Robert Fox and Alex Turner, in association with Park Theatre, Present The UK Première of Martin Sherman’s Gently Down The Stream – marking the playwright’s 80th birthday year

Gently Down the Stream
Gently Down the Stream

Gently Down the Stream

Robert Fox and Alex Turner, in association with Park Theatre, present the UK première of Martin Sherman’s new play Gently Down The Stream, following a critically acclaimed run at the Public Theater in New York. The production opens at Park Theatre on 18 February 2019, with previews from 13 February, running until 16 March.

This passionate new play by Olivier and Tony Award nominee Martin Sherman makes its UK debut 40 years after his celebrated modern classic Bent, which subsequently became a major film directed by Olivier and Tony Award nominee Sean Mathias, who directs this production of Gently Down The Stream, marking Martin Sherman’s 80th birthday.

The play follows the remarkably moving and brilliantly funny love story of Beau, an older American pianist living in London, and Rufus, an eccentric young lawyer. Coming of age during the 70s, Beau’s attitude to love has been seasoned by a life of loving men in a world that initially refused to allow it. Not looking for a long-term relationship, Beau is naturally cautious when Rufus unexpectedly enters his world.  However, while the age gap feels unorthodox to Beau, it is immaterial to Rufus, who is from a new generation of gay men. Rufus has none of Beau’s doubts about the possibility of attaining happiness and love in the 21st Century and as he assimilates himself into Beau’s past and present, Beau learns to embrace Rufus as one of the most defining relationships of his life.

As generations intertwine, Gently Down The Stream reveals the journey of gay history and celebrates the men and women who led the way for equality, marriage and the right to dream.

 Martin Sherman was born in Philadelphia in 1938. His early plays include Passing By, Cracks and Rio Grande, all presented by Playwrights Horizons in New York. His play Bent was first presented at the Royal Court with Ian McKellen, then on Broadway with Richard Gere, revived at the National Theatre, again with Ian McKellen, and in the West End with Alan Cumming. It has since been performed in over sixty countries. Later plays include Messiah, A Madhouse in Goa, When She Danced (the last two starring Vanessa Redgrave in the West End), Some Sunny Day and OnassisRosepremièred at the National Theatre, with Olympia Dukakis, before transferring to Broadway. He wrote the book for the musical The Boy From Oz. His screenplays include The Summer House, Alive and Kicking, Bent, The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone and Mrs Henderson Presents. He has been nominated for two Tonys, two Oliviers and two BAFTAS.

Sean Mathias is a theatre director, film director and writer. He has worked at the National Theatre, the West End, the Kennedy Centre, The Mark Taper Forum, Off-Broadway and many times on Broadway, as well as Paris, Sydney, Cape Town, Johannesburg, San Francisco and extensively in the UK. He has written a number of plays including the award winning A Prayer for Wings, and the screenplay for the award-winning BBC film The Lost Language of Cranes. In 2009/2010 Mathias was the Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Haymarket and his legendary production of Waiting for Godot played two seasons at the theatre, as well as touring the UK and internationally. In 2013 he directed and co-produced Two Plays in Rep, comprising Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Pinter’s No Man’s Land on Broadway at the Cort Theatre. His production of No Man’s Land, starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, was the highest grossing play in the history of the Wyndham’s Theatre. He has won multiple awards including the Standard Award, the Critics’ Circle Award, a Fringe First at Edinburgh and the Prix de la Jeunesse at Cannes.

Age guidance 14+

Listings                                                                                                                         Gently Down the Stream

Park Theatre

Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP

Box Office: 020 7870 6876*

Mon – Sat from 10am – 6pm (excluding Sunday and public holidays)

In person: Tue, Wed, Fri from 3pm – 8pm and Thu and Sat from 12pm – 8pm

Mon & Sun closed (tickets can be purchased from the ground floor cafe bar during opening times)

* No booking fee online. Telephone booking fee applies.


Previews £18.50

Standard £18.50 – £32.50

Performances: Mon – Sat Evening 19.30, Thu & Sat Matinees 15.00

Concessions are available, for further information, please see the website (£16.50 – £23.50)

Groups – Buy 10 tickets, get the 11th free

Captioned performance: 15 March at 7.30pm

Twitter: @GentlyThePlay

Park Theatre new season announced

Jez Bond
Jez Bond

Jez Bond

Park Theatre today announced their new July – December 2018 season. Featuring a mix of new and existing writing, the season includes six World Premieres, one UK Premiere, three celebrated revivals and a brace of homegrown productions, two of which have been developed through Park Theatre’s Script Accelerator programme.

In response to customer demand, Park Theatre have also introduced Monday performances across a majority of shows in the new season and introduced a new Park200 pricing structure that includes a wider range of pricing with a new band C rate and a single access concession.

Artistic Director Jez Bond says: “I’m excited to be presenting a season which includes two in-house shows in Park200, and two shows that we’ve supported through our Script Accelerator programme in Park90 – where we’ll be exploring the sometimes challenging, but wonderfully told, stories about our mental health and wellbeing. It’s heartening to be able to present so many plays which at their heart are simply wonderful, engaging stories which deal with many themes – race, mental health, dementia, FGM – that are so pertinent in today’s society. We’ve further increased our range of access performances, we’ve added Monday evening shows and we’ve created more dynamic ticket pricing, with three bands, and lower priced tickets across certain performances to balance a small increase at the top end.”

The world premiere of black comedy End Of The Pier by Danny Robins opens the new season in PARK200, as Les Dennis stars alongside Blake Harrison, Nitin Ganatra and Tala Gouveia as a former comedy presenter and national treasure thrust back into the limelight, at the centre of a media frenzy. A revival of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice follows, with the beloved story of a timid but brilliant singer led by real life mother and daughter Sally George and Rafaella Hutchinson. Karen Archer stars as a brilliant neurologist studying dementia who develops the condition herself, in the world premiere of psychological thriller The Other Place.Joanna Murray-Smith’s unflinching portrait of what happens when a secure marriage suddenly stalls comes next, in a revival of Honour. Park Theatre also provides the Shakespeare Schools Foundation a platform on the main stage, with a series of unique abridged Shakespeare productions by local schools in Shakespeare Schools Festival. A revival of J.M. Barrie’s original 1904 play of Peter Pan closes the PARK200 season, as the family favourite from Neverland takes flight on stage.

Alkaline by Stephanie Martin commences the new PARK90 season, in a home-grown production from Park Theatre’s Script Accelerator programme about a woman who converts to Islam for her soon to be husband, and the effects this has on her relationship with her best friend. The world premiere of Spiral tells the story of two troubled women, exploring issues surrounding teen runaways, abuse and bullying. Distance follows, with the only male-directed play in PARK90’s season shining a light on male depression and suicide (the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK) with the story of Stephen: a man trying to make sense of his world. During Black History Month, Bullet Hole takes a stark look at female genital mutilation through the eyes of three Londoners, as their different cultures and backgrounds come together. A Pupil follows the story of Simona, a disgraced former violinist preparing to end her life, who is persuaded to tutor an aspiring musician, throwing her plans into disarray. Ending the season is Dialektikon, which follows the story of Miranda as she delves into the underworlds.


