The Finborough Theatre has announced plans for the first part of its programming, as the Kensington venue celebrates the 150th birthday year of the theatre building.
The season kicks off with a revival of Aimée Stuart’s romantic comedy JEANNIE. Marking the first time the play has been performed professionally in the UK for 80 years, JEANNIE is a 1930s version of the classic Cinderella story. Directed by Nicolette Kay, the cast features Evelyn Adams, Max Alexander-Taylor, Kim Durham, Mairi Hawthorn, Carol Holt, Madeleine Hutchins, Matthew Mellalieu and Patrick Pearson. JEANNIE runs at the venue 27th November to 22nd December.
On 17th December, Theatre Gu Leòr present BANA-HAISGICH / HEROINES, a new play by award winning Gaelic singer and actor Mairi Morrison, performed in Scottish Gaelic with live music and songs. The play marks the final production in the Finborough Theatre’s GREATWAR100 series, commemorating the final tragedy of the First World War – the Iolaire disaster in the Western Isles.
From 1st January 2019, the Finborough presents the European premiere of Ché Walker’s latest play, TIME IS LOVE / TIEMPO ES AMOR. The play premiered this Summer at LA’s Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre. TIME IS LOVE / TIEMPO ES AMOR will also star members of the original Californian cast. Featuring original music by Olivier winning actress Sheila Atim, the menacing Los Angeles set drama runs until 26th January. Ché Walker’s previous work BEEN SO LONG was recently adapted as a movie and released on Netflix.
Rounding out the first part of the Finborough season is a revival of Richard Kalinoski’s harrowing BEAST ON THE MOON. Directed by Jelena Budimir, BEAST ON THE MOON explores the effects and aftermath of the Armenian Genocide. The piece has been performed in more than twenty countries and translated into nineteen language. BEAST ON THE MOON runs 29th January to 23rd February.
Finborough Artistic Directer Neil McPherson said: ‘Our new season plays in the newly reopened Finborough Arms Pub which is now under an entirely new management. The pub has been extensively refurbished and offers live music after theatre performances, and will also shortly offer a wide menu, with all food cooked on the premises. We have always tried to provide a home for the indigenous languages of the British Isles at the Finborough Theatre, and so I’m proud to fulfil a long-standing ambition of mine to present a play in Scottish Gaelic in the heart of London’.
Tickets for the new season are onsale now.