New season announced at the Park Theatre
Artistic director Jez Bond has announced a new season at the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, taking the programming up to summer next year.
The season will begin with the UK premiere of the musical Rothshild and Sons. With songs by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock (Fiddler on the Roof), the musical is about the Rothschild’s rise from a penniless family to global banking dynasty. The Park Theatre production will feature never-before-heard songs, and run in the Park200, directed by Jeffery B Moss, from 24th January to 17th February.
This will be followed by A Passage to India, Simon Dormandy’s adaptation of the novel by EM Foster. A Passage to India tells the story of Aziz, a man who was given some harsh advice and now finds himself in jail on a count of sexual assault. It will be directed by Dormandy and Sebastian Armesto, with original music by Kuljit Bhrama, from 20th February to 24th March.
David Haig will then star in his play Pressure, which is based on the true story of two meteorologists who are tasked with the job of predicting the perfect weather conditions for the D-Day landings in 1944. Haig will play Group Captain James Stagg, alongside Laura Rogers, in the play which will be directed by John Dove and run from 28th March to 28th April.
Bond’s production of political thriller Building the Wall, the UK premiere of Robert Schenkkan’s play, will follow. Building the Wall is set in 2019 America and focusses on Rick, who is in jail and awaiting his sentence for committing what is described as the “crime of the century”. He grants one interview to Gloria, an African American historian. It will run from 2nd May to 2nd June.
The season in Park200 culminates with Monogamy, Torben Betts’ play about a TV cook Caroline Mortimer, and how she deals with her private life in the public eye. It will be directed by Alastair Whatley, and run from 6th June to 7th July.
A number of plays have also been announced for the theatre’s smaller space, Park90.
Jennifer Maisel’s There or Here, about a couple who are prevented from having a baby due to illness, will be directed by Vik Sivalingam (23rd January - 27th February). A Princess Undone, written and directed by Richard Stirling, is about letters Princess Margaret acquired from Charles and Diana in 1993, will run from 20th February to 27th March. Philip Ridley’s Vincent River, directed by Robert Chevara, is revived after a West End run ten years ago (20th March – 24th April).
Faceless is Selina Fillinger’s play about a Chicagoan teenager who is converted form Christianity to Islam and leaves home for Syria. Directed by Prav MJ, it will run from 17th April to 12th May. Schism by Athena Stevens is about a failed architect who is planning on taking his own life, but is stopped by a young student with cerebal palsy who breaks into his house asking for help. Directed by Lily McLeish, it will star Stephens and run from 16th May to 9th June. The season in Park90 will end with Beirut, Alan Bowne’s play about a quarantine room that’s set up in New York after the outbreak of a deadly disease. It will be directed by Robin Lefevre and run from 12th June to 7th July.
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