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Oct 20th

My Theatre Matters - And The Winner Is ....

By Cameron Lowe

Huge congratulations to Newcastle Theatre Royal, winner of the coveted My Theatre Matters! UK's Most Welcoming Theatre Award 2015, in association with Smooth Radio.

The award was presented by Smooth Radio's Paul Phear at the UK Theatre Awards ceremony at London's Guildhall on Sunday, attended by over 400 UK Theatre members and guests. The ceremony was compèred by Michael Xavier, with a performance from the cast of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged13 ¾ and appreances from guest presenters including Sir Patrick Stewart OBE, Barbara Windsor MBE, Richard Wilson OBE, Anne Reid MBE and Lee Mead.

Amongst the other awards presented were;

• Matthew Bourne OBE received The Stage Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre
• Dame Eileen Atkins was awarded the prestigious Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts
• Imelda Staunton won Best Performance in a Musical for her performance in Gypsy, which also won Best Musical Production
• York Theatre Royal received the Clothworkers’ Theatre Award for £150,000 as part of The Clothworkers’ Foundation’s five year £1.25 million Dramatic Arts initiative

A full list of winners can be seen online atwww.uktheatre.org/awards.

Oct 16th

The Tempest for Autistic Children

By Carolin Kopplin
 
Flute Theatre
Shakespeare for Inclusive Audiences
 
The Tempest
For children with autism and their families
 
Sun 25 October 11am & 3pm Bloomsbury Theatre Studio
Part of the Bloomsbury Festival
 
Kelly Hunter directs Greg Hicks as Caliban; the cast also features Eva Lily Tausig (Miranda), Chris MacDonald (Ferdinand/Stephano), Tricia Gannon (Trinculo), Roslyn Patterson (Ariel) and Sifiso Mazibuko (Prospero).
 
“Today was the first time I forgot myself and was just there” 14 year-old with Aspergers
 
A highlight of the Bloomsbury Festival, this important production of The Tempest for children with autism was premiered in the summer of 2014 in Stratford-upon-Avon and Columbus Ohio as a co-production between the Royal Shakespeare Company and Ohio State University. The result was – in the words of a parent whose fourteen year old took part – a phenomenal success.
Fifteen children on the spectrum become the participants for each performance, sitting with six actors in a circle on the floor around a painted floor cloth,which represents Prospero’s island. The children’s carers and parents sit just behind them on an outer circle of chairs. The actors invite the children to join them on the island as the story unfolds through sensory games, which the children and actors play together.
 
"For me it was like a cocoon, a warm, nurturing and totally accepting space where the children were able to just be exactly as they wanted." Parent of child with autism
 
Although the games and the narrative remain the same for each performance, the show is completely different every time depending on the nature of the children and young people who attend. By the end of each show the children have been able to assert their own personalities within the space and many have expressed that they have ‘found their voices for the first time’.   
The almost immediate emergence that so many of the children experience through playing the games within the transformative space of this theatrical experience is overwhelming.
 
Suitable for ages 8+
 
Director Kelly Hunter  Designer Anthony Lamble  Company stage manager Paula Salmon Casting Director Annelie Powell  Production Development Emma Richards
 
Bloomsbury Theatre Studio
15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH
 
Book tickets by phone 020 3108 1000
 
Tickets £5
 
Part of the Bloomsbury Festival 22 - 25 October 
bloomsburyfestival.org.uk 
Established in 2006, Bloomsbury Festival is a creative explosion of performance, arts, music and heritage events held in the streets, parks, museums, galleries, laboratories and public and private buildings of one of London’s most vibrant cultural quarters.
Oct 16th

Winter Season at the Finborough Theatre

By Carolin Kopplin

The Finborough Theatre celebrates its 35th year with a Winter Season of vibrant new plays and unique rediscoveries including the first hit by Robert Bolt and a new play about life in North Korea by In-Sook Chappell.

The season opens with the first London production in over fifty years of Flowering Cherry by Robert Bolt (A Man for All Seasons, Doctor Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia) in its first London production since its premiere in 1957 which starred Sir Ralph Richardson, running 17 November – 20 December 2015. It plays alongside the first UK production in 25 years of the award-winning Off-Broadway musical 3 Guys Naked From The Waist Down, a 1980s comedy musical about 1980s musical comics, on Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees from 22 November – 15 December 2015.

