Jermyn Street Theatre announces Autumn Rebels season

London theatre news: Wednesday 18 July 2018

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Jermyn Street Theatre announces world and european premieres among the shows in its Autumn 'Rebels Season', starting this September.
About Leo at Jermyn Street Theatre

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Following his hugely successful and highly acclaimed first year as artistic director, Tom Littler is marking the start of his second year at the helm with a season of new work celebrating rebellious spirits.

The Autumn season line-up includes the first UK production by award-winning British/American playwright Bathsheba Doran, the world premiere of a play about the maverick surrealist, Leonora Carrington, the revival of a modern Canadian classic and a rip-roaring, spine-chilling, body-snatching Christmas comedy.

Shows in the season include ...

The world premiere of Alice Allemano's About Leo, directed by JMK Award-winning Michael Oakley - 5 September to 29 September.

About Leo tells the true story of surrealist painter Leonora Carrington.

When a young journalist turns up unexpectedly in Mexico City, the elderly Leo must confront her past, including her legendary love affair with the artist Max Ernst.

Inspired by real events, About Leo is a gripping drama, which skilfully unpicks ideas about art and inspiration.

This is Alice Allemano's first play.

The European premiere of Parents' Evening, by Bathsheba Doran - 3 October to 27 October.

Parents' Evening is a contemporary marital drama set at a parent-teacher evening that goes disastrously wrong.

Bathsheba Doran is a Londoner who moved to the US after studying at Cambridge University, and became one of the most highly regarded playwrights in American theatre: a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and Writers Guild Award nominee, and Berwin Lee Award winner, her most recent play debuted at Lincoln Center Theater, and her extensive screenwriting includes Boardwalk Empire and Masters of Sex.

For the first time, Doran's play returns to the UK, directed by Stella Powell-Jones, Jermyn Street Theatre's Deputy Director.

A mini-season commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Billy Bishop Goes to War, by John Gray with Eric Peterson, directed by Jimmy Walters in a co-production with Proud Haddock - 31 October - 24 November.

Billy Bishop Goes To War is a two-man play with songs that chronicles the true story of the audacious First World War flying ace, Billy Bishop.

First produced in Vancouver in 1978, it has taken its place as the most performed play in Canadian theatre history.

The run is accompanied by one-night performances of This Evil Thing, a drama about conscientious objectors written and performed by Michael Mears, and Never Such Innocence, an evening of wartime music and poetry.

A co-production with the Watermill Theatre of Tom Wentworth's black comedy Burke and Hare, directed by Abigail Pickard Price - 28 November - 21 December.

In 19th century Edinburgh, William Burke and William Hare spotted a gap in the market: a huge demand from the medical profession for human corpses.

They created a dastardly plan to meet the demand with a steady supply.

About the theatre

Jermyn Street Theatre is an arthouse theatre in the heart of London's West End.

The 70-seat studio opened in 1994, and has since won numerous awards and transferred many productions to the West End and Broadway.

In summer 2017 Tom Littler became Artistic Director and he relaunched the venue as a producing house with The Escape Season.

During the theatre's first year as a producing venue, it has staged world premieres of five full-length plays (including Howard Brenton's The Blinding Light) and five one-act plays, two European premieres, and several revivals including the complete cycle of Noel Coward's Tonight at 8.30.


Jermyn Street Theatre

16b Jermyn Street

London SW1Y 6ST

The Rebels season show dates

About Leo

By Alice Allemano

Directed by Michael Oakley

5 September - 29 September

Parents' Evening

By Bathsheba Doran

Directed by Stella Powell-Jones

3 October - 27 October

Billy Bishop Goes to War

By John Gray with Eric Peterson

Directed by Jimmy Walters

Co-produced with Proud Haddock

31 October - 24 November

This Evil Thing

By Michael Mears

Directed by Rosamunde Hutt.

One performance: Sunday 4 November at 7.30pm

Never Such Innocence

Devised and performed by Christopher Kent and Gamal Khamis.

One performance: Sunday 18 November at 7.30pm

Burke and Hare

By Tom Wentworth

Directed by Abigail Pickard Price

Co-produced with the Watermill Theatre

28 November - 21 December


£10 to £30, including 100 tickets at £10 for under-30s for each production, and £15 preview tickets.

Book for individual shows via the theatre's website link below.


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