Our Season

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

February - May 2019 Season

The Finborough Theatre’s Spring season features three stunning rediscoveries, all unseen in London for many years – a heart-breaking play set against the backdrop of apartheid South Africa by Athol Fugard; a hit British musical of the 1960s from the composer of Oliver!, Lionel Bart; and our third rediscovery from neglected Ulster playwright St John Ervine.

The season opens with the first UK production for 35 years of A Lesson from Aloes by Athol Fugard, a devastating story of betrayal and mistrust set against the backdrop of apartheid. Directed by actor, writer and director Janet Suzman and with lighting by the legendary Mannie Manim, A Lesson from Aloes plays 27 February–23 March 2019.

Our acclaimed ‘Celebrating British Music Theatre’ series returns with the first professional London production for more than 50 years of Lionel Bart and Alun Owen’s musical Maggie May, a celebration of working class life in 1960s Liverpool, full of classic Lionel Bart musical numbers. Directed by recent nominee for the OffWestEnd Award for Best Director Matthew Iliffe, Maggie May plays 27 March-20 April 2019.

The season culminates with the first London production for over 75 years of Jane Clegg by St John Ervine, a 1913 tale of one woman’s escape from an abusive relationship, originally compared by critics to A Doll’s House. Jane Clegg is the third rediscovery from St John Ervine at the Finborough Theatre, following the huge success of his play Mixed Marriage in 2011. Directed by renowned West End director David Gilmore, Jane Clegg plays 23 April-18 May 2019.

Alongside our season of rediscoveries, we also continue our profound commitment to new writing. Playwright Hannah Morley has just been announced as one of the six winners of the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme to spend a year with us as Playwright in Residence. The Finborough Theatre is now the only unsubsidised theatre ever to be awarded the Channel 4 Playwrights Scheme bursary eleven times. And we are also delighted to announce this year’s ETPEP Award 2019), a playwriting prize for new UK playwrights who work in the theatre industry, run by the Experienced Theatre Practitioners Early Playwriting Trust (ETPEP) in association with the Finborough Theatre. The winner will receive a prize of £8,000, a development relationship with the Finborough Theatre, and a staged reading performance of the winning play as part of our acclaimed new writing festival, Vibrant - A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, celebrating its eleventh consecutive year in 2019. Full details are available on our website.

Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson says: “Our new season features rediscoveries from renowned playwrights from South Africa and Northern Ireland, alongside a classic 1960s British musical. We also continue our commitment to new writing with an opportunity for brand new writers currently working elsewhere in theatre to win an £8000 award for a new play. At the end of last year, the Finborough Arms, our pub home, was taken over by an entirely new management and extensively refurbished, and will also shortly offer a wide menu, with all food cooked on the premises. We look forward to welcoming you.”

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

– Neil McPherson, Artistic Director

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