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Hamish Clark to star in The Albatross 3rd & Main at Park Theatre

The Albatross 3rd and Main

The Albatross 3rd and Main

Gritty black comedy The Albatross 3rd & Main opens the new PARK90 season. Hamish Clark, Charlie Allen and Andrew St Clair-James star in this American tale of three men, a mountain of debt, and a box of priceless roadkill. Written and directed by Simon David Eden, The Albatross 3rd & Main explores the dark side of the ‘Eagle Feather Law’: US federal legislation which states that only enrolled members of federally approved tribes can legally possess eagle feathers. The law denies many of the indigenous population their sovereignty and makes practicing their ancient rituals and tribal ceremonies illegal. The official press night will be Thursday 12 January at 7.45pm.

Gene Lacy is down on his luck. He’s ducking creditors, huge gambling debts, and an ex-wife with very expensive tastes. So when Spider walks into his store with a golden lottery ticket in the shape of a rare and valuable dead bird, doing a black market deal with the nearby Native American reservation seems like a no-brainer. As it’s a felony offence to even be in possession of the bird, the road to turning the windfall into a win for all is fraught with danger at every turn for this backwater band of desperados.

The Albatross 3rd & Main will include the first ever relaxed performance in PARK90, beginning a season of access performances available for every production. A relaxed performance is designed to welcome people who may benefit from a more relaxed environment. This will entail adjustments to lighting and sound levels, a relaxed attitude towards noise and moving around the auditorium, and a break area for anyone wishing to take time out from the production.

Hamish Clark will play the role of Gene Lacy. Hamish is best-known for his leading role as ‘Duncan’ in 7 series of Monarch Of The Glen (BBC 1) and ‘Roger’ in 3 series of My Wonderful Life (Granada/ITV). His theatre credits include: Almost, Maine (Park Theatre); Donkeys Years (Comedy Theatre); 24 Hour Plays (The Old Vic); Haunted (The Arts Theatre); The Agent (The Old Red Lion), The Birds (Gate Theatre) and The Demon Headmaster (NT Studio). Other TV credits include: Arrested Development (Netflix/Fox) Liz and Dick (Lifetime); Rab C Nesbitt (BBC Scotland); Small Fish (BBC); Blessed (BBC) and The Only Boy For Me (ITV).

Charlie Allen joins the cast as Spider. Charlie trained at the Rose Bruford School of Speech and Drama. He won Best Male Lead Performer, Brighton Festival 2012 and was recipient of the Outstanding Theatre Award Brighton Fringe 2013. Theatre includes: From Dusk Till Dawn (Kings Head) Atrophy (Etcetera Theatre) Faster Higher Stronger Straighter (Scealta Mora) The Taming of the Shrew (Festival Shakespeare Company)  Bug (Brighton Fringe) No Particular Place To Go (Chronicle Theatre)  Film includes:Brothers of War; Brighton Rock

Andrew St Clair-James will play the role of Lullaby. In addition to his acting career, Andrew is also Artistic Director of the Moors Theatre, London. His theatre credits includeThe Truth, Heramiss Island, Enlightened and  An Ex-Engagement (Moors Theatre), Clouds of Grey (Park Theatre), Sherlock Holmes in Trouble (Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester), Twelfth Night (Voice Theatre) and Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicken Shed Theatre & Everyman Voice Theatre Tour). His film credits include: S.N.U.B, The Honeymooners and My Feral Heart.

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Box office: 020 7870 6876

LISTINGS 

The Albatross 3rd & Main 

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

Dates: 10 January – 4 February 2017

Press night: Thursday 12 January

Performances: Tue – Sat Evenings 7.45pm, Thu & Sat Matinees 3.15pm
Relaxed performance: Tue 31 Jan 15.15

Prices: £14.50 Previews / £18 Full / £16.50 Concessions/ £10 Relaxed (Carer goes free)
Booking: www.parktheatre.co.uk / 020 7870 6876

 

Director Gary Condes and cast of LUV celebrate Murray Schisgal’s 90th Birthday

Murray Schisgal is the American playwright and screenwriter who wrote LUV. The Happy Birthday message for his 90th Birthday by director Gary Condes and cast of LUV is amongst the  loveliest uses of technology, social media we have seen in a long time.

