Harry Potter’s Evanna Lynch to star in 20th anniversary production of Disco Pigs by Enda Walsh

Marking the 20th anniversary of its explosive British debut, Enda Walsh’s Disco Pigs comes to Trafalgar Studios starring Evanna Lynch (Harry Potter; My Name is Emily) and Colin Campbell (Dublin by Lamplight; Through A Glass Darkly).

When Walsh’s breathtaking breakthrough play premiered, the Guardian commented that it didn’t so much debut at the 1997 Edinburgh Fringe as erupt there. It was awarded both the George Devine Award and the Stewart Parker Award.

Born at the same time on the same day in the same hospital, Pig and Runt have been inseparable ever since. They speak in their own language, play by their own rules, and create a world for themselves in which boundaries blur between truth and illusion. Until, on their seventeenth birthday, they discover something more. As night falls, and the disco and drink take hold, they spiral violently out of control.

As we follow these two extraordinary teenagers through the streets of Cork City, drinking and dancing their way into the night, we witness with startling clarity how the nature of friendship can be changed forever. Endlessly playing with their own unique language, it’s impossible not to be swept along by their sense of youthful abandon. Desperate for a world beyond their mundane, everyday existence – amidst the bright lights of the Palace Disco – they draw us into their orbit, refusing to let us go.

Enda Walsh comments, “It seems shocking that Disco Pigs is 20 years old – but I trust that Evanna Lynch and Colin Campbell under the stewardship of John Haidar – will brilliantly send Pig and Runt crashing through their chaotic joint birthday.”

Enda’s other accolades include the Caméra d’Or for his screenplay for Hunger and the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Once.

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KING KONG set to terrorise London this summer!

The Vaults beneath Waterloo station will be overrun this summer by an enormous ape when the South London venue hosts the World premiere of a monstrous new comedy based on King Kong. Daniel Clarkson, who is the Olivier Award-nominated co-creator of the global smash hit, Potted Potter, has adapted the classic ape story.

5 actors and no high-tech wizardry – but lots of laughs!

Ever since Fay Wray first charmed the great gorilla in the original 1933 film, King Kong has been a byword for epic cinema, challenging successive filmmakers to outdo the last with bigger and better special effects to impress and terrify audiences in equal measure.

Now a new comic theatrical staging of the story takes a very different approach, as you’d expect from writer Daniel Clarkson (co-creator of worldwide hit Potted Potter) and director Owen Lewis, who between them have three Olivier Award nominations.

With just 5 actors and no high-tech wizardry, Kong will come to new life for theatre audiences in the atmospheric surroundings of The Vaults tunnels underneath London’s Waterloo Station.

Follow our intrepid cast as they journey to uncharted waters in search of the Eighth Wonder of the World – a gorilla so enormous he instils fear in all who set eyes on him. As hunter becomes the hunted, our story takes us to the iconic skyline of New York City and one burning question must be answered: just how many bananas should we order in?

King Kong will terrorise The Vaults this summer from Thursday 22 June – Sunday 27 August.

Press are invited to attend any show from Friday 30 June with reviews embargoed to 10pm on Tuesday 4 July – Independence Day!

Cast to be announced.

Writer Daniel Clarkson said: “As a self​-​confessed cinephile I’m a huge fan of the original 1933 classic King Kong, and have wanted for some time to ​
reimagine it in all its glory as a spoof comedy for the stage. ​This has proved to be a fantastic challenge, perhaps even trickier than when I crammed all 7
Harry Potter books into 70 minutes for Potted Potter! That show has travelled the world including West End and New York runs, and I hope that we can have a similarly exciting future for this production after its humble beginnings this summer at The Vaults. We recently workshopped the script with the incredibly talented director Owen Lewis, and our brilliant cast​ – based on what we saw there,​I think that audiences are in for something really special when we unleash this beast in June!”

Craft Theatre returns to London with Sam Shepard’s The God of Hell

After a year making a documentary and volunteering on the front-line of the European refugee crisis, critically acclaimed fringe theatre company Craft Theatre returns to London this summer with Sam Shepard’s The God of Hell, the first piece in a 12 month season of four shows.

