Photo credit: Theatre Royal Stratford East (Photo by Sbrooks91 on Wikipedia) 

New season announced at Theatre Royal Stratford East

The east London venue will reopen its doors in June 2021.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

After a prolonged closure, Theatre Royal Stratford East will reopen its doors from June 2021. The season includes a Conor McPherson revival, new works and one-off performances from members of the local community. 

"Despite a challenging year, we found new and innovative ways to continue making work and to keep the connection with our audiences and local community alive." said Theatre Royal Stratford East artistic director Nadia Fall. Ahead of the upcoming season, she continued to say: "Stratford East's reopening season is designed to do what theatre does best; a live communal connection through story." 

The season begins with Dipo Baruwa-Etti's The Sun, The Moon, And The Stars, following a woman visited by her brother's ghost. As she relives the final moments before his murder, she is determined to make things right for her own peace of mind. Nadia Fall directs Kibong Tanji, with performances from 2 - 19 Jun. 2021.

Examining the importance of climate change through theatre, April De Angelis' Extinct blends testimonies of the Extinction Rebellion community into a drama. Asking what it takes to rebel, the play will explore individual stories in a collective. Extinct runs at Theatre Royal Stratford East from 30 June - 17 Jul. 2021.

Brendan Coyle will star in a revival of Conor McPherson's Shining City, first seen at the Royal Court Theatre in 2004. Shining City follows John, who regularly visits his psychotherapist after his late wife's death. Shining City runs from 17 Sept. - 23 Oct. 2021. 

Theatre Royal Stratford East will continue their annual pantomime tradition this Christmas with Little Red Riding Hood from 20 Nov. - 31 Dec. 2021.

In 2022, Lyndsey Turner will direct After The End, written by Dennis Kelly. Set in a city that's under attack from nuclear blasts, two colleagues find themselves alone in a shelter as they struggle to survive.

Photo credit: Theatre Royal Stratford East (Photo by Sbrooks91 on Wikipedia

Article Originally Updated: 9 December 2020


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