generations, a double bill of plays by debbie tucker green at Chichester Festival Theatre and I Call my Brothers by Jonas Hassen Khemiri at the Gate Theatre.

The announcement comes as both theatres celebrate significant milestones, with Curve turning 10 this year while the Hippodrome will mark its 120th birthday in 2019.

Speaking about the co-production, Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said:

The Color Purple celebrates remarkable women, telling incredible stories. From its Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker, her courageous creation in heroine Celie to Oprah Winfrey – who had the vision to make the story into a smash-hit Broadway musical. And we are thrilled to introduce our equally astonishing director Tinuke Craig and welcome her to Curve.

“As we embark on our second decade as a theatre here in Leicester and our friends at Birmingham Hippodrome celebrate their 120th year, our co-production of this beautiful, moving musical feels like a fitting way for us to mark these celebratory years.

“All of us at Curve are looking forward to working with Tinuke, Fiona Allan and the Hippodrome team very much.”

Fiona Allan, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Birmingham Hippodrome said:

“This is the very first time that Birmingham Hippodrome has actively co-produced a main stage musical, and we could not have better partners than Chris Stafford and Nikolai Foster at Curve theatre, and director Tinuke Craig.

“The Color Purple is an epic and timeless story that will appeal to audiences young and old, as evidenced by the recent Tony Award winning Broadway production. It is long overdue for a UK tour, and I’m proud that the Hippodrome play our part in bringing it to life here in Birmingham.”

This unforgettable story told over the course of 40 years follows courageous heroine Celie, as she journeys through joy, despair, anguish and hope in her own personal awakening to discover her unique voice in the world.

With a profoundly evocative score drawing inspiration from jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues, this moving family chronicle set in racially divided southern America, celebrates life, love and the strength to stand up for who you are and what you believe in.

Tickets for The Color Purple will go on sale to Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome audiences on the week commencing 20 Aug. Further details can be found online on www.curveonline.co.uk or www.birminghamhippodrome.com.

 

Total Theatre Awards shortlist announced

Shortlist for the Total Theatre Awards 2018 has been announced. From the shortlist announced today, a total of seven awards will be awarded across five categories: “Physical & Visual Theatre”; “Innovation, Experimentation & Playing with Form”; “Emerging”; “Circus”; and “Dance”.

Speaking about the awards, Awards Co-Directors Jo Crowley and Becki Haines said,

‘This year’s shortlist highlights the power theatre and performance have as vehicles for communicating lived experience. Including exploration of political protest, consent, disability and power, this list celebrates the vital space theatre offers. These independent artists are navigating complex and personal conversations with exceptional care and rigour, and their process-led practices plant the seeds for how the sector can grow and develop to be more inclusive and accessible.’

The Total Theatre Awards are a peer-to-peer assessment process of dialogue and debate to recognise excellence and artists pushing the boundaries of independent performance. In order to produce this shortlist, a total of 461 eligible shows have been assessed over the first 11 days of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  These shows have been viewed between two and four times by a curated panel of 29 peer assessors from 9 countries, comprising artists, producers, programmers, curators, critics and academics, alongside a number of senior industry supporters and advisors.  Meeting every two days, the Total Theatre Awards Producing and Assessment team have engaged in 35 hours of collective discussion of all eligible productions in depth, across specialism and across discipline.

Following a Shortlisting meeting on 15 August, a total of 22 productions from 11 countries have been selected as the 2018 Shortlist for the Awards across five categories.

Following the Shortlisting process, the shortlisted shows will now move to a judging panel where shows are seen by leading arts industry figures from seven countries including critics, academics, artists and programmers. Seven awards will be given across five categories and the judging panel will announce their decisions at an awards ceremony onThursday 23rd August. The judges for the Total Theatre Awards reserve the right to award further productions that open at the festival after the shortlisting has taken place.

