With a score by Grammy Award winner Jason Howland, Little Women (11 November-19 December 2021), based on the book by Louisa May Alcott, has book and lyrics by Allan Knee and Mindi Dickstein. The production will be directed by Bronagh Lagan (RAGS The Musical, Park Theatre).
Little Women is presented by Aria Entertainment, Hope Mill Theatre and Knockhardy Productions in association with Park Theatre.
Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment said: “We are all delighted to be bringing this beautiful musical to London after its European premiere in 2017. We hope it will bring much magic and joy to London’s Park Theatre this autumn and can’t wait to welcome audiences to see it.”
Hill and Brown’s work-in-progress Tony! [The Tony Blair Rock Opera] (22-24 October), directed by Peter Rowe, is the story of how one man went from peace-loving, long-haired hippy and would-be pop star to warmongering multimillionaire in just a couple of decades. It’s described as a “hilarious tragedy of political intrigue, religion, power and romance that plays fast and loose with the facts”.
The Christmas line-up at the venue will include Cratchit (7 December 2021-8 January 2022), written and directed by Alexander Knott (Private Peaceful, Bristol Old Vic). The play was originally entitled December and was filmed and streamed from the Old Red Lion Theatre last year to great acclaim. Reworked, Cratchit now receives its live world premiere at Park Theatre this Christmas.
Cratchit is presented by Jack Maple & Brian Zeilinger-Goode for MZG Theatre Productions in association with Bag Of Beard and Park Theatre.
This will be followed by Sarah-Louise Young’s cabaret Julie Madly Deeply (20 December-1 January) and Yes Queens (23 and 30 Dec) a late-night romp from the female-led improv comedy ensemble, featuring top UK talent from Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Austentatious and Mischief Theatre.
Completing the seasonal festivities is Five Little Christmas Monkeys (14-19 December), a show for children aged 2-6 from the makers of the smash hit Dogs Don’t Do Ballet.
Returning to Park Theatre with The 4th Country (12 January-5 February) following Kate Reid’s Entropy (Script Accelerator 2019), Plain Heroines is a female-led theatre company which makes funny plays about difficult subjects. Set in 2019, it unearths a dark family history in a thought provoking look at modern Northern Ireland and who tells its stories.
Artistic director Jez Bond said:
“We can’t wait to bring the spirit of Christmas back to Finsbury Park with a top class selection of seasonal shows full of music, heart and laughter. There’s something for everyone to enjoy in our new season, with musicals, comedy, cabaret and drama in equal measure.
“It’s been fantastic to see audiences returning to our theatre and we need the support of booking audiences now more than ever as we strive to build a strong foundation for the future. We’ll be keeping some Covid safety measures in place over the winter so audiences can book with confidence and enjoy being back at the theatre for their Christmas treat.”