Our Season


SPRING SEASON 2017 | FEBRUARY - APRIL 2017

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Our Spring Season features three rediscoveries from Arthur Miller, B. S. Johnson and Victorian theatrical revolutionary T. W. Robertson, and three brand new plays including Dubailand which has just won the Finborough Theatre its tenth Channel 4 Playwrights Scheme Playwright in Residence Bursary, supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation, for new playwright Carmen Nasr.

The season opens with two world premieres. Titas Halder’s debut play Run The Beast Down plays for a four week limited season from 31 January-25 February 2017, alongside Carmen Nasr’s award-winning Dubailand, playing Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees between 5-21 February 2017.

The UK premiere of the Off Broadway hit, Halley Feiffer’s award-nominated black comedy I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard, plays from 28 February-25 March 2017. It runs concurrently with B. S. Johnson’s You’re Human Like The Rest Of Them, an evening of three short plays receiving their first UK productions in over 40 years plus a world stage premiere, playing Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees between 5-21 March 2017.

The season comes to and end with two unique rediscoveries. Arthur Miller’s Incident at Vichy in its first professional London production in over 50 years, runs from 28 March-22 April 2017. It runs alongside the first UK production in over 20 years of T.W. Robertson’s Caste, marking the 150th anniversary of the Victorian classic, on Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees between 2-18 April 2017.

Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson said: "Our new Spring Season is evenly balanced between our artistic policy’s twin strands – to present the finest new writing, alongside unique rediscoveries. And we are honoured to have won our tenth Channel 4 Playwrights Scheme Playwright in Residence Bursary, supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation, for new playwright Carmen Nasr. We have also just relaunched our Friends Scheme, making it even easier to support our award winning work.”

Successes this year at the Finborough Theatre have included rediscoveries of Rodney Ackland’s After October, and James Bridie’s Dr Angelus, Noël Coward’s Home Chat, and Margaretta D’Arcy and John Arden’s epic The Non Stop Connolly Show to commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising, all unseen in the UK for many years; musical theatre including two sell out productions – the UK premiere of the Off Broadway musical Adding Machine: A Musical and the rediscovery of Alan Price and Trevor Peacock’s musical Andy Capp; and new plays including the National Youth Theatre’s 60th anniversary new writing season including the first stage adaptation of Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist; and P’Yongyang by In-Sook Chappell. Finborough Theatre productions have also transferred to the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (My Eyes Went Dark), the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield (Operation Crucible) and Trafalgar Studios (my own play It Is Easy To Be Dead following its run at the Finborough Theatre this summer where it was nominated for seven OffWestEnd Awards including Best New Play.)

SPRING - SUMMER SEASON 2017 | APRIL–JULY 2017

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Our Spring-Summer Season features six premieres and another Finborough rediscovery from Scottish dramatist James Bridie, with the first London production since 1950 of Mr Gillie. Already well known for presenting Canadian work in the UK, we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with the UK premiere of Late Company by Jordan Tannahill, “the hottest name in Canadian theatre”; a rediscovery of Footprints On the Moon by Maureen Hunter; and a late night cabaret of the songs of Cree-Canadian Tomson Highway in Songs in the Key of Cree. Our other premieres include Everything Between Us which won playwright David Ireland the Stewart Parker Trust Award, BBC Radio Drama Award and the Meyer Whitworth Award for Best New Play; Jam, the world premiere of a first full length play from new writer Matt Parvin; and the acclaimed new Australian play Food by Steve Rodgers.

As part of the Finborough Theatre’s celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday, the season opens with the European premiere of Late Company by Jordan Tannahill, playing for a four week season from 25 April-20 May 2017. It runs concurrently with the English premiere of David Ireland’s Everything Between Us, playing Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees between 30 April-16 May 2017.

The world premiere of a first play by new playwright, Jam by Matt Parvin, plays from 23 May-17 June 2017, alongside the rediscovery of Footprints On the Moon by Maureen Hunter, playing Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees between 28 May-13 June 2017. Multi-award-winning Cree-Canadian writer, composer and musician Tomson Highway appears in a one-off late night performance of his music – Songs in the Key of Cree – on Saturday, 6 May.

The season ends with the first production outside Australia of Food by acclaimed Australian playwright Steve Rodgers, playing for a four week limited season from 20 June-15 July 2017, running alongside the first London production in over 60 years of James Bridie’s Mr Gillie on Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees between 25 June-11 July 2017.

In other news, My Eyes Went Dark which received its world premiere at the Finborough Theatre in 2015 will transfer Off-Broadway this summer, while Neil McPherson’s It Is Easy To Be Dead – presented at the Finborough Theatre in June 2016 prior to its transfer to Trafalgar Studios – has just been nominated for an Olivier Award.

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