Our Season


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.

For full information, please visit our Productions page.

SUMMER SEASON | MAY - AUGUST 2015

"A small theater taken over by large imaginations." The New York Times

The Finborough Theatre – under multi-award-winning Artistic Director Neil McPherson – celebrates its 35th year with a Summer Season of even more vibrant new plays and unique rediscoveries.

The season opens with the return of the Finborough Theatre's occasional TheGreatWar100 series with a rediscovery – commissioned by the Finborough Theatre – and a new play. Commemorating the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign, the first UK production in over fifty years of Alan Seymour’s The One Day of the Year – directed by Wayne Harrison, former Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company, and starring Mark Little runs from 19 May to 13 June 2015. Running alongside it, Stony Broke in No Man’s Land, a world premiere written and directed by John Burrows, and performed by two original members of the Number 1 chart-topping group, The Flying Pickets, plays on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 24 May to 9 June. There are also two afternoon staged readings of Miss Wilson's Waterloo, a new play by Ellis Jones and Martin Wimbush, on Wednesday, 10 and Thursday, 11 June to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

In June and July, Purni Morell, Artistic Director of the Unicorn Theatre, directs the first major revival of Ted Whitehead’s Alpha Beta for more than forty years, playing from 18 June to 18 July. It is accompanied by the world premiere of A Third by award-winning Chicago playwright Laura Jacqmin, playing on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 21 June to 14 July.

The season culminates with two world premieres. Previously seen as a sold out Sunday/Monday/Tuesday run at the Finborough Theatre in 2013, and following an acclaimed National Tour, Operation Crucible by new playwright Kieran Knowles returns to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Sheffield Blitz and the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, from 28 July to 22 August. It is accompanied by a new play from the award-winning Finborough Playwright on Attachment Steven Hevey – We Know Where You Live plays Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 2 to 18 August 2015.

For full information, please visit our Productions page.

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