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The Reaction Season at Jermyn Street Theatre

Hymn to Love

Season preview

AS WELL as Tonight at 8.30 and Tomorrow at Noon, The Reaction Season at Jermyn Street Theatre includes Stitchers by Esther Freud, Boo Killebrew’s highly praised The Play About My Dad and Hymn to Love which re-enacts the life of Edith Piaf.

Stitchers by Esther Freud runs from May 30 to June 23, 2018.

Nothing can go missing. No wool, no kits. Especially no needles.

Lady Anne Tree – one of the most aristocratic women in England – spent her life in prisons. As a visitor, she saw first-hand the aggression, low self-esteem, and high reoffending rates among the most hardened criminals. Lady Anne thought she had the answer. She would teach them needlecraft.

Based on a true story, Stitchers is an inspiring and heartwarming debut play by best-selling novelist Esther Freud, directed by BAFTA-winning filmmaker Gaby Dellal.

Esther Freud’s first novel Hideous Kinky was made into a film starring Kate Winslet. Granta named her one of the Best Young Novelists under 40. She has since written seven novels, including The Sea House, Love Falls, Lucky Break and most recently Mr Mac & Me.

Gaby Dellal is a British director of film, television and theatre based in America. She won a Best Film BAFTA for On a Clear Day. Her most recent feature film, Three Generations, starred Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon.

Running time is approximately two hours, including an interval.

The Play About My Dad by Boo Killebrew runs from June 27 to July 21.

Dad. Could you start? But, you know, like it’s you, just talking?

It’s not easy putting on a play. It’s even harder when your dad is the lead character. He’s playing himself, and even though you’re the professional playwright and he’s the emergency surgeon, he keeps trying to rewrite your script. After Hurricane Katrina swept through her home town, Boo was determined to write a play about it. But she never imagined it would be this hard…

Playful, funny, and fiercely emotional, Killebrew’s acclaimed play explores what it means to be a father – or a daughter.

Stella Powell-Jones, Deputy Director of Jermyn Street Theatre, directs.

Boo Killebrew is a rising star of American theatre. She has received two New York Innovative Theater Awards, two Fringe Excellence Awards, and The Bette Davis Foundation Award. Her plays include Miller, Mississippi (The Leah Ryan Prize); Romance Novels for Dummies and Days Like Diamonds.

Stella Powell-Jones recently returned to London after establishing a successful career in New York, where she directed new work by writers including Bathsheba Doran, Samuel D. Hunter and Nick Jones.

Running time is 90 minutes (no interval).

Hymn to Love, devised by Annie Castledine, Steve Trafford, and Elizabeth Mansfield, is a homage to Edith Piaf and runs from July 25 to August 18.

I’m singing tonight. There’s nothing else. Nothing but singing.

In a Manhattan hotel room, Edith Piaf rehearses for her last US concert. But for Piaf the hotel holds memories. Eight years earlier she had telephoned her lover, boxer Marcel Cerdan, begging him to
overcome his fear of flying and leave France to be with her. Hours later she heard the terrible news that his plane had crashed. Marcel was dead.

An extraordinary musical homage to Piaf, Hymn to Love explores love, loss and longing with 13 of Piaf’s songs, each given fresh meaning in vibrant new translations. Passionate, memorable and unmissable theatre.

Hymn to Love is directed by Damian Cruden and stars Elizabeth Mansfield as Piaf.

Damian Cruden is Artistic Director of York Theatre Royal, and his production of The Railway Children won an Olivier Award in 2011.

Elizabeth Mansfield was nominated for a Best Actress Olivier Award for her performance as Marie Lloyd in Marie, and has worked at most of the UK’s leading theatres.

Running time is approximately two hours, including an interval.

For more information visit www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk/.