THE ASSASSINATION OF KATIE HOPKINS to Premiere in Theatr Clwyd's 2018 Spring Season

THE ASSASSINATION OF KATIE HOPKINS to Premiere in Theatr Clwyd's 2018 Spring Season

Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd, Tamara Harvey, today announces two world premières as part of the spring season 2018.

Theatr Clwyd today announce the world première of The Assassination of Katie Hopkins, a new musical from Chris Bush and Matt Winkworth, will open in the Emlyn Williams Theatre on Thursday 26 April with previews from Friday 20 April. This production sees James Grieve, Artistic Director of Paines Plough, return to Clwyd to direct.

It is also announced that Theatr Clwyd and the National Theatre collaborate for the first time to co-produce Laura Wade's new comedy Home, I'm Darling, starring Katherine Parkinson. Harvey directs and the production will première in the Emlyn Williams Theatre on Tuesday 3 July with previews from Monday 25 June ahead of transferring to the Dorfman in July.

Also in the season will be a re-imagined The Great Gatsby, directed by Alexander Wright, opening at The Dolphin Hotel in Mold from February 27 with previews from the 22 February and, soon to be announced, a co-production with Southampton Theatres and English Touring Theatre, directed by Chelsea Walker, winner of the Royal Theatrical Support Trust Sir Peter Hall Award. There will also be over 30 visiting touring shows including West End hit The Play That Goes Wrong, Out Of Joint's cult classic Rita, Sue and Bob Too and the Shakespeare's Globe production of The Little Match Girl directed by Emma Rice.

Theatr Clwyd Presents

THE GREAT GATSBY

By Alexander Wright

Director: Alexander Wright; Designer: Heledd Rees

Thursday 22 February - Sunday 25 March

Press Night: Tuesday 27 February 7.45pm

It's the roaring twenties and you're invited to Jay Gatsby's party and that's not an invite you want to turn down. Slip on your dancing shoes and watch the story unfold around you as you step into F Scott Fitzgerald's seminal jazz-age novel.

An immersive theatre show, you can physically explore Gatsby's 1920s red hot jazz world. Housed at The Dolphin Pub in Mold, you can dress up for the show and dance (if you want!) or simply sit at the bar with a cocktail and allow yourself to be absorbed into the story!

Theatr Clwyd presents

THE ASSASSINATION OF KATIE HOPKINS

Words by Chris Bush and music by Matt Winkworth

Friday 20 April - Saturday 12 May

Press night: Thursday 26 April 7.45pm

Director: James Grieve; Designer: Lucy Osborne; Musical Supervisor: David White

A shocking crime divides the nation. Fingers are pointed, sides are drawn, facts are hard to come by. Why did this happen? How do we move on? What must we remember?

It's easy to have an opinion online, safe behind the anonymity of a keyboard, just like, share and subscribe. But as the digital mob polish their pitchforks, the world starts to question just how free should free speech be.

A smart, witty new musical by Chris Bush and Matt Winkworth about truth, celebrity and public outrage.

Chris Bush is a Sheffield-born playwright, lyricist and theatre-maker. She was the 2013 Pearson Playwright in Residence for Sheffield Theatres and is currently an Artist in Residence at the Oxford Playhouse. Past work includes What We Wished For, A Dream, The Sheffield Mysteries (for Sheffield People's Theatre at the Crucible), A Declaration from the People (National Theatre), Larksong (New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme), ODD (Royal & Derngate, Northampton: concert performance), Sleight & Hand (Summerhall, Edinburgh/Odeon Cinemas/BBC Arts), TONY! The Blair Musical (York Theatre Royal/Tour), Poking the Bear (Theatre503), The Bureau of Lost Things (Theatre503/Rose Bruford), Wolf (National Theatre Studio: reading), Dickensian, Goodwill to All Men, We're all in this Together and 20 Tiny Plays about Sheffield (all Crucible Studio). She has won the National Young Playwrights' Festival, a Brit Writers' Award, the Perfect Pitch Award, two Spotlight Emerging Artists' Awards and a Kevin Spacey Foundation Artist of Choice Award.

