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Nadia Fall unveils second season at Theatre Royal Stratford East

Our Lady of Kibeho, which transfers to Theatre Royal Stratford East in September. Photo: Manuel Harlan Our Lady of Kibeho, which transfers to Theatre Royal Stratford East in September. Photo: Manuel Harlan
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Nadia Fall has announced her second season as artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, which includes a co-production with the National Theatre and a 10th anniversary production of Sucker Punch.

The east London theatre is also launching a series of new initiatives, including performances for solo theatregoers, and expanding its learning and participation department.

Next year, Fall will write and direct Welcome to Iran, which is based on real-life testimonies and promises “a tender and witty snapshot of modern Iran”. Produced in collaboration with the NT, the production will transfer there following its run in Stratford.

Katori Hall’s Our Lady of Kibeho, which ran in at the Royal and Derngate in Northampton last year, will transfer to London for a run at Stratford East this September, opening Fall’s second season.

The theatre will also stage an anniversary production of Roy Williams’ play Sucker Punch to celebrate 10 years since it premiered at the Royal Court. The new production will be directed by Roy Alexander Weise and will open in June 2020.

In its first collaboration with Eclipse Theatre, TRSE will host the London premiere of Janice Okoh’s The Gift, directed by Eclipse artistic director Dawn Walton and produced with the Belgrade Theatre Coventry, while the theatre’s annual pantomime will return this year with Dick Whittington by David Watson and Robert Hyman.

The programme also includes a collaboration with Theatr Clwyd and new writing theatre company Paines Plough, which will bring its pop-up theatre, Roundabout, to Stratford in October with three new plays by Daf James Charley Miles, and a triple bill of dance work by Ballet Black.

Beyond the programme, TRSE announced new initiatives for local audiences. These include Neighbours Night, which will offer discounted tickets to local residents, and UNO, a scheme designed for solo theatregoers in which audiences attending on their own can socialise in a reserved space on one night during each run, with a member of staff to facilitate introductions.

The theatre is also appointing its first head of learning and participation, whose job it will be to “further engage sections of the community underrepresented in the arts”.

Season at a glance

Our Lady of Kibeho by Katori Hall
Directed by James Dacre
September 25 to November 2, with press night on October 2

Roundabout season by Daf James, Nathan Bryon and Charley Miles
Directed by Stef O’Driscoll
October 10 to 26

Ballet Black: Triple Bill by Mthuthuzeli November, Sophie Laplane and Martin Lawrance
November 6 to 9

Dick Whittington by David Watson (book and lyrics) and Robert Hyman (music and lyrics)
Directed by John Haidar
November 23 to January 11, with press night on November 30

The Gift by Janice Okoh
Directed by Dawn Walton
January 29 to February 15, with press night on January 29

Welcome to Iran by Nadia Fall
Directed by Nadia Fall
April 18 to May 16, with press night on April 24

Sucker Punch by Roy Williams
Directed by Roy Alexander Weise
June 19, 2020, to July 25, 2020, with press night on June 25, 2020

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