Murray Schisgal | Author of Luv

Murray Schisgal

Murray Schisgal

Murray has an extensive career spanning plays, screenplays, fiction and as a producer/executive producer of five feature films.

BROADWAY: Luv, (Tony nomination for Best Play and Best Author), Jimmy Shine, All Over Town, (Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding New Play), The Chinese & Doctor Fish, Twice Around The Park, (“A Need for Brussels Sprouts” & “A Need for Less Expertise”) and An American Millionaire.

OFF-BROADWAY AND OFF-OFF-BROADWAY: The Typists And The Tiger (Vernon Rice Award,  Outer Circle Award, Saturday Review Critics Poll Award), Fragments & The Basement, The Flatulist, Walter, The Pushcart Peddlers, 74 Georgia Avenue, Sexaholics, Extensions, The Consequences Of Goosing, What About Luv? (A musical based on LUV), Road Show (revised, 2007 as Murder In The Drugstore) and Playtime (revised 2009 as Wall Street Fandango), Angel Wings (Off-Off-Broadway Award for Excellence).

18 PRODUCED SHORT PLAYS published by Applause Books in THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS, most of them published by DPS or SAMUEL FRENCH, ending with Naked Old Man, 2008-2009. In addition, 6 UNPRODUCED SHORT PLAYS published to-date only by Applause Books in THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS: The Man Who Couldn’t Stop Crying, First Love, Fifty Years Ago, Queenie, The Hunchback Of Central Park West, And The Hysterical Misogynist. Other recently written plays unproduced and unpublished: 3xme, Death Moves Into Our Rent-Controlled Apartment. Ladies And Gentlemen, I Have Something Of The Upmost Importance To Tell You.

FILM: co-screenwriter credit: Tootsie (Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay; The New York Critics Circle Award, Best Screenplay, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, Best Screenplay, The National Society of Film Critics Award, Best Screenplay, Writers Guild of American Annual Award, Outstand Achievement of Comedy Directly Written for the Screen, The British Academy of Film nomination, Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globe nomination. American Film Institute: #2 in The Funniest American Films, Writers Guild of America: #17 in 101 Greatest Screenplays). Sole screenwriter credit for The Tiger Makes Out, starring Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson, directed by Arthur Hiller.

TELEVISION: The Love Song Of Barney Kempinski, feature-length TV screenplay starring Allen Arkin (The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy nomination for Outstanding Dramatic Program) and Natasha Kovolina Pipashinsky, one-act of a trilogy of one-act TV screenplays.

PRODUCER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF FIVE FEATURE-LENGTH FILMS: A Walk On The Moon, Boys And Girls, The Devil’s Arithmetic (The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy nomination for Outstanding Children’s Special, The Golden Reel Award nomination”); Clubland, (Best Actor, Emmy nomination for Alan Alda); A Separate Peace (The National Academy Television Arts and Sciences Emmy nomination for Outstanding Family Special).

LUV is a humourous celebration of the absurd lengths humans go to when struck down with the terrible affliction known as ‘love’. Milt and Harry are college friends and meet one night on a bridge and uncover each other’s miserable life stories before hatching a plan to find their happily-ever-afters.

Come and indulge in this delightful comedy this Christmas, with its laugh out loud dialogue, physical comedy, and its infectious energy.

Written by Murray Schisgal, best known for writing the screenplay for ‘Tootsie’, LUV first premiered on Broadway, where it won a number of Tony awards and nominations, among them Best Play and Best Author of a Play.

“A wildly funny… drama which makes high comedy of the nagging indignities which flesh is heir to.” 
NY WORLD – TELEGRAM & SUN

“Love is a giving and taking, an interchange of emotions, a gradual development based on physical attraction, complementary careers and simple social similarities…. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!”
LUV by MURRAY SCHISGAL

After Orlando at Park Theatre – 12 Dec’16

After Orlando

After Orlando

On the six month anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Chaskis Theatre presents After Orlando.

