New Diorama Theatre announces new season for 2017/18

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The New Diorama Theatre has announced its latest season, which will include two productions a new space.

The season will open with a new show by The Pretend Men called Police Cops in Space. The group had sold-out runs with their first production Police Cops at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Soho Theatre last year, and Police Cops in Space is the intergalactic sequel. It runs from 7th to 16th September. Emergency Chorus will return to the theatre from 7th to 9th September with Celebration, which had a sell-out performance at the theatre’s Incoming Festival.

Following a run at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the theatre’s in-house production of Secret Life of Humans will transfer to the London venue next year. The play is based on Yuval Harai’s bestselling book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, and will run from 10th April to 5th May.

Two events will take place in a new space called ND2, the theatre’s new rehearsal and development space located next door. The first show will be a new production of Contractions, Mike Bartlett’s dark comedy about a workplace romance, and the consequences the colleague’s face. It will be staged on a disused trading floor in a co-production with Definitely Theatre. Directed by Paula Garfield, it will run from 1st to 29th November.   

The second production at ND2 will be It Made Me Consider Me, an immersive show about history and memory. Presented by Gruff Theatre, it will run from 24 January to 21 February.

The theatre will host brand new works by British theatre companies such as Kandinsky, who will return to the New Diorama in March. Their show Trap Street is about a housing in the ‘60s and present day.  The company’s previous show, Still Ill, will also return for a two-week run from 16th to 27th January next year.

Breach Theatre will open their latest show The Drill, which is about how prepared we are for emergencies and society’s anxieties about security and terrorism. It follows the company's previous plays The Beanfield and Tanks, and will run from 15th to 26th May.

Left My Desk is a new piece by Lost Watch which will premiere at the theatre in May. It is about the social care system in England today and the work that social workers do with the authorities. It will run from 29th May to 16th June.

The theatre will also host a number of transfers, including Bucket Club’s Off-Broadway show Fossils (19th to 30th September), Smoke and Oakum’s Kings (3rd to 21st October), Thirty Christmases (4th to 23rd December 2017) which stars Jonny of Jonny and the Baptists, and the London premiere of A Girl in School Uniform (Walks Into a Bar) (30th January to 17th February).

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