Park Theatre has announced its new July to December 2019 season. Featuring four world premiere productions, two UK and London premieres and a range of revivals from Broadway and the West End, the theatre also introduces a revised young person’s membership scheme called Park Up.
- Miriam Margolyes to star in world premiere of black comedy Sydney & The Old Girl
- Tracy-Ann Oberman stars in Mother of Him
- Disney’s Camp Rock star Meaghan Martin to lead UK premiere of Christopher Durang’s The Actor’s Nightmare
- The life of acclaimed historian and activist Howard Zinn is laid bare in The Time Of Our Lies
- Gillian Anderson, John Bishop, Jim Broadbent, Simon Callow, Ronan Keating, Damian Lewis, Joanna Lumley, Catherine Tate, Tim Vine and more to appear in Whodunnit [Unrehearsed]
Artistic director Jez Bond said:
“We’re presenting a wealth of new writing talent this season, including the extraordinary work of Eugene O’Hare – whose two plays are both funny, dark and surprising – and balancing this with some well-known revivals, including the award-winning Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis and a rare production of Lesley Storm’s play Black Chiffon, written and first presented way ahead of its time in 1949.
“In another new initiative, planned annually, we’ll be bringing a few choice selections from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival down to north London for a week of performances in September. We are excited to be offering a new, free membership for young people called Park Up which allows members to access a great range of benefits.”
15 July to 27 July 2019
Written and directed by Jez Bond and Mark Cameron. The world premiere of Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] opens the new Park200 season, as a host of guest actors including Gillian Anderson, John Bishop, Jim Broadbent, Simon Callow, Ronan Keating, Damian Lewis, Joanna Lumley, Catherine Tate and Tim Vine take turns joining the ensemble cast (Lewis Bruniges, Natasha Cottriall, Candida Gubbins, Omar Ibrahim, Patrick Ryecart). Also features the voices of Ian McKellen and Judi Dench.
Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] will transfer to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 31 July to 26 August, with guests yet to be announced.
The Time Of Our Lies
30 July to 10 August 2019 (press night is 1 August)
The life story of acclaimed historian Howard Zinn in Bianca Bagatourian’s The Time Of Our Lies, sharing stories from his role as a bomber in WWII through to his post-war activism. Directed by Ché Walker.
15 August to 14 September 2019 (21 August)
Park Theatre’s in-house produced The Weatherman, written by Eugene O’Hare, is a powerful black comedy-drama centered on two broke flatmates who become complicit in their landlord’s dark business scheme. Directed by Alice Hamilton, cast includes Mark Hadfield.
Mother Of Him
18 September to 26 October 2019 (press night is 24 September 2019)
Based on a true story, Tracy-Ann Oberman stars as a single Jewish mother dealing with the repercussions of her criminal son in Evan Placey’s Mother Of Him. Directed by Max Lindsay.
Sydney & The Old Girl
31 October to 30 November 2019 (press night is 5 November)
Miriam Margolyes returns to Park Theatre in the world premiere black comedy of Eugene O’Hare’s Sydney & The Old Girl, following the mutually assured destruction of a mother and son after sharing the same shabby house for 50 years. Directed by Phillip Breen.
The Snow Queen
4 December 2019 to 4 January 2020 (press night is 6 December)
From the team behind last year’s Christmas hit Peter Pan, a new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen closes the Park200 season, as Gerda embarks on an epic journey through the seasons to save her best friend. By Charles Way, directed by Abigail Anderson.
The Actor’s Nightmare
16 July to 10 August 2019 (press night is 19 July)
The UK premiere of The Actor’s Nightmare by Tony Award-winning playwright Christopher Durang and starring Meaghan Martin commences the new Park90 season, in a surreal distortion of classic plays that celebrate and satirise the theatre industry. Directed by Lydia Parker.
15 August to 7 September 2019 (press night is 16 August)
Based on a true story, Warheads asks what happens to youth when it’s sent to war, as it follows the lives of young British soldiers returning home from the front line. Written by Taz Skylar and Ross Berkeley Simpson, with spoken word by Suli Breaks, and directed by Toby Clarke. Cast includes Jahannah James, Sarah Naudi and Taz Skylar
18 September to 12 October 2019 (press night is 19 September)
Psychological thriller Black Chiffon by Lesley Storm follows the familial fallout when a wealthy, 20th century woman shoplifted in a moment of madness. Directed by Clive Brill.
15 October to 9 November 2019 (press night is 16 October)
Based on a 19th century true story from America, Kate Barton’s thriller Fast explores the horrific consequences of ‘Dr’ Linda Hazzard, who advocated a fasting-based miracle cure that captivated and then devastated a nation. Directed by Kate Valentine. Cast includes Caroline Lawrie.
13 November to 7 December 2019 (press night is 15 November 2019)
Olivia Olsen’s Stray Dogs is based on the true life events of the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, who was approached in 1940 to work for the Stalinist regime that had purged her husband and imprisoned her son. Directed by Robin Herford. Cast includes Olivia Olsen.
Martha, Josie And The Chinese Elvis
11 December 2019 to 4 January 2020 (press night is 13 December)
Concluding the Park90 season in December, Charlotte Jones’ quirky and kinky comedy Martha, Josie And The Chinese Elvis offers an alternative ‘adults only’ Christmas treat about a dominatrix whose favourite client decides to throw her a birthday party. Directed by Robert Wolstenholme.