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Casting announced for The Village at Theatre Royal Stratford East

The Village
The Village

The Village

Theatre Royal Stratford East has announced the full cast for the world premiere of The Village, a new adaptation by April De Angelis of Lope de Vega’s Fuenteovejuna and the first production in Nadia Fall’s inaugural season as Artistic Director. The Village stars Anya Chalotra as Jyoti and Art Malik as The Inspector, they will be joined by Harki Bhambra, Sudha Bhuchar, Ameet Chana, Neil D’Souza, Souad Faress, Rina Fatania, Naeem Hayat, Scott Karim, Arian Nik, Humera Syed and Ragevan Vasan. Musicians include Nawazish Ali-Khan (Vocals, violin and harmonium), Robinkumar R Christian (Bansuri) and Keval Joshi (Percussion).

Transported to contemporary India, The Village is a powerful story of community, solidarity and the lengths each of us are willing to go to protect ourselves from tyranny. Vega’s masterpiece is given renewed urgency and was previously performed by Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop in 1955.

Village life for Jyoti is simple: the people work hard, sing and live off the earth. She would much rather devour a delicious meal than think about a suitable partner. But when the Inspector and his men arrive back in town, things quickly begin to sour. The Inspector’s reign of terror sees him commit unspeakable acts against the village with young Jyoti in his sights, pushing everyone to breaking point. Will she dare scorn his advances?

Artistic Director, Nadia Fall, said: “The Village looks at the true cost of populism, how behind a smiling facade the manipulation and oppression of everyday people is taking place the world over. But there is a line when enough is enough, and what I love about this story is that it’s a young woman, an Indian village girl, a so called nobody, that cries out against the brutality and leads the uprising.”

To celebrate the opening of the new season and continuing Theatre Royal Stratford East’s commitment to accessibility and welcoming new audiences into the building we are pleased to be announcing a new preview ticket initiative.  During previews all seats for The Village and The Wolves will be priced at £10 and £5 for Newham residents.

Harki Bhambra plays Gopi. His theatre credits include Object Love (Dissolve Theatre), Mind The Gap (Unity Theatre) and her television credits include Our Girl Series 3, Two Doors Down, Hospital People, Drifters, Doctor Who, Londongrad.

Sudha Bhuchar plays Ishani. Her theatre credits include Lions and Tigers (Shakespeare’s Globe), Khandan (Birmingham Rep/Royal Court Theatre), A Fine Balance (Tamasha/Hampstead Theatre) & Haroun & The Sea of Stories (National Theatre). Her television credits include Coronation StreetCasualty, Holby CityThe Living and The DeadDoctorsThe Enfield HauntingVera & three series of Stella. Film credits include Colin’s New YearMary Poppins Returns and The Magnificent Eleven. Sudha also works extensively on Radio 4 and in 2017 was in the BBC Radio Drama Company. Credits include My Son The Doctor which she also co wrote (with Saleyha Ahsan). Sudha is also a playwright, co-founder of Tamasha and recently launched her new company Bhuchar Boulevard with a revival of her play Child of the Divide. Other writing credits include Fourteen Songs, Two Weddings and a Funeral and Strictly Dandia (with Kristine Landon-Smith), My Name is…which she also adapted for Radio 4, The House of Bilquis Bibi (a transposition to Pakistan of Lorca’s The House of Bernada Alba) & Balti Kings (with Shaheen Khan).

Anya Chalotra plays Jyoti. Anya is a recent graduate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her theatre credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe). Her television credits include The ABC Murders, Sherwood and Wanderlust.

Ameet Chana plays Mango. His theatre credits include What Shadows (Edinburgh Lyceum/Park Theatre London), Anita & Me (Birmingham Rep/Theatre Royal Stratford East), Happy Birthday Sunita (Watford Palace Theatre/UK and International tour), The Djinns of Eidgah and Behind the Image: The Spiral (Royal Court Theatre), Papa Was a Bus Conductor Innit (Lyric Hammersmith), Crazy Horse (Paines Plough) and Voices In The Wind (National Theatre). His television credits include Doctors, Casualty, EastEnders, Holby City, The League of Gentlemen, Roger Roger and The Accused. His film credits include Trendy, The Black Prince, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Run, Fat Boy, Run, Bend It Like Beckham.

Neil D’Souza plays Ramdev. His theatre include Beginners (Unicorn Theatre), The Hypocrite, Much Ado About Nothing, Midnight’s Children (RSC), The Dishonoured (Kali Theatre), Coming Up (Watford Palace Theatre), How to Hold Your Breath, Khandan (Royal Court Theatre), Drawing the Line (Hampstead Theatre), Protozoa/Oikos (The Red Room), Herge’s Adventures of Tintin (West End), The Man of Mode (National Theatre), Twelfth Night (West End). On TV, he is a semi-regular in Humans and In The Long Run. Other TV includes Informer, Thanks for the Memories, EastEnders, Not Safe for Work, Citizen Khan, Friday Night Dinner, Doctors, Hustle and Holby City. His film credits include Filth, Still Life, Closed Circuit, Jadoo, Another Me, Wild Target.

Souad Faress plays Gina. Theatre credits include Goats and A Curse (Royal Court Theatre), Chilcot (The Lowry/BAC/NT Studios), Tiger Country and Sugar and Snow (Hampstead Theatre), The House of Bernada Alba (Almeida Theatre), The Permanent Way (Out of Joint/Sydney Theatre Company/ National Theatre Company), Homebody/Kabul (Cheek by Jowl/Young Vic. Her television credits include Game of Thrones, Apple Tree House, Brief Encounters, Berlin Station, Sense8, Cabbage & Patch, Vera, Making of a Lady, Utopia, Hunted, Silent Witness, Holby City, Law & Order. Her film credits include Christopher Robin, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Sixth Happiness, My Beautiful Launderette and Bhaji on the Beach.

Rina Fatania plays Panna. Theatre Credits include The Tin Drum (UK Tour), Oliver Twist (Regents Park, Open Air Theatre), Roller Diner (Soho Theatre), Anita & Me (UK Tour), Sinbad the Sailor, Love N Stuff (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Paradise of the Assassins (Tara Arts), Dead Dog in a Suitcase (Kneehigh Theatre Company UK & International tour), Mummyji Presents (Birmingham Rep), The Empress (RSC), Wah! Wah! Girls (Sadler’s Wells/ UK Tour), Britain’s Got Bhangra (UK Tour), The House of Bilquis Bibi (Hampstead Theatre & UK Tour) and several pantomimes. Her film credits include Raabta, Digital-Mummji Presents, Mumbai Charlie and Travel Londoner. Radio credits include Bindi Business, Baby Farming, We Are Water, Oceans Unite Us and Silver Street, all for the BBC.

Naeem Hayat plays Vihaan. His theatre credits include Sonnet Walks, The Captive Queen, Globe 2 Globe world tour of Hamlet (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Faster-Higher-Stronger-Straighter (Dominion Studio). Film includes Duperie, Undercliffe.

Scott Karim plays Farooq. His theatre credits include The Country Wife (Chichester Festival Theatre), Young Marx (The Bridge Theatre), Imogen, The Merchant of Venice (The Globe), King Lear (Royal & Derngate, and UK Tour), Brave New World (Royal & Derngate, and UK Tour), The Invisible (The Bush), Dara, Great Britain, Othello (National Theatre). His television credits include Electric Dreams, Britannia, Holby City and film includes White Girl.

Art Malik plays The Inspector. His theatre credits include A Man For All Seasons and Equus (Liverpool Playhouse), Aliens (Soho Theatre), Art (Wyndham’s Theatre), Cymbeline (Royal Exchange), Destiny and Timon of Athens (Bristol Old Vic), Great Expectations (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Heroes (UK Tour), Indian Ink (Aldwych Theatre), Othello (Royal Shakespeare Company), Romeo and Juliet, The 88 Prospect and The Government Inspector (The Old Vic), The Seagull (Royal Court Theatre / Broadway) and Trial Run (Young Vic / Oxford Playhouse). Recent television credits include The Woman in White, Bancroft, Sherlock IV, Coldfeet, Goodness Gracious Me special, Indian Summers series 2, Arthur and George, Undercover, Homeland series 4, Borgia, New Tricks, Upstairs Downstairs, Masterpiece Mystery, Poirot, The Nativity, Ben Hur and Lewis. Recent film credits include Halal Daddy, The Escape, The Infiltrator, Diana, Bhaag Mikha Bhaag, John Carter, Ghosted, Mirzya, Sex and the City 2, Wolfman, Hotel and Franklyn.

