Watford Palace spring season scores with revolt, rugby and The Absence Of War

The Deranged Marriage

Watford Palace Theatre’s spring season is diverse, ranging from a world premiere about the birth of a nation to scoring with a rugby drama.

There’s dance, home produced productions and the best of touring shows, including a revival of the David Hare political satire The Absence of War.

The season kicks off with Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Jefferson’s Garden

Directed by WPT artistic director, Brigid Larmour, this world premiere is a gripping, powerful, entertaining and timely play from the internationally acclaimed writer of the award-winning Our Country’s Good.

Set in America in 1776, a young Quaker is fired up by dreams of revolution.

Jeffersons Garden

Thomas Jefferson is an idealist with a vision of liberty for all despite America being a fractured coalition of states, amidst a bloody war for independence.

How will he balance the ideal with the reality? Susanna was born a slave and knows it is the British who promise to liberate any slave who joins their fight against the revolution. Where does true freedom lie?

Watford Palace Theatre, Tiata Fahodzi and West Yorkshire Playhouse present Boi Boi is Dead by Zodwa Nyoni.

Zodwa Nyoni’s first full length play is a funny and striking exploration of family, loss and the future of a new generation.

Afro-Jazz sensation, father and playboy, Boi Boi is dead and will never be forgotten.

Left to pick up the pieces after her lover’s death, Miriam’s grief is interrupted when his ex-wife and brother show up to stake their claim on name and property.

The smash hit show, The Deranged Marriage from the Palace’s resident company Rifco Arts, is back for its 10th anniversary.

Rishi and Sona have agreed to get married in the traditional way and the whirlwind wedding circus is on the move – with or without them.

Their frenzied families go into overdrive to ensure this is the most elaborate wedding ever seen, but hidden among the show-off dance numbers and sparkling saris, a forbidden love story starts to unfold and cold feet threaten the celebrations.

The Absence Of War

Headlong, Rose Theatre Kingston and Sheffield Theatres are touring David Hare’s The Absence of War, directed by Jeremy Herrin.

George Jones, the charismatic leader of the Labour Party, needs to get out of opposition and into Number 10.

Plagued by a hostile media, beset by divisions in his party and haunted by his own demons, George has three weeks to convince the Great British public that he’s their man. How much compromise is he prepared to make?

Talawa Theatre Company and Royal Exchange Theatre bring Arthur Miller’s All My Sons.

It’s 1947, and Joe and Kate Keller, an all American couple, are living with the ghosts of World War II.

Joe is successful – a self-made businessman, loving father and pillar of the community. He is partner in a machine shop building fighter plane parts.

Joe and Kate’s happiness is clouded by one thing – their son is missing in action, presumed dead by all but his mother.

This searing investigation of honesty, guilt and the corrupting power of greed is from the company behind the acclaimed Moon on a Rainbow Shawl.

Max Stafford-Clark directs the acclaimed Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage by Robin Soans.

On the eve of one of the most important games of his career, Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas received a warning: The Sun newspaper was about to ‘out’ him as gay.

This is the story of two Welsh names bruised, but not beaten, by media speculation: Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas – 105 caps for Wales and now the world’s most prominent gay sportsman – and his hometown of Bridgend.

This is a great story about sport, politics, secrets, life and learning to be yourself.

For the full programme go to the theatre’s website www.watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

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