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Jermyn Street Theatre – two Strindberg masterpieces – Howard Brenton’s new version of Creditors joins Miss Julie

Creditors
Miss Julie

Miss Julie

In the summer of 1888, bankrupt and at his wits’ end, August Strindberg and his family rented rooms in a ruinous Danish castle called Skovlyst. The castle was also occupied by a young aristocratic woman, her corrupt steward, and a menagerie of exotic animals. That summer, Strindberg wrote two masterpieces of world theatre: his intense tragedyMiss Julie and dark comedy Creditors, the play he regarded as his finest.

Miss Julie takes place on Midsummer’s Eve. A night when the sun doesn’t set. When Julie finds herself alone on her father’s estate, she gate-crashes the servants’ party. In the sultry heat of that long, light night, she finds herself in a dangerous tryst with her father’s man servant, Jean. A flirtatious game descends into a savage fight for survival.

Creditors

Creditors

Creditors tells the story of Adolph, a young artist who is deeply in love with his new wife Tekla.  She is intelligent, educated, and experienced. He loves her independence and sophistication. Sometimes he worries he is not her equal. But a chance meeting with a suave stranger in a seaside hotel shakes Adolph’s devotion to the core.

This spring, Miss Julie and Creditors will run in repertory together at Jermyn Street Theatre, following an initial run at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick. Miss Julie is a revival of Tom Littler’s acclaimed 2017 production, and Creditors is the world premiere of Howard Brenton’s new version. Besides Miss Julie, Brenton and Littler have previously collaborated on Strindberg’s Dances of Death (Gate Theatre, 2013), and on Brenton’s play about Strindberg’s Inferno period, The Blinding Light (Jermyn Street Theatre, 2017).

Charlotte Hamblin (Downton AbbeyDry Land – Jermyn Street Theatre) will revive her OffWestEnd nominated performance in the title role of Miss Julie. Dorothea Myer-Bennett (Rosenbaum’s Rescue – Park Theatre, The Lottery of Love – Orange Tree Theatre, The Winslow Boy – Chichester Festival Theatre) plays Kristin in Miss Julie and Tekla in Creditors. James Sheldon (Eigengrau – King’s Head Theatre, The Dover Road – Jermyn Street Theatre) returns to his OffWestEnd nominated performance as Jean inMiss Julie and takes the role of Adolph in Creditors. David Sturzaker, a regular performer at the RSC and Shakespeare’s Globe, has previously played the leading roles of Henry VIII, Abelard, and Byron in Brenton’s work, and will play Gustav in Creditors.

★★★★★ SUPERLATIVE … AN UNEXPECTED TREAT OF THE HIGHEST ORDER. The Evening Standard (20 Best Productions of 2017) on Miss Julie

★★★★ THE TENSION STARTS TO BUILD FROM THE FIRST SIZZLE IN THE PAN. The Times on Miss Julie

August Strindberg is ranked alongside Chekhov and Ibsen as one of the great turn-of-the-century dramatists. Howard Brenton is a multi award-winning playwright whose plays have recently appeared at the National Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, and Shakespeare’s Globe. Tom Littler is Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre.

Jermyn Street Theatre’s PORTRAIT SEASON, which runs from January to July 2019, also includes the stage premiere of Rose Heiney’s Original Death Rabbit (9 January to 9 February), Trevor Nunn’s world premiere production of Harley Granville Barker’s Agnes Colander: An Attempt at Life, revised by Richard Nelson (12 February to 16 March),Mary’s Babies by Maud Dromgoole (20 March to 13 April) and Pictures Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde in an adaptation by Lucy Shaw (5 June to 6 July).

Jermyn Street Theatre is celebrating its 25th birthday as an independent theatre in the heart of the West End. It has won numerous awards and transferred many productions to the West End and Broadway. Its co-Founders, Penny Horner and Howard Jameson, serve as Executive Director and Chair of the Board respectively. Two years ago, new Artistic Director Tom Littler relaunched the theatre as a producing house. Jermyn Street Theatre is a signatory to the Equity Fringe Agreement and is committed to equal gender representation.