A new play about life in North Korea by award-winning playwright In-Sook Chappell, P'yongyang, receives its world premiere from 5 January – 30 January 2016, alongside the return by popular demand of Stony Broke in No Man’s Land, a world premiere written and directed by John Burrows, and performed by two original members of the Number 1 chart-topping group, The Flying Pickets, playing on Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees from 10 – 26 January 2016.

The season comes to an end with the world premiere of Weald by award-winning new playwright Daniel Foxsmith, in association with the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, from 2 February – 27 February 2016. It plays alongside the first UK production in more than 30 years of Andy Capp The Musical  by Alan Price and Trevor Peacock, playing Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees from 7 February  – 23 February 2016.

For full information, please visit www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk

Oct 9th

Rediscovery of a Yiddish Theatre Classic at the Finborough Theatre

By Carolin Kopplin

TREASURE
by David Pinski.

In a production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, this is the opportunity to see a classic of Yiddish theatre for the first time in the UK – Treasure by David Pinski opens at the Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season on Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Tille is the poor gravedigger’s daughter, with nothing in the world except a head full of dreams. Things look set to stay that way, until the day her brother returns from the graveyard with a pile of gold coins– and Tille is faced with a choice. She can hand in the money and go back to a life of drudgery, or she can use it to turn the world upside down.

As the village community descends on the cemetery in search of gold, Tille and her family must use their wits to stay one step ahead of those who want their share of the treasure. 

A timeless fable of folly and greed that celebrates one woman’s ingenuity in the midst of chaos.

Treasure, or Der Oytser, is a comic masterpiece of Yiddish theatre. Written in 1906 and first performed in 1912, it remained popular in the Yiddish repertoire until the 1940s: most notably, Max Reinhardt’s production in Germany in 1919, an English-language version on Broadway in 1920, as well as a production staged in the Vilna Ghetto in 1943.

Playwright David Pinski (1872-1959) was a Russian-born playwright and novelist. He was one of Yiddish theatre’s most notable dramatists, as well as one of its most prolific. During the course of his lifetime, he wrote over sixty plays including The Last Jew, or The Zvi Family, and The Eternal Jew

The first professional production in Yiddish theatre occurred in a wine garden in Romania in 1876, and there followed an explosion of playwriting, with a roster of famous actors performing in the Yiddish theatres that were established all over Eastern Europe, as well as in America and the UK, especially in London, Manchester and Glasgow. Well known works first written in Yiddish include The DybbukThe Golem and the works of Sholem Aleichem, later immortalised in the Broadway musicalFiddler on the Roof. The influence of Yiddish theatre in 20th century arts was far reaching including such varied names as Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg, Paul Muni, Danny Kaye, Mel Brooks, Clifford Odets, Harold Clurman, Sidney Lumet, Franz Kafka, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Leonard Nimoy.

Book online at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk

Sep 30th

The Seventh Year: Vibrant 2015 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights

By Carolin Kopplin

Now in its seventh consecutive year, the Finborough Theatre – the coalface of British Theatre – presents its annual explosion of new writing – Vibrant 2015 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, running on Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday and Thursday matinees between 25 October–12 November 2015.

This year's festival features an eclectic and idiosyncratic selection of twelve staged readings of new works by UK and international playwrights, both established and new, all discovered, developed or championed by the Finborough Theatre.

Concentrated solely on full length works for the stage, this year's Vibrant 2015 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights includes playwrights from England, Scotland, Wales, the United States and New Zealand featuring 50% female playwrights, together with work from African-American, East Asian, British-Lebanese, British-Israeli and Māori playwrights.

Accompanying this year's Vibrant Festival is a new initiative for writers who have never previously submitted work to the Finborough Theatre –Introduce Yourself.  Submissions must be made between Sunday, 25 October through to Thursday, 12 November 2015. (See www.finborough.co.uk for further details.)

