The Trubine Theatre announces 2020 Spring season
The Turbine Theatre in Circus West Village, the first chapter in the regeneration of the iconic Battersea Power Station, announces an exciting and diverse Spring 2020 season, which includes the programming of a variety of new work and emerging talent from visiting companies, as well as the transfer of one of the Edinburgh Festival’s 2019 hit shows, #HonestAmy.
The full Spring 2020 season comprises of: The stage spectacular, Burlesque’d Live!, directed by Ashley Luke Lloyd and starring Kelsey Beth Crossley and Charlotte Gooch; hot off the back of a successful summer in the West End; Riot Act, a play exploring six decades of queer history; The Barn Theatre’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest; Warped Sacrifice,an original play with fast-paced movement sequences and a poignant soundtrack; Guy, an uplifting new musical by the creators of 2017’s much-hyped, multi-award-winning The Marriage of Kim K; CTC Company’s new hit show, Identity; Westminster Cathedral Choir School’s brand new musical version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and Amy Booth-Steel’s heartfelt, one-woman show #HonestAmy, directed by Kathy Burke.
The Spring 2020 season also includes the previously announced return of Paul Taylor-Mills’ MTFestUK, which runs at the theatre from 3 – 15 February. A celebration of new musical theatre from around the world, the festival’s 2020 musical line-up and casting will be announced in January 2020.
In conjunction with the 2020 Spring season, The Turbine is proud to announce a partnership with Industry Minds, who will be running a variety of seminars and events at the theatre throughout the year. The seminars will run monthly at the theatre in order to provide more help and support for those in the arts, including creatives, students and families.
The Turbine will host the Industry Minds Awards in September 2020, along with Artist Showcases and Live Podcast events throughout the year. These live podcast events have been hugely popular in the past and consist of chats to industry folk about mental health in the arts with a live audience, and a Q&A in order to keep the conversation open.
Seminars will be overseen by Industry Mind’s brilliant counsellor Mary Burch BEM. Further details and dates of the seminars will be announced in due course.
Paul Taylor-Mills, Artistic Director of the Turbine Theatre, said: “I’m delighted that our Spring 2020 season is a celebration of new and emerging talent. This is one of the most important strands of our vision and integral part of the future of The Turbine and indeed the theatre landscape in London and beyond.
We’ve got an eclectic line up which includes the award winning #HonestAmy which celebrated a sell out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year, directed by Kathy Burke. Alongside this, we’ve carefully curated a programme which features a number of visiting companies including contemporary dance, burlesque and a new production of The Importance of Being Earnest from the powerhouse that is The Barn Theatre.
A special Merry Christmas and thanks must be extended to everyone that has supported us over the past few months. It’s been an incredible first couple of months and we couldn’t have done it without your support”
Burlesque’d Live! – Running for three evenings from Thursday 30 January – Saturday 1 February. Step into the glamour and magic of Burlesque'd, starring Emmerdale star Kelsey Beth Crossley and West End Showgirls including Charlotte Gooch (Top Hat, Flashdance, Dirty Dancing).
Come, breathe in the diamonds, lace and glitter and step into a "La Vie En Rose" world! Created and choreographed by Ashley Luke Lloyd, Burlesque'd is an immersive dream world of beauty, mystery and glamour whatever your shape or size! Empowering body confidence from around the globe, Burlesque'd tells the story of passionate showgirls with the zest to shine!
Riot Act – Direct from a successful summer in the West End, the critically acclaimed Riot Act will be performed for one night only on Sunday 16 February.
The play is a hard-hitting and hilarious exploration of the LGBT rights movement. This journey through six decades of queer history...is a riot!
The Importance Of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde’s cherished play comes direct to The Turbine from The Barn Theatre, Cirencester, as atwo-man re-imagining of the classic that will delight and entertain in equal measure. This transfer marks The Barn Theatre's London debut and will run from Tuesday 18 February – Saturday 29 February.
Already recognised as one of the UK’s funniest plays, this ingenious, riotous, re-telling of the story has two incredibly talented actors playing every single character. Rapid quick-changes, tap dancing, fabulous frocks and enough tea to sink a ship, audiences are in for a wildly waggish time. It’s Oscar Wilde’s classic as you’ve never seen it before!
Warped Sacrifice –An original play with fast-paced movement sequences and a poignant soundtrack, Warped Sacrifice will be performed at The Turbine on Tuesday 3 March.
Andre is dying and Daren is expecting. Whether you’re the deranged doctor, the fretting friend, the sharp-witted sister or the worrisome wife, you’re just a small cog that’s part of one larger machine.
In a disturbing dystopian city that is obsessed with perfection, money is the key to everything. But what if money’s not an option. Only then can you decide what sacrifices are worth making.
A looking glass into the future they don’t want you to see – Are you willing to open your eyes?
Guy – The creators of 2017’s much-hyped, multi-award-winning The Marriage of Kim K return with Guy, an uplifting new musical which takes aim at prejudices within the gay community with a heart-pounding electronic-pop rom com.
The production, which was the recipient of the Best New Writing award at Buxton Fringe and Best Show at Birmingham Fest, will be at The Turbine for five performances from Wednesday 4 March – Saturday 7 March.
Identity – CTC Company’s new hit show Identity is a 50 minute controversial and captivating masterpiece showcasing society’s negative perceptions of the individual, and endeavours to explore the inner strength of humanity by celebrating and embracing our unique identities.
The production runs from Tuesday 10 March – Saturday 14 March.
Westminster Cathedral Choir School’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – A cast of pupils from Westminster Cathedral Choir School invite you into the forest of dreams for this hilarious tale of love and magic, at the Turbine for two performances from Wednesday 18 March – Thursday 19 March.
The Head Teacher is getting married, and the students at Midsummer College are coming together to celebrate. As night falls, students venture unseen into the forest behind their school, into the traps of some mischievous fairies.
In this brand new musical version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare’s classic play is transported to a modern-day boarding school with all of the trials and tribulations of teenage life.
#HonestAmy – Written and performed by Amy Booth-Steel and directed by Kathy Burke, #HonestAmy closes the season, running from Tuesday 24 March – Saturday 11 April.
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