The Finborough Theatre, a pub theatre in west London, has today announced details of its upcoming Winter 2016/17 season which concentrates on unique rediscoveries with works from the 1930s, 1940s, 1970s and 1980s. New writing is also represented by their eighth new writing festival, Vibrant 2016 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights which runs from 30 October–17 November 2016.
The first full professional London production in over 40 years. Both epic and intimate, Magnificence takes us from the grubby barracks of the revolutionary struggle, to the heart of centre-right Tory politicking, creating a panoramic vision of Britain at a pivotal moment in history. Many of its themes remain burning issues today – police brutality, drug abuse, the deceptions of professional politicians, the social housing crisis, and whether violence can ever be justified for political ends.
London, the early 70s. Poverty, homelessness, rising inequality, unemployment, industrial disputes. Five young activists squat a disused building and try to make a stand against it all. Fired up by left-wing idealism but short on pragmatism, they discover that the revolution may be a long time coming, and when the protest leads to tragedy, some of them are driven to more violent methods. Meanwhile, two Tory MPs meet for a quiet chat to pass over the reins of power.