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Everyman and Playhouse new seasons

Big names as Oedipus and Roald Dahl's dark tales sit next to Gruffalo

Published on November 25th 2010.


Everyman and Playhouse new seasons

STEVEN Berkoff, Jeremy Dyson, John Hegley, John Shuttleworth, Juan Martin, Alan Bennet and Roald Dahl are just some of the names to tinker with as the Everyman and Playhouse announce their 2011 seasons.

The Playhouse kicks off in February with Steven Berkoff’s adaptation of Sophocles’s greatest Greek tragedy, Oedipus. This Nottingham Playhouse co-production, also directed by the man himself, promises, they say, “a stirring theatrical experience, as one man's blind ambition to appease the angry gods unearths a hideous secret” (and we all know what that is).

A massive hit when it was performed in a rehearsed reading at Everyword in May 2010, the first production at the Everyman next year will be Dead Heavy Fantastic - a new comedy by Liverpool playwright Robert Farquhar which follows lonely heart Frank as finds himself on one nightmarish rollercoaster of a night out in Liverpool (sounds familiar too).

In April at the playhouse Roald Dahl’s renowned dark short stories for adults are brought to the stage for the first time by The League of Gentlemen’s Jeremy Dyson, co-writer of the Playhouse smash-hit Ghost Stories and directed by Polly Findlay winner of the JMK Trust young theatre director award. Roald Dahl's Twisted Tales enters a wonderfully dark and dangerous world where nothing is quite as it seems and every outcome is surprising. An Everyman and Playhouse, Lyric Hammersmith and Northern Stage co-production, this show will also be seen in Hammersmith and Newcastle.

On the touring circuit, Paines Plough visit with their Drum Theatre Plymouth co-production Love, Love, Love - Olivier Award winning playwright Mike Bartlett's take on the baby boomer generation as it retires. Hull Truck brings Alan Bennett's The Lady in the Van, starring Nichola McAuliffe. Then Out of Joint and Max Stafford-Clark return with their Lyric Hammersmith co-production, The Big Fellah, Richard Bean's political drama.

John Egley

Following its rehearsed reading at Everyword in May 2010, and successful performances at the Latitude and North Wall Festivals, Liverpool playwright Laurence Wilson's Tiny Volcanoes comes to the Everyman as part of a UK tour produced by Paines Plough in association with the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse.

Flamenco guitarist Juan Martin follows his mesmerising live performance in Cut to the Chase’s 2008 Liverpool Playhouse production, Blood Wedding, with a solo performance for the more intimate Everyman. Fringe First Winner Daniel Kitson makes another very welcome return after previously highly acclaimed We Are Gathered Here, C90, and 66a Church Road, with a new storyshow The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church. And Sheffield's finest son, John Shuttleworth, brings back his sell-out 2010 Everyman show A Man With No More Rolls.

Family shows for February and March include Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play at the Everyman, John Hegley's double-bill, The Adventures of Monsieur Robinet for over sevens, and Animal Alphaboat for age three and above, gives the whole family the chance to experience and take part in the poet’s unique approach to poetry, dance and song. At the Playhouse in March, Tall Stories Theatre Company follows its sell-out tour and West End success of The Gruffalo with Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning sequel The Gruffalo's Child.

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