Despite remaining completely unsubsidised, the Finborough Theatre has an unparalleled track record of discovering new playwrights who go on to become leading voices in British theatre. Under Artistic Director Neil McPherson, it has discovered some of the UK’s most exciting new playwrights including Laura Wade, James Graham, Mike Bartlett, Chris Thompson, Jack Thorne, Alexandra Wood, Al Smith, Nicholas de Jongh and Anders Lustgarten, and directors including Blanche McIntyre, Robert Hastie and Sam Yates.

Vibrant 2015 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights is again curated by Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson, winner of The Writers’ Guild Award for the Encouragement of New Writing, and twice winner of the OffWestEnd Award for Best Artistic Director.

Sunday, 25 October 2015 at 7.30pm
Dubailand
by Carmen Nasr. Directed by Stephen Whitson.

An oasis of free enterprise, no income taxes, no unions, no opposition parties. A paradise of consumption. A skyline on crack. Urban planning on steroids - Dubai. On the 88th floor of an unfinished skyscraper in the Emirate’s glittering skyline, the life of a migrant labourer becomes fatefully intertwined with that of Jamie, a British expat with his eye on the big time. Exploring the plight of Dubai’s migrant labour force, this urgent new play asks how much longer we can look the other way.

Monday, 26 October 2015 at 7.30pm

The Halting
by Amy Evans. Directed by Suba Das.

The 2016 Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro. David, a non-disabled professional sprinter, has never won a single medal. When his best friend Puma, a double-amputee, miraculously starts breaking one record after another, David fears he’s reached the limits of what his biological body is capable of. In a last desperate attempt at gold, David comes up with a secret plan that he hopes will give him one last chance at success – and change his life forever.

Tuesday, 27 November 2015 at 3.00pm
Displaced
by Natalie Mitchell. Directed by Alex Thorpe.

1974. Greek Cypriot Demetria is adamant she wants to celebrate her birthday with her Turkish neighbours the Ibrahim’s. But as war breaks out, friendships and relationships are tested to the limit as neighbour turns on neighbour...
2015. Leon and June are hoping to live out their retirement dreams in the sunny climes of Kyrenia. When a stranger claims the legal ownership of their new house, Leon, June and Firat all find their worlds thrown into chaos. But is he who he says he is? Displaced is a play about love, identity, and the continuous ripple of consequences that conflict can bring. 

Thursday, 29 October 2015 at 3.00pm
P45
by Steven Hevey. Directed by Harry Mackrill.

Armed with a new job, new suit, and new girlfriend, Paul finally feels strong enough to see his daughter Emily. Having not seen her for the past few years following a difficult divorce from her mother, Paul is keen to make up for lost time. But, as the weekend unfolds, the pressures of his new life with his new girlfriend, Amy, soon prove difficult to balance, and he is made to question whether he's cut out for fatherhood at all.

Sunday, 1 November 2015 at 7.30pm
The Abundant Everlasting
by Chris Dunkley. Directed by Chelsea Walker.

Jimmy believes the conspiracy theory and is taking steps. The post office must be saved from closure, not to help pensioners collect their money, but to prevent the wholesale destruction of everything he holds dear. But he cannot save the world alone. He needs the help of Elise, a fractious laundrette operative whose mother is on her deathbed. The future of the civilised world may just rest upon Elise’s safe return from Stevenage. The Abundant Everlasting is an imagined post-capitalist near-future tragicomedy in which a conspiracy theorist and a laundrette operative attempt to take their place in the resistance against an increasingly violent middle-class revolution making its way in all directions from Didcot.

Monday, 2 November 2015 at 7.30pm
Te Karakia
by Albert Belz. Directed by Andrew Twyman.

Te Karakia is a love story of religious and racial challenge, forgiveness and hope, set amidst the maelstrom of the 1981 Springbok Tour of New Zealand. Excommunicated during his childhood from his family and faith, Matthew Connell has found a home within the New Zealand police force, quickly rising to the elite ranks of the Red Squad. However, Matthew's regimented existence is threatened when Ranea, a young Māori woman from his past, re-emerges to challenge his future. With precipitating civil unrest spreading across the country, Matthew is forced to confront his long-absent father and his childhood past.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015 at 3.00pm
Anti-Matter
by Joy Wilkinson. Directed by Carla Kingham.

