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Anthony Neilson directs ACT and TERMINAL 3 by major Swedish playwright Lars Norén at the Print Room at the Coronet

ACT and TERMINAL 3
ACT and TERMINAL 3

ACT and TERMINAL 3

ACT and TERMINAL 3 by Lars Norén – a double-bill of hard hitting and deceptively simple short plays from Swedish master-playwright Lars Norén, directed by Anthony Neilson.

Lars Norén – playwright, poet and novelist – is thought by many to be the greatest living Swedish writer. For many years Artistic Director of the Riksteatern, the National Touring Theatre of Sweden, his work is hugely influential, interrogating the human psyche in a style that veers between realism and fantasy, with devastating results.  An heir to August Strindberg, this is the literary tradition behind the much-acclaimed Nordic-noir drama.   “Considered the most important playwright since August Strindberg in his native Sweden.” New York Times

Reimagined in a near future USA in the aftermath of a second civil warAct is a prescient interrogation of faith, conscience and atrocity and what is excusable during war. In a hospital examination room, a doctor assesses a female prisoner, accused of being a terrorist and now on hunger strike.

Then, storylines intertwine in Terminal 3. A young couple await the birth of their first child, while in the same place two people wait to identify the body of their dead son. What truths emerge from the birth – and death – of a child? How does the birth – and death – of a child affect the lives and relationships of the parents?

Anthony Neilson is one of the most extraordinary – and controversial – dramatists working today. His previous work, including The Prudes, Narrative, Unreachable and Relocated at the Royal Court Theatre, The Wonderful World of Dissocia and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Royal Lyceum Edinburgh and Realism at the Edinburgh International Festival.

The cast will be Barnaby Power, Robert Stocks, Temi Wilkey and Hannah Young.

Design is by Laura Hopkins, with lighting by Chahine Yavroyan.

BIOGRAPHIES

Barnaby Power – previously worked with Anthony Neilson in Narrative and Wonderful World of Dissocia at the Royal Court Theatre. Other stage appearances include Laurel and Hardy, Faust, Charlie Sonata and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh); Removal Men (The Yard Theatre); Interiors; The Destroyed Room (Vanishing Point/Edinburgh International Festival); Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night (RSCand Somersaults (National Theatre of Scotland).

Robert Stocks – Theatre credits include Warburg in Mrs Orwell (the Old Red Lion and Southwark Playhouse), Seppings in Jeeves and Wooster (World Tour) and Hare in The Butcher and the Thief (Edinburgh Festival)
His previous credits with Anthony Neilson include Bernard in Get Santa (The Royal Court) and Bufty in The Menu (National Studio).

Temi Wilkey – trained at Cambridge University. Her theatre credits include: Jubilee (Lyric Hammersmith, Royal Exchange); Hamlet and Cymbeline (RSC), The Comedy of Errors (National Theatre); and How To Hold Your Breath (Royal Court); TV credits include Manhunt (ITV)

Hannah Young – Theatre: The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, The Winter’s Tale, Coriolanus, The Drunks, Little Eagles (RSC) Corporate Rock (Nabokov), The Lady From The Sea (Birmingham Rep) The French Lieutenant’s Woman (Yvonne Arnaud) As You Desire Me, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (West End) Time and the Conways (TR Bath) First Love (Royal Court) A Chaste Maid in Cheapside (Almeida) Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Liverpool Everyman) Screen: The Robinsons, Offenders, Alan’s Breakfast

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Dates and Times:  1-30 June at 7.30pm
Press Night: Tue 5 June at 7pm
Tickets: £20 / £25.   All Concessions – £15
Wednesdays 6, 13, 20, 27 June – all tickets £8.50
Multibuy tickets:  Book three full price events and receive a 20% discount

To Book:
Tel:   020 3642 6606
Online: the-print-room.org

In person:  103 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3LB.
t: @the_printroom

Print Room at the Coronet 2018 announces a year of bold new commissions and international productions

Anda Winters
Anda Winters

Anda Winters

Print Room at the Coronet will present a year of outstanding and emotionally vivid new international performance by some of the world’s greatest most creative minds.

3 new commissions will play alongside UK premieres of productions from world-leading companies, and the Print Room at the Coronet welcomes the return of choreographer Russell Maliphant.

Artistic Director Anda Winters said – ‘I love the way theatre from other cultures presents universal feelings and experiences in different ways – ways that can be both interesting and enlightening
to us. These are plays from around the world that look at the inner working of the human soul, performed in startling, visceral productions that take you into other minds in startling and sometimes shocking ways, and ask questions that we all grapple with. I am delighted to bring such very accomplished writers, directors and performers to the Print Room at the Coronet as we bring this wonderful building back to life.’

 Work in 2018 includes:

  • maliphantworks2,four duets from acclaimed choreographer Russell Maliphant with a video installation by Maliphant and Fouras of a work conceived and shot by Tim Etchells and Hugo Glendinning
  • 
From Poland, The UK premiere of the absurd, terrifying THE COMET,inspired by the life and 
work of Bruno Schulz comes from Teresa and Andrzej Welminski
  • 
The National Theatre of Norway presentation of LITTLE EYOLFby Henrik Ibsen with Artistic 
Director of the Norwegian Ibsen Company and lead actor Kåre Conradi
  • Ireland’s pre-eminent interpreters of Beckett’s prose, Gare St Lazare Ireland present HOW IT 
IS (PART ONE)by Samuel Beckett with Stephen Dillane, Conor Lovett and Mel Mercier
  • A double bill of insightful short plays from Swedish master-playwright Lars Norén 
TERMINAL 3 and ACT. Directed by Anthony Neilson
  • The premiere of a new stage adaptation by Ben Okri of Albert Camus’ disturbing THE OUTSIDER (L’ÉTRANGER),directed by Abbey Wright
  • The premiere of the moving LOVE LIES BLEEDINGby Pulitzer, PEN/Faulkner and Man Booker International Prize winning writer Don DeLillo, directed by Jack McNamara
  • Poetry @ the Print Room is a regular series of readings by major contemporary UK and international poets.