11 July – 11 August 2018

Park Theatre presents the World Premiere of


By Danny Robins
Cast: Les Dennis, Nitin Ganatra, Tala Gouveia and Blake Harrison

Press Night: Mon 16 Jul, 7pm

Times: Evenings Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Thu & Sat 3pm
Parents & Babies: Mon 23 Jul 1pm

Captioned: Fri 10 Aug 7.30pm

‘I used to dream of people remembering my jokes. Now I just wish they’d forget.’

Bobby was once a household name with 20 million TV viewers – but now the laughter has faded. Resigned to a life of solitude and second-rate panto performances, his glory days are behind him. When Michael, the nation’s favourite comedian, arrives at his door asking desperately for help to save his career, Bobby is unwillingly thrown into the limelight once again. A dark question lurks behind the laughs: What if, inside, you’re not the person everyone thinks you are?

Les Dennis has had an extensive TV career and is well known for his role in Coronation Street and as the host of Family Fortunes. Blake Harrison (TheInbetweeners), soap star Nitin Ganatra and Tala Gouveia star alongside.

End of the Pier is a powerful new black comedy from acclaimed writer Danny Robins (Rudy’s Rare Records, starring Lenny Henry at Hackney Empire and on Radio 4, and Radio 4’s The Cold Swedish Winter).

All comedy needs victims, Bobby. It was just your turn’

15 August – 15 September 2018

Land of Green Ginger and Ann Pinnington Productions in association with Park Theatre present


Written by Jim Cartwright

Directed by Tom Latter

Designed by Jacob Hughes

Cast includes: Sally George, Rafaella Hutchinson and Jamie Rose Monk

Press Night: Tue 21 Aug, 7pm

Times: Evenings Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Thu & Sat 3pm
Captioned: Wed 5 Sep, 7.30pm

 “You have lights. I have voices.”

A timid and brilliant young woman, Little Voice has a hidden talent – she can sing like the greatest divas of the 20th Century.

Living a lonely life in a northern town, all she wants is to feel safe in her room with her records. No chance with mother Mari on the rampage – she’s after booze, a man, a greasy breakfast, and a working phoneline.

When local impresario Ray forces Little Voice into the spotlight, her transformation astounds everyone. Then the battle between mother and daughter truly erupts.

Funny, brutal, beautiful and sad, Jim Cartwright’s timeless and ultimately uplifting tale is a comic tragedy about finding your voice in a noisy world.

19 September – 20 October 2018
A Park Theatre and Theatre by the Lake co-production and UK Premiere in association with Abinger Productions


By Sharr White
Directed by Claire van Kampen
Cast includes: Karen Archer

Press Night: Mon 24 Sep, 7pm

Times: Evenings Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Thu & Sat 3pm

Captioned: Fri 12 Oct, 7.30pm

Parents & Babies: Thu 18 Oct, 1pm

Confident, intelligent and highly successful neurologist Juliana Smithton is at the top of her game.

But while delivering a lecture to a roomful of doctors, she’s interrupted by a series of disturbing events… With her husband filing for divorce and her health in the balance, Juliana’s life suddenly starts unravelling.

As details emerge of a ten-year-old mystery, fact blurs with fiction, the past collides with the present, secrets are spilled and slowly the elusive and shocking truth is revealed.

Nothing is as it seems in the UK Premiere of Sharr White’s brilliantly crafted and emotionally charged psychological thriller.

25 October – 24 November 2018

Tiny Fires in association with Park Theatre presents


Written by Joanna Murray-Smith

Directed by Paul Robinson

Press Night: Tue 30 Oct, 7pm

Times: Evenings Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Thu & Sat 3pm
Captioned: Wed 21 Nov, 7.30pm

“Sometimes one craves something for years – for years – and one just defers from – from acting on it…”

For Honor and George, the arrival of the self-assured Claudia threatens to wreck a 32-year marriage. But as the power balance starts to shift, the husband, wife, daughter and mistress together must face the fundamental question – what is love?

Often compared to David Hare’s Skylight and Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, Honour paints an unflinching portrait of what happens when a secure marriage suddenly stalls, and when the opportunity arises for one life to be revived at the expense of another. Staged in-the-round, immerse yourself in this poignant and gripping revival!

27 November – 28 November 2018

Shakespeare Schools Foundation in association with Park Theatre presents


Created by Shakespeare Schools Foundation

Times: 7pm

Shakespeare Schools Foundation is proud to present the world’s largest youth drama festival at Park Theatre.

This exhilarating evening will feature a series of unique abridged Shakespeare productions by local schools.

See Shakespeare’s timeless stories brought to life like never before, and support young people from your community as they take to the stage.

Details of the schools performing at the Park Theatre can also be found on SSF’s website:

Shakespeare Schools Foundation is a cultural education charity, transforming lives through the unique power of Shakespeare. Their annual Festival provides a platform for up to 30,000 young people to express themselves and grow in confidence as they take to a professional stage. This year, they mark their 18thbirthday with a Season of Democracy, in which young people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities have been finding their ‘voice’ in their school rehearsal room, culminating in a thrilling night of theatre.

5 December 2018 – 5 January 2019

Damien Tracey Productions and Park Theatre present


The original J.M. Barrie play

Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle

Press Night: Fri 7 Dec, 7pm

Times: Evenings Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees selected Thu & Sat 3pm, school matinees Tue & Thu. See full schedule online.
Relaxed: Fri 21 Dec 13.30,

Audio Described: Sat 5 Jan, 3pm (Touch Tour, 1.30pm)

“Come with me Wendy; I’ll teach you to fly, we’ll jump on the wind’s back and then away to Neverland.”

In 1904, J.M. Barrie premiered one of the greatest adventures to ever play on a theatrical stage. Filled with mermaids, pirates and fairies, lost boys and crocodiles, this is the stunning original story of the boy who could fly.

With the help of a little sprinkle of fairy dust, Peter Pan will be a thrilling theatrical treat this Christmas.

The multi-award nominated Damien Tracey Productions is delighted to be joining forces with Park Theatre to bring the stunning original J.M. Barrie text to the London stage once more. Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle whose production of Hair (The Vaults) won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Production and Pippin(Southwark Playhouse), nominated for 11 Off West End Awards.

So join us, young and old, and take your seats on the shores of Neverland for what’s sure to be an awfully big adventure.


10 July – 4 August 2018

pluck. productions in association with Park Theatre presents the World Premiere of


Written by Stephanie Martin

Directed by Sarah Meadows

Press Night: Fri 13 Jul, 7pm

Times: Evenings Tue – Sat 7.45pm, Matinees Thu & Sat 3.15pm

Parents and Babies: Tue 31 Jul, 1pm

Audio Described: Thu 2 Aug, 7.45pm (Touch Tour, 6pm)

“Their hot, angry, confused eyes nervously glancing up at my headscarf, as if they could catch something. Why don’t you like it? Why do you care?”

