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December 2018 to February 2019 at the Finborough Theatre

Season preview

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 both unique rediscoveries and vibrant new writing.

The 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, it runs from November 27 to December 22, 2018.

On Monday, December 17, 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.

The New Year begins 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 runs from January 1 to January 26, 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. Already performed in more than twenty countries and translated into nineteen languages, it runs at the Finborough from January 29 to February 23, 2019.

Finborough Theatre Artistic Director, Neil McPherson said: “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.