The full shortlist for the 2018 awards is below:

by Total Theatre Network

Championing Contemporary Theatre

Shows by an Emerging Company / Artist

This Award is supported by Theatre Deli

Cock, Cock… Who’s There?
Samira Elagoz in association with From Start to Finnish (Finland)
Summerhall

dressed.
ThisEgg in collaboration with Made My Wardrobe (England)
Underbelly

Katie & Pip
Tin Can People (England)
Summerhall

Can’t Stop Can’t Stop
Sam Does Theatre (England)
C Venues

 

Total Theatre & Jacksons Lane Award for Circus

Casting Off
Sharon Burgess Productions and A Good Catch (Australia)
Assembly

My Land
Recirquel Company (Hungary)
Assembly

Casus: You & I
Casus Circus (Australia)
Assembly

Sediment
Company 2 (Australia)
Assembly

 

Total Theatre & The Place Award for Dance

Brocade
Roberta Jean (Scotland)
dancebase

Gibbon
Gandini Juggling (England)
Assembly

Void
V / DA and MHz, in association with Feral (Scotland)
Summerhall

The Spinners
Limosani Projekts and Al Seed Productions (Australia & Scotland)
dancebase

Taiwan Season: Varhung – Heart to Heart
Tjimur Dance Theatre (Taiwan)
dancebase

 

Innovation, Experimentation & Playing with Form

Pussy Riot: Riot Days
One Inch Badge (England/Russia)
Summerhall

Natalie Palamides: NATE
Soho Theatre (United States)
Pleasance

Underground Railroad Game
Soho Theatre presents the Ars Nova production (United States)
Traverse Theatre

Drive-By Shooting
Dumbworld (Northern Ireland)
Summerhall

The Flop
A Hijinx production in association with Spymonkey (Wales)
Summerhall

 

Physical / Visual Theatre

Another One
Vooruit, Arenbergschouwburg, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan Productions, TRP, Summerhall (Belgium)
Summerhall

Backup
Chaliwaté Company and Focus Company (Belgium)
Summerhall

The Artist
Circo Aereo and Thom Monckton (Finland)
Assembly

Century Song
Volcano (Canada), Richard Jordan Productions in association with CanadaHub (Canada)
ZOO

 

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StageCon. No. Just, no.

STAGE CON

I have been getting slowly obsessed with StageCon. Not because it’s any good – it is, of course, utterly dicey– but because of the shamelessness of it. Events featured will include live performances, sing-a-longs, discussions, cast reunions, panels, games, previews, workshops, meet and greets and showcases. 

As you may have noticed, StageCon was announced and Twitter lost its mind. I suppose an outrage is the new zeitgeist and can generally be more useful than total indifference, though the ultimate decision lies in the hands of the public.

You expect this reaction, obviously, during the summer: theatre’s silly season. 

A raft of musical theatre stars including Michael XavierLouise DearmanCameron Blakely and Stuart Matthew Price have been announced. So, you knew, long before you clicked to see who else will be in attendance that the elusive Carrie Hope Fletcher would be involved. 

I was surprised, though, to see Sharon D. Clarke in this questionable line-up; very obviously, the best theatre person not just from that selection. 

The really depressing thing is, though, that the ‘first ever UK theatre convention’ is presented in association with WhatsOnStage. Oh, and Day tickets for the event cost £85 and a Weekend ticket costs £160. In 2018 extra opportunities for theatre lovers to engage with their favourite musical star will continue to seduce theatre fans. 

STAGE CON

STAGE CON

Just how watered down is StageCon going to be? Well conceptually, even, StageCon is just a ripoff cousin of New York’s theatre convention: BroadwayCon

‘A portion of profits from StageCon will be donated to The Royal Theatrical Fund’. The organisers say: StageCon approached Royal Theatrical Fund as it is a charity that does a lot of great in supporting the Theatre community and so will support it with a portion of profits from ticket sales. This is an arrangement both parties are happy with.

That’s that then. 

It is a shame then that the pricing is as predictable as the sun rising in the morning. The ticket prices are not ideal, they are targeted for the privileged. The organisers have failed to realise there is only one simple rule to be observed when producing these kinds of events: Make it accessiblefools

Even if we ignore the fact that they have assumed that there are this many people who will part with this much cash, to attend a theatre convention in Shoreditch, something pretty staggering is going on here.

But it is important to remember that there’s room for everything, and such events are just moments of funWe are living in an age of boundaries being demolished: teenagers would rather have a selfie with a star than their autograph. It is no longer necessary to wait like a fruit-loop outside a stage door as Kelli O’Hara flees from another exit: you can book an appointment to meet her in the time it would take to arrange a visit to the dentist. It would quite possibly be the same price, and there’s every chance you would get a cupcake. 

