Rachael Stirling back at Watford Palace Theatre for Bartlett’s An Intervention

An Intervention

Watford Palace Theatre is gearing for a great spring season that starts off with the return of Rachael Stirling in the world première of Mike Bartlett’s new play, An Intervention.

An Intervention is the latest co-production from WPT and Paines Plough, the company behind last spring’s award-winning Jumpers for Goalposts; and forms part of Paines Plough’s 40th Anniversary Season.

Rachael played the title role in the venue’s co-production of Medea in 2012 – adapted by Mike Bartlett – and has more recently starred in ITV’s The Bletchely Circle.

Starring alongside her will be John Hollingworth who last appeared at Watford in Our Country’s Good in 2012.

An Intervention is about two friends. One of them went on an anti-war protest, shouted their lungs out, then got horrendously and staggeringly drunk.

The other stayed at home, watched TV for a bit, and thought about the future.

Running from April 16-May 3.

It is followed by Deborah McAndrew’s An August Bank Holiday Lark running May 6–10.

Northern Broadsides and the New Vic Theatre mark the centenary of the start of the First World War with the world première of a moving new play.

Taking its title from a line in Philip Larkin’s poem MCMXIV, An August Bank Holiday Lark explores the impact of the First World War on a rural community in East Lancashire.

Through the lens of traditional rural life, the play follows the stories of the people of the village and witnesses their personal transitions from exuberance to touching naivety as they deal with their loss with courage and humanity.

Fourteen by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti takes to the stage on May 21 for four days.

The playwright draws on her own life growing up in Watford for a bittersweet drama that is set in 1983.

Election fever hits Watford. Brainbox Tina loves The Jam and Keats and Cassiobury Park. She’s planning to wipe the floor with the Lower Sixth girls in the school debate: ‘This house believes that an OXO cube has a greater function than Princess Diana’.

But her parents are always shouting, her mum says she’s developing too quickly, and her best friend Sharon has a dark secret.

Thirty years later, Tina’s life hasn’t turned out quite how it was supposed to…

The Epic Adventure of Nhamo the Manyika Warrior and His Sexy Wife Chipo by Denton Chikura runs from May 29-31.

Nhamo, a dashing young goatherd, stumbles upon a mysterious Narrator who has just hours to complete his masterpiece: the ultimate African TV drama.

All that’s missing is a hero and Nhamo fits the bill – if he can defeat his arch nemesis, woo the girl of his dreams, appeal to audiences the world over and learn his lines. By midnight.

This madcap farce from one of the leading British-African theatre companies, turns storytelling on its head in a Zimbabwean comedy of epic…epicness.

And for those who couldn’t get tickets to see Simon Russell-Beale’s acclaimed turn at The National Theatre as King Lear, Watford Palace Theatre is screening the production as part of the NTLive initiative on May 4.

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