Growing global discontent has been the hallmark of 2018, and 2019 is looking even worse. The last few years have marked a rise of the far-right, but theatremakers in opposition are letting audiences know it from the stage. Some of the best shows of this year show anger, fear, uncertainty or simply let the world know that enough is enough – it’s time for a fairer, more peaceful society that pays homage to all of its people.
The Gate Theatre has announced its next production, Dear Elizabeth, a two-hander by award-winning US playwright Sarah Ruhl, directed by Ellen McDougall. The piece, running at the venue from 17 January to 9 February 2019 (press nights are 22 and 23 January 2019), will be performed by a series of guest actors including Travis Alabanza, Jade Anouka, Tim Crouch, Tamsin Greig and Alex Jennings.
Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place is being staged for the first time at London’s Gate Theatre. It may be difficult to know what to expect from an acclaimed non-fiction book being brought to the stage, so get a feel for the four-star show with footage of extracts performed by stars Cherelle Skeete & Nicola Alexis
The Gate Theatre’s artistic director Ellen McDougall has announced her second season at the Notting Hill venue with highlights including a new translation of Jean Cocteau’s The Human Voice by Daniel Raggett who also directs, and A Small Place, adapted from the book by Jamaica Kincaid and directed by Anna Himali Howard.