Arian Nik plays Mekhal. His theatre credits include The Ugly One (Park Theatre) and The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca (Hull Truck). He has recently wrapped on the feature film Artemis Fowl for Disney.

Humera Syed plays Jacinta. Her theatre credits include The Arabian Nights (Royal Lyceum Theatre) and Anita And Me (No 1 Tour).

Ragevan Vasan plays Ved. His theatre credits include Hurling Rubble At The Sun/Moon (Park Theatre), Love For Love, Queen Anne (RSC). His television credits include Save Me, Fortitude, The State, Cuffs, Doctors. Her film credits include Dumbo, Walk Like a Panther, Daphne, The Last Witness.

Lope de Vega (1562 – 1635) was a Spanish playwright, poet and novelist. In addition to Fuenteovejuna, notable works include The Dog in the Manger and Punishment Without Revenge.

April De Angelis is an acclaimed writer whose extensive theatre work includes After Electra, Rune, Gastronauts, Jumpy, an adaptation of Wuthering Heights, A Laughing Matter, A Warwickshire Testimony, The Positive Hour, Playhouse Creatures and The Life and Times of Fanny Hill. She’s currently under commission to the Royal Exchange, Manchester and the National Theatre. De Angelis has also written the libretto for Flight, music by Jonathan Dove, for Glyndebourne Opera and The Silent Twins libretto, which was set to music by Errollyn Wallen. Her work for radio includes an adaptation of Life in the Tomb, a serialisation of Peyton Place, Visitants and The Outlander which won the Writer’s Guild Award in 1992. For television her work includes Aristophanes.

Nadia Fall trained at Goldsmiths College (MA Directing) and on the NT Studio’s Directors programme. Her directing credits include The Suicide, Our Country’s Good, Dara, Chewing Gum Dreams, Home, Hymn, The Doctor’s Dilemma (National Theatre), Hir, Disgraced (Bush Theatre), R and D (Hampstead Theatre), Way Upstream (Chichester Festival Theatre), Hobson’s Choice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), How Was It For You? (Unicorn Theatre), Sticks & Stones (Polka Theatre), The Maids (Lyric Hammersmith), Miss Julie (Croydon Warehouse Theatre) and Wild Turkey (Site Specific). As Associate Director, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Gielgud Theatre), Collaborators, The Habit of Art (National Theatre); and as Staff Director, Rocket to the Moon, Really Old, Like Forty Five, Phèdre and Much Ado About Nothing (National Theatre). Fall has directed at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Unicorn Theatre and led participation initiatives with partners such as the Young Vic, Clean Break, Soho Theatre and the Royal Court. She is also an acting coach, supporting professional actors for film and stage.

Writer April De Angelis

Director Nadia Fall

Designer Joanna Scotcher

Lighting Designer Paul Pyant

Movement Director Polly Bennett

Composer Niraj Chag

Sound Designer Helen Atkinson

Fight Directors RC-Annie

Casting Director Amy Ball

Musicians

Nawazish Ali-Khan (Vocals, violin and harmonium), Robinkumar R Christian (Bansuri) and Keval Joshi (Percussion).

Lenny Henry returns to the stage in August Wilson’s King Hedley II at Theatre Royal Stratford East

Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nadia Fall, today announces Lenny Henry to take on the role of Elmore in August Wilson’s King Hedley II as part of her inaugural season. This marks the first time Wilson’s work will be staged at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

In April, Theatre Royal Stratford East presents a Derby Theatre and Pilot Theatre co-production of Malorie Blackman’s novel Noughts and Crosses. Adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz and directed by Esther Richardson, the production opens at Stratford East on 24 April and running until 5 May.

The season concludes with a Theatre Royal Stratford East and ENO co-production of Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece Noye’s FluddeLyndsey Turner directs a new production which combines the talents of professional singers, actors and musicians with those of school children and the local community. The production opens on 3 July, with previews from 1 July and runs until 13 July.

Also going on sale today is the already announced co-production with English Touring Theatre of Peter Shaffer’s classic play Equus. Directed by Ned Bennett, the play opens on 21 February.

In addition, at every performance of every show over half of the tickets are priced under £25, with £10 tickets available for those aged under 26.

Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nadia Fall, said today, “There’s just so much to get excited about as our 2019 shows go on sale today. I’m thrilled that Lenny Henry will be appearing at Theatre Royal Stratford East in August Wilson’s ferocious and timely play King Hedley II. Taking on the role of Elmore, this will be the first time that Lenny Henry has appeared on our stage and also the first time that the great August Wilson’s work has been performed here. Our co-production with English Touring Theatre of Peter Shaffer’s Equus also goes on sale today, re-imagined by the theatre maverick Ned Bennett, it’s sure to be the play as you’ve never seen it before. Young people have always been at the heart of Theatre Royal Stratford East and we hope that they and their families will enjoy Pilot Theatre’s production of Noughts and Crosses, from the celebrated novel by Malorie Blackman in a new adaptation by Sabrina Mahfouz. Our co-production with English National Opera of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, will see the brilliant Lyndsey Turner direct this joyous production, which combines the talents of professional artists alongside an army of local school children and community groups. It’s a brilliantly busy year ahead, designed to offer something for everyone.”

Theatre Royal Stratford East and English Touring Theatre present 

EQUUS

by Peter Shaffer

Directed by Ned Bennett

15 February – 23 March 2019

Press night: 21 February, 7pm

Award-winning director Ned Bennett brings Peter Shaffer’s psychological thriller Equus to the stage in a bold new production of the critically-acclaimed classic.

When teenager Alan Strang’s pathological fascination leads him to blind six horses, psychiatrist Dr. Martin Dysart is tasked with uncovering the motive behind the boy’s violent act. As Dysart delves into Alan’s world of twisted spirituality, passion and sexuality, he begins to question his own sanity and motivations in a world driven by consumerism.

Equus is a co-production between UK Theatre Award winners English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Sir Peter Shaffer’s (1926 – 2016) plays include The Salt Land, The Prodigal Father, Balance of Terror, Five Finger Exercise (Evening Standard Drama Award), The Private Ear, The Public EyeThe Royal Hunt of the SunBlack ComedyWhite Lies, The Battle of Shrivings, Yonadab, The Gift of the Gorgon, Lettice and Lovage and Amadeus (Evening Standard Drama Award and Tony Award for Best Play)His plays adapted for film include Five Finger ExerciseThe Royal Hunt of the Sun, Equus and Amadeus (Academy Award for Best Picture), for television The Salt Land and Balance of Terror, and for radio The Prodigal Father andWhom Do I Have the Honour of Addressing?. In 1994, Shaffer was Visiting Professor of Contemporary Drama at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. He was awarded the CBE in 1987 and was knighted in 2001.

Ned Bennett directs Equus. He is an award-winning theatre director, who trained at the Royal Court, the National Theatre and LAMDA. His work includes the Evening Standard Award-winning An Octoroon, which opened at the Orange Tree Theatre in Spring 2017 and will transfer to the Dorfman in Summer 2018, andBuggy Baby which opened at the Yard Theatre in March of this year. He directed the Bruntwood Prize-winning Yen at the Manchester Royal Exchange which transferred to the Royal Court in 2016, and Pomona which was commissioned by the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and transferred to the Orange Tree, and then to the National Theatre. Pomona and Yen won Bennett the UKT Best Director award 2015. Pomona won four Off-West End awards: Best Director, Best Production, Best New Play and Best Lighting Design.

English Touring Theatre is one of the UK’s leading touring companies, winning the UK Theatre Awards Best Touring Production in 2014, 2015 and 2016. ETT works with exciting artists to stage an eclectic mix of new and classic work for audiences throughout the UK and overseas; theatre that is thrilling, popular and engaged in the contemporary world. At the heart of everything ETT does is the passionately held belief that everyone, wherever they are in the country, deserves to have access to world class theatre. In 2017 ETT toured to 40 venues throughout the UK, with productions including Sam Holcroft’s Rules for Living, Richard Twyman’s critically acclaimed production of Othello and the 20th anniversary tour of The Weir, which finished its nationwide tour this year, winning the Manchester Theatre Award for Best Visiting Production. 2018 sees the company celebrate its 25th anniversary.​

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Derby Theatre and Pilot Theatre present

Co-produced by Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Mercury Theatre Colchester and York Theatre Royal

NOUGHTS AND CROSSES

By Malorie Blackman

Adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz

Directed by Esther Richardson

24 April – 5 May

Press night: 24 April, 7:30pm

“Why love, if losing hurts so much?”

Sephy and Callum sit together on a beach. They are in love.