The setting is a Wisconsin dairy farm, where the heifer-breeding Frank and Emma live in rustic isolation. But their peace has been shattered by Graig Haynes, a radioactive refugee from a plutonium-producing establishment. While he hides in the basement, a supposed salesman of patriotic baubles named Welch turns up in hot pursuit. What follows is a process of intimidation in which Welch not only gets his man, but terrorises the innocent mid-Westerners.

Director Rocky Rodriguez, Jr. says: “Shepard says the piece is “a take-off on Republican fascism”. It is eerie, it is satire, and it is goofy at times. It premiered in 2005, in response to the human rights abuses/justified experimentation revealed from declassified ‘plutonium files’ in which the US government injected/fed/and induced plutonium on unsuspecting citizens including the disabled, the pregnant, and the testicles of convicts, all for the creation of fancy nuclear developments. The piece was viewed as a touch too far-fetched, but people didn’t really know about these experiments at the time. With the rise of fake news, profit-seeking immigration detention centres, ICE, the far right in the USA/Europe and Trump-ism, climate denialism, undeclared war, prioritising the corporation over the citizen, society is heading towards the same place that they used to justify the plutonium experiments. All of a sudden Shepard’s satire demands real reflection.” Craft Theatre actors have previous experience including the RSC, ENO, Royal Court, and many major motion pictures.

“Mr Shepard’s gift for finding deadpan surrealism in bucolic speech (is) as hilarious as it is sobering” The New York Times on The God of Hell

Craft Theatre are producing a full season of 4 shows over the next 12 months across multiple London fringe venues, including The God of Hell.
Other pieces will include: The Nazi Comparison – devised with excerpts from Hanns Johst’s Schlageter (one of the few “Nazi” plays) juxtaposed with contemporary political rhetoric; and His Name Was Samir Nasrallah – devised from the story of Rachel Corrie, and Craft Theatre’s first-hand experience on the front line of the European Refugee Crisis.


The God of Hell is at Theatre N16 Balham from July 12th – August 5th, Theatre N16 

New Wimbledon Theatre works in conjunction with Merton Schools to deliver “Changing Minds in Merton” project

Most local people know about the high quality performances on the main stage and in the studio at New Wimbledon Theatre throughout the year but rather less well known is the year-round programme of educational work the theatre undertakes with its local community.

NWT Creative Learning Manager Andy Alty says about the “Changing Minds in Merton” project:

“This is a huge project which we’re running in seven Merton schools, supported by local arts charity WCTT, for National Mental Health Awareness week 11-18th May.  The idea is to use the arts- theatre, dance, photography and film- to get young people talking more openly and honestly about teenage mental health. It’s one of those “silent” issues which affects many young people in our borough- examination pressure, bullying, problems with relationships, eating disorders. All these things affects their school lives and result in depression, isolation and in extreme cases, self-harm and suicide.”

Since January of this year, Andrew and his team have been working with over 120 young people along with a Mental Health specialist to create plays, poetry and photographic work about the topic, which will then get the rest of their schoolmates talking. Andrew says, “We piloted the project last year at Ricards Lodge High school and it was seen by over 600 students. It had a profound effect on both the girls performing and their audience and it has brought about a huge change in the way mental health is seen and talked about across the whole school.”

Now other Merton schools have invested in the project and it is hoped that Changing Minds will reach as many as 5000 Merton teens. Andrew and his team are delighted at the way schools have responded. “I think many of us know someone who has been affected by mental illness. This is just too important a topic for us to let it hide in the shadows. We’re excited to see Princes William and Harry have been opening up about this taboo issue and we want to play our part in that conversation. Young people are suffering. We want to help find a solution.”

The project will culminate in an Open Day at New Wimbledon Theatre on July 4th where all the young participants will come together to share their performances and have a borough-wide conversation about how young people can work together to end the stigma of mental illness.

Changing Minds is just one of many projects, courses and workshops run by Creative Learning at NWT.

