Today, Jermyn Street Theater announces a six-month program featuring six world premieres and a great new experience. The Footprints Festival returns in July, headlined by Karina Wiedman’s The Anarchist, winner of the Woven Voices Prize for Playwriting. The Temptation Season, which runs from mid-September to the end of the year, features the first major production of Dorothy L. Sayers’ 1939 comedy Love All, along with the world premiere of Peter Gill’s Something in the Air and the London premiere of John Nicholson’s riotous The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary!
The 2021 Footprints Festival has reopened the theater with forty actors playing people who are far away. This year’s Jermyn Street Theater Reunion takes place in July – nine new actors are in residence at the theater for the next year. Their plays include Duck na maatin, directed by Imy Wyatt Corner, about a South Asian schoolboy’s elite cricket experience (12 July – 18 July); Shake the City by Millie Gaston, which tells the story of the Leeds clothworkers’ strike of 1970 (12 July – 18 July); The Poison Belt, directed by Becca Chadder and adapted from the science-fiction novel by Arthur Conan Doyle (21 July – 30 July); and Dull Thuds of Love, written and directed by Stella Green, who recreates an original story (21 July – 30 July). Footprints Festival is headlined by the previously announced winner of the Woven Voices prize for migrant plays, The Anarchist (6 July – 30 July): Karina Wiedman’s debut play, about a Belarusian woman’s relationship to anarchism, is directed by the theater’s Carne Deputy Director, Ebenezer Bamgboye.
The seduction season opens with a new discovery. The theater’s Artistic Director, Tom Littler, directs the first major production of Love All by Dorothy L. Sayers, running 8 September – 8 October. Sayers is best known for his excellent detective stories featuring Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. In Love All, actress Lydia leaves the stage to travel to Venice with Godfrey, a romantic novelist. But when they soon clash and Lydia hears that a mysterious actress is taking the West Coast by storm, the stage is set for a hilarious comedy of misdirection and mischief. Sayers’ 1939 comedy was briefly set at the outbreak of war, and here it had its first full run.
Love All is followed by the world premiere of Peter Gill’s Something in the Air, which runs 13 October – 12 November. Originally set for 2020, Gill’s lyrical new play juxtaposes a contemporary romance between two elderly people against the memories of their youth in 1960s London. Gill’s notable body of writing includes Small Change, Kick for Touch, Versailles, and The York Realist. Gill also founded the Royal Court Theater, ran Riverside Studios, and founded The National Theater Studio. Gill co-directed with Alice Hamilton whose recent works include The Dumb Waiter and The Memory of Water at Hampstead Theatre.
Temptation Season ends with The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary! runs 17 November – 17 December and is originally planned for 2020. Gustave Flaubert’s seminal novel Peepolykus was originally written by John Nicholson and has previously been performed in Liverpool and Bristol. Nicholson turns his brand of inspiration and understatement into Flaubert’s tale of marital breakdown and domestic tragedy. Directed by Marieke Audsley in her Jermyn Street Theater debut.
A series of Sunday events and short runs in the spring and summer program, including Olivier Award winner Issy van Randwyck in Dazzling Divas (2 August – 7 August), Colin Elmer in Cult Figure : Kenneth Williams (9 August – 14 August), Stefan Bednarczyk Celebrates Forty Years of Cabaret Performance in Stefan and Friends (16 August – 20 August), Sian Phillips and Stephen Greif in Just a Little Murder (October 30), a reading of Unburied by Woven Voices winner Jimin Suh. The award (10 July) and reading of The Misanthrope will mark Moliere’s 400th birthday. There are also literary events marking the anniversary of two major Modernist works: semi-staged performances of TS Eliot’s The Waste Land (24 July) and James Joyce’s Ulysses (4 December).
Director Tom Littler said: “It is a pleasure to join together in this diverse season to celebrate new works while honoring and rediscovering the theater and history of the past. I July, I can’t wait to see Karina Wiedman’s The Anarchist, which really impressed the judges of the Woven Voices Prize, and all the work of our wonderful Creative Associates. These two games have already been launched. for 2020 – an important reminder that we are building our way back from the virus, and we appreciate the support of our listeners, friends and freelancers as we do as far as.”
Jermyn Street Theater is the West End’s smallest theatre. Stage’s Fringe Theater of the Year 2021, led by Artistic and Executive Director Tom Littler and Penny Horner. The theater won the 2022 Critics’ Circle Award for its lock theater, and Littler won the 2022 OffWestEnd Award for Best Artistic Director. The program includes important new plays, original updates, new versions of European classics, and high-quality music, as well as musical and documentary events. He works with theaters around the world, and his productions have been transferred to the West End and Broadway. During the closing, the theater responded with its Brave New World season of digital production, including a complete cycle of Shakespeare’s sonnets performed by a group of theater graduates and household names to like Helena Bonham Carter and Olivia Colman and the 15 Heroines with DigitalTheatre + showing changes. of Ovid from authors including Juliet Gilkes Romero and Timberlake Wertenbaker.