It is forbidden.

Sephy is a Cross and Callum is a Nought. Between Noughts and Crosses there are racial and social divides. A segregated society teeters on a volatile knife edge.

As violence breaks out, Sephy and Callum draw closer, but this is a romance that will lead them into terrible danger.

This gripping Romeo and Juliet story by acclaimed writer Malorie Blackman and adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz is a captivating drama of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world.

Schools workshops and free online learning resources are available alongside this production. Please see pilot-theatre.com.

Sabrina Mahfouz is a playwright, poet and screenwriter. Her play With a Little Bit of Luck (Paines Plough) was broadcast on BBC1xtra and performed across the UK. Other theatre works include Chef (winner of a 2014 Fringe First Award), Dry Ice (nominated for Stage Award for Best Solo Performance) and Clean (Traverse Theatre and New York). Mahfouz has a published poetry collection, How You Might Know Me, was a contributor to The Good Immigrant and has edited The Things I Would Tell You. Her first play for children, Zeraffa Giraffa won Best Production for Young People at the Off West End Awards 2018 and she is currently writing a biopic of Wiley, the ‘godfather of grime’.

Malorie Blackman has written over 60 books for children and young adults, including the Noughts and Crosses series, Thief and most recently her science fiction thriller Chasing the Stars. Her work has also been adapted for TV with the 6-part adaptation of Pig-Heart Boy winning a BAFTA and Noughts and Crosses is currently in production for the BBC. In 2005, Blackman was honoured the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her distinguished contribution to the world of children’s books.  In 2008, she was awarded OBE and between 2013 and 2015 she was the Children’s Laureate.

Esther Richardson is the Artistic Director of Pilot Theatre. She has directed over 25 theatre productions in the UK, including her most recent production of Brighton Rock, adapted by Bryony Lavery. Esther was the founding Artistic Director of Theatre Writing Partnership – a new writing development company based in Nottingham UK (funded by the Lottery and ACE from 2001 to 2012). The company was nominated for the prestigious Stage/TMA’s Special Achievement in Regional Theatre Award when Esther was running the company in 2006. Her film work includes two successful shorts, which led her to be selected for Creative England’s ifeatures scheme in 2012/13.

Theatre Royal Stratford East present

KING HEDLEY II

By August Wilson

Directed by Nadia Fall

17 May – 16 June

Press night: 23 May, 7pm

1980s Pittsburgh, a city in decay. Against the backdrop of Reagan’s America, King, an ex-con, is trying to rebuild his life and start a family.  He’s got hopes and dreams of opening a video store and building a new life. If only he can get ten thousand dollars together, if only he can catch a break. In his dusty backyard he plots and plans with his friend Mister, but is this all a pipe dream?

Featuring Lenny Henry as smooth-talking hustler Elmore, August Wilson’s touching and angry, King Hedley II is a quest for redemption for one man and a whole community.

Lenny Henry has been a comedian since the age of 16. He has risen from being a cult star on children’s television to becoming one of Britain’s best-known comedians, as well as a writer, philanthropist and award-winning actor.  In recent years he has starred in The Comedy of Errors at The National Theatre, Fences at the Duchess Theatre, and in 2017 he made his Donmar Warehouse debut in The Resitable Rise of Arturo Ui. He has also been a Trustee of the National Theatre since February 2016. His television credits include BroadchurchThe Syndicate and the biographic Danny and The Human Zoo. Henry’s Production Company, Douglas Road, has achieved success in partnership with Burning Bright on the recently acclaimed The Commonwealth Kid documentary. As a co-founder of Comic Relief he was delighted to announce this year that the British Public has donated over £1billion to Comic Relief over the last 30 years. He is a strong advocate for diversity, taking his work on the subject to Cannes in order to deliver the Keynote speech launching the idea of offering tax breaks for diversity, as well as talks given in Rome to the global TV and film insider audience. Henry was chosen by Baroness Doreen Lawrence to interview three beneficiaries of the Stephen Lawrence trust at his memorial in 2018.

August Wilson (1945–2005) was an American playwright. He won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for his play Fences and earned a second Pulitzer Prize forThe Piano Lesson. His other notable works include Seven Guitars, Gem of the Ocean, Jitney and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

 

Nadia Fall trained at Goldsmiths College (MA Directing) and on the NT Studio’s Directors programme. Her directing credits include The SuicideOur Country’s GoodDaraChewing Gum DreamsHomeHymnThe Doctor’s Dilemma (National Theatre), HirDisgraced (Bush Theatre), R and D (Hampstead Theatre), Way Upstream (Chichester Festival Theatre), Hobson’s Choice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), How Was It For You? (Unicorn Theatre), Sticks & Stones (Polka Theatre), The Maids (Lyric Hammersmith), Miss Julie (Croydon Warehouse Theatre) and Wild Turkey (Site Specific). As Associate Director, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Gielgud Theatre), CollaboratorsThe Habit of Art (National Theatre); and as Staff Director, Rocket to the MoonReally Old, Like Forty FivePhèdre and Much Ado About Nothing (National Theatre). Fall has directed at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Unicorn Theatre and led participation initiatives with partners such as the Young Vic, Clean Break, Soho Theatre and the Royal Court. She is also an acting coach, supporting professional actors for film and stage.

Theatre Royal Stratford East and English National Opera present

NOYE’S FLUDDE 

By Benjamin Britten

Directed by Lyndsey Turner

1 July – 13 July

Press night: 3 July, 7pm

God is angry, and a flood is coming. But Noah is building a boat: wide enough and deep enough not just for his family, but for a cargo of birds and beasts, both great and small. For forty days and forty nights, this chorus of unlikely shipmates endure a mighty storm, in the hope that a new world will be waiting for them on the other side.

Lyndsey Turner directs a joyous new production of Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece combining the talents of professional singers, actors and musicians with those of school children and the local community. Marking the first collaboration between Theatre Royal Stratford East and English National Opera, Noye’s Fludde speaks of courage, redemption and the promise of a new beginning.

Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976) was a British composer, pianist and conductor. The most significant British composer of the post-war period, Britten was the first British composer to devote the major part of his output to the operatic stage. Beginning with the international success of Peter Grimes in June 1945, his sixteen operas, which include chamber operas and works for children, are now considered repertory pieces. Other notable works include Paul BunyanBilly Budd and GlorianaThe Rape of LucretiaCurlew River and Death in Venice. Among Britten’s notable achievements outside the opera house were orchestral pieces such as the Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Sinfonia da RequiemThe Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Spring Symphony and Symphony for Cello and Orchestra.

Lyndsey Turner’s previous work includes Philadelphia, Here I Come!Fathers and Sons, and Faith Healer (Donmar Warehouse), Girls and Boys (Royal Court), Tipping The Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith), Hamlet (Barbican), Chimerica (Almeida & West End), Saint George and the DragonLight Shining in BuckinghamshireEdgar and AnnabelThere is a War (National Theatre).

 

English National Opera believes that opera of the highest quality should be accessible to everyone.

A national company of international standard, ENO forges ground-breaking collaborations across art forms, and our world-class productions inspire, surprise, and captivate. We sing in English and believe that singing in our own language connects the performers and the audience to the drama onstage and enhances the experience for all. ENO performs a wide repertoire of opera from classic favourites and seminal works, to contemporary titles and brand new commissions. In 2017 we staged the World Premieres of operas Marnie and The Winter’s Tale. With 2,359 seats, our home, the iconic London Coliseum on St Martin’s Lane, is the largest theatre in London. It was designed for Sir Oswald Stoll by Frank Matcham, the leading theatre architect of his day. Between April 2016 and July 2017, 346,400 people came to enjoy an ENO performance either at the London Coliseum or at another venue in London. In addition, more than 188,000 people saw an ENO co-production outside of the UK. It is central to ENO’s mission to ensure that price is never a barrier for people wanting to enjoy great opera. 42,500 tickets at £20* or less are available for performances across ENO’s 2018/19 season (around 23% of tickets to every show) and we provide great seats at significantly reduced prices to Under 30s and full-time students through our Access All Arias scheme.

We nurture talent across the entire company, whether on-stage, backstage, or in the pit; and we provide a platform for young singers to develop global careers. 80% of ENO singers and conductors are British born/trained/resident.