After Orlando is a global theatre action in response to the Florida attack: a playwright driven project comprising over seventy short pieces specifically written and curated by emerging and established international voices in theatre, including Neil LabuteWinter Miller and Anders Lustgarten.

Chaskis Theatre present an evening of a selection of these powerful plays and poems, plus live music and special guests, in memory of the lives lost and the lives still affected.

Cast includes: Madalena Alberto (Evita, Les Miserables), Maddy Hill (EastEnders), Huw Parmenter (Vikings).

All profits from the event will be donated to London LGBT charity Stonewall, who campaign for acceptance without exception.

Now, more than ever, we must come together and champion the values we hold, using the language we know best. We stand up for equality without exception and empathy across all borders. Cultural, ethnic, and sexual diversity are the riches of our global community. When these values are threatened we fight back with Poetry and Action, Love and Community.” Chaskis Theatre

As theatremakers, we have the ability to bring together many singular unique voices toward a common goal. We have invited some of the most admired theatre artists worldwide to participate; to share our grief, our anger, our hope and our desire to combat the violence we are now living with on a daily basis.’ – Kline and Baker of Missing Bolts Productions

After Orlando is a Chaskis Theatre production in conjunction

West End transfer announced for The Boys in the Band following a sell-out run at Park Theatre and short UK Tour

The Boys in the Band

The Boys in the Band

Producers Tom O’Connell and James Seabright are thrilled to announce a West End transfer for their sell-out production of Mart Crowley’s ground-breaking play, THE BOYS IN THE BAND, opening at the Vaudeville Theatre on 7 February 2017, playing for a limited two week season until 18 February, with a press night on Wednesday 8 February.

There’s a party about to commence when nine men gather in a New York apartment for a birthday celebration. Harold, a self-confessed ‘Jew fairy’, receives a surprise birthday gift – a beautiful male hustler dubbed Cowboy. Meanwhile, party host Michael gets an unwanted surprise of his own in the shape of a figure from his past. As the booze is drunk and the dope smoked, the mood swings from hilarity to heart-break.

 Mark Gatiss brings stinging superciliousness to landmark gay play.’ ★★★★ Daily Telegraph

‘Raucous laughter… thoroughly fulfilling.’ ★★★★ The Independent

The Boys in the Band sold out its entire five week run at Park Theatre, garnered critical and public acclaim, and subsequently enjoyed a brief UK tour to Salford, Brighton and Leeds. Directed by Adam Penford (A Small Family Business One Man Two Guvnors’, and recently appointed Artistic Director of the Nottingham Playhouse), the production stars Olivier Award winner Mark Gatiss as ‘Harold’ alongside his husband Ian Hallard as ‘Michael’ – this will represent the first time in West End history that a male married couple will appear on stage together.

‘Still timeless and universal.’ ★★★★ Mail on Sunday

‘Out on stage and proud. Glorious!’ ★★★★ Metro

West End musical theatre star Daniel Boys plays alongside them as ‘Donald’, Jack Derges, recently seen as the mysterious ‘Andy Flynn’ inEastEnders, plays ‘Cowboy’, Miranda star James Holmes plays ‘Emory’, Midsomer Murders’ John Hopkins plays ‘Alan’, Greg Lockett plays ‘Bernard’, Primeval’s Ben Mansfield plays ‘Larry’, and Undercover’Nathan Nolan plays ‘Hank’.

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Producer Tom O’Connell said, “James and I are thrilled that audiences have taken this show to their hearts in such a big way; with limited availability from our stellar cast I am pleased that we have found a suitable West End home for this fantastic production. We also have over 150 tickets available at every performance at £20, making it accessible for all to enjoy. With only 15 performances, this really is the last chance to catch the play which shook the LGBT world.”

‘I was rapt. Parties that go wrong are often the stuff of great drama and this play, directed with panache by Adam Penford, is no exception.’ ★★★★Observer

Mark Gatiss and Ian Hallard said, “We’ve had an amazing time bringing this great play to a whole new generation of theatre-goers. The response from audiences, young and old, gay and straight has proved that ‘Boys’ retains its power to move people to laughter and tears. It’s wonderful to say that we’ll be capping the experience with a West End transfer – so the party continues!”

