Monday, 20 October 2014

Park Theatre confirms details of 2015 Spring season

The Park Theatre has announced its 2015 Spring season!

Highlights of the Park200 programme include the world première of Avaes Mohammad’s Hurling Rubble, a double-bill performed in repertory, investigating contemporary twenty-first century British extremism, a co-production between Park Theatre and Red Ladder Theatre Company and the debut play from broadcaster Jonathan Maitland, Dead Sheep, which sheds new light on Geoffrey Howe’s historic speech that brought down Margaret Thatcher, starring Thatcher’s Spitting Image impressionist Steve Nallon and directed by Ian Talbot.

Completing the Park200 line-up are the world première of Contact.Com, Michael Kingsbury’s comedy exploring the world of internet dating, the first of two shows in the season directed by Ian Brown, and the European première of Brad Fraser’s Kill Me Now, directed by the founder of Manchester Royal Exchange Braham Murray. Kill Me Now and Dead Sheep will be the first Park200 shows to be staged in the round.

The Park90 season features a rare British production of Bryony Lavery’s multi Tony award-nominated Frozen, John Cariani’s off-Broadway hit Almost, Maine directed by Simon Evans, and the world première of Alex McSweeney’s real life story of the First World War East London munitionettes Out of the Cage.

Jez Bond said today: “It’s hugely exciting to announce the Spring 2015 season - featuring three world premières and a European première, the Park200 Spring programme is full of bold, adventurous, provocative work and, particularly excitingly, our co-production with Red Ladder, Hurling Rubble, a double-bill from Avaes Mohammad, of which I will direct one of the plays. Also in the run up to the General Election, we will host Jonathan Maitland’s Dead Sheep – which sees Spitting Image’s Steve Nallon take on the mantle of Thatcher again in this timely première.

“Park90 further cements its reputation as a hotbed for new, emerging, experimental theatre-makers, featuring some of the most thrilling writers from these shores and around the world. Plays in this season include Bryony Lavery’s Frozen, John Cariani’s Almost, Maine and Guillem Clua’s Skin in Flames.

“In addition to the core work on stage, we will be extending our education and outreach work with a special project around Hurling Rubble. It’s an exciting time for the theatre, following a successful summer with Snapdragon Productions’ sell-out revival of Richard Bean’s Toast and latterly an acclaimed production of David Hare’s The Vertical Hour. We are also delighted to have recently been nominated for the Peter Brook Empty Space Award. It’s testament to the small and dedicated team that we have come so far in just eighteen months, and we look to build on this to secure Park Theatre’s future at the forefront of London’s theatre scene.”

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