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Artistic Director Tamara Harvey and Executive Director Liam Evans-Ford have today announced full details of Theatr Clwyd‘s new Autumn 2019 season, which will see Harvey will direct Emily White’s début dark comedy, Pavilion, set in a run-down spa town in a forgotten corner of Wales.
Described as a 21st century Under Milk Wood, Pavilion will run in the Anthony Hopkins Theatre from 2 to 12 October 2019 (previews from 26 September), before transferring to The Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre in Newport.
Pavilion is followed by the previously announced Mold Riots by Welsh playwright Bethan Marlow – a bilingual production following the story of the riots in the summer of 1869, when Flintshire’s miners, protesting a ban on speaking Welsh when underground and continually decreasing wages, were brutally suppressed by English soldiers. Newly appointed co-Artistic Director of Paines Plough, Katie Posner, directs the large-scale site-specific production with a combined professional and community cast of over 100, leading audiences on an immersive theatrical experience through the streets of the market town of Mold.
For Christmas 2019, the company will present three productions, led by a new, immersive production of A Christmas Carol by Welsh playwright Alan Harris, directed by the newly appointed Artistic Director of Keswick’s Theatre By The Lake, Liz Stevenson.
The Christmas season will also see Theatr Clwyd continue its partnership with Bangor’s Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre with Y Trol Wnaeth Ddwyn y ‘Dolig, a new Welsh language storytelling adventure for young children by acclaimed writer and director Emyr John. Y Trol Wnaeth Ddwyn y ‘Dolig is the story of a brave little girl and her pet chicken who save Christmas from a bullying troll at loose in the mountains.
Completing the Christmas season is Jack and the Beanstalk, the theatre’s annual rock and roll pantomime, which reunites writer Christian Patterson, director Zoë Waterman and Clwyd’s much-loved pantomime dame, Phylip Harries.
Highlights of the visiting programme include Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple Mystery, A Murder Is Announced (14 – 19 October), Yes, Prime Minister! (4 – 9 November), a new production of Olivier Award-winner Laura Wade’s Posh (23 – 26 October), and the welcome returns of Ballet Cymru with Romeo a Juliet (21 – 22 Oct) and National Dance Company Wales with Roots (7 – 8 November).
Harvey and Evans-Ford said today:
“It’s a rare privilege to collaborate with a playwright at the start of their career – and we’re thrilled to open our Autumn season with Emily White’s début Pavilion, a fiercely funny, sharply poignant new play. We then take to the streets with Mold Riots – a story ingrained within the history of our region. Fittingly it will be performed alongside local residents, who 150 years on from that fateful summer, help us remember those who fought for their identity and language. We’re delighted that these, alongside our three Christmas shows, mean that our Autumn season is built entirely around Welsh playwrights, exploring stories local and national, mythical, classical and new.”
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