Neil LaBute's 'The Shape of Things' revival to play at Park Theatre

The Off West End theatre reveals seven new plays in its spring 2023 season.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

The Park Theatre has revealed details of seven new productions in the first half of 2023. The Off West End theatre is currently home to On The Ropes. Book On The Ropes tickets on London Theatre.

Nicky Allpress directs Neil LaBute’s Olivier Award-nominated comedy, The Shape of Things. Set in a small-town American college campus, the play follows four students who become romantically involved with one another. The original play ran at the Almeida Theatre starring Rachel Weisz and Paul Rudd. The Shape of Things runs from 24 May to 1 July, with a press night on 30 May.

Mark Gatiss directs The Way Old Friends Do, with performances from 15 March to 15 April, and a press night on 17 March. Ian Hallard’s ABBA-based comedy sees two school friends form an ABBA tribute band, in drag.

Richard Vergette’s Leaving Vietnam follows Jimmy Vandenberg, a war veteran whose life changes when he hears Trump’s call to “make American great again.” Leaving Vietnam runs from 14 March to 8 April, with a press night on 20 March.

In April 2023, the Park Theatre is home to Robert Boulton’s Snowflake, a Black Mirror-inspired play that takes cancel culture to new levels of justice. Michael Cottrell directs, with performances from 12 April to 6 May, and an opening night on 17 April.

In Park200, Jon Bradfield’s ANIMAL runs from 19 April to 20 May, with a press night on 21 April. ANIMAL follows David, a “gay, disabled and profoundly horny” man who tries to keep it casual with random hookups.

A revival of Philip Ridley’s Leaves of Glass will play in spring 2023, with performances from 11 May to 3 June, and a press night on 15 May. Set in present-day East London, Leaves of Glass follows Steven as he deals with arguing family members.

The UK premiere of Andrew Rosendorf’s Paper Cut runs from 7 June to 1 July, with a press night on 12 June. Paper Cut follows Kyle, a young gay American soldier who navigates PTSD on and off the minefield as he returns from Afghanistan.

Photo credit: The Shape of Things (Photo courtesy of production)

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