New season announced at the Park Theatre for 2019
A new season has been announced at the Park Theatre featuring plays about Boris Johnson, a pantomime dame, and a Walt Disney actor.
In the main Park200 space, Miles Jupp will play the actor David Tomlinson in James Kettle’s play The Life I Lead. Tomlinson was famed for playing Mr Banks in Mary Poppins, and the play will dramatise his meeting with Walt Disney. Directed by Selina Cadell, it will run from 18th to 30th March.
From 9th May to 8th June, Jonathan Maitland’s play The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson will imagine a post-Brexit Britain in 2029 as Boris Johnson makes a return to British politics. Directed by Lotte Wakeham, the play will explore Johnson’s relationship with the media, fellow politicians and the British public.
Opening the season from 9th January will be A Bodin Saphir’s Rosenbaum’s Rescue, directed by Kate Fahy. Set in 2001 on the Danish coast, two old friends reminisce and remember old times, but the events of almost 60 years before, when around 7,500 Jews fled the Nazis to Denmark on fishermen’s boats, makes it difficult for them to bury the hatchet.
Martin Sherman’s play Gently Down the Stream will get its UK premiere from 13th February. The play, directed by Sean Mathias, follows the love story of Beau, an American retired pianist living in London, and a young lawyer called Rufus.
Intra Muros, written by Alexis Michalik, will run at the Park from 3rd April. Translated by Pamela Hargreaves, Che Walker will direct the play which follows thespian Richard, who is preparing to hold a theatre class at a maximum security prison. Despite only two inmates showing up, the class goes ahead with captivating results.
The season in Park200 will conclude with Napoli, Brooklyn, which runs from 13th June to 13th July. Written by Meghan Kennedy and directed by Lis Blair, the play sees a tragic event in the Park Slope neighbourhood of Brooklyn bring the life of the Muscolino family to a grinding halt.
In the smaller Park90 space, Katie Duncan’s The Dame will run from 2nd January. Directed by Ian Talbot, Peter Duncan will play a seasoned pantomime Dame who returns to his Northern roots.
Tom Wright’s My Dad’s Gap Year, which sees a Dad tag along on his son’s gap year in Thailand, will be directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair from 30th January, starring Victoria Gigante. We’re Staying Right Here, by Henry Devas, will run from 26th February. Directed by Jez Pike, the play sees three men hide in a flat following the beginning of a war.
Cry Havoc, Tom Coash’s play about the love story of a young Egyptian and a British writer, will be directed by Pamela Schermann from 27th March. Hell Yes I’m Tough Enough is Ben Alderton’s play about two political leaders battling it out to get into government. It will be directed by Roland Reyonlds from 24th April.
Beneath the Blue Rinse is a comedy by Tom Glover, described as 'Quentin Tarantino meets Last of the Summer Wine'. Starring Kevin Tomlinson, it will run from 21st May. The season concludes with the world premiere of Summer Rolls, Tuyen Do’s play about a young girl who has escaped a war-torn Vietnam. It will run from 18th June, directed by Kristine Landon-Smith.