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Romantic comedy musical The Season to premiere in Northampton and Ipswich

A new romantic comedy musical set in New York is being brought to the stage this year by the Royal and Derngate and the New Wolsey in Ipswich.

The first full-length musical by British writing duo Jim Barne and Kit Buchan, The Season will premiere in Northampton in November, before running both there and in Ipswich.

Barne and Buchan were the recipients of the Stiles and Drewe mentorship award in 2018, as part of which they developed the show with musical theatre writers George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

In a joint statement, Barne and Buchan said: “We are proud and happy that The Season, the first full-length Buchan Barne musical, will be having its debut run at Royal and Derngate and New Wolsey theatres this autumn. Both theatres have been incredibly supportive and enthusiastic throughout the development process.”

The cast and creative team will be announced later in the year.

The Season will premiere in Northampton on November 1 and 2, before running at the New Wolsey from November 5 to 16, and again at the Royal and Derngate from November 19 to 30.

It is co-produced in association with Glass Half Full Productions and Tim Johanson Productions, and is part of Royal and Derngate’s Made in Northampton season.

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