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Autumn/Winter 2019 at The Space

Season preview

WITH A post-Brexit dystopian thriller set on a golf course, a live radio play within a play and a revival of Ben Elton’s Gasping, the new season at the Space is about family, love, greed, and remembering who we are in order to fight back.

The season opens with The Open, which runs from September 24 to October 12.

Set in 2050, a jobsworth and a romantic are stranded on the Great British Golf Course owned by Donald Trump. As they battle tedium, an immigrant rebel crashes into their world. National identity, human rights and the endurance of love are pushed to the limit in this gripping debut play from theatre collective Brave New World.

The Open is followed by The Play at 8: The Monkey’s Paw, which runs from October 15 to October 19.

Storyfleas’ revival of W.W. Jacob’s classic novella is adapted and presented as a live radio play.

Set in the 1930s, The Play at 8: The Monkey’s Paw is a dark comedy featuring foley artistry, consummate actors with no personal issues whatsoever, questionable sponsors and the arrival of a mysterious artefact – a monkey’s paw.

Next comes a double bill from Rising Tides, a collective of artists who create work about climate change.

Performing in rep is the UK premiere of Between Two Waves (October 22 to November 15), the story of a neurotic climatologist and his decision whether or not to have children, and the timely revival of Ben Elton’s Gasping, a “poisonously funny morality play” (Sunday Times) about corporate greed (October 24 to November 16).

The Season of Bangla Drama (November 21 to November 23) returns with Like a Rambling Stone, the journey of a daughter finding her way to tell her Baba’s stories and Adajhyo – The Unburnable, a new, soulful show sharing the stories of the sex trafficked women on the Indian-Bangladesh border.

Next it’s the turn of Somna Theatre’s There’s a Man in the Woods. Transferring from The London Horror Festival, it runs from November 26 to November 30.

Hiding in a storm drain in the Nebraskan woods, Russell tries to piece together the warning signs around his alienated son. Brimming with suspense and intrigue this is the story of a father, a son and a search for truth.

Bringing the season to a close is The Prince of Homburg, which runs from December 10 to December 14.

A radical and modern re-telling of Kleist’s classic with a gender swapped lead, The Prince of Homburg is a story of ambition, love and victory asking what we do when reality around us becomes chaotic. Do we actively stand up for what we believe in or passively go on as before?

Also at The Space: Chekhov in Moscow, a playful celebration of Anton Chekhov’s life, work and famous wit (August 27 to September 1, 2019).

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 0207 515 7799 or visit