In 2018, Finborough Theatre celebrates 150 years of the Finborough Theatre building with the FINBOROUGH150 series, an anniversary selection of the best plays from 1868

During 2018, the Finborough Theatre celebrates 150 years of the Finborough Theatre building with the FINBOROUGH150 series, an anniversary selection of the best plays from 1868. Our first season of 2018 features the first rediscovery from 1868 in the FINBOROUGH150 series, alongside five premieres of new writing – three from brand new British and Irish writers in their formal professional debuts, and two multi-award-winning American playwrights with two hard-hitting and controversial new plays.

Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson said: “A recent article in the press bemoaned the lack of new British playwrights at some of London’s funded “new writing” theatres. As always, it is up to venues such as ours to redress the balance. This season features three new debut plays from British and Irish playwrights, alongside two new plays from multi-award-winning American playwrights. Three of the new plays this season were first seen in our acclaimed Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights seasons which will celebrate its tenth consecutive year in 2018. As always, too, we celebrate the old alongside the new, and this season we begin celebrating the 150th anniversary of our building with the first in our new FINBOROUGH150 series.”

Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Nanking massacre, the season opens with the European premiere of Into the Numbers by the multi-award-winning playwright Christopher Chen, commemorating the 80th anniversary of ‘The Rape of Nanking’, one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century, playing for a four week limited season from 2-27 January 2018. It is accompanied by the world premiere of Imaginationship by Sue Healy, a new play on love, sex, obsession and death in Great Yarmouth, originally seen as a staged reading as part of Vibrant 2017 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, playing on Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees between 7-23 January 2018.

The season continues with the world premiere of a debut by Cornish playwright Henry Darke, Booby’s Bay, a passionate, comic fable about the housing crisis in Cornwall and beyond, and a maverick’s mission to turn the tide, playing 30 January-24 February 2018. It plays alongside the opening production of the FINBOROUGH150 series – the first London production since 1890 of the 1868 hit, Cyril’s Success, a semi-autobiographical satire on playwrights and theatre folk, by local resident Henry J. Byron, playing for nine Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees from 4 February 2018.

The season  ends with the world premiere of the first English-language adaptation of the classic novella by Ghassan Kanafani, Returning to Haifa, adapted for the stage by Naomi Wallace and Ismail Khalidi, a compelling story of two families – one Palestinian, one Israeli – forced by history into an intimacy they didn’t choose. It concides with the 70th anniversaries of both the Nakba or “catastrophe” (the mass dispossession of the Palestinians in 1948) and the foundation of the State of Israel, and plays from 27 February-24 March 2018. It plays concurrently with the world premiere of Checkpoint Chana by Jeff Page, a new play examining the point where pro-Palestinian criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism blur. Originally seen as a staged reading as part of Vibrant 2017 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, it runs on Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees between 4-20 March 2018.

From 30 January 2018, by popular request, they are  moving to a new ticketing provider, Spektrix, for all ticket bookings. The website address will remain www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk. From 30 January 2018, telephone bookings will be on a new number 01223 357851 and will be free to call.

The Finborough Theatre has had a superlative year to date with acclaimed sell-out productions, transfers in London and to New York City, our tenth Channel 4 Playwrights Scheme Playwright in Residence Bursary, and nominations for both The Stage Debut Award and an Olivier Award.

– Neil McPherson, Artistic Director

January to March 2018 | Press Nights and Photocalls

Tuesday, 2 – Saturday, 27 January 2018

The European premiere

INTO THE NUMBERS

by Christopher Chen. Directed by Hannah Price.
Press Nights: Thursday 4 and Friday 5 January 2018 at 7.30pm

Photocall: Wednesday, 3 January 2018 at 1.00pm-1.30pm

 Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 January 2018

The world premiere
IMAGINATIONSHIP
by Sue Healy. Directed by Tricia Thorns.

Press Night: Monday, 8 January 2018 at 7.30pm

Photocall: Monday, 8 January 2018 at 5.00pm-5.30pm

 

Tuesday, 30 January – Saturday, 24 February 2018

The world premiere
BOOBY’S BAY

by Henry Darke. Directed by Chris White.

Press Nights: Thursday, 1 February and Friday, 2 February 2018 at 7.30pm
Photocall: Tuesday, 30 January 2018 at 1.00pm-1.30pm

 

Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 February 2018

The first UK production in over 120 years
CYRIL’S SUCCESS

by Henry J. Byron. Directed by Hannah Boland Moore.

Press Night: Monday, 5 February 2018 at 7.30pm
Photocall: Monday, 5 February 2018 at 5.00pm–5.30pm

 

Tuesday, 27 February – Saturday, 24 March 2018

The world premiere
RETURNING TO HAIFA

by Ghassan Kanafani. Adapted by Ismail Khalidi and Naomi Wallace. Directed by Caitlin McLeod.

Press Nights: Thursday 1 and Friday 2 March 2018 at 7.30pm

Photocall: Tuesday, 27 February 2018 at 1.00pm-1.30pm

 Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 March 2018

The world premiere

CHECKPOINT CHANA

by Jeff Page. Directed by Manuel Bau.

Press Night: Monday, 5 March 2018 at 7.30pm

Photocall: Monday, 5 March 2018 at 5.00pm-5.30pm

Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED

Book Online at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk
UNTIL 29 JANUARY 2018 – BOX OFFICE 0844 847 1652 (calls will cost 7ppm plus your network access charge.)
FROM 30 JANUARY 2018 –
BOX OFFICE 01223 357851 (calls are free.)


PERFORMANCE TIMES AND PRICES

For Into the Numbers, Booby’s Bay and Returning to Haifa
Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm. Sunday matinees at 3.00pm. Saturday matinees at 3.00pm (from the second week of each run).
Prices for Weeks One and Two – Tickets £16, £14 concessions, except Tuesday evenings £14 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £16 all seats. Previews (first two performances) £12 all seats.

£10 tickets for Under 30s for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.
£12 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on on the first Saturday evening of each run when booked online only.

Prices thereafter – Tickets £18, £16 concessions, except Tuesday evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £18 all seats.

Group Bookings – 1 free ticket for every 10 tickets booked.

For Imaginationship, Cyril’s Success and Checkpoint Chana

Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm. Tuesday matinees at 2.00pm.

Tickets £18, £16 concessions.