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Vault Festival 2019 line-up includes take-over from New Diorama Theatre

Rachel Clarke, Jacoba Williams, Koko Kwaku, Veronica Beatrice Lewis in Queens of Sheba at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh Queens of Sheba is one of the shows announced as part of the New Diorama theatre take-over
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Vault Festival in London has announced its 2019 line-up, which include a two-week takeover from the New Diorama Theatre.

More than 400 shows have been announced for the 2019 festival, which will take place in the vaults beneath London Waterloo station as well as in other venues in the area. The festival runs from January 23 to March 17.

London’s New Diorama Theatre will showcase five productions as part of a new partnership with the festival, including the Faction’s The Talented Mr Ripley and The Stage Edinburgh award-winning Queens of Sheba by Nouveau Riche.

Other shows include Silent Uproar’s Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad), Kill the Beast’s Director’s Cut and the Pretend Men’s Police Cops.

Immersive folk opera Counting Sheep is to headline the festival, returning to the UK for the first time since the show’s run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016.

The makers of Counting Sheep, Mark and Marichka Marczyks, will also present the London premiere of Balaklava Blues, based on their real-life experiences during the 2014 ‘Revolution of Dignity’ in Ukraine.

Other highlights include Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist, starring Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor Tom Lenk as Swinton, and a cycle of plays by physical theatre ensemble PappyShow, including Boys, Girls and Care.

Orlando from Lucy Roslyn and Josh Roche tells the story of Virginia Woolf’s character through the 1960s, the AIDS crisis and the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, while 10 tells the history of Britain since Boudicca through the characters of 10 influential women.

The line-up also includes Rascal Theatre’s Galvanise, a new musical about mathematician Sophie Germain called The Limit and a feminist unpicking of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, called Lola.

Family theatre shows at the festival will include Faceplant Theatre’s One Duck Down, inspired by a spillage of 7,000 rubber ducks into the ocean in 1992, nature documentary show Blue Planet III and Spun Theatre’s exploration of gender identity Princess Charming.

Vault Festival 2019 is supporting charities Help Refugees, with opportunities for audience members to donate with every ticket transaction, and Child.org, which is hosting a stage at the Horse and Stables Pub as part of the festival, where the organisation will receive a percentage of the ticket sales.



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