CREDITORS MISS JULIE
By August Strindberg in new versions by Howard Brenton

Directed by Tom Littler
Set and costume design by Louie Whitemore
Lighting by Johanna Town
Sound by Max Pappenheim
Associate direction by Gabriella Bird
Starring Charlotte Hamblin, Dorothea Myer-Bennett, James Sheldon, David Sturzaker

Thursday April 25 – Saturday June 1
Creditors press performances Monday April 29 7.30pm and Tuesday April 30 3.30pm
Miss Julie press performance Tuesday April 30 7.30pm

Jermyn Street Theatre
16b Jermyn Street, London
SW1Y 6ST

Thursday April 25 – Saturday June 1
Press performances
Creditors
Monday April 29, 7.30pm
Tuesday April 30, 3.30pm
Miss Julie
April 30, 7.30pm

Creditors performances
April 26, 27 (mat)*, 29, 30(mat)* May 3, 4(mat)*, 7*, 8, 9, 11*, 13, 14(mat)*, 17, 18(mat)*, 21*, 22, 23, 25*, 27, 28(mat)*; 31,June 1(mat)*

Miss Julie performances
April 5, 27*, 30: May 1, 2, 4*, 6, 7(mat)*,10, 11(mat)*, 14*, 15, 16, 18*, 20, 21(mat)*, 24, 25(mat)*, 28*, 29, 30 May; June 1*
* Possible to see both productions on the same day.

Time
7:30pm Monday to Saturday evenings. 3.30pm Saturday matinees.
Running time: Around 90 minutes.

Tickets
Tickets £30
Combined Ticket (Miss Julie and Creditors) £50 – bookable via theatre box office (020 7287 2875)
Preview Tickets 25 – 27 April £15
Under 30? 100 tickets at £10 available. Please bring proof of age to the performance.
Concessions available to over-60s, theatre unions, unwaged, access, students. £20
Please note that after Saturday 11 May all tickets are full price

Box office
0207 287 2875
and online at www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk

Theatre By The Lake announces the two-company ensemble for their summer season

Conrad Lynch, Artistic Director, Theatre By The Lake

Conrad Lynch, Artistic Director, Theatre By The Lake

Artistic Director Conrad Lynch today announced the ensemble for the Theatre by the Lake’s Summer Season – the first time the theatre has featured two-companies. They will perform over 5 productions in rep – After the Dance, As You Like It, Miss Julie, Handbagged and Remarkable Invisible – in both the theatre’s spaces.

Layo-Christina Akinlude, Adam Buchanan, Matthew Darcy, Josie Dunn, Charlotte Hamblin, Nathan Hamilton, Jessica Hayles, Richard Keightley, Matthew Mellalieu, Alex Parry, James Sheldon, Izabella Urbanowicz will play across three productions – a major revival of Terence Rattigan’s heart-rending and beautifully written After the Dance, a collaboration with Shared Experience creating a new production of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, As You Like It, and Howard Brenton’s new adaptation of Strindberg’s masterpiece, Miss Julie.

They are joined by Matt Addis, Ian Barritt, Emma Carter, Eliza Hunt, Alice Selwyn and Julia Watson completing the Summer Season line up with the regional première of the celebrated and critically acclaimed Handbagged by Moira Buffini; and in the Studio as part of new writing season, the world première of Remarkable Invisible – by award-winning American writer Laura Eason.

MAIN HOUSE

A THEATRE BY THE LAKE PRODUCTION

AFTER THE DANCE

by Terence Rattigan

25 May – 4 November

Press night: 30 May

Cast: Layo-Christina Akinlude (Julia Browne), Adam Buchanan (Peter Scott-Fowler), Matthew Darcy (Arthur Power), Josie Dunn (Miss Potter), Charlotte Hamblin (Helen Banner), Nathan Hamilton (Cyril Carter), Jessica Hayles (Moya), Richard Keightley (David Scott-Fowler), Matthew Mellalieu (John Reid), Alex Parry (Williams), James Sheldon (Dr George Banner / Lawrence Walters), Izabella Urbanowicz (Joan Scott-Fowler)

Directed by Philip Wilson; Designed by Colin Falconer
Lighting Designer: Ciaran Bagnall; Composer and Sound Designer: Jon Nicholls

A dazzling dissection of love, class and the capacity for self-deceit.

David and Joan Scott-Fowler were Bright Young Things of the 1920s and live a glamorous life of hedonism and pleasure: debauched parties, serious drinking, sparkling wit and superficiality.