Also at the Print Room at the Coronet in 2018, The Octandre Ensemble will present WAY OUT EAST Composer Portraits in which three composers will introduce their work in pre-concert interviews on Sunday nights throughout the Spring. Also a Festival of Italian Literature and a Festival of Estonian Literature. Please visit www.the-print-room.org 

The Programme in Detail

 Russell Maliphant Company present

maliphantworks2 

6 – 17 March

Press Night: Wed 7 March at 7pm

The acclaimed Russell Maliphant Company presents four duets: the world premiere of a new dance choreographed by Russell Maliphant and performed by him and Dana Fouras; the male duet Critical Mass (performed by Russell Maliphant and Dickson Mbi); Still (Dickson Mbi and Grace Jabbari); Two Times Two (Dana Fouras and Grace Jabbari).

To accompany the duets Russell Maliphant Company will present a video installation by Maliphant and Fouras of a work conceived and shot by Tim Etchells and Hugo Glendinning on location in the Irish Sea.

The Teresa and Andrzej Welminski Foundation present

THE COMET Inspired by the life and work of Bruno Schulz

Directed by Teresa and Andrzej Welminski

20 – 24 March

Press Night: Wed 21 March at 7pm preceded by Street Of Crocodiles at 6.30pm

“It was the age of electricity and mechanics and a whole swarm of inventions was showered on the world by the resourcefulness of human genius…”

As news spreads across town that a fatal comet is hurtling towards the earth, the townspeople enter into a festive mood, excited for the coming catastrophe. Only a newcomer to the town, Uncle Edward, is prepared to sound the alarm…

A UK premiere inspired by the life and work of Bruno Schulz from acclaimed Polish directors Teresa and Andrzej Welminski. Based on The Comet and other stories by Bruno Schulz. With extraordinary humour and stagecraft, the Welminskis bring Schulz’s absurd, mythical, yet terrifyingly current tale to life. Informed by the work of revolutionary theatre practitioner Tadeusz Kantor. Performed in English and Polish with English surtitles.

The performances will be preceded by the Quay Brothers film STREET OF CROCODILES 21 March at 6.30pm, 22-24 March at 7pm

 

National Theatre of Norway present

LITTLE EYOLF by Henrik Ibsen

Directed by Sofia Jupither

19 – 21 April

Press Night: Thur 19 April at 7pm

“But if Eyolf had never been born?”

Allmers returns home from a writing retreat to his wife and only child, the crippled Eyolf. He has abandoned his life’s literary work for a new vocation: to devote himself to caring for his son. But one event will change the course of his life forever. Little Eyolf is a haunting portrait of a marriage in crisis and the agony of acts and words that can never be undone.

Presented by the National Theatre of Norway, this stunning production shows this lesser known play to be one of Ibsen’s masterpieces of modern theatre. This production is funded by The InterNational Foundation.

Cast: Kåre Conradi, Ine Jansen, John Emil Jørgensrud, Andrine Sæther, Pia Tjelta, Sebastian Sørlie Lamb / Petter Blom-Hellum

Performed in Norwegian with English subtitles

Gare St Lazare Ireland present

HOW IT IS (PART ONE) by Samuel Beckett

Directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett

3 – 19 May

With Stephen Dillane, Conor Lovett and Mel Mercier

Press Night: Fri 4 May at 7pm

‘scraps of an enormous tale as heard so murmured to this mud which is told to me’ 

Following the Beckett In London festival at the Coronet in 2016, Gare St Lazare Ireland return to the theatre with How It Is (Part One) – one of the most important and powerful prose works in Beckett’s canon.

A man lies in the mud, in the dark. He repeats his life as he hears it, uttered by another voice, telling how it was. Meanwhile memories surface, perhaps, of life above in the light.

Judy Hegarty Lovett and Conor Lovett – artistic director duo of Gare St Lazare Ireland – are widely recognised as the pre-eminent interpreters of Beckett’s prose.
“The unparalleled Beckett champions…” New York Times

1 June – Saturday 30 June

TERMINAL 3 and ACT by Lars Norén

Translated from the Swedish by Marita Lindholm Gochman

Directed by Anthony Neilson

1 – 30 June

Press Night: Tue 5 June at 7pm

Deceptively simple and darkly funny, a double bill of short plays from Swedish master- playwright Lars Norén, Terminal 3 and Act are fearless inquiries of time, mortality and power.

TERMINAL 3 

“I wonder what they’re doing here…The couple sitting over there.” 

In a hospital, a young couple await the birth of their first child. In the same space, an estranged middle-aged couple wait to identify the body of their dead son. Terminal 3 is a dream-like exploration of loss; a ghost story for the living.

ACT 

“I’ve brought him up to be a good and loyal citizen….I hope he’ll never treat me with the kind of brutality and cruelty that you’re showing your father.”

