London’s St James’ Theatre today announces its spring 2016 season, comprising: the UK premiere of critically acclaimed Blitz-set play with music The Pianist of Willesden Lane, the world premiere of explosive new musical Miss Atomic Bomb and the first London revival for over 25 years of Charlotte Keatley’s award-winning debut play My Mother Said I Never Should.
James Albrecht, Creative Director of the St. James Theatre, comments:
“As we embark on our fourth year at the St James, it is a joy to be fulfilling our objective to present ambitious new plays, musical theatre and revivals of ground-breaking works, from both sides of the Atlantic. In our spring season we bring you absorbing and entertaining tales inspired by true stories and notable for their leading roles for women.
“US hit The Pianist of Willesden Lane makes its UK premiere at the St. James Theatre in January. Mona Golabek blends theatre and some of the world’s most beloved piano music played live, to tell her own family story of escape from Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport and survival in London during the Blitz.
“Musical theatre has become a key part of the programme at the St. James and in March we are thrilled to present the world premiere of our first new musical. Miss Atomic Bomb is a satirical tale with a warm glow, set in Nevada in 1952 and inspired by the unlikely confluence of tourism, the mob and the military at the time of the atomic bomb tests of the era.
“We end the spring season with a London revival of the world’s most performed play by a female playwright, My Mother Said I Never Should, a powerful story of love and jealousy between four generations of the same family.”
Following a successful launch period, the St. James Theatre is delighted to announce that new-writing initiative St. James RE:act will continue in 2016, with each production in the spring season being accompanied by a RE:act evening. RE:act gives emerging theatre makers the chance to create and stage response pieces to the main house show and aims to start creative conversations between participants, audiences and theatre professionals.
Tickets for all shows in the spring season will go on sale to St. James Theatre members on Thursday 22 October at 10am, St. James Theatre friends on Friday 23 October at 10am and on general sale on Saturday 24 October at 10am.
HERSHEY FELDER PRESENTS with Samantha F Voxakis, Karen Racanelli and Tom Wirtshafter
THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE
Wednesday 20 January – Saturday 27 February 2016
Press night: Friday 22 January 2016 at 7pm
Adapted and directed by Hershey Felder | Performed by Mona Golabek | Design by Hershey Felder and Trevor Hay | Lighting design by Christopher Rynne and Jason Bieber | Costume design by Jaclyn Maduff | Sound design by Erik Carstensen | Projection design by Andrew Wilder
Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen.
Set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitz, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist who is dreaming about her concert debut at Vienna’s storied Musikverein concert hall. But with the issuing of new ordinances under the Nazi regime, everything for Lisa changes, except for her love of music and the pursuit of her dream – as she is torn from her family and set onto the Kindertransport to London.
Featuring some of the world’s most beloved piano music played live on a Steinway concert grand piano, The Pianist of Willesden Lane is performer Mona Golabek’s true family story. The production makes its UK premiere at the St. James Theatre after critically acclaimed, sold out runs in New York, Chicago, Boston, Berkeley, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
Tanya Link Productions presents
MISS ATOMIC BOMB
Monday 7 March – Saturday 9 April 2016
Press night: Monday 14 March at 7pm
A new musical by Adam Long, Gabriel Vick and Alex Jackson-Long | Co-Directed and Choreographed by Olivier Award winner Bill Deamer| Co-Directed by Adam Long
Miss Atomic Bomb is inspired by the real life nuclear tests and beauty pageants of the era.
Welcome to Las Vegas in 1952, where every mushroom cloud has a silver lining and fallout is your friend. Tourists are going nuts for nuclear, sipping cocktails by hotel pools while watching atomic blasts ignite the desert sky.
But in the midst of this euphoria, our heroine Candy’s sheep have mysteriously died, Joey has deserted the army, fashionista Myrna is designing clothes for pigs, and the hapless manager of the Golden Goose still needs an atomic gimmick… In a city controlled by the mob and the military, and with a spy in their midst, time is running out for our four friends.
Tiny Fires presents
MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD
Wednesday 13 April – Saturday 21 May 2016
Press night: Monday 18 April at 7pm
By Charlotte Keatley | Directed by Paul Robinson | Designed by Signe Beckmann | Lighting by Johanna Town | Composed by Simon Slater
Doris, born illegitimate in 1900, exchanges her budding teaching career for marriage and motherhood. When the war is over her daughter Margaret marries an American and has Jackie, who becomes an archetypal 60s rebel. When Jackie can’t face being a single mother, it is decided that baby Rosie will be brought up as Margaret’s own. That’s the plan anyway.
Keatley’s award winning play is a moving exploration of the relationships between mothers and daughters and the consequences of breaking the most sacred taboo of motherhood. A play about the choices we make which determine the course of our lives and how it is never too late to change.