From the producers of the critically acclaimed revivals of Beautiful ThingOur Boys and Another Country, and the forthcoming stage adaptation ofBrokeback Mountain, comes this eagerly anticipated revival of Mart Crowley’s seminal piece, which premiered in 1968 just before the Stonewall riots. This witty, dark American play which changed the landscape of gay theatre was adapted into a film in 1970, becoming a cult hit. The play was last revived in New York in 2010, and this UK revival marks almost 20 years since the last West End production.

The production is produced by Tom O’Connell and James Seabright, in association with Kings Head Theatre, Jack Maple and Park Theatre. Design by Rebecca Brower, with Sound design by James Nicholson and Lighting design by Jack Weir; casting is by Stephen Moore CDG.

The production has partnered with Gay Times, Stonewall & Balans Soho Society, and has worked closely with Chester Barrie, Delicious Junction and Gabicci as fashion partners.

 

 

 

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First Look – New exciting video trailer for Buckland Theatre Company’s upcoming production, LUV

Luv

New exciting video trailer for Buckland Theatre Company’s upcoming production, LUV. It runs from the 8th December 2016 until the 7th January 2017 and will be on at the Park Theatre.

LUV is a 1960s riotous celebration of the absurd lengths we go to when struck down with the terrible affliction known as love. After reuniting one fateful night, old school pals Milt and Harry uncover each other’s miserable life stories before hatching a plan to find their happily-ever-afters. It stars Nick Barber as Milt, Elsie Bennett as Ellen and Charles Dorfman as Harry. The production is directed by Gary Condes and follows Buckland Theatre Company’s debut productions of Some Girl(s) and Miss Julie.

Read our interview with the director of Luv Gary Condes here:

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Raising Martha – Casting announced for dark new comedy at Park Theatre

Raising Martha, a brand new dark comedy by award-winning writer David Spicer, and directed by Michael Fentiman, will have its world premiere at Park Theatre from 12 January 2017, playing until 11 February, with a press night on Tuesday 17 February.

Gerry and Roger’s mum has gone missing. Well, most of her has…

 The unwitting victims of animal rights activists campaigning for the freedom of the family frog farm’s slimy inhabitants, the brothers must bring in the hapless Inspector Clout to establish the whereabouts of their long-dead mother.

 An absurdly funny, dark comedy starring the finest comedy ensemble live on stage, Raising Martha tackles terrorism, animal rights and six-foot frogs!

Raising Martha

Raising Martha

As previously announced, Tom Bennett (Netflix’s Mascots, E4’s Phone Shop) will play ‘Marc’; Jasper Britton (Richard II, RSC, The Libertine, Theatre Royal Haymarket), will play ‘Gerry’; Joel Fry (ITV’s Plebs, HBO’s Game of Thrones, Sky’s You, Me and the Apocalypse) will play ‘Jago’; Morgana Robinson (BBC’s The Agency, Channel 4’s The Windsors) will play ‘Caro’. Jeff Rawle, (Channel 4’s Drop the Dead DonkeyHandbagged, Tricycle / West End, Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire) will join the cast to play ‘Inspector Clout’. Casting for ‘Roger’ will be announced.

David Spicer said. “I believe that as the world gets more unpleasant, divided and embattled, our only defence is ridicule. But mainly it was because I was earning my living writing intros, links and gags for a seemingly never-ending stream of TV gameshows. The first draft of Raising Martha was written at my table behind the various flashing sets of shiny-floor shows such as Goldenballs, No Win No Fee, (and many, many others). 

As TV appears to become unceasingly safe, mainstream and unchallenging, live theatre appears to me to be the last remaining place where one can really say what one feels is important about the state of the world. And this is what I’ve tried to do with Martha. My comedy about Fear, Loathing, Drug Abuse and Grave Robbery became my escape from a Light Entertainment hell.”

