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.
SPRING SEASON | FEBRUARY - MAY 2015
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Under multi-award-winning Artistic Director Neil McPherson, the Spring Season at the Finborough Theatre continues its acclaimed artistic policy with new writing including four world premieres, controversial political theatre, classic rediscoveries which this season celebrate our local Victorian heritage, music theatre, productions linked to one current event (the general election) and two anniversaries (the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the Armenian Genocide), and the return of three of our occasional series – Celebrating British Music Theatre, TheGreatWar100 and FINBOROUGHFORUM which this season will be podcast for the first time.
The season opens with two world premieres. Set within the ‘cosplay’ subculture of 21st Century Japan, Francios Turnly’s Harajuku Girls plays for four weeks from 24 February to 21 March 2015. Running alongside it, Chicken Dust, the professional debut of new playwright Ben Weatherill, plays on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 1 to 17 March.
In March and April, we celebrate the work of residents local to the Finborough Theatre, presenting the first London production in twenty years of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Princess Ida from 24 March to 18 April. Tom Taylor’s Our American Cousin is the play Abraham Lincoln was watching when he was assassinated, and plays on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays between 29 March and 14 April in honour of the 150th anniversary of his death.
The season culminates in April-May with two world premieres of hard-hitting political drama – I Wish to Die Singing – Voices from the Armenian Genocide, devised by Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson, runs for four weeks from 21 April to 16 May. It is accompanied on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays 26 April to 12 May by A New Play for the General Election, written in response to events as they happen by Chris Dunkley and Chris New. The FINBOROUGHFORUM, our occasional series of debates and discussions, returns for the general election with events after every performance on Sunday and Monday evenings between 26 April and 11 May.
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