Agnes Colander - Jermyn Street Theatre

Thursday 22 November 2018

Off-West End - Shows

Trevor Nunn's production of Harley Granville-Barker's Agnes Colander: An Attempt At Life will be at Jermyn Street Theatre from 12 February 2019.
Agnes Colander at Jermyn Street Theatre

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Playwright, actor, director and critic, Harley Granville-Barker is a giant of Edwardian theatre and with his revolutionary approach to stage design and ensemble acting, is widely regarded as the first modern British theatre director.

Written in 1900, and unearthed a century later, Agnes Colander: An Attempt At Life, is Granville-Barker's witty and compelling exploration of love and sexual attraction.

When it premiered at The Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath in the spring of 2018, in a production directed by Trevor Nunn, Agnes Colander: An Attempt At Life was hailed as a lost masterpiece.

Now Mr Nunn's production is to receive its London premiere in a five week run at Jermyn Street Theatre, from 12 February to 16 March, as part of the theatre's PORTRAIT season.

Trevor Nunn said ...

"Through revivals of his plays like Waste, The Voysey Inheritance and The Madras House, we have come to recognise Harley Granville-Barker as one of the great dramatists of the previous century.

So when a totally unknown, unpublished, full-length play by Barker was discovered recently, it was a momentous development.

Having presented the play at the Ustinov Theatre in Bath, we are now able to bring this world premiere production of a new play by a great writer, to the London stage.

We hope everybody who cares about the history of English drama will be as excited as we are."

Richard Nelson (who is responsible for revising the play) is a multi award-winning playwright and librettist.

He is an honorary associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company and recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

A former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre, Trevor Nunn returns to Jermyn Street Theatre following Samuel Beckett's All That Fall, which transferred to the West End and off-Broadway.

Jermyn Street Theatre's PORTRAIT SEASON, which runs from January to July 2019, also includes the stage premiere of Rose Heiney's Original Death Rabbit (9 January to 9 February), the new play Mary's Babies by Maud Dromgoole (20 March to 13 April), Howard Brenton's return adaptation of August Strindberg's Miss Julie and new adaptation of Creditors (25 April to 1 June) and Pictures Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde in an adaptation by Lucy Shaw (5 June to 6 July)

Jermyn Street Theatre is also celebrating its 25th birthday as an independent theatre in the heart of the West End.

It has won numerous awards, and transferred many productions to the West End and Broadway.

Its co-Founders, Penny Horner and Howard Jameson, serve as Executive Director and Chair of the Board respectively.

Two years ago, new Artistic Director Tom Littler relaunched the theatre as a producing house.


Three years after leaving her unfaithful husband and striking out as an artist, Agnes receives his letter ordering her home.

But Agnes married young; her innocence has gone and her ambition is growing.

Fleeing to France to find a new future, Agnes is pursued by the besotted Alec and worldly-wise Otho.

Beset on all sides, can Agnes seize the chance to shape her own life?


Author: Harley Granville Barker, revised by Richard Nelson
Composer: Steve Edis
Director: Trevor Nunn
Designer: Robert Jones
Lighting: Paul Pyant
Sound: Fergus O'Hare
Production: David Adkin


Jermyn Street Theatre
16b Jermyn Street


From: Tuesday 12 February 2019

Closes: Saturday 16 March 2019


Previews: £15.00

Standard: £30



£10 for under-30s (100 tickets)

(after Saturday 23 February all tickets are full price)

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ActDrop full listing for Agnes Colander
Harley Granville-Barker - Wikipedia

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