Matt Winkworth is an Oxford-born composer and was the 2016-2017 artist-in-residence at The Oxford Playhouse. Credits include includes Elves And The Shoemaker (Jacquline du Pré, Oxford); High As Sugar (Brighton Fringe, Kings Head Theatre, Arts at the Old Fire Station); Attempts On Her Life, Under Milk Wood, Animal Farm (Oxford Playhouse); The Bureau Of Lost Things (Theatre503); ODD (Perfect Pitch/Royal & Derngate Northampton: concert performance). He has won the Perfect Pitch Award and the Kevin Spacey Foundation Artist of Choice Award.

James Grieve directs and is joint Artistic Director of Paines Plough, the UK's national theatre of new plays. Credits for the company include Out Of Love, Black Mountain and How To Be A Kid (Roundabout) Angry Brigade and Jumpers For Goalposts (Bush Theatre), Hopelessly Devoted (Tricycle Theatre, UK Tour) Wasted (Latitude Festical), Tiny Volcanoes (Liverpool Everyman) You Cannot Go Forward From Where You Are Right Now (Traverse Theatre). Other credits include award-winning Translations (Sheffield Theatres), The Whisky Taster, Psychogeography (Bush Theatre) and The List (Arcola Theatre).

Theatr Clwyd and the National Theatre Presents

HOME, I'M DARLING

By Laura Wade

Monday 25 June - Saturday 14 July

Press night: Tuesday 3 July 7.45pm

Director: Tamara Harvey; Designer: Anna Fleischle

How happily married are the happily married?

Every marriage needs a little fantasy to keep it sparkling. But behind the gingham curtains, being a domestic goddess isn't as easy as it looks...

Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Humans) stars as Judy in Laura Wade's dark comedy about sex, cake and the quest to be the perfect 1950s housewife.

Laura Wade is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. Her credits include Tipping the Velvet (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, adapted from the novel by Sarah Waters), Posh (Royal Court Theatre and West End), Alice (Sheffield Theatres), Kreutzer vs. Kreutzer (Sydney Opera House and Australian Tour, UK tour), Other Hands (Soho Theatre), Colder Than Here (Soho Theatre and MCC Theatre New York), Breathing Corpses (Royal Court Theatre), Young Emma (Finborough Theatre), and 16 Winters (Bristol Old Vic Basement). Film credits include The Riot Club and Britain Isn't Eating.

Katherine Parkinson will lead the company in the role of Judy. Her recent theatre credits include Dead Funny (Vaudeville Theatre), Before the Party, The Lightning Play (Almeida Theatre), Absent Friends (Harold Pinter Theatre) 66 Books (Bush Theatre), School For Scandal (Barbican Theatre), Season's Greeting (National Theatre), Cock and The Seagull (Royal Court Theatre), Other Hands and Flush (Soho Theatre), Cigarettes and Chocolate (King's Head Theatre), The Unthinkable (Sheffield Crucible), Antigone and The Increased Difficulty of Concentration (Gate Theatre), Camille (Lyric Hammersmith), Frame 312 (Donmar Warehouse) and The Age Of Consent (Bush Theatre). Television credits include Humans, Hang Ups, The Kennedys, The Honourable Woman, The IT Crowd, Extras and Doc Martin. Film credits include Guernsey, The Boat That Rocked, St Trinians 2, How To Lose Friends And Alienate People and Easy Virtue.

Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd, Tamara Harvey directs. Her inaugural production for Theatr Clwyd was Much Ado About Nothing, followed by the première of Elinor Cook's award-winning play, Pilgrims, Skylight by David Hare and most recently the première of Peter Gill's version of Uncle Vanya. She has directed in the West End, throughout the UK and abroad, working on classic plays, new writing, musical theatre and in film. Her previous credits include the world premières of From Here To Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre), Breeders (St James Theatre), The Kitchen Sink, The Contingency Plan, Sixty-Six Books and tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalZ! (Bush Theatre), In the Vale of Health (a cycle of four plays by Simon Gray), Elephants and Hello/Goodbye (Hampstead Theatre), and Plague Over England (Finborough Theatre & West End). Other theatre includes Kreutzer vs Kreutzer (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse/Royal Festival Hall), Bash (Trafalgar Studios), Whipping It Up (New Ambassadors), One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (Gielgud & Garrick Theatres), Educating Rita (Menier Chocolate Factory & Theatre Royal Bath) and Pride and Prejudice (Sheffield Theatres).

Theatr Clwyd is one of the foremost producing theatres in Wales - a beacon of excellence looking across the Clwydian Hills yet only forty minutes from Liverpool. Since 1976 it has been a theatrical powerhouse and much-loved home for the community. Now, led by the Executive team of Tamara Harvey and Liam Evans-Ford, it is going from strength to strength producing world-class theatre, from new plays to classic revivals. There are three theatre spaces, a cinema, café, bar and art galleries and, alongside their own shows, a rich and varied programme of visual arts, film, theatre, music, dance and comedy. Theatr Clwyd works extensively with the local community, schools and colleges, and creates award-winning work for, with and by young people. In the past two years they have co-produced with the Sherman Theatre, Hijinx, Gagglebabble and The Other Room in Cardiff, Paines Plough, Vicky Graham Productions, HighTide, Hampstead Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, The Rose Theatre Kingston, Headlong, Sheffield Theatres and the Orange Tree Theatre, amongst others.

In 2016/17 over 420,000 people saw a Theatr Clwyd production, in the building and across the UK.

The National Theatre

The National Theatre makes world-class theatre that is entertaining, challenging and inspiring, and we make it for everyone. In 2016-2017, the NT staged 26 productions and gave 2,585 performances at their home on the South Bank. The NT's award-winning programme had a UK paying audience of 1.8 million, 400,000 of which were NT Live audiences.

The work the National Theatre produces appeals to the widest possible audiences with new plays, musicals, re-imagined classics and new work for young audiences. The NT's work is seen in the West End, on tour throughout the UK and internationally, and in collaborations and co-productions with partners across the country. Through NT Live, they broadcast some of the best of British theatre to over 2,500 venues in 60 countries around the world.

Their extensive Learning programme offers talks, events and workshops for people of all ages, and reaches nationwide through programmes such as Connections, our annual festival of new plays for schools and youth theatres. In 2016-2017 there were 196,826 participations through the NT Learning events programme. Over 3,000 schools have signed up to the free streaming service, On Demand. In Schools, since its launch in September 2015.

The National Theatre is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

Theatr Clwyd Listing

Raikes Lane, Mold CH7 1YA

UNCLE VANYA

Theatr Clwyd - Emlyn Williams Theatre

Until - Saturday 14 October

Sheffield Theatres

18 October - 4 November

Press night - 19 October

HEROINE

Emlyn Williams Theatre

Wednesday 18 October - Saturday 4 November

Press Night: Thursday 19 October

SLEEPING BEAUTY

The Rock 'n' Roll Panto

Anthony Hopkins Theatre

Friday 24 November - Saturday 20 January

Press Night: Tuesday 28 November

THE SNOW QUEEN (World Première)

Emlyn Williams Theatre

Friday 15 December - Saturday 6 January

Press night: Monday 18 December

THE GREAT GATSBY

The Dolphin Hotel

Thursday 22 February - Sunday 25 March

Press Night: Tuesday 27 February 7.45pm

THE ASSASSINATION OF KATIE HOPKINS

Emlyn Williams Theatre

Friday 20 April - Saturday 12 May

Press night: Thursday 26 April 7.45pm

HOME I'M DARLING

Emlyn Williams Theatre

Monday 25 June - Saturday 14 July

Press night: Tuesday 3 July 7.45pm

For tickets and more information visit https://www.theatrclwyd.com/en/.


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