Sophie and Sarah have been friends since secondary school, but when Sarah converts to Islam and announces her engagement to a married man, their friendship is shaken to the core.

Alkaline is a play about rebellion, faith and fear. Where does our duty lie? Do we ever dare to be different?

7 August – 1 September 2018

Veritas Theatre Company in association with Park Theatre presents the World Premiere of


Written by Abigail Hood

Designer Nomi Everall

Cast includes Abigail Hood and Jasper Jacob

Press Night: Wed 8 Aug, 7pm

Times: Evenings Mon – Sat 7.45pm, Matinees Thu & Sat 3.15pm
Captioned: Tue 28 Aug, 7.45pm

London, 2018. A bedsit. A young woman in trouble. A bridge. A missing teenager – and parents searching for answers.

This dark, compelling story looks at the damage that happens when you can’t trust the people you love. Whilst a young woman is pushed to the edge of what she can bear, a teenager inexplicably disappears, and a family is left in turmoil.

Do we really know the people we are closest to? Does our past shape our future? Can other people save us? Or must we save ourselves?

5 September – 29 September 2018

Fine Line Productions in association with Rough Fiction and Park Theatre present the World Premiere of


Written by Alex McSweeney

Directed by Simon Pittman

Press Night: Fri 7 Sep, 7pm

Times: Evenings Mon – Sat 7.45pm, Matinees Thu & Sat 3.15pm
Relaxed: Sat 22 Sep, 3.15pm

Audio Described: Fri 28 Sep, 7.45pm (Touch Tour 6pm)

 “The distance between us can grow without taking a single step.”

A complex recent past and a fragile present collide, as Steven tries to make sense of his world. We accelerate headlong into his chaotic and troubled inner life, as an everyday encounter unravels into something disturbing and unrestrained.

Fine Line Productions (Out Of The Cage) return to Park Theatre with a physically dynamic, technically bold portrayal of the mind, bringing you an urgent and darkly funny examination of the impact of mental illness.

This play was developed as part of the Park Theatre Script Accelerator programme.

2 October – 27 October 2018

Freedom Tongues & Naiad Productions in association with Park Theatre present


Written by Gloria Williams

Directed by Lara Genovese

Press Night: Fri 5 Oct, 7pm

Times: Evenings Mon – Sat 7.45pm, Matinees Thu & Sat 3.15pm
Captioned: Fri 26 Oct, 7.45pm

“So I finally got my gift. Gifts are meant to be opened, right?”

Young Londoner Cleo was given her ‘gift’ at age seven – except that ‘gift’ left her with type 3 Female Genital Mutilation.

How can Cleo love her body when she has been scarred by her husband in a brutal sexual assault? Finding strength after this hideous act, Cleo resolves to go against her family’s wishes and seek reversal surgery. On her journey of healing, Celo meets Eve, a fellow FGM victim who is instantly drawn to her…

A story of hope, love and human rights played by an all-female cast.

Shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Audience Award 2017.

31 October – 24 November 2018

Bear Trap and Kosky Productions in association with Park Theatre present the World Premiere of


Written by Jesse Briton

Directed by Jessica Daniels
Composed by Colin Sell

Press Night: Mon 5 Nov, 7pm

Times: Evenings Mon – Sat 7.45pm, Matinees Thu & Sat 3.15pm
Dementia Friendly: Thu 15 Nov, 1pm

Audio Described: Fri 23 Nov, 7.45pm(Touch Tour, 6pm)

In a dilapidated North London bedsit, Simona, a disgraced former violinist, is preparing to end her life. The surprise arrival of Ye, an aspiring musician and wealthy heiress, throws her plans into disarray.

Together the pair embark on a series of lessons that will test the limits of friendship, music and success.

From multi award-winning writer Jesse Briton (Bound) comes a new play, directed by Jessica Daniels (Resident Director, Girl from the North Country); featuring live classical music and original compositions by Colin Sell (Radio 4).

This play was developed as part of the Park Theatre Script Accelerator programme.

6 December – 29 December 2018

Ex Nihilo Theatre Group in association with Park Theatre presents World Premiere of


Written by Jacky Ivimy

Directed by Adébayo Bolaji

Composed by Kate Luxmoore
Designed by Karl Robertshaw
Puppetry by Jenny Dee

Press Night: Mon 10 Dec, 7pm

Times: Evenings Mon – Sat 7.45pm, Matinees Thu & Sat 3.15pm

Parents & Babies: Fri 28 Dec, 1pm

A dragon’s roar wakes Miranda into a fantastical lost world. The idol Moloch rules over heaps of treasure and weapons as great voices from the past cry out to Miranda to right the wrongs of an angry Earth. Led by Ayida Wedo, mysterious spirit guide, can she find her own wisdom and the courage to escape from this black mirror world of greed and war without falling for the wiles of the ominous Servant?

A deliciously dark ‘down-the-rabbit-hole’ tale, a play of ideas to add sparkle to your winter evenings.


 E.M. Forster’s A Passage To India adapted for the stage at Park Theatre

A Passage To India
A Passage To India

A Passage To India

One of the great novels of the twentieth century, E. M. Forster’s A Passage to India is vividly re-imagined by award-winning ensemble simple8, in a co-production with Royal & Derngate, Northampton.  The press night will be Thursday 22 February, at 7pm.

How can we love each other in a world divided by race, power and religion?

This question at the heart of A Passage to India challenges us today just as it did a hundred years ago. With their new adaptation of Forster’s masterpiece and a diverse company of fourteen, simple8 finds in the past a mirror for our own divided times, carefully re-imagining this ground-breaking novel for contemporary Britain.

Multi-award-winning simple8 create worlds out of nothing. Rooted in “poor theatre”, this ensemble company creates all atmosphere and setting without extravagant costumes, scenery, props or recorded sound, producing dynamic plays that tackle big ideas. This new approach to Forster’s masterpiece will transport their audience to British India, conjuring up its elephants and trains, courthouses and temples – and the mysterious Marabar Caves – with the simplest of means.

Delighting in spectacle but dispensing with nostalgia and clutter, the production focuses instead on the novel’s beating heart. A Passage to Indiaargues that friendship in a world divided is not possible “yet”; the natural question for us today is: “Is it possible now?”

simple8 seek to address this question in the form of the production itself, the entire spectacle providing a powerful image of different people working together to tell a story, using nothing but their shared imagination.

A Passage to India is adapted and co-directed by Simon Dormandy, whose recent directing work includes co-directing his own adaptation of the Coen Brothers’ film The Hudsucker Proxy (Nuffield, Southampton and Liverpool Playhouse), and directing Julius Caesar (Bristol Old Vic), Luce (Southwark Playhouse) and Waiting for Godot (Arcola Theatre).

Original music is composed and performed live by Kuljit Bhamra MBE, one of the most prolific musicians, composers and producers on the British Asian music scene, having composed and produced over 2000 songs and worked on film scores including A Winter of Love and Bend it Like Beckham. On stage, Kuljit has appeared in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams (Apollo Victoria Theatre) and Bend it Like Beckham(Phoenix Theatre) which he also co-orchestrated.