More names and events will be announced in due course, incidentally, and there will be more Olivier-worthy action from StageCon and their forward-planning department next month, I’m sure. 

StageCon is at Shoreditch Town Hall in November 

Motown The Musical to conclude its run on 20 April 2019

Motown The Musical . West End Cast
Motown The Musical . West End Cast

Motown The Musical . West End Cast. Photography Credit:: Tristam Kenton

In advance of major refurbishments taking place at the Shaftesbury Theatre, Motown The Musical will conclude its run on 20 April 2019 having celebrated over1330 performances since its London premiere over three years earlier in February 2016.  With music and lyrics from the Motown catalogue, book by Motown founder Berry Gordy and directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Motown the Musical tells the story behind the legendary classic hits.  In October this year a previously announced UK tour will begin and in January 2019 Motown the record label will mark its sixtieth anniversary.

The production features a fifteen-piece orchestra playing 50 Motown tracks including Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, I’ll Be There, Dancing In The Street, Stop!  In The Name of Love, My Girl and I Heard It through the Grapevine.  With just $800 borrowed from his family, Motown founder Berry Gordy, goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more.  Motown the Musical uncovers the true story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation.  

Motown the Musical received its world premiere in April 2013 in New York with Berry Gordy and legendary Motown artists Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Mary Wilson, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder attending opening night.  The show began its West End run in February 2016 with Gordy, Robinson andWilson once again supporting the production.

Motown the Musical has music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Ethan Popp, co-orchestrations and additional arrangements by Bryan Cookand dance arrangements by Zane Mark.  Choreography is by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams, scenic design by David Korins, costumes by Emilio Sosa, lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Peter Hylenski and video by Daniel Brodie.  UK Associate Director is Tara Wilkinson, Conductor & UK Associate Music Supervisor is Gareth Weedon, UK Associate Set Designer is Andrew Edwards and UK Associate Lighting Designer is Alistair Grant and UK Sound Associate isChris Full.

Motown the Musical is produced in the West End by Kevin McCollumDoug MorrisBerry Gordy and Adam Spiegel.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Theatre:                           Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8DP

Dates:                              booking to 20 April 2019

Performances:                    Monday – Saturday 7.30pmThursday & Saturday matinees at 2.30pm

Prices:                              Tickets from £20 plus £15 Lottery tickets available online

No booking fees via www.motownthemusical.co.uk, over the phone on 020 7379

5399 or in person at the Shaftesbury Theatre Box Office.

Box Office:                         020 7379 5399

Website:                           www.motownthemusical.co.uk

Twitter:                            @MotownUK

Facebook:                         MotownMusicalUK

Casting Announced For Ian Hislop & Nick Newman’s New Satirical Play ‘Trial By Laughter’

Trial By Laughter

Following the sell-out success of The Wipers Times in the West End and across the country, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman have once again taken inspiration from real life events for their new play Trial by Laughter, based on their critically acclaimed original BBC Radio 4 drama of the same nameThe production is a Trademark Touring and Watermill Theatre co-production, playing at The Watermill for six weeks from Thursday 20th September – Saturday 27th October 2018. Following this, it will be heading on a UK tour visiting Guildford, Ipswich, Cheltenham and Brighton, with further venues to be announced.

In 1817 bookseller, publisher and satirist William Hone stood trial for parodying religion, the despotic government and the libidinous monarchy. The only crime he had committed was to be funny. In 2018, the satirists Ian Hislop and Nick Newman rediscover this forgotten hero of free speech and ask if just over two hundred years later our press has any greater freedom.

The cast includes Helena Antoniou (Lady Hertford), Philippe Edwards (Sidmouth), Jeremy Lloyd (Prince Regent), Peter Losasso (Cruickshank), Nicholas Murchie (Justice Abbott/Duke of York), Joseph Prowen (Hone), Eva Scott (Lady Conyngham/Sarah), Dan Tetsell (Lord Ellenborough).

