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Mark Gatiss, Anne Archer, JB Priestley and Two Musicals in New Park Theatre Season

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Details have been announced today for Park Theatre's Autumn-Winter 2016 Season. Mark Gatiss, who recently won an Olivier Award for Three Days in the Country at the National Theatre, will join forces with husband Ian Hallard for a revival of THE BOYS IN THE BAND, Golden Globe winner Anne Archer stars in the London premiere of THE TRIAL OF JANE FONDA, and there's new work from Jonathan Maitland and Peter Quilter, as well as a major JB Priestley revival.

Artistic director Jez Bond said: "As well as welcoming back names who have proven hugely popular with our audiences, we are thrilled to announce brilliant new talent who will be making their Park Theatre debuts, including Mark Gatiss and Hollywood star Anne Archer. With a mixture of plays, plus two musicals - a first for Park90 - I'm delighted to announce what I am sure will be a scintillating and varied programme. The first professional show I directed was a JB Priestley play and I consider him one of the master storytellers, so on a personal note, I'm absolutely thrilled we're presenting his lost gem as part of our season!"

Terry Jastrow's The Trial of Jane Fonda, directed by Joe Harmston and starring Anne Archer, opens the Park200 season in July, followed by the first major revival of JB Priestley's early comedy The Roundabout. In September Mark Gatiss and husband Ian Hallard star in Mart Crowley's seminal The Boys in the Band, which premiered just months before the Stonewall riots and became a cult Seventies film. Jonathan Maitland, who won critical acclaim with Dead Sheep and An Audience with Jimmy Savile at Park Theatre, tackles the topical subject of toping in sport with Deny, Deny, Deny, and the Christmas show is the UK premiere of New York hit The Screwtape Letters, Max McLean and Jeffrey Fiske's stage adaptation of C. S. Lewis's classic novel.

In Park90, Neil LaBute's black comedy Some Girl(s) kicks off a season which also includes Olivier-nominated Peter Quilter's Saving Jason, American writers Stephen Fife and Ralph Pezzullo's The American Wife, Murray Schisgal's Tony Award-winning physical comedy LUV, and - for the first time - the space hosts two musicals: the European premiere of Chris Miller's The Burnt Part Boys, and Michael Yale's new British musical This Little Life of Mine.

For more details and to book tickets, call 020 7870 6876 or visit www.parktheatre.co.uk

PARK200

13 July - 20 August 2016

Acute Theatre Limited in association with Park Theatre presents

THE TRIAL OF JANE FONDA

Written by Terry Jastrow

Directed by Joe Harmston

Cast includes: Anne Archer

Press Night: Thursday 14 July

Times: Evenings Tue - Sat 19:30, Matinees Thu & Sat 15:00

1972. North Vietnam: Driven to halt the slaughter of young lives, iconic movie star Jane Fonda travels to Vietnam where she is photographed laughing and clapping, astride an anti-aircraft gun, designed to shoot down American planes. Overnight the soldiers' sexy pin-up becomes 'Hanoi Jane'; traitor to her country and betrayer of those very young men. 1988. Waterbury, Connecticut: Bitter demonstrations by veterans halt filming on a movie co-starring Fonda and Robert De Niro. Determined to stop her past dictating her future, Jane requests a meeting and enters a room full of angry men for whom the war still rages. The content of the meeting is never divulged.

Having retraced Fonda's steps, interviewed her guides, dozens of veterans and Fonda herself, Terry Jastrow's powerful drama conjectures the battles which were fought in that encounter; battles which are as much to do with the ability of recorded images to dictate our memories as they are to do with truth. Cast includes Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner, Anne Archer (Fatal Attraction; Patriot Games; Clear and Present Danger) as Jane Fonda.

24 August - 24 September 2016

Cahoots Theatre Company in association with The Other Cheek and Park Theatre present the First Major Revival of

THE ROUNDABOUT

Written by JB Priestley

Directed by Hugh Ross

Press Night: 25 August

Times: Evenings Tue - Sat 19:30, Matinees Thu & Sat 15:00

"Communism's all right for a gentleman like yourself, but you'll get over it."