The cast features Liz Crowther (The Witch of Edmonton, RSC) as Mrs Moore/Ralph, Matthew Douglas (An Inspector Calls, West End) as Callendar, Christopher Doyle (The Playboy of the Western World, Old Vic) as McBryde, Hannah Emanuel (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Arcola Theatre) as Mrs Callendar/Stella, Tibu Fortes (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Globe Theatre) as Hamidullah, Richard Goulding (King Charles III, Almeida, West End and Broadway) as Fielding, Nigel Hastings (Henry VI, Globe Theatre) as Turton, Asif Khan (Handbagged, UK Tour) as Aziz, Edward Killingback (Hay Fever, West End) as Ronny, Ranjit Krishnamma (Behind the Beautiful ForeversNational Theatre) as Godbole/Das, Phoebe Pryce (The Tempest, Globe Theatre) as Adela and Maanuv Thiara (Hamlet, Harold Pinter Theatre) as Mahmoud Ali. Music is performed live by Kuljit Bhamra MBE and Asha McCarthy.

A Passage to India is co-directed by Simon Dormandy and Sebastian Armesto, who has co-directed and co-written all of simple8’s productions to date. The production is designed by Dora Schweitzer, with lighting design by Prema Mehta.



Venue: Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4 3JP

Dates: 20 Feb – 24 Mar 2018

Press night: 22 Feb 2018, 7pm

Age guidance: Suitable for 7+

Performances: Tue – Sat Evenings 7.45pm, Thu & Sat Matinees 3.15pm

Parents & Babies: Wed 21 Mar, 1pm

Prices: Previews £18.50, Tue-Thu & Sat Matinees Standard £20.00 – £29.50, Concessions £18.50 – £22, Child £15, Young Patrons £10 (20 – 27 Feb)
Booking: / 020 7870 6876

*10% telephone booking fee, capped at £2.50 per ticket.


There or Here – New Play to Star Rakhee Thakrar at Park Theatre

There or Here
There or Here

There or Here

The UK Premiere of There or Herefrom the producers of the 2013 hit Yellow Face (Park Theatre/National Theatre transfer), will open the PARK90 2018 season. With a cast that includes Rakhee Thakrar (EastEnders)Jennifer Maisel’s dramatic comedy follows the journey of an inter-racial American couple who return to the country of his roots to outsource their pregnancy. The official press night will be on Thursday 25 January at 7pm.

  1. When illness prevents Robyn and Ajay from having a child of their own, they return to India – the country of Ajay’s birth – to outsource their pregnancy to a local woman.  As they come together to face this next step in their lives, they are unable to be the comfort the other needs.  Through sharp writing and witty observation,There or Here explores what happens when couples forego face-to-face communication in favour of the virtual. Solace is found through strangers on phone sex lines, in IT call centres and at drive-thrus.  Age and location no longer matter as the world moves online, and life becomes outsourced.

The cast includes Rakhee ThakrarChris Nayak, Ursula Mohan, Manish Gandhi and Lucy Fenton.

There or Here was a 2009 PEN West Literary Award finalist. It was also a finalist at the Sundance Theatre Lab (2007) and the O’Neill Theatre Conference (2008). It received its world premiere at the 14th Street Theater in New York on 9 September 2008.

Cast and Creative Team

Chris Nayak as Ajay

Lucy Fenton as Robyn

Manish Gandhi as Rajit/Raj

Rakhee Thakrar as Neera

Ursula Mohan as Ellen/Dr. Vittal

Written by Jennifer Maisel

Directed by Vik Sivalingam

Designed by Vicky Sweatman

Lighting Designed by Robbie Butler

Sound Designed by Nicola Chang

Rakhee Thakrar is best known for playing the character of Shabnam Masood in Eastenders. She also plays the Eighth Doctor’s companion, Bliss, in Big Finish’s Doctor Who: The Time War audio dramas. She was nominated for Best Serial Drama performance at the 2016 National Television Awards. Her theatre credits include: Astronauts Of Hartlepool (Vaults Festival), Lalita’s Big Fat Asian Wedding (Curve Leicester), Pyaar Hai (Rich Mix), Free Booze (Edinburgh Fringe), Retaliation (Peepul Centre), Cervical Monologues (various), Chale Ga Chale Ga (UK tour), Precious Bazaar (UK tour) and Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Phoenix Theatre).

Ursula Mohan’s theatre credits include: You Forgot the Mince (Edinburgh Fringe & UK Tour), King Lear (Tristan Bates Theatre & Union Theatre), Hecuba (Scoop Theatre), Horniman’s Choice (Finborough Theatre), The Veil (National Theatre), Dad’s Army (UK Tour), The Drowsy Chaperone (Gatehouse Theatre), Tango (Royal Shakespeare Company), US (Royal Shakespeare Company), Making Tracks (Scarborough Theatre), Antigone (Greenwich Theatre), The Good Woman of Setzuan(Hampstead Theatre), A Murder is Announced (The Vaudeville), Revenge (Royal Court), Othello (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) The Cenci (Almeida), Bloody Mary (Stratford East) and Scapino (Young Vic).

Chris Nayak’s theatre credits include: King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe), Much Ado About NothingLove’s Labour’s Lost (RSC/ Theatre Royal Haymarket), A Midsummer Night’s DreamMuch Ado About NothingThe Christmas TruceLove’s Labour’s Lost (RSC), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC/ Garsington Opera),Anita and Me (Stratford East), Macbeth (Little Angel Theatre), Leaving Planet Earth (Edinburgh International Festival), The Wind in the WillowsArthur and GeorgeEast is East (Birmingham REP), Invasion! (Soho Theatre), She Stoops to ConquerThe League of Youth (Nottingham Playhouse), Stand Up Diggers All (Pentabus Theatre), Romeo and JulietLisa’s Sex Strike (Northern Broadsides), A Passage to India (Shared Experience), Indian Ink (Salisbury Playhouse), The Marriage of Figaro (Tara Arts), East is East (York Theatre Royal), Mother Goose and the Wolf (Greenwich Theatre) and Punchkin: Enchanter (London Bubble).

Manish Gandhi trained at LAMDA. His theatre credits include: Now We Are Here (Young Vic Theatre), Brown Shakespeare (Efua Theodora Sutherland Drama Studio, Legon-Accra), Rizwan (FTII Pune), Limbo (Prithvi Theatre Mumbai) and Cock (Prithvi Theatre, National Centre of Performing Arts, Mumbai).

Lucy Fenton trained at Drama Centre London. Her theatre credits include: Right of Way (Lost Theatre), Kiss (The White Bear), Little Women (Ingatestone Hall),Tess of the d’Urbervilles (Baron’s Court Theatre), Crime and Punishment (Baron’s Court Theatre), A Man for All Seasons (Empty Space Theatre), Racing Demon(Empty Space Theatre) and The Death of Cuchulain (Edinburgh Fringe).