In January 2017, the Creative Learning department and the Ambassador Theatre Group opened with a brand new range of courses for adults and pre-school children. This included 22 men and women joining the first ever official New Wimbledon Theatre choir, a Musical Theatre course for adults and Verona’s Musical Balloon Band for 6 months to 6 year olds. Their new season sees these courses return and welcomes brand new courses for both onstage and back of the theatre, including their first ever Playwriting for Adults course, as well as a huge opportunity for sixty young people (aged 11-18) to perform Bugsy Malone on New Wimbledon Theatre’s main stage. Creative Learning are currently welcoming applicants to audition for this, which take place on 28 May.

For further information about Creative Learning you can visit the website http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/theatre-choir/other-events-wimbledon/

Changing Minds In Merton is supported financially by Wimbledon Foundation, The Steel Charitable Trust and local arts Charity, WCTT.

Killian Donnelly and Carley Stenson join the cast of LES MISÉRABLES

From Monday 12 June 2017, there will be major cast changes at the West End production of “LES MISÉRABLES”at the Queen’s Theatre, which is now in its record breaking 33 rd year.

Cameron Mackintosh is delighted to announce that Killian Donnelly will star as ‘Jean Valjean’. He joins “Les Misérables” fresh from Broadway where he is currently playing the lead role of ‘Charlie Price’ in “Kinky Boots”. West End leading lady and former Hollyoaks star Carley Stenson, will join the company as ‘Fantine’ and Hayden Tee returns to play ‘Javert’ from 17 July having performed the role at The Queen’s Theatre until 22 April this year.

Also joining the company are Steven Meo as ‘Thénardier’; Karis Jack as ‘Eponine’, Jacqueline Tate as ‘Madame Thénardier’ and Hyoie O’Grady as ‘Enjolras’. Paul Wilkins will continue in the role of ‘Marius’ and Charlotte Kennedy will continue in the role of ‘Cosette’ having both originally joined the company in 2015.

From 17 July 2017 the full company will be: Emma Barr; Adam Bayjou; Oliver Brenin; Ciarán Bowling; Hugo Chiarella; Andy Conaghan; Killian Donnelly; Alice Ellen Wright; Sophie-May Feek; Hyoie O’Grady; Catherine Hannay; Antony Hansen; Holly-Anne Hull; James Hume; Karis Jack; Ciaran Joyce; Charlotte Kennedy; Katie Kerr; Rebecca Lafferty; Jo Loxton; John Lumsden; Anna McGarahan; Steven Meo; Jonny Purchase; Lauren Soley; Carley Stenson; Jacqueline Tate; Shaq Taylor; George Tebbutt; Hayden Tee; Lee Van Geleen; Danny Whitehead and Paul Wilkins.

Killian Donnelly is currently playing the role of ‘Charlie Price’ in “Kinky Boots” on Broadway, a role he originated at the Adelphi Theatre in the West End in 2015, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award. His other theatre credits include: ‘Jackie Day’ in “Donegal”, a new play by Frank McGuinness, at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin and ‘Huey’ in the original London cast of “Memphis” at the Shaftesbury Theatre for which he was also nominated for an Olivier Award.  He created the role of ‘Deco’ in “The Commitments” at the Palace Theatre and has also played ‘Tony’ in “Billy Elliot” at the Victoria Palace Theatre as well as’ Raoul’ in “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre. He first joined the company of “Les Misérables” in 2008, going onto play the role of ‘Enjolras’ from 2009 to 2011. In 2010, he played the role of ‘Courfeyrac’ in the “25th Anniversary Concert of Les Misérables” at The O2 Arena and also played the role of ‘Combeferre’ in the multi-award-winning film of the show, released in 2012.

Carley Stenson ’s West End credits include ‘Elle Woods’ in “Legally Blonde”, ‘Princess Fiona’ in “Shrek The Musical” and ‘Lady of the Lake’ in “Spamalot”. Carley also starred as ‘Christine Colgate’ in the tour of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”. She is probably best known for playing the regular role of ‘Steph Cunningham’ in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks, for which she was nominated for several awards during her 10 years with the show.