In an examination room in Germany, a male doctor assesses a female prisoner, accused of terrorism and now on hunger strike. Act is a prescient interrogation of faith, conscience and atrocity.

A Print Room at the Coronet commission.

THE OUTSIDER (L’ÉTRANGER) by Albert Camus.

Adapted for stage by Ben Okri

Directed by Abbey Wright

14 Sept – 13 Oct

Press Night: Tue 18 September at 7pm

 “Mother used to say that you can always find something to be happy about. In my prison I found that she was right.”

 The Print Room at the Coronet is delighted to announce the first major UK production of Camus’ masterpiece The Outsider, specially adapted by Booker Prize-winning poet and novelist Ben Okri. Under the unforgiving flood of a Mediterranean sun, The Outsider moves with contradictory force in this ground-breaking production. Meursault is a man who will only speak his truth. In an age where we are being increasingly told what to feel, the story of Meursault is a blast of uncompromising honesty. It is the story of a sun-astonished man prosecuted for killing an Arab, but convicted for not crying at his mother’s funeral. The hypocrisy of society has never been so clearly exposed. Searingly relevant to our increasingly disquieting times.

Albert Camus, novelist, essayist, philosopher, Nobel laureate, and his creation Meursault are twin icons of Twentieth Century literature. Ben Okri, author of The Famished Road, is one of contemporary literature’s most important, and influential, writers. This intriguing new Coronet production brings them together for a rare dramatisation of one of modern literature’s most controversial works.

A Print Room at the Coronet commission.

LOVE LIES BLEEDING by Don DeLillo

Directed by Jack McNamara

9 November – 8 December

Press Night: Tue 13 November at 7pm

“When it stops being unbearable, it becomes something worse. It becomes the air we breathe.”

Artist Alex Macklin moved to the south-western desert, abandoning his easel to make monumental land art. A second major stroke renders him speechless and motionless. He is kept alive by feeding and hydration tubes and desperate fourth wife, Lia. To this remote location comes Alex’s second wife, together with his only son, who has been researching ways on the internet to end his father’s life.

With profound pathos and unsettling humour, DeLillo portrays a modern, fractured family, reunited by one of our time’s most urgent, cruel, yet compassionate questions: Is this still, really, life?

Don DeLillo has received awards and nominations for over 40 prizes including the Pulitzer, PEN/Faulkner and Man Booker International Prize.

A Print Room at the Coronet commission.

 

 

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First Look: Production images: The Open House, a Theatre Royal Bath Ustinov Studio and Print Room at the Coronet co-production

 Celebrity Readers and Much Loved Stories announced for Winter’s Tales at Print Room at the Coronet

  • Festive celebration of classic and contemporary stories for 6-12 year olds and their families
  • Readers to Include Mel Giedroyc, Emeli Sandé, Penelope Wilton, Ben Okri, Toby Stephens, Jamie Glover, Tom Hollander And Shappi Khorsandi

Details of Print Room at the Coronet’s Winter’s Tales have today been revealed. A stellar line up of well-known names will read their favourite festive stories. During the first week of December, classic and contemporary tales will be brought to life for children and families in the beautiful and intimate setting of the Coronet.

On Wednesday 6 December Mel Giedroyc, best known as one half of duo Mel & Sue original co-hosts of The Great British Bake Off, will read Agatha Christie’s The Adventure of the Christmas Puddingfollowed by BRIT Award-winning singer and songwriter Emeli Sandé (7 December) treating audiences to one of her favourite childhood tales. Penelope Wilton (8 December), the Olivier Award-winning actress widely known as Isabel Crawley in Downton Abbey, takes to the stage with select stories from Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne. Poet and novelist, Ben Okri will be performing a new story, written especially forWinter’s Tales (9 December). British actor, Toby Stephens, will end the first week, reading the Roald Dahl classic and family favourite, The Twits (10 December)Completing the lineup will be BAFTA Award-winning actor Tom Hollander, comedian and author Shappi Khorsandi and Jamie Glover.  Further details will be announced shortly.

Tickets for all events can be found here,

Winter’s Tales is supporting Give a Book, a local charity gifting books to a wide range of people who might otherwise not have access to them in schools, prisons and other organisations. 20 free tickets per performance will also be offered to local schools, via Give a Book, particularly those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Winter’s Tales will also help to raise funds and awareness for the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation Grenfell Tower fund. The K&C Foundation is an independent local charity and 100% of the money it receives for the fund will support the residents who lived in Grenfell Tower and others affected from the local community.

Mel Giedroyc shot to fame in the 1990s as one half of comedy duo Mel and Sue. She presented The Great British Bake Off for seven years and has recently graced our screens on Pitch Battle for BBC, Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief and Let it Shine also for the BBC.  She can be heard through the radio waves on Magic FM.

Jamie Glover is currently starring in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre), further theatre includes: What’s In A Name? (Birmingham Rep); The Rehearsal, An Ideal Husband, If Only (Chichester Festival Theatre); Donkey’s Years (Rose Theatre Kingston) and Noises Off (Old Vic/Novello). Film includes: Woody Allen London Project, These Foolish Things, Sacred Life and Closing Numbers.

Tom Hollander has worked extensively for across stage and screen. His theatre credits include Travesties (Apollo Theatre), A Flea in Her Ear (Old Vic); Landscape with Weapon (National Theatre), The Hotel in Amsterdam (Donmar); King Lear, Tartuffe and The Government Inspector (Almeida). On screen he’s known for The Night ManagerRevThe Thick of It and Pride and Prejudice. Tom makes regular appearances on American Dad and Family Guy.

