New season of work announced at Jermyn Street Theatre, featuring Trevor Nunn and Michael Pennington
The full 2020 season to be performed at the Jermyn Street Theatre has been announced, with productions scheduled to January 2021. The season will feature a triad of Samuel Beckett plays directed by Trevor Nunn, a new production of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters directed by Tom Littler and Michael Pennington in The Tempest.
Speaking about the upcoming season, artistic director Tom Littler said the Jermyn Street Theatre is “bringing together vibrant undiscovered talents with some of the world’s most respected directors, actors, and playwrights (in an) intimate home for drama”.
Lisa Dwan, James Hayes, Niall Buggy and David Threlfall will star in a triple-bill of Samuel Beckett plays, directed by Trevor Nunn. Titled Beckett Triple Bill, the production will feature three plays described by Nunn as “empathically Irish”: Krapp’s Last Tape, Eh Joe and The Old Tune, all examining how individuals remember the past. Beckett Triple Bill will run from 15th January to 8th February 2020.
Harry Burton directs the world premiere of Paul Minx’s The Dog Walker, running from 12th February to 7th March. Press material states the new comedy play will focus on ‘loneliness and friendship in the big city’, with casting to be announced.
Michael Pennington stars as Prospero in a production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, which is inspired by the life of Paul Gauguin’s life on the island of Tahiti. The Tempestruns at Jermyn Street Theatre from 11th March to 4th April 2020, before it transfers to Theatre Royal Bath.
Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking will be staged as part of the newest season announced, directed by Robin Herford. Set over a summer weekend at a London flat and a Buckinghamshire home, the 1960s comedy explores the impact of misunderstandings and mistaken identities. Relatively Speaking is at the Jermyn Street Theatre from 21st April to 16th May 2020.
After an off-Broadway engagement in 2017, Edward Einhorn directs the European premiere of his 2017 work The Marriage of Alice B Toklas by Gertrude Stein. With characters including Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway, the experimental play imagines a celebrity wedding with critically-acclaimed writers as guests. Einhorn’s play will be staged from 20th May to 20th June 2020.
Adapted from Virginia Woolf’s 1928 novel of the same name, Stella Powell-Jones directs a production of Sarah Ruhl’s Orlando, with performances from 24th June to 18th July 2020. Marrying poetry and drama, the play follows individuals as they continue to defy human expectations.
Peter Gill’s new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters will be performed as part of the latest season at the Jermyn Street Theatre, with performances from 9th September to 3rd October.
Gill’s new work Something in the Air will receive its world premiere at the off-West End venue. Gill and Alice Hamilton co-direct this heartfelt play, examining love and memory in London, which will be performed from 7th to 31st October 2020.
First performed at the Hampstead Theatre in 1998, Timberlake Wertenbaker’s After Darwin will be revived as part of the season, directed by Jimmy Walters. Following Charles Darwin’s epic journey on HMS Beagle, it’s a hard-hitting play tackling topics of progress and immigration in societies.
The season concludes with the London premiere of The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary! from 2nd December 2020 to 16th January 2021. Staged by comedy theatre company Peepolykus, the play is an adaptation of Gustave Flaubert's 19th-century play, titled Madame Bovary!
Photo credit: Artwork from The Tempest at Jermyn Street Theatre