Matthew Xia has announced his inaugural production as artistic director of Actors Touring Company.
He will direct the UK premiere of Maya Arad Yasur’s Amsterdam, which opens at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond before touring from February 2020.
Described as a “contemporary, audacious thriller”, Amsterdam is about an Israeli violinist living in Amsterdam who receives a mysterious unpaid gas bill from 1944, leading her to piece stories of the past in order to make sense of the present.
The play won the Theatretreffen Stükemarkt Award in 2018.
It has been translated by Eran Edry, and has design by Naomi Kuyck-Cohen, lighting by Ciaràn Cunningham, music by Max Pappenheim and movement by Jennifer Jackson.
Xia took over the artistic directorship of ATC earlier this year from Ramin Gray.
It is co-produced by the Orange Tree, where it runs from September 6 until October 12, and Theatre Royal Plymouth, where it runs from February 27 to March 14. It will then tour until May.
The production will open the Orange Tree’s next season, which also includes revivals of Bernard Shaw’s Candida, directed by Paul Miller, and Arinzé Kene’s Little Baby Jesus, directed by 2019 JMK award-winner Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu.