THE WIND OF HEAVEN

by Emlyn Williams

 
Tuesday, 26 November – Saturday, 21 December 2019

The first London production in 75 years

“Is something coming to us that for two thousand years the tear-stained blood-sick world has been waiting for?”

Dilys Parry lives in Blestin, a Welsh mountain village which has no children and worships no god since a disaster snatched away all its youth.

Inconsolable since her husband died in the Crimean War, Dilys is gradually re-awakened to life when a prophet-like child working in her household is called by God to serve the world.

In the wake of vast social inequality and a mismanaged war, one small community rediscovers its lost faith, with startling consequences for the village, and the world beyond…

A parable about healing the wounds inflicted by a national trauma, The Wind of Heaven was first produced in the West End in April 1945, just three weeks before the end of the Second World War in Europe, starring Emlyn Williams himself. It now receives its first London production in nearly 75 years at the Finborough Theatre, well known for its recent rediscoveries of Emlyn Williams’ work, including the multi-award-winning Accolade.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT EMLYN WILLIAMS

Emlyn Williams (1905-1987), dubbed “the Welsh Noël Coward”, was one of the most successful actor-dramatists of the 1930s and 1940s. His greatest works, Night Must Fall and The Corn Is Green, were made into films starring Albert Finney, Bette Davis and Katharine Hepburn, and remain much revived. Williams’ plays have twice been rediscovered by the Finborough Theatre – The Druid’s Rest in 2009, and Blanche McIntyre’s multi-award-winning production of Accolade in 2011, which subsequently transferred to St James Theatre. Williams was a pioneering LGBTQ+ figure, and his remarkable life began in a working-class family in North Wales, where he spoke no English until the age of eight and could barely read or write. Coincidentally, he lived much of his adult life in Dovehouse Street, a short walk from the Finborough Theatre.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR WILL MAYNARD

Director Will Maynard’s work includes Open (VAULT 2019), Head-Rot Holiday (Hope Theatre), Tiger (VAULT 2018), Finding Mr Hart (Blackburn Exchange for the University of London) and Blavatsky’s Tower (Barons Court Theatre). Shorter plays include Classical Studies (Arcola Theatre), Crocodile (Old Red Lion Theatre), Sunflower (Bunker Theatre) and Gold Star (Hen and Chickens Theatre). Assistant Direction includes Bloody Poetry (Jermyn Street Theatre) and Mary Rose (Brockley Jack Theatre).

THE PRESS ON EMLYN WILLIAMS’ ACCOLADE AT THE FINBOROUGH THEATRE

“Accolade already classifies as one of the defining rediscoveries of this theatrical year.” Matt Wolf, The New York Times

“In Earl's Court, the Finborough Theatre has struck gold. There's no other word for this overlooked treasure by Emlyn Williams.” Lloyd Evans, The Spectator

“The reviewers’ cliché ‘Neglected plays are usually neglected for a good reason’ carries the implicit qualifier ‘... except when the Finborough stages them’. The more obscure revivals presented by this little studio theatre are almost always worthwhile, often impressive and sometimes revelatory. With Emlyn Williams’ 1950 drama, here receiving its first revival, we are well into revelation.” Ian Shuttleworth, Financial Times

THE PRESS ON DIRECTOR WILL MAYNARD’S PREVIOUS WORK

“Meticulous and sensitive direction.” ActDrop on Head-Rot Holiday

“Director Will Maynard… uses the intimate space of the Barons Court Theatre to superb effect embracing its claustrophobic nature…it’s a real treat to find this sparkling black comedy so beautifully revived.” The Stage on Blavatsky’s Tower

“Slender writing and an equally tight direction…triumphant.” BroadwayWorld UK on Open

TICKETS AND TIMES

Tuesday, 26 November – Saturday, 21 December 2019

Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm.
Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm.

Performance Length: Approximately 85 minutes with no interval.

Prices until 8 December

Tickets £18, £16 concessions

except Tuesday Evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £18 all seats.
Previews (26 and 27 November) £14 all seats.

£10 tickets for Under 30's for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.

£14 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 30 November 2019 when booked online only.

Prices from 10 December 2019

Tickets £20, £18 concessions

except Tuesday Evenings £18 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £20 all seats. 

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26 November - 21 December 2019

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Directed by Will Maynard

Presented by Weighed In Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.

Casting to be announced.

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