The Park Theatre announces new 2017 season

Miriam Margolyes stars as Helena Rubinstein in Park Theatre's new season.

Miriam Margolyes

The Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, north London, have today announced details of its upcoming spring/summer 2017 season. Artistic Director Jez Bond announced a collection of new writing, a long awaited European premiere, an acclaimed musical and a drama revival.

Speaking about the launch, Bond said, “Our new season is full of firsts. There’s a whole host of new writing, including the world premiere of Madame Rubinstein which has been developed and co-produced by Park Theatre and that I’m thrilled to be directing. For the first time ever, we have an access performance programmed for every production, which alongside our creative learning and ticketing initiatives, ensures that more people than ever can enjoy Park Theatre."

The season opens with new comedy Raising Martha by David Spicer, starring Morgana Robinson, Joel Fry, Jasper Britton and Tom Bennett which runs from 11 January to 11 February 2017. The play absurdly tackles the timely issues of terrorism, civil rights and six-foot frogs as audiences follow the fortunes of a family frog farm in rural England and the efforts of the local constabulary to establish the exact whereabouts of the family’s long dead mother.

Action to the Word’s award-winning all-male version of Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange runs from 14 February to 18 March 2017. This electrifying and testosterone-filled physical theatre horror show exquisitely captures and transcends the spirit of Anthony Burgess’ original literary masterpiece and will mark the venue's first audio described production.

The European Premiere of Chinglish by David Henry Hwang will run from 22 March to 22 April 2017, directed by Andrew Keates. "Daniel, an American, wants to open up China for his business. There are only three things standing in his way: he can’t speak the language, he can’t learn the customs, and he’s falling in love with the one woman he can’t have." Tony award-winning and Pulitzer Prize finalist David Henry Hwang returns to Park Theatre with this comedy about the misadventures of miscommunication.

Jez Bond will direct the BAFTA award-winning Miriam Margolyes in Madame Rubinstein by John Misto, from 26 April to 27 May 2017. Set against the glamorous skylines of 1950s Manhattan, world-leading cosmetics entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein is locked in a power struggle with rivals Elizabeth Arden and Revlon. From humble beginnings as a Polish-Jewish immigrant, this is the story behind one of the best-known faces in the world of beauty. But as her professional and family conflicts reach fever pitch, will the ghosts of a turbulent past topple one of the world’s richest businesswomen?

The Park200 summer season will conclude with the world premiere of Twitstorm which runs from 31 May to 1 July 2017. "Guy Manton is a national treasure, the much-loved host of a caustic television panel show, until a throwaway remark is inadvertently shared with the whole world, and before Guy knows what is happening he is being battered by the Twitstorm." It is described as a hilarious exploration of what can happen when the self-righteousness of social media gets out of hand.

The PARK90 season will feature:

The London premiere of punchy black comedy The Albatross 3rd & Main, exploring the flip side of the American dream; Killing Time inspired by an original cello composition by Brigit Forsyth; Michelle Collins in A Dark Night in Dalston by Stewart Permutt; Finders Keepers, a fun filled, highly visual piece inspired by the story of Moses, fully inclusive for both deaf and hearing audiences; a revival of Jonathan Larson's musical tick, tick… BOOM! and Marius von Mayenberg’s The Ugly One, translated by Maja Zade.

Tickets for the new season are now on sale.

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