Satirist, writer and journalist Ian Hislop has been the editor of Private Eye since 1986. He has frequently appeared on Question Time (BBC One), and since 1990 has been team captain on BBC’s Have I Got News For You. At Private Eye he works alongside life-long friend Nick Newman, an award-winning cartoonist and writer, who alongside his role at Private Eye, has been pocket cartoonist for The Sunday Times since 1989. As a scriptwriting duo, Ian and Nick’s work includes five years on Spitting Image (ITV), Harry Enfield and Chums (BBC Two), and My Dad’s The Prime Minister (BBC One), as well as the film A Bunch of Amateurs and The Wipers Times, which won the Broadcast Press Guild Award for single drama, and was nominated for a BAFTATrial by Laughter is Ian and Nick’s third play to be co-produced with The Watermill Theatre, with an adaptation of A Bunch of Amateurs and The Wipers Times playing there in the last few years.

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman said:

“In an age of ‘fake news’ and increased censorship, free speech and press freedom are still under threat as they were 200 years ago when William Hone took on the might of Royalty and a bullying Tory government. Hone dared to ask ‘Is laughter treason?’ – raising issues which are as relevant now as they were then. It’s a tale of lawyers, lechers and libel – with added sedition and blasphemy. It is immensely exciting to bring this world to life on stage, with this funny, inspiring and true story of a satirical David versus Goliath.”

Trial by Laughter is a Trademark Touring and Watermill Theatre production and is directed by Caroline Leslie. It is designed by Dora Schweitzer with lighting design by Matt Leventhall and sound by Steve Mayo.

The Wipers Times, also produced by Trademark Touring and The Watermill Theatre, tours again from 28 August, transferring for a second time to the Arts Theatre in the West End in October where it plays a limited season until 1 December 2018.

TRIAL BY LAUGHTER – FULL TOUR DATES AND LISTINGS INFORMATION

 

Thursday 20th September – Saturday 27th October                                     Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Monday 29th October – Saturday 3rd November                                         Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Monday 5th November – Saturday 10th November                                     The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Monday 12th November – Saturday 17th November                                   Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

Monday 19th November – Saturday 24th November                                   Theatre Royal, Brighton

Full casting announced for the Northern Broadsides and York Theatre Royal production of They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay!

They Don't Pay We Won't Pay!
They Don't Pay We Won't Pay!

They Don’t Pay We Won’t Pay!

Northern Broadsides and York Theatre Royal have announced the  full casting for their forthcoming touring production of They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! Deborah McAndrew’s new adaptation, based on Jon Laskin and Michael Aquilante’s translation, of Dario Fo’s political satire of civil disobedience Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!

The cast will feature Lisa Howard (Flood, Slung Low and Hull City of Culture 2017and George’s Marvellous Medicine, Curve Theatre) as Anthea; Steve Huison (Lomper in the Oscar and BAFTA award winning The Full Monty, Eddie Windass in Coronation Street, DinnerLadies, and When We Are Married, Northern Broadsides) as Jack; Matt Connor (The Woman in Black, West End and UK Tour and Richard III, Northern Broadsides) as Lewis; Suzanne Ahmet (Hard Times, Northern Broadsides and St George and the Dragon, National Theatre) as Maggie and Michael Hugo (Around the World in 80 Days, Touring and New Vic Theatre & Royal Exchange and Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Northern Broadsides) as Constable, Sergeant, Undertaker and ‘Pops’.

Transposed to Brexit Britain, They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! tells the story of Anthea who gets mixed up in a riot at her local supermarket and seizes the opportunity to stock her empty cupboards and those of her friend. But what will the two friends tell their law-abiding husbands?

Directed by Northern Broadsides new Artistic Director and Joint CEO Conrad Nelson, the production is designed by Jessica Worrall (When We Are Married, Northern Broadsides and York Theatre Royal) with lighting by Douglas Kuhrt (Pitmen Painters, Live Theatre, West End and Broadway).

They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! will open at York Theatre Royal, from 5-13 October and will then tour till the 2 Dec.

Lee Evans, Jonjo O’Neill and Meera Syal join The Jamie Lloyd Company’s PINTER AT THE PINTER season

Pinter At The Pinter
Pinter At The Pinter

Pinter At The Pinter

In what promises to be an exciting event within the Pinter at the Pinter season, Lee Evans will appear in an eclectic mixed bill alongside stage and screen favourite Meera Syal. They join the previously announced Keith Allen and Tamsin Greig from 25th October to 8th December, for 23 performances only.

