NEWS: John Malkovich directs Good Canary premiere, Trevor Nunn returns to Rose

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With its Spring Season underway, including the London première of Maxine Peake’s Beryl which opens in March, and Peter Whelan’s The Herbal Bed – a co-production with English Touring Theatre and Royal & Derngate, Northampton – which opens at the theatre in April as part of its tour, Rose Theatre Kingston today announces three major new productions for 2016.

In May, Trevor Nunn returns to the Rose, following his recent production of The Wars of the Roses, to open the season with William Shakespeare’s King John marking the Bard’s 400th anniversary.

September sees award-winning actor and director John Malkovich make his London directorial debut with the UK première of Zach Helm’s Good Canary; and completing the season acclaimed American director Michael Rudman presents Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, the first Miller play to be produced at the Rose.

Chief Executive of Rose Theatre Kingston Robert O’Dowd said today:

“It’s a huge honour for the Rose to be continuing our journey in this way – producing brilliant plays with some of the most exciting artists from both the theatre and film worlds. We feel enormously privileged to have both John Malkovich making his London directorial debut with Zach Helm’s Good Canary and another great American director Michael Rudman presenting his take on Arthur Miller’s classic All My Sons.  And following last year’s extraordinary The Wars of the Roses, we are also delighted to be welcoming back Trevor Nunn to direct the epic King John.”

John Malkovich said:

“I’m delighted to be working at the Rose and very pleased to be working again on the Good Canary, and to be finally working on the play in its native language.”

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 5 February 2016 at 10am.

Full listings 

KING JOHN
By William Shakespeare
Director: Trevor Nunn

13 May – 5 June
Press night: 18 May at 7pm

Richard the Lionheart is dead. His youngest brother John has become King of England despite claims from the French that the throne should go to his nephew, Prince Arthur. As war is declared between England and France an inheritance dispute is brought before the King by Richard’s illegitimate son, Philip the Bastard.

With scheming, ruthless politics and some of Shakespeare’s most striking characters – this is a classic that feels contemporary in its strong parallels to modern day Britain.  A unique opportunity to see this rarely performed history play brought to life on the stage.

Following The Wars of the Roses last year, Trevor Nunn returns to the Rose to direct King John. The production marks Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary and will be the penultimate play in Nunn’s undertaking to direct all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays.

From 1968 to 1986, Trevor Nunn was the youngest ever Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, directing over thirty productions, including most of the Shakespeare canon, as well as Nicholas Nickleby and Les Misérables.  From 1997 to 2003, he was Director of the National Theatre, where his productions included Troilus and Cressida, Oklahoma!The Merchant of VeniceSummerfolkMy Fair LadyA Streetcar Named DesireAnything Goes and Love’s Labour’s Lost.  He has directed the world premieres of Tom Stoppard’s plays ArcadiaThe Coast of Utopia and Rock n Roll, and of CatsSunset Boulevard, Starlight Express and Aspects of Love by Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Other theatre includes Timon of Athens, Skellig (Young Vic); The Lady From The Sea (Almeida); Hamlet, Richard IIInherit the Wind (Old Vic), A Little Night Music (Menier Chocolate Factory & New York), Cyrano de BergeracKiss Me Kate (Chichester Festival Theatre); Heartbreak HouseFlare PathRosencrantz and Guildenstern Are DeadThe Tempest (Theatre Royal, Haymarket); Scenes from a Marriage (Coventry & St James), All That Fall (Jermyn Street & New York); A Chorus of Disapproval and Relative Values (West End).  He is soon to direct Pericles in Brooklyn (Theatre for a New Audience).  Work for television includes Antony and Cleopatra, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Three Sisters, Othello, The Merchant of Venice and King Lear, and on film, Hedda, Lady Jane and Twelfth Night.

UK Première
GOOD CANARY
By Zach Helm
Director: John Malkovich

16 September – 8 October
Press night: 21 September at 7pm

After sell-out performances in Mexico City and Paris (where it won two Molière Awards for Best Director and Design), Rose Theatre Kingston presents the UK première of Zach Helm’s gripping play Good Canary directed by Oscar nominee John Malkovich.

