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Nadia Fall announces first season at Theatre Royal Stratford East

Nadia Fall. Photo: Michael Shelford

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

May 2019