The Roundabout is a delightful comedy by one of Britain's most prolific playwrights JB Priestley, beloved for such classics as An Inspector Calls and Time and the Conways. Described by The Spectator as "remarkably good entertainment," it has subsequently disappeared from view.

The Kettlewells are a dysfunctional family. Richard is a charming old Etonian whose business ventures are failing. Over a crowded weekend, his daughter Pamela, whom he hardly knows, returns from Russia, a passionate communist; his ex-wife and mistress both unexpectedly arrive; and his butler has a big win at the races.

The Roundabout is a funny, touching, highly perceptive look at an England in the 1930s, when it seemed, just possibly, as if the social order might be changing.

28 September - 30 October 2016

Tom O'Connell and James Seabright, King's Head Theatre in association with Park Theatre present

THE BOYS IN THE BAND

Written by Mart Crowley

Directed by Adam Penford

Cast includes: Mark Gatiss and Ian Hallard

Press Night: Tuesday 4 October

Times: Evenings Tues - Sun 19:30, Matinees Sat & Sun 15:00

"Life's a goddam laugh riot!"

There's a party tonight.

Nine men gather in a New York apartment for a birthday celebration. Harold (Mark Gatiss), a self-avowed 'pock-marked, Jew fairy', receives a surprise gift: a beautiful male hustler, and party host Michael (Ian Hallard) gets an unwanted surprise of his own in the shape of a figure from his past. As the booze is drunk and the dope smoked, the mood swings from hilarity to heartbreak.

From the producers of the critically acclaimed revivals of Beautiful Thing and Another Country and the forthcoming stage adaptation of Brokeback Mountain, comes this eagerly anticipated revival of Mart Crowley's seminal piece, which premiered just months before the Stonewall riots, and became a cult film in 1970.

2 November - 3 December 2016

Cahoots Theatre Company in association with Park Theatre presents the World Premiere of

DENY, DENY, DENY

Written by Jonathan Maitland

Directed by Sarah Esdaile

Press Night: Thursday 3 November

Times: Evenings Tue - Sat 19:30, Matinees Thu & Sat 15:00

It is 2026 and Eve, a promising young athlete, is offered a cutting edge new 'therapy' by her mysterious, charismatic coach.

He says it will make her the fastest woman in the world: but is it as safe, legal and ethical as he claims? The play, which takes its title from the first rule of the doper's handbook - 'deny everything, until you can't' - is a gripping, extraordinary and revealing exposé of what it takes to be a champion. A tale of ambition, love, revenge, jealousy and 21st century science, based on two years of research by journalist turned playwright Jonathan Maitland.

Maitland, is author of previous Park Theatre hits Dead Sheep and An Audience with Jimmy Saville - the most talked about play of 2015.

8 December 2016 - 7 January 2017

Fellowship for Performing Arts Max McLean, Founder & Artistic Director with The Screwtape Letters UK Ltd in association with Park Theatre present the UK Premiere of

C.S. LEWIS

THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS

Adapted for the Stage by Max McLean and Jeffrey Fiske

Press Night: Friday 9 December

Times: Evenings Tue - Sat 19:30, Matinees Thu & Sat 15:00
Set in an eerily stylish office in Hell, one of Satan's senior tempters, Screwtape, schemes meticulously to capture the soul of an unsuspecting human on earth. In the London premiere of the smash New York hit, this stage adaptation of the C. S. Lewis classic novel creates a morally inverted universe that reveals unseen spiritual powers and principalities in humorous, vivid and surprising ways.

PARK90
13 July - 6 August 2016

Buckland Theatre Company in association with Park Theatre present

SOME GIRL(S)

Written by Neil LaBute

Directed by Gary Condes

Press Night: Tuesday 19 July, 7pm

Times: Evenings Tue - Sat 19:45, Matinees Thu & Sat 15:15

Follow Guy on a journey across America and through his black book as he encounters previous times and attempts right a number of wrongs. With the perfect blend of humour and heart this black comedy is a modern twist on the relationship fairy tale.