 For more information on ENO and our upcoming productions, please visit eno.org

 

Theatre Royal Stratford East                                                                                                                       Listings

Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN

Box Office: 020 8534 0310

www.stratfordeast.com

Since 1884, Theatre Royal Stratford, the historic producing house in the heart of London’s East End has spearheaded diverse work and championed often marginalised stories on its stage. Many leading actors, writers and directors have been part of the Theatre Royal Stratford East family including Meera Syal, Barbara Windsor, Don Warrington, Indhu Rubasingham, Tanika Gupta, Roy Williams and Cynthia Erivo to name but a few. Now with Artistic Director Nadia Fall at the helm, Theatre Royal Stratford East will deliver a bold programme of reimagined classics, timely revivals and ground-breaking new work.

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Tickets: From £10

Newham Discount Night: All preview performances will have a limited number of £5 tickets on sale.  These are available for first-time visitors who live or work in Newham (proof of address required) and there’s a maximum of two per person. Only available to book in person or over the phone.

SEASON AT A GLANCE:

Theatre Royal Stratford East presents

THE VILLAGE

7 September – 6 October 2018

Press night: 13 September 2018

Access performances:

BSL – Thursday 4 October 7.30pm

Captioned – Friday 5 October 7.30pm

Audio – Saturday 6 October 2.30pm

BALLET BLACK
10 – 13 October 2018
Press night: 10 October

Theatre Royal Stratford East presents

THE WOLVES

24 October – 17 November 2018

Press night: 30 October 2018

Access performance:

BSL – Thursday 15 November 7.30pm

Captioned – Friday 16 November 7.30pm

Audio – Saturday 17 November 2.30pm

 

Theatre Royal Stratford East presents
SLEEPING BEAUTY
1 December 2018 – 12 January 2019

Press night: 8 December 2018

Access performance:

Audio described: Saturday 22 Dec 2pm

Captioned: Friday 4 Jan 7pm

BSL: Saturday 5 Jan 2pm

Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth present
THE UNRETURNING

Press night: 17 January 7pm

16 January 2019 – 2 February 2019

Access performance TBC

Theatre Royal Stratford East and English Touring Theatre present

EQUUS

15 February – 23 March 2019

Press night: 21 February, 7pm

Access performances:

BSL – Thursday 21 March 7.30pm

Captioned – Friday 22 March 7.30pm

Audio – Saturday 23 March 2.30pm

Derby Theatre and Pilot Theatre present

Co-produced by Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Mercury Theatre Colchester and York Theatre Royal

NOUGHTS AND CROSSES

23 April – 5 May

Press night: 24 April, 7pm

Access Performances TBC

Theatre Royal Stratford East present

KING HEDLEY II

17 May – 16 June

Press night: 23 May, 7pm

Access Performances TBC

 

Theatre Royal Stratford East and ENO present

NOYE’S FLUDDE 

1 – 13 July

Press night: 3 July, 7pm

Access Performances TBC

Nadia Fall announces inaugural season as Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East

Nadia Fall
Nadia Fall

Nadia Fall

Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nadia Fall, today announced her inaugural season, beginning this September.

The season opens with The Village, a new adaptation of Lope de Vega’s masterpiece Fuenteovejuna by April de Angelis. A powerful play about community and solidarity, Fall directs the production in homage to Joan Littlewood, who staged the production at Theatre Royal Stratford East under the title The Sheepwell in 1955. Transported to contemporary India and with a renewed poignancy, Fall’s first production opens on 13 September.

October sees the return of Cassa Pancho’s hugely popular Ballet Black, who as part of their partnership with the theatre return for their third consecutive year with a new double bill.

This is followed by the European première of Sarah DeLappe’s award-winning debut play The Wolves which premièred in 2016 in the US. Directed by Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre, Ellen McDougallThe Wolves opens on 30 October.

Matthew Xia returns to Theatre Royal Stratford East, having previously directed here as well as being a member of the theatre’s young company, to direct the much-loved annual pantomime opening in December. Staying true to its critically acclaimed tradition, Sleeping Beauty, with the Book by Sarah A Nixon and Mark Chatterton with Music and Lyrics by Robert Hyman will also feature original songs.
In the new year, Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth’s production of The Unreturning has its London première when it comes to Stratford as part of the show’s UK tour. Written by Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting winner Anna Jordan and directed by Frantic Assembly Associate Director Neil Bettles, the production celebrates the 10th anniversary of Frantic Assembly’s Ignition training programme, of which Theatre Royal Stratford East has been a partner.

Following on is a co-production of Peter Shaffer’s classic play Equus with English Touring Theatre. Directed by Ned Bennett, this bold new revival will open at Theatre Royal Stratford East in February ahead of a UK tour.

Opening in May 2019, Fall directs August Wilson’s King Hedley II in the first production of Wilson’s work staged at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Set against the backdrop of Reagan-era America, this touching and angry play will make up the penultimate production of the season.

The season concludes with an ambitious production with large-scale community and school participation to be directed by Lyndsey Turner. Further details will be announced shortly.

Theatre Royal Stratford East will also be participating in this year’s Fun Palaces campaign on the weekend of 6-7 Oct 2018, an idea conceived by Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price in the early 1960s focusing on bringing the local community together through an inclusive and open environment.

In addition, at every performance of every show over half of the tickets are priced under £25, with £10 tickets available for those aged under 26.

 The VillageThe WolvesBallet Black and Sleeping Beauty are on sale from 22 March and all other productions will be on sale from May 2018.

Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nadia Fall, said today, ‘’I’m excited to kick start my first Season as Artistic Director with The Village, in a new adaptation by April de Angelis of Fuenteovejuna, a story that our founding mother, the great Joan Littlewood first brought to Stratford East in 1955. For me the play is ultimately about the power of community and a warning shot to authority. I especially love that it’s the story’s heroine that leads the way in ‘sticking it to the man,’ as we transport the play to contemporary India. I can’t contain my excitement about Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves, which captures the voices of young women in the most authentic way. Instead of the usual bubble-gum clichés of teenage girls; here we discover a competitive high-school football team during their pre-match warm ups. I’m thrilled that the talented Ellen McDougall is directing, as she’s a theatre maker whose work manages to regularly reduce me to tears- in a good way. The start of our season has a strong feminist gesture but I’m equally passionate about welcoming Frantic Assembly’s The Unreturning which explores the experiences of young men, as well as mounting King Hedley ll, by the African-American powerhouse that is August Wilson, this play is a lament to the viscous cycle of prison and absent fathers set in 1980s Pittsburgh. The enfant terrible of British theatre, the young auteur Ned Bennett will be directing Shaffer’s notorious modern classic Equus, in a co- production with ETT that promises to be the play as you’ve never seen it before. We welcome back the hugely popular and elegant Ballet Black with a new double-bill this autumn and of course our world-famous Panto. Sleeping Beauty will see the return of our brilliant Stratford East alumni Matthew Xia, who is also directing the Alfred Fagon award winning play Shebeen by Mufaro Makubika this summer. We will end our season with a large scale community and schools led production, directed by the outstanding Lyndsey Turner. This season was built for all of us who love a good story, told from the mouths of everyday characters. There are no kings or queens here, just people like us.’’

Nadia Fall trained at Goldsmiths College (MA Directing) and on the NT Studio’s Directors programme. Her directing credits include The SuicideOur Country’s GoodDaraChewing Gum DreamsHomeHymnThe Doctor’s Dilemma (National Theatre), HirDisgraced (Bush Theatre), R and D (Hampstead Theatre), Way Upstream (Chichester Festival Theatre), Hobson’s Choice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), How Was It For You? (Unicorn Theatre), Sticks & Stones (Polka Theatre), The Maids (Lyric Hammersmith), Miss Julie (Croydon Warehouse Theatre) and Wild Turkey (Site Specific). As Associate Director, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Gielgud Theatre), CollaboratorsThe Habit of Art (National Theatre); and as Staff Director, Rocket to the MoonReally Old, Like Forty FivePhèdre and Much Ado About Nothing(National Theatre). Fall has directed at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Unicorn Theatre and led participation initiatives with partners such as the Young Vic, Clean Break, Soho Theatre and the Royal Court. She is also an acting coach, supporting professional actors for film and stage.

Theatre Royal Stratford East presents

The world première of

THE VILLAGE

After Fuenteovejuna by Lope de Vega in a new adaptation by April de Angelis

7 September – 6 October 2018

Press night: 13 September 7pm

Director: Nadia Fall, Designer: Joanna Scotcher, Lighting Designer: Paul Pyant;

Sound Designer: Helen Atkinson

Kicking off Nadia Fall’s season is a new adaptation of Lope de Vega’s Spanish Golden Age play Fuenteovejuna from April de Angelis. Transported to contemporary India, The Village is a powerful story of community, solidarity and the lengths each of us are willing to go to protect ourselves from tyranny. Directed by Fall, Vega’s masterpiece is given renewed urgency and was previously performed by Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop in 1955.

