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Finborough Theatre


118 Finborough Road, LONDON, SW10 9ED
01223 357 851
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Go Bang Your Tambourine
FROM:06-08-2019
TO:31-08-2019
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“There’s a devil inside you egging you on to put a stop to his happiness – and that’s why you’d want me to come away with you, isn’t it?.”

The London premiere of Philip King’s 1970 play Go Bang Your Tambourine.

Young David Armstrong misses his mother. Following her death, he now lives alone in their North Country house, a devoted member of the Salvation Army.

But tongues start to wag when David advertises for a lodger, and good-hearted, attractive Bess, a local barmaid, moves in. But when David’s estranged Casanova of a father decides to move back in, uninvited and unwanted, the impossible situation quickly comes to a head…

Seen in London for the first time, Philip King’s touching domestic family drama is a new insight into the work of a classic British playwright.

Anahera
FROM:03-09-2019
TO:28-09-2019
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“Our children do as they’re told. That’s our family dynamic”

A European debut for an exciting new voice from New Zealand. ??

11-year-old Harry Hunter is missing.

While they wait for news, Anahera – a newly qualified Maori social worker – supports Harry’s distraught parents.

?But as the hours pass and the situation pushes everyone to their limits, Anahera is forced to take a stand. ??

Anahera returns to the Finborough Theatre where it was originally given a staged reading in Vibrant 2018 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights. In New Zealand, it was chosen for Auckland Theatre Company’s workshop Next Stage in 2015 and was a finalist in the Adam NZ Play Awards in 2016. It premiered in September 2017 at Circa Theatre in Wellington, receiving rave reviews, and won Most Outstanding New New Zealand Play at the Wellington Theatre Awards 2017

The Niceties
FROM:01-10-2019
TO:26-10-2019
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“There is one appropriate way of responding to a woman of color who says, I have an idea to assert, and that is to shut up and listen”

The European premiere of the hit Off-Broadway play The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess.

At an elite East Coast university, an ambitious young black student and her esteemed white professor meet to discuss a paper the college junior is writing about the American Revolution. They’re both liberal. They’re both women. They’re both brilliant. But very quickly, discussions of grammar and Google turn to race and reputation, and before they know it, they’re in dangerous territory neither of them had foreseen – and facing stunning implications that can’t be undone.

The Niceties is a complex and compelling depiction of racial and generational divides which speaks directly to our polarised, post-truth era, as it asks who gets to tell the story of America, and how.


The Finborough Theatre is in the West Brompton area of London, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The theatre presents a varied programme of work which includes UK and world premieres of new plays; the venue has always been a supporter of new writing. The Finborough Theatre is an award-winning venue that is recognised as one of the best Off-West End theatres in London and continues to build on this reputation with the events it presents today.

The building was originally designed in 1868 as a public house by George Godwin. The additional space above the theatre was converted into a theatre by June Abbot in 1980, and saw many famous artists grace its stages during its first decade, including Clive Barker, Kathy Burke, Ken Campbell, Mark Rylance and Clare Dowie.

This rich history of new writing continued into the next two decades, and has seen many of the great plays presented by resident theatre companies transfer to major theatres like the Royal Court. There are almost too many talented names that have had