With her world premiere production of Marcus Gardley’s A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes in previews from this week, Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre, Indhu Rubasingham, today announces the company’s 2016 spring/summer season. The season opens with the transfer of Florian Zeller’s The Mother, starring Gina McKee (pictured), from Theatre Royal Bath, following the critically acclaimed run of Zeller’s The Father at the Tricycle earlier this year and subsequent West End transfer.
March sees the return of the Tricycle Takeover, back for its third year, when Tricycle Young Company take control of every corner of the Tricycle, packing it with performances of theatre, film, music, poetry and more. This is followed by Mikel Murfi’s one-man show The Man in the Woman’s Shoes and the return of Tricycle regular Mark Thomas with his brand new comedy Trespass.
Completing the programme is the centrepiece of the new season, Pulitzer Prize-winning Ayad Akhtar’s The Invisible Hand, directed by Rubasingham.
Indhu Rubasingham said today:
“I’m thrilled to be presenting a new season of untold stories at the Tricycle, from the depths of rural Pakistan to the streets of Ireland; from the joys of urban playgrounds to the loneliness of empty family homes. Not to mention an 11 day extravaganza by the Tricycle Young Company! I am especially excited to be directing the UK premiere of The Invisible Hand by Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar.”
Ayad Akhtar, writer of The Invisible Hand, said:
“The Invisible Hand is a play I wrote hoping it would feel equally at home in Karachi, New York, or London and I feel terrifically lucky that it found its way to Indhu, and to a premiere at the Tricycle in 2016. I am very excited to be working with a director I have long admired from afar, and feel honoured to be part — in whatever humble way — of the Tricycle’s long tradition of politically engaged, culturally rich work.”
The season runs from 21 January to the 2 July 2016.
Tricycle Theatre presents the Theatre Royal Bath Production of
By Florian Zeller, in a new translation by Christopher Hampton
21 January – 5 March
Press Night: Tue 26 Jan, 7pm
Directed by Laurence Boswell
Cast includes: Richard Clothier, Gina McKee and William Postlethwaite
Anne loved that time in her life when she prepared breakfast each morning for her two young children, Sara and Nicholas. Now her children are grown and have lives and loves of their own. Spending hours alone, Anne broods upon the actions of her husband and longs for the return of her favoured son.
Molière Award-winning playwright Florian Zeller returns to the Tricycle following 2015’s critically-acclaimed sell-out run of The Father with this compelling show starring the BAFTA award-winning and Olivier nominated actress Gina McKee.
Mutiny at the Tricycle!
13 – 23 March
Young people from Brent and surrounding areas will take control of every corner of the Tricycle with performances of theatre, film, music, poetry and more. The programme this year will include exciting immersive performances from 4 of our young companies and 10 performances from local youth groups as part of National Theatre Connections’ 21st year. For more information, visit: http://www.tricycle.co.uk/takeover
Loco and Reckless Productions in association with Tricycle Theatre presents
The Man in the Woman’s Shoes
A one man show written, performed and directed by Mikel Murfi
Produced by Eithne Hand for Loco and Reckless Productions Ltd
4 – 23 April
Press night: Wed 6 April, 7.30pm
Pope John Paul the First is not long dead, autumn is closing in and Pat Farnon has ‘some business’ to do in town. Set in Ireland in October 1978, The Man In The Woman’s Shoes follows the life of Pat Farnon as he walks to town and back again. Funny, tender and at times downright daft, this beautifully observed piece has toured across the USA and Ireland, including a sell-out run at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.
Originally from Sligo, Mikel Murfi trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris. As an actor and a director he has worked in all the major theatres in Ireland. He has won 5 fringe first awards in Edinburgh and the Irish Times award for Best Supporting actor. His film work includes The Commitments, The Butcher Boy, Intermission and Jimmy’s Hall. Following sell-out runs in Dublin and at the Galway International Arts Festival, he performed in 2014 at the National Theatre London in Enda Walsh’s acclaimed production of Ballyturk with Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea. He performed in The Last Hotel – an opera by Enda Walsh with music by Donnacha Dennehy at Covent Garden in Oct 2015.
Lakin McCarthy presents
Mark Thomas – Trespass
25 April – 7 May
Mark Thomas is back with his unique blend of theatre, stand up and activism thrown in with a dash of journalism and a dollop of mayhem. If the ramblers of the 1930’s were here now, what would they do to open up the cities? How do we turn the skyscrapers and corporate squares into our playgrounds? Mark sets out to try and carve a small space in the urban world where mischief and random chance can lurk. No one knows where this show is going to end up.
Award-winning comedian Mark Thomas returns to the Tricycle Theatre. This follows a string of other performances at the venue in recent years, including Bravo Figaro!, Cuckooed, The Manifesto and Extreme Rambling (Walking the Wall). For television, his work includes Saturday Zoo and The Mark Thomas Comedy Product, as well as several Dispatches – all for Channel Four.
Tricycle Theatre presents the UK première of
The Invisible Hand
By Ayad Akhtar
12 May – 2 July
Press Night: Wed 18 May
Directed by Indhu Rubasingham
American Banker Nick Bright knows that his freedom comes at a price. Confined to a cell within the depths of rural Pakistan, every second counts. Who will decide his fate? His captors, or the whims of the market? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and playwright Ayad Akhtar’s intense political thriller lays bare the raw, unfettered power of global finance in this fast-moving, contemporary play directed by the Tricycle’s Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham.
Ayad Akhtar was born in New York City and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is the author of American Dervish, published in 25 languages worldwide and a 2012 Best Book of the Year at Kirkus Reviews, Toronto’s Globe and Mail, Shelf-Awareness, and O (Oprah) Magazine. As a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for The War Within. He has received commissions from Lincoln Centre and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He is a graduate of Brown and Columbia Universities with degrees in Theater and Film Directing. The Invisible Hand premiered at the Repertory Theater of St Louis. Other theatre credits include Disgraced (American Theater Company in Chicago; Lincoln Centre, New York and Bush Theatre, London) and The Who & The What (La Jolla Playhouse).