Village life for Joythi is simple: the people work hard, sing and live off the earth. She would much rather devour a delicious meal than think about a suitable partner. But when the Inspector and his men arrive back in town, things quickly begin to sour. The Inspector’s reign of terror sees him commit unspeakable acts against the village with young Joythi in his sights, pushing everyone to breaking point. Will she dare scorn his advances?

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Lope de Vega (1562 – 1635) was a Spanish playwright, poet and novelist. In addition to Fuenteovejuna, notable works include The Dog in the Manger and Punishment Without Revenge.

April De Angelis is an acclaimed writer whose extensive theatre work includes After ElectraRuneGastronautsJumpy, an adaptation of Wuthering HeightsA Laughing Matter, A Warwickshire TestimonyThe Positive HourPlayhouse Creatures and The Life and Times of Fanny Hill. She’s currently under commission to the Royal Exchange, Manchester and the National Theatre. De Angelis has also written the libretto for Flight, music by Jonathan Dove, for Glyndebourne Opera and The Silent Twins libretto, which was set to music by Errollyn Wallen. Her work for radio includes an adaptation of Life in the Tomb, a serialisation of Peyton Place, Visitants and The Outlander which won the Writer’s Guild Award in 1992. For television her work includes Aristophanes.

BALLET BLACK: DOUBLE BILL 2018
10 – 13 October 2018

Press night: 10 October

Cassa Pancho’s Ballet Black celebrates dancers of black and Asian descent. As part of their latest double bill, renowned British choreographer Cathy Marston choreographs a new ballet based on Can Themba’s moving fable The Suit. This is followed by Arthur Pita’s Olivier nominated A Dream Within a Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Theatre Royal Stratford East presents

The European première of 

THE WOLVES

By Sarah DeLappe
Director Ellen McDougall

24 October – 17 November 2018

Press night: 30 October 2018

Stretch, squat, lunge, kick, the girls are warming up, a pack of teenage warriors ready for battle and out to score some goals.

From their plot of astro turf in the heartland of middle America the girls gossip, joke and wrestle with the big and small questions of our times, whilst trying to remain unbeaten in their high school soccer league.

Sarah DeLappe’s award-winning debut play receives its European Première at Theatre Royal Stratford East in a new production directed by Ellen McDougall.

Sarah DeLappe’s is a writer and studied at MFA, Brooklyn College. Her debut play The Wolves (Pulitzer Prize finalist; Relentless Award) premiered at The Playwrights Realm, following an engagement with New York Stage & Film, and development with Clubbed Thumb.

Ellen McDougall is Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre. She previously directed Idomeneus for the company in 2014. Her credits include a critically acclaimed production of Othello at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe earlier this year, the Lyric’s annual pantomime – Aladdin by Joel Horwood (2016) and Cinderella by Tom Wells (2015), The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange), The Remains of Maisie Duggan (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), The Glass Menagerie (Headlong), Anna Karenina (Manchester Royal Exchange), Henry the Fifth, Not Now BernardThe NutcrackerAntigonePhiloctetes (Unicorn Theatre), Glitterland

(Secret Theatre/Lyric Hammersmith) and Ivan and the Dogs (Actors Touring Company/Soho Theatre – nominated for an Olivier Award). McDougall was formerly part of the Secret Theatre Company at the Lyric Hammersmith, Associate Director at the Gate and an Associate Artist at ATC. She trained as an assistant to Katie Mitchell and Marianne Elliott. She was awarded an International Artists’ Development Award (ACE/British Council) in 2012.


Theatre Royal Stratford East presents
SLEEPING BEAUTY
Book by Sarah A NixonMark Chatterton; Music and Lyrics by Robert Hyman
Director: Matthew Xia
1 December 2018 – 12 January 2019

Press night: 8 December 2018

Theatre Royal Stratford goes Far East for a brand new festive adventure!

Sleeping Beauty has been in a deep sleep for a hundred years… but wakes to find herself in a strange city with a cruel fairy hot on her heels…

Expect our much-loved mix of original songs, cracking jokes and a (huge) sprinkling of magic in London’s must-see pantomime.

Sarah A Nixon and Mark Chatterton are Pantomime writers. They are the writing team behind the Liverpool Everyman Theatre’s perennial hit The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto. Their many pantomime writing credits include Little Red Riding HoodCinderella! Mop In The Name Of Love!Dick Whittington! Great Balls Of Fur!, Sleeping Cutie! Wake Up Little Snoozy! and Mother Goose! Shake, Waddle And Roll!The Twee Musketeers! A Rock & Roll Caper! and the upcoming Rapunzel! Hairway To Heaven! (Everyman Theatre).

Robert Hyman has worked extensively at Theatre Royal Stratford East for the last 17 years both as a Composer and Musical Director. That body of work includes music and lyrics for RapunzelCinderella (Olivier Award nominated), Pinocchio, AladdinRed Riding Hood and Dick Whittington (with Trish Cooke), as well as songs for The Snow Queen and Hansel and Gretel, and scores for 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and Make Some Noise. He was also Musical Director for the hit musicals Tommy (Ramps on the Moon), The Big Life (Including West End), Come Dancing and Takeaway (all Theatre Royal Stratford East) as well as all Theatre Royal Stratford East pantomimes since 1998. Other projects include conducting a choir of 5000 at the O2; Musical Director for World Children’s Ensemble (Royal Albert Hall) and Reasons to be Cheerful (UK tour).

Matthew Xia directs. Xia will return to Theatre Royal Stratford East after directing the upcoming, Shebeen (Nottingham Playhouse and Theatre Royal Stratford East). He was Associate Artistic Director at Manchester’s Royal Exchange where he directed BrinkInto The Woods and The Bruntwood Award Winning Wish List (Royal Court Co-Production). Other credits include Blue/OrangeThe Sound of YellowSizwe Banzi Is Dead (Young Vic), Dublin Carol (The Sherman Theatre) and Frankenstein (Royal Exchange).

Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth present
THE UNRETURNING
Written by Anna Jordan 

Directed by Frantic Assembly Associate Director Neil Bettles

16 January 2019 – 2 February 2019

Press night: 17 January 7pm

I want to return to my home.

 A British Northern coastal town. Three young men are coming home from war. Their stories, set at different times over the last 100 years, are beautifully interwoven in this compelling new play by Anna Jordan (Yen – Royal Court Theatre, Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2013).

Directed by Neil Bettles and featuring Frantic’s celebrated physicality, The Unreturning explores the profound effect that war has on young lives, and asks – what does coming home really mean?

The production celebrates 10 years of Ignition, a project that Theatre Royal Stratford East and Frantic Assembly have partnered on for many years.

Anna Jordan won the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for her play Yen after having been twice longlisted for her plays Marianne and Chicken ShopYen has had productions at Manchester Royal Exchange, the Royal Court and MCC New York as well as several international productions. It was also shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2015-2016. Other theatre writing includes We Anchor In Hope, (Royal Court Theatre – Beyond the Court), A Serious Case of the Fuckits, (CSSD), Chicken Shop (Park Theatre) and Freak (Theatre503 / Assembly Studios). Writing for TV includes Succession and a pilot of her own drama series on addiction Cluck. She directed Jonathan Harvey’s play Tomorrow I’ll Be Happy at The National Theatre Shed as part of National Theatre Connections.

Neil Bettles is Associate Director for Frantic Assembly, most recently co-directing No Way Back for the company. Credits include, as Movement Director, The James Plays (Edinburgh International Festival/NT), Blood WeddingThe Bacchae (Royal & Derngate), Much Ado About Wenlock, (Vamos), Platform (Old Vic Tunnels), Henry IV: Part One (Drum, Plymouth) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Secret Cinema). As Associate Movement Director, The Light Princess, (National Theatre), The Full Monty(Sheffield Theatres). As Director, Chalk Farm, The Static, Blackout, Boy Magnet and White Noise (ThickSkin), Playlist (Belgrade Theatre Coventry) and Brave (Battersea Arts Centre) and as Associate Director, Beautiful Burnout and Lovesong (Frantic Assembly); and as Assistant Director, Dirty Wonderland (Frantic Assembly).

