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Details of new James Graham play announced as part of Hull Truck Theatre’s 2018 season

The Culture - A Farce in Two Acts by James Graham is to run at Hull Truck Theatre from January 26 to February 17
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Hull Truck Theatre has announced its 2018 season, which leads with the premiere of James Graham’s The Culture – A Farce in Two Acts.

It will be directed by the theatre’s artistic director Mark Babych and will take a satirical look at Hull’s time as UK City of Culture.

Clown Klub, written by comedian Lucy Beaumont, will also be directed by Mark Babych.

The season will also include an all-female production of Whisky Galore, written by Compton Mackenzie and directed by Kevin Shaw, as a tribute to the historical all-female touring theatre companies in the post-war years.

Associate and supported artists Silent Uproar and The Roaring Girls are both to present productions next year. Silent Uproar is producing The Bold Knights of Britain and The Roaring Girls will explore body positivity in Beach Body Ready.

Local company the Centre for Contemporary Storytelling will present two productions, Turning the Tide as well as Turn and Face the Strange. Ensemble 52 is producing Dark Winter, which is an adaptation of David Mark’s crime novel of the same name.

Hull Truck Theatre will also stage musicals Oliver, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Les Miserables in its upcoming programme.

Touring productions Brighton Rock, produced by Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, presented by the Lyric Hammersmith and Filter Theatre will also visit Hull Truck theatre in 2018.

The theatre will also continue its artist development programmes Grow Festival and Be Our Guest residency. Grow Festival is in its fifth year and provides workshops and development opportunities while the Be Our Guest residency programme provides resources and space for the development of new work.

Season at a glance:

The Culture – A Farce in Two Acts by James Graham

Directed by Mark Babych
January 26 to February 17, with press night on January 30

Whisky Galore by Compton Mackenzie

Directed by Kevin Shaw
May 2 to 12, with press night on May 3

Clown Klub by Lucy Beaumont

Directed by Mark Babych, with press night on January 19
June 14 to July 7

The Bold Knights of Britain by Silent Uproar

February 20 to 24

Beach Body Ready by the Roaring Girls

July 18 to 19

Turning the Tide by Rupert Creed

Directed by Rupert Creed
February 6 to 10

Turn and Face the Strange by Garry Burnett and Rupert Creed

February 21 to 24

Dark Winter by Richard Vergette and Nick Lane

March 13 to 17

Too Clever by Half by Edgar Harrison

July 10 to 14

The Ballad of Paragon Station by Hester Arden

June 21 to 22

Oliver by Lionel Bart

March 27 to 29

Thoroughly Modern Mille by Northern Academy of Performing Arts

April 4 to 7

Les Miserables by Park Street Performing Arts

July 25 to 28

Black Men Walking by Testament

Co-produced by Eclipse Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre
Directed by Dawn Walton
February 27 to March 3

Brighton Rock by Bryony Lavery

Co-produced by Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal
Directed by Esther Richardson
March 20 to 24

The Scary Bikers by John Godber

Directed by John Godber
Co-produce by the John Godber Company and Theatre Royal Wakefield
February 27 to March 3

Private Lives by London Classic Theatre

Directed by Michael Cabot
April 10 to 14

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical by the Showstoppers

March 16

A Midsummer Nights Dream by William Shakespeare

Co-produced by Lyric Hammersmith and Filter Theatre
April 17 to 21

Red Riding Hood and the Wolf by Little Angel Theatre

March 19 to 27

Chocolate Cake by Polka Theatre

Adapted by Watershed productions
May 26

First Encounters: Julius Caesar by the Royal Shakespeare Company

March 8 to 10

Nina by Josette Bushnell-Mingo

March 14 to 15

Two Pianos

May 18 to 19

Swinging at the Cotton Club by the Lindy Hop Dance and the Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra

May 30

Hull Jazz Festival

July 20 to 21

Dead Baby Frog by Sofie Hagen

February 1

Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright by Mark Steel

May 16

What Now by Bridget Christie

May 17

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