AUTUMN SEASON 2014 | AUGUST - OCTOBER 2014
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In August, our TheGreatWar100 series returns to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War with two different viewpoints on World War One. An epic drama, told from a German and European perspective, of the world's descent into war, the UK premiere of controversial German playwright Rolf Hochhuth’s epic Sommer 14 – A Dance of Death, in a brand new translation, playing 5–30 August 2014. It is accompanied on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, between 10–26 August 2014, by Rutland Boughton’s 'music-drama' The Immortal Hour, celebrating the exact centenary of its first performance at the inaugural Glastonbury Festival in August 1914.
In September, we present Scotland Decides/Tha alba a'taghadh2014, a month long season to coincide with the Scottish Independence Referendum on Thursday 18 September 2014, including a new play and three classic Scottish works. The sparkling satirical comedy The Flouers o'Edinburgh by Robert McLellan plays for four weeks from 2–27 September 2014; the English premiere of the Scots verse drama on the life of 'Braveheart'– The Wallace by Sydney Goodsir Smith, plays on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays between 7–23 September 2014; the English premiere of multi-award-winning Alan Bissett's new play Jock: Scotland on Trial runs for four late night performances between 10–13 September 2014; and a staged reading of John McGrath's seminal Little Red Hen receives a staged reading on the evening of referendum day itself - Thursday, 18 September 2014.
The season comes to a close with a unique rediscovery – the European premiere of the first play by an African American woman ever produced professionally – Angelina Weld Grimké's Rachel plays 30 September–25 October 2014, as part of Black History Month. The Celebrating British Music Theatre series also returns with the first London production in more than 50 years of Julian Slade's musical Free As Air, playing on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays between 5–21 October 2014.
The newly opened Finborough Arms pub continues to earn much acclaim for its carefully curated changing selection of craft beers and ciders. More information at www.finborougharms.co.ukOur recent sell out musical adaptation of Thérèse Raquin – first seen as part of our annual Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights – plays at the Park Theatre from 30 July– 24 August 2014, and our sell-out rediscovery of Emlyn Williams' Accolade transfers to the St James Theatre from 12 November–13 December 2014.
20 PREMIERES SEASON | NOVEMBER - FEBRUARY 2014-15
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The Finborough Theatre under multi-award-winning Artistic Director Neil McPherson returns to its new writing roots with a season of no less than twenty World, European or UK premieres, ranging from hard hitting controversial new writing from the UK, Ireland, Canada, the United States and Australia – with more than 50% by female playwrights – to the European premiere of a rediscovered classic Broadway musical.
The season opens with the winning play from the sixth Papatango New Writing Prize in association with the Finborough Theatre – Fiona Doyle’s Coolatully, set in modern rural Ireland, plays for four weeks from 28 October–22 November 2014. It runs alongside the sixth consecutive year of Vibrant 2014 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights between 2–20 November 2014, featuring fifteen staged readings of new works by fifteen UK and international playwrights, discovered, developed or championed by the Finborough Theatre. Vibrant is West London’s original and most productive new writing festival – 21 previous Vibrant plays have gone on to full productions at the Finborough Theatre.
In December, we present two premieres of political drama – the world premiere of Silent Planet, a Cold War drama by exciting first time playwright Eve Leigh, plays for four weeks from 25 November–20 December 2014; and is accompanied by the European premiere of Obama-ology, the full-length European debut of African-American playwright Aurin Squire, which plays Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays between 30 November–16 December 2014.
The season culminates in January with the European premiere of Jerry Herman's Broadway musical The Grand Tour, reuniting director Thom Southerland with producer Danielle Tarento following their multi-award-winning collaboration on Titanic and Mack & Mabel, playing for an eight week season from 1 January–21 February 2015. It plays alongside the European premiere of a hugely controversial new play – Pig Girl by former Canadian Playwright-in-Residence at the Finborough Theatre, Colleen Murphy – running Sunday and Monday evenings between 11 January–16 February 2015.
Elsewhere, our sell-out rediscovery of Emlyn Williams' Accolade transfers to the St James Theatre from 12 November–13 December 2014.