Director Vik Sivalingam trained on the Arts Council/ Birkbeck, University of London MFA in Theatre Directing. Following this, he became Director in Training at the New Wolsey Theatre from 2005 to 2006, and later in his career was the Resident Assistant Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2008-2011. His credits include works at The Old Vic, The Royal Court, Tricycle Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Sheffield Crucible, the New Wolsey Theatre and Headlong Theatre. He holds a PG Award in Teaching Shakespeare (RSC/ Warwick University) and has worked extensively at drama schools including LAMDA, Rose Bruford College, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Birmingham School of Acting, Arts Educational Schools, East 15 Acting School and WacArts.

New Park Theatre 2018 season revealed

Jez Bond
Jez Bond

Jez Bond

Artistic Director Jez Bond to direct dystopian political thriller Building The Wall, a Park Theatre production and UK Premiere from Pulitzer Prize winning writer

David Haig stars in London premiere of his play Pressure, based on a true wartime story

A new stage adaptation of E. M. Forster’s seminal novel, A Passage To India

UK premiere of Rothschild & Sons, a musical inspired by the famous Banking dynasty

Artistic Director Jez Bond today announced Park Theatre’s new Jan – Jun 2018 season. Featuring five world, European, UK and London premiere productions, Park Theatre continues to build its reputation as a home for new writing and celebrated transfers.

Artistic Director Jez Bond says: “I’m thrilled to be announcing our season for the first half of 2018. In PARK200 we are working with some of the best theatres and producers from across the UK and beyond, from Chichester Festival Theatre to Broadway, bringing world class productions to our stages; as well as producing our next show from America, the politically timely Building The Wall. As ever we’re full to the brim with a majority of new writing premieres in both PARK200 and PARK90. PARK90 celebrates our passion for women on stage and off: with women’s stories and journeys at the heart, and a prevalence of women writers, producers and directors.”

The UK premiere of the musical Rothschild & Sons opens the new season in PARK200, with Broadway songwriters Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock (Fiddler On The Roof) charting the Rothschild family’s rise from poverty to a global banking dynasty with new, never-before-heard songs. A Passage to India follows, as part of an international adaptation of E. M. Forster’s seminal novel set in Imperial India, re-imagined for a contemporary Britain by simple8. Written by and starring David Haig, Pressure is the incredible true story of two allied meteorologists tasked with predicting the perfect weather conditions for General Eisenhower’s D-Day landings in 1944. For the European premiere of Building The Wallfrom Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, Jez Bond directs this political thriller that has already taken America by storm, exploring how the inconceivable can become the inevitable. The world premiere of Monogamy closes the PARK200 season, a new comedy by Torben Betts about living a private life in the public eye.

There or Here commences the new PARK90 season, in the UK premiere production of a new American comedy about outsourcing motherhood, from the producer of Yellow Face (Park Theatre/National Theatre transfer). The London premiere of A Princess Undone is a play inspired by actual events around sensational and potentially damaging royal letters acquired by Princess Margaret. A revival of Philip Ridley’s modern classic exploring hate crime follows, as Robert Chevara directs Vincent River. Inspired by a real court case in the USA, a Chicago teenager is arrested for terrorist collusions when she converts from Christianity to Islam, and is tried by a practicing Muslim, in the UK premiere ofFaceless. Next is a revival of Schism from the lauded playwright and activist Athena Stevens, which charts the unlikely love that forms when Harrison’s suicide plans are dashed by the arrival of a young student with cerebral palsy. Closing the new season in PARK90, Beirut explores a fleeting encounter between two lovers, now divided by a quarantine enforced to protect a future society from a terrifying Sexually Transmitted Disease.


The Revlon Girl comes to Park Theatre following acclaimed run at Edinburgh Festival

The Revlon Girl
The Revlon Girl

The Revlon Girl

Following a critically acclaimed and sell-out tour across Wales last year, The Revlon Girl will come to PARK90 in September after a run at the Edinburgh Festival which is supported by The Arts Council of Wales. Written by composer and writer Neil Anthony Docking, The Revlon Girl is a poignant, heart-breaking and tender new play which explores a terrible episode in Welsh history and tells a story of amazing courage, hope and humour.

Set eight months following the death of 116 children during the Aberfan Disaster of 1966, The Revlon Girl tells the real life story of a group of bereaved mothers who met every week above a local hotel to talk, cry and even laugh without feeling guilty.

At one of their meetings, the women confided how much they felt they’d forgotten about themselves but were too afraid of being judged frivolous to do anything about it. So together they arranged – secretly – for a representative from Revlon to come along one night and give them all a talk on beauty tips.

The Revlon Girl is directed by Maxine Evans, with set design by Eleri Lloyd; lighting design by Chris Barrett and special technical effects by Dan Travers.

Charlotte Gray plays Sian. Her theatre credits include: The Light of Heart, Under Milk Wood, Alan Aykbourn’s Season’s Greetings, A Small Family Business, Taking Steps, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Pygmalion, The Suicide, An Inspector Calls, The Hub and A Write to Rock (for Theatre Clwyd, Cymru), The Gut Girls, Never Fear Love? (Velvet Ensemble) along with A Red Threatening Sky (Foolish People), A Night on the Tiles (Grassroots Productions), The Tree and The One Sea(Atomic 80 Productions Assembly Rooms). Television credits include: Alys (series regular 1&2), Caerdydd, Afel Druig (S4C) and Stella (Tidy Productions).

Antonia Kinlay plays Revlon. She is currently filming Career of Evil for HBO/BBC. Theatre credits include The Suicide(National Theatre); A History Of Falling Things (New Vic Theatre); Bad Jews (Theatre Royal Bath); Molière (National Theatre Studio/Finborough); The Eternal Not (National Theatre); Arden Of Faversham (The Globe); When Did You Last See My Mother? (Trafalgar Studios); Lady Anna: All At Sea (Park Theatre); The Three Lions (St James Theatre); Arms And The Man (Theatre Clwyd); Mr Whatnot (Northampton Royal Theatre); As You Like It (Theatre Clwyd); Carrot (Theatre 503). Film & Television Credits include: Emmerdale; Mi High; Consuming Passion; Doctors and Broadside.

Michelle McTernan plays Marilyn. Michelle provides the voice of ‘Nib’ in the animation series Bobinogs (BBC). Theatre Credits: The Three Night Blitz, (Joio Productions/ Swansea Grand); Macbeth, Merchant Of Venice, Buoy, Fall Out 84(Pontardawe Arts Centre); Barren (October Sixty Six Productions); Bara Bread (Theatr Gwalia) Granny Annie, Trivial Pursuits, Erogenous Zones, (Grassroots); Flesh And Blood (Sherman/Hampstead Theatres); The Oystercatchers (Swansea Grand/Sherman Theatre); Blue Remembered Hills (Torch), Under Milk Wood, Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead(Clwyd Theatr Cymru); Twelfth Night, Cymbeline, The Merchant Of Venice (Ludlow Festival). Television & Film: Stella (Tidy/Sky1 HD); Rain (Tornado Films); The Healers (Pooka Films); Midnight (Nowhere Fast); Dr Terrible’s House of Horrible, Tales from Pleasure Beach (BBC); Light in the City (BBC Wales) and the feature film Very Annie Mary (Dragon Pictures).

