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Liverpool Everyman’s first rep season to include Fiddler on the Roof and new musical

Artistic director Gemma Bodinetz and executive director Deborah Aydon backstage in the Everyman Theatre. Photo: Dan Kenyon Artistic director Gemma Bodinetz and executive director Deborah Aydon backstage in the Everyman Theatre. Photo: Dan Kenyon
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Liverpool Everyman has unveiled the first season to be performed by its new rep company, including a Fiddler on the Roof revival and a new musical.

Between February and June there will be five shows staged by the company, which will then be performed on rotation in June and July.

Every production will either be directed by Everyman and Playhouse artistic director Gemma Bodinetz, associate director Nick Bagnall or youth theatre director Matt Rutter.

Inspired by the refugee crisis, Fiddler on the Roof will be directed by Bodinetz and will run at the Everyman theatre from February 17 to March 11, with a press night on February 22.

It will be followed by a revival of Manfred Karge’s The Conquest of the South Pole, directed by Bagnall. It will run for March 24 to April 8, with a press night on March 29.

A new musical play by local writer Lizzie Nunnery, The Sum, will be staged at theatre with direction by Bodinetz. It runs from May 6 to 20, with a press night on May 10.

Elsewhere, Brian Patten’s novel The Story Giant has been adapted for the stage by Lindsay Rodden, and runs from April 13 to 29. A press night will be held on April 19.

The final production in the season will be a new production of Romeo and Juliet, featuring both actors from the rep company and the theatre’s youth company Young Everyman Playhouse. It will run at the theatre from May 27 to June 7, with a press night on May 31.

After all five play have been staged, they will then be performed in rep from June 8 to July 1.

Describing the season as a “dream come true”, Bodinetz said it will let the company “tell stories the way we want to, for a city that means the world to us”.

She continued: “The world changed a lot this year and it’s been tough for many but it has also been invigorating. There’s a creative crackle in the air with no room for complacency. A time for change, for magic, for meaning and humanity.”

“The time has come to hold hands and share the stories that make us feel alive and part of something,” she said. “We believe this season of plays reflects that.”

Casting for the 14 members of the company is still underway, but is expected to be announced by the end of November.

The theatre announced it would return to a rep producing model in April – the first time it will have done so for 25 years.

All the productions in the new season will be designed by the company’s new design team Michael Vale, Jocelyn Meall and Molly Elizabeth Lacey Davies.

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