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Oct 5th

CABARET

By Kirstie Niland

The Opera House, Blackpool Winter Gardens, until Saturday 7th October

Put down the knitting, the book and the broom…and come join the Cabaret in Blackpool this weekend. But prepare to be shocked as well as entertained because this dark, sometimes funny, often thought-provoking musical delivers much more than memorable song and dance routines.

Set in the seedy Kit Kat Club, during a time of tyranny in 1930s Berlin, the tangled lives of Cabaret’s main characters hurtle along a path of destruction in parallel with the horrifying consequences of the Nazis’ rise to power.

The award-winning team of director Rufus Norris and choreographer Javier De Frutos has created a spectacle of decadence and debauchery; underpinned by the unlikely love story of American writer Cliff Bradshaw, played with engaging intensity by Charles Hagerty, and the promiscuous, risqué English cabaret performer Sally Bowles - aka TV celebrity and singer Louise Redknapp. Famed for her success in 90s R&B girl group Eternal, Louise is a natural on stage. With a voice powerful enough to fill the massive Opera House auditorium, she is both distracting and inspiring. Perfectly Marvellous in fact.

As a fan of 80s TV sitcom, A Fine Romance, and the character Helen played by Susan Penhaligon, it was a real treat to see her on stage as the German boarding house owner Fräulein Schneider, performing the amusing, sentimental duets with Linal Haft as the Jewish fruit vendor Herr Schultz; and her rendition of So What? was just lovely.

But the biggest impact of all came from singer and Pop Idol winner Will Young, whose portrayal of the flamboyant, androgynous and ghoulish Emcee is simply mesmerising. I would see Cabaret again for his performance alone.

The other main characters and ensemble execute the script and choreography with just the right amount of abandon to shock – but not too much.

There are some brilliantly staged scenes, such as the Emcee looming above the dancers as a puppeteer pulling their strings, a fast and furious rendition of Money – and a very clever back to front sequence where Sally’s show at the Kit Kat Club goes on eerily behind a fringed curtain, as though we are backstage looking on.

The Opera House, which features one of world’s largest stages, is ideal for the dramatic set design, from the enormous WILLKOMMEN sign, to the dazzling giant letters spelling KABARET and live band perched on a light-framed platform in the backdrop.

 

In 1966 Walter Kerr was famously quoted in the New York Times as saying that Cabaret “opens the door to a fresh notion of the bizarre, crackling, harsh and the beguiling uses that can be made of song and dance.”

Today Cabaret still does that - this surprising, politically charged yet hugely watchable show, with whirling dancing and wry lyrics spinning the characters on a decadent high, before they fall, unravelling, as the Nazis become an oppressive presence, and a tragic finale shows the party is well and truly over.

Highly recommended.

Book tickets here.

Tour dates here.

Oct 5th

Sunset Boulevard at the Edinburgh Playhouse

By Clare Brotherwood

With all the glamour and melodrama of a bygone age, Sunset Boulevard played to impromptu cheers and a standing ovation from an ecstatic Edinburgh audience on opening night.

And in the centre of it all was Ria Jones, who memorably took over from Glenn Close in London’s West End production and has now made the role of tragic Norma Desmond all her own.

Every inch as charismatic as any big Hollywood star, this Welsh songstress movingly brings to life the faded silent screen actress who returns to Paramount Pictures, where she was once ‘queen of the lot’, with horrific consequences.

It’s a performance which holds me spellbound, from her first glamorous entrance down a sweeping staircase to her cackling descent into madness. It is something of a shock when Jones takes her curtain calls for she seems so young and small compared to the character she plays. In one of the scenes when someone says, ‘You used to be big’, Norma Desmond retorts, ‘I am big. It’s the pictures that got small.’ Well, what with her stage presence and soaring voice, everything around Ria Jones seems small by comparison. It’s not just with one look that this production is a triumph. But she is not alone in making it so.

When Adam Pearce, as Max, her stiff, expressionless butler, comes on the scene, he reminds me of Lurch in the Addams Family movie, but his singing voice is extraordinary; rich and deep for the most part but with such an incredible range it leaves me open-mouthed.

Sunset Boulevard is very much like an opera, with performances worthy of any opera house… though you don’t get many opera singers with the matinee idol looks of Danny Mac (who, incidentally, gets to demonstrate his Strictly Come Dancing skills) as the object of Norma Desmond’s desires.