Following rave reviews for his first novel, Jack is on the verge of signing a multi-million-dollar deal with a leading publisher. With his wife Annie struggling with addiction and mental illness, will she cope with the public scrutiny that comes with success?

Set in New York, this hard-hitting and provocative play explores the spiral of self-destruction and the cost of creativity.

Californian writer Zach Helm has spent years honing his craft in Hollywood, writing screenplays such as Stranger Than Fiction, and establishing himself as one of the most interesting and promising writers and directors of his generation in film and theatre. His other work includes the forthcoming Jumanji, Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (also director) and Other People’s Business.

John Malkovich directs. As a guiding member of Chicago’s landmark Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Malkovich has had a profound impact on the American theatre landscape.  He acted in, directed or designed costumes for more than fifty Steppenwolf Theatre Company productions. His theatre credits include True West (Obie Award winner), Death of a Salesman, Slip of the Tongue, State of Shock and Burn This across New York, London and Los Angeles. His directing credits for theatre include Balm in Gilead (Steppenwolf), The Caretaker and Libra. Malkovich’s 2003 French stage production of Hysteria was honoured with five Molière Award nominations including Best Director. For film, he recently finished work on Deepwater Horizon opposite Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russel due to open in cinemas later this year. His other recent film acting credits include Penguins of Madagascar, Cut BankRed, Red 2, Secretariat, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Burn After Reading and The Changeling. Further film credits include Being John Malkovich (New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor), Dangerous Liaisons, The Portrait of a Lady, In The Line of Fire, Of Mice and Men, The Great Buck Howard, Beowulf, Klimt, Ripley’s Games, The Sheltering Sky, Empire of the Sun, The Glass Menagerie, The Killing Fields and Places in the Heart. For television his credits include Death of a Salesman (Emmy® Award), Heart of Darkness, Napoleon and RKO 281.

ALL MY SONS
By Arthur Miller
Director: Michael Rudman

28 October – 19 November
Press night: 2 November at 7pm

A compelling story of love, guilt and the corrupting power of greed, All My Sons was Arthur Miller‘s first great Broadway success sealing his reputation as one of the most influential playwrights of the 20th Century.

Joe Keller is a thriving businessman who, during World War II, knowingly supplied the American airforce with defective engines, leading to the deaths of innocent pilots. To avoid the blame, he let his business partner take the fall, but during a sunny afternoon Joe is confronted by the consequences of his moral actions as a visitor arrives to reveal a secret that will rip his family apart.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Arthur Miller (1915-2005) is one of America’s most significant playwrights. His major works include All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), A View From the Bridge (1955), After the Fall (1964), The Price (1968), The Last Yankee (1991) and Broken Glass (1994).

Michael Rudman directs. His extensive career within theatre has included roles as Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre and Sheffield Theatres as well as director of the National Theatre’s Lyttelton Theatre. His directing credits include Chin Chin (Theatre Royal Windsor & Bill Kenwright UK Tour), Berlin Hanover Express (Hampstead Theatre), A Man For All Seasons (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Present Laughter (Theatre Royal Bath), Fallen Angels and Donkey’s Years (Globe Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sheffield Crucible Theatre), Making It Better (Criterion Theatre), Our Betters, Tallulah, The Admirable Crichton, Mansfield Park, Eurydice, The Merry Wives Of Windsor, Rumours, The Wizard Of Oz (Chichester Festival Theatre), Father And Sons, Six Characters In Search Of An Author, Ting Tang Mine, Waiting For Godot, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Magistrate, Measure For Measure, The Second Mrs. Tanqueray, Harlequinade, The Browning Version, Thee and Me, Death Of A Salesman, For Services Rendered (National Theatre), Death Of A Salesman (Broadhurst Theatre, New York; starring Dustin Hoffman & John Malkovich – winner of the Tony Award for Best Revival, 1984), Taking Steps (Lyric Theatre); and for Hampstead Theatre, Gloo Joo (and Criterion Theatre transfer), Clouds (and Duke of York’s Theatre transfer), Alphabetical Order and The Ride Across Lake Constance (and Mayfair Theatre transfer), Hamlet (Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Lincoln Centre, Broadway) and Black And White Minstrel, Carravaggio Buddy and Curtains (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh). His book I Joke Too Much: The Theatre Director’s Tale was published in 2014.

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