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Tricycle unveils first season as Kiln Theatre including Zadie Smith adaptation

Zadie Smith's White Teeth will be adapted for the stage by Kiln Theatre
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A stage adaptation of Zadie Smith’s seminal novel White Teeth will be produced later this year at the Tricycle Theatre, which has been renamed Kiln.

The north London venue has announced it is rebranding as Kiln Theatre ahead of its reopening later this year following a £5.5 million refurbishment.

As part of its reopening season, Smith’s novel will be adapted for the stage by Stephen Sharkey and directed by artistic director Indhu Rubasingham.

She described the production as “the most ambitious project we’ve done”, and said it would boast a 14-strong cast and a live band. Music is being composed for the show by Paul Englishby, and it has design by Tom Piper.

White Teeth runs from October 26 to December 22 and is the second production in theatre’s new programme, staged in its refurbished and expanded auditorium.

The theatre reopens in September with Holy Sh!t, a new play by Alexis Zegerman and directed by Rubasingham.

The year-long programme also includes a revival of the musical Blues in the Night by Sheldon Epps, which will star Sharon D Clarke and Clive Rowe and will be directed by Susie McKenna.

Other new work includes a co-production with Tamasha and Live Theatre on Approaching Empty by Ishy Din.

Directed by Pooja Ghai it is set in the North East of England after Margaret Thatcher’s death, and explores the struggles of a post-industrial generation of South Asian British men.

Florian Zeller will return with The Son, the concluding part of his family trilogy. It will be translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Michael Longhurst and follows earlier works The Mother and The Father.

A new play by Samuel Adamson, Wife, maps four queer stories across four generations, inspired by Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, while Anupama Chandrasekhar has penned a new play transposing Ibsen’s Ghosts to modern-day India.

The theatre has also announced the launch of a new heritage project, A Friendly Society, which will take place across two years.

It will explore the theatre’s history and that of the local area through a programme of engagement workshops, exhibitions and research opportunities aimed at opening up Kiln to its community.

The project will culminate in a large-scale community production, in summer 2019, featuring around 100 individuals on and off stage.