The Menier Chocolate Factory has announced the forthcoming two productions – the European premiere of Paula Vogel’s Tony Award-winning play Indecent, directed by Rebecca Taichman; and Alan Bennett’s Habeas Corpus directed by Patrick Marber, who returns to the Menier following his hit production of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties.
In addition, also this season, the company’s production of The Boy Friend transfers to the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, with Kelsey Grammer as Lord Brockhurst; and its co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre of Laura Wade’s acclaimed The Watsons will open for a limited season at the Harold Pinter Theatre in May.
Rebecca Taichman’s production of Paula Vogel’s Indecent will run from 13 March to 9 May 2020 (press night is 23 March). The play explores the origins of the highly controversial play The God of Vengeance by Sholem Asch, following the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it.
Indecent reunites Vogel and director Taichman who co-created and directed the original production. Indecent had its world première production at Yale Repertory Theatre in October 2015. The play had its New York premiere Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in May 2016 and transferred to Broadway in April 2017. It was nominated for the Tony Award for Best New Play and received the Tony Awards for Best Direction of a Play for Taichman and Best Lighting Design of a Play for Christopher Akerlind (who will also light the Menier production).
Patrick Marber’s production of Alan Bennett’s Habeas Corpus runs from 15 May to 4 July 2020 (press night is 21 May). Family, friends and the quest for sexual pleasures of the body (“corpus”) are the ruling passions in this farcical comedy of ill-manners. Through an escapade of mistaken identities and carnal encounters, one motto holds fast: “He whose lust lasts, lasts longest.”