Old comics, new stories to tell. Park Theatre announces autumn season

Park Theatre’s new season, announced today, includes seven premieres, three celebrated revivals and a brace of homegrown productions.

Artistic director Jez Bond says: “It’s heartening to be able to present so many plays which at their heart are simply wonderful, engaging stories which deal with many themes – race, mental health, dementia, FGM – that are so pertinent in today’s society”.

The world premiere of black comedy End Of The Pier (July 11 – Aug 11) by Danny Robins opens the new season in PARK200.

Les Dennis stars alongside Blake Harrison, Nitin Ganatra and Tala Gouveia as a former comedy presenter and national treasure thrust back into the limelight, at the centre of a media frenzy.

Bobby was once a household name with 20 million TV viewers – but now the laughter has faded.

Resigned to a life of solitude and second-rate panto performances, his glory days are behind him.

When Michael, the nation’s favourite comedian, arrives at his door asking desperately for help to save his career, Bobby is unwillingly thrown into the limelight once again.

A dark question lurks behind the laughs: What if, inside, you’re not the person everyone thinks you are?

A revival of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Aug 15 – Sept 15) follows, with a cast that includes real life mother and daughter Sally George and Rafaella Hutchinson, and Jamie Rose Monk.

Funny, brutal, beautiful and sad, Jim Cartwright’s timeless and ultimately uplifting tale is a comic tragedy about finding your voice in a noisy world.

Karen Archer stars as a brilliant neurologist studying dementia who develops the condition herself, in the world premiere of psychological thriller The Other Place (Sep 19 – Oct 20).

Directed by Claire van Kampen, Sharr White’s brilliantly crafted and emotionally charged psychological thriller tells the story of confident, intelligent and highly successful neurologist, Juliana Smithton, whose life implodes.

While delivering a lecture to a roomful of doctors, she’s interrupted by a series of disturbing events.

With her husband filing for divorce and her health in the balance, Juliana’s life suddenly starts unravelling.

Joanna Murray-Smith’s unflinching portrait of what happens when a secure marriage suddenly stalls comes next, in a revival of Honour (Oct 25 – Nov 24).

Often compared to David Hare’s Skylight and Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, Honour paints an unflinching portrait of what happens when a secure marriage suddenly stalls, and when the opportunity arises for one life to be revived at the expense of another.

A revival of J.M. Barrie’s original 1904 play of Peter Pan closes the PARK200 season, as the family favourite from Neverland takes flight on stage.

Alkaline (July 10 – Aug 4) by Stephanie Martin opens the new PARK90 season, in a home-grown production about a woman who converts to Islam and the effects it has on her relationship with her best friend.

The world premiere of Spiral (Aug 7 – Sept 1) the story of two troubled women, exploring issues surrounding teen runaways, abuse and bullying.

Distance (Sept 5 – 29) follows, telling the story of Stephen: a man trying to make sense of his world.

The only male-directed play in PARK90’s season shines a light on male depression and suicide – the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.

During Black History Month, Bullet Hole (Oct 2 – 27) takes a stark look at female genital mutilation through the eyes of three Londoners, as their different cultures and backgrounds come together.

A Pupil (Oct 31 – Nov 24) follows the story of Simona, a disgraced former violinist preparing to end her life, who is persuaded to tutor an aspiring musician, throwing her plans into disarray.

Ending the season is Dialektikon,(Dec 6 – 29) which follows the story of Miranda as she delves into the underworlds.

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