Above the Stag Theatre re-opens in new venue
ON NOVEMBER 29, 2013, Above the Stag Theatre re-opens in a new venue – a renovated railway arch in Vauxhall – with its infamous annual adult pantomime, followed by an Off Broadway comedy and the world premiere of a new drama by two British writers.
For three and a half years, Above The Stag was one of London’s most successful small theatres, packing in loyal audiences every night to a converted function room above a pub in Victoria. However, in March 2012, the pub was bulldozed, leaving Above The Stag homeless.
But Peter Bull, the driving force behind the theatre, was not to be deterred, despite an 18 month search encompassing unsuitable rooms above (and under!) bars, derelict warehouses and industrial units. And audiences have remained loyal – following ATS to the Landor Theatre for their annual, adults only pantomime, Get Aladdin, and snapping up tickets for the inaugural season at the new venue.
Speaking about the move, Peter Bull said:
“Having been resident in someone else’s premises we’re delighted to be able to control our audience’s entire experience from how we welcome them as they cross the threshold, to how they are served at the bar and of course what they see on our stage, with a year round programme of dramas, comedies, musicals and pantomime – revisiting classics and discovering new work. Also Vauxhall is not so far from where we started and has the great advantage of being at the centre of a massive regeneration programme.”
FULL PROGRAMME DETAILS
Jack Off the Beanstalk by Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper – December 4, 2013 (previews from November 29) to January 5, 2014. Adults only
Poor Jack Trott and his mum have had to sell their cow Kylie for a handful of beans. And now, evil Lord Fleshcreep’s planning to evict them so he can stage a festival on their farm. Enter Cillian O’Connell: sexy TV talent-show hopeful (and compulsive selfie-taker), hiding from the press after a drug scandal. Can he inject some love into their lives before Fleshcreep gets his hands on Jack’s beans?
Jack Off the Beanstalk features cross-dressing, romance, sweet-throwing, silliness and songs.
Produced by Above the Stag Theatre Company, Jack Off the Beanstalk is directed by Andrew Beckett, with set and costume design by David Shields and lighting by Elliot Griggs. Casting has yet to be announced.
Tickets: £18, £12 previews.
Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Saturday matinee at 3.30pm; Sundays at 2pm and 6pm.
The Gay Naked Play, a satire on artistic compromise by David Bell – January 17 (previews from January 14) to February 16, 2014.
With their classic plays, lofty ambitions and their own mid-town theatre, the Integrity Players have it all – except an audience! Performing to ten souls a night, the money’s running out, fast. Enter New York’s most successful gay theatre team, and a young male porn star with dreams of being a proper actor. Can they turn the appalled Integrity Players’ fortunes around with their fabulously trashy new homoerotic stage version of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of The Christ?
Andrew Beckett directs.
A Hard Rain, an edgy new drama set on the eve of New York’s Stonewall riots by Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper – February 28 (previews from February 26) to March 30, 2014.
New York 1969. Kicked out of the military after a year in Vietnam, ‘Ruby’ rocks up in Greenwich Village in a rage and high heels … and meets the street kid who will change his world.
Set on the eve of the Stonewall riots in a mafia-run bar greased with smart-talking queers, bribe-happy cops and nervous Wall Street high-flyers, this is play about what happens when you push things underground.
Tricia Thorns directs.
Above The Stag Theatre, Arch 17, Miles Street, London, SW8 1RZ