Concordance
at the Finborough Theatre


Founded by Neil McPherson, Artistic Director of the Finborough Theatre, Concordance is the Finborough Theatre's resident company. Since 2006, productions presented by Concordance are announced as Finborough Theatre productions.

Concordance's artistic policy is to present new writing and an idiosyncratic selection of unjustly neglected work from the from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Concordance is especially committed to music theatre and integrating music into its work, and is committed to productions featuring the writing of non-theatrical artists - poets, artists, novelists - and presenting their work in a theatrical setting.

Productions

Concordance was founded in 1981 and has presented fifty productions in London and the regions. Early productions included Stephen MacDonald's Not About Heroes, Steven Berkoff's Harry's Christmas and many productions for the City of London Festival. From 1991 to 2000, Concordance's productions included many world premiere productions of new writing including a theatrical version of Barry Fogden's award-winning poem, Displaced Person (City of London Festival); playwright Tom Kempinski's return to the stage as an actor after 25 years in his own one-man show, Heinrich Heine vs Nikolai Gogol, (New End Theatre, Hampstead); three plays by award-winning playwright Anthony Melnikoff - Little Squares, Steinberg's Day of Atonement, and Child of the Forest (the latter two plays were both shortlisted for the Arts Council's Meyer-Whitworth Award for New Writing); and two co-productions - Julia Pascal's St Joan (New End Theatre, Hampstead, and sell-out French tour) and Saving Charlotte (The Bridewell).

Productions and co-productions at the Finborough Theatre since 2002 include:

The Destiny of Me - The sell-out London Premiere of Larry Kramer's sequel to The Normal Heart (Nicholas de Jongh's Critics' Choice in the Evening Standard for the entire run.

Falkland Sound - The first London revival of Louise Page's dramatisation of the life of David Tinker (killed in action in the South Atlantic in 1982) to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Falklands War.

The Women's War - A Centenary Celebration - A rediscovery of original suffragette plays including the first London revival for over 20 years of Bernard Shaw's Press Cuttings to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Mrs Pankhurst's founding of the WSPU and the 75th anniversary of all women being granted the vote.

Borrowed Scenes: Belle in the Dingle - An adaptation of George Borrow's novels, celebrating the bicentenary of his birth. Presented in the unique surroundings of Brompton Cemetery Chapel.

Young Emma - two specially commissioned new plays - Tamara Harvey's Time Out Critics Choice production of W.H. Davies and

Lullabies of Broadmoor - A new play by Steve Hennessy , inspired by the Finborough Road murder of 1922.

Allport's Revenge - The world premiere of a new play by Anthony Melnikoff

How I Got That Story - the first London revival for more than twenty years of Amlin Gray's Vietnam War play.

Masks and Faces - The first UK revival for more than seventy years of Charles Reade and Tom Taylor's classic Victorian theatrical comedy.

Soldiers - The first London revival for forty years of the controversial drama by Rolf Hochhuth (Time Out Critics' Choice).

Full Frontal Diva - The world premiere of the award-winning Canadian play by Donn Shortt.

Happy Family - The first London revival for more than twenty years and only the fourth UK professional production of the black comedy by cult sixties dramatist, Giles Cooper.

Gates of Gold - The UK premiere of the play by Frank McGuinness with William Gaunt and the late John Bennett in his last stage role. (Time Out Critics' Choice and Nicholas de Jongh's Critics' Choice in The Evening Standard).

Stuck - The UK premiere of David Rubinoff's play, performed by Sean Power, a transfer of the sell-out hit from Toronto, Dublin and New York.

Trelawny of the "Wells" - The Finborough Theatre's Silver Jubilee production of the theatrical classic by, Arthur Wing Pinero.

The New Morality - A unique revival of the sparkling social comedy by Harold Chapin, commemorating the 90th anniversary of his death in action during the First World War.

Albert's Boy - Tthe world premiere of a new play on Albert Einstein by James Graham, starring Tony Award winner Victor Spinetti, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Hirsohima. Published by Methuen. Part of the New British Plays Season.