Shappi Khorsandi is an internationally acclaimed comedian. She has appeared on Live At The Apollo, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, The Graham Norton Show, Have I Got News For You and many more TV and Radio Shows.  She has written two books A Beginners Guide To Acting English and the highly acclaimed novel Nina is Not OK both with Ebury Press.

Ben Okri OBE is a poet, novelist and playwright and has published many books, including The Famished Road, which won the Booker prize in 1991. His work has been translated into 26 languages and has won numerous international prizes including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Africa, the Paris Review Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, the Chianti Ruffino Antico Fattore International Literary Prize and the Premio Grinazane Cavour Prize.

The recipient of many honorary doctorates, he is vice-president of the English Centre of International PEN and was presented with the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum for his outstanding contribution to the Arts and cross-cultural understanding in 1995.

Emeli Sandé, MBE, is a Scottish recording artist and songwriter. Her critically acclaimed number one record, Our Version Of Events, was the biggest selling album of 2012 and second biggest selling album of 2013, but it was also certified 7x platinum, spent seven non-consecutive weeks at No.1.. The Aberdonian scored three UK number 1 singles and the track; ‘Next to Me’ was certified platinum in the U.S with over 1.5 million singles sold. Sandé has won numerous accolades including 4 Brit Awards (Critics Choice, Best Album and British Female Solo Artist in both 2013 and 2017) as well as awards from Q Magazine, Elle, Harpers and GQ.  The multi-instrumentalist initially made her mark as a songwriter in the UK urban scene via acts such as Wiley, Giggs, Wretch 32 and Chip, later becoming a highly sought-after writer for a wide array of international acts including Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Katy Perry.

Toby Stephens is an English actor who has recently completed filming Lost in Space for Netflix – playing the leading role of John Robinson. The series is due for launch in 2018.  Previous stage work includes Private Lives (Chichester Festival Theatre and Gielgud Theatre), Danton’s Death (NT), The Real Thing (Old Vic), A Doll’s House (Donmar Warehouse), Betrayal (Donmar Warehouse), Japes (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), A Streetcar Named Desire (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), The Country Wife(Theatre Royal Haymarket), Wallenstein (RSC), Unfinished Business (RSC), Tamburlaine (RSC), The Pilate Workshop (RSC), Hamlet – title role (RSC), Measure for Measure (RSC), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), Coriolanus – title role (RSC). Recent film work includes 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of BenghaziThe Journey and Hunter Killer (due for release.)

Dame Penelope Wilton was born in Scarborough and has worked extensively for over 50 years in the classical theatre, film and television. Her film career includes roles in The BFGThe French Lieutenant’s WomanCalendar Girls and Shaun of the Dead. Her television acting career included several major TV roles starring opposite Richard Briers in Ever Decreasing Circles, playing Homily in The Borrowers and, more recently, for her role as Isobel Crawley in the ITV drama Downton Abbey. In 2015 Penelope won an Olivier Award for her performance in Taken at Midnight (Theatre Royal Haymarket).

LISTINGS

6 – 10 December 2017
Winters Tales 
Print Room at the Coronet, Notting Hill Gate, W11 3LB
www.the-print-room.org
020 3642 6606

6 December 2017, 6pm
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie
Read by Mel Giedroyc
(10-12 years)

7 December 2017, 2pm
Title to be announced.
Read by Emeli Sandé

8 December 2017, 2pm
Stories from Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne 
Read by Penelope Wilton
(5-7 years)

9 December, 6pm
A brand new story – Title to be announced.
Read by Ben Okri
(5-7 years)

10 December 2017, 6pm
The Twits by Roald Dahl
Read by Toby Stephens
(7 – 12 years)

PRICING

Adults                                                                                           £15.50

Child/Concessions                                                                 £12.50

Family ticket

(4 tickets including 2 children, 2 full price adults)               £49

School Groups booking

(For every 10 tickets 1 teacher/adult goes free)                     £8.50

(NB School must provide an accompanying adult per 10 to 15 children)

 

Tanya Moodie to reprise role as Wiletta as Trouble In Mind transfers to Print Room at the Coronet

Tanya Moodie

Tanya Moodie


Following her widely acclaimed appearance at Theatre Royal Bath last year, Olivier Award nominated Tanya Moodie will return to Laurence Boswell’s production of Trouble in Mind when it premieres in London this September. Tanya will make her Print Room at the Coronet debut in the role of Wiletta in Alice Childress’ groundbreaking play, with previews from 14th September. Further casting will be announced in due course.

Trouble in Mind opened at Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Studio in November 2016 to huge critical and public acclaim. Written by trailblazing 1950’s American playwright, the production tells the story of a group of African-American actors rehearsing for aBroadway production, in a theatre dominated by white men. By turns comic and dramatic, Childress’s Trouble in Mind, whichhas not been presented in London for over 20 years, was the first play by a black woman to be professionally produced in New York.

Tanya Moodie said, “After the success of Trouble in Mind at the Ustinov, I am delighted to be sharing the story in London at the Print Room. I wanted to find a character’s voice on stage that articulates the challenges of transcending our limitations and realising one’s fullest creative potential. Finding Trouble in Mind, bringing it to Laurence, gathering a superb creative team and sharing Alice Childress’ play has been the most uplifting professional experience of my career. Thank you for supporting our work.”

