Nadia Fall has announced her first season as artistic director of London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Fall will direct The Village, an adaptation of Spanish playwright Lope de Vega’s Fuenteovejuna by April de Angelis, which opens the season in September.
Fall said: “I’m excited to kick start my first season as artistic director with The Village, in a new adaptation by April de Angelis of Fuenteovejuna, a story that our founding mother, the great Joan Littlewood first brought to Stratford East in 1955.
“For me the play is ultimately about the power of community and a warning shot to authority. I especially love that it’s the story’s heroine that leads the way in ‘sticking it to the man,’ as we transport the play to contemporary India.”
Other highlights include August Wilson’s King Hedley II, also directed by Fall, which will open in May 2019.
Matthew Xia is to direct the theatre’s annual pantomime, which will be Sleeping Beauty. It has a book by Sarah A Nixon and Mark Chatterton and music and lyrics by Robert Hyman.
The season also features a double bill from Ballet Black, as part of a partnership with TRSE which sees the company return for a third consecutive year.
Sarah DeLappe’s play The Wolves, directed by Ellen McDougall, will have its European premiere at the theatre, while Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth’s The Unreturning will have its London premiere when it comes to Stratford as part of the show’s UK tour.
The season also includes the previously announced co-production of Peter Shaffer’s Equus with English Touring Theatre, directed by Ned Bennett.
Season at a glance:
The Village by April de Angelis
Directed by Nadia Fall
September 7 to October 6, with press night on September 13
Ballet Black: Double Bill
October 10 to 13, with press night on October 10
The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe
Directed by Ellen McDougall
October 24 to November 17 , with press night on October 30
Sleeping Beauty by Sarah A Nixon, Mark Chatterton and Robert Hyman
Directed by Matthew Xia
December 1 to January 12, 2019, wit press night on December 8
The Unreturning by Anna Jordan
Directed by Neil Bettles
January 16 to February 2, 2019, with press night on January 17
Equus by Peter Shaffer
Directed by Ned Bennett
February 15 to March 23, 2019, press night to be confirmed
King Hedley II by August Wilson
Directed by Nadia Fall