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Park Theatre announces July to December 2019 season

Mother of Him from Nick Pearce (Target Live 2017)

Season preview

PARK Theatre has announced its July to December 2019 season. Featuring four world premiere productions, two UK and London premieres and a range of revivals from Broadway and the West End, the theatre also introduces a revised young person’s membership scheme called Park Up.

Artistic Director Jez Bond said: “We’re presenting a wealth of new writing talent this season, including the extraordinary work of Eugene O’Hare – whose two plays are both funny, dark and surprising – and balancing this with some well-known revivals, including the award-winning Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis and a rare production of Lesley Storm’s play Black Chiffon, written and first presented way ahead of its time in 1949.

“In another new initiative, planned annually, we’ll be bringing a few choice selections from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival down to north London for a week of performances in September. We are excited to be offering a new, free membership for young people called Park Up which allows members to access a great range of benefits including free professional development workshops, £10 tickets during the first week of performances, £5 rush tickets on selected shows, cafe bar discounts, cheap room hire and more.

“I look forward to continuing to welcome audiences through our doors over the coming year as we strive to present the best possible work on our stages, with accessible and affordable experiences for all.”

LISTINGS for PARK200

Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] – July 15 to July 27. Suitable for ages 12+.

An isolated manor, a storm brewing and a stranger at the door. The clichés flow as freely as the suspicious liquor in the library, but this murder mystery spoof has one hell of a twist.

Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] not only features the voices of Ian McKellen and Judi Dench but also a different celebrity in each performance stepping in as the Inspector without any rehearsal and without ever having seen the script.

Guests – including Gillian Anderson, John Bishop, Jim Broadbent, Ronan Keating, Damian Lewis, Maureen Lipman, Joanna Lumley, Meera Syal, Catherine Tate, Ruby Wax and more – will have their lines fed to them live on stage via an earpiece as they attempt to crack the case, avoid the furniture and stagger their way to justice.

Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] is written and directed by Jez Bond and Mark Cameron and the cast also includes Lewis Bruniges, Natasha Cottriall, Candida Gubbins, Omar Ibrahim and Patrick Ryecart.
Read more about Whodunnit [Unrehearsed].

The Time of Our Lies, written by Bianca Bagatourian and directed by Ché Walker – July 30 to August 10. Suitable for ages 12+.

Howard Zinn was an American historian, professor and social activist, widely considered one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. His book, A People’s History of the United States, has sold two million copies and become required reading in schools worldwide.

The Time Of Our Lies explores Zinn’s personal history, including being a soldier who dropped bombs on Rouen, France in WWll. This fateful moment troubled him for the rest of his days and shaped the man who would become a moral compass for the United States in ways that are more relevant today than ever before.

This play features songs using Howard’s own words, combined with first-person accounts of war from other soldiers, all juxtaposed against an incongruously beautiful backdrop of Butoh movement.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival run was co-produced by Viggo Mortensen and sponsored by Eddie Vedder, Tom Shadyac, Myla Kabat-Zinn, Tim Robbins and was nominated for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award in 2014.

The Time Of Our Lies is a battle cry for democracy, transparency and inclusion in our world – the play embodies Zinn’s battle for social justice and his lifelong struggle against false historical narratives written by those in power that poison the well for true democracy.

The Weatherman from Nick Pearce (Target Live 2017)

The Weatherman, written by Eugene O’Hare, directed by Alice Hamilton and with a cast that includes Mark Hadfield – August 15 to September 14. Suitable for ages 16+.

What if you’re too skint to afford morals?

Beezer and O’Rourke live on the fringes of society in a dingy London flat, struggling to make ends meet. Despite living life at the bottom of the heap, the savage banter of their dysfunctional friendship keeps the pair afloat.

When their dodgy landlord, Dollar, makes them a ‘business’ proposition, O’Rourke finds himself selling out for the cost of a few months’ rent. The price? Take care of a mystery special package. Just for a few months. Easy job. Easy money.

As the weight of a heavy conscience becomes too much to bear, the outlook for tomorrow becomes increasingly dark, with a storm brewing on the horizon.

O’Hare’s first black comedy-drama in Park Theatre’s 2019 season shines a light on complicity and its intriguing web of secrets and lies woven behind closed doors.

NB: This play contains distressing scenes and themes of abuse that may be triggering for some. Not suitable for children.

Mother of Him, written by Evan Placey, directed by Max Lindsay and with a cast that includes Tracy-Ann Oberman – September 18 to October 26. Suitable for ages 16+.

You are what I have created. And this is what you’ve created. All that’s left for you is an empty void.

December. Toronto. It’s cold. Brenda, a single Jewish mother, sends her youngest son, Jason, off to school. His elder brother remains asleep upstairs. This could be a day like any other, if older brother Matthew wasn’t under house arrest.

Pursued by the media and tormented by guilt, Brenda tries to hold her family together as the world is set to tear them apart.

Based on a true story, Evan Placey’s powerful and provocative drama questions what it takes for a mother to stop loving her son.

Tracy-Ann Oberman, whose stage work ranges from Shakespeare with the RSC to Pinter in the West End, plays Brenda Kapowitz in this award-winning play. In addition to her impressive theatre credits, Tracy-Ann Oberman’s extensive television credits include EastEnders, Doctor Who and Toast of London.

Sydney & The Old Girl, written by Eugene O’Hare, directed by Phillip Breen and with a cast that includes Miriam Margolyes and Mark Hadfield – October 31 to November 30. Suitable for ages 14+.

Nell and Sydney Stock are at war – and it’s mutually assured destruction. After 50 years cooped up in the same shabby East London house, the points scored in never ending arguments continue to bind the pair together. And then, there is the not so simple matter of the inheritance…

As the twisted game between mother and son reaches breaking point, Irish care worker Marion Fee finds herself an unwitting pawn, played from both sides. Nell will stop at nothing for her bitter triumph over Sydney – but he has his own plans on how to end this once and for all.

Miriam Margolyes returns to Park Theatre in the world premiere of this black comedy.

The Snow Queen from Nick Pearce (Target Live 2017)

The Snow Queen, adapted from the story by Hans Christian Andersen by Charles Way and directed by Abigail Anderson – December 4, 2019 to January 4, 2020. Suitable for ages 5+.

Join Gerda on her epic journey through the seasons to save her best friend Cei before she loses him to endless Winter. With the help of bickering flowers, nasty teachers, snowball fights, confused Princes and Princesses and Bae the talking Reindeer, they might both be ready to grow up after all.

From the team responsible for the 2018/19 family hit Peter Pan – Julie Clare Productions (with two Olivier award-winning shows to their name) are delighted to be joining forces with Park Theatre to bring audiences Charles Way’s delightful adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 020 7870 6876 or visit www.parktheatre.co.uk/.