But times have moved on and they are no longer as bright or as young as they once were. When a young and idealistic couple come into their lives, they begin to realise that the gaiety of their youth is wearing thin and the precarious game around which their existence is constructed begins to fall apart.

Sharply satirical and heartrendingly beautiful, After the Dance is about a world on the cusp of enormous change. Neglected for many years, it is now considered to be one of the great works of a master dramatist.

Terence Rattigan’s (1911 – 1977) major works include The Deep Blue Sea, The Browning Version, Separate Tables, French without Tears and The Winslow Boy.

Philip Wilson directs. His theatre credits include The Star, The Norman ConquestsNoises OffDoctor Faustus, The Astonished Heart/Still Life (Liverpool Playhouse), As You Like It (Storyhouse, Chester), Beacons (Park Theatre), his own adaptations of Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales (Oxo Tower Bargehouse & Shoreditch Town Hall), The Three Lions (St. James Theatre & Edinburgh & UK tour), How Many Miles to Babylon? (Lyric Theatre Belfast), Toro! Toro! (national tour), Twist of Gold (Polka Theatre), Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theatre & Westminster Abbey), The Importance of Being Earnest/Travesties (Birmingham Rep), If Love Were All, In Praise Of Love (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Found Man (Traverse Theatre), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Sheffield Crucible) and Breaking The Code (Theatre Royal Northampton). As Artistic Director of Salisbury Playhouse (2007-11): The Game of Love and Chance, The Constant Wife, The Picture, Private Lives, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Winslow Boy, his own adaptation of JL Carr’s A Month in the CountryWhat the Butler SawPeople at SeaAlphabetical Order, Corpse!. As director/designer: Blackbird, Faith Healer and Toro! Toro! (TMA Award nomination, Best Show for Children and Young People).

Pre-show talk on Mon 28 May at 5.45pm. Free entry but booking essential.

MAIN HOUSE

A THEATRE BY THE LAKE PRODUCTION

HANDBAGGED

by Moira Buffini

15 June – 3 November

Press night: 20 June

Cast: Matt Addis (Actor 1), Ian Barritt (Actor 2), Emma Carter (Liz), Eliza Hunt (Q), Alice Selwyn (Mags), Julia Watson (T)

Directed by TBTL Associate Director Liz Stevenson; Designed by Louie Whitemore

Lighting Designer: Chris Davey; Composer and Sound Designer: Ed Lewis

When Maggie met the Queen
Tea at four
Handbags at dawn

Two icons, one destined to rule, the other to lead. But when the gloves came off, who had the upper hand? Moira Buffini’s sensational comedy looks behind the closed doors of the palace to speculate what really happened when two of the most powerful women in the world clashed.

This funny, insightful and brilliantly sharp satire was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2015 and went on to be a West End smash hit.

Moira Buffini’s plays include Women, Power & Politics for the Tricycle Theatre, wonder.land, Welcome To Thebes and Dinner for the National Theatre, Dying For It (adapted from Nicolai Erdman’s The Suicide) and Marianne Dreams (adapted from Catherine Storr’s book) for the Almeida Theatre, A Vampire Story for NT Connections, Loveplay for the RSC, Silence for Birmingham Rep (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), Gabriel for Soho Theatre  (LWT Plays On Stage Award and the Meyer

Whitworth Award), Blavatsky’s Tower for the Machine Room, and Jordan with Anna Reynolds for the Gate (Writers Guild Award for Best Fringe Play). For television, her work includes Harlots; and her screenplays include Viceroy’s House, Tamara Drewe directed by Stephen Frears, Jane Eyre directed

by Cary Fukanaga, and Byzantium directed by Neil Jordan. She recently directed her first short film,

Father.

Associate Director of Theatre by the Lake Liz Stevenson directs. As a director, her work includes How My Light is Spent (Royal Exchange, Sherman Theatre, Theatre by the Lake), Barbarians (Young Vic, Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre), The Gap and Talking Down (The Gap project, Halle St. Peter’s), We are the Multitude (24:7 Theatre Festival), The Dumb Waiter (Lee Rosy’s Nottingham), The Match (Liverpool Write Now Festival), Beef (Edinburgh Festival), The Country (Blackburn Empire), and Orphans, Rope, Road (Nottingham New Theatre & NSDF). She was the winner of the JMK Young Director Award 2015 and has worked as an assistant director at the Royal Exchange, Hampstead Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Menier Chocolate Factory and Gate Theatre.

