The Finborough Theatre's Winter 2015/16 Season


The Finborough Theatre in West Brompton, west London has announced details of its 2015/16 Winter season. Artistic Director Neil McPherson continues the venue's artistic policy of vibrant new writing and unique rediscoveries with world premieres, revivals and a welcome return.

The season begins with the first London production in over fifty years of Flowering Cherry by Robert Bolt which runs from 17 November to 20 December, with an official opening on 19 November 2015.

"Suburbia, 1957. Jim Cherry sells insurance, but wants to sell apples instead. He dreams of owning an orchard in Somerset and quitting the job he hates. But Cherry is a fantasist and his wife Isobel is at breaking point. As his dream begins to spiral out of control and the gulf between them widens, can she force him to face reality?"

The production is directed by Benjamin Whitrow, with design by Alex Marker, lighting by Peter Harrison and costume by Janet Hudson-Holt, presented by Troupe.

Playing alongside this is the first UK production in 25 years of the award-winning Off-Broadway musical 3 Guys Naked From the Waist Down which runs from 22 November to 15 December 2015, with an official opening on 23 November.

"It’s the 1980s, and three guys – three very silly guys – aren’t nearly as famous as they think they ought to be. Comedy fame just isn’t happening quickly enough for charming Ted, rage-filled Phil and otherworldly Zen Catholic Kenny, until the three of them decide to form a team. Once united, the dizzying heights of late night chat shows, smash-hit TV sitcoms and international tours awaits."

The first new play of the season will be P'yongyang a new play about life in North Korea by award-winning playwright In-Sook Chappell which runs from 5 to 30 January 2015, with an official opening on 7 January.

"Crossing military borders and class divides, P’yongyang tells the epic love story of two North Korean childhood sweethearts spanning three decades. Chi-Soo and Eun-Mi dare to dream of a life together in P’yongyang, working for Kim Jong Il’s film studios. But as those around them start to disappear and information from the outside world trickles in, the devoted Communists are forced to view their glorious homeland in a different light."

Running alongside this from 10 to 26 January 2016 will be the return of Stony Broke in No Man's Land written and directed by John Burrows, and performed by two original members of 'The Flying Pickets' David Brett and Gareth Williams.

The season will end with the world premiere of Weald by Daniel Foxsmith directed by Bryony Shanahan which runs from 2 to 27 February 2015, with an official opening on 4 February.

"On a remote livery yard in rural England, Jim arrives ‘home’ after eight years away, in need of work. It didn’t end so well last time, but he's sure that this time it’ll be different... Sam, as old as the fixtures and fittings themselves, reluctantly agrees - there’s work to be done after all. As the men attempt to pick up from where they left off, fresh cracks appear beside old wounds. Things have changed. But the world can only be held at bay for so long before the two men will have to answer for their actions."

Running alongside this will be the first UK production in more than 30 years of Andy Capp the Musical by Alan Price and Trevor Peacock running from 7 to 23 February 2016.

Tickets for all productions are now on sale.

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