Miriam Margolyes and Tracy-Ann Oberman feature in new Park Theatre season

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Miriam Margolyes and Tracy-Ann Oberman are set to star in plays at the Park Theatre as the Finsbury Park venue announces its new season for the second half of the year.

The first play of the programme in Park 200 is Bianca Bagatourian’s The Time of Our Lies, directed by Ché Walker whose production of Intra Muros has just opened at the theatre. The play tells the story of American historian and professor Howard Zinn, whose bibliography includes the best-selling A People's History of the United States. The play runs at the Park from 30th July to 10th August.

It will be followed by Eugene O’Hare’s The Weatherman, which will star Mark Hadfield from 15th August to 14th September. Directed by Alice Hamilton, the play sees Beezer and O’Rourke living in a dingy London flat when their landlord makes a proposition for the sake of a few months’ rent.  

Tracy-Ann Oberman will then star in Evan Placey’s Mother of Him, directed by Max Lindsay. Running from 18 September to 26th October, Oberman plays Brenda, a single Jewish mother who is pursued by the media after her eldest son Matthew is placed under house arrest.

Directed by Phillip Breen, a second Eugene O’Hare play - Sydney and the Old Girl – forms part of the season, and will see Mark Hadfield return to the theatre alongside Miriam Margolyes. They will star in the play about a mother and son at war over an inheritance. It runs from 31st October to 30th November.

Christmas then sees Charles Way’s adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen directed by Abigail Anderson. Telling the story that inspired the Disney film Frozen, the play sees Gerda journey through seasons to save her best friend Cei before she is lost to an endless winter. It runs over the festive period from 4th December to 4th January.

In Park90, Christopher Durang’s The Actor’s Nightmare receive its UK premiere, Taz Skylar and Ross Berkeley Simpson’s play about a young soldier back from Afghanistan, Warheads, runs from August, before Black Chiffon, Lesley Storm’s play about a woman who commits a crime to protect her family, runs in September.

Then, Kate Valentine directs Kate Barton’s Fast about a doctor who finds a cure-all remedy, Stray Dogs will star its writer Olivia Olsen in her play about  celebrated Russian poet Anna Akhmatova in November, and from December, Robert Wolstenholme directs Charlotte Jones’ comedy Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis.

It has also been previously announced that a star roster of guest performers will appear in Jez Bond and Mark Cameron’s Whodunnit [Unrehearsed]. Featuring the voices of Judi Dench and Ian McKellen, a different unrehearsed celebrity each night will play the role of the Inspector in the murder mystery story.

Celebrities appearing during the run which begins, on 15th July, include Gillian Anderson, John Bishop, Jim Broadbent, Ronan Keating, Damian Lewis, Maureen Lipman, Joanna Lumley, Meera Syal, Catherine Tate and Ruby Wax.

Photo credit Alan Stanton (flickr)

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