Lark Rise to Candleford - The first revival since the original National Theatre production of the adaptation by Keith Dewhurst from the novels by Flora Thompson, (Time Out Critics' Choice).

I Wish to Die Singing - A documentary drama by Neil McPherson, commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

The War Plays - A doublebill of Before Trafalgar by James Lansdale Hodson and Waterloo by Arthur Conan Doyle, starring Tim Barlow.

The Freedom of the City - The first professional London revival of Brian Friel's modern classic, inspired by the events of Bloody Sunday.

Florodora - The first musical comedy of the 20th century, starring Rosemary Ashe, part of the Celebrating British Music Theatre series.

Blackwater Angel - The UK premiere of the play by Jim Nolan, writer in residence at the National Theatre of Ireland, and the first time one of his plays have been professionally produced in the UK, starring Sean Campion.

Mass Appeal - The hit American play by Bill C. Davis in only its second professional production in the UK.

Lucky Nurse and Other Short Musical Plays - The UK premiere of John Michael LaChuisa's musical.

Our Miss Gibbs - The first professional London revival in nearly a century of Lionel Monckton's hit musical, part of the Celebrating British Music Theatre series

The Representative - The first London revival for more than 40 years of Rolf Hochhuth's controversial drama

Eden's Empire - A specially commissioned new play by award-winning playwright James Graham.

"Out of Bounds" - Young Woodley by John van Druten and Tea and Sympathy by Robert Anderson. Two banned plays in repertoire.

The Rat Trap - Noel Coward's first play in its first production for 80 years, directed by Olivier Award nominee Tim Luscombe.

The Maid of the Mountains - The 1916 operetta, starring Anita Louise Combe, part of the Celebrating British Music Theatre series

IWitness - The UK premiere of the play by Joshua Sobol.

A "Gilbert and Sullivan" Double Bill - A double bill of works written by Gilbert without Sullivan (Sweethearts, a play by W.S. Gilbert), and Sullivan without Gilbert (The Zoo, an operetta by Arthur Sullivan and Bolton Rowe), both in their first UK professional productions in over a century, starring Myra Sands and Donald Maxwell, part of the Celebrating British Music Theatre series.

The Lady's Not for Burning - Celebrating the birth of verse playwright Christopher Fry

Myths and Hymns - The European premiere of the song cycle by Adam Guettel

The Lower Depths - A new version of Maxim Gorky's classic

The Boatswain's Mate - A rare revival of Dame Ethel Smyth's opera, starring Sian Jones, part of the Celebrating British Music Theatre series.

Ours - The first London revival for 99 years of T.W. Robertson's Victorian comedy.

The Mollusc - The centenary production of the classic Edwardian comedy by Hubert Henry Davies.

Jamie the Saxt - The English premiere of the classic Scots comedy by Robert McLellan.

The Confidential Clerk - The classic verse play by T.S. Eliot.

A Letter to England - A double bill of new British plays by Nirjay Mahindru and Anders Lustgarten.

Little Madam - The world premiere of a new play on Margaret Thatcher by the Finborough Theatre’s Playwright-in-Residence, commissioned by Neil McPherson.

Weapons of Happiness - The first revival of the play by Howard Brenton

Plague Over England - The world premiere of a new play by Nicholas de Jongh

Jingo - The first revival of the play by Charles Wood

A Day by the Sea - The classic drama by N.C. Hunter

F***ing Men - A new play by Joe DiPietro

The Buccaneer - The first revival in fifty years of Sandy Wilson's musical comedy, part of the Celebrating British Music Theatre series.

Hangover Square - The Earls Court classic by Patrick Hamilton.

Chu Chin Chow - A rare revival of the 1916 comic opera, part of the Celebrating British Music Theatre series.

Enduring Freedom - A new play by Anders Lustgarten

Sons of York - A new play by James Graham

Sam the Highest Jumper of Them All – The first ever revival of the play by William Saroyan

The Beautiful People – The 1941 Broadway hit by William Saroyan

Follow - A new play by Dameon Garnett

Ordinary Days - The European premiere of a new musical by Adam Gwon

Live Canon: Committed - An evening of poetry from the fine line between genius and insanity.

