AUGUST - OCTOBER 2019 Season
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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
OCTOBER 2019 - JANUARY 2020 Season
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The multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre celebrates its 40th anniversary year in 2020 – and to mark the occasion, we will shortly be unveiling a whole new look for our publicity, including a new logo, and a brand new website. The winter season at the Finborough Theatre features a European premiere from the United States, a world premiere by our own Playwright in Residence Athena Stevens, and another classic Finborough rediscovery – unseen in London since 1945 – from Welsh playwright Emlyn Williams. Alongside the season, we are also relaunching our Finborough Forum discussion group, and two major playwriting competitions will also return to the Finborough Theatre in 2020.
We would like to thank Bill Kenwright for his very generous donation to the Finborough Theatre. His support has made this year's work possible.
The season opens with the European premiere of Chemistry, the acclaimed multi award-winning American play by Jacob Marx Rice, playing 29 October-23 November 2019. Steph struggles with chronic depression. Jamie just over-achieved himself off the deep end. When they meet in their psychiatrist's office, sparks fly and they stumble unexpectedly into a beautiful relationship. But how do you trust someone else when you are already in a battle with your own brain? An intimate, frank and uncompromising examination of the chemicals we take and how they impact our ability to love.
For Christmas, we present the first London production in nearly 75 years of Welsh playwright Emlyn Williams’ The Wind of Heaven, playing 26 November-21 December 2019. In the immediate aftermath of the Crimean War, the mountain village of Blestin in rural Wales has no children and worships no god since a disaster snatched away all its youth. Until a miracle allows one small community to rediscover its lost faith, with startling consequences for the village, and the world beyond...
The first production of the Finborough Theatre’s 40th anniversary year is the world premiere of Finborough Theatre Playwright in Residence and Olivier Award nominee Athena Stevens’s new play Scrounger, playing 7 January-1 February 2020. Scrounger is a successful online personality. Educated, ballsy, and with a huge network of online allies, Scrounger is a woman who knows how to make change happen. That is, until an airline destroys her wheelchair. Inspired by real events, Scrounger drives towards the realities of how Britain is failing its most vulnerable and the extreme cost paid by those seeking justice.
After two very successful years, we are also relaunching our invitation-only group for playwrights, directors, designers and other creatives connected with the Finborough Theatre, the Finborough Forum, with the generous support of The George Goetchius and Donald Howarth Society of Friend’s Awards. Two major playwriting competitions also return to the Finborough Theatre in 2020: The RADIUS Playwriting Competition opens for entries on 3 February 2020 and closes on 30 March 2020, with a prize of £500 and a staged reading at the Finborough Theatre in June 2020. The ETPEP Award 2020 is a playwriting prize for new UK playwrights who work in the theatre industry, run by the Finborough Theatre in association with the Experienced Theatre Practitioners Early Playwriting Trust (ETPEP). Entries are now open, and close on 31 March 2020. The prize is £8000, a staged reading at the Finborough Theatre in September 2020 and ongoing dramaturgy and support from the Finborough Theatre.
Do please consider celebrating our 40th birthday 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.
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