Marks & Gran Love Me Do in autumn season at Watford Palace Theatre

Love Me Do

Watford Palace Theatre’s autumn season starts off with the première of Laurence Marks & Maurice Gran’s new drama, Love Me Do.

Co-directed by WPT’s artistic director, Brigid Larmour, and Shona Morris, the play, set during the Cuban Missile Crisis, runs at the venue from September 27.

Who do you turn to when the world is about to end? In the shadow of the biggest crisis to face the world in modern times, two Americans stranded in London find they can’t escape each other.

A funny, touching physical theatre production of a new play set at the height of the Cold War.

From the Olivier award-nominated writers of Von Ribbentrop’s Watch, and award-winning TV comedy creators of Goodnight Sweetheart, Shine on Harvey Moon and returning hit Birds of a Feather.

Among the remaining season highlights is a co-production from Rifco Arts and Watford Palace Theatre of Harvey Virdi’s Happy Birthday Sunita.

It stars Ameet Chana (Eastenders, Bend it Like Beckham), Russell Floyd (Sir Courtly Nice – RSC, Eastenders, The Bill), Goldy Notay (It’s a Wonderful Afterlife, Akbar & Tony) and Clara Indrani (Hollyoaks).

The Johal family invites you to a surprise birthday party for Sunita, but as the curries simmer and rotis are smothered in butter, years of family drama bubbling under the surface start to boil over.

A new comedy drama about family, from the producers of Britain’s Got Bhangra and Break the Floorboards.

Tour dates include: Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton 23 – 27 Sep; West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds 1 – 4 Oct; Oldham Coliseum Theatre 7 – 11 Oct; Mercury Theatre, Colchester 21 Oct.

Coming straight from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Pioneer (Aug 29/30) is set in the near future.

An Indian flight director prepares to lead three astronauts on a mission to Mars, watched by two billion people; two brothers travel across Siberia in search of Russian cosmism; and a young Dutch astronaut on Mars realises that something terrible has happened to her partner.

Roy Williams has adapted Sophocles’ Antigone for a co-production from Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East coming to WPT in November.

It is a timeless story about loyalty and truth, human nature and human behaviour – and about what happens when one person takes a stand against the rules.

The Angry Brigade by James Graham is another first.

Directed by James Grieve and produced by Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Plymouth, it comes to the venue in October.

Against a backdrop of Tory cuts, high unemployment and the deregulated economy of 1970’s Britain, a young urban guerilla group mobilises: The Angry Brigade.

Their targets: MPs. Embassies. Police. Pageant Queens.

A world of order is shattered by anarchy. The rules have changed. An uprising has begun. No one is exempt.

As a special police squad hunt the home-grown terrorists whose identities shocked the nation, James Graham’s heart-stopping thriller lures us into a frenzied world that looks much like our own.

English Touring Theatre drop in with Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (Oct 28-Nov 1) and Ballet Black presents a mixed programme of dance on Nov 18.

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