Some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s numbers bring me in mind of The Phantom of the Opera – in fact, the stories aren’t that dissimilar. Both have damaged leading characters who haunt performances spaces – in Sunset Boulevard, Paramount Pictures’  Stage 18 is an interesting montage of vintage spotlights and cameras against a backdrop of old black and white movies, courtesy of Colin Richmond, who also designed the sumptuous costumes.

But there are some really upbeat numbers which shout ‘musical’, such as New Year Tango, and, of course, such well known songs as The Greatest Star of All and The Perfect Year. On my way home a young girl passed me in the street singing them…

Sunset Boulevard is at the Edinburgh Playhouse until Oct 7.

www.atgtickets.com/edinburgh

 

Box office: 0844 871 3014

Sep 27th

Cilla The Musical

By Alison Smith

Cilla the Musical at Milton Keynes Theatre

Reviewed by Alison Smith 

For those in the audience who were teenagers in the 60s in Liverpool, Cilla the Musical, is a most pleasing nostalgic journey; for others the musical brings to life a plethora of great foot- tapping pop songs, belted out by a young girl with a great voice. Kara Lily Haworth portrays Cilla – a confident, somewhat brash, character. Kara is easily able to cover the needed vocal range and her acting ability gives a believable portrait of the life of Cilla, her triumphs and her heartaches. 

Priscilla White’s life is one of those extraordinary, heart-warming true stories of an ordinary girl hitting the high life. In the right place at the right time, blessed with a strong voice, determination and a good manager/husband, Cilla was a pop star with two number ones in the charts, before she segued into a ‘national treasure’.

Jeff Pope has adequately adapted his TV series Cilla for the stage. However,  the first act is slow  - the setting of the scene somewhat dull , a Liverpool Club, supposedly  the Cavern , Bobby and Cilla’s first meeting, the introduction of Brian  Epstein. There is little to enliven the backs of the jigging fans in the Cavern, with low lights and little energy. The last song of this act – Anyone Who Had a Heart – does at last bring relief to the monotony.

The second act is much more entertaining; there are more set and light changes, lively choreography and a more interesting story line –  will Cilla be a success in the States, will Booby become a singer ,will they part or not? But again it is the music of the 60s, which is the most captivating - the ironic ‘You’ve Got to Hide your Love Away, the moving Alfie ,the touching Liverpool Lullaby.

Two other members of the cast deserve praise. Bobby, played by Carl Au and the tormented Brian,  Andrew Lancel. Both actors are totally believable in their roles,  generously supporting Kara.

The finale was lively – the audience on their feet , dancing and clapping. It is just a shame the first act did not have an equal amount of energy.

Cilla the musical is at Milton Keynes Theatre until Saturday 30th September

 

 www.atgtickets.com 

0844 8717652

Booking Fee applies

 

Sep 27th

Our House, King's Theatre, Glasgow

By Cameron Lowe

Madness broke out at The King’s Theatre in Glasgow last night – Madness of the best possible kind!

 

For some people, it might appear to be “madness” to fork out up to £50 for a ticket to see a show that you might never have heard of before.  I can understand that; a visit to a live theatre event is a luxury for most of us.  It’s a lot out of your monthly pay packet and sometimes it can be something of a gamble.  But this is a show that is exciting, engaging, full of life, packed with music that you’ll love and probably already know and with a storyline which has proven its pedigree.  You’d be mad not to go and see it!  But sadly, the King’s was only half-full last night.  Glasgow … you’re missing a bargain!

 

The story has similar themes to that smash hit Brit-flick from the 90’s, “Sliding Doors”.  Joe Casey (played by the fabulously talented Jason Kajdi) is a typical 16 year old kid who makes decisions that will affect the rest of his life on a daily basis.  The show splits into two separate narratives when Joe is faced with a decision that will change his world.  He takes his girlfriend (Sarah played by Sophie Matthew) to a building site to get a view of their London neighbourhood from the scaffolding.  When police sirens sound, what should Joe do?  Should he run … or should he stay to face the music?

 

Talking of music … Joe’s worlds (both of them) are accompanied by a fantastically raucous soundtrack from 80s pop legends; Madness.  From “Baggy Trousers” to “Welcome to the House of Fun”, “Embarrassment”, “Driving in my Car”, “My Girl” and, of course, “Our House”, all are delivered with real conviction and a sympathy to the story.  “It Must Be Love” was a beautifully crafted scene.  Choreography from Fabian Aloise was brilliantly bonkers and true to the inspirational soundtrack.  “Wings of a Dove” was my favourite – I know this because I grinned until it hurt!