Bethan Thomas plays Rona. Credits include Channel 4’s Hollyoaks, Linda in the West End production of Blood Brothers, Kitty in Charley’s Aunt (Ian Dickens Productions); Beyond Therapy, Mother Courage, Under Milk Wood, Merchant of Venice, Comedy of Errors, Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night as well as the Duchess in The Duchess of Malfi. Bethan’s film credits include Be All And End All, Sawn off Santa, Don’t Walk, Hermit, Love Me Love My Dog, The Harmion Tale and, for the BBC, Dear Nobody.

Zoë Harrison plays Jean. Zoë trained at Guildford School of Acting and her theatre credits include The Sound of Music (London Palladium), The Circle (Oxford Stage Company), What a Wonderful World (Lyngo Theatre Company) and Blondel (Pleasance, London). She co-wrote and co-starred in BBC Radio 4 comedy series Jason Cook’s School of Hard Knocks. TV and film credits include EastEnders, Two Doors Down, Doctors (BBC) and Neil’s Party (Twothreefive Productions. Zoë can currently be seen as Young Maria in the feature film Never Let Go on Netflix, and as Rob Brydon’s wife in the P&O cruises commercials.

Director Maxine Evans studied classical acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has worked as an actor, writer, series editor and director in television, film and theatre. She directed Without a Song or a Dance (short- listed Best Director at the Cork Film Festival) Nuts & Bolts (ITV/RTS Award winner) and Rain (a Feature Film Musical also by Neil Anthony Docking) while her writing/series editor credits include Coronation Street, Crossroads and Nuts & Bolts (ITV). She continues to develop new writing for theatre (Goat Street Runners and Who’s Coat Is That Jacket?) and has recently directed a new comedy entitled Storyline. As an actor Maxine appears regularly on television- most notably in BBC’s Call The Midwife and A Song For Jenny and as the indomitable ‘Rhian’ in Sky 1’s hit comedy Stella.

Neil Anthony Docking is a British writer, composer and producer, and has worked in press, radio, film and theatre. Whilst studying music at the University of Westminster he became a columnist for The Guardian and received a BFI Animation nomination for Best Score for Psyche Engine (narrowly missing out to Nick Park’s Wallace & Gromit). His writing credits include: Station Road (BBC Radio Drama), The Throne Room (original play for radio), Bay College, Casualty (BBC), Nuts & Bolts, Crossroads, Emmerdale (ITV1) and has been shortlisted for the BBC Dennis Potter Screenwriting Award. He has written, scored and co- produced the original independent British feature film musical, Rain; written and directed TVCC(Channel 4) and most recently wrote and produced Storyline, an original comedy for online broadcast. The Revlon Girl is his first play for theatre.

Box office: 020 7870 6876*


The Revlon Girl

Venue: Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4 3JP

Dates: 19 Sep – 14 Oct 2017

Press night: Wednesday 20 September

Running Time: 90 minutes

Performances: Tue – Sat Evenings 7.45pm, Thu & Sat Matinees 3.15pm

Parents & Babies: Wed 4 Oct 13.00 £15

Prices: £14.50 Previews / £18 Full / £16.50 Concessions/ £13 Child/ £10 Young Patrons
Booking: / 020 7870 6876

*10% telephone booking fee, capped at £2.50 per ticket.

Ian McDiarmid to play Enoch Powell in What Shadows

Ian McDiarmid as Enoch Powell
Ian McDiarmid as Enoch Powell

Ian McDiarmid as Enoch Powell © Ellie Kurttz

Olivier and Tony Award-winning actor, Ian McDiarmid will play MP Enoch Powell in Chris Hannan’s searing play, What Shadows. Directed by Roxana Silbert (Artistic Director, Birmingham Repertory Theatre), What Shadows tells the story of Powell’s explosive Rivers of Blood speech, bringing to life the community that inspired it and, 30 years later, its effects on a woman trying to make sense of her life. The production runs 27 Sep – 28 Oct in PARK200, with a national press night onTuesday 3 October.

“I was a storm. I was also a man entirely alone in a storm. There were forces beyond my control and I was one of them.”

Oxford academic and daughter of a Caribbean immigrant, Rose Cruickshank wants answers. Enoch’s controversial words about immigration shattered her childhood. Rose cannot find inner peace until she understands what led him to make the speech that defined a generation. Will a meeting with the man himself give her the answers she desperately craves?

Director Roxana Silbert says of What Shadows“As we near the 50th anniversary of Enoch Powell’s explosive ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech, the nation finds itself again facing profound and difficult questions about national identity and attitudes to immigration. Chris’s powerful play is a scorching interrogation of prejudices and how a bitterly divided country moves forward in the wake of a crisis. It couldn’t be more necessary.”

The full cast and creative team includes:

Ian McDiarmid as Enoch Powell

Nicholas Le Prevost as Clem Jones

Amelia Donkor as Rose Cruickshank & Joyce Cruickshank
Paula Wilcox as Grace Hughes & Marjorie Jones

Waleed Akhtar as Saeed

Ameet Chana as Sultan & Doctor Sharma

Joanne Pearce as Sofia & Pamela

Roxana Silbert Director

Ti Green Designer

Chahine Yavroyan Lighting Designer

Giles Thomas Original Sound Design

Louis Price Video Designer

Anna Morrissey Movement Director

Stephen Kemble Voice & Dialect Coach

Luke Kernaghan Associate Director

Ian McDiarmid is an Olivier and Tony award-winning British character actor and director, internationally renowned for his role as Palpatine in George Lucas’ Star Wars filmsHis film credits include Sleepy Hollow, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Gorky Park and Dragonslayer, and his recent theatre credits include the title role in A Life of Galileo directed by Roxana Silbert for the RSC, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice at the Almeida, Maximus in Emperor and Galilean for the National Theatre, the title role in John Gabriel Borkman for the Donmar Warehouse and the father in Rupert Goold’s Six Characters in Search of an Author for Chichester Festival Theatre.

Box office: 020 7870 6876*

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What Shadows

Venue: PARK200, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP

Dates: 27 September – 28 October 2017

Press night: Tuesday 3 October

Performances: Tue – Sat Evening 19.30, Thu & Sat Matinees 15.00

Prices: Previews £18.50, Tue-Thu & Sat Matinees, Standard £20.00 – £26.50, Concessions £18.50, Child £15
Young Patrons: £10 (27 Sept – 3 Oct)
Groups: Buy 10 tickets get the 11th free

Audio described: Wed 11 Oct 19.30, Touch Tour 18.00

Age guidance: 14+
Running time: 2 hours 15 mins inc. interval
* Telephone booking fee: 10% (capped at £2.50 per ticket)

Final casting announced for the 50th anniversary production of Loot – Joe Orton’s darkly comic masterpiece

Loot final cast

Loot final cast

Loot final cast

Final casting is announced today for the 50th anniversary production of Joe Orton’s darkly comic masterpiece, LOOT.

