Our Season


JUNE - AUGUST | 2018

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We continue the 150th birthday year of the Finborough Theatre building with three plays – Finishing the Picture, Arthur Miller’s final play in only its second production anywhere in the world; But It Still Goes On by poet and novelist Robert Graves which has never been performed anywhere in the world; and Homos, or Everyone in America, the European premiere of a new American play by Jordan Seavey in his UK debut.

The season opens with the European premiere of Arthur Miller's last play, Finishing the Picture, playing 12 June–7 July 2018. A razor sharp psychological study of an abused, misunderstood female star and the havoc her unpredictability brings to a film set in 1961, based on Miller’s relationship with Marilyn Monroe. This European premiere is only the play’s second production anywhere in the world, and is directed by Phil Willmott, following his acclaimed Finborough Theatre productions of Arthur Miller’s The American Clock and Incident at Vichy.

The season continues with a unique rediscovery from 1929 – the never previously performed But It Still Goes on by poet and novelist Robert Graves, playing 10 July–4 August 2018 as part of the Finborough Theatre’s THEGREATWAR100 series. Influenced by the drawing room comedies of Noël Coward and W. Somerset Maugham, it explores themes of adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, gender politics, casual sex, and inter-generational conflict, but with a surreal dark twist. This long-overdue world premiere is directed by Fidelis Morgan, returning to the Finborough Theatre following her sell-out adaptation of Patrick Hamilton’s Hangover Square, and her direction of Irish classic Drama at Inish starring Celia Imrie and Paul O’Grady.

The season culminates with the European premiere from exciting American playwright in his UK debut, Jordan Seavey’s Homos, or Everyone in America, playing 7 August–1 September 2018. In a supposedly ‘post-gay’ America on the brink of passing marriage equality, a first date at a New York bar starts two men on a fearless, funny and fragmented journey leading up to a historic moment of change. This raw and provocative love story is directed by award winning Josh Seymour returning to the Finborough Theatre following his sell out production of Adding Machine: A Musical.

Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson said: “Our new season brings you three theatrical treats – the long-overdue opportunity to finally see Arthur Miller’s very last play; another of our truly unique rediscoveries with a play by poet and novelist Robert Graves that has never previously been performed anywhere in the world; and, as always, we haven’t forgotten the new - with a European premiere from an American playwright in his UK debut. This season we also offer Sunday evening performances for our productions.”


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

– Neil McPherson, Artistic Director


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


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