The Immortal Memory - The 250th Burns Night - A celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns.

Blue Heaven - Three short plays by Tennessee Williams.

Untitled - The World Premiere of a new play by Lena Farugia, starring Nichola McAuliffe and Patrick Ryecart.

Trying - The UK premiere of a new play by Joanna McClelland Glass

Oohrah! - The European premiere of a new play by Bekah Brunstetter

Painting A Wall - The first revival of the first play by David Lan

Apart From George - The first revival of the play by Nick Ward

Death of Long Pig - The world premiere of a new play by Nigel Planer

I Was A Beautiful Day - The English premiere and London debut of Iain Finlay MacLeod

State Fair - The European premiere of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical

Generous - The European premiere and London debut of multi-award-winning Canadian dramatist Michael Healey

The Druid's Rest - The first revival in sixty years of the classic Welsh comedy by Emlyn Williams

The Tobacco Merchant's Lawyer - The English premiere of a new play by Iain Heggie

Wide Asleep - Iain Heggie's new one man show

Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights - A ten-day season of ten new works for the stage by ten UK and international playwrights, discovered, developed or championed by the Finborough Theatre.

Little Fish - The European premiere of the musical by Michael John LaChuisa

Hurried Steps - The UK premiere of a play by Dacia Mariani

Moliere or The League of Hypocrites - The first London revival in 25 years of the classic by Mikhail Bulgakov

Generous - The European premiere and London debut of multi-award-winning Canadian dramatist Michael Healey

Regolith - The world premiere of a new play by Chris Lee

The Early Bird - The Great Britain premiere of a new play by Leo Butler

A Day at the Racists - The world premiere of a new play by Anders Lustgarten

You May Go Now - A Marriage Play - The European premiere of a new play by Bekah Brunstetter

The Notebook of Trigorin - The London premiere of Tennessee Williams' version of Chekhov's The Seagull

Three Seagulls – Three complementary readings playing alongside The Notebook of Trigorin

The Northerners - The London Premiere and only the third ever production in the UK of Harold Brighouse's dark and powerful drama

Dream of the Dog - The European premiere of the acclaimed South African play starring Janet Suzman, which transferred directly to the West End

Nagging Doubt - The first revival in 25 years of Jack Klaff's one man show.

Vibrant – An Anniversary Festival of Finborough Playwrights - Celebrating the 30th birthday of the Finborough Theatre, 30 new plays by 30 UK and international playwrights, discovered, developed or championed by the Finborough Theatre including a full run of:
The Man - The world premiere of a new play by James Graham

Miss Lilly Gets Boned or The Loss of All Elephant Elders - The world premiere of a new play by Finborough Theatre Playwright-in-Residence Bekah Brunstetter.

Lingua Franca - The world premiere of a brand new play by Peter Nichols.

What Every Woman Knows - The first revival in 50 years of the classic comedy, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of the author J.M. Barrie.

In The Blood - The European premiere of a new play by Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African-American woman ever to win a Pulitzer Prize, and one of America's most successful contemporary playwrights.

Love On The Dole - A rediscovery of the 1930s classic by Walter Greenwood and Ronald Gow.

The Potting Shed - A rediscovery of the classic by Graham Greene.

Me and Juliet - The European premiere of the Rodgers and Hammerstein production

The Tale of Ivan vs Ivan - Direct from Canada, a hilarious new adaptation of Gogol's classic satire.

Quality Street - J.M. Barrie's classic in its first London production for 60 years

Trilby - The classic Victorian melodrama

The Potting Shed - A rediscovery of the classic by Graham Greene.

Oh To Be In England - A rediscovery of the lost play by David Pinner.