Wiletta Mayer is a talented African-American actress who has spent a lifetime building a career in the theatreNow she is onBroadway, rehearsing Chaos in Belleville, an anti-lynching play with a white directorAs rehearsals progress, Wiletta finds itincreasingly difficult to relate to the part she is playingWill she be able to overcome her misgivings and let the show go on?

Tanya Moodie is a multi-award nominated actress recently recognized for her role in Fences alongside Lenny Henry; Constance in King John (The Globe) and Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Further theatre credits include The House that will not Stand (Tricycle Theatre); Intimate Apparel (Ustinov Studio); The Under RoomChairA Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (Lyric Hammersmith); CatchACDCFewer EmergenciesIncomplete & Random Acts of Kindness (Royal Court); The OverwhelmingThe Darker Face of EarthThe Oedipus Plays (National Theatre). On screen she is known for her roles in LegacyRabbit FeverCommonSkinsSherlockLewisThe StreetThe Clinic (Series 6 and 7); CasualtySea Of Soulsand Silent Witness.

Anda Winters announces Autumn/Winter season for Print Room at The Coronet

Trouble In Mind
Coronet International Festival

Coronet International Festival

Print Room at the Coronet has today announced its Autumn/Winter season, featuring: the London transfer from Theatre Royal Bath, of ground-breaking US playwright Alice Childress’s courageous Trouble in Mind; Coronet International Festival, celebrating the work of artists from across the world; and Winter’s Tales, a series of Christmas readings by friends and famous faces for children and their families. The season concludes with the return of multi-award-winning US playwright Will Eno, whose The Open House, directed by former RSC Artistic Director Michael Boyd, is being presented in a second collaboration with Theatre Royal Bath.

Trouble in Mind, which will open the season, sees Laurence Boswell’s production transfer after a critically acclaimed run at Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Studio. Coronet International Festival brings a host of artists from around the globe, animating the beautiful Victorian space with an eclectic and daring mix of art forms.  The specially curated Winter’s Tales offers children and families a selection of seasonal stories told by much loved actors and personalities. In a co-production with Theatre Royal Bath, directed by former RSC Artistic Director Michael Boyd, The Open House sees Print Room at the Coronet welcome back its good friend the hugely acclaimed US playwright Will Eno (following Title and Deed, 2015 and Thom Pain (Based on Nothing), 2012).

Trouble In Mind

Trouble In Mind

Anda Winters said “More than ever this multidisciplinary season of work demonstrates Print Room at the Coronet’s unconventional, open and collaborative approach to theatre. In partnership with Theatre Royal Bath we present two hugely important, innovative US playwrights. Alice Childress’s Trouble in Mind transfers to us following its critically acclaimed run at the Ustinov Studio. Our second co-production, in early 2018, is Will Eno’s The Open House. November sees the inaugural Coronet International Festival. This month of work, will feature an eclectic collection of art forms and practitioners from across the globe. The full line-up will be announced shortly, and I can promise four weeks of fearless, boundary-pushing works, which I know London’s diverse, adventurous and open-minded audience will embrace.

Opening the Autumn/Winter season at Print Room at the Coronet is Trouble in Mind by trailblazing 1950’s American playwright Alice Childress. Following its hugely successful run at Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Studio in November 2016, the play tells the story of a group of African-American actors rehearsing for a Broadway production, in a theatre dominated by white men. By turns comic and dramatic, Childress’s Trouble in Mind, which has not been presented in London for over 20 years, remains disturbingly relevant, despite having been written over sixty years ago.

Wiletta Mayer is a talented African-American actress who has spent a lifetime building a career in the theatre. Now she is on Broadway, rehearsing Chaos in Belleville, an anti-lynching play with a white director. As rehearsals progress, Wiletta finds it increasingly difficult to relate to the part she is playing. Will she be able to overcome her misgivings and let the show go on?

Trouble in Mind is followed by the Coronet International Festival. This ambitious month-long festival will blur the lines between arts forms with an array of work that crosses genres and defies expectations. Full details of the programme will be announced very shortly.

Winter’s Tales will see well-known names and faces take to the main stage, reading their favourite festive tales. Over two weeks, a different performer will appear each evening to read a story of their choosing.

The season’s second transfer from Theatre Royal Bath, The Open House, will begin London previews on 18 January 2018. This darkly hilarious tale from Obie Award-winning playwright Will Eno subverts the archetypal family drama in his signature, inimitable style. Directed by former RSC Artistic Director Michael Boyd, The Open House will receive its UK premiere at the Ustinov Studio in November, as also announced today. This will be the third collaboration between the two venues in an important ongoing partnership bookending the Autumn/Winter season.

Son and Daughter have come home to celebrate their Mother and Father’s wedding anniversary, but the atmosphere is strained and the dog is nowhere to be seen. Just as they hit stalemate, things start to take a very unexpected turn.

Throughout the season Poetry at the Print Room will continue with readings from poets including David Harsent, Maria Stepanova, Michael Symmons Roberts and Sinead Morrissey. September will also see the return of the sell-out Dead Poets Live series. The first of these events will feature Glenda Jackson reading the role of North London poet Stevie Smith (1902-71), having portrayed her on screen in the 1978 film ‘Stevie’. All proceeds from the evening will go to refugee charity Safe Passage. An additional two Dead Poets Live events are programmed, with full details to follow.

BIOGRAPHIES

Laurence Boswell is an Olivier Award-winner, Artistic Director of the Ustinov Studio and an Associate Artist of the RSC. His recent productions include A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Theatre Royal’s Main House, and Trouble in the Mind, The Mother, Intimate Apparel and The Spanish Golden Age Season in the Ustinov Studio.

