As the Park Theatre enters its third year, Artistic Director Jez Bond has today announced its new season of work, including seven new writing world premieres alongside a number of revivals, and a brand new British musical.
Bond says, "At Park Theatre we are committed to presenting world class theatre, and collaborating with the finest existing and emerging talent right in the heart of Finsbury Park. Our last season delivered phenomenal successes with sell out runs for new plays The Gathered Leaves and An Audience With Jimmy Savile, and I’m confident that this new season of work will challenge, entertain and stimulate audiences old and new."
Following his performance as ‘Jimmy Savile’, Alistair McGowan returns with 4000 Days – the new play from Peter Quilter whose play Glorious! was Olivier nominated for Best New Comedy. Jonathan Lynn, creator of Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, writes and directs The Patriotic Traitor, a new play examining the true story of the wartime relationship between De Gaulle and Pétain. Praised for their ingenuity and bold productions, simple8 present their new devised piece Don’t Sleep There Are Snakes, based on the true story of Daniel Everett’s adventure into the Amazonian jungle. A striking new musical The Buskers Opera by Dougal Irvine has its world premiere, providing a refreshingly innovative take on Gay's classic The Beggar’s Opera, before touring the country. The season ends with The Quiet House by Gareth Farr, a funny, poignant play that tackles the taboos of conception and IVF.
In Park90, Two Sheds Theatre return after their sell-out run of Muswell Hill, this time presenting African Gothic, a dark and disturbing play by South African’s most award-winning playwright Reza de Wet. Ensemble Theatre and Theatre Royal York’s musical production The Restoration of Nell Gywn by Steve Trafford then takes us back to a bawdy but dangerous time in England’s royal court. Giant Cherry Productions also return, following up their sell-out run of The Glass Protégé with a revival of the hilarious Hello Norma Jean by Dylan Costello – which considers the very real possibility of Marilyn Monroe living incognito in Essex today. Produced by Attic Theatre Company, new drama Beacons by Tabitha Mortiboy takes us on an atmospheric and sometimes haunting journey through love and loss on the cliffs of Beachy Head. Social media is at the fingertips of children of all ages now, and PMJ Productions’ timely response is Sket by first time playwright Maya Sondhi, which follows a group of young people through the trials and tribulations of selfies and sexting – and examines the consequences. Award winning, prolific producer Guy Masterson brings his double bill of exquisite, sharp plays Absolution by Owen O'Neill and Bill Clinton Hercules by Rachel Mariner with Guy Masterson directing both. Park90’s season concludes with Shock Box Theatre’s production of Happy To Help by Michael Ross, a quick-witted, fast-paced, biting satire set in a fictional supermarket chain, that was developed through Park Theatre’s Script Accelerator Programme.
Jez Bond continues: "It’s important to all of us here that Park Theatre is accessible to all. We’ve just launched ‘Park Young Patrons’ to encourage more young people to engage with our work, and we’re continually fundraising to keep ticket prices low and to enable us to provide more Creative Learning projects for the community. We’re continually evolving as a building, and this autumn we’ll be improving the ticket buying process with the introduction of a dedicated box office in the foyer."
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