Joining the previously announced rising British stars Calvin Demba (Evening Standard Emerging Talent Award nominee, The Red Lion, National Theatre) and Sam Frenchum (Private Peaceful, Grantchester) and the award-winning Sinéad Matthews (Mrs Elvsted in Ivo van Hove’s Hedda Gabler, National Theatre), are Christopher Fulford (Winston Churchill in Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert, The Crucible, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Ian Redford (The Alchemist, Mad World My Master, Candide, all for the RSC) and Raphael Bar (national tour of Out of Order) with Anah Ruddin.

LOOT – from the same producers as the recent sell-out hit The Boys in the Band – is directed by Michael Fentiman, whose credits include two acclaimed shows for the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as the critically-acclaimed hit, Raising Martha.

It will run at London’s Park Theatre from 17 August – 24 September.

It will then transfer to the Watermill Theatre, Newbury, Berkshire, from 28 September – 21 October.

Park Theatre press night: Wednesday 23 August at 7.00pm.

When it premiered five decades ago, LOOT shocked and delighted audiences in equal measure and it scooped the Best Play of the Year  Award in the 1967 Evening Standard Awards. This production commemorates three 50-year anniversaries: Joe Orton’s death on 9 August 1967; LOOT’s first award-winning West End season at the Criterion Theatre; and the momentous, transformative passing in July 1967 of The Sexual Offences Act, which partially decriminalised homosexual acts in private between two men over the age of 21.

Loot – The Plot

Uproarious slapstick meets dubious morals as two young friends, Hal (Frenchum) and Dennis (Demba), stash the proceeds of a bank robbery in an occupied coffin, attempting to hide their spoils from the attentions of a psychopathic policeman, a gold-digging nurse and a grieving widower. LOOT was named one of the National Theatre’s “100 Plays of the Century”. Sixties style icon Michael Caine loved it so much he saw it six times in 1967. Another fan was Beatle Paul McCartney.

The Cast

Raphael Bar (Meadows)

His recent theatre credits include a national tour of Out of Order directed by Ray Cooney, The Club and Break Time (Tristan Bates), If My Heart Was A Closed Camera (Chelsea Theatre), Reprehensible Men (Camden Fringe), Skewed Judgement (Cockpit Theatre). On film he played the title role in the movie Pericles.

Calvin Demba (Dennis)

Calvin had an early break in C4’s Hollyoaks then secured the lead in the hit youth drama Youngers. His other roles include a show-stopping turn in the award-winning play Routes at the Royal Court and the film London Road. He wrote and starred in his first short film RueBoy and will soon be seen in the action film sequel Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle.

Sam Frenchum (Hal)

Sam trained at RADA. He recently had a featured starring role in six episodes of Grantchester as Gary Bell, a mentally-
challenged teenager sentenced to hang for murder that was really an accident. He was Jimmy Parsons in the film Private Peaceful. As a member of the National Youth Theatre he was Dave in Our Days Of Rage (Old Vic Tunnels), Jack in Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens (Edinburgh Festival), and Orlando in As You Like It, directed by Fiona Laird.

Christopher Fulford (Truscott)

A regular face in British TV and film for over 20 years, he made an early mark playing green-haired punk Alex in the short-lived two-series ITV sitcom, Sorry, I’m A Stranger Here Myself.  Memorably he appeared as a suspected child murderer in Cracker, he played Castor Van Bethoven in the movie Immortal Beloved and he starred as Napoleon in the BBC adaptation of Scarlet and Black alongside the then virtually unknown Ewan McGregor and Rachel Weisz. More recently, he appeared in the ITV1 dramas Whitechapel and Collision, as a suicidal Prime Minister in the TV series The Last Enemy, and as Winston Churchill in Werner Herzog’s movie, Queen of the Desert. On stage he was Rev Parriss in Timothy Sheader’s production of The Crucible at  Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, The River Line at Jermyn Street Theatre, Nightingale and Chase directed by Richard Wilson at the Royal Court, The Indian Boy at the RSC and as ”A” in Crave as part of the Sarah Kane Season in Sheffield.

Sinéad Matthews (Nurse McMahon)

Sinéad trained at RADA. Her stage roles include Mrs. Elvsted in Ivo van Hove’s recent Hedda Gabler (National Theatre), Laura in Giving (Hampstead), Jane in Evening at The Talk House (NT), Heather in Wasp (Hampstead). As Hedvig in The Wild Duck, directed by Michael Grandage at the Donmar Warehouse, she won the Ian Charleson Award for Outstanding Newcomer. On film she was Queen Victoria in Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner, Miss Topsey in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Alice in Mike Leigh’s Happy Go Lucky.

Ian Redford (McLeavy)

Ian’s extensive theatre credits includeThe Alchemist (RSC/Barbican), Mad World My Master (RSC), Candide (RSC), Our Country’s Good (Out Of Joint), Brimstone and Treacle (Arcola), The Gatekeeper (Manchester Royal Exchange), Love the Sinner (National Theatre), Six Degrees of Separation (Old Vic), Helen (The Globe), Romeo & Juliet (The Globe). TV includes; New Tricks, Mary and Martha, Boogeyman. Film includes; The Trial of the King Killers, I.D, The Remains of the Day, Just Like a Woman.

The Creative Team

Director Michael Fentiman
Designer Gabriella Slade
Lighting Design Elliot Griggs
Sound Design Max Pappenheim
Casting Director Stephen Moore CDG

Produced by Tom O’Connell, James Seabright and The Watermill Theatre in association with King’s Head Theatre
and Park Theatre

John Kingsley “Joe” Orton (1 January 1933 – 9 August 1967) 

Between 1963 when his first play was accepted and 1967 when he died, aged just 34, in a frenzied hammer attack in a murder-suicide at the hand of his jealous partner, Kenneth Halliwell, Joe Orton emerged as  a playwright of international reputation.

Fascinated with the macabre, he wrote just a handful of plays, including Entertaining Mr Sloane and What The Butler Saw, but his impact was huge. His reviews ranged from praise to outrage, and the term “Ortonesque”,  describing work characterised by a similarly dark yet farcical cynicism, was in common useage. Like Oscar Wilde before him, Orton’s plays scandalised audiences, but his wit made the outrage scintillating.

At the time of his death, aged 34, he was the toast of London, he had an award-winning West End play, two more plays broadcast on TV, was appearing on TV chat shows and had been commissioned to write a movie script for The Beatles. In the end, his death was more lurid than anything he put on stage and made front page news.


