Theatre: Hostage Song
The Finborough theatre never shies away from innovative and pioneering productions which means that once again we have an opportunity to witness something just a little more magical than usual right on our doorstep.
With an entirely fresh take on musical theatre Hostage Song is a subversive, high-velocity Off-Off Broadway indie rock musical from New York artists Clay McLeod Chapman and Kyle Jarrow.
In an unspecified time and place, Jim and Jennifer are hostages, blindfolded and awaiting their fate. In an effort to distract themselves from their inevitable demise, they forge a relationship while trying to let go of the images of their loved ones. As the reality of their predicament becomes clearer, the fantasy becomes more vivid. Stunning rock music propels the story forward as the two take refuge in music, memory and each other, grappling in the dark for the last bit of love they will ever know.1, 6, 7, 8 July 2014 Tickets £18, £16 concessions.
“Everyone falls at the same rate. Isn’t that amazing? Everyone. Everything. A fat man. A little baby. A brick, a piece of paper, a penny. Amazing. Once acceleration gets a hold of you velocity just goes all f***in’ nuts.”
In a production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, and another in its acclaimed series introducing Canada’s finest playwrights to the UK, the European premiere of Daniel Macdonald’s Velocity opens at the Finborough Theatre for a limited run of nine Sunday and Monday evening and Tuesday matinee performances from Sunday, 27 April 2014.
A wildly theatrical, irreverently funny, horrifying new play from multi-award-winning playwright Daniel Macdonald.
Dot doesn’t hate her father. She just wants to explode him out of his office tower to shake things up. Set him off. See what happens. And get an “A” on her science project…
Daring to challenge the law of physics, Dot interviews her flailing father and neurotic mother, as their world crashes to the ground. Just imagine. Your life in six seconds.
Velocity was originally workshopped at the Saskatchewan Spring Festival of New Plays and had its world premiere at Persephone Theatre, Saskatoon directed by Del Surjik. It won the New Works of Merit playwriting competition in New York City, and received its US premiere with Twilight Theatre at the HERE Space in New York City in 2012. It was also seen as part of the LARK Play Development Centre’s Playwrights’ Festival in New York City.
Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED
Box Office 0844 847 1652 Book online at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk
Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 27, 28, 29 April, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 May 2014
Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm. Tuesday matinees at 2.00pm.
Tickets £18, £16 concessions.
The Great War is over. It is the summer of 1920, in rural France.
By a dusty road, a girl is sitting under the shade of an apple tree. She sees someone walking towards her. He is a young man, just back from fighting in Syria. He joins her under the tree, and a tragic love story begins.
Often compared to Chekhov, and much admired by Harold Pinter, Jean-Jacques Bernard creates a unique emotional landscape of beauty and longing, desire and disappointment.
Originally written in 1922, Martine was produced all over the world during the 1920s with many leading actresses of the day in the title role, including Madeleine Renaud. It was first produced in English at the Gate Theatre in 1929, and played the West End in 1933. During the 1920s and 1930s, it was performed all over the world. It was filmed for the BBC in 1952 with a cast including Claire Bloom and Denholm Elliot, and in 1985 John Fowles’s translation was produced at the National Theatre, directed by Peter Hall, starring Wendy Morgan.
Award-winning film and television star Hannah Murray plays Martine, supported by the iconic Susan Penhaligon as Madame Mervan, Leila Crerar as Jeanne, Chris Porter as Alfred, and Barnaby Sax as Julien.
Hannah Murray is best known for her role as Cassie in the first two series of Bafta-winning E4 drama Skins, for which she was nominated for a Monte-Carlo Television Festival Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series. She currently plays Gilly in HBO series Game of Thrones. Her stage work includes playing Mia in That Face (Duke of York’s Theatre). Films include Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter, Chatroom, Womb, The Numbers Station, Kat in Lily & Kat (to be released), and God Help the Girl, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian for which she recently co-won the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Award.
£12 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 26 April 2014 when booked online.Prices for Weeks Three and Four (6–17 May 2014) – Tickets £18, £16 concessions, except Tuesday Evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £18 all seats.Performance Length: Approximately two hours with one interval of fifteen minutes.
Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London, SW10 9ED
Box Office 0844 847 1652 Book online at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk
Theatre: THÉRÈSE RAQUIN
A story of paralysing passion…
Following the sell-out success of its workshop as part of Vibrant 2012 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, and as part of the Finborough Theatre’s acclaimed Celebrating British Music Theatre series, the world premiere of a new musical adaptation of the classic French novel Thérèse Raquin opens at the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre for a four week run, opening Tuesday, 25 March 2014 (Press Night: Thursday, 27 March 2014 at 7.30pm), starring Julie Atherton, Ben Lewis and Olivier Award nominee Tara Hugo.
19th Century Paris. Behind the counter of a small dusty haberdasher’s shop near the Seine in the dank, narrow Passage du Pont Neuf, sit Madame Raquin and her beautiful niece Thérèse whom she has married off to her sickly son Camille in a loveless match. While he is out working, Thérèse serves in the shop and the monotony is only broken on Thursday nights, when Madame plays dominoes with a strange assortment of old friends.
On one such Thursday, Camille brings a childhood friend to the party – the bluff and attractive Laurent. He inspires such an incredibly powerful passion in Thérèse that she abandons all her inhibitions and her loyalties. This brutal and overwhelming passion overturns all their lives and has results nobody could have foreseen.
In keeping with the innovative and challenging nature of the original work, this radical new musical adaptation uses music and lyrics to heighten and distil the underlying themes. It features a company of twelve who play the main roles of Thérèse, Laurent, Camille and Madame Raquin, as well as their Thursday night domino playing companions and a watchful and distrustful chorus.Tuesday, 25 March – Saturday, 19 April 2014 Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm. Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm. Thursday matinees at 3.00pm (from Thursday 3 April 2014). Saturday matinees at 3.00pm (from Saturday 5 April 2014). Prices for Weeks One and Two (25 March – 5 April 2014) – Tickets £16, £14 concessions, except Tuesday Evenings £14 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £16 all seats. Previews (25 and 26 March) £12 all seats. £10 tickets for Under 30’s for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only. £12 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 29 March 2014 when booked online. Prices for Weeks Three and Four (8 April – 19 April 2014) – Tickets £18, £16 concessions, except Tuesday Evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £18 all seats. Performance Length: Approximately two and a half hours with one interval of fifteen minutes. Finborough Theatre 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED Box Office 0844 847 1652 Book online at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk
Theatre: The Hard Man
“I’m a lunatic. A right bad lot. What the Judge always calls, “A menace to society”. I’m speaking to you tonight from a Scottish prison where I am serving a life-sentence for murder. What you are going to see is my life as I remember it”.
Commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, and another in its series of acclaimed rediscoveries of Scottish playwrights, the first London production since 1985 of Tom McGrath and Jimmy Boyle’s The Hard Man opens at the Finborough Theatre for a limited run of nine Sunday and Monday evening and Tuesday matinee performances from Sunday, 2 March 2014
Glasgow, the 1970s. Johnny Byrne is a young schoolboy involved in petty crime and violence. But when he meets Deadeye, he soon finds himself known as a ‘hard man’ and being convicted of murder. But it is when he is serving his sentence in Barlinnie that the real acts of brutality occur…
Based on the life of Jimmy Boyle, co-writer of the play and – at the time of its production – still a prisoner in Barlinnie Special Unit, The Hard Man is his compelling and shocking study of a brutalised man in a brutalising system.
One of multi-award-winning playwright Tom McGrath’s most enduring works, The Hard Man now receives its first performances in London since 1985 in a new production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre.