Rufus Hound to star in ‘It’s Headed Straight Towards Us’

The Park Theatre celebrates its 10th anniversary later this year. The theatre will host the world premiere of a play about Princess Diana and Martin Bashir.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Find out upcoming shows at the Park Theatre throughout the second half of 2023. ANIMAL currently runs at the Park Theatre, with Leaves of Glass and The Shape of Things opening this summer.

“As our 10th birthday approaches, I’m delighted to announce our next season; six new extraordinary pieces of theatre. From the political to the purely comic, the array of shows look back, forward and directly at the present. With a mixture of new and familiar faces gracing the stage, we’re thrilled to open our doors to all,” said artistic director Jez Bond.

Rufus Hound and Samuel West will star in It’s Headed Straight Towards Us. Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer’s comedy follows two actors stuck in a trailer on the side of an active volcano. Rachel Kavanaugh directs. It’s Headed Straight Towards Us starts on 13 September, with an opening night on 19 September, and performances to 20 October.

Andrew Stein’s Disruption will explore the relationship between computers and humanity. When Nick presents his three best friends with a life-changing algorithm, can they navigate their lives? Hersh Ellis directs the thriller. Disruption begins previews on 7 July, with an opening night on 13 July, and performances to 5 August.

Makoto Shinkai’s anime, The Garden of Words, will premiere this summer, with previews from 10 August, an opening night on 15 August, and performances to 9 September. Set in a Japanese garden, Takao and Yukari bond, but their companionship could ruin them. Alexandra Rutter directs.

Jonathan Maitland’s The Interview will explore the BBC interview between Princess Diana and Martin Bashir. Press material states: “the powerful new play gives an insight into the story behind the interview: the woman who gave it, the man who made it happen, and the institution that broadcast it. The Interview poses tough questions: What can we justify in the pursuit of truth? Can we trust our great institutions? And are we ever, really, in control of our own narrative…our legacy?” Michael Fentiman directs the world premiere. The Interview begins on 27 October, with a press night on 1 November, and performances to 25 November.

Lewis Aaron Wood’s Bones, and Emanuele Aldrovandi’s Sorry We Didn’t Die At Sea run in Park90.

Photo credit: It's Headed Straight Towards Us (Photo courtesy of production)

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