The first half of the 2018 programme at London’s Park Theatre, running from January to June, will feature five world, European, UK and London premiere productions.
The UK premiere of the musical Rothschild & Sons (24 January-18 February 2018) opens the new season in PARK200, with Broadway songwriters Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock (Fiddler On The Roof) charting the Rothschild family’s rise from poverty to a global banking dynasty with new, never-before-heard songs.
simple8’s contemporary reimagining of A Passage to India (20 February-24 March 2018) follows, as part of an international adaptation of EM Forster’s seminal novel set in Imperial India. It’s followed by Pressure (28 March-28 April 2018), written by and starring David Haig, which tells the incredible true story of two allied meteorologists tasked with predicting the perfect weather conditions for General Eisenhower’s D-Day landings in 1944.
For the European premiere of Building The Wall (2 May-2 June 2018) from Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, Park Theatre Jez Bond directs this political thriller that has already taken America by storm, exploring how the inconceivable can become the inevitable. The world premiere of Monogamy (6 June-7 July 2018) closes the PARK200 season, a new comedy by Torben Betts (Invincible) about living a private life in the public eye.
There or Here (23 January-17 February 2018) commences the new PARK90 season, in the UK premiere production of a new American comedy about outsourcing motherhood, from the producer of Yellow Face (Park Theatre/National Theatre transfer).
The London premiere of A Princess Undone (20 February-17 March 2018) is a play inspired by actual events around sensational and potentially damaging royal letters acquired by Princess Margaret. It’s followed by a revival of Philip Ridley‘s modern classic exploring hate crime follows, as Robert Chevara directs Vincent River (20 March-14 April 2018).
Inspired by a real court case in the US, a Chicago teenager is arrested for terrorist collusions when she converts from Christianity to Islam, and is tried by a practicing Muslim, in the UK premiere of Faceless (17 April-12 May 2018). Next is a revival of Schism (16 May-9 June 2017) from the lauded playwright and activist Athena Stevens, which charts the unlikely love that forms when Harrison’s suicide plans are dashed by the arrival of a young student with cerebral palsy.
Closing the new season in PARK90, Beirut (12 June-7 July 2018) explores a fleeting encounter between two lovers, now divided by a quarantine enforced to protect a future society from a terrifying Sexually Transmitted Disease.
Artistic Director Jez Bond commented on the new season:
“I’m thrilled to be announcing our season for the first half of 2018. In PARK200 we are working with some of the best theatres and producers from across the UK and beyond, from Chichester Festival Theatre to Broadway, bringing world-class productions to our stages; as well as producing our next show from America, the politically timely Building The Wall. As ever we’re full to the brim with a majority of new writing premieres in both PARK200 and PARK90. PARK90 celebrates our passion for women on stage and off: with women’s stories and journeys at the heart, and a prevalence of women writers, producers and directors.”