WINTER SEASON 2016 | NOVEMBER 2016 - JANUARY 2017
“A tantalizingly adventurous schedule, featuring plays (old and new)
you’d never get to see otherwise.” Ben Brantley, The New York Times
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Our Winter Season concentrates on unique rediscoveries with works from the 1930s, 1940s, 1970s and 1980s including the long overdue rediscovery of playwright James Bridie, one of the West End’s most popular dramatists of the 1930s and 1940s. New writing is represented by the eighth consecutive year of Vibrant 2016 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights featuring our usual eclectic selection of staged readings by UK and international playwrights, developed, nurtured or championed by the Finborough Theatre. This year’s festival also includes new filmmaking from the Earl’s Court Film Festival, and the European premiere of the After Orlando International Theatre Action, a collection of 70 short plays in response to the massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in June 2016.
The season opens with Magnificence, Howard Brenton’s seminal 1973 political drama, playing 25 October–19 November 2016. It runs alongside the eighth consecutive year of Vibrant 2016 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, on Sunday and Monday evenings and Thursday matinees from 30 October–17 November 2016.
Rodney Ackland’s After October receives its first Central London production in 80 years, playing from 22 November–22 December 2016, playing concurrently with the first English production for nearly 70 years of Scottish dramatist James Bridie’s Dr Angelus, playing Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees from 27 November–20 December 2016.
The season culminates with Tony Harrison’s The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus in its first London production for nearly 30 years playing 3–28 January 2017, together with the first UK production in over 25 years of Veterans Day by multi-award-winning American playwright Donald Freed, on Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees from 8–24 January 2017. The Finborough Theatre will also be relaunching its Friends Scheme this Winter with a new range of categories and benefits.
Elsewhere, following its critically acclaimed sell-out run at the Finborough Theatre earlier this year where it was nominated for seven OffWestEnd Awards including Best New Play, Best Male Performance, and Best Director, my own new play It Is Easy To Be Dead transfers to the Trafalgar Studios playing 9 November–3 December 2016.
Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson said: "We remain indebted to all those who supported us in our recent battles with developers. Now that the threat of redevelopment has receded, we are at last able to plan for the future, which we are beginning with a relaunch of our Friends Scheme. Our Winter Season brings you more of our artistic policy’s twin strands – to present the finest new writing, alongside unique rediscoveries. Our artistic policy has been much imitated in recent years, but we are proud to continue to bring you the original, all presented in London’s most intimate theatre space.”
Productions this year at the Finborough Theatre have included It Is Easy To Be Dead; the sell out rediscovery of Noël Coward’s Home Chat, unseen in the UK for 90 years; the National Youth Theatre’s 60th anniversary new writing season including the first stage adaptation of Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist; the rediscovery of Margaretta D’Arcy and John Arden’s epic The Non Stop Connolly Show to commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising; new play P’Yongyang by In-Sook Chappell; and the rediscovery of Alan Price and Trevor Peacock’s musical Andy Capp. Finborough Theatre productions have also transferred to the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (My Eyes Went Dark) and the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield (Operation Crucible).
For full information, please visit http://www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/productions.php