Pre-show talk on Mon 19 June at 5.45pm. Free entry but booking essential.

STUDIO

A THEATRE BY THE LAKE & JERMYN STREET THEATRE CO-PRODUCTION

MISS JULIE

by August Strindberg in a new adaptation by Howard Brenton

Cast: Charlotte Hamblin (Miss Julie), James Sheldon (Jean), Izabella Urbanowicz (Christine)

Directed by Tom Littler; Designed by Louie Whitemore

Lighting Designer: Jo Town; Composer and Sound Designer: Max Pappenheim

30 June – 3 November

Press night: 4 July

Midsummer’s Eve, Sweden. A night when the sun doesn’t set. A night of drinking and dancing. A night to break the rules.

When Julie finds herself alone on her father’s estate, she throws caution to the wind and gate-crashes the servants’ party. In the sultry heat of that long, light night, she finds herself in a dangerous tryst with her father’s manservant, Jean. What begins as a flirtatious game, as the two vie for power, slowly descends into a savage fight for survival.

Miss Julie was written at a time of industrial and social unrest, a ground-breaking masterpiece that still provokes and shocks audiences today. Award-winning playwright Howard Brenton brings Strindberg’s genius to life in this brilliant new adaptation. The production transfers to London’s Jermyn Street Theatre following its run in Keswick.

Johan August Strindberg (1849 – 1912) was a Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and painter. His principal works for the stage include Creditors, The Father, A Dream Play, The Ghost Sonata and The Dance of Death.

Howard Brenton’s many plays include Christie in Love (Portable Theatre, 1969), REVENGE (Theatre Upstairs, 1969), Magnificence (Royal Court Theatre, 1973), The Churchill Play (Nottingham Playhouse, 1974 twice revived by the RSC 1978 and 1988), Bloody Poetry (Foco Novo 1984 and The Royal Court Theatre, 1987), Weapons Of Happiness (National Theatre, winner of the Evening Standard Award 1976), Epsom Downs (Joint Stock Theatre, 1977), Sore Throats (RSC, 1978), The Romans In Britain (National Theatre, 1980, revived Sheffield Crucible Theatre 2006), Thirteenth Night (RSC, 1981), The Genius (1983), Greenland (1988) and Berlin Bertie (1992) all presented by the Royal Court, Kit’s Play (RADA Jerwood Theatre, 2000), Paul (National Theatre 2005, nominated for the Olivier Award, 2006), In Extremis (Shakespeare’s Globe, 2006), The Ragged Trousered Philantropists (Chichester Festival Theatre/ Liverpool Everyman, 2010) and Anne Boleyn (Shakespeare’s Globe and UK Tour 2010/2011 – winner of Best New Play at the 2011 Whatsonstage Awards). In 2013, his play 55 Days, directed by Howard Davies and starring Mark Gatiss, played to wide critical and popular acclaim at Hampstead Theatre, shortly followed by his play Drawing The Line. He also adapted the two parts of Strindberg’s The Dance of Death into one play called Dances of Death, which opened at the Gate Theatre in 2013. In 2014, his play Doctor Scroggy’s War opened at the Shakespeare’s Globe, and his piece Ransomed made up part of Salisbury Playhouse’s Magna Carta Festival showcase.

Tom Littler was appointed Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre in 2017. He was previously Artistic Director of Primavera, a company specialising in revivals of forgotten classics, from 2006-16. He was also Associate Director of new writing venue Theatre503 from 2012-16, and Associate Director of the Peter Hall Company for three years. Recent work includes the world premiere of Howard Brenton’s new version of Strindberg’s Dances of Death (Gate Theatre), Good Grief (Theatre Royal Bath and national tour), A Little Night Music (Menier Chocolate Factory / Central Theatre Budapest), Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, The Wind in the Willows and As You Like It (Guildford Shakespeare Company), As You Like It (Creation), Merit, Martine, Jingo (Finborough Theatre), Murder in the Cathedral (Oxford Playhouse / Christ Church Cathedral), The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Glass Menagerie, Other Desert Cities, Strangers on a Train (Frankfurt) and Absurd Person Singular (Mill at Sonning). At Jermyn Street Theatre, his productions include the first major revivals of Terence Rattigan’s First Episode, Graham Greene’s The Living Room, Stephen Sondheim’s Anyone Can Whistle, Howard Brenton’s Bloody Poetry, and the first UK revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Saturday Night, which subsequently transferred to the West End.

