Listings, November 2016

Andy Jordan Productions and The Elysium Theatre Company presents
STRINDBERG’S WOMEN:
THE STRONGER, and the London premiere of STORM, two short plays by August Strindberg

JERMYN STREET THEATRE, London, November 2nd – 26th, 2016.
Box Office: 020 7287 2875. www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk

Directed by Jake Murray, translated by Michael Meyer

Two great plays by a master dramatist, each one a tense psychological study of love, marriage, sexuality, and the war of wills between men and women, exploring the intoxification that is love, and what it does to us all when caught in its grip.

THE STRONGER
A wife is tormented knowing her husband is sleeping with a younger woman, whom she confronts, determined to show she will be the stronger. Powerful and claustrophobic, The Stronger is the only play Strindberg wrote solely for women actors.

STORM – London Premiere of Michael Meyer’s translation
A man seeks peace and refuge in a remote house, when the woman he once loved walks back into his life. As old passions and angers rise again, the two seek some form of reconciliation and forgiveness, but is it possible after so much has passed between them, or will the storm break again?

August Strindberg is one of the geniuses of modern drama. Controversial, provocative and daring, his most famous plays include MISS JULIE, THE FATHER and THE DANCE OF DEATH, all of which deal with the incendiary fallout from the battle of the sexes.

Performed together for the first time in this country, THE STRONGER and STORM, are a testament to the power of Strindberg’s writing. Love and hate, sex and jealousy do battle in an electrifying evening’s theatre.

Directed by Jake Murray (Royal Exchange, Manchester; Tricycle Theatre, London; Minerva Theatre, Chichester).
Produced by Andy Jordan (Shakespeare’s Globe; Trafalgar Studios, London; BBC Radio Drama).

The Project

The two plays have never been seen together in London on one bill, and one of them, Storm, has never been seen in London before. They both offer terrific roles for leading actors, as is the case with so many of Strindberg’s plays. Both texts are emotionally intense, almost violently impassioned, as well being atmospherically rich and theatrically dynamic. The plays are combative, women against women, husbands and wives fighting for power and control, children taking sides against parents. One of the great theatrical innovators, Strindberg remains one of the most controversial of playwrights, famous for his raw, untrammelled, brazenly non-politically correct explorations of what binds and attracts women to men, and of the uncontrollable rivalries that can separate them.

PERFORMANCE DATES, TIMES & TICKETS
Production opens on Wednesday 2nd November, 2016, for previews. Press Night Opening Night, Monday 7th November. Show closes Saturday 26th November, 2016. Performances: Monday - Saturday, 7.30pm, with Saturday matinees at 3.30pm. Ticket prices £22.00, £18.00, and £17.00 (if booked before 3/10).

PERFORMANCE VENUE
JERMYN STREET THEATRE, 16b Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6ST. Box Office: 020 7287 2875. Administration Office: 020 7434 1443. Artistic Director: Anthony Biggs. General Manager: Penny Horner. Web: www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk

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IN LOVE AND WARCRAFT
Theatre N16
6-17 November 2016

What A Nice Production is proud to announce the cast for the London professional premiere of In Love and Warcraft, which will be performed at Theatre N16, Balham, in November.

Joining What A Nice Production’s founder Charlotte Nice (Evie) are Sophie Kisilevsky (Kitty), Daniel McKee (Raul), Mitchell Snell (Ryan), Tamsin Newlands (Female) and David Fenne (Male).

In Love and Warcraft will be directed by Royal Central School of Speech and Drama graduate, David Thackeray.

David said “I am thrilled to have such a lovely and exciting cast. I really can't wait to get into the rehearsal room and explore this story together.”

In Love and Warcraft, the award-winning romantic comedy by Madhuri Shekar, tells a story of love and friendship in the 21st Century and shows how, sometimes, you have to lose yourself online to find yourself offline.

Evie has it all figured out. She’s a college senior who wants a sex-free life and plenty of time to retreat into the comfort of her laptop. Not only does she command a top-ranked guild in Warcraft with her online boyfriend, she also makes cash on the side writing love letters for people who've screwed up their relationships. After all, love is like Warcraft; it's all about strategies, game plans, and not taking stupid risks. Right?