Tom O’Connell, James Seabright
and The Watermill Theatre in association
with King’s Head Theatre and Park Theatre

by Joe Orton

Thursday 17 August – Saturday 24 September

Park Theatre
Clifton Terrace
Finsbury Park
N4 3JP
Box office: 020 7870 6876

Previews: 17 – 19 August
Plays: 17 August – 24 September
Press Night: Wednesday 23 August at 7.00pm

Tue – Sat Evening 7.30pm
Thu & Sat Matinees 3.00pm
Sun 27 August 3.00pm
3, 10 & 24 September 3.00pm

Young Patrons
17 – 23 August Tickets £10*

Previews £18.50
Tuesday – Thursday  & Saturday matinees
Standard £20.00 – £26.50
Concessions £18.50
Friday – Sunday evening & Sundays
Standard £25.00 – £29.50
Concessions £22.00
Child (Under 16) £15*
*Subject to availability. T&Cs apply.
Groups: Buy 10 tickets get the 11th free
*Telephone booking fee: 10%
(capped at £2.50 per ticket)

Thursday 28 September  – Saturday  21 October

The Watermill Theatre
RG20 8AE
Box Office: 01635 46044

Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm
Saturday 21 October performances at 1.30pm and 6.30pm

Monday evenings, Wednesday and Saturday matinees:
£15.50 and £15
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings:
£24, £22, £15
Friday and Saturday evenings:
£26.50, £24.50, £16.50

First Week Special:
On the first Thursday and Friday seats are £15.50 and £15
(no other discounts apply)

Initial casting announced for the World Premiere production of RABBITS at Park Theatre

Alex Ferns © Joe Boggon

Alex Ferns © Joe Boggon

A new black comedy tale of marital strife and bunny murder comes to Park Theatre from Joe Hampson, the writer of Skins, The News Quiz & Newsjack who makes his stage writing debut with Rabbits. An exploration of contemporary sexual politics, Rabbits follows the fallout as Frank prepares to save his and Susan’s marriage by taking their pet rabbit to be murdered – by a psychopath. With caustic jokes and abominable intentions, the production will run 26 July – 19 August 2017, with an official press night on Friday 28 July.

The production will star Alex Ferns (Legend, The Legend of Tarzan, EastEnders) and David Schaal (The Inbetweeners, The Office), with additional casting to be announced.

When Frank asks a stranger to kill his pet rabbit, it appears to be an isolated act of desperation, mania and warped logic. However, as Frank and Susan delve into their issues and try to repair their spiraling marriage, we see their private lives unravel and the initial bunny slaying takes on a whole new dimension, revealing what is really at the heart of their relationship.

Joe Hampson said: “Since starting out working on shows about teenage relationships and then moving on to write about more mature, complex and irregular ones, the same question always appears: what is it that is keeping these people together? As our collective understanding of sexual politics and the makeup of relationships has taken a dramatic step away from traditional ideas of heteronormative monogamy, it is interesting to question what drives two or more people to intertwine their lives and what it takes to sustain that commitment, whatever form the relationship takes.”

Rabbit is directed by Sadie Spencer, whose directing credits include: Cautionary Kate (King’s Head Theatre); Albee Vector the Sound Collector (tour with House Theatre Network, Bristol Old Vic); and Seeing Double (Pleasance, Camden People’s Theatre). She was a finalist in the 2017 JMK competition and her associate credits include: What’s in a Name (Birmingham Rep, Jeremy Sams) and Outside Mullingar (Ustinov Studio, Sam Yates).

David Schaal

David Schaal

David Schaal’s theatre credits includes: American Justice (Arts Theatre), Beggars Bush (Globe Theatre/Latitude Festival), Brotherly Love (Edinburgh Festival), The Roman Bath (Arcola Theatre), and Cyrano De Bergerac (Manchester Royal Exchange). His television appearances include: The Inbetweeners (Ch4), Fearless (ITV), Frontier (Netflix), We The Jury (BBC), Modern Toss (Ch4), Ashes To Ashes (BBC), The IT Crowd (Ch4), Doc Martin (BBC), and The Office (BBC). His film credits include: The Inbetweeners Movie, 101 Year Old Man, Fallen, The Inbetweeners 2, Pirates – In An Adventure with Scientists, and Kidulthood.

Alex Ferns’ theatre credits include: Out There On Fried Meat Ridge and The Father (Trafalgar Studios), True West (Tricycle), South Pacific (Barbican), The Hard Man (King’s Theatre),  Guys & Dolls (West End), ID (Almeida Theatre) and Coyote On A Fence (West End/Royal Exchange. Alex’s screen credits include: Romans (Dreamscape), Legend (Working Title Films), Tarzan (Warner Brothers), Hot Property (Fortune Films), Joyeux Noel (Nord-oust  Prod), River City (BBC), Taboo (BBC), Wallander (BBC & Left Bank), The Passing Bells (BBC), 24: Live Another Day (Sky 1/Netflix), The Widower (ITV) and Low Winter Sun (Channel 4). Alex is of course also well known for his role as Trevor Morgan in EastEnders.

Venue: PARK90, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4 3JP
Dates: 26 July – 19 August 2017
Press Night: Friday 28 July, 7pm
Performances: Evenings Tue – Sat 7.45pm, Matinees Thu & Sat 3.15pm
Running time:
Prices: £14.50 Previews / £18 Full / £16.50 Concessions/ £13 Child/ £10 Young Patrons (26 Jul – 2 Aug)
Age Guidance: 12+
Booking: / 020 7870 6876
*10% telephone booking fee, capped at £2.50 per ticket

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T’Nia Miller The Ugly One at Park Theatre Cast Interview: “You’ll find us congregating in the bar which stock Kraken rum, so I’m as happy as a pig in …”

T'Nia Miller
T'Nia Miller

T’Nia Miller

Do you think everyone does have body confidence issues? Some people seem to have none at all, do they just not realise it?
No I don’t think everyone has body issues despite the media’s efforts to make us feel inferior in some way or other. Within different cultures ‘body issues’ are non-existent and emphasis on self-worth is measured  on less fickle values/ideals.

Is it quite fun working at Park Theatre?
You’ll find us often congregating in the bar which stock Kraken rum, so I’m as happy as a pig in …

What drew you to auditioning for The Ugly One?
Well  it’s a very funny play and I rarely get to do much theatre. I also hugely admire our director and love working with him.

Getting older is quite fun isn’t it: do you need time to pass so that you can look back with wisdom?
Is getting old fun? Umm personally I wouldn’t know as I’m 21 years young. I’ll have to trust you on that one. I have to say I’ve found wisdom in the voices of four year olds as well as those in their twilight years.

What can audiences expect from The Ugly One 10 years on since it was last seen?
I imagine it’s still as side splitting ten years ago as it is today! On a more serious note If things continue to head the way they are in the western world and with the impact of globalisation I imagine it will still be very much relevant in ten years’ time.


How have the performances been going? Is it fun performing in an intimate space such as Park 90?
Every night is different still so much to explore and learn.

Can you describe your director (Roy) in 3 words?
No. Joking umm he’s intelligent, innovative fun

Last question – easy one – Do any of you share the view that some take that Brexit and Trump are good for arts and culture?
I can’t even deal … seriously I could write a dissertation on this question alone.