Evans will perform the poignantly witty Monologue and a selection of Pinter’s most hilarious comedy sketches. Evans and Syal will perform, amongst other pieces, the sketch Apart From That, whilst Syal also joins Allen and Greig in A Kind of Alaska. The play, performed alongside Landscape, movinglycaptures the oneiric nature of memory.

A multi-award-winning actor and comedian, Evans last performed Pinter’s work in 2007 when he starred in The Dumb Waiter at Trafalgar Studios.

Lee Evans said: “Working with Harold Pinter was one of the most incredibly exciting experiences of my life. Of course, I found Harold to be, along with his incredible wife Antonia, two of the most generous, kind and considerate people one could ever wish to meet; a couple so desperately keen to pass on anything they could to encourage and help young actors and directors, no matter who, what or where you might be from. It didn’t matter to Harold – the most important thing to him was the work. Most of all, Harold loved it when his work allowed you, the performer, to shine. Thanks, Harold – my hero.”

Landscape is a minimalist marvel: a woman is locked in a beautiful memory and her husband demands to be heard. In A Kind of Alaska, Deborah awakes from a twenty-nine-year sleep and is suspended between the conscious and unconscious worlds. In Monologue, a loner addresses an absent friend who disappeared many years ago.

Clarence Derwent Award-winner Jonjo O’Neill (The Prudes, Unreachable) joins Paapa EssieduKate O’FlynnSir Antony Sher and Maggie Steed in the explosive opening of the season, which features plays including One For The Road and Ashes to Ashes. O’Neill will appear in Mountain Language and The New World Order, as well as the first major revival of the sketch Press Conference, originally performed by Harold Pinter himself, and the World Premiere of The Pres and an Officer. The evening plays for 23 performances only from September 6th.

Marking the 10th anniversary of the revered playwright’s death, Pinter at the Pinter features all Pinter’s short plays, alongside a selection of his poems and sketches.

The season is presented by The Jamie Lloyd Company, ATG Productions, Ben Lowy Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions and Glass Half Full Productions.

About Pinter at the Pinter

Pinter at the Pinter is an unparalleled event featuring the short plays written by the greatest British playwright of the 20th Century, in the theatre that bears his name. They have never been performed together in a season of this kind. Each play runs for a limited number of performances.

The season will be presented in repertoire by a world-class cast, many of whom were Harold Pinter’s friends and frequent collaborators. The cast includes Keith Allen, Jessica Barden, Ron Cook, Phil Davies, Danny Dyer, Paapa Essiedu, Lee Evans, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves, Tamsin Greig, Jane Horrocks, Celia Imrie, John Macmillan, Emma Naomi, Tracy Ann Oberman, Kate O’Flynn, Jonjo O’Neill, Abraham Popoola, Sir Antony Sher, John Simm, Hayley Squires, Maggie Steed, David Suchet, Meera Syal, Luke Thallon, Russell Tovey, Penelope Wilton and Nicholas Woodeson.

Mark Rylance will make two special charity performances of Art, Truth and Politics, Pinter’s Nobel Prize Lecture, in aid of the Stop the War Coalition.

Direction is by Jamie Lloyd, Patrick Marber, Lyndsey Turner, Ed Stambollouian and Lia Williams, with season design by Soutra Gilmour, lighting by Jon Clark, Elliot Griggs and Richard Howell, and sound and music by George Dennis and Ben & Max Ringham. 

The season is presented by The Jamie Lloyd Company, ATG Productions, Benjamin Lowy Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions and Glass Half Full Productions.

Pinter 10

Pinter at the Pinter is part of the Pinter 10 partnership with the BFI, The Harold Pinter Estate and Faber & Faber, which is marking the 10th anniversary of Pinter’s death with a series of events celebrating the life of the most important British playwright of the 20th Century.

BFI Southbank will commemorate the anniversary with a season of Pinter’s film and television productions; Pinter on Screen: Power, Sex & Politics will take place at BFI Southbank until the end of August. Further details can be found at www.whatson.bfi.org.uk.

