The Watermill Theatre will premiere two new British musicals next year as part of its 2020 season.
The Newbury venue will stage The Wicker Husband by Darren Clark and Rhys Jennings, which is described as a folk-inspired tale and which won the Stiles and Drewe mentorship award in 2016.
A new musical adaptation of Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana by Ben Morales Frost and Richard Hough will also feature in the season, opening next June.
Elsewhere, the Watermill Ensemble will stage a female-led Hamlet, directed by artistic director Paul Hart and Abigail Pickard Price, as well as the return of the ensemble’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, while the theatre will also revive its 2016 production of Craig Taylor’s One Million Tiny Plays About Britain.
This will open the 2020 season in January, directed by Laura Keefe and produced in association with the Jermyn Street Theatre.
Elsewhere, the season features the world premiere of a new play about 1990s environmental activism, Camp Albion, written by Danielle Pearson.
Hart said of the programme: “It feels so important to be concentrating our efforts on the development of new work and absolutely demonstrates our commitment to nurturing and staging it whilst continuing to create a broad range of work for our audiences.”
One Million Tiny Plays About Britain by Craig Taylor
Directed by Laura Keefe
January 29 to February 15, with press night on January 30
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Directed by Paul Hart
February 19 to March 7, with press night on February 20
The Wicker Husband by Rhys Jennings and Darren Clark, based on a story by Ursula Wills-Jones
Directed by Charlotte Westenra
March 12 to April 4, with press night on March 16
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Directed by Paul Hart and Abigail Pickard Price
April 17 to May 23, with press night on April 21
Camp Albion by Danielle Pearson
Directed by Georgie Staight
May 26 to June 6, with press night on May 27
Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana by Ben Morales Frost and Richard Hough
June 11 to July 18, with press night on June 15