Raising Martha is produced by Michael James Cox and Tom O’Connell, directed by Michael Fentiman, with set and costume design by Rebecca Brower, sound design by Max Pappenheim, lighting design by Eliot Griggs, costume supervision by Ryan Walklett, and casting by Anne Vosser.

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Michael James Cox said, “I’m very excited and proud to be producing this hilarious new comedy along with Tom O’Connell Productions. This project has been very close to my heart for a long time and I’m thrilled to be working with such a wonderful theatre.”

Tom O’Connell said, “After our sell-out success with The Boys in the Band, we are thrilled to be working with Michael James-Cox on a brand new piece of theatre which has made us all laugh during the creative process and now we have assembled a stellar comedy cast who I know will be electric to watch in the intimate Park Theatre.”

 

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Interview with Director Gary Condes: “In an age of calculated self-aware subtle comedy, LUV will provide a belly laugh.”

Gary Condes

As he directs LUV at Park90 with Park Theatre, director Gary Condes reflects on rehearsals, the Emma Rice fiasco and his favourite old wives tale.

LUV is a 1960s riotous celebration of the absurd lengths we go to when struck down with the terrible affliction known as love. After reuniting one fateful night, old school pals Milt and Harry uncover each other’s miserable life stories before hatching a plan to find their happily-ever-afters. I decided to chat to Gary about a whole manner of things.

Gary Condes

Gary Condes

Hey Gary! You previously directed Miss Julie and Some Girl(s) with Buckland Theatre Company and are back at Park90 with LUV. What do you like the most about working with Buckland?

I love Buckland’s desire to produce work that examines the nature of human behaviour through plays that focus on relationships and to put them in intimate studio spaces so that audiences experience immediate and affecting theatre full of emotional truth.

Luv

Luv. Click on the image to book your tickets

How are LUV rehearsals going? 
Great! We are spending the early stages mining the script and improvising to work out what the characters are really doing in each scene and why they are doing it. As a result we are acquiring a deep and specific understanding of the characters behaviour which will help to build nuanced and fuller performances.

What attracted you to direct LUV?
It’s a charming, unique play with heartfelt humour that gets us to face those existential questions that arise when examining the very nature of ‘Love’, how we define it and we measure it. It’s strengths lie in its colourful characters, extreme circumstances, laugh out loud dialogue, physical comedy, social and philosophical commentary and it’s infectious energy. The attraction for me was the mix of absurd humour and touching moments and the opportunity to make audiences feel happy, sad, joyful and full of despair all in the same show.

Are you sad about Emma Rice stepping down from The Globe? 
From the outside there seems to have been a misunderstanding about the style of work The Globe thought they were going to get from Emma Rice and what they ended-up getting from her. The glove didn’t seem to fit. Emma will find another platform for her work easily enough and The Globe will find someone else who best supports their philosophy. Can’t blame them both for trying.

What can audiences expect from LUV
In an age of calculated self-aware subtle comedy this production will provide audiences with a good old cathartic belly laugh at how self-indulgent humans can be with their own suffering. Expect a delicious high energy romp through a multitude of matters: marriage, relationships, loneliness, lost identity, desires, ambitions, failures, suicide. The performances will be bold but grounded in emotional truth so that audiences can connect to the characters suffering through laughter. A mix of absurdist humour and Broadway comedy: Mel Brooks and Neil Simon give birth to Eugene Ionesco.

What’s your favourite old wives’ tale?
If you are unable to fall asleep you are awake in someone else’s dreams.

What is your best advice for actors at auditions?
Don’t look at it as a job you have to get. See it as an opportunity to present your work. Prepare fully, deeply and make specific choices about your scene or monologue and then go to the audition to show them your work. Treat it as a presentation of what you’ve created, but you’ve got to do the homework beforehand.

Who is your favourite director?
Rimas Tuminas, Artistic Director of Moscow’s Vakhtangov Theatre Company. He manages to create an audacious mix of heightened and symbolic theatre which is underpinned by performances of deep and full emotional truth. His Uncle Vanya being a perfect example of this. It is theatre as art which illuminates & elevates.