The production contains scenes of a sexual nature.

Pre-show talk on Mon 3 July at 5.45pm. Free entry but booking essential.

MAIN HOUSE

A THEATRE BY THE LAKE & SHARED EXPERIENCE CO-PRODUCTION

AS YOU LIKE IT

by William Shakespeare

7 July – 4 November

Press night: 11 July

Cast: Layo-Christina Akinlude (Celia/Jaques De Boys), Adam Buchanan ( Charles/Silvius/Sir Oliver Martext), Matthew Darcy (Oliver/Amiens/Audrey), Josie Dunn (Phebe), Nathan Hamilton (Orlando), Jessica Hayles (Rosalind), Richard Keightley (Jacques/Le Beau), Matthew Mellalieu (Touchstone/Adam), Alex Parry (Duke Frederick/Duke Senior/ Corin)

Directed by Kate Saxon; Designed by Libby Watson
Lighting Designer: Chris Davey; Composer and Sound Designer: Richard Hammarton

Shakespeare’s poetic and irresistibly funny comedy of mistaken identity and love.
Set in the modern world of alternative facts and fiercely jealous leaders, the young Rosalind and her friend Celia find themselves pawns in a power struggle. Together they decide to flee the city and its politics for the forest where they discover a countryside wonderland of peace and harmony. Disguised as a boy, Rosalind meets Orlando and, amidst the intoxicating atmosphere of the forest, counsels him in the art of love.

One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies with the most witty and wise-cracking heroine of them all, As You Like It is transformed in a bold new production by Kate Saxon.

An exciting collaboration with Shared Experience, the award-winning theatre company lauded for their visually dynamic storytelling whose iconic productions include Mill on the Floss and Jane Eyre.

Following performances at Theatre by the Lake, the production embarks on a UK tour in November 2017.

Kate Saxon directs. She has directed over 35 theatre productions, including the world première of John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman, which opened in the US and then transferred to the UK, the first revival of Susan Glaspell’s Chains Of Dew, The Real Thing (West Yorkshire Playhouse), and the US première of Nine Parts of Desire at The Public, New York. She was Associate Director of Shared Experience Theatre, working with Artistic Directors Nancy Meckler and Polly Teale from 2000 – 2012. Currently, she is working with Jess Swale, developing her new play The Mission, for Chichester Festival Theatre. For television, her work includes EastEnders. She was Voice Director on Paramount’s Animated feature film, Capture The Flag, which won the Goya Award for Best Animated Film 2016. She is developing a new film by Samuel Evans, working title Hold Me. She is currently Co-Chair of Stage Directors UK, alongside Jeremy Herrin.

Pre-show talk on Mon 10 July at 5.45pm. Free entry but booking essential.

STUDIO

A THEATRE BY THE LAKE PRODUCTION

REMARKABLE INVISIBLE

by Laura Eason

Cast: Matt Addis (Christopher), Ian Barritt (Peter), Eliza Hunt (Helen), Alice Selwyn (Astrid)

Directed by Zoë Waterman; Designed by Bronia Housman
Lighting Designer: Jo Town; Sound Designer and Composer: Ed Lewis

11 August – 4 November

Press night: 15 August

“He wouldn’t be the first misguided, self-delusional genius. So smart and so dumb.”

Peter Solverson is an ageing academic who cannot let go of his work and his dreams of making a scientific breakthrough.

When his grown up children return home to help their parents downsize, their final hours in the family home bring long buried tensions to the surface and accusations, secrets, and bitter truths spill out.

This rich and compelling new play from award-winning writer Laura Eason is a resonant American family drama exploring the complex joy, love, and disappointments anyone with a family will recognize.

Laura Eason is the author of twenty plays including The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, Sex With Strangers, 40 Days, Rewind, Area of Rescue and They All Fall Down, and adaptations of Around the World in 80 Days and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Eason is also a writer for the Emmy award-winning Netflix series, House of Cards.

