London’s Park Theatre has announced its new January to June 2019 season featuring seven world and four UK/European premieres. The 13 productions include an array of new plays from celebrated writers, new work developed through Park Theatre’s Script Accelerator programme and scripts based on true stories and personal accounts.
- Miles Jupp explores the life of Walt Disney actor David Tomlinson in The Life I Lead
- A new historical play considers how Denmark’s Jewish population avoided the worst of the Second World War in Rosenbaum’s Rescue
- An insight into a uniquely divisive politician in The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson
- An ageing thespian directs a theatre class inside a maximum-security prison in Intra Muros
- Blue Peter daredevil Peter Duncan stars as a pantomime dame returning to his northern roots in The Dame
- A father takes his gay teenage son to Thailand in My Dad’s Gap Year
- The UK premiere of Martin Sherman’s Gently Down the Stream directed by Sean Mathias, marking the playwright’s 80th birthday year
Artistic Director Jez Bond said: “With a season that includes British, American, French, Danish and Vietnamese playwrights, I’m excited to announce an eclectic season of predominantly new writing that promises something for everyone.”
9 January to 9 February 2019 (Press night is 15 January)
The world premiere of historical drama Rosenbaum’s Rescue by A. Bodin Saphir opens the new Park200 season, as the true mystery of how over 7,000 Danish Jews managed to evade the Nazi peril in the Second World War is explored through the stories of two childhood friends. Directed by Kate Fahy.
Gently Down the Stream
13 February to 16 March 2019 (Press night is 18 February)
Following a critically acclaimed run at the Public Theater in New York, Martin Sherman’s Gently Down the Stream celebrates and mourns the men and women who led the way for marital equality, directed by Sean Mathias (No Man’s Land).
The Life I Lead
18 March to 30 March 2019 (press night is 19 March)
Leading actor and comedian Miles Jupp stars in The Life I Lead, filling in the blanks behind the well-known face of Walt Disney’s favourite English gent, David Tomlinson. Jonathan Church Productions and Exeter Northcott Theatre in association with Park Theatre present this world premiere, written by James Kettle and directed by Selina Cadell.
3 April to 4 May 2019 (Press night is 5 April)
Parisian playwright Alexis Michalik’s Intra Muros follows: as ageing thespian Richard prepares to direct his first theatre class inside a maximum-security prison, assisted by his ex-wife and an inexperienced social worker. Translated by Pamela Hargreaves and directed by Ché Walker.
The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson
9 May to 8 June 2019 (Press night is 13 May 2018)
Jonathan Maitland returns to Park Theatre with The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson in a timely comedy drama navigating the mind of one of the most divisive politicians of our time. Directed by Lotte Wakeham.
13 June to 13 July 2019
Written by Meghan Kennedy, Napoli, Brooklyn closes the Park200 season, in a family drama set in 1960 New York, as three Italian American sisters become torn between their heritage and their changing neighbourhood.
2 January to 26 January 2019 (Press night is 4 January)
The Dame by Katie Duncan commences the new Park90 season, as former Blue Peter presenter and actor Peter Duncan stars as a seasoned pantomime dame who returns to his Northern roots. Directed by Ian Talbot.
My Dad’s Gap Year
30 January to 23 February 2019 (Press night is 1 Feb 2018)
Based on true events, Tom Wright’s comedy My Dad’s Gap Year follows, as a father in mid-life freefall takes his repressed, gay, teenage son on a wild adventure to Thailand. Directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair, the cast includes Victoria Gigante.
We’re Staying Right Here
26 February to 23 March 2019 (Press night is 1 March)
A male comedian struggling with depression is fighting his own war in jet-black comedy We’re Staying Right Here. Written by Henry Devas, directed by Jez Pike.
27 March – 20 April 2019 (Press night is 29 March)
Poignant love story Cry Havoc explores the relationship between the Western world and the Islamic Middle East through two men asking if love can bridge the divide. Written by Tom Coash and directed by Pamela Schermann.
Hell Yes I’m Tough Enough
24 April to 18 May 2019 (Press night is 26 April)
Modern historical satire Hell Yes I’m Tough Enough follows a fictionalised pre-Brexit election circuit with a look at the pantomime of British politics. Written by Ben Alderton, directed by Roland Reynolds.
Beneath the Blue Rinse
21 May to 15 June 2019 (Press night is 24 May)
Exploding stereotypes associated with the elderly, Beneath the Blue Rinse is a high octane comedy from Tom Glover about a feisty 75-year-old who takes a con artist hostage. Cast includes Kevin Tomlinson.
18 June to 13 July 2019 (Press night is 24 June)
Concluding the Park90 season, Tuyen Do’s family saga Summer Rolls follows the dual journey of a second-generation Vietnamese woman pursuing prosperity, anchored by her war-torn family’s heritage. VanThanh Productions in association with Park Theatre present the world premiere directed by Kristine Landon-Smith.