Anti-Matter charts the rise, fall and transformation of oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky – how the poor boy who dreamed of being a red director became the richest man in Russia, then seemed to throw it all away to take on Putin and become a political prisoner, making mittens for less than a dollar a month. Theatrically inventive, the play puts the former Yukos Oil chief in the dock again, examining his hubris and hope as the story of our global age, from the boom of the ‘80s through the turmoil of the 2000s to today. When old political certainties have crumbled, what is left, and what is right?

Thursday, 5 November 2015 at 3.00pm
Honest Poverty
by Felix O’Brien. Directed by Joshua McTaggart.

A Scotsman and an Englishman – one a reclusive modern artist, the other a starstruck art student – get into a van. MacGlashan's going home and needs a driver, so Richie's coming with him on the long drive across The Border. As far as Richie's concerned, they're collaborating on 'Project Albion', MacGlashan's incendiary comeback to the art world after more than a decade. But what exactly is Project Albion? Who is exactly is the famed MacGlashan? And what exactly is Irn-Bru supposed to taste of? Honest Poverty is a funny and poignant meditation on art, authenticity, and our complicated relationships with the places we choose to think of as home. 

Sunday, 8 November 2015 at 7.30pm
Close To Home
by Jonathan Gillis. Directed by Tommo Fowler.

A routine morning count in a prison in Israel. Nine years on, two men – an English-born Israeli former guard and a Palestinian former prisoner – continue to wrestle with the memories and fall-out from the event. Preparing to face one another again, their dramatic stories unfold, along with the questions unresolved, over who they are and where they belong.

Monday, 9 November 2015 at 7.30pm
Acceptance
by Amy Ng. Directed by Rebecca Manson Jones.

A Chinese musician applies for a scholarship at the ultra-prestigious Eliot University.  A brilliant student, a world-class violinist, she’s the perfect candidate — but also the alleged victim of sexual abuse by her boarding school teacher. Is she a victim of the white male establishment? An oriental seductress? A deluded nymphomaniac? An attention-seeking liar?   Worldviews clash, prejudices are exposed, values are tested and racial and sexual anxieties come to a head as the admission committee struggles.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 at 3.00pm
The Gift
by Alan Harris. Directed by George Perrin.

Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. Ashley needs to find some cash to save her father’s failing ice cream business. New to the town and the son of a Welsh mum and a Polish dad, Valentyn is trying different ways to fit in – tough when you’re called Valentyn. His dad’s best advice is to get a hobby (the British can relate to someone with a hobby). But Valentyn’s not interested in taking up taxidermy with his father, he’d rather give Ashley a gift so he can save her from taking her top off in front of a webcam – a decision that has far-reaching consequences. 

Thursday, 12 November 2015 at 3.00pm
Lost At Sea
by Morna Young. Directed by Liz Carruthers.

An epic tale spanning forty years of the fishing industry, told through the eyes of one family and the surrounding community. Fishing is still the most dangerous job in the UK – there is fifty times more risk of being killed than in any other profession. Lost At Sea is the story of two brothers experiencing the extremes of the industry – one is lost to the ocean, the other makes his fortune – and features the verbatim voices of fishermen and their families with an added element of ocean mythology. Inspired by the loss of Morna Young’s own father to the ocean, it is a personal tribute to the fishing communities of the North East of Scotland.

Vibrant 2015 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights

Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED

Book online at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk
Telephone Booking 0844 847 1652 (calls will cost 7ppm plus your network access charge). 

Sep 28th

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH A NEW ‘VOICE’ – THE VOICE FINALIST LUCY O’BYRNE STEPS INTO ICONIC ROLE OF MARIA

By Carolin Kopplin

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Fresh from her success on BBC One’s The VoiceLUCY O’BYRNE joins the company of Bill Kenwright’s spectacular five-star production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC as Maria von Trapp. 

Lucy, who hails from Dublin, became a household name earlier this year when she shot to success as a finalist in the live shows of the TV talent show. With chart-topper Will.i.am as her mentor, and biggest fan, Lucy made history as the first classical singer to reach the final, impressing the nation with her stunning vocal range. Now, having recently performed at the BBC Proms, she makes her debut as the young postulant at The Broadway, Peterborough this December. 