Zoë Waterman directs. For the company, her theatre work includes Enlightenment, Shining City and The Bogus Woman (also UK tour). Her other credits include The Rubenstein Kiss, Amy’s View, After Miss Julie (Nottingham Playhouse), Swan Song: an evening of music and song (Swan Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company), The Promise (New Wimbledon Theatre Studio), Philistines (RWCMD), The Lark, Blackshirts, The Europeans (East 15), Blue Stockings, 13, Arcadia, The Laramie Project (Arts Educational School) and A Kind of Alaska (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Assistant directing includes 2012–13 at the Royal Shakespeare Company, including assisting Gregory Doran on The Orphan of Zhao. She was the recipient of the New Wimbledon Theatre’s Emerging Directors Award 2007.

The production contains strong language.

Pre-show talk on Mon 14 August at 5.45pm. Free entry but booking essential.

Casting for the Summer Season is by: Ellie Collyer-Bristow

Theatre by the Lake                                                                                                                                 Listings

Lakeside, Keswick CA12 5DJ

Box office: 017687 74411

www.theatrebythelake.com

@tbtlake

 Performance times

Monday – Saturday – 7:30pm

Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday matinees– 2:00pm

Ticket prices: £10-£36

Jermyn Street Theatre set to become producing house as Tom Littler’s first season is announced

Miss Julie
Miss  Julie

Miss Julie

In a major shift of artistic policy, Tom Littler today announced the relaunch of Jermyn Street Theatre as a producing theatre as he reveals his first season as artistic director. Having previously operated as a receiving house, producing one or two productions a year over the 23 years of its history, from this autumn the theatre will produce its own work, and collaborate with regional theatres and other companies on co-productions.

Littler’s first season opens with the world premiere of Howard Brenton’s The Blinding Light, a specially commissioned drama about the life of August Strindberg. This will be followed by the world premiere of Judith Burnley’s Anything That Flies, directed by rising star Alice Hamilton. Littler’s production of Miss Julie, in a new version by Brenton, will play in November, following its run at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick. A co-production with the English Theatre Frankfurt of The Hound of the Baskervilles, directed by Lotte Wakeham, plays in December. Throughout the autumn are a number of literary and gala events on Sunday evenings.

Littler is also launching a major fundraising campaign to raise £300,000 over his first year, of which the first £70,000 has been secured.

Littler said:
“Jermyn Street Theatre is an arthouse jewel in the West End’s crown. Over the next few years, our audiences will see outstanding plays and musicals – both revivals and new writing. In this tiny, magical theatre, you can see great actors up-close. Our work will be bolder and more ambitious than ever before. It will be intellectually curious, international, and liberal in outlook: plays to make you think, laugh, and cry.”

Howard Brenton said:
“Jermyn Street Theatre is a tiny furnace of theatrical invention, radiating its influence way beyond its size. It’s a delight to have been commissioned to write the first play of Tom Littler’s first season as Artistic Director. Tom and I share an obsession with the great and still controversial Swedish playwright, August Strindberg – he’s directed versions I’ve made of The Dance of Death and Miss Julie.”

Penny Horner,  Executive Director said
After four brilliant years, we are sad to say goodbye to Anthony Biggs, but excited to welcome Tom Littler as our new Artistic Director. For the past 23 years we have been a home to outstanding plays and musicals in the middle of the West End. We are very excited to be working with Tom as this new chapter begins, and look forward to celebrating our 25th birthday in 2019 as a thriving producing theatre.”

The ESCAPE season explores what it means to run away: to escape from reality; to flee your country; to break the rules; or to let danger roam free.

The season opens with the world premiere of Howard Brenton’s The Blinding Light, a Jermyn Street Theatre commission, opening on 12th September with previews from Wednesday 6th September. The Blinding Light is about Strindberg’s notorious breakdown in Paris in 1896, which he called his ‘Inferno period’. Abandoning theatre, living a life of squalid splendour, Strindberg practices alchemy. In his hotel room he attempts to make gold by finding the philosopher’s stone, the secret of creation. As his grasp of reality weakens his first two wives visit him to bring him to his senses. But their interventions spin out of control. And – are they really his wives at all? Tom Littler directs this Jermyn Street Theatre production.