Hayden Tee returns to the West End production of Les Misérables having played the role of ‘Javert’ in the West End from 9 January 2017 to 22 April 2017.  He has previously played the role on Broadway and in Dubai. He has also previously played the role of ‘Marius’. His other theatre credits include: “South Pacific”; “Little Women”; “Titanic”; “Cats” and “Into the Woods”.

Steven Meo ’s previous theatre credits include “Pride & Prejudice” at The Regents Park Open Air Theatre and on UK tour; “The Taming of the Shrew”, “Boeing Boeing”, “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog” all for Theatre Clwyd; “The Distance” for Sheffield Crucible/Orange Tree Theatre and “Flesh and Blood” for Hampstead Theatre and on tour.

Karis Jack ’s theatre credits include “The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin” at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East & Belgrade Theatre, Coventry; “Baddies: The Musical” at the Unicorn Theatre’ “Hairspray” at Curve, Leicester and on UK tour; “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Salisbury Playhouse and Mercury Theatre, Colchester; and “Urinetown: The Musical” at the Apollo Theatre and St James Theatre.

Jacqueline Tate ’s previous theatre credits include: “Allegro” at the Southwark Playhouse; “Avenue Q” at the Wyndham’s Theatre, Gielgud Theatre and national tour; “South Pacific” at The Barbican Theatre and UK tour; “The Phantom of The Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre and “My Fair Lady” and “Evita” on international tour.

Hyoie O’Grady is making his professional and West End debut in “Les Misérables”.

Paul Wilkins has previously played the role of ‘Marius’ in “Les Misérables” in Manila, Singapore and Dubai. He made his West End debut in “Les Misérables” in 2015.

Charlotte Kennedy made her West End debut in “Les Misérables” in 2015.  She has also appeared in “Elaine Paige in Concert” at the Royal Albert Hall.

www.lesmis.com

 

Casting announced for Bob Dylan play at the Old Vic

A stellar cast is today announced for Girl from the North Country at The Old Vic, an electrifying new work from esteemed playwright Conor McPherson, which features  classic songs from Bob Dylan.

Duluth, Minnesota. 1934.
A community living on a knife-edge huddle together in the local guesthouse.

The owner, Nick, owes more money than he can ever repay, his wife Elizabeth is losing her mind and their daughter Marianne is carrying a child no-one will account for.

And, when a preacher selling bibles and a boxer looking for a comeback show up in the middle of the night, things start to spiral beyond the point of no return…

Brought to life by a 20-piece company of actors and musicians, award-winning playwright Conor McPherson beautifully weaves the iconic songbook of Bob Dylan into this new show full of hope, heartbreak and soul.

You can listen to the company of Girl from the North Country perform extracts from Bob Dylan’s iconic songbook by clicking on the following link:  http://www.oldvictheatre.com/whats-on/2017/girl-from-the-north- country/.

The cast includes Ciaran Hinds (Hamlet, Barbican) who plays the owner Nick Laine, Shirley Henderson (Shining Souls) as Elizabeth Laine and Sam Reid as Gene Laine.

The cast also includes Ron Cook, Debbie Kurup, Arinzé Kene, Bronagh Gallagher, Jim Norton, Sheila Atim, Claudia Jolly, Kirsty Malpass, Tom Peters, Karl Queensborough, Michael Shaeffer, Jack Shalloo and Stanley Townsend.

Harry Melling & Jasmine Hyde set to star in world premiere of Jam at Finborough Theatre

Harry Potter star Harry Melling wil star oposite Jasmine Hyde in a powerful new play, which examines community tensions. The play entitled Jam will receive its world premiere at the Finborough Theatre next month.

Ten years ago, Bella Soroush’s life was ruined by one of her pupils – Kane McCarthy. She has gradually rebuilt things – new school, new town, new friends – and finally feels at home in the depths of the countryside. Now Kane is back in her classroom, armed with relics of the past and claiming to want forgiveness. As the truths they’ve clung to begin to collapse, teacher and pupil are forced to confront their prejudices and the shared history that has bound them together.
Set over a single evening, Jam is a relentless, incendiary new drama that interrogates social fault-lines in Britain today, and the tension between truth and justice.

