Autumn preview – New Diorama Theatre

Down and Out in Paris and London. Images Richard Davenport.
Down and Out in Paris and London. Images Richard Davenport.

London’s New Diorama Theatre celebrates its fifth birthday with a season of powerful, innovative, theatrically and thematically diverse productions by a range of exceptional emerging theatre companies from across the UK.

Its autumn season features new partnerships with Watermill Theatre and Hull Truck, transferring the best regional talent to the London stage.

There are extended runs of provocative and highly popular productions from New Diorama’s in-house company PIT, The Faction and Engineer Theatre Collective.

The season also sees the return of acclaimed Shakespeare in Shoreditch and Incoming Festivals.

As well as a staggering range of brand new productions, extended runs, London premieres and theatre festivals, the theatre continues to work with venues such as The Lowry and Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatres, as well as regional producing outfits, such as Dep Arts.

Kicking the season off on September 15 is Hull-based company, Silent Uproar, who present the London premiere of Alex Oates’ brand new perspective on modern policing, Pig.

This dark comedy combines live music with performance to explore both sides of the thin blue line.

James Yeatman returns with his own company, Kandinsky, whose intensely physical new production Dog Show is inspired by the true story of the Hong Kong’s infamous serial dog murderer.

Shakespeare In Shoreditch takes place at the end of September and, in the New Year, NDT Associate Ensemble The Faction return with Richard III, performed alongside a revival of its hugely popular series of powerful, stylish solo mini-adaptations of popular classics.

Down & Out credit Richard Davenport 2

In-house company PIT presents a radical stage adaptation of Orwell’s Down & Out In Paris And London in a co-production with Greenwich and Pleasance Theatres.

Written and directed by New Diorama’s artistic & executive director David Byrne, this adaptation, the first in 35 years, combines Orwell’s autobiographical tale with Polly Toynbee’s 2003 book Hard Work, which saw her experience the lives of London’s working poor first hand.

New Diorama Theatre, in Triton Street, is a pioneering new venue in the heart of London dedicated to providing a home for theatre ensembles, both emerging and established, from across the UK.

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