For the RSC his directing credits include: Women Beware Women (the Swan); Beauty and the Beast (RSC); The Dog in the Manger (the Swan); Bartholomew Fair (the Swan) and The Painter of Dishonour (the Other Place). He curated and directed the RSC’s Golden Age Season in 2004, which later transferred to the West End and to Teatro Espaniol, Madrid.

Alice Childress was born in 1916 and raised during the Harlem Renaissance she grew up to become first an actress and then a playwright and novelist. A founding member of the American Negro Theatre, she wrote her first play, Florence, in 1949. Childress became in 1952 the first African-American woman to see her play (Gold Through the Trees) professionally produced in New York. In 1955, Childress’s play Trouble in Mind was a critical and popular success from the beginning of its run off-Broadway at the Greenwich Mews Theatre. Trouble in Mind received a well-reviewed off-Broadway revival in 1998 by the Negro Ensemble Company and has since been produced by Yale Repertory Theatre, Center Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and Arena Stage.

Childress is perhaps best known today for A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich, her 1973 novel about a 13-year-old black boy addicted to heroin, which was subsequently made into a movie in 1978. Other plays written by Childress include: Just a Little Simple (1950), Wedding Band: a Love/Hate Story in Black and White (1966) and Gullah (1984).

Alice Childress died in New York in 1994.

Will Eno’s Broadway debut play, The Realistic Joneses, was the winner of a Drama Desk Special Award. Other writing credits include The Open House (Off-Broadway), which won the Obie Award for Playwriting and most recently Wakey, Wakey (Off-Broadway).

Michael Boyd’s directing credits for Ustinov Studio include Right Now, The Harvest and The Big Meal. Other recent directing credits include The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures (Hampstead Theatre) and Tamburlaine (Broadway). He was formerly Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

LISTINGS

14 September – 14 October 2017
Evenings: 7.30pm, Matinees: Saturdays 3pm
Trouble in Mind
by Alice Childress
Directed by Laurence Boswell
Press Night: 21 September 2017

1 – 30 November 2017
Coronet International Festival
Full line up to be announced in due course
Tickets and timings to be released soon

6 – 22 December 2018
Winter’s Tales
Tickets and timings to be released soon

18 January – 17 February 2018
Evenings: 7.30pm, Matinees: Saturdays 3pm
The Open House
by Will Eno
Directed by Michael Boyd
Press Night: 25 January 2018

Poetry at the Print Room
24th October 2017, 7.30pm
with David Harsent

7th November 2017, 7.30pm
Russian Poetry with Maria Stepanova

5th December 2017, 7.30pm
with Michael Symmons Roberts and Sinead Morrissey

Dead Poets Live: Stevie Smith with Glenda Jackson
24th September 2017, 7pm

Further Dead Poets Live events
28th October 2017, 7.30pm
29th October 2017, 7pm

Print Room at the Coronet releases full details of double bill of productions celebrating the life and work of Karen Blixen

Babette's Feast
Out of Blixen

Out of Blixen

Print Room at the Coronet has today announced further details for Out of Blixen and Babette’s Feast, two productions that will run consecutively, putting a spotlight on the fascinating life and writing of Karen Blixen. Although Blixen died 55 years ago, her work remains as relevant and enchanting as ever. A programme of talks and exhibitions will take up residency in the beautiful Victorian venue to accompany the two productions.

Karen Blixen is widely remembered through Meryl Streep’s portrayal in the Oscar winning ‘Out Of Africa’. This spring Print Room at the Coronet will lift the curtain on the many sides to Blixen’s richly layered personal life and career, from the multiple identities she created for herself to the intricate, diverse and enduring stories she told.

Riotous Company’s Out of Blixen will receive its world premiere at the Coronet, previewing from 3 April 2017. This brand new co-production with Print Room at the Coronet is directed by the award-winning Kathryn Hunter, Patron of Riotous Company. Riotous Company Founder, Mia Theil Have, has long had a fascination with Blixen, the complex woman behind the myth, who wrote some of the most daring Danish fiction of the twentieth century, often under pseudonyms, the best known of which is probably Isak DinesenOut of Blixen will mark the culmination of a 10 year exploration bringing Riotous Company’s playful and unexpected style to a selection of Blixen’s fantastic stories: The Sailor Boy, Sorrow Acre from Winter’s Tales, The Diver from Anecdotes of Destiny and The Blank Page from Last Tales.

Out Of Blixen is devised and performed by Femi Elufowoju, jr, Kathryn Hunter, Nikola Kodjabashia, Marcello Magni and Mia Theil Have. Dramaturgy and writing is by Paul Tickell, original music and sound design by Nikola Kodjabashia, production design by Luis Carvalho, lighting design by David Plater and aerial advising from Alex Harvey. Riotous Company is supported by PRS For Music Foundation for the original live music score.

Kathryn Hunter said, ‘In  a world that seems more and more divided, Blixen’s stories have for us a powerful appeal; in their explorations of the paradoxes of being human they connect us and unleash our imaginations.’

Following Out of Blixen, the creative team from the hugely successful Sweeney Todd in a Pie Shop reunites to present Glyn Maxwell’s specially commissioned adaptation of Blixen’s much loved short story Babette’s Feast. Previewing from 8th May, this world premiere will see Print Room at the Coronet’s typically innovative style applied to Blixen’s tale of one community’s willingness to accept a stranger in need and the ensuing act of thanksgiving.

