Brush up your Shakespeare. Parker curates a year at The Hope Theatre

Matthew Parker has announced the spring season in his fully curated year of shows at The Hope Theatre, an award-winning performance space in North London.

The year features a mix of new writing and established work with a 50/50 gender split of writers and containing a world premiere directed by artistic director Parker.

2018 gets off to a bang as Louise Jameson (Dr Who, EastEnders) returns to The Hope Theatre following her award nominated performance in Two Short Plays About Gays last year.

Louise will appear in the two-hander My Gay Best Friend (Jan 9 – 27) – a heady mixture of high camp, melancholy reflection on friendships and the childhood dramas that haunt us all.

The award winning Pennyworth Productions bring their double bill Moments/Empty Beds from 30 Jan – 17 Feb.

In these productions Pennyworth explore modern loneliness, family tension and missed connections.

Written by emerging playwright Julia Cranney, these plays are funny, frank and touching in equal measure.

Award winning artistic director Matthew Parker helms the premiere of Robin Hooper’s Foul Pages (Feb 20 – 17 Mar).

The ex-literary manager of the Royal Court and Paines Plough has penned a fruity farce full of scandalous secrets, backstage betrayals and lusty liaisons.

You think you know your Shakespeare?… Think again. Foul Pages is the sixth in-house production from the award winning Hope Theatre team.

Five people’s lives intertwine in Our Big Love Story (20 Mar – 7 Apr), a tale of faith, prejudice, love and healing looking at radicalisation of young people and the struggle to keep faith after a traumatic event.

Written by Stephanie Silver it is a thought provoking, heartwarming and at funny look at how love, faith and coming together as a society really does make the world go around.

Completing the spring season is the European Premiere of Tim Luscombe’s Pig (10 – 28 April), delving into aspects of life that are frequently venal, unpleasant, disturbing and downright tragic.

Pig explores violent sex and sexual violence, punishment, redemption, ownership and sacrifice, self-harm and death-wish, role-play and fantasy, and the eroticism of violence and of HIV-Aids.

Said Matthew Parker: “I’m super excited by this eclectic new season looking at our lives in different ways and worlds.

“I’m particularly pleased to have a strong LGBTQ+ showing and a 50/50 split of female and male writers while we continue our commitment to the Equity Low Pay No Pay campaign.“

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