There is no denying the recent success of the spring season at Battersea’s Theatre503. With previous productions that included Wink and Sense of an Ending receiving much critical acclaim, the Autumn season is highly anticipated. Jon Brittain writer of Margaret Thatcher: Queen of Soho will return to Theatre503, as well as a host of new emerging writers.
Paul Robinson, Artistic Director of Theatre503, comments:
I’m proud that despite a cold in-house producing climate on the fringe, 503 is still so firmly committed to getting work on stage. All in all the season aims to celebrate our dedication to growing talent in-house and exploiting our development models to produce work which has the 503 kite mark.
And Then Come the Nightjars (2nd – 26th September)
And Then Come the Nightjars charts one farm’s struggle to survive the march of history. Fierce with rage and achingly tender in turn, the play is a story of enduring friendship and a requiem for rural England. And Then Come the Nightjars marks Theatre503’s first co-production with Bristol Old Vic.
Valhalla (30th September – 24th October)
Valhalla explores the boundaries of scientific research and tests the endurance of human love. A scientific researcher and his wife on the brink of a transformational discovery escape to an isolated Nordic research facility. Cracks begin to appear in their marriage and they are forced to choose between conflicting allegiances while coming to terms with her traumatic past.
Rotterdam (27th October – 21st November)
Rotterdam by Jon Brittain is a bittersweet comedy about gender, sexuality and being a long way from home. It’s New Year in Rotterdam, and Alice has finally plucked up the courage to email her parents to tell them she’s gay. But before she can hit send, her girlfriend reveals that she wants to become a man.
Cinderella and the Beanstalk (25th November – 2nd January)
Returning after overwhelming popular demand Sleeping Trees mark the end of the season with a festive treat for those who like their Christmas pantos with a twist. They have fashioned the props, hired the costumes, booked the venue and rigged the lights; the stage is set. But on arriving at the theatre they realise they have forgotten one vital component: a cast. Theatre503 are delighted to announce that Sleeping Trees are now an associate company at Theatre503.
2014 saw Theatre503’s inaugural Playwriting Award which delivered an unprecedented opportunity for playwrights at all levels of their career. Over 1600 applications were received and two winners were selected for the much renowned prize. Their plays will now be staged at Theatre503 – And Then Come the Nightjars by Bea Roberts, directed by Theatre503’s Artistic Director Paul Robinson, and Valhalla by Paul Murphy, directed by the much acclaimed Jo McInnes (RSC, Royal Court, National Theatre).
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