Produced by Bill Kenwright, directed by Martin Connor, choreographed by Olivier Award winner Bill Deamer, musical direction by David Steadman, this wonderfully lavish staging of the classic musical coincides with the 50th anniversary of the film version - the most successful movie musical in history. 

It all began with the story of the Trapp Family Singers and Baroness Maria von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography, which inspired Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse to create a Broadway musical in 1959. The Sound of Music tells the true story of the world-famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom as their beloved Austria becomes part of the Third Reich at the start of WWII. 

The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including ‘Edelweiss’, ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’, ‘So Long, Farewell’ and of course, the title song, ‘The Sound of Music’. 

Bill Kenwright presents a new production of

The Sound of Music

Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II          Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse Suggested by ‘The Trapp Family Singers’ by Maria Augusta Trapp.

Presented by special arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe www.rnh.com

 

THE SOUND OF MUSIC – UK TOUR DATES

 

Wednesday 2 – Saturday 12 December                           Box Office: 01733 822 225

Peterborough, Broadway Theatre                     Website: www.thebroadwaypeterborough.co.uk 

Monday 14 December – Saturday 2 January  Box Office: 0843 208 6000

The Lowry, Salford Quays                                      Website: www.thelowry.com 

Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 January                                          Box Office: 0844 871 3014

Edinburgh Playhouse                                                               Website: www.atgtickets.com 

Tuesday 12 – Saturday 16 January                      Box Office: 01224 641122

Aberdeen, His Majesty’s Theatre                      Website: www.aberdeenperformingarts.com 

Monday 18 – Saturday 23 January                      Box Office: 0844 871 7649

Stoke-on-Trent, Regent Theatre                        Website: www.atgtickets.com 

Tuesday 9 – Saturday 13 February                     Box Office: 01684 892 277

Malvern Theatres                                                     Website: www.malvern-theatres.co.uk 

Tuesday 16 – Saturday 20 February                   Box Office: 01494 512000

High Wycombe, Wycombe Swan                        Website: www.wycombeswan.co.uk 

Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 February                   Box Office: 01473 433100

Ipswich, Regent Theatre                                        Website: www.ipswichregent.com 

Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 May                                            Box Office: 0844 338 5000

Birmingham, Hippodrome                                     Website: www.birminghamhippodrome.com 

Further tour dates to be announced

Sep 20th

Blue Elephant Theatre’s New Patrons

By Carolin Kopplin

 

Blue Elephant Theatre, Camberwell, has two new Patrons, Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya and athlete Maggie Alphonsi. They will join Joanna Lumley, who has been patron since 2008, in representing and supporting this small theatre with a big impact.

 

Blue Elephant Theatre is a small fringe theatre located on the Wyndham and Comber Estate in Camberwell, South London. It seeks to offer creative opportunities to those who may not otherwise to be able to access them. Radzi and Maggie first came to know the Blue Elephant as members of Gareth Malone’s All Star Choir in 2014, recording a number one single to raise money for Children in Need. Participants of the Blue Elephant’s long-running Young People’s Theatre, which has been funded by Children in Need for nearly a decade, also took part in the choir, getting to know the celebrity singers and recording at the famous Abbey Road Studios.

 

This is good news for Blue Elephant Theatre which lost 20% of its core funding from Southwark Council earlier this summer. Participation & Co-Artistic Director Jo Sadler-Lovett says: “We are delighted to have two such inspirational people joining our team. The young people we work with face many challenges and our goal is to help them overcome these, finding success and happiness. I know our patrons feel the same, so we look forward to working together to enabling local young people to see an amazing future ahead of them.”

 

The focus of Blue Elephant’s Participation work is to tackle all forms of social exclusion in the local area by engaging individuals through the arts. Many of its projects target marginalised individuals or communities, as well as children in care, young carers and young people at the risk of offending. Last year, the Participation Department worked with over 2500 individuals, aged 4 to 82 and provided over 650 workshops free of charge.