Babette's Feast

Babette’s Feast

Babette’s Feast will be directed by Bill Buckhurst with design by Simon Kenny the pairing who collaborated on the hugely successful 2015 Tooting Arts Club production of Sweeney Todd which opens on Broadway next month. New music for Babette’s Feast will be composed by Olly Fox.

Bill Buckhurst said, ‘Karen Blixen’s story is, on the surface, a simple tale of a woman who escapes revolution in her country and arrives in a new community which welcomes her as a refugee with open arms. The original story is only about 50 pages long but each page is crammed full of heart and soul which jumps out at you, written in Blixen’s extraordinary but economic style. Glyn’s adaptation has been done with great sensitivity and affection tackling ideas of tolerance, acceptance and forgiveness. Babette’s Feast is also a story of the transformative power of the creative arts and I’m really excited to be working with this creative team and the Print Room on this, at this moment in time.’

Glyn Maxwell said, ‘These days I’m constantly on the lookout for anything that shows hope and Babette’s Feast really is a tale that goes against the current, showing how good deeds can resonate through the world. I’ve long been an admirer of the Print Room so when Anda Winters first approached me about this I said yes immediately. Since reading the original text I’ve been captivated and I’m thrilled to be bringing it to life surrounded by so much talent’

Riotous Company will conduct a number of critical post-show panel talks on themes including race, storytelling, gender and independent theatre companies in relation to Out Of Blixen, supported by The Danish Embassy, as well as a small exhibition of Blixen’s publications supported by Rungstedlund (Blixen Estate). There will be a captioned matinee performance (22nd April) and a relaxed matinee performance (15th April) of Out Of Blixen and an extensive education programme in collaboration with Central School of Speech and Drama.

LISTINGS
3 – 22 April 2017
Evenings: 7.30pm, Matinees: Saturdays 3pm
Out Of Blixen
Created by Riotous Company
Press Night: Friday 7 April, 7pm
Directed by Kathryn Hunter
Dramaturge/Writer Paul Tickell
Artistic Director Mia Theil Have
Relaxed performance: 15th April, matinee
Captioned performance: 22nd April, matinee

8 May – 3 June 2017
Evenings: 7.30pm, Matinees: Saturdays 3pm
Babette’s Feast
Based on a novella by Karen Blixen
Press Night: Monday 15 May, 7pm
Adapted by Glyn Maxwell
Directed by Bill Buckhurst

 

Russell Maliphant Company to restage classic and early pieces in maliphantworks at Print Room at the Coronet

Russell Maliphant

Russell Maliphant

Internationally acclaimed choreographer Russell Maliphant has today announced the programme for maliphantworks, featuring world-renowned collaborators and works spanning his hugely celebrated 25 year career. Maliphant will make his Print Room at the Coronet debut with a site-responsive return to some of his early work, inspired by the intimate Victorian theatre in Notting Hill. Maliphant himself will perform one piece. maliphantworks will also feature the return of some of his original dancers. A community outreach programme will run in conjunction, supported by DanceWest.

Print Room at the Coronet is one of very few venues in West London to produce and present dance work. This co-production with Russell Maliphant Company sees the venue’s regular spring dance slot being filled by one of the world’s most acclaimed choreographers.

Opening on 28 February, maliphantworks will include modern dance classic Two; Afterlight (Part One)The Wall Duet from The Rodin Project and Unspoken. It will be restaged and performed by a host of Maliphant’s past and present collaborators, reunited from across the globe. Maliphant will perform in Unspoken a duet with James de Maria, 20 years after the pair first danced the piece and marking de Maria’s return to the stage after 16 years. Daniel Proietto will once again dance Afterlight (Part One), for which he was Olivier Award-nominated in 2010. The international award-winning Dana Fouras will dance the electrifying Two, which Maliphant choreographed for her in 1997; Olivier Award-nominated Tommy Franzen will bring his eclectic dance style to the duet The Wall, with Dickson Mbi renowned for his strength and incredible popping style.  

Other major, longstanding collaborators of Maliphant will translate his signature works from their usual larger stages and spaces to this unique, intimate venue. Michael Hulls will work closely with Maliphant on the lighting design for the programme, alongside Stevie Stewart who will lead on costume design. Es Devlin’s original set design for The Rodin Project and Jan Urbanowski’s animation for Afterlight (Part One) will be remounted for this production.

Print Room at the Coronet and Russell Maliphant Company have partnered with DanceWest to increase audience access and diversity for this and future dance productions. DanceWest, the community dance organisation for West London, supports new audiences to connect to dance by providing access to classes, projects and performances. The organisation will coordinate a series of workshops, led by Dickson Mbi, for young people and emerging artists. In addition to these workshops, young local audiences, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, will be given access to a world-class and truly unique evening of performance.

Maliphant will continue his research into anatomy, biology and biomechanics with a lecture on his movement practice, his approach to collaboration and his aesthetic, with details to be announced shortly.

Following this presentation of world-renowned contemporary choreography, Print  Room at the Coronet will continue to work with emerging and established artists and companies, cementing its reputation for producing and presenting dance as an integral part of an eclectic, cross-discipline programme.