Jam will play a 4-week season at the Finborough Theatre, from Tuesday, 23 May – Saturday, 17 June. 

Harry Melling (Kane)
Trained at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
His theatre credits include King Lear (Old Vic), Hand to God (Vaudeville), The Angry Brigade (Bush Theatre and Paines Plough), Peddling (HighTide, Arcola and 59E59 New York), King Lear (Chichester), The Hothouse (Trafalgar Studios), Smack Family Robinson (Rose Theatre Kingston), I Am A Camera (Southwark Playhouse), When Did You Last See My Mother (Trafalgar Studios), School for Scandal (Barbican), Women Beware Women and Mother Courage and Her Children (National Theatre). TV credits include Musketeers, Joe Mistry, Garrow’s Law, Merlin, Just William and Friends and Crocodiles. Film credits include The Current War, Lost City of Z, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the
Philosopher’s Stone, The Winds of Change, I Think Therefore and Felicity

Jasmine Hyde (Bella)
Trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Her theatre credits include Not Moses (Arts Theatre), Whose Life is it Anyway? and The Dog (Frinton Summer Theatre), Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act (Jermyn Street), Death of a Cyclist (Arcola), Muswell Hill
(Orange Tree), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe),
Somniloquy and Why Can’t We Live Together? (Theatre503), ’06/’07/’05 and Gaugleprixtown (Menagerie), The Rivals (Theatre Royal Bath), Gifts of War/Two Into War (National Tour), Charlie’s Aunt (Northcott Exeter), Singer (Oxford Stage Company), Waters of the Moon (Salisbury Playhouse), Pericles (RSC), Coast of Utopia (National Theatre), Tiny Dynamite (Paines Plough/Frantic Assembly). TV credits include Doctors, Holby City and Casualty. Film credits include The Unseen, The Truth Commissioner, Sins of a Father, A Distant
Mirage, Runt, Other, Undo and Restoration. Radio credits include many Radio 4 afternoon plays, Book at Bedtime, Book of the Week and Poetry Please. Jasmine plays Leonie Snell in The Archers and the young Hilda Rumpole in the BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of John Mortimer’s Rumpole of the Bailey stories.

An American in Paris extends to January 2018

Christopher Wheeldon ’s stunning reinvention of the Oscar® winning film An American in Paris has been ecstatically received by audiences and critics since opening at the beautifully restored Dominion Theatre on 21 March 2017. The smash hit production has now extended booking, with tickets on sale until Saturday 27 January 2018.

The sumptuous new musical about following your heart and living your dreams is written by Craig Lucas and features the timeless music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, including I Got Rhythm, ‘S Wonderful, I’ll Build a Stairway To Paradise and They Can’t Take That Away from Me, together with George Gershwin’s sweeping compositions including ‘ Concerto in F’ and ‘ An American in Paris’.

Jerry Mulligan is an American GI pursuing his dream to make it as a painter in a city suddenly bursting with hope and possibility. Following a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer named Lise, the streets of Paris become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war…

The cast is headed by the original, award-winning Broadway stars Robert Fairchild (as Jerry Mulligan ) and  Leanne Cope  (as Lise Dassin ), together with  Haydn Oakley  as Henri Baurel,  Zoë Rainey as Milo Davenport, David Seadon-Young as Adam Hochberg and Jane Asher as  Madame Baurel. Ashley Day is the alternate  Jerry Mulligan  (and he will assume the role from Monday 19 June 2017). The company also features Julian Forsyth and Ashley Andrews, Sophie Apollonia, Zoe Arshamian, Sarah Bakker, James Barton, Alicia Beck, Chrissy Brooke, James Butcher, Jonathan Caguioa, Jennifer Davison, Katie Deacon, Rebecca Fennelly, Sebastian Goffin, Alyn Hawke, Nicky Henshall, Genevieve Heron, Amy Hollins, Frankie Jenna, Justin-Lee Jones, Robin Kent, Kristen McGarrity, Julia J. Nagle, Daniela Norman, Pippa Raine, Aaron Smyth, Todd Talbot, Max Westwell, Jack Wilcox, Carrie Willis, Stuart Winter and Liam Wrate.

