AUTUMN-WINTER 2016 SEASON ANNOUNCED
OLIVIER AWARD WINNER MARK GATISS AND HUSBAND IAN HALLARD TO STAR TOGETHER IN
THE BOYS IN THE BAND
AFTER TRIUMPHS WITH DEAD SHEEP AND AN AUDIENCE WITH JIMMY SAVILE,
JONATHAN MAITLAND RETURNS TO PARK THEATRE
WITH DENY, DENY, DENY TACKLING DOPING IN SPORT
FIRST MAJOR REVIVAL OF JB PRISTLEY’S EARLY COMEDY THE ROUNDABOUT
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE AND GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER ANNE ARCHER
TO STAR IN THE LONDON PREMIERE OF THE TRIAL OF JANE FONDA
OLIVIER NOMINATED PLAYWRIGHT PETER QUILTER RETURNS TO PARK WITH THE WORLD PREMIERE OF SAVING JASON
Park Theatre Artistic Director Jez Bond today announces its new season of work, all in association with a host of exciting and diverse producers, including four world premieres, three UK premieres, two European premieres and a London premiere.
Bond says, “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 J B 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!”
A new production of The Trial of Jane Fonda by Terry Jastrow, starring Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner, Anne Archer and directed by Joe Harmston, opens the season, marking the show’s London premiere inPARK200. The first major revival of beloved British playwright JB Priestley’s early comedy The Roundabout takes alook at an England in the 1930s, when it seemed, just possibly, as if the social order might be changing. Mark Gatiss, winner of the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor, and his husband Ian Hallard star together inThe Boys in the Band, an eagerly anticipated revival of Mart Crowley’s seminal piece, which premiered just months before the Stonewall riots, and became a cult film in 1970. Following huge critical acclaim and controversy withDead Sheep and An Audience with Jimmy Saville, journalist and playwright Jonathan Maitland returns to Park Theatre with the world premiere of Deny, Deny Deny, which tackles the topical subject of doping in sport. The UK premiere of the New York hit show The Screwtape Letters – a stage adaptation of the C. S. Lewis classic novel – makes for a subversive and alternative Christmas show to round off the year.
The PARK90 season opens with the black comedy Some Girl(s), written by multi Tony Award nominee Neil LaBute, following the story of a man who visits his ex-girlfriends in his ‘little black book’ to try and ‘right’ his ‘wrongs’, and closes with the Tony Award winning physical comedy LUV by Murray Schisgal; both are directed by Gary Condesand produced by Buckland Theatre Company.
Following his Park200 debut in January with 4000 Days starring Alistair McGowan, Olivier Award nominated playwright Peter Quilter (End of The Rainbow and Glorious!) returns to Park Theatre with the world premiere ofSaving Jason, a comedy set in 90s suburbia. American writers Stephen Fife and Ralph Pezzullo will also present the world premiere of The American Wife, about a woman trying to clear her husband’s name when he’s accused of acts of terrorism.
For the first time, PARK90 will play home to two musicals: the European Premiere of acclaimed musical The Burnt Part Boys, with music by Chris Miller, and the world premiere of brand new British musical set in London, This Little Life of Mine written and directed by Michael Yale