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Finborough Theatre - June to August 2018

Season preview

THE Finborough Theatre continues the 150th birthday year of the 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, which runs from June 12 to July 7.

Described as a razor sharp psychological study of an abused, misunderstood female star and the havoc her unpredictability brings to a film set in 1961, Finishing the Picture is 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. It plays from July 10 to August 4 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 – from August 7 to September 1 – with the European premiere of Homos, or Everyone in America by American playwright Jordan Seavey, making his UK debut.

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.”

The first professional London production in 35 years of Sarah Daniels’ seminal feminist play, Masterpieces, continues at the Finborough Theatre until May 19, 2018.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 01223 357851 or visit www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/.