With Lisa Spirling now at the helm of the award-winning Theatre503, they have already announced their new season and it looks truly spectacular.
After fantastic success in 2016, the new season covers topics from immigration to military occupation and includes a new play by Amy Schindler, best known as the writer of ITV’s Pat and Cabbage. Also, after the fabulously funny panto Cinderella and the Beanstalk, associate company Sleeping Trees will close the season with heaps of festive fun!
They are also delighted to announce that their production of Bea Roberts’ And Then Come The
Nightjars, which was staged at the venue in 2015’s autumn season, will be embarking on a UK tour from September. Bea Roberts’ much-lauded play was a winner of Theatre503’s inaugural Playwriting Award and is directed by its former Artistic Director, Paul Robinson.
The autumn season marks the beginning of a fresh and exciting era for the new writing powerhouse, and with Lisa Spirling as Artistic Director I am sure we can expect great things.
The diverse 2016 autumn season is as follows:
IN BLOOM and Theatre503 present
Screens (8th August – 3rd September)
Emine is more interested in a dead cat than her kids. Al is lost in Grindr, discovering that having a love life is incompatible with his incessant need to mollycoddle his ungrateful, acid-tongued sister. Ayşea is a fierce and intelligent young woman who is drowning in the mire of social media. Screens, a new play by Stephen Laughton, focuses on a Turkish-Cypriot family barely treading water, clinging onto a sense of self and identity as it suddenly begins to unravel.
Sally Knyvette in association with Theatre503 presents
Burning Bridges (13th September – 8th October)
When Sarah, a young woman with Asperger’s Syndrome, comes to visit her sister and brother-in- law, what starts as a fortnight of family holiday, spirals into a nightmare of accusation and intrigue. A love triangle with a dangerous twist, this moving and funny play explores the everyday dilemmas of a young woman living with autism; what to eat, what to watch on TV, and how counter the everrising tension building within the trio.
Tara Finney Productions and Theatre503 present
The Acedian Pirates (25th October – 19th November)
Jacob doesn’t know why he’s here. He’s been at war for 6 years, but nobody will tell him why. The Moon is upstairs and he wants so desperately to talk to her, but they just won’t let him. Will she be his salvation? The Acedian Pirates challenges our understanding of mythology, and forces us to ask vital questions about military occupation.
Theatre503 presents a Sleeping Trees production of
Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves (22nd November – 7th January)
One cold Christmas Eve, the Ghost of Christmas Past visits Mr Scrooge and transports him back in time in a bid to make him change his wicked ways. But Christmas Past makes a minor miscalculation and takes Scrooge back too far – all the way back to the time of fairy tales. Realising the error, Scrooge tries to get home. But with only a handful of unruly dwarves to help, will he make it back in time for Christmas? Or will he be trapped in the kingdom of magic mirrors, pirates and goldenhaired heroines forever?
Theatre503 continues to be the home of ground-breaking new writing. It has previously launched the careers of playwrights Dennis Kelly (Matilda The Musical, Utopia), Katori Hall (The
Mountaintop), Tom Morton-Smith (Oppenheimer), Duncan Macmillan (People, Places and Things) and Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51), as well as being the smallest theatre to win an Olivier Award for Best New Play.
Ticket prices range from £5 – £15 (concessions available) and are available from theatre503.com, 020 7978 7040 or in person at the Theatre503 box office.