Print Room at the Coronet announces its most ambitious season yet for 2017

Print Room at the Coronet

Print Room at the Coronet

Artistic Director Anda Winters today announces Print Room at the Coronet’s next season of work in its new, permanent home. The Spring/Summer 2017 programme, in Notting Hill’s reinvigorated Victorian play and opera house, features four world premieres. Seminal British playwright Howard Barker will open the season. Three of the works are being created especially for the space, including Russell Maliphant’s site-inspired return to his early choreography and two specially commissioned works: Erratica’s Remnants and poet Glyn Maxwell’s new adaptation of Babette’s Feast. The renowned Kathryn Hunter is devising and starring in a second Blixen project, Out of Blixen. World renowned film and theatre composer Jocelyn Pook completes the programme with her mixed-media work Hearing Voices. This season reinforces the theatre’s commitment to producing and presenting a varied and bold repertoire of work.

Anda Winters said of the programme, “It’s hugely inspiring to be working with such a rich mixture of artists, emerging and established. Many of them — Kathryn Hunter, Howard Barker, Russell Maliphant, Glyn Maxwell and Jocelyn Pook — I have admired for years. Importantly, we are delighted to be introducing some of our more recent discoveries, Erratica and Riotous Company. This newer generation of theatre makers reassures us of the continuing vitality and diversity of theatre.”       

Coinciding with the announcement of the new season, Princess Eugenie of York was today announced as Patron of Print Room at the Coronet in Notting Hill Gate, celebrating the re-opening of the Coronet as a theatre and art space for Kensington and across London.

The fifth season of work for the company commences in January, opening with the world premiere of In the Depths of Dead Love (16 January – 11 February) a dark new comedy from Howard Barker telling the story of an exiled poet who scrapes a living by renting out a bottomless well to suicidal locals. Howard Barker has worked closely with Print Room at the Coronet whilst developing this production, his first new work in five years. An extract was first presented in 2013 during Screaming in Advance, a two-day festival of readings from Barker which took place at Print Room, the venue also produced Lot and His God in 2012. The production will be directed by Barker’s long-term collaborator Gerrard McArthur, with casting to be announced.

maliphantworks (28 February – 11 March) will see award-winning choreographer, Russell Maliphant, curate an evening of intimate works tailored for the Coronet’s stage.  Featuring past and present international collaborators, Maliphant will bring some of his early choreography to this beautiful West London stage. Russell Maliphant is an Associate Artists of Sadler’s Wells and has received many of the highest theatrical accolades during his career, including an Olivier Award, two South Bank Show Awards and three Critics’ Circle Awards. This production will see the Print Room at the Coronet cement itself as a stage for presenting contemporary dance.

Out Of Blixen (3 – 22 April) by Riotous Company will receive its world premiere at Print Room at the Coronet. Inspired by the life and writings of the Danish author Karen Blixen, (known to many as the heroine of Out of Africa), this production will be directed by the award-winning Kathryn Hunter. This will be the second time Print Room at the Coronet and Riotous Company have worked together, having staged Scherzo for Piano and Stick earlier this year. Developed with the Print Room through 2016, this production is devised and performed by Kathryn Hunter, Nikola KodjabashiaMarcello Magni and Mia Theil Have, with dramaturgy by Paul Tickell, original music and sound design by Nikola Kodjabashia and design by Luis F. Carvalho.

Following on from this story of Karen Blixen’s life, Print Room at the Coronet will present a new telling of Blixen’s much-loved short story Babette’s Feast (8 May – 3 June). This world premiere of Glyn Maxwell’s commissioned stage adaptation will see the creative team behind Tooting Arts Club’s sensational Sweeney Todd in a pie shop reunite with Bill Buckhurst directing. Babette’s Feast tells the tale of Babette Hersant, a refugee from revolutionary Paris who throws a heavenly banquet to express her gratitude to the remote Norwegian village that gave her solace. Babette’s Feast was made into an Oscar-winning film in 1987 and has continued to delight readers and audiences across the globe. 2017 marks 55 years since Blixen’s death. Print Room at the Coronet will celebrate the author’s legacy in a typically innovative style.

Remnants (12 June – 1 July) from Erratica is an electro-folk opera based on a memoir by Courtney Angela Brkic telling the story of one woman’s encounter with the aftermath of war crimes at Srebrenica, and her family’s connections to the Holocaust in Bosnia 50 years before. Patrick Eakin Young will direct this tale of memory, family and the trauma that passes between generations, with performances from four singers and a dancer. Having been in workshops at Print Room at the Coronet earlier this year, the production mixes Balkan folk songs with original vocal arrangements and compositions by award winning composer Christian Mason and electronic soundscapes by DJ and installation artist Shelley Parker. Juxtaposing voices from the past with deep bass electronics, this original score evokes the pain of history and the secrets that lie beneath the ground.

Hearing Voices (12-15 July) by composer Jocelyn Pook, directed by Emma Bernard, combines the testimony of Pook’s great aunt, who spent much of her life in an asylum, with that of four other women diagnosed with mental illness; artists Bobby Baker and Julie McNamara; Mary Pook, another of Jocelyn’s relatives; and seamstress Agnes Richter, who stitched cryptic texts into a jacket she wore in a German asylum at the turn of the last century. Singer Melanie Pappenheim duets live with recordings of the women’s words, protests and laughter and striking visuals from Dragan Aleksic. Accompanying visual art installations, by Dragan Aleksic, will appear in Studio in addition to the live performance.

Poetry at the Print Room will continue to run throughout the season with dates to be announced in due course.

Print Room at the Coronet’s current production¸ The Tempest, began previews last night. Directed by Simon Usher the production will play until 17December.