Our Season


SPRING SEASON 2014 | FEBRUARY - MAY 2014

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As befits our location in the heart of West London's French quarter, the main productions in our new Spring Season have a distinctly Gallic flavour. Two-time Olivier Award nominee Rachael Stirling stars in our unique rediscovery of Terence Rattigan’s Variation on a Theme, unseen for over 50 years, and inspired by La Dame aux Camelias; and is followed by the world premiere of a new musical based on Émile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin; and the rediscovery of the 1920s French classic Martine. Our Sunday/Monday/Tuesday productions feature the classic Glasgow memoir of prison life, Tom McGrath and Jimmy Boyle's The Hard Man, followed by new plays from award-winning playwrights from the UK (Almost Near) and Canada (Velocity).

In February, the bar beneath the theatre will open again after standing empty for nearly 18 months. The premises will revert to its original name – The Finborough Arms – and will trade as a traditional pub again for the first time in several years. Freed of any brewery ties, the bar will feature cask ale from local breweries, farmhouse cider from Somerset and craft lagers from the UK and overseas. This will be a second venture for new landlord Jeff Bell who has owned The Gunmakers Arms in Clerkenwell for five years.

The season opens with Rachael Stirling in the first production anywhere in the world in more than fifty years of Terence Rattigan’s Variation on a Theme, playing 25 February–22 March 2014. It is accompanied on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 2-18 March 2014 by the first London production for more than 25 years of Tom McGrath and Jimmy Boyle's The Hard Man, another in its series of acclaimed rediscoveries of Scottish playwrights.

March sees two productions originally seen as part of our annual Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights – the world premiere of Craig Adams and Nona Shepphard's new musical based on Émile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin, running 25 March–19 April 2014; and, on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, from 30–15 April 2014, Almost Near, a UK premiere from award-winning playwright, Pamela Carter, following its recent world premiere run in Dresden, Germany.

The season comes to a close with the first UK production in more than 25 years of Jean-Jacques Bernard’s seminal 1922 play Martine, playing 22 April–17 May 2014; accompanied by our introduction of yet another of Canada's most successful playwrights to the UK with the European premiere of Daniel Macdonald's Velocity, playing on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays from 29 April–13 May 2014.

SUMMER SEASON 2014 | MAY - AUGUST 2014

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The Finborough Theatre under its multi-award-winning Artistic Director Neil McPherson continues its acclaimed artistic policy of vibrant new writing and unique rediscoveries. Our Summer Season opens with two classic rediscoveries from Northern Ireland. Following the success of the Finborough Theatre’s rediscovery of St John Ervine’s Mixed Marriage in 2011, we now present the first English production in nearly 100 years of his Ulster tragedy John Ferguson, playing 20 May–14 June 2014. It is accompanied on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays between 25–10 June 2014 by the first London production for more than 40 years of Stewart Parker's classic 1970s drama Spokesong.

In June, we present a play and a musical – two premieres of the best new writing from the United States. The world premiere of Kevin Kautzman’s multi-award-winning new play, Dream of Perfect Sleep, runs 17 June–12 July 2014; whilst, Hostage Song, the European premiere of the Off-Off Broadway indie rock musical from New York artists Clay McLeod Chapman and Kyle Jarrow plays on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays between 22 June–8 July 2014.

The season comes to a close with the long overdue UK premiere of Noël Coward’s play This Was A Man, playing 15 July–2 August 2014; accompanied by a world premiere from Liverpool playwright Dameon Garnett, 17, plays on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays between 20–29 July 2014.

The Finborough Arms pub has now reopened and is earning much acclaim for its carefully curated changing selection of craft beers and ciders. More information at www.perfectpint.co.uk/best-real-ale-pubs-UK/15440/Finborough-Arms

Our 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 a original cast recording with full orchestra of our UK premiere production of Ivor Novello's Valley of Song will be released shortly.

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