Our Season


SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER | 2018

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We continue the 150th birthday year of the Finborough Theatre building with our September-November season, which again brings together the two strands of our multi-award-winning artistic policy. Alongside unique rediscoveries from a forgotten Victorian dramatist and two works inspired by the First World War, we present eight new plays and one new musical from England, Wales, the United States and New Zealand.


The season opens with the first UK production for 30 years of Tony Harrison’s Square Rounds, his epic exploration of the devastating effects of technology in the build up to the Great War, playing 4-29 September. It runs concurrently with a celebration of our 150th birthday – the first London productions for more than 150 years of three comediettas – A Winning Hazard, Allow Me To Apologise and Orange Blossoms – by Victorian playwright J. P. Wooler (who died in 1868), on Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees between 9-25 September.

The season continues with the return of American playwright Halley Feiffer (who had a huge hit here last year with I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard) with the European premiere of the New York Times Critics’ Pick A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City, playing 2-27 October. It plays alongside the tenth consecutive year of our annual celebration of new writing, Vibrant 2018 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, playing on Sunday and Monday evenings and Thursday matinees between 7-25 October. This year’s Vibrant includes the winner of this year’s RADIUS Playwriting Competition, an award winning new play from New Zealand, and a unique opportunity to watch the birth of a new British musical.

The season culminates with the last production in the Finborough Theatre’s acclaimed THEGREATWAR100 series, with the first professional UK production for 80 years of Irwin Shaw’s 1936 expressionist anti-war masterpiece, Bury The Dead, playing 30 October – 24 November. Bury the Dead is accompanied by the world premiere of Exodus by Rachael Boulton from new Welsh theatre company Motherlode in their London debut, on Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees between 4-20 November.

Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson says: “Despite a climate that has made the continued survival of venues such as ours even more challenging than ever before, we are proud to celebrate the birthday year of our 150 year old building with another season of unique rediscoveries and new works for the stage from the last 150 years and from all over the English speaking world.” 


– Neil McPherson, Artistic Director


DEC 18 - FEB 19

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The Finborough Theatre completes the 150th birthday year of the Finborough Theatre building and moves into a new year with a three month season of plays embracing – as always – both unique rediscoveries and vibrant new writing. Our new season includes a rediscovered hit by one of the West End’s most successful interwar female playwrights, a brand new play by one of the UK’s most successful writer/directors, a modern classic on the plight of migrants fleeing persecution and genocide, and for one performance only, a new play with music performed in Scottish Gaelic.

The season opens with the first UK production for 80 years of Aimée Stuart’s charming romantic comedy Jeannie. A 1930s version of the Cinderella story from one of the West End’s most successful female dramatists of the interwar period, Jeannie plays 27 November–22 December 2018.

On Monday, 17 December 2018, the acclaimed Theatre Gu Leòr present Bana-Ghaisgich/Heroines, a new play by award winning Gaelic singer and actor Mairi Morrison, performed in Scottish Gaelic with live music and songs. The very final production in the Finborough Theatre’s acclaimed GREATWAR100 series, it commemorates the final tragedy of the First World War – the Iolaire disaster in the Western Isles.

We open 2019 on New Year’s Day with the European premiere of Chè Walker’s latest play Time is Love/Tiempo es Amor, a menacing Los Angeles drama set in LA’s Latino community. Featuring members of the original Los Angeles cast, and with an original score by award-winning actor Sheila Atim, Time is Love/Tiempo es Amor plays 1–26 January 2019.

The season culminates with Beast on the Moon by Richard Kalinoski, a universal story of hope and healing set against the background of the Armenian Genocide, and already performed in more than twenty countries and translated into nineteen languages, playing 29 January–23 February 2019.

Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson says: “Our new season plays in the newly reopened Finborough Arms Pub which is now under an entirely new management. The pub has been extensively refurbished and offers live music after theatre performances, and will also shortly offer a wide menu, with all food cooked on the premises. We have always tried to provide a home for the indigenous languages of the British Isles at the Finborough Theatre, and so I’m proud to fulfil a long-standing ambition of mine to present a play in Scottish Gaelic in the heart of London.”

The Finborough Theatre’s work continues to be seen further afield with a return of Kieran Knowles’ Operation Crucible to New York City and an American tour, and Neil McPherson’s Olivier Award nominated It is Easy To Be Dead on a Scottish tour to Aberdeen and Glasgow.


For full information, please visit www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk.

– Neil McPherson, Artistic Director


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