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Park Theatre announces new 2020 season

RAGS The Musical

Season preview

PARK Theatre has announced details for their inaugural season of 2020. Featuring an array of premieres and celebrated revivals, the new season places particular focus on stories surrounding race, faith and sexuality to reflect the theatre’s ever-diversifying community.

The Park200 Season opens with Stephen Schwartz’s RAGS The Musical, which enjoyed a critically acclaimed season at the Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester earlier this year.

Also at PARK200:

La Cage Aux Folles [The Play] – Written by Jean Poiret and translated by Simon Callow, it runs from February 12 to March 21. Suitable for ages 16+.

Enter the glittering world of La Cage aux Folles, the play which spawned four blockbuster films and the Tony Award-winning musical. See the original, riotous and heartfelt farce for the first time in the English language.

Nightclub owner Georges and his dazzling drag artiste partner Albin create the most spectacular shows in St. Tropez. But when Georges’ son Laurent announces his engagement to the daughter of a notoriously right-wing politician determined to bring the curtain down on the town’s vibrant nightlife, the real performance begins.

As Georges and Albin entertain their soon-to-be in-laws and attempt to conceal their true nature for the sake of their son, how long can the façade last?

Simon Callow said: “La Cage aux Folles is a great – and brilliantly funny – play about living the life you want to live. It’s also a bit of an eye-opener about what it was to be out and gay in the early seventies. But there’s nothing remotely preachy about it – it’s zany, outrageous, mad. A rampant farce, and utterly life-affirming.”

Clybourne Park – Written by Bruce Norris and directed by Oliver Kaderbhai, it runs from March 25 to May 2. Suitable for ages 14+.

A timely 10th anniversary production of this razor sharp satire about the politics of race and real estate, winner of both the Tony and Olivier Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for author Bruce Norris.

In 1959, Russ and Bev are moving to the suburbs after the tragic death of their son and have sold their house to the neighbourhood’s first black family.

Decades later, the roles are reversed when a young white couple buys the lot in what is now a predominantly black neighbourhood, signalling a new wave of gentrification. In both instances, a community showdown takes place – are the same issues festering beneath the floorboards fifty years on?

A Place For We – Written by Archie Maddocks and directed by Michael Buffong, it runs from May 6 to June 6. Suitable for ages 14+.

There’s five generations of tradition in these walls.

A funeral parlour. A pub. An urban-zen enoteca and conscious eatery. One building in Brixton tells the story of London’s changing communities over three very different generations.

Trinidadian funeral director Clarence and fifth generation pub owner George don’t want things to change. But everything around them is changing. Do they adapt to survive? Or stay true to their roots and risk it all… family, tradition, business?

In the wake of the Windrush scandal, Archie Maddocks’ bittersweet comedy holds a mirror up to the ever-changing face of London’s communities in search of their common beating heart.

A Place for We was shortlisted in 2017 for both the Bruntwood Prize and Alfred Fagon Award. It was first performed as a staged reading at Talawa Firsts 2018 and is directed by Talawa’s Artistic Director Michael Buffong.

The Garden of Words – Adapted by Whole Hog Theatre (Princess Mononoke stage adaptation) and directed by Alexandra Rutter, it runs from July 15 to August 15. Suitable for ages 12+.

You’ve been living your whole life alone…

Rainy season. Tokyo. Akizuki and Yukino are skiving.

When a student and an older woman meet by chance, their mutual feelings of alienation draw them together. But the friendship that could save them might also ruin them…

Based on the stereotype-defying Anime by renowned director Makoto Shinkai (your name.), this modern tale inspired by ancient poetry explores invisible disability, loneliness, and the moral line between platonic and romantic longing.

Created and performed in London and Tokyo, this collaboration with Anime stage production specialists, Nelke Planning, brings together Japanese and British creatives to explore Shinkai’s emotive animation through visual storytelling.

The Garden of Words is performed in English with occasional Japanese.