Sam Hodges the new artistic director of Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre, isn’t resting on his laurels after a sensational debut season.
Spring/ summer promises massive tragedy, original premieres and one of theatre’s funniest comedies.
The new season will feature two new Nuffield co-productions, The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary! and Noises Off, alongside six visiting productions by nationally and internationally renowned companies.
The season begins with Madame Bovary, a collaboration between Nuffield, Peepolykus, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Bristol Old Vic and Royal & Derngate, Northampton.
Gustave Flaubert’s seminal 19th century novel has been lovingly derailed by John Nicholson and Javier Marzan of Peepolykus and will be directed by Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse’s artistic director Gemma Bodinetz.
A bijoux cast of just five – with a fair amount of doubling – will create an absurd take on the traditional tale.
Another collaborative effort for Michael Frayn’s hilarious multi award-winning Noises Off coming to the theatre courtesy of the Nuffield, Nottingham Playhouse and Northern Stage.
This riotous comedy serves up an irresistible glimpse into the onstage and backstage antics of a touring company as they hurtle towards a disastrous first night.
The rest of the season features a host of visiting companies who will present a collection of classics and popular titles retold.
The Curve Leicester and Rose Theatre Kingston will bring their production of the wicked Roald Dahl story The Witches, followed by an Eclipse Theatre Company, Sheffield Theatres, and Belgrade Theatre Coventry co-production of the American classic A Raisin in the Sun, a ferocious portrayal of working class life on the cusp of the American civil rights era.
In April there’s Filter’s explosive take on William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night followed by Get Carter, Northern Stage’s dark and stylish new adaptation of the classic Newcastle-noir thriller.
The farewell tour of the award winning West End hit The 39 Steps is also programmed. Alfred Hitchcock’s spy thriller is brilliantly and hilariously recreated for the stage, with four actors playing 139 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action.
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk brings the spring/summer season to a close. This Kneehigh and Bristol Old Vic co-production, written by Daniel Jamieson, traces a young couple as they navigate Pogroms, the Russian Revolution, and each other.
Said Hodges: “We are especially thrilled to present two new Nuffield productions this season. We are really looking forward to our 2016 season, it promises a full programme of bold, funny, classic and stylish theatre, and welcomes some of the most exciting theatre companies from across the UK to join us.”
Tickets for the new season will be on sale from tomorrow.