 

Performances were superb across the board.  It was one of those shows where you feel that the entire cast completely gel and deliver an energy greater than they should be able to combined.  From the first beat to the last body-pop the cast gave their all.  Jason Kajdi was an outstanding lead in this role. Full of energy, talent and above all a likeable character in both halves of the story.  Sophie Matthew was ideal as Sarah. Pretty, principled and brainy in equal measure she kept Joe on the straight and narrow ... more or less.  George Samson was a believable bully as Reecey and his dance ability stood out even in this exceptional company.  Sidekicks Billy Roberts, Will Haswell, Jessica Niles and Etisyai Philip were given a chance to shine and shine they did with funny individual characters which contrasted well.

 

This is a show that really needs the Sound department to be on their game.  There were a couple of hiccups but nothing major.  I do have to complain that the balance was a little too much in favour of the band over lyrics.  Lighting was dynamic if a little repetitive but the clever set and (hopefully not trademarked) use of sliding doors was very effective. For Theatre buffs, the costume changes for lead character, Joe, are worth the ticket price alone!

 

Don’t miss this show.  I think that there are offers to be had online so search around and get twice the fun for half the price!  An awesome night’s entertainment that you’d be mad to miss!

 

 

Listings Information

 

Our House

 

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

 

Tuesday 26 -Saturday 30 September

 

Mon-Sat eves, 7.30pm

 

Wed & Sat matinees, 2.30pm

 

Box Office 0844 871 7648 (bkg fee) Calls cost up to 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge

 

www.atgtickets.com/glasgow (bkg fee)

 

Sep 21st

HAIRSPRAY

By Kirstie Niland

Blackpool Opera House, until Saturday 23rd September 2017

The fabulously coiffured UK tour of Hairspray arrived in Blackpool this week with an explosion of colour and choreography – and yet another standing ovation at the Opera House.

The Winter Gardens has clearly put the seaside resort firmly on the map as a popular stop-off for sensational shows.

The latest smash hit musical to transform the stunning Opera House stage takes us back to the 60s for the story of Hairspray's loveable heroine Tracy Turnblad. Played by newcomer Rebecca Mendoza with bucket-loads of energy and aplomb, Tracy's passion for dancing catapults her on to national TV, whilst her passion for equality finds her leading the way for black and white teens to dance together on the famous Corny Collins Show. She also lands the local heartthrob Link Larkin (with understudy Daniel Clift stepping expertly into the spotlight for press night).

Layton Williams and Annalise Liard-Bailey are well cast as cute couple Seaweed and Penny, and Lauren Concannon, Melissa Nettleford and Emily-Mae Walker are pure dynamite as…The Dynamites.

The songs are all sensational but my favourite was the duet by Tracy's Mum and Dad, You’re Timeless to Me, performed by a cross-dressing Matt Dixon as Edna and comedian Norman Pace as Wilbur. With lashings of old-time charm and a dance routine reminiscent of Morecambe and Wise this is a classic match made in heaven.

 

A close second was I Know Where I’ve Been by musical theatre and reality TV star Brenda Edwards as Motormouth Maybelle, whose larger than life stage presence and powerful vocals demonstrate that she truly does have the X Factor.

The entire show keeps us and the energetic cast (literally) on our toes with excellent choreography by Olivier Award-winning Drew McOnie and direction from Paul Kerryson. The costumes and set are bright, bold and beautiful and the result is a kaleidoscope of colour rotating through a fast-moving, feel-good show that has us all cheering and up out of our seats to celebrate the happy ending.

In Maybelle’s words, Hairspray is servin' up the whole damn feast and there’s still time to see it this weekend.

Book tickets here

Tour dates here

Photographs by Darren Bell

 

Sep 20th

Deathtrap @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

By Yvonne Delahaye

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If you’re of a nervous disposition, then be prepared for some loud noises that will make you jump out of your skin!  With so many plot twists and turns, Deathtrap is a play within a play with one set and five characters written in 1978 by Ira Levin.  It holds the record for the longest running comedy-thriller on Broadway and was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play.  It has been revived many times and was adapted into a film in 1992 starring Christopher Reeve, Michael Caine and Dyan Cannon.

Sidney Bruhl, a once-successful writer of stage thrillers is in the grip of chronic writer’s block, when young playwright Clifford Anderson sends Bruhl his brilliant new whodunit, Deathtrap.  Desperate to set Broadway alight once more, should Bruhl kill the newcomer and pass the play off as his own?