Well that's what she thinks... until a guy comes along. In Real Life. Suddenly no amount of gaming expertise or advice from best friend Kitty will help her out when she finds herself with a non-virtual, totally real boyfriend, who wants more from her than she's willing to give.

As Evie prepares for the battle of a lifetime her two worlds finally collide. With hilarious and unexpected consequences, this is a play for anyone who understands (or wants to) what it’s really like to grow up online.

In Love and Warcraft runs at N16 Balham between 6-10 & 13-17 November 2016.

Tickets are on sale now. For more information visit: http://www.theatren16.co.uk/#!in-love-and-warcraft/nroxd

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WOMEN CENTRE STAGE: POWERPLAY - Theatre Festival
14th - 20th of November
12pm - 9.30pm

Workshops @ The Actors Centre The Actors Centre 1A Tower St, WC2H 9NP.
Performance day @ Hampstead Theatre Eton Ave, London NW3 3EU.
Nearest tube: Swiss Cottage
020 7820 8899

Web address: www.sphinxtheatre.com
Prices: From £8.00

Ticket requirements: Book in advance via website, tickets will be sold at Hampstead Theatre on the day of the event, if the shows have not sold out.

Workshops will take place on the 14th, 15th and 16th November at The Actors Centre with a day of performances at Hampstead Theatre on the 20th November.

Women Centre Stage develops and commissions new work of artistic excellence which uniquely brings together a diverse array of women characters far from the margins into centre stage.

Work will include new writing from Rebecca Lenkiewicz, April de Angelis, Charlene James and Winsome Pinnock.

Plus performances from Janet Suzman, Cecilia Noble, Ann Mitchell, Kathryn Pogson, Ronke Adekoluejo and Anita-Joy Uwajeh.

Sphinx Theatre has today announced initial programme details for their second WOMEN CENTRE STAGE: POWERPLAY Festival at Hampstead Theatre and Actors Centre. 14th - 20th November.

The Festival champions the campaign for gender equality in theatre, and directly promotes and provokes change in the cultural landscape by commissioning new work of artistic excellence. This unique event brings together a diverse array of women characters from the margins into centre stage.

A continuation of Sphinx’s long standing legacy to create more and better roles for women the Festival will include Workshops from Tuesday 14th to Thursday 16th November and culminate in a Performance Day on Sunday 20th November, with full information and tickets now on sale at www.womencentrestage.co.uk .

The Festival begins with four workshops running on the 14th, 15th and 16th November. These include Taking Centre Stage with Anna Ledwich, Writing the Female Protagonist with Lisa Evans, Changing Bodies with Vanessa Ewans and Equal but Different with Sphinx Associate Ros Phillips.

The Festival Performance Day on 20th November at Hampstead Theatre will feature six programmes throughout the day including brand new writing from leading writers, actors and companies from across the country as well as an in conversation with theatre professionals from leading regional theatres The Octagon Theatre, Bolton and The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester. New writing on show includes the first stage performances of new work from critically acclaimed writers April de
Angelis and Winsome Pinnock featuring performances from leading actresses Dame Janet Suzman, Kathryn Pogson and Cecilia Noble.

Other stand-outs include new work from award winning playwrights Tanika Gupta, Sabrina Mahfouz and Matilda Ibini, The Hiccup Project, winners of the Outstanding Theatre Award at Brighton Fringe Festival 2015 and TMA Award winners GRAEAE Theatre Company.

The Festival will end on Sunday 20th November at the Hampstead Theatre, 8.30pm, with 24 HOUR PLAYS, featuring new short plays written and rehearsed in 24 hours based on news stories with central female characters from the previous week featuring Oscar winning writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Olivier Award nominee Howard Brenton, Alfred Fagon and George Devine winner Charlene James and critically acclaimed Vinay Patel.

FULL EVENT LISTINGS & BOOKING: www.womencentrestage.co.uk

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