Say in 1,500 years they discovered something you had directed on film what would you like them to find? 
It would be a film I haven’t made yet but is in development. It’s an autobiographical piece about family and takes place between the family run restaurant and the family home. I would like them to find it in 1,500 years and hope it helps people to understand something about human nature and its capacity for both deep suffering and great joy and that it’s the ‘experience’ of living that is important.

Why do you think Park Theatre is so successful? 
I think it’s due to the combination of seeing quality productions of interesting plays, thought provoking subject matter and fine acting in intimate and involving spaces.

Anything you’d like to add? 
If you want an alternative Christmas show to come and see LUV, this is it!

Luv in on at Park Theatre from 8 December  2016 – 7 January 2017

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Full casting announced for C.S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters – at Park Theatre this Christmas

The Screwtape Letters -Max Mclean

The Screwtape Letters -Max Mclean

The Screwtape Letters, the provocative and wickedly witty theatrical adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel about spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view, will play the Christmas season at Park Theatre from 8 December 2016 – 7 January 2017, with a press night on 9 December.

In the European premiere of the smash New York hit, The Screwtape Letters creates a morally inverted universe that reveals unseen spiritual powers and principalities at work in humorous, vivid and surprising ways.

Set in an eerily stylish office in hell, where God is called the “Enemy” and the devil is referred to as “Our Father Below”, the play follows His Abysmal Sublimity Screwtape – Satan’s top psychiatrist due to his profound understanding of human nature – and his slavish creature-demon Toadpipe, as they train an apprentice demon, Wormwood, on how to ruin the life and damn the soul of an unsuspecting human on earth.

Max McLean returns to the role of Screwtape, which he originated and performed to sold-out audiences in New York City and across the U.S. Karen Eleanor Wight, who played alongside McLean in the original New York production, will reunite with him in London as Toadpipe.

Fellowship for Performing Arts is excited to bring C.S. Lewis’ classic novel ‘home’ in this stage adaptation,” said Max McLean, FPA founder and artistic director. “With Lewis’ wit and insight, The Screwtape Letters has been delighting and challenging readers ever since its publication in early 1942. It’s an honor to bring Screwtape to life on stage in London as it approaches its 75th anniversary.”

“Clever and Satirical . . . the devil has rarely been given his due more perceptively.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Karen Eleanor Wight is a NYC-based actress, improviser and movement coach.  Favorite regional roles include:  Olivia (Twelfth Night), Celia (As You Like It), Katherine (Henry V), Bianca (Othello), Gladys (The Pajama Game), Weird Sister/Lady Macbeth (Macbeth). National tour: Tiger Lily/Liza, u/s Peter Pan & Wendy (Peter Pan).  Karen is one-half of the wordless improv duo Imp, performing long-form improv around the U.S.

“One Hell of a Good Show”

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Along with The Chronicles of Narnia (including The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe), The Great Divorce and Mere ChristianityThe Screwtape Letters remains one of Lewis’ most popular and influential works. When first published in 1942 it brought worldwide fame to this little-known Oxford don including the cover of Time Magazine.

The idea for Screwtape came to Lewis after listening to Hitler’s Reichstag Speech on July 19, 1940, while it was simultaneously translated on BBC Radio. Lewis wrote, “I don’t know if I’m weaker than other people, but it is a positive revelation to me how while the speech lasts it is impossible not to waver just a little. . . . Statements which I know to be untrue all but convince me . . . if only the man says them unflinchingly.”

The Screwtape Letters was conceived and adapted for the stage by Max McLean and Jeffrey Fiske. McLean is Founder and Artistic Director of New York City-based Fellowship for Performing Arts. Scenic Design is by Cameron Anderson, Costumes by Michael Bevins, Lighting Design by Jesse Klug and Original Music and Sound Design by John Gromada.

 

Park Theatre Spring – Summer 2017 season announced

Artistic Director Jez Bond today announces Park Theatre’s new Spring Summer 2017 season, with an array of new writing across both spaces, together with a long awaited European premiere, an acclaimed musical and a drama revival.