SCHEDULE

Thursday 6 September – Saturday 20 October 2018

Press day – 27 September 2018

 

One for the Road

The New World Order

Mountain Language

The Pres and an Officer

Directed by Jamie Lloyd

 

Ashes to Ashes

Directed by Lia Williams

 

Opening the Pinter at the Pinter season is a dynamic collection of Harold Pinter’s most potent and dangerous political plays.

The incendiary One for The Road is Pinter at his most terrifying. A ruthless government official interrogates a dissident and his family, but is the torturer more tortured than his victims?  The New World Order explores how the abuse of power is legitimised in the name of freedom and democracy, as two brutal interrogators prepare to inflict their terrible punishment on a blind-folded insurgent. Pinter investigates the suppression of ideas and the supposed threat of non-conformity in Mountain Language: a group of captives attempt to find a voice when their shared language is banned by the state, and the World Premiere production of Pinter’s newly-discovered satirical sketch, The Pres and an Officer. 

The evening culminates with Ashes to Ashes, a richly atmospheric and compelling play in which the dark nightmare of human atrocity infiltrates a couple’s living room. Directed by award-winning actress and long-time Pinter collaborator, Lia Williams.

Cast includes Paapa EssieduKate O’Flynn, Jonjo O’Neill, Sir Anthony Sher and Maggie Steed

 

Thursday 2 October – Harold Pinter’s Art, Truth and Politics Lecture performed by Mark Rylance

 

Thursday 13 September – Saturday 20 October 2018

Press day – Thursday 27 September 2018

 

The Lover

The Collection 

Directed by Jamie Lloyd

 

Two miniature comedic masterpieces from the 1960s, The Lover and The Collection, which explore secrets, lies and seduction, are directed by ‘major Pinter interpreter’ (Financial Times), Jamie Lloyd.

Playful and provocative, The Lover features a conventional, suburban couple in unconventional circumstances. The Collection, hailed as one of the outstanding plays of the 20th Century by Laurence Olivier, delves into the intriguing mystery of two London couples linked by sexual desire and a quest for supremacy.

Cast includes John Macmillan, Hayley Squires, David Suchet and Russell Tovey

 

Thursday 4 October – Harold Pinter’s Art, Truth and Politics Lecture performed by Mark Rylance

 

Thursday 25 October – Saturday 8 December 2018

Press Night – Thursday 15 November 2018

 

Landscape 

A Kind of Alaska

Monologue

Directed by Jamie Lloyd

 

Landscape and A Kind of Alaska, directed by Jamie Lloyd, are spellbinding evocations of loneliness, isolation and the strange mists of time. 

Landscape is a minimalist marvel: a woman is locked in a beautiful memory and her husband demands to be heard. In A Kind of Alaska, Deborah awakes from a twenty-nine-year sleep and is suspended between the conscious and unconscious worlds. In Monologue a man sits alone addressing an absent friend, their close relationship having been pulled apart many years ago.

Cast includes Keith Allen, Lee Evans, Tamsin Greig and Meera Syal

 

Penelope Wilton will perform Tess on 19th, 21st, 22nd, 24 (mat), 26th, 28th, 29th November and 1st (mat), 3rd, 4th, 6th, 8th December

 

Thursday 1 November – Saturday 8 December 2018

Press Night – Friday 16 November 2018

 

Moonlight

Directed by Lyndsey Turner

 

Night School

Directed by Ed Stambollouian

 

The brutality of family life and the subjectivity of memory are explored in the emotionally raw and richly funny Moonlight, directed by Olivier Award winner Lyndsey Turner, in which the past haunts the dark, lonely recesses of a dying father’s bedroom.

An East End criminal returns home from prison to find his room has been occupied by a mysterious woman with a secret. Set in the sweaty nightclubs and claustrophobic boarding houses of 1960s London, this is a rare opportunity to see the brilliantly witty and vivid Night School, directed by the inventive young director, Ed Stambollouian.

Cast includes Jessica Barden in Night School

 

Thursday 13 December 2018 – Saturday 26 January 2019

Press Night – Thursday 3 January 2019

 

The Room

Family Voices

Victoria Station

Directed by Patrick Marber

 

Harold Pinter’s first play, The Room, features in a triple-bill directed by Pinter’s colleague and friend, Patrick Marber.  

