The Watermill Theatre in Newbury has announced a new season of work that will include productions of musicals Kiss Me, Kate, Assassins and The Prince and the Pauper, which has been adapted for the venue’s Christmas slot.
Watermill artistic director Paul Hart will take the reins for a new production of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate, choreographed by Naomi Said. The show will be designed by Frankie Bradshaw and will open in July.
Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins will follow, in a co-production with Nottingham Playhouse that will be directed by Bill Buckhurst and designed by Simon Kenny.
As its Christmas production, the Watermill is staging a family musical version of Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper. It has music and lyrics by Tarek Merchant, and an adapted book and lyrics by Chinonyerem Odimba.
The show will be directed by Abigail Pickard Price, and runs from November until January 2020.
The Watermill’s ensemble will perform a 75-minute version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream – titled A Mini Summer Night’s Dream – which will also visit schools. It will be directed by Robert Kirby and has been adapted by Danielle Pearson.
Elsewhere, the theatre’s young company will stage a production of Cyrano de Bergerac.
Kiss Me, Kate by Cole Porter, Sam and Bella Spewack
Directed by Paul Hart
July 25 to September 21, with press night on July 29
Assassins by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman
Directed by Bill Buckhurst
September 26 to October 26, with press night on September 30
Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
Adapted by Glyn Maxwell
Directed by Seamus Allen
October 30 to November 2, with press night on October 31
A Mini Summer Night’s Dream by Danielle Pearson
Directed by Robert Kirby
November 4 to 8, with press night on November 5
The Prince and the Pauper by Chinonyerem Odimba and Tarek Merchant
Directed by Abigail Pickard Price
November 14 to January 4, 2020, with press night on November 16