The world premiere of Anything That Flies, by Judith Burnley, opening on Friday 20th October with previews fromWednesday 18th October, directed by rising star Alice Hamilton, acclaimed for her productions of Barney Norris’s plays. Anything That Flies is set in London in 1991 just after the fall of the Berlin Wall. When a German carer arrives to look after an elderly Jewish emigré, their developing relationship uncovers a past of secrets and lies. Burnley’s play is a powerful exploration of the lives of refugees and those who find themselves ‘citizens of nowhere’. This is a Jermyn Street Theatre production.

The world premiere of Howard Brenton’s version of Strindberg’s Miss Julie opens on Wednesday 15th November, with a preview on Tuesday 14th November. This is the first revival of Miss Julie in the West End since 2000. Tom Littler directs Charlotte Hamblin, James Sheldon, and Izabella Urbanowicz in Strindberg’s drama, set on Midsummer’s Eve in Sweden in 1888. In the kitchen of a country house, Miss Julie, a young aristocrat, embarks on a dangerous game of seduction and power-play with her father’s manservant. This is a co-production between Jermyn Street Theatre and Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, where the production opens on 4th July.

The season concludes with a riotous production of The Hound of the Baskervilles, in an adaptation, originally created for Peepolykus, opening on Friday 8th December with previews from Wednesday 6th December. Just three actors play a host of characters – sometimes at very high speed – to tell Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic Sherlock Holmes story. Lotte Wakeham, associate director of the RSC’s Matilda, directs this co-production between Jermyn Street Theatre and English Theatre Frankfurt, the largest English-language theatre in mainland Europe.

Sundays see a range of theatrical and literary events. These include a new one-woman show based on the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy, Wife, performed by the Poet Laureate’s daughter, Ella Duffy (29th October), Posting Letters to the Moon featuring Simon Williams and Lucy Fleming reading the letters of Fleming’s parents Celia Johnson and Peter Fleming (Sunday 19th November), readings from Lord Wavell’s iconic 1944 poetry collection Other Men’s Flowers(Sunday 26th November), and a star-studded fundraising gala with the charity Give a Book (Sunday 10th December).


Previews and Ticketing

Subscription pricing is available: patrons booking for all four productions will receive their fourth ticket for free.
Each production will have 100 £10 tickets available for under-30s.
All preview tickets will be priced at £15.
The season goes on sale 1st August.

New Appointments

Littler announced new appointments to the Jermyn Street Theatre team:
·       The two founders of the theatre, Penny Horner and Howard Jameson, continue as Executive Director and Chair of the Board.
·       Stella Powell-Jones, a rising star in the New York theatre scene, where she ran a repertory theatre with Eve Best, joins as Deputy Director, sponsored by the Carne Trust.
·       Julia Mucko joins as Resident Producer.
·       Tom McClane-Williamson joins as Trainee Director on a placement from Birkbeck College.
·       Natasha Rickman, founder of Women at RADA, joins as Artistic Associate.

Casting and Employment

Littler has committed Jermyn Street Theatre to a 50/50 equal representation policy. Across each year of work, women will make up at least 50% of all performers and backstage teams. He has also re-committed the theatre to the Equity Fringe Agreement, which guarantees that all performers will be paid a fair and legal wage

LISTINGS DETAILS
Jermyn Street Theatre

16b Jermyn Street,

London
SW1Y 6ST

Box office
0207 287 2875
and online at
www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk <http://www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk>

The Blinding Light by Howard Brenton
September 6 to October 14
Press night September 12
Shows 7.30 and Saturday mats 3.30pm

Anything That Flies by Judith Burnley
October 18 to November 11
Press night October 20
Shows 7.30 and Saturday mats 3.30pm

Miss Julie by August Strindberg in an adaptation by Howard Brenton
November 14 to December 2
Press night November 14
Shows 7.30 and Saturday mats 3.30pm

The Hound of The Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle in an adaptation by Peepolykus
December 6 to 20
Gala night December 8
Shows 7.30 and Saturday mats 3.30pm & Sunday 17th Dec Mat 3.30pm

Miss Julie at Theatre by the Lake
30 June – 3 November
Press night Tue 4 July, 7.30pm
Press – Kate Morley – +44 207 299 4300