Playing the central role of Sidney, is Paul Bradley who is best known for his ten year role playing Professor Elliot Hope in BBC’s Holby City, as well as playing Nigel Bates in Eastenders.  Rarely off the stage, it’s a huge role and Paul gives a commanding performance as the complex, ruthless Sidney.

Playing Sidney’s wife, Myra Bruhl, is Eastender’s actress Jessie Wallace.  It was good to see that she could master an American accent, but at times she looked quite uncomfortable as the first scenes were a little stilted leaving her standing for long periods of time.  A bit more movement and chances to sit would have made all the difference I think!

Disrupting the proceedings is the arrival of Clifford Anderson (Sam Phillips), changing the course of their lives forever.  Beverley Klein relishes playing psychic Helga Ten Dorp and gets lots of laughs as she hams it up in spectacular style.  Julien Ball completes the cast as lawyer Porter Milgrim.

The play runs till Saturday 23rd at The Waterside Theatre, then continues to Birmingham and Richmond.

 

Reviewed by:

Yvonne Delahaye

19.9.17

 

@yvonnedelahaye

Sep 20th

Cilla the Musical at the Edinburgh Playhouse

By Clare Brotherwood

Cilla the Musical already has an impressive pedigree.

Penned by Jeff Pope and based on his award-winning TV mini-series Cilla, it is produced by those masters of feel-good, semi-bio music shows about past icons and eras, Laurie Mansfield and Bill Kenwright - who also directed the show.

Even so, Cilla the Musical is in a different stratosphere - thanks to Kara Lily Hayworth in the title role.

I reckon I am well qualified to judge. As a young teenager I hung on Cilla’s every lyric and even travelled down from Carlisle to see her at the London Palladium. I still remember her mannerisms and how she delivered her songs so, for me, anyone playing her has to be spot on. And Kara Lily Hayworth is!

When she makes her first entrance, apparently giving an interview to Kathy (Kathy McGowen, I presume. She’s not introduced!), I am disappointed - she doesn’t look like Cilla for a start. But as the show progresses she quickly grows into the role, both physically and vocally. Hayworth may come from Buckinghamshire but she’d pass for a Scouser any day, and it’s not hard to see why she also has a career as a singer. She’s a real little belter! At times, I really think Cilla Black is there on stage, performing all her old hits such as Anyone Who Had a Heart, You’re My World, and It’s For You. It makes for an emotional evening, and is deserving of the standing ovation.

This fast-paced, vibrant show isn’t all down to her, however. Pope’s script contains more than a sprinkling of the humour Liverpool is so famous for (no doubt with contributions from Liverpudlian Kenwright - and as chairman of Everton FC did the reference to that team come from him?). Cilla’s son Robert Willis is executive producer, so with his seal of approval you know the story is authentic, and the cast really does bring to life the star’s early days.

As Bobby, Carl Au plays the role of Cilla’s soul mate with conviction, starting out as a swaggering youth with not much confidence but with a belief in Cilla’s talent which knows no bounds. Likewise, Andrew Lancel is a totally believable Brian Epstein, manager of both Cilla and The Beatles. In this role he is a million miles from Corrie villain Frank Foster, cutting a tragic figure as a man whose private life was a mess and who died from an overdose. His reprise of You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away comes as a total, pleasurable, though moving, surprise.

As in this type of show, the supporting cast are extremely versatile, acting, singing, dancing and playing various instruments. The Beatles are especially good, particularly Michael Hawkins’ cheeky portrayal of John Lennon, and Alan Howell, though looking nothing like him, sounds just like Gerry Marsden.

Cilla’s career spanned 50 years, and this is a fitting tribute to her, especially in the expressive hands of Kara Lily Hayworth - who is also making the transition to stardom.

 

Cilla The Musical continues at the Edinburgh Playhouse until Sept 23.

Box office: 0844 871 3014

www.atgtickets.com/edinburgh

It will then continue touring:

Sept 26-30: Milton Keynes Theatre

Oct 10-14: New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Nov 7-11: New Wimbledon Theatre

Nov 14-18: Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Nov 21-15: Palace Theatre, Manchester

Jan 23-27: Grand Opera House, York

Jan 30-Feb 3: King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Feb 13-17; New Theatre, Oxford

Mar 13-17: Bristol Hippodrome Theatre

 

Mar 20-24: New Victoria Theatre, Woking

 

Sep 14th

Shirley Valentine

By Kirstie Niland

The Grand Theatre Blackpool, until Saturday 16th September 2017

"I used to be the Mother. I used to be the Wife. But now I'm Shirley Valentine again".

