Theatre Royal Stratford East has announced details of their latest season of work that will take place from September 2015-January 2016. The new season highlights the theatre’s long-standing commitment to championing new writing, delivering world-class musical theatre and provoking debate about widening access to the arts for all.
Kerry Michael, Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East said: “We are passionate about new writing and musical theatre here and we’re delighted to kick-start the autumn season with the premiere of The Etienne Sisters by Ché Walker and Anoushka Lucas. It’s a beautifully written piece with a stunning contemporary jazz soul soundtrack.
“We have worked with the immensely talented Tanika Gupta many times over the years and are especially thrilled to present her latest piece, an adaption of Meera Syal’s much-loved debut novel Anita and Me. This co-production with Birmingham Rep comes with a period-evoking soundtrack that is sure to appeal.
“Since 2013 we have been working on Home Theatre, which is all about opening up theatre to new audiences in innovative ways. I am delighted to confirm that with the aid of funding from The Gulbenkian Foundation and The Gibbs Trust, the latest installation will happen this October and once again we will be bringing 30 theatre makers into 30 homes across the capital and creating bespoke new theatre experiences. We are proud to be leading the global Home Theatre movement, as more performances are being created in this way in Brazil and South Africa, as well as closer to home in Birmingham and we will be bringing international artists together to discuss this in more depth with our Home Theatre Symposium on Monday 19 October.
“We’re rightly proud of our pantomimes here at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Every year we create fun, entertaining, energetic and original productions that speak to our audiences of all ages and give them an authentic London theatrical experience. I’m therefore delighted to be reunited with the award-winning duo Trish Cooke and Robert Hyman for the first time since we created Dick Whittington together in 2013. We’ll be making sure that this tale of Robin the Prince of Thieves, his swashbuckling band of men and the fiercely determined Maid Marion is our finest yet. You won’t want to miss it!”
FULL SEASON DETAILS
Theatre Royal Stratford East presents
THE ETIENNE SISTERS
10 Sep – 3 Oct 2015
Press Night: Wed 16 Sep 7.30pm
This stunning new piece is written by Ché Walker with music by Anoushka Lucas (Klook’s Last Stand) and additional songs by Sheila Atim. Set to a contemporarysoulful jazz soundtrack, The Etienne Sisters explores what it means to be part of a family today.
Theatre Royal Stratford East presents
HOME THEATRE (UK)
12 Oct – 19 Oct 2015
Home Theatre (UK) is Theatre Royal Stratford East’s ambitious project that sees thirty one-person shows staged in thirty homes across London. The project returns this October assisted by funding from The Gulbenkian Foundation and the Gibbs Trust. We will soon be seeking potential hosts to welcome theatre makers into their homes and share in the experience. There will also be an international symposium on 19 October, welcoming potential Home Theatre creators from across the globe to join the conversation.
Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company in association with Theatre Royal Stratford East present
ANITA AND ME
30 Oct –11 Nov 2015
Press Night: Wed 4 Nov 7.30pm
Tickets: £7-£23.50 (Under 16s from £5)
Theatre Royal Stratford East’s long-term collaborator Tanika Gupta returns with her adaptation of Meera Syal’s novel Anita and Me. This semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story tells of the challenges of growing up, as well as growing up as part of the only Punjabi family in the Black Country in the 70s. Directed by Roxana Silbert and with especially composed music by the Ringham brothers, Anita and Me paints a colourful portrait of village life during the era of flares, power cuts. This is a co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company where it will premiere from 9 – 24 October.
5 Dec 15 – 23 Jan 2016
Press Night: Wed 16 Dec 7pm
Tickets: £7.50-£27.50 (Under 16s from just £5)
Robin Hood gets the inimitable Stratford East panto treatment as the prince of thieves and his swashbuckling band of merry men set out to save King Richard from the evil Prince John. In this perfect Christmas treat for all ages, will the feisty and fearless Maid Marion (and her devoted Nurse) get there first? Robin Hood reunites the Olivier-nominated panto team of writers Trish Cooke and Robert Hyman and director Kerry Michael, Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Artistic Director.