Park Theatre announces 2016 Season
The Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, north London, has announced its new season of work which includes seven world premieres across their two venues, Park 200 and Park 90.
The Park 200 season includes:
Engine House presents this UK premiere written by Peter Quilter and directed by Matt Aston. Alistair McGowan will return to the venue to star in the production which runs from 14 Jan to 13 February 2016, with an official opening on 19 January 2016.
"What would you do if you forgot the last decade of your life? Michael has been in a coma for three weeks. On waking, he realises that four thousand days of his memory have been completely erased. He remembers nothing of Paul, his partner. Paul must fight to bring Michael's memory back, while Paul’s mother, Carol, fights to remove him from their lives completely."
Bob Benton and Daniel Brodie for DB Productions present this world premiere, written and directed by Jonathan Lynn which runs from 17 Feb to 19 March 2016, with an official opening on 23 February 2016.
"This relationship, noble, comic and absurd, changed history: Philippe Pétain, a tough, uncompromising soldier who rose through the ranks to save France in 1916 at the Battle of Verdun, and Charles de Gaulle, the aristocratic, academic, awkward and equally uncompromising soldier who led France to freedom when Pétain became a Nazi collaborator. In 1945 de Gaulle had his oldest friend tried for treason. But was it as simple as it seemed? This extraordinary story is seen as Pétain waits for the verdict."
Don't Sleep There are Snakes
simple8 in association with Park Theatre present this world premiere, by Sebastian Armesto and Dudley Hinton with simple8 based on the true story and book by Daniel Everett which runs from 22 March to 23 April 2016, with an official opening on 23 March 2016.
"Daniel Everett, a linguist and missionary, is sent into the jungle with a clear purpose: to learn their language and convert them to Christianity. But as he struggles to communicate, he uncovers a culture like nothing he’s ever imagined. What he discovers blows apart modern linguistic theory, forcing him to question his faith and his understanding of what it means to be human."
The Buskers Opera
Michael Peavoy, Neil Marcus and Paul Tyrer & Jamie Clark for Buskers Opera Ltd present the world premiere of this new musical by Dougal Irvine inspired by 'The Beggar's Opera' by John Gay. It will run from 28 April to 5 June 2016, with an official opening on 5 May 2016.
"London, 2012. The night before the Opening Ceremony. A group of street performers called 'the 99percenters,' gather in protest against the over-priced, corporate games. Among them is Macheath, satirist and ladies' man, whose razor-sharp wit is slashing chunks out of the Mayor’s reputation. Powerful figures are watching. With the ever-influential media operating 24/7, capital punishment has found a new method of delivery."
The Quiet House
Echo, Park Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre present the world premiere of this original drama by Gareth Farr directed by Tessa Walker. It will run from 7 June to 8 July 2016, with an official opening on 8 June 2016.
"Jess and Dylan are in love. They want a family. That’s all they have ever wanted. When diagnosed with infertility, this ordinary couple find themselves on an extraordinary journey. They enter the world of IVF treatment where intimacy is replaced by injections. Forced to fight for the family they so desperately want, they put their faith in science and their relationship through the ultimate test."
Productions in the venue's studio space, Park90, include:
African Gothic (23 Dec - 23 Jan 2016)
The Restoration of Nell Gwyn (26 Jan - 20 Feb 2016)
Hello Norma Jeane (23 Feb - 19 Mar 2016)
Beacons (22 Mar - 16 Apr 2016)
Sket (19 Apr - 14 May 2016)
Absolution and Bill Clinton Hercules (17 May - 11 Jun 2016)
Happy to Help (12 Jun - 9 Jul 2016)
Tickets for all productions are now on sale.