Award winning theatre company Frantic Assembly’s method of devising theatre has been impacting theatrical practice and unlocking the creative potential of future theatre-makers for up to 22 years. One of the most exciting theatre companies in the UK, Frantic Assembly is led by Artistic Director and co-founder Scott Graham, and has toured extensively across Great Britain, and worked in 40 countries internationally collaborating with some of today’s most inspiring artists. Frantic Assembly productions include OthelloBeautiful Burnout (UK, Australia, New Zealand and New York), Lovesong, (Stockholm, UK and Australia), The BelieversThings I Know To Be True (UK and Australia), Fatherland (Manchester International Festival 2017 and Lyric Hammersmith 25 May23 June 2018). They are also the Movement Directors on the award-winning National Theatre of Great Britain productionThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (West End, Broadway, International Tour, UK & Ireland Tour). Television credits include Movement Direction on BAFTA winning British – American series Humans.

Frantic Assembly is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

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Theatre Royal Plymouth specialises in the production of new plays alongside the presentation of a broad range of theatre – including classic and contemporary drama, musicals, opera, ballet and dance. Theatre Royal Plymouth have three performance spaces – The Lyric (1300 seat proscenium arch), The Drum (175 capacity flexible studio) and The Lab (50 capacity development studio). Our work with young people and communities is extensive and radical, taking place across all our venues and beyond. Recent credits include 49 Donkeys HangedClockwork Canaries, The Here and This and Now, The War Has Not Yet Started, Monster Raving Loony, The Man With The Hammer, The Whipping Man, After Electra, Grand Guignol and Horse Piss for Blood, Merit, Another Place, Chekhov in Hell, The Astronaut’s ChairSolid Air and MAD MAN.

Theatre Royal Plymouth have regularly co-produced with Ontroerend Goed (£YE$, World Without UsAre We Not Drawn Onward To New EraA History of Everything,SirensFight Night) Paines Plough (The Angry Brigade, Love Love Love), Frantic Assembly (OthelloThe Believers, Lovesong) and Told By An Idiot (My Perfect MindAnd The Horse You Rode In OnHeads Will RollNapoleon Disrobed). South West based theatre company The Wrong Crowd are the first resident company at the theatre. They have also co-produced with Complicite (The Master and MargaritaA Disappearing Number), Hofesh Shechter (SunPolitical Mother), Graeae (The Solid Life of Sugar Water) and David Pugh, Dafydd Rogers, Kneehigh Theatre (Rebecca) and Jamie Hendry (Wind in the Willows, London Palladium).

Theatre Royal Stratford East and English Touring Theatre present

EQUUS

By Peter Shaffer
Directed by Ned Bennett

15 February – 23 March 2019

Press night: TBC

Award winning director Ned Bennett brings Peter Shaffer’s psychological thriller Equus to the stage in a bold new production of the critically-acclaimed classic.

When teenager Alan Strang’s pathological fascination leads him to blind six horses, psychiatrist Dr. Martin Dysart is tasked with uncovering the motive behind the boy’s violent act. As Dysart delves into Alan’s world of twisted spirituality, passion and sexuality, he begins to question his own sanity and motivations in a world driven by consumerism.

Sir Peter Shaffer’s (1926 – 2016) plays include The Salt Land, The Prodigal Father, Balance of Terror, Five Finger Exercise (Evening Standard Drama Award), The Private Ear, The Public EyeThe Royal Hunt of the SunBlack ComedyWhite Lies, The Battle of Shrivings, Yonadab, The Gift of the Gorgon, Lettice and Lovageand Amadeus (Evening Standard Drama Award and Tony Award for Best Play)His plays adapted for film include Five Finger ExerciseThe Royal Hunt of the Sun, Equusand Amadeus (Academy Award for Best Picture), for television The Salt Land and Balance of Terror, and for radio The Prodigal Father and Whom Do I Have the Honour of Addressing?. In 1994, Shaffer was Visiting Professor of Contemporary Drama at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. He was awarded the CBE in 1987 and was knighted in 2001.

Ned Bennett directs Equus. He is an award-winning theatre director, who trained at the Royal Court, the National Theatre and LAMDA. His work includes the Evening Standard Award-winning An Octoroon, which opened at the Orange Tree Theatre in Spring 2017 and will transfer to the Dorfman in Summer 2018, and Buggy Baby which opened at the Yard Theatre in March of this year. He directed the Bruntwood Prize-winning Yen at the Manchester Royal Exchange which transferred to the Royal Court in 2016, and Pomona which was commissioned by the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and transferred to the Orange Tree, and then to the National Theatre. Pomonaand Yen won Bennett the UKT Best Director award 2015. Pomona won four Off-West End awards: Best Director, Best Production, Best New Play and Best Lighting Design.

English Touring Theatre is one of the UK’s leading touring companies, winning the UK Theatre Awards Best Touring Production in 2014, 2015 and 2016. ETT works with exciting artists to stage an eclectic mix of new and classic work for audiences throughout the UK and overseas; theatre that is thrilling, popular and engaged in the contemporary world. At the heart of everything ETT does is the passionately held belief that everyone, wherever they are in the country, deserves to have access to world class theatre. In 2017 ETT toured to 40 venues throughout the UK, with productions including Sam Holcroft’s Rules for Living, Richard Twyman’s critically acclaimed production of Othello and the 20th anniversary tour of The Weir, which finished its nationwide tour this year, winning the Manchester Theatre Award for Best Visiting Production. 2018 sees the company celebrate its 25th anniversary.​

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 Theatre Royal Stratford East Presents

KING HEDLEY II

By August Wilson

Directed by Nadia Fall

Opening in May 2019

1980s Pittsburgh, against the backdrop of Reagan-era America, King an ex-con is trying time rebuild his life and start a family.

Touching and angry, August Wilson’s King Hedley II is a quest for redemption for one man and a whole community.

August Wilson (1945–2005) was an American playwright. He won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for his play Fences and earned a second Pulitzer Prize for The Piano Lesson. His other notable works include Seven Guitars, Gem of the Ocean, Jitney and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Theatre Royal Stratford East                                                                                                                       Listings

Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN

Box Office: 020 8534 0310

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Since 1884, Theatre Royal Stratford, the historic producing house in the heart of London’s East End has spearheaded diverse work, and championed often marginalised stories on its stage. Many leading actors and directors have been part of the Theatre Royal Stratford East family including Meera Syal, Barbara Windsor, Don Warrington, Indhu Rubasingham, Tanika Gupta, Roy Williams and Cynthia Erivo to name but a few. Now with Artistic Director Nadia Fall at the helm, Theatre Royal Stratford East will deliver a bold programme of reimagined classics, timely revivals and ground-breaking new work.

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Tickets: From £10

Newham Discount Night: All preview performances will have a limited number of £5 tickets on sale.  These are available for first-time visitors who live or work in Newham (proof of address required) and there’s a maximum of two per person. Only available to book in person or over the phone.

SEASON AT A GLANCE:

Theatre Royal Stratford East presents

THE VILLAGE

7 September – 6 October 2018

Press night: 13 September 2018

Access performances:

BSL – Thursday 4 October 7.30pm

Captioned – Friday 5 October 7.30pm

Audio – Saturday 6 October 2.30pm

BALLET BLACK
10 – 13 October 2018
Press night: 10 October

Theatre Royal Stratford East presents

THE WOLVES

24 October – 17 November 2018

Press night: 30 October 2018

Access performance:

BSL – Thursday 15 November 7.30pm

Captioned – Friday 16 November 7.30pm

Audio – Saturday 17 November 2.30pm

 

Theatre Royal Stratford East presents
SLEEPING BEAUTY
1 December 2018 – 12 January 2019

Press night: 8 December 2018

Access performance:

Audio described: Saturday 22 Dec 2pm

Captioned: Friday 4 Jan 7pm

BSL: Saturday 5 Jan 2pm

Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth present
THE UNRETURNING

Press night: 17 January 7pm

16 January 2019 – 2 February 2019

Access performance TBC

Theatre Royal Stratford East and English Touring Theatre present

EQUUS

15 February – 23 March 2019

Press night: TBC

Access performances:

BSL – Thursday 21 March 7.30pm

Captioned – Friday 22 March 7.30pm

Audio – Saturday 23 March 2.30pm

Theatre Royal Stratford East Presents

KING HEDLEY II

By August Wilson

Directed by Nadia Fall

Opening in May 2019

Access performance TBC

 

 

Ballet Black to return to Theatre Royal Stratford East this November

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ballet black isabela coracy and jose alve

Ballet Black Isabela Coracy and Jose Alves in captured by Martin Lawrance photo bill cooper

Theatre Royal Stratford East today announced that Ballet Black are to return to the theatre this November with another triple bill and as part of their new partnership with the company which launched last year.

 In this latest mixed bill, Artistic Director Cassa Pancho commissions bold choreography once more, blending the classical and contemporary, narrative and abstract, for her ballet company comprising British and international dancers of black and Asian descent.