Bond says, “Our new season is full of firsts. There’s a whole host of new writing, including the world premiere of Madame Rubinstein which has been developed and co-produced by Park Theatre and that I’m thrilled to be directing. For the first time ever, we have an access performance programmed for every production, which alongside our creative learning and ticketing initiatives, ensures that more people than ever can enjoy Park Theatre. As well as the excitement of a new season of work, we are also upgrading our sales channels, meaning an even better customer experience from start to finish. All of this is delivered by our small and dedicated team who continue, as ever, to work without any government subsidy for core funding.”

Raising Martha

Raising Martha

 Hilarious new comedy Raising Martha by David Spicer, starring Morgana Robinson (BBC1’s The Agency), Joel Fry (ITV’s Plebs), Jasper Britton (The Libertine, West End) and Tom Bennett (E4’sPhoneshop) opens the season, marking the show’s world premiere in PARK200. Action to the Word’s award-winning all-male version of Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange follows with a blend of electrifying and testosterone filled physical theatre. Tony award-winning and Pulitzer prize finalist David Henry Hwang returns to Park Theatre following the success of Yellow Face (Park Theatre 2013, National Theatre transfer 2014) with the European premiere of his Broadway hit comedy, Chinglish. Park Theatre and Oliver Mackwood in association with TBO productions present the world premiere of brand new comedy Madame Rubinstein. Directed by Park Theatre Artistic Director Jez Bond and starring the BAFTA award-winning Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter, Romeo & Juliet), this is a bright new comedy about the woman who invented beauty, Helena Rubinstein. The season in Park200 concludes with the world premiere of Twitstorm by Chris England, a hilarious exploration of what can happen when the self-righteousness of social media gets out of hand, produced by the team behind Park Theatre hits Dead Sheep, An Audience with Jimmy Savile, The Roundabout and Deny Deny Deny.

The PARK90 season opens with the London premiere of punchy black comedy The Albatross 3rd & Main, exploring the flip side of the American dream. Brigit Forsyth and daughter Zoe Mills star in Killing Time, inspired by an original cello composition by Brigit Forsyth, which she will play live among a feast of cello classics, and written by daughter Zoe Mills this new comedy explores inspiration, music, life and the right to die. Michelle Collins will star in the world premiere of A Dark Night in Dalston, a funny and touching two-hander written by award-winning writer Stewart Permutt. Hot Coals Theatre return to Park Theatre with Finders Keepers, a fun filled, highly visual piece inspired by the story of Mosesfully inclusive for both (d) Deaf and hearing audiences. Acclaimed rock musical tick, tick… BOOM! by Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winner Jonathan Larson tells the story of the sacrifices he made to achieve his big break in theatre. Buckland Theatre Company close the Park90 season with Marius von Mayenberg’s The Ugly One, translated by Maja Zade, directed by JMK award-winner Roy Alexander Weise.

 

Full cast announced for Buckland Theatre company’s Luv at Park Theatre

Today, Buckland Theatre Company has announced casting for LUV, the company’s second production at PARK90 at Park Theatre. Directed by Gary Condes, Nick Barber will play Milt, Elsie Bennett will play Ellen and Charles Dorfman will play Harry. Written by Murray Schisgal (best known for co-writing the screenplay for Tootsie), LUV premiered on Broadway in 1964 directed by Mike Nichols and was Tony nominated for Best Play and Best Author. LUV will play at PARK90 from 8 December until 7 January with an official press night on 13 December.

Luv

Luv

Playwright Murray Schisgal said“I am thrilled that my play LUV will be returning to London to play at Park Theatre for the first since it originally appeared at the Arts Theatre in the early 1960s. I will be celebrating my 90th birthday this November, so it is a lovely celebration to see three young and brilliant actors take on these roles over fifty years after Alan Arkin, Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson played them on Broadway.”

LUV is a 1960s riotous celebration of the absurd lengths we go to when struck down with the terrible affliction known as love. After reuniting one fateful night, old school pals Milt and Harry uncover each other’s miserable life stories before hatching a plan to find their happily-ever-afters.