The new musical An American in Paris premiered in 2014  at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris to ecstatic reviews before transferring to the Palace Theatre on Broadway, where it became the most awarded musical of the 2015/16 season, including four Tony® Awards. A major North American tour is currently playing.

AnAmericanInParisTheMusical.co.uk

Photo Flash: Take a look at Greg Hicks and the cast rehearsing Richard III at Arcola Theatre

 

Greg Hicks is celebrated for his acclaimed performances as Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Coriolanus and King Lear at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

As Coriolanus at The Old Vic, he was nominated for the Best Actor Olivier Award and won Best Shakespearian Performance at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards,.

Now he’s returning to Shakespeare after many years to play the one major character left – RICHARD III.

Arcola’s thrilling new production of Shakespeare’s RICHARD III, starring RSC Associate Artist Greg Hicks and directed by Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen, begins previews on 11 May.
www.arcolatheatre.com

Photos by Alex Brenner

Following his celebrated performances as Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Coriolanus and King Lear for the Royal Shakespeare Company, RSC Associate Artist Greg Hicks takes on the role of the tyrant king Richard. Hicks was nominated for the Best Actor Olivier Award, and won Best Shakespearian Performance at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards, for playing the title role in Coriolanus at the Old Vic. He is returning to Arcola Theatre having previously played Morris Honeyspoon in two sold-out acclaimed runs of Clarion, Dr Thomas Stockmann in An Enemy of the People (both directed by Mehmet Ergen) and The Kreutzer Sonata.

The rest of the cast are: Jane Bertish (Margaret) played an M15 Director in Charlie Brooker’s Netflix series, Black Mirror: Hated in the Nation, and was last seen on stage in In The Depths of Dead Love at the Print Room. Jim Bywater (King Edward/Lord Mayor) co-starred with Greg Hicks in Clarion and was in The Cherry Orchard and The Lower Depths (all at Arcola). Jamie de Courcey (Keeper/Richmond) is in The Crown on Netflix, Six Wives and Taboo. His recent films include playing Vincent van Gogh in Vincent van Gogh – A New Way of Seeing. On stage he recently appeared at The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in Every Man Out of His Humour – Read not Dead. Femi Elufowoju Jr (Rivers) has performed extensively at the National Theatre, Royal Court Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East. He was in Out of Blixen at The Print Room, and in Lion Boy at the Tricycle and on Broadway. Annie Firbank (Duchess of York) is a veteran of seasons at Stratford-upon-Avon, Royal Court, Prospect Company, Actor’s Company, Stratford (Ontario), and the National Theatre. She was recently in Oresteia (Almeida) and The Crucible (Old Vic). Peter Guinness (Buckingham) has recently been seen on TV in Lucky Man, Critical, Strike Back and DaVinci’s Demons. On stage he was in After Independence (Arcola) and Claudius in Hamlet at Glasgow Citizens Theatre. Mark Jax (Hastings/Ratcliffe) has been in several RSC productions, including King John, A Soldier In Every Son, and Edward IV and several NT productions including Pravda, The Government Inspector and The Futurists. Paul Kemp (Clarence/Stanley) was Professor Goodman in Ghost Stories in the West End and Smee in Wendy and Peter Pan (Royal Shakespeare Company). Sara Powell (Queen Elizabeth) was in The Crucible (Old Vic), Disgraced (Bush), Macbeth (Almeida). Georgina Rich (Lady Anne) was Portia in The Merchant of Venice (RSC) and was in Rabbit Hole (Hampstead) and Between Us (Arcola). Matthew Sim (Catesby) was in the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. On stage his previous Shakespearian roles have included Prospero in The Tempest, Duncan in Macbeth, Mark Anthony in Julius Caesar and Edward Plantagenet in Richard III and Saint Joan (NT).