 A four-hander characterised by intricate detail and propulsive energy, Captured ebbs and flows to the fiery emotion of Martin Lawrance’s edgy choreography, set to a Shostakovich string quartet. First premiered in 2012, Captured was an instant audience and critical success.

French choreographer, Ludovic Ondiviela, presents Dopamine (you make my levels go silly), a beautiful pas de deux about love, lust and passion with an original score created by acclaimed British composer, Fabio D’Andrea.

 South Bank Sky Arts Award-winner Annabelle Lopez Ochoa turns a popular fairy tale on its head, as Red Riding Hood is given a surprising twist – the Wolf might just regret messing with Red Riding Hood!

 Theatre Royal Stratford East                                                                                                                       Listings

Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN

 Wednesday 8 November – Saturday 11 November, 8pm

 Box Office: 020 8534 0310

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Theatre Royal Stratford East offer free tickets to people named Summer for world première of Rikki Beadle-Blair’s Summer In London

Summer In London

Summer In London

Summer In London

Theatre Royal Stratford East today invite anyone who shares the name of the production’s title role, Summer to attend the world première of Rikki Beadle-Blair’s new rom-com Summer in London for free. Summer in London, opens at Theatre Royal Stratford East today and runs until 29 July.

Anyone named Summer will be entitled to one free ticket to the show on a date of their choice (subject to availability). Please note that to claim free ticket photo ID will be required.

Come and celebrate the first play in mainstream British theatre led by an all trans cast, written and directed by award-winning filmmaker and LGBTQ activist Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE.

Four friends court the same woman on a budget of nothing while the sun shines. A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Generation Rent in a city that still hides a bit of magic, if you know where to look.

As the sun sets and the drinks flow things get complicated, and we discover nothing is as it first appears.

A love letter to London and a story of friendship, love and finding yourself. Don’t miss this funny, sexy and life-affirming night out!

Theatre Royal Stratford East                                                                                                                       Listings

Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN

Box Office: 020 8534 0310

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8 July – 29 July

Press night: 13 July 7pm

 Ticket prices

Newham Discount Night £2.50

8-12 Jul previews £12-£15

Mon-Thu until 20 Jul £12-£22

Tue-Thu from 25-27 Jul £12-£25

Fri-Sat £12-£25

Concessions from £8

Access performances

Signed Fri 28 Jul 7.30pm

Audio Described Sat 29 Jul 2.30pm

Captioned Wed 26 Jul 7.30pm

 

Musical Theatre Workshop 2017 begins its 2-week development period with 6 new musicals

Musical Theatre Workshop

Musical Theatre Workshop

  • 6 new musical projects and 12 artists to take over TRSE for 2 weeks
  • Facilitated by TRSE MT New Writing Manager Sevan Tavoukdjian and Specialist Tutors Fred Carl and Robert Lee from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts
  • Artists include SOHO/Royal Court writing alumni, The Voice UK finalist, BRIT graduates, and international recording artists
  • MTW runs from 17-28 July
  • Invite-only sharing on 28 July.

Theatre Royal Stratford East’s annual Musical Theatre Workshop will take place 17-28 July as 12 artists take over the building to develop 6 new musicals under the guidance of TRSE’s artistic team including MT New Writing Manager Sevan Tavoukdjian and MTW facilitatorsFred Carl and Robert Lee, specialist tutors from NYU’s prestigious Tisch’s School of the Arts which runs the world’s only graduate programme focused on musical theatre writing.

This year’s participants were selected through a year-long search of industry recommendations, showcases, scratch nights, Edinburgh Fringe and London Fringe productions. Each partnership is brand new and over the two weeks the writers will begin developing 6 brand new British musicals that speak to our current and future lives while pushing the boundaries of form and structure.

The 12 artists include international gospel and blues recording artist Izo Fitzroy, The Voice UK finalist Vince Kidd, BRIT school graduates Lakeisha Lynch Stevens and Dominic Powell, and SOHO/Royal Court writers group alum Joyce Lee. Joining them will be Tom Wright, Ruth Chan, Abi Zakarian, Gabby Wong, Colm Molloy, Arnoud Breitbarth, and Tori-Allen Martin.

Musical theatre is a key priority for TRSE, being an art form that has the power to bridge gaps across cultures and overcome language barriers.  TRSE’s vision is to break new ground with musicals that bring contemporary and urban music into the mainstream of British theatre.  The aim is to revitalise the musical form, to create work that is relevant to and informed by today’s Britain and attract new and diverse audiences.

To realise this vision, TRSE launched its Musical Theatre Initiative (MTI) in 1998, giving writers and musicians a development process to bring their own voices into the context of theatre, using words and music or beats.  Without such support, there is no natural bridge into musical theatre for much of the music-writing talent that is abundant in Britain today.

The Musical Theatre Workshop (MTW) is a key component of MTI gathering a broad range of participants including singers, songwriters, musicians, music producers, MCs, poets, novelists, spoken word artists, DJs, composers and other professional artists to cross genres and create forward-thinking and boundary-breaking new pieces of musical theatre. The participants are invited via open calls and existing relationships with new and emerging artists.

Sevan Tavoukdjian, TRSE’s MT New Writing Manager, said: I am beyond excited by this year’s group of MTW artists. I was so inspired by last year’s group to keep finding, supporting and developing new and undiscovered voices. The work they generate will push the form and challenge the industry to support brave, bold, and new voices and stories.

 Kerry Michael, Artistic Director at Theatre Royal Stratford East said: MTW has changed and grown each summer as we respond to the needs and wants of artists and as we look ahead to the growth of MT form and story-telling.. These artists represent our promise and dedication to developing new voices and new British musical theatre while bridging the gaps between artists of all genres to create game-changing musicals.

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Summer in London, Rikki Beadle-Blair Interview: “Now feels like a perfect storm; there’s never been a more inspiring and exciting time to be an artist.”

Rikki Beadle-Blair
Rikki Beadle-Blair

Rikki Beadle-Blair

It’s mid-morning on a hot summer’s day in Stratford. I am sitting in on rehearsals for Rikki Beadle-Blair’s new play ‘Summer in London’ at Theatre Royal Stratford East. The cast are in the middle of a Skype call with a leading trans awareness charity and the conversation is geared around identifying micro aggression and confirming pronouns. To the uninformed, it may not be easily understood that there are still multiple difficulties for trans people, binary and non-binary who are seeking access to a society on the same terms as everyone else.

Beadle-Blair is a writer, director, composer, choreographer, designer, producer and performer. He has won several awards including the Sony Award, the Los Angeles Outfest Screenwriting and was ranked forth on the Rainbow list of the UK’s hundred most influential LGBT+ people. What star sign is he? “I’m a Leo. I would say I am a template Leo,” he smiles. “Leos like bright colours and are summery creatures. They have lots of friends. They like being at home and are very bold. I think Leo’s struggle to keep their egos in check – but if someone else is a good leader – then they are the first to admit it.”

We are talking at lunch between rehearsals ahead of the Queen’s Speech, a week on from the Grenfell Tower fire and on the same day that Donald Trump has blamed his predecessor Barack Obama over the death of Otto Warmbier, 22, the US student who died after being imprisoned for 17 months in North Korea. Beadle Blair smiles patiently when considering the long and slow decline of the Western World and says: “None of it surprises me but all of it is quite shocking. A lot of the things that I think of as really very terrible are really good. These are crazy and politically turbulent times, where you just don’t know what’s going to happen next, people are clinging to their jobs and are promoted beyond their capabilities. Now feels like a perfect storm; there’s never been a more inspiring and exciting time to be an artist,” says Beadle-Blair.

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Rikki has written 28 plays in the last decade that have been performed at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Bush TheatreSoho Theatre, Tristan Bates Theatre and Contact Theatre in Manchester. What, I wonder, does success look like to him? “I know when a show is successful when I watch it and think: ‘who wrote that?’ Then I realise it was me,” he nods. “I feel something is successful when I’ve stepped out of my own limitations and done something I haven’t done before something that challenges me. If I can test my humanity, prejudice, ego and philosophy then I have succeeded.”

The aim – and Rikki seems to have adopted this as his mission – is to make theatre and art for everyone. “What Summer in London is and what my work is – the revolution for which it is calling for is not a revolution in where anyone is deposed but where everyone is valued,” he adds, quickly. “So that we are all elevated. All of us can be elevated by one another, that’s my job, my life’s work and that’s what I’m offering the audience… Along with the standard expectation of high entertainment.”

