MAY - AUGUST 2019 Season
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The Finborough Theatre’s Summer season features two world premieres from female playwrights – a new play written and directed by the first woman ever to direct at the National Theatre, and a debut play from a brand new American dramatist – alongside another classic Finborough rediscovery from one of the greatest theatrical figures of the 19th century, unseen in London for over 120 years. We also bring you the eleventh consecutive year of our annual celebration of new writing, Vibrant 2019 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, giving us a chance to share with you just a few of the exceptional writers we have developed, nurtured and championed over the last year.
The season opens with the world premiere of playwright and director Julia Pascal’s award-winning Blueprint Medea, a gripping new drama loosely inspired by Euripides’ Medea, which connects the classical to the contemporary to explore eternal questions of passion, war, cultural identity, women’s freedom, sex, family and love. Blueprint Medea plays 21 May-8 June 2019.
In its first London production in over 120 years, our season continues with After Dark; or, A Drama of London Life by Dion Boucicault, based on Les Oiseaux de Proie by Eugène Grangé and Adolphe d’Ennery. Written in 1868, the year that the Finborough Theatre’s building was constructed, After Dark; or, A Drama of London Life is a classic Victorian melodrama, but is also startlingly contemporary with a thrilling climax on the London Underground, and its sympathetic portrayal of London’s homeless community. It plays 12 June-6 July 2019.
Playing alongside After Dark; or, A Drama of London Life, our annual celebration of new writing Vibrant 2019 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights returns for its the eleventh consecutive year, playing on Sunday and Monday evenings and Thursday matinees between 16 June-4 July 2019. This year’s Vibrant includes the winner of this year’s ETPEP Award in association with the Finborough Theatre which has awarded £8000 to a new playwright who works in another job in theatre, alongside stunning new plays from many Finborough Theatre favourites.
Rounding off our summer season is another world premiere, Lunatic 19’s – A Deportational Road Trip, by a new American playwright, Tegan McLeod, playing 9 July-3 August 2019. With coruscating humour and caustic observation, Lunatic 19’s captures the human stories at the heart of the current debate about migration and refugees.
Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson says: “Our new season features two world premieres alongside another of my rediscoveries from Victorian drama – with a play written in 1868, the very year that the Finborough Theatre building was constructed. And Vibrant 2019 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, our annual festival of new writing, returns for its eleventh consecutive year.
The Finborough Arms, our pub home, was taken over by an entirely new management and extensively refurbished at the end of last year, and now offers a wide menu of traditional pub favourites, all cooked on the premises. We both look forward to welcoming you.”
AUGUST - OCTOBER 2019 Season
The Finborough Theatre’s Autumn season features three premieres, all discovered by the Finborough Theatre’s Artistic Director Neil McPherson – another Finborough rediscovery from a classic British playwright, written in 1970, but never before seen in London, alongside two European premieres from female playwrights – a hit Off Broadway play from the United States, and a multi-award-winning new play from New Zealand/ Aotearoa.
The season opens with the London premiere of a 1970 touching domestic family drama, Go Bang Your Tambourine by Philip King, playing 6-31 August 2019. Following the death of his mother, devoted Salvation Army member David lives alone in their North Country house. But tongues begin wagging when Bess, a local barmaid, moves in as his lodger…
The season continues with the European premiere of Anahera by Emma Kinane, returning to the Finborough Theatre where it received a staged reading in Vibrant 2018 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights. Winner of the Most Outstanding New New Zealand Play at the Wellington Theatre Awards, Anahera is a stunning new play on parenting and childhood, following a newly qualified Māori social worker supporting the distraught parents of a missing child. It plays 3-28 September 2019.
Rounding off our autumn season is another European premiere, The Niceties, an Off Broadway hit by Eleanor Burgess, a new American playwright in her European debut. An ambitious young black student and her esteemed white professor meet to discuss a paper on the American Revolution. But as the question turns to race, reputation, and who gets to tell the story of America, and how, the faultlines of racial and generational divides are sharply illuminated. It plays 1-26 October 2019.
Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson says: “Our new season features three richly different plays I have discovered for the Finborough Theatre, including a rediscovery from a classic British playwright, written in 1970, but now seen in London for the very first time, alongside two stunning new plays, both by female playwrights new to the UK, from the United States and New Zealand/ Aotearoa.
The Finborough Arms, our pub home, was taken over by an entirely new management and extensively refurbished at the end of last year, and now offers a wide menu of traditional pub favourites, all cooked on the premises.
As the Finborough Theatre’s 40th anniversary in 2020 draws ever closer, please do consider celebrating with us by becoming a Friend of the Finborough Theatre. We are a registered charity, receiving no public funding of any kind, and your membership plays a vital role in supporting one of London's most acclaimed Off West End theatres. There are four categories of Friends, each named after a theatrical figure resident in nearby Brompton Cemetery, and each offering you a wide range of benefits in return for your support. I look forward to welcoming you.”
- Neil McPherson, Artistic Director