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Full Winter 2016/17 season announced.
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 season opens with the first full professional London production in over 40 years of Howard Brenton’s seminal 1973 political drama Magnificence which runs from 25 October–19 November 2016. Presented by Fat Git Theatre, it is directed by Josh Roche with design by Philip Lindley.
"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."
This is followed by a new production of Rodney Ackland’s After October which receives its first Central London production in 80 years from 22 November–22 December 2016. Presented by Troupe, it is directed by Oscar Toeman.
"Hampstead, 1936. In a shabby basement flat, aspiring playwright Clive Monkhams dreams of a West End hit and winning Francie’s heart. His bankrupt mother Rhoda, a faded actress, frets about the bills and the fortunes of her penniless daughters while reminiscing about her glory days. Clive’s family and an entourage of bohemian dependants all need him to make it big. With opening night approaching and finances fast running out, everything rides on the success of the play and, for Clive, the future looks all too glittering…"
This will run concurrently with the first English production for nearly 70 years of Scottish dramatist James Bridie’s Dr Angelus from 27 November–20 December 2016.
The season concludes with first London production for nearly 30 years of Tony Harrison’s The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus which runs from 3–28 January 2017, alongside the first UK production in over 25 years of Veterans Day by American playwright Donald Freed from 8–24 January 2017.
Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson said: "Our Winter Season brings you more of our artistic policy’s twin strands – to present the finest new writing, alongside unique rediscoveries. Our artistic policy has been much imitated in recent years, but we are proud to continue to bring you the original, all presented in London’s most intimate theatre space."
Tickets for all productions are now on sale.