‘Summer in London is billed as a cross between “a modern Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Inbetweenerswith an all-transgender cast.” So, what else can audiences expect from this play? “An astonishing cast who are full of vibrancy and humanity,” he says. “I tend to do very funny plays around very heavy subjects. I wanted to make something set in London that was uplifting, vivid and inspiring. I think I live in the most romantic and inspiring cities in the world. I want to capture what it’s like to be part of that culture and the home of so many talented people who come here to get the urban grit. Theatre Royal Stratford East is the perfect delivery room for this play; this is Stratford international!”” he beams.

“This theatre is one of the most revolutionary theatres in the world.”

Summer in London is at Theatre Royal Stratford East on 13 July, with previews from 8 July, and runs until 29 July.

The Who’s Tommy to be live streamed from Theatre Royal Stratford East to care homes across the UK

The Who's Tommy
The Who's Tommy

The Who’s Tommy. Click on the image to book your tickets for the show

This Saturday 17 June at 2:30pm, Theatre Royal Stratford East will be live-streaming the iconic musical, Tommy, into adult social care homes across the UK as part of their commitment to the Ramps on the Moon initiative to make theatre accessible to all.

Older people across the UK will be watching the musical in HD from the comfort of their own armchairs, along with invited family and friends.

The live-stream will be captioned and there is also the option to listen to the show’s audio description.

Based on the iconic 1969 concept album, The Who’s Tommy is the multi-award-winning epic rock musical written by Pete Townshend. With a cast of 22 performers and musicians, this is the story of the pinball-playing boy which has entertained and intrigued audiences for more than 40 years. A one-of-a-kind theatrical event! Tommy runs at Theatre Royal Stratford East until 17 June and continues to The Crucible, Sheffield from 22 June – 1 July.

Music and Lyrics Pete Townshend; Book Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff
Additional Music and Lyrics John Entwistle and Keith Moon; Director Kerry Michael
Associate Director Nicola Miles-Wildin; Dramaturg Paul Sirett; Designer Neil Irish
Musical Director Robert Hyman; Assistant Musical Director Oliver Vibrans

Choreographer Mark Smith; Lighting and AV Designer Arnim Friess

Sound Designer Andrew Johnson for Creative Technology
Casting Director Polly Jerrold

British Sign Language Creative Consultants Jeni Draper and Daryl Jackson

Cast

Adam Langstaff, Alim Jayda, Amelia Cavallo, Amy Trigg, Anthony Snowden, Becky Barry,

Donna Mullings, Garry Robson, Hearns Sebuado, Julian Capolei, Lukus Alexander,

Matthew Jacobs-Morgan, Max Runham, Natasha Julien, Natasha Lewis, Peter Straker,

Shekinah Mcfarlane, Stacey Ghent, Steve Simmonds, Tony Qunta, William Grint

 

Casting Announced For The World Première Of Rikki Beadle-Blair’s Summer In London

Summer in London

 

Summer in London

Summer in London

Theatre Royal Stratford East today announced the  casting for the world première of Summer in London, a new romcom about four young homeless men living in Stratford during a summer heatwave, with an all-transgender cast. Rikki Beadle-Blair directsTigger Blaize (Mosey), Kimberley Clarke (Joan), Tyler Luke Cunningham (Hamza), Emma Frankland (Justine), Victoria Gigante (Summer), Ash Palmisciano (Jack) and Kamari Romeo (Ryoko). The production opens at Theatre Royal Stratford East on 13 July, with previews from 8 July, and runs until 29 July.

Could you find love in London on zero budget?

Join four cheeky lads as they compete to win the heart of a beautiful woman called Summer on four free dates across London. Though secretly homeless – and broke – they use every trick in the book to find cost-free ways to impress her.

We follow the streetwise romeos on boat rides, to museums, parks and firework displays as they try to win their date. As the sun sets and the drinks flow things get complicated, and we discover nothing is as it first appears.

This hilarious new romcom play – think The Inbetweeners mixed with a modern Midsummer Night’s Dream – is about friendship, finding love and being yourself. Summer in London is written and directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair with an all trans cast and an original new soundtrack.

IMPORTANT Notes on language

As Summer in London features an all-transgender cast, features or reviews are likely to refer to being transgender. The correct pronouns for the cast are listed below for reference in addition to their bios.

Rikki Beadle-Blair is a writer, director, composer, choreographer, designer, producer and performer. He has won several awards including the Sony Award, the Los Angeles Outfest Screenwriting and was ranked forth on the Rainbow list of the UK’s hundred most influential LGBT+ people. Beadle-Blair works extensively in theatre and has written 28 plays in the last decade that have been performed at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Bush Theatre, Soho Theatre, Tristan Bates Theatre and Contact Theatre in Manchester. For television and film his credits include Blackbird starring Oscar-winning actress Mo’nique, Stonewall, Metrosexuality, Noah’s Arc and FIT, KickOff and Bashment for his company Team Angelica. He is also one of the creative directors of the Visionary Youth Project for Young European Film Activists.

Tigger Blaize (s/he) returns to Theatre Royal Stratford East to play Mosey – previous work for the company includes Super Skinny Bitches. Theatre credits include Intertwined (Bush Theatre), The Elves and The Shoemakers (Theatre Hullabaloo), Spots Birthday Party (Oxford Playhouse, UK tour), Rabbit & Hedgehog (York Theatre Royal), The Twits (Belgrade Theatre Coventry, UK tour). TV credits include Apple Tree Yard, and forthcoming Hard Sun.

Kimberley Clarke (she/her) plays Joan. Theatre credits include The Maids (Russian tour), The Las Vegas Story, In the Flesh (world tour), The Vampires of Sodom (New York) and Trans Scripts (UK tour). TV credits include Wave Lengths and Cold Feet. Film credits include Killer Tongue and Preaching to the Perverted. Kimberley is also one of the leads in new web seriesSpectrum London.

Tyler Luke Cunningham (he/him) plays Hamza. This production marks his stage debut. TV credits include Boy Meets Girl.

Emma Frankland (she/her) plays Justine. An award-winning theatre maker and performer (two-time Fringe First award winner and Total Theatre Award nominee), her work includes None of Us is Yet a Robot, Rituals for Change and Don Quijote (British Council Showcase at Edinburgh Fringe, UK & international tour). She is also an Associate Artist with Coney and Chisenhale Dance Space.

Victoria Gigante (she/her) plays Summer. Theatre credits include Rise (Waterloo Green) and My Dad’s Gap Year (Bush Theatre).

Ash Palmisciano (he/him) plays Jack. Theatre credits include King Lear (RSC). TV credits include Boy meets Girl and Mum.

Kamari Romeo (he/him) plays Ryoko. Theatre credits include The Bear/The Proposal (Young Vic), Elemental(Bush Theatre), Sequin Deep (Theatre N16), The Jungle Book (Emporium Brighton) and Alice in Wonderland(The Minack Theatre).

 

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 8 July – 29 July

Press night: 13 July 7pm

Ticket prices

Newham Discount Night £2.50

8-12 Jul previews £12-£15

Mon-Thu until 20 Jul £12-£22

Tue-Thu from 25-27 Jul £12-£25

Fri-Sat £12-£25

Concessions from £8

Access performances

Signed Fri 28 Jul 7.30pm

Audio Described Sat 29 Jul 2.30pm

Captioned Wed 26 Jul 7.30pm

SMOTHER opening at Theatre Royal Stratford East

Smother
Smother

Smother

Following the sellout success last year at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 201 Dance Company and Patrick Collier Production Company are embarking on the premiere UK tour of SMOTHER from April – June 2017. Challenging the the taboo that persists in urban dance around presenting stories of homosexuality, choreographer Andrea Walker directs a cast of seven in a fast-paced, intimate performance about relationships.

 

★★★★ “Takes hip-hop into thrillingly new terrain” – The Guardian

★★★★ “This is the new generation of street dance” – The Times

★★★★ “One of the hot tickets of the Fringe” – The Herald

​★★★★ “A show that feels authentically young and cool and full of the amplified feelings of first love” – The Evening Standard

★★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

★★★★ “captivating and frankly ingenious” – Scotsgay

Can you stay true to yourself, when everything suggests you change? 201’s raw, contemporary hip-hop movement comes to the UK in Smother: a story of two people’s broken encounter, touching on themes of addiction, obsession, and the true meaning of commitment. The show uses fast-paced, hard-hitting choreography and follows a number of relationships to raise questions about companionship and identity. Having repeatedly found that hip-hop lacks powerful gay voices, 201 present a bold, provocative show that brings a new voice to the urban dance scene. After acclaimed performances in New York and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 201 Dance Company have gone from strength to strength.