One Stage for three new productions at St James Theatre

Uncle Vanya

London’s St James Theatre is launching the One Stage season this September, a programme of work by emerging producers.

In the pipeline is:

Breeders: a new play by Ben Ockrent, produced by Vicky Graham
Uncle Vanya: a new version by Anya Reiss, produced by Emily Dobbs
Accolade: by Emlyn Williams, produced by Nicola Seed

In December, Stage One, the charity committed to developing and supporting producers for the commercial theatre industry, invited emerging producers to pitch a commercial production to a panel of industry professionals.

This panel selected three that it felt had commercial potential, and would most enhance the future prospects of the producer.

The season will open on September 3 with Breeders, a new comedy by Olivier-nominated and BAFTA long-listed writer Ben Ockrent.


Inspired by Ockrent’s real-life experience, the play offers a new perspective on how and why we make babies.

It follows the story of Andrea and her wife Caroline, with the help of Andrea’s brother, in a quest to have a child that shares both of their DNA.

From October 8, Emily Dobbs will produce a new version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya adapted by Anya Reiss and directed by Russell Bolam.

Since 2011 Emily, Anya and Russell have worked on a series of productions which would reignite Chekhov for a new audience.

Vanya, is the third production uniting this creative team and will further the fusion of a classic voice with a contemporary vitality.


The final production, opening November 12, producer Nicola Seed will present Accolade by Emlyn Williams.

With support from a Stage One Bursary, Nicola produced a critically acclaimed production of Accolade at the Finborough Theatre in 2011, for which Blanche was awarded Best Newcomer at the Critic’s Circle Awards.

As relevant now as when it was first staged in 1950, this contemporary tale of sex, scandal and blackmail was named Off West End Production of the Year 2011 by Time Out, and won three awards at the Off West End Awards in 2012 including Best Production and Best Director.

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