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The Jermyn Street Theatre, a fringe venue in central London, has announced a season of two premieres and a revival to begin the theatre’s twenty-first anniversary year.
The season will begin with the previously announced production of Ivy and Joan, which runs from 6 to 24 January 2015, with an official opening on 8 January 2015.
This will be followed by The Last of the De Mullins by St John Hankin and presented by Stephen McGill and Joel Marvin which runs from 3 to 28 February 2015.
Set in the Edwardian England of 1908, the play follows the suffragette movement that continues to build. One woman, Janet De Mullins, defies her family and the traditions of the age, rejoicing in being a working mother and refusing to be tied to the institution of marriage. But her independence threatens the family line. The play first premiered in 1908 at the Haymarket Theatre in London.
This production, directed by Joshua Stamp-Simon and designed by Victoria Johnstone, will be the play’s first professional staging in Britain since 1909.
This will be followed by The Heart of Things by Giles Cole, which runs from 3 to 28 March 2015.
"Set over a weekend in May 2010, in the aftermath of the last general election, the political parties are wrangling over who will form the coalition government. Meanwhile, in a village near the Norfolk coast, a disillusioned English teacher and part-time election volunteer comes home for a rare visit and tries to put his life in order. However, the politics of family life can be every bit as vindictive and unpredictable as the Whitehall variety, and alliances can be made or broken without warning."
Full casting for both productions is yet to be announced. The Jermyn Street Theatre is under the artistic directorship of Anthony Biggs.