London’s Park Theatre finds its funny bone with a new spring season programme that’s heavy on comedy and features an array of new writing across both spaces, together with a long awaited European premiere, an acclaimed musical and a drama revival.
Artistic director Jez Bond said: “Our new season is full of firsts. There’s a whole host of new writing, including the world premiere of Madame Rubinstein which has been developed and co-produced by Park Theatre and that I’m thrilled to be directing”.
David Spicer’s hilarious new comedy Raising Martha, starring Morgana Robinson, Joel Fry, Jasper Britton and Tom Bennett opens the spring season (Jan 11 – Feb 11).
Raising Martha absurdly tackles the timely issues of terrorism, civil rights and six-foot frogs! We follow the fortunes of a family frog farm in rural England and the efforts of the local constabulary to establish the exact whereabouts of the family’s long dead mother.
Action to the Word’s award-winning all-male version of Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange follows (Feb 14-March 18) with a blend of electrifying and testosterone filled physical theatre.
This horror show exquisitely captures and transcends the spirit of Anthony Burgess’ original literary masterpiece, luring its audience into the glorious glass-edged nastiness of Manchester’s underworld.
A playtime of orgiastic ultraviolence and sexuality, it’s the story of little Alex and his Droogs in their battle against the tedium of adolescence. An unapologetic celebration of the human condition, it remains as terrifyingly relevant today as when the book was published in 1962 and when Stanley Kubrick’s controversial film caused a stir in 1971.
Tony award-winning and Pulitzer prize finalist David Henry Hwang returns to Park Theatre following the success, in 2013, of Yellow Face with the European premiere of his Broadway hit comedy, Chinglish (March 22 – April 22).
Daniel, an American, wants to open up China for his business. There are only three things standing in his way: he can’t speak the language, he can’t learn the customs, and he’s falling in love with the one woman he can’t have.
Hwang’s hilarious comedy about the misadventures of miscommunication explores the modern difficulty of doing business between East and West.
There is also a brand new comedy, Madame Rubinstein (April 26 – May 27), starring the BAFTA award-winning Miriam Margolyes, about the woman who invented beauty, Helena Rubinstein.
Set against the glamorous skylines of 1950s Manhattan, world-leading cosmetics entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein is locked in a power struggle with rivals Elizabeth Arden and Revlon.
From humble beginnings as a Polish-Jewish immigrant, this is the story behind one of the best-known faces in the world of beauty. But as her professional and family conflicts reach fever pitch, will the ghosts of a turbulent past topple one of the world’s richest businesswomen?
The season in Park200 ends with the world premiere of Twitstorm by Chris England, a hilarious exploration of what can happen when the self-righteousness of social media gets out of hand.
Guy Manton is a national treasure, the much-loved host of a caustic television panel show, until a throwaway remark is inadvertently shared with the whole world, and before Guy knows what is happening he is being battered by the Twitstorm.
On the venue’s second stage, PARK 90, there is the London premiere of the punchy black comedy, The Albatross 3rd & Main, (Jan 10-Feb 4) exploring the flip side of the American dream.
Brigit Forsyth and daughter Zoe Mills star in Killing Time (Feb 7-March 4), inspired by an original cello composition by Brigit Forsyth, this new comedy that explores inspiration, music, life and the right to die.
Michelle Collins will star in the world premiere of A Dark Night in Dalston (March 7-April 1), a funny and touching two-hander written by award-winning writer Stewart Permutt.
Hot Coals Theatre returns with Finders Keepers (April 4-29), a fun filled, highly visual piece inspired by the story of Moses, fully inclusive for both Deaf and hearing audiences.
Acclaimed rock musical tick, tick… BOOM! (May 3-27) by Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winner Jonathan Larson tells the story of the sacrifices he made to achieve his big break in theatre.
Buckland Theatre Company closes the PARK90 season with Marius von Mayenberg’s The Ugly One (June 1-24), translated by Maja Zade. 2016 JMK award-winner Roy Alexander Weise directs this razor-sharp comedy about beauty, identity and doing what it takes to get to the top.