Hell yes! Boris Johnson heads international season at Park Theatre

London’s Park Theatre’s “eclectic” spring season features everything from Boris Johnson to David Tomlinson.

Featuring seven world and four UK/European premieres, the 13 productions include an array of new plays from celebrated writers, new work developed through the theatre and scripts based on true stories and personal accounts.

Artistic director Jez Bond says: “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.”

The world premiere of A Bodin Saphir’s historical drama Rosenbaum’s Rescue opens the new Park200 season.

Moving and funny, this sharp and intriguing new play unravels the stories of two childhood friends and one of history’s most compelling mysteries.

It tells the true mystery about how more than 7,000 Danish Jews managed to evade the Nazis in WWII, explored through the stories of two childhood friends.

Martin Sherman’s Gently Down The Stream makes its UK debut 40 years after his celebrated modern classic Bent.

It reveals the journey of gay history and celebrates the men and women who led the way for equality, marriage and the right to dream, directed by Sean Mathias (No Man’s Land).

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 (previously announced on Stage Review. Full details click HERE).

Multi Molière Award-winning, 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.

Full of Michalik’s trademark sharp wit and extraordinary method of storytelling, including a live on-stage DJ; this multi-faceted, provocative comedy drama questions our concept of time and its effect on the human spirit.

Jonathan Maitland returns to Park Theatre with the premiere of The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson, a timely comedy drama navigating the mind of one of the most divisive politicians of our time.

It was the dinner that changed history: the night, in February 2016. when Boris Johnson decided to vote ‘leave’.

Guests included fellow MP Michael Gove, media mogul Evgeny Lebedev and, for Boris at least, the spirits of prime ministers past – Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill and Tony Blair.

The only question on everyone’s minds is – will the Foreign Secretary come and see it?

Meghan Kennedy’s enthralling coming-of-age tale, 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.

The Park90 season kicks off with actor and former Blue Peter presenter, Peter Duncan, starring in The Dame.

Written by daughter Katie Duncan and directed by award-winning Ian Talbot, The Dame tells the story of a seasoned Pantomime Dame who returns to his Northern roots.

It goes inside an entertainer’s mind to expose the fragile creature beneath the make-up, bluster and bravado. However many masks we wear; the truth will always be revealed.

Based on true events, Tom Wright’s wickedly funny and heartfelt 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.

The season continues with the darkly comic, We’re Staying Right Here, about a male comedian struggling with depression, and the poignant love story, Cry Havoc, which explores the relationship between the Western world and the Islamic Middle East.

It concludes with modern modern historical satire Hell Yes I’m Tough Enough which looks at the pantomime of British politics.

There’s comedy, Beneath The Blue Rinse, exploding stereotypes associated with the elderly, and Tuyen Do’s family saga, Summer Rolls which follows the dual journey of a second-generation Vietnamese woman pursuing prosperity, anchored by her war-torn family’s heritage.

Park200 Listings

Rosenbaum’s Rescue, January 9 – February 9
Gently Down The Stream, February 13 – March 16
The Life I Lead, March 18 – 30
Intra Muros, April 3 – May 4
The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson, May 9 – June 8
Napoli, Brooklyn, June 13 – July 13.

Park90

The Dame, January 2 – 26
My Dad’s Gap Year, January 30 – February 23
We’re Staying Right Here, February 26 – March 23
Cry Havoc, March 27 – April 20
Hell Yes I’m Tough Enough, April 24 – May 18
Beneath The Blue Rinse, May 21 – June 15
Summer Rolls, June 18 – July 13.

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