Jermyn Street Theatre gets to the Heart Of Things in landmark season

The Heart of Things

A season of two premieres and a revival will kick off Jermyn Street Theatre’s 21st anniversary year, it has been announced.

Running from January to April, the line up is made up James Hogan’s two works Ivy & Joan; The Last of The De Mullins by Edwardian playwright St John
Hankin and The Heart of Things by the writer of the acclaimed The Art of Concealment, Giles Cole.

Two intimate, funny and heartbreaking tales of love and loss, the previously announced Ivy & Joan, starring Lynne Miller and Jack Klaff, opens the season on January 6.

Playwright James Hogan’s work has been performed at various London fringe venues including the Gate Theatre, The Cockpit, The Old Red Lion, and The King’s Head.

He founded Oberon Books in 1986 championing plays by unknown writers and publishing them in high quality editions.

A month later Stephen McGill and Joel Marvin present The Last of the De Mullins.

Set in the Edwardian England of 1908, the work is startlingly modern in its outlook.

As the suffragette movement grows, one woman, Janet De Mullins, defies her family and the traditions of the age, rejoicing in being a working mother and refusing to be tied to the institution of marriage.

But her independence threatens the family line. The Last of the De Mullins first premiered in 1908 at the Haymarket Theatre, London.

This production, directed by Joshua Stamp-Simon, will be the play’s first professional staging in Britain since 1909.

Its author, St John Hankin, also a Times theatre critic, has been described as the comic bridge between Wilde and Coward and a contemporary and admired colleague of Shaw.

The season ends with Close Quarter’s premiere of The Heart of Things by Giles Cole.

Over a weekend in May 2010, in the aftermath of the last general election, the political parties are wrangling over who will form the coalition government.

Meanwhile, in a village near the Norfolk coast, a disillusioned English teacher and parttime election volunteer comes home for a rare visit and tries to put his life in order.

But he finds that the politics of family life can be every bit
as vindictive and unpredictable as the Whitehall variety, and alliances can be made or broken without warning.

The Heart of Things explores the themes of family, ambition, love and loyalty … and birthdays. It examines the conundrum that exists in sexual identity and the ‘minor disturbances’ that have far-reaching effects in people’s private lives.

The play was written in tandem with The Art of Concealment – from the same creative team, which transferred the production to Riverside Studios from Jermyn Street Theatre in 2012 following critical acclaim.

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