As Jodie Prenger delivers that well-known line you could be forgiven for thinking she really is in Greece, sitting by the sea wearing a sunhat, shades and a happy glow.

For the talented TV and West End star is so believable as the disenchanted, Liverpudlian housewife who flies off to Mykonos that the audience is behind her all the way - rejoicing as she discovers the life she never had and thought she’d wasted.

 

We’re not the only ones. Her previously snooty neighbour is so in awe of her courage she gives Shirley a glamorous silk kimono to take with her, and her swotty old school adversary, Marjorie Majors – now a high-class hooker - reveals she was actually jealous of Shirley at school.

So she always was "Shirley the Brave", she just doesn't realise it – until she finds herself skinny-dipping with Greek taverna owner Costas when he takes her out on his boat and several voyages of discovery.

Many will be more familiar with the film version of Shirley Valentine starring Pauline Collins and a host of other household names, including Julia McKenzie (Gillian), Joanna Lumley (Marjorie), Tom Conti (Costas), Alison Steadman (Jane, the friend who abandons her on holiday) and Bernard Hill as husband Joe.

But this is Willy Russell’s original one-woman play, so it's Jodie’s job to bring the characters in Shirley’s story to life. She does it so well I could picture Julia McKenzie telling her she’s marvellous and Tom Conti declaring her stretch marks lovely, marks of life…before she tells us, the audience, who have become her friends and confidantes by now: “Aren’t men full of shit!”

Educated at Elmslie School and Blackpool and the Fylde College, Jodie has gone a long way before returning to her roots at the Grand Theatre. After winning the role of Nancy in BBC1’s I’ll Do Anything, she’s played a wide range of high-profile roles and has recently finished a stint as Les Misérables' Madame Thénardier in Dubai. TV credits include Waterloo Road and a slot on ITV’s This Morning, and she’s even worked as an agony aunt.

Her bubbly nature and ability to engage and connect with the audience when she breaks the fourth wall, combined with an impressive talent for accents, keeps our attention and ensures the comedy drama pushes all the right buttons during the highs and lows.

You could have heard a pin drop when she explains as Shirley: “I have allowed myself to lead this little life, when inside me there was so much more. And it's all gone unused. And now it never will be. Why do we get all this life if we don't ever use it? Why do we get all these feelings and dreams and hopes if we don't ever use them?”

 

We will her not to back out of the holiday when her horrified grown-up daughter Milandra stomps out, calling the idea of two middle-aged women going off to Greece “obscene".

Then there’s comic relief and we laugh uproariously when Shirley shouts out of the window at her departing daughter: That's right, Milandra, I'm off to Greece for the sex. Sex for breakfast, sex for lunch, sex for tea and sex for supper. A neighbour shouts back: “Sounds like a marvellous diet, love!” and Shirley responds: "It is! Have you never heard of it? It's called the F plan!"

The stage set follows Shirley’s transformation, beginning with the kitchen she has spent her life in, forced to talk to the wall, then changing to a bright Greek beach where a rock becomes her companion instead.

Shirley Valentine premiered at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre in 1986 before becoming a hit movie in 1989. Willy Russell’s witty and moving mix of gentle humour and realism is totally in tune with the mindset of a married woman who feels taken for granted; and Jodie Prenger, under the expert direction of Glen Walford and with input from Willy Russell himself, steps deftly into the role and performs it perfectly.

The costume change and shift in Jodie’s demeanour show Shirley blossom and feel beautiful, reflective of the girl she once was and the more content woman she has become. When Joe comes to get her - regretting his neglect and the chips and egg he pushed onto her lap because there was no steak for the dinner he expected like clockwork - he doesn't recognise her.

Then he sees his young love Shirley Valentine, who has decided that she's alright, and that instead of saying: "Christ, I’m forty-two", from now on she’s going to say: ’Shirley, you’re only forty-two, isn’t that marvellous".

Shirley Valentine IS marvellous and so is Jodie Prenger. I hope between them they prompt a recognition that sometimes it's okay to live the life we want, not the one we have to - along with a surge in holidays bookings to Greece!

Book tickets here

Tour details here

Photographs by Manuel Harlan

Sep 11th

SPAMALOT TOUR OPENS IN BLACKPOOL

By Kirstie Niland

Until Saturday 16th September, Blackpool Opera House

The Tony award-wining musical Spamalot has kicked off its national tour in Blackpool - and it's funnier than the black death.

