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Finborough Theatre - October to December 2017

Season preview

FINBOROUGH Theatre’s final season of 2017 brings together the two strands of its multi-award-winning artistic policy – vibrant new writing and unique rediscoveries – with three plays unseen in the UK for many years, and twelve new plays from the UK, the US and Canada.

The season opens with the UK debut of acclaimed American playwright Keith Bunin with the European premiere of The Busy World is Hushed. Directed by the founder of Theatre503, Paul Higgins, it plays an eight week limited season from October 3 to November 25.

It is accompanied by Vibrant 2017 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights. Now in its ninth consecutive year, Vibrant plays Sunday and Monday evenings and Thursday matinees between October 8 and October 26 and is accompanied by the return of the Introduce Yourself initiative for new playwrights.

This year’s Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights includes new plays from Finborough’s Channel 4 Playwrights Scheme Playwright in Residence Carmen Nasr, three Playwrights on Attachment, Scots Gaelic author Iain Finlay Macleod, and June Carryl’s winning play from the ADAA $10,000 Saroyan/Paul 2016 Human Rights Playwriting Competition.

And then by a controversial rediscovery, the queer classic Quaint Honour by Roger Gellert, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967, and unseen in the UK for 60 years, plays Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees between October 29 and November 21.

The year ends with the first London production in nearly 70 years of The Passing of the Third Floor Back by Jerome K. Jerome, author of Three Men in a Boat. It plays from November 28 to December 22 alongside the first London production in 80 years of Israel Zangwill’s classic drama of refugees and immigration, The Melting Pot, on Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees between December 3 and December 19.

Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson said: “In a financial climate that is making our continued work even harder to achieve, our new season continues to bring together the very best of new playwriting from the English-speaking world, with work from the past that has been unfairly neglected in an ambitious and idiosyncratic selection of work that you’ve never seen before and can’t see anywhere else.

“With the help of funding from our regular patrons, we have also recently completed the first stages of a refurbishment of the Finborough Theatre building. As always, please do consider supporting us by joining our Friends Scheme.”

The European premiere of Dolphins and Sharks continues at the Finborough Theatre until September 30, 2017.