Written by multi Tony Award nominated Neil LaBute, Some Girl(s) has been performed both in London, New York and was adapted into a film in 2013.

10 August - 2 September 2016

SDWC Productions in association with Park Theatre present the European Premiere of

THE BURNT PART BOYS

Book by Mariana Elder

Music by Chris Miller

Lyrics by Nathan Tysen

Press Night: Thursday 11 August

Times: Evenings Tue - Sat 19:45, Matinees Thu & Sat 15:15

Hailed among critics as an innovative and gripping musical The Burnt Part Boys is an unforgettable coming of age story, following a group of teenagers living under the shadow of tragic mining accident, which claimed the lives of their fathers ten years prior. With a masterfully orchestrated and arranged score that will engross and mesmerize. This heart-warming musical of youthful adventure and redemption finally gets its European premiere in London.

Performed by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of New York.

7 September - 1 October 2016

Room one in association with Park Theatre presents the World Premiere of

THE AMERICAN WIFE

Written by Stephen Fife and Ralph Pezzullo

Directed by James Kemp

Cast includes: Julia Eringer

Press Night: Friday 9 September

Times: Evenings Tue - Sat 19:45, Matinees Thu & Sat 15:15

What if everything you're ever known was thrown into question? And everything you ever trusted was subjected to doubt? When Karen Ruiz's husband is accused of being a terrorist, she endeavours to clear his name. Can she maintain her faith in her husband, her marriage and her government? Or will she find that the only person she can believe in is herself?

"All we care about is saving people from a very serious and imminent terrorist attack. Are you going to help your country, or not?"

4 - 29 October 2016

Stage Traffic Productions Ltd in association with Park Theatre the World Premiere of

THIS LITTLE LIFE OF MINE

Written and Directed by Michael Yale

Press night: Wednesday 5 October

Times: Evenings Tue - Sat 19:45, Matinees Thu & Sat 15:15

Take a bitingly funny and deeply touching tour of modern London life with Izzy and Jonesy. With exciting jobs, great friends and even a tiny overpriced flat in Zone 2 - they've got it all. Or do they? Maybe having a baby is the one last thing that would make everything perfect. Or maybe life has other ideas...

We're all busy people chasing our dreams and looking for instant gratification from the things we do - our online posts, our careers, our loves and our lovers. We're told we can anything we like, and that we have more choices than any other generation in history.

Set against an instantly recognisable backdrop of eye-watering house prices, unreliable dating apps and over-friendly coffee baristas, This Little Life of Mine looks at what happens when we can't have everything that we want.

Be at the birth of a brand new British musical drama!


2 November - 3 December 2016

Daniel Krupnik Productions in association with Park Theatre present the World Premiere of

SAVING JASON

Written by Peter Quilter

Directed by Steven Dexter

Press Night: Tuesday 8 November

Times: Evenings Tue - Sat 19:45, Matinees Thu & Sat 15:15

In 90s suburbia, a family takes extraordinary measures to confront the behavior of their rebellious teenage son. But when the plan descends into chaos, it becomes clear that Jason is far from being the only one with secrets to hide.

An hysterical new comedy about your typical dysfunctional family.

An addictive new comedy by Olivier nominated playwright Peter Quilter (End of The Rainbow and Glorious!)

7 December 2016 - 7 January 2017

Buckland Theatre Company in association with Park Theatre presents

LUV

Written by Murray Schisgal

Directed by Gary Condes

Press Night: Tuesday 13 December

Times: Evenings Tue - Sat 19:45, Matinees Thu & Sat 15:15

LUV is a humourous celebration of the absurd lengths humans go to when struck down with the terrible affliction known as 'love'. Milt and Harry are college friends and meet one night on a bridge and uncover each other's miserable life stories before hatching a plan to find their happily-ever-afters.

Come and indulge in this delightful comedy this Christmas, with its laugh out loud dialogue, physical comedy, and its infectious energy.

Written by Murray Schisgal the play first premiered on Broadway in 1964, where it won a number of Tony awards and nominations, among them Best Play and Best Author of a Play.

Photo credit: Manuel Harlan


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