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Finborough Theatre announces March to June 2018 season

Season preview

THE second season of 2018 – the 150th year of the Finborough Theatre building – features new writing with two European premieres from award-winning playwrights from Canada and the United States, and a UK premiere from controversial German dramatist Rolf Hochhuth in his fourth production at the Finborough Theatre including a performance in German.

There are also two rediscoveries from the 1980s – the first professional UK production since 1980 of a musical from the composer of Half A Sixpence, and a classic feminist play by Sarah Daniels; and, as part of Finborough’s 150th birthday series, a London premiere in English from celebrated French dramatist Paul Claudel who was born 150 years ago.

The season opens with the European premiere of American playwright Bruce Graham’s White Guy on the Bus, a shocking new play which blows open the racial fault-lines of Trump’s America. It runs for a four-week limited season from March 27 to April 21. It is accompanied by the UK premiere of Rolf Hochhuth’s Death of a Hunter, which plays Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays between April 1 and April 17, including a performance in German on Tuesday, April 10.

The season continues with the long-overdue rediscovery of the feminist classic Masterpieces by Sarah Daniels, last seen at the National Theatre as one of their ’100 Most Significant Plays of the 20th Century’. It runs from April 24 to May 19 alongside Gracie by Joan MacLeod, winner of Canada’s most prestigious literary award, the Governor General’s Award. The European premiere of this one-woman play about growing up in a religious cult plays Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays from April 29 to May 15.

The season culminates with the return of Finborough’s ‘Celebrating British Music Theatre’ series with the first professional UK production since its 1980 premiere of The Biograph Girl, a joyous musical celebration of Hollywood’s glorious era of silent film. Written by Warner Brown and David Heneker, the composer of Half A Sixpence, it runs from May 22 to June 9.

The Biograph Girl plays concurrently with the return of the Finborough150 series, celebrating the 150th birthday of the Finborough building, with the London premiere in English of Break of Noon (Partage de Midi) by Paul Claudel, the celebrated French author who was born 150 years ago. It plays Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays between May 27 and June 5.

By popular request, Finborough Theatre has moved to a new ticketing provider, Spektrix, for all ticket bookings. The website address remains www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk. Telephone bookings are now on a new number 01223 357851 which is free to call. There are no booking fees on online, personal or postal bookings, but there is now a 5% booking fee on telephone bookings.

Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson said: “Our new season features another eclectic season of work with writers from the UK, United States, Canada, France and Germany including hard-hitting new writing, musical theatre, and unique rediscoveries including another play celebrating our 150th birthday.

“Our work was also recognised in the recently announced shortlist of The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the prestigious award given annually to women who have written works of outstanding quality for the English-speaking theatre. Of ten finalists, three made their UK debut at the Finborough Theatre (Colleen Murphy, Fiona Doyle and Anusree Roy).”

Also at Finborough Theatre: the world premiere of the first English-language adaptation of the classic novella by Ghassan Kanafani, Returning to Haifa (February 27 to March 24) and the world premiere of Checkpoint Chana by Jeff Page (March 4 to March 20, 2018).