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New Diorama Theatre announces 2017/2018 season

Season preview

NEW Diorama Theatre, which won The Stage’s Fringe Theatre of the Year Award 2017 and the 2016 Peter Brook Empty Space Award, has announced its 2017/18 season.

Highlights of the season

The season opens with The Pretend Men following their first multi-award-winning show with the sequel Police Cops In Space (September 7 – 16) in a double bill with Emergency Chorus, fresh from selling-out INCOMING Festival and winning awards at the National Student Drama Festival with their Sunday Times Playwrighting Award-winning show Celebration (September 7 – 9).

New Diorama will transfer its new in-house production Secret Life of Humans back from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Inspired by the international best-seller, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, the show will run for four weeks at New Diorama (April 10 to May 5) before transferring to Greenwich Theatre. The production is written and directed by New Diorama Artistic and Executive Producer David Byrne, and co-directed with Kate Stanley.

The new season also features many brand new shows from some of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies. Multi-award-winning Kandinsky return with a new show Trap Street (March 6 – 31), directed by Complicite Associate James Yeatman, focusing on urban planning and the dreams behind inner-city council estates. And Kandinsky’s hit show Still Ill returns for a limited two week run (January 16 – 27).

Following hit shows The Beanfield and Tank, total theatre award-winners Breach Theatre are delving into the world of emergency preparedness scenarios with the The Drill (May 15 – 25), co-commissioned with New Diorama, BAC, Bike Shed and HOME.

Lost Watch return to New Diorama with a new social work inspired show Left My Desk, which premieres at NDT from May 29 to June 16. This season will also see Lost Watch joining New Diorama as one of its four NDT Associate Ensembles.

As a special addition this season, New Diorama will be hosting several large scale events and productions in ND2, its new rehearsal and development space – located just next door to the theatre at Regent’s Place.

The first ND2 production will be a brand new production of Mike Bartlett’s Contractions (November 1 – 29), presented by Deafinitely Theatre, in co-production with New Diorama. Performed in the shadows of a deserted trading floor, this new production will be Deafinitely Theatre’s first site specific piece.

The second will be an immersive show presented by Gruff Theatre, most recently seen presenting Caryl Churchill’s The Striker as part of the Styx 90’s season. It Made Me Consider Me (January 24 to February 21) will focus on history, memory and forgetting.

Throughout the season some of the most successful productions of the last year will transfer to New Diorama:

Straight from its Off-Broadway success, Bucket Club’s Fossils will run at NDT for two weeks this Autumn (September 19 – 30). Having sold-out and won prizes at Vault Festival, Smoke and Oakum’s Kings transfers to NDT for a three week run (October 3 – 21).

Thirty Christmases will run from December 4 – 23, transferring from the Oxford Fire Station where it successfully ran throughout Christmas 2016. Written by Jonny Donahoe (Every Brilliant Thing) and with songs from Jonny and the Baptists, the show stars Jonny himself, Paddy Gervers and Chortle Award nominee Rachel Parris.

Barrel Organ’s Lulu Raczka and Ali Pidsley’s production A Girl in a School Uniform (Walks into a Bar) receives its London premiere at NDT (January 30 to February 17), in a co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse.

For more information and to book tickets, call the box office on 020 7383 9034 or visit www.newdiorama.com/.