Finborough Theatre Announces ReDiscoveries2012 Season
Following our New Writing at the Finborough Theatre Season which saw eight premieres of new plays, as well as the Finborough winning its seventh Pearson Bursary Award for Dawn King's Foxfinder, our ReDiscoveries2012 Season is devoted to the parallel strand of our artistic policy, rediscovered drama and music theatre with work from the 1890s to the 1980s. Our main productions feature drama from England, Europe and the United States, while our Sunday and Monday productions see another classic Irish drama, and the return of our acclaimed 'Celebrating British Music Theatre' series with two musicals, both the final work of their renowned composers, and both revived for the very first time since their original productions.
The season opens with the first London production in more than 50 years of Sutton Vane's 1923 hit, Outward Bound, playing 31 January–25 February 2012, and directed by Louise Hill who returns to the Finborough following her sell-out 2010 productions of J.M. Barrie's What Every Woman Knows and Quality Street. While on Sundays and Mondays 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 February 2012, we present Ivor Novello's last and wittiest musical, Gay's the Word.
Ödön von Horváth's Don Juan Comes Back From The War in a new version by Duncan Macmillan plays from 28 February–24 March 2012, and is directed by Andrea Ferran, the third winner of the Leverhulme Bursary for Emerging Theatre Directors – a partnership between The National Theatre Studio and the Finborough Theatre. The two previous Leverhulme productions at the Finborough were both critically acclaimed and sold out – Bulgakov's Moliere, directed by Blanche McIntyre, in 2009, and Caryl Churchill's Fen, directed by Ria Parry, in 2011. Following the huge sell-out success of our recent productions of rediscovered Irish drama – Mixed Marriage by St John Ervine and Drama at Inish by Lennox Robinson – on Sundays and Mondays 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 March 2012, we present the first professional London production for 80 years of T.C. Murray's starkly tragic 1924 drama Autumn Fire.
The season culminates with the first professional UK production in more than 25 years of Arthur Miller's stunning study of the Great Depression, The American Clock, playing 27 March–21 April 2012, and directed by multi-award-winning director Phil Willmott. On Sundays and Mondays 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 April 2012, we present the first fully staged professional UK production since 1896 of Gilbert and Sullivan's final operetta, The Grand Duke.
The Finborough Theatre is now fully heated and air-conditioned, and that from this season onwards, will be offering STAGETEXT captioned performances for each main run.