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Union Theatre Announces Spring Season: Essential Classics 2019


Union Theatre Announces Spring Season: Essential Classics 2019

The Union Theatre announced the return of the Phil Willmott Company for a fourth season of ESSENTIAL CLASSICS: productions in which great writers of the past have reflected on issues we face today. The theme of this year's series is ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE and features Arthur Miller's timely An Enemy of the People, Offenbach's frivolous musical Can-Can! and Othello, William Shakespeare's classic tale of jealousy, passion and revenge. All three productions can be purchased individually or at the 3-show saver price of £50, giving everyone a chance to enjoy these classic works.

A rare chance to see

Based on Ibsen's drama of free speech and fake news
Adapted from a play by Henrik Ibsen
CAST: Darren Ruston, Janaki Gerard, Jed Shardlow, Angelo Leal, Mary Stewart, David Mildon, Emily Byrt, Seamus Newham, Mark Grindrod.

Originally written by Ibsen in 1882 and then adapted by the American playwright Arthur Miller in the 1950s, AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE has not been staged in London for nearly 30 years. Miller adapted this work during the same period as writing The Crucible. He brings razor sharp psychological precision to Ibsen's timely thriller about a rebel scientist fighting to expose a corrupt regime and press.

4th January - 2nd February 2019
Evening performances: Tuesday - Saturday at 7.30pm
Matinée performances: 26th January & 2nd February at 2:00pm
Press Nights: Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th January at 7.30pm
Ticket Price: 4th January and 5th January £15
Standard Tickets: from 8th January: £22, concessions £20, Under 18 £15 and 3 show saver tickets £50.

CAN-CAN! - a new musical of Orpheus in the Paris underworld
Music by Jacques Offenbach and his contemporaries
Book by Arthur Wing Pinero
Freely adapted, with lyrics by Phil Willmott
Directed by Christian Durham
Choreography by Adam Haigh

A fun and frivolous new musical featuring the larger than life performers of the Moulin Rouge who scandalised Paris in the 1800s. The newly arranged score features a treasure trove of gorgeous operetta melodies by Offenbach, Lehár and others, culminating in the famous Can-Can itself.

6th February - 9th March 2019
Evening performances: Tuesday - Saturday 7.30pm
Matinée performances: Saturdays and Sundays at 2.30pm
Press nights: Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th February at 7:30pm
Ticket price: 6th February - 10th February £15
Tickets from 12th February: £22.50, concessions £20, Under 18 £15 and 3 show saver tickets £50.

OTHELLO - Jealousy, passion and revenge
By William Shakespeare

A bold and audacious new staging of Shakespeare's classic thriller in which the General Othello and his new wife, Desdemona are psychologically tortured and destroyed by a jealous, subordinate, Iago. Further details to follow.

A free Q&A with the director and cast is available for student and group bookings by arrangement.

Casting to be announced.

13th March - 6th April 2019
Evening performances: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Matinée performances: 24th March, 31st March and 6th April at 2.30pm
Press nights: Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th March at 7:30pm
Ticket price: 13th March - 16th March £15
Tickets from 19th March: £22.50, concessions £20, Under 18 £15 and 3 show saver tickets £50.

All tickets can be purchased online:

Box Office: 020 7261 9876

Address: UNION THEATRE, Old Union Arches, 229 Union Street, London SE1 0LR

For all school or group booking rates, please contact the Union Theatre directly on: 020 7261 9876 or by e-mail on


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