The production originally debuted at the Arts Theatre before opening in New York in November 1964. The original New York cast was comprised of Alan Arkin, Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson and the play won three Tony Awards whilst being nominated for Best Play and Best Author of a Play. Barbara Bel Geddes, Larry Blyden, Gene Wilder and Gabriel Dell were among the replacement performers later in the run on Broadway. LUV was later adapted into a film in 1967 and starred Jack Lemmon, Peter Falk and Elaine May. Terri Paddock (@TerriPaddock), founder of MyTheatreMates.com and StageFaves.com, will host a post-show Q&A with director Gary Condes and cast members of LUV to discuss the show and its heritage on Thursday 15 December. Terri hosted Buckland’s previous Q&A for Some Girl(s) and a podcast and images from the event can be found here.

Murray Schisgal is a Tony and Academy Award nominated writer whose extensive career spans across plays, fiction and screenplays. Murray’s plays include LUV (Tony nominated for Best Play and Best Author), Jimmy Shine, All Over Town (Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding New Play), The Chinese and Doctor Fish, Twice Around The Park, An American Millionaire and The Typists and the Tiger (Vernon Rice Award, Outer Circle Award). In addition to his work on stage, Murray co-wrote the screenplay for the Academy Award nominated film Tootsie which starred Dustin Hoffman and his further work on screen includes the screenplay for The Tiger Makes OutThe Love Song of Barney Kempinski and Natasha Kovolina Pipashinsky. Murray has also produced and executive produced five feature-length films, A Walk On The Moon, Boys and Girls, The Devil’s Arithmetic, Clubland and A Separate Peace. Murray’s novel Days and Nights of a French Horn Player was published by Little Brown in 1980.

Nick Barber will play Milt. Nick’s previous theatre credits include Dingle/Voltaire in The Life and Times of Fanny Hill (Bristol Old Vic), Laurencio in A Lady of Little Sense (Theatre Royal Bath), Ossario in Don Gil of The Green Breeches (Theatre Royal Bath), Federico in Punishment Without Revenge(Theatre Royal Bath), CIA Agent in Blood and Gifts (National Theatre), Happy in Death of a Salesman(West Yorkshire Playhouse), Will in His Dark Materials (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Birmingham Rep), Dumaine in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Rose Theatre Kingston), Modicum in I Saw Myself (The Wrestling School), Michael Cassio in Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe), Ralph Clark in Our Country’s Good(Liverpool Playhouse), Valentine in Faust (Punchdrunk), Palamon/Squire/Rioter in The CanterburyTales (Royal Shakespeare Company), Eric Birling in An Inspector Calls (PW Productions), Don Alonso in The Gentleman From Olmedo (Watermill), Florindo in The Venetian Twins (Watermill), Cassius in Julius Caesar (Menier Theatre) and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (Southwark Playhouse). In addition to his work on stage Nick has also appeared on television in New Blood, Cuffs, Red Dwarf, Free Agents, The Waltz King, The Brief and Midsomer Murders and on film in Colour Me Kubrick and Complete Female Stage Beauty. Nick also voices Rex Fairbrother on BBC Radio 4’s The Archers 

Elsie Bennett will play Ellen. Elsie studied at Arts Ed. She most recently starred on stage as Queen Elizabeth I in Progress (Red Rose Chain) and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance (Tabard Theatre).  In addition to her work on stage, Elsie has appeared on screen in Birds Of A Feather and Joanna Lumley’s Little Cracker. Elsie also works extensively as a voice artist and recently completed work on the Hitman series and Squadron 42.

Charles Dorfman will play HarryCharles studied Theatre at Trinity College Dublin and the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Los Angeles, Theatre credits include Some Girl(s) (Park Theatre), Miss Julie(Etcetera Theatre), Taking StepsDangerous Corner, and Wuthering Heights (all Manor Pavilion Sidmouth). On screen Charles has appeared in Myrtle (dir. James Alexandrou), The Show (dir. James Alexandrou) and Present (dir. Joe Ballerini).

Buckland Theatre Company was founded by Artistic Director Charles DorfmanMiss Julie at Etcetera Theatre was the company’s debut production in their 2016 season of classic and modern texts followed by Some Girl(s) at PARK90 at Park Theatre.