An all-too-familiar and frighteningly topical brand of English xenophobia runs through this darkly funny and unexpectedly odd play from 1957. In the hilarious Victoria Station and the reflective Family Voices, isolated voices attempt to communicate, but can we ever truly express the depths of our feeling?

Cast includes Rupert GravesJane HorrocksEmma NaomiLuke Thallon and Nicholas Woodeson

 

Thursday 20 December 2018 – Saturday 26 January 2019

Press Night – Friday 4 January 2019

Party Time

Celebration

Directed by Jamie Lloyd

 

Bryony Hannah and Paul Nicholls complete the cast of Foxfinder – joining Iwan Rheon and Heida Reed at The Ambassadors Theatre from 6 September

FOXFINDER
FOXFINDER

FOXFINDER

Full casting is announced for Foxfinder’s West End premiere which begins performances at the Ambassadors Theatre on 6 September and will play a strictly limited season until 5 January. Olivier nominee Bryony Hannah (Call the Midwife) and Paul Nicholls (Law & Order, The C-Word, EastEnders) will join the previously announced Heida Reed (Poldark) and Olivier winner Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones’ Ramsay Bolton, Misfits) in Dawn King’s unsettling and darkly comic drama.

Foxfinder will be directed by Rachel O’Riordan, whose production of Killology at the Royal Court won her the 2018 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre.

England is in crisis. Fields are flooded, food is scarce and fear of the red beast grips the land. 

William Bloor, a foxfinder, arrives at Judith and Samuel Covey’s farm to investigate a suspected fox infestation. The Covey’s harvest has failed to meet their target and the government wants to know why. Trained from childhood, William is fixated on his mission to unearth the animals that must be to blame for the Covey’s woes. But as the hunt progresses, William finds more questions than answers…

First performed at London’s Finborough Theatre in 2011, Foxfinder opened to rave reviews and won Dawn King the 2013 Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright award, a Pearson Award Bursary as Playwright-in-Residence at the Finborough, the Papatango Theatre Company new writing competition and the Off West End award for Most Promising Playwright.

On the play’s Finborough premiere the Guardian’s Michael Billington said “King’s play shines out like a beacon […] it remains an arresting and individual work that haunts the mind long after you’ve seen it.”

Bryony Hannah is best known for playing Sister Mary Cynthia in six series of the hugely successful BBC period drama Call the Midwife. She was last in the West End playing Mary Tilford in The Children’s Hour (Harold Pinter Theatre) opposite Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss, for which she was Olivier nominated. Bryony’s other previous credits include the ominous ITV crime-drama Unforgotten, 2012 BBC comedy Dead Boss opposite Sharon Horgan and Jennifer Saunders, as well as ITV’s 2009 drama Above Suspicion with Kelly Reilly and Ciaran Hinds. Her film work includes roles in The Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending and Ricky Gervais’ Cemetery Junction.

Paul Nicholls became a household name when he joined EastEnders as the troubled Joe Wicks in 1996. He has most recently appeared in Channel 4’s hit dramaAckley Bridge. An accomplished stage actor, Paul’s previous theatre work includes Long Day’s Journey Into Night alongside Jessica Lange, Paul Rudd and Charles Dance (Lyric Theatre), Vincent in Brixton opposite Emily Blunt (National Theatre), Billy Liar (Bush Theatre), The Shawshank Redemption (UK Tour), The Promise(Tricycle Theatre), Rufus Norris’ West End production of Festen (Lyric Theatre) and Telstar (Hampstead Theatre). Paul’s television and film career over the past two decades has seen him appear in acclaimed dramas such as The C Word alongside Sheridan Smith for the BBC, Channel 4’s four-part thriller The Fear, Kay Mellor’s BBC drama In The Club and ITV’s Law and Order: UK. His film work includes Bridget Jones: The Edge of ReasonIf Only and WW1 drama The Trench opposite Daniel Craig and Ben Whishaw.

Iwan Rheon trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and made his professional stage debut in Eight Miles High (Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool) before his breakthrough role as the haunted, suicidal Moritz in the musical Spring Awakening, for which he won the 2010 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.