Accolade - The first production since the original of the play by Emlyn Williams

Northern Star - The Great Britain premiere of the play by Stewart Parker

Fen - The first professional production in 27 years of the play by Caryl Churchill

Bed and Sofa - The UK premiere of the musical by Polly Pen and Laurence Klavan

The December Man/L’homme de décembre - A European premiere by Colleen Murphy. Commissioned for the Finborough Theatre.

Beating Heart Cadaver - A UK premiere by Colleen Murphy. Commissioned for the Finborough Theatre.

And I And Silence - The world premiere of a new play by Naomi Wallace

The Goodnight Bird - A world premiere of a new play by Colleen Murphy. Commissioned for the Finborough Theatre.

The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd - The London premiere of the musical by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley.

Gitta Sereny's In Quest of Conscience - The English premiere of a play by Robert David MacDonald. Commissioned for the Finborough Theatre.

Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights 2011 - Twelve new works for the stage by ten UK and international playwrights, discovered, developed or championed by the Finborough Theatre including a full run of:
Mirror Teeth - The world premiere of a new play by Nick Gill.
and a Sunday/Monday run of:
Home Death - The world premiere of a new play by Nell Dunn.

Blue Surge- The world premiere of a new play by Rebecca Gilman.

Portraits - The first production in 25 years of the play by William Douglas Home. Commissioned for the Finborough Theatre.

Lullabies of Broadmoor - A Broadmoor Quartet - The London Premiere of Four Plays by Steve Hennessy.

Perchance to Dream - A Musical Romance by Ivor Novello. Part of the Finborough Theatre's Celebrating British Music Theatre series. Commissioned for the Finborough Theatre.

Mixed Marriage - The first London production for 90 years of St John Ervine’s searing Belfast tragedy. Commissioned for the Finborough Theatre.

Drama at Inish - The first London production of Lennox Robinson's play in 60 years.

Fanta Orange - The World Premiere of a new play by Sally Woodcock.

Atman - The English Premiere/English Language World Premiere of the Scots Gaelic play by Iain Finlay MacLeod.

Foxfinder - The World Premiere of Dawn King's new play as part of The Papatango New Writing Festival 2011.

Through The Night - The World Premiere of Matt Morrison's new play as part of The Papatango New Writing Festival 2011.

Rigor Mortis - The World Premiere of Carol Vine's new play as part of The Papatango New Writing Festival 2011.

Crush - The World Premiere of Rob Young's new play as part of The Papatango New Writing Festival 2011.

Fog - The World Premiere of a new play by Tash Fairbanks and Toby Wharton as part of the New Writing at The Finborough Theatre Season 2011.

Sometimes I Laugh Like My Sister - The London Premiere of a new play by Rebecca Peyton and Martin M Bartelt.

Outward Bound - The first London production in more than fifty years of Sutton Vane's hit play. Commissioned for the Finborough Theatre.

Gay's The Word - The first ever revival of the musical by Ivor Novello. Part of the Finborough Theatre's Celebrating British Music Theatre series.

The American Clock - The first professional UK production of Arthur Miller's classic in more than 25 years.

Don Juan Comes Back From The War - The classic play by Ödön von Horváth in a new version by Duncan Macmillan.

The Grand Duke - The first fully staged professional UK production since 1896 of Gilbert and Sullivan's last operetta.

All Good Men - The first production in 40 years of the play by Trevor Griffiths.

Events While Guarding the Bofors Gun - The first London production in more than forty years of the play by John McGrath. Commissioned for the Finborough Theatre.

Merrie England - The first London production in more than fifty years of the operetta by Edward German and Basil Hood, celebrating the 150th anniversary of German's birth. Commissioned for the Finborough Theatre.

The Drawer Boy - The London premiere of the international hit play by Michael Healey.

The Sluts of Sutton Drive - The world premiere of a new play and the UK debut of American writer Joshua Conkel.

The Fear of Breathing - The world premiere of a new verbatim play about the Syrian uprising.

Cornelius - The first London production in more than seventy years of the play by J. B. Priestley. Commissioned for the Finborough Theatre.

An Incident at the Border - The world premiere of a new play by Kieran Lynn. Transferred to the West End.