Creative team: Director: Mehmet Ergen. Design: Anthony Lamble. Lighting Design: David Howe. Sound Design Dinah Mullen

King Edward is on the throne, and England is at peace. But don’t worry – it won’t be that way for long. Gripping and outrageous, Shakespeare’s Richard III is the tale of a ruthless, power-crazed misogynist who lies and cheats his way to the highest seat in the land. “England hath long been mad and scarred herself.”

Richard III begins previews at the Areola Theatre from 11 May  

Frantic Assembly’s Things I Know To Be True returns to tour the UK

Following a hugely successful 2016 Australian and UK tour, Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company South Australia’s critically acclaimed Things I Know To Be True returns to delight audiences in the UK from 27 September 2017. Andrew Bovell’s new play will tour to Oxford Playhouse, The Lowry in Salford, Leicester Curve, Mercury Theatre in Colchester, York Theatre Royal, Chester Storyhouse, Southampton’s Nuffield, Poole Lighthouse and London’s Lyric Hammersmith.

As beautifully touching as it is funny and bold, Things I Know To Be True tells the story of a family and marriage through the eyes of four grown siblings struggling to define themselves beyond their parents’ love and expectations.

Parents Bob and Fran have worked their fingers to the bone and with their four children grown and ready to fly the nest it might be time to relax and enjoy the roses. But the changing seasons bring home some shattering truths.

Andrew Bovell said:

“The only reason to write a play is for it to reach an audience and for it to mean something to them when it does. I’m thrilled that UK audiences will have another chance to see this wonderful production.”

Scott Graham (Artistic Director, Frantic Assembly) said:

“I am immensely proud of this collaboration. It melted hearts on its first Australian and UK tours and I am looking forward to new audiences engaging with this beautiful play.”

Geordie Brookman (Artistic Director, State Theatre Company) said:

“We are tremendously proud of the way this gem of an Australian play has connected with U.K. audiences and feel blessed that, alongside our friends at Frantic Assembly, we can take the production to an even wider audience.”

Featuring Frantic Assembly’s celebrated physicality, and co-directed by Frantic Assembly’s Tony and Olivier Award nominated Artistic Director Scott Graham and State Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Geordie Brookman, Things I Know To Be True is a complex and intense study of the mechanics of a family that is both poetic and brutally frank.

Andrew Bovell is regarded as one of Australia’s greatest storytellers, for critically acclaimed plays including When The Rain Stops Falling, Speaking In Tongues and an adaptation of Kate Grenville’s The Secret River, as well as screen work including Lantana and A Most Wanted Man.

Casting for Things I Know To Be True will be announced in due course.

LISTINGS

27 – 30 September
Oxford Playhouse
On sale from Thursday 27 April
11-12 Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LW
01865 305 305
www.oxfordplayhouse.com

3 – 7 October
The Lowry (Quays Theatre)
On sale from Thursday 27 April
Pier 8, The Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ
0843 208 6000
www.thelowry.com

10 – 14 October
Leicester Curve
Members on sale for members from Thursday 11 May
General on sale from Monday 15 May
60 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1SB
0116 242 3595
www.curveonline.co.uk

17 – 21 October
Mercury Theatre, Colchester
On sale from Thursday 27 April
Colchester CO1 1PT
01206 573948
www.mercurytheatre.co.uk

31 October – 4 November
York Theatre Royal
On sale from Thursday 27 April
St Leonard’s Pl, York YO1 7HD
01904 623568
www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

7 – 11 November
Chester Storyhouse
Tickets on sale now
Hunter St, Chester CH1 2AR
01244 409113
www.storyhouse.com

14 – 18 November
Nuffield Southampton
On sale from Thursday 27 April
University Rd, Southampton SO17 1TR
023 8067 1771
www.nstheatres.co.uk

21 – 25 November
The Lighthouse, Poole
On sale from Thursday 27 April
21 Kingland Rd, Poole BH15 1UG
01202 280000
www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

11 January – 3 February
Lyric Hammersmith
On sale from Thursday 27 April
Lyric Square, King Street, London, W6 0QL
020 8741 6850
www.lyric.co.uk

Running time approx 2 hours, including an interval
Contains strong language
Suitable for ages 14+