In 2009, Iwan joined the cast of E4’s BAFTA award-winning superhero drama Misfits which to date has been broadcast in 100 territories. Iwan returned to the stage in 2010 in the National Theatre Wales’ production of John Osborne’s The Devil Inside Him and in 2011, Aleksey Scherbak’s Remembrance Day (Royal Court). He made his cinematic debut in Resistance, a 2011 Welsh film based on the novel by Owen Sheers starring Andrea Riseborough and Michael Sheen. Other film work includes Wild BillWasteland, Daisy Winters and The Liberator.

Between 2013 and 2016 Iwan played the villainous Ramsay Bolton in HBO’s multi-award winning Game of Thrones. Other television credits include ITV’s Vicious, opposite Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi and Frances de la Tour, BBC One’s Our Girl, Netflix sci-fi thriller Residue, and for Sky One Riviera with Adrian Lester and Julia Stiles, and Adolf The Artist alongside Rupert Grint. Most recently Iwan played the lead role in Marvel’s ABC drama series Inhumans and it has just been announced he will be playing Mötley Crüe’s guitarist, Mick Mars, in biopic The Dirt alongside Douglas Booth. Iwan will also be seen in the forthcoming films Berlin, I Love Youand as the lead in WWII thriller Hurricane.

Heida Reed joined the award-winning BBC drama Poldark in 2015 and has since had roles in Silent Witness, also for the BBC, and as Ingrid in the romantic comedy One Day opposite Anne Hathaway. She has also been nominated for an Icelandic Academy Award for the titular lead role in television series Stella Blómkvist. Having trained at London’s Drama Centre, Heida’s previous stage work includes Scarlet (Southwark Playhouse) and the 2011 revival of Top Girls(Trafalgar Studios).

Dawn King is an award-winning writer working in theatre, film, TV and radio. Dawn’s 2013 play Ciphers, a co-production between Out Of Joint, the Bush Theatre and Exeter Northcott, toured the UK and has been produced internationally. Ciphers was longlisted for the James Tait Black drama prize 2014 and is currently being adapted into a screenplay for Cowboy  Films. Her most recent stage play, a major new adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, was a co-production between the Royal and Derngate Theatre and the Touring Consortium, and toured the UK in 2015.

Dawn’s short film The Karman Line, starring Olivia Colman and Shaun Dooley, played festivals around the world and won eighteen awards including Best Short Film at the British Independent Film Awards, and was nominated for a BAFTA. Currently, Dawn is working on two plays; The Light and Salt, which is a commission from the National Theatre and will be performed by youth theatre groups around the country as part of Connections 2019. She also writes regularly for radio and has had radio plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 4 Extra and BBC Radio 3.

Director Rachel O’Riordan is the artistic director of the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff (The Stage Awards’ 2018 Regional Theatre of the Year) and was previously artistic director of Perth Theatre and founding artistic director of Ransom Productions, Belfast. In 2016 her production of Iphigenia in Splott transferred from the Sherman Theatre to the National Theatre and toured the UK. The critically acclaimed production also won Best New Play at the UK Theatre Awards and the James Tait Black award. Other theatre credits include Killology (Sherman Theatre/Royal Court Theatre – Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre),Unfaithful (Traverse Theatre), The Seafarer (Perth Theatre/Lyric, Belfast), Carol Ann Duffy’s Grimm Tales (Library Theatre Manchester, M.E.N. Best Family Show award winner), and Hurricane (Soho Theatre). At the Sherman Theatre Rachel has directed Bird (also at Manchester Royal Exchange), The Cherry Orchard adapted by Gary Owen, The Weir (also at Tobacco Factory Theatre) and Arabian Nights (Wales Drama Award winner for Best Show for Children and Young People).

Foxfinder is designed by Gary McCann with lighting design by Paul AndersonSimon Slater is composer and sound designer for the production.

LISTINGS

FOXFINDER
The Ambassadors Theatre
West Street
London WC2H 9ND

Thursday 6 September – Saturday 5 January
Press Night: Thursday 13 September 7pm

Monday – Saturday 7:45pm
Wednesday & Saturday 3pm

Christmas Schedule:
Extra matinee: Wednesday 19 DecemberFriday 28 December & Wednesday 2 January 3pm
Matinee only: Monday 24 December & Monday 31 January 3pm
No performances Tuesday 25 – Wednesday 26 DecemberTuesday 1 January

Ticket Prices: From £25 (previews up to £20 off)

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Box Office: 020 7395 5405

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