Lovingly ripped off from the hugely successful 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this spammier than ever brand-new show from Selladoor Productions is a riotous comedy full of misfit knights, killer rabbits, dancing nuns and ferocious Frenchmen. Join King Arthur as he travels with his hapless Knights of the Round Table on a divine mission to locate the illusive Holy Grail – with uproarious consequences.

Spamalot was the winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best New Musical, while it enjoyed a victorious West End run. This hilarious show was written by Python legend Eric Idle, who has been entertaining the British public for over 50 years. The funnyman also wrote the score alongside John DuPrez, famous for his work on Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life amongst a host of other big-name scores.

Michael Williams, Managing Director at the Winter Gardens Blackpool comments “ We are delighted to be staging the opening performances of the brand new tour of the much loved musical Spamalot. The musical joins an eclectic mix of events at the Winter Gardens Blackpool which truly offers something for everyone.”

The new tour is produced by the award winning Selladoor Productions and Mercury Theatre Colchester. Selladoor’s recent tours include Footloose, American Idiot, Avenue Q and Little Shop of Horrors.

With comic tunes including Brave Sir Robin, We’re Knights of the Round Table and perennial favourite Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, Spamalot audiences are sure to be dancing in the aisles. 

Book tickets at Blackpool Opera House here.

Full tour details here.

Photographs courtesy of Winter Gardens Blackpool

Sep 7th

Autumn Season at the Finborough Theatre

By Carolin Kopplin

The final season of 2017 at the Finborough brings together vibrant new writing and unique rediscoveries, with three plays unseen in the UK for many years, and twelve new plays from the UK, the US and Canada. 

 

The season opens with the UK debut of acclaimed American playwright Keith Bunin with the European premiere of The Busy World is Hushed, directed by the founder of Theatre503, Paul Higgins, playing an eight week limited season from 3 October-25 November 2017. It is accompanied by the Finborough's new play celebration, Vibrant 2017 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights – now in its ninth consecutive year – which plays Sunday and Monday evenings and Thursday matinees between 8-26 October 2017, accompanied by the return of the ‘Introduce Yourself’ initiative for new playwrights.

 

This year’s Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights includes new plays from the Finborough's Channel 4 Playwrights Scheme Playwright in Residence Carmen Nasr, three of their Playwrights on Attachment, Scots Gaelic author Iain Finlay Macleod, and June Carryl’s winning play from the ADAA $10,000 Saroyan/Paul 2016 Human Rights Playwriting Competition. And then by a controversial rediscovery, the queer classic Quaint Honour by Roger Gellert, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967, and unseen in the UK for 60 years, playing Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees between 29 October-21 November 2017. 

 

The year ends with the first London production in nearly 70 years of The Passing of the Third Floor Back by Jerome K. Jerome, author of Three Men in a Boat, playing from 28 November - 22 December 2017, running alongside the first London production in 80 years of Israel Zangwill's classic drama of refugees and immigration, The Melting Pot, on Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees between 3-19 December 2017. 

 

Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson said: "In a financial climate that is making our continued work even harder to achieve, our new season continues to bring together the very best of new playwriting from the English-speaking world, with work from the past that has been unfairly neglected in an ambitious and idiosyncratic selection of work that you’ve never seen before and can’t see anywhere else. With the help of funding from our regular patrons, we have also recently completed the first stages of a refurbishment of the Finborough Theatre building. As always, please do consider supporting us by joining our Friends Scheme.”

 

The Finborough Theatre has had a superlative year to date with acclaimed sell-out productions, transfers in London and to New York City, and an Olivier Award nomination. Rediscoveries have included Tony Harrison’s The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus, B. S. Johnson’s You’re Human Like The Rest Of Us, a centenary production of T. W. Robertson’s Caste, Arthur Miller’s Incident At Vichy and Cicely Hamilton’s Just To Get Married. New writing has included the debuts of new playwrights Carmen Nasr (Dubailand which also won her our tenth Channel 4 Playwrights Scheme Playwright in Residence Bursary, supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation), Titas Halder (his London debut with Run The Beast Down which has just been nominated for The Stage Debut Award for Best Writer), and Canada’s most exciting new playwright Jordan Tannahill (his European debut with Late Company); as well as the English premiere of David Ireland’s Everything Between Us.Finborough Theatre productions have also transferred to New York City (My Eyes Went Dark) and elsewhere in London (Incident at Vichy to the King’s Head Theatre and Late Company to Trafalgar Studios). Last year’s It Is Easy To Be Dead by Neil McPherson was also nominated for an Olivier Award following its transfer from the Finborough Theatre to Trafalgar Studios.

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