Aug 7th

This Heaven - European Premiere of a New Play by Australian Aboriginal Playwright Nakkiah Lui at the Finborough Theatre

By Carolin Kopplin

We never asked for money.
We asked for justice.
Maybe we shouldn’t have asked.
Maybe we should have just taken it.

In a new production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre and originally seen as a staged reading as part of Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, the European premiere of This Heaven by Nakkiah Lui runs at the Finborough Theatre, playing Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees from Sunday, 30 August 2015 .

Telling a universal story and evoking recent events in Ferguson, Baltimore, and the London riots of 2011, This Heaven is the story of an indigenous Australian family at breaking point.

Sissy Gordon’s father, an Aboriginal man and pillar of the community, has died in custody at Mount Druitt Police Station, New South Wales. But the justice that Sissy and her family were certain was coming to them is suddenly snatched away. Sissy is about to qualify as a lawyer, but tonight, the law seems irrelevant to her.  Tonight is dirty and heavy, and the moon is swollen and bright. Everyone knows that on nights like this things happen…

Burning with a wild rage, the streets and parks of Mount Druitt are transformed into a fierce public forum where anger explodes onto the street. What does justice look like?  And what happens when you push someone so far they take the law into their own hands?

This Heaven received its successful world premiere in February 2013 at the Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to share the story of one Aboriginal family’s experience of a system that fails them through the stories and music of an ancient and beautiful culture.

Further information: www.finboroughtheatre.com

Jul 24th

Grimeborn - Arcola’s Opera Festival Returns for Ninth Year

By Carolin Kopplin

The Arcola Theatre presents a dozen new productions, comprising an alternative opera season in East London.

Innovative adaptations of traditional operas. Unknown, rarely-seen or under-appreciated works. Brand new pieces from the most exciting up-and-coming composers, musicians and companies.

Since it launched in 2007, the Grimeborn festival has introduced new audiences to opera and given emerging artists the platform to showcase and develop their talent. It has consistently challenged the perception that opera is inaccessible and elitist.

Arcola Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen said: “For the ninth year running, Grimeborn will showcase work from some of our most exciting opera artists, in an accessible way and at an affordable price. Classics by Puccini, Verdi and Strauss will be reimagined; little-known masterpieces like Tchouhadjian’s Gariné will receive rare productions; new and contemporary works will demonstrate the ongoing vibrancy of opera within our culture.”

Grimeborn 2015 will fill both Arcola studios with a dozen exciting productions.

You can see 5 operas for £50 or less with Arcola Passport. More info and the latest updates can be found at :

www.arcolatheatre.com/grimeborn

 

Jul 17th

Autumn Season at the Finborough

By Carolin Kopplin

The Finborough Theatre celebrates its 35th year with an Autumn Season of vibrant new plays and unique rediscoveries.

The season opens with the world premiere of My Eyes Went Dark by Matthew Wilkinson. Starring Thusitha Jayasundera and Cal MacAninch, this new drama is based on real events and runs from 25 August–19 September. It plays alongside the European premiere of This Heaven by the acclaimed new Aboriginal Australian writer Nakkiah Lui, on Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees from 30 August–15 September.

Originally seen as a staged reading at Vibrant 2014 – A Festival Of Finborough PlaywrightsThe Sweethearts by Sarah Page receives its world premiere from 22 September–17 October. It plays alongside Horniman's Choice, an evening of four rediscovered one act plays by dramatists from the 'Manchester School' – Harold Brighouse, Stanley Houghton and Allan Monkhouse – originally championed by Annie Horniman of the Gaiety Theatre, Manchester, the first regional repertory theatre in Britain, in their first UK professional productions in over 90 years on Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees from 27 September–13 October.

The season culminates with a rediscovery and the seventh consecutive year of the new plays festival Vibrant 2015 – A Festival Of Finborough Playwrights. Treasure by David Pinski is a classic of Yiddish theatre from 1905, and only now receiving its UK premiere, from 20 October–14 November, in a new version by former literary manager of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Colin Chambers. Vibrant 2015 – A Festival Of Finborough Playwrights returns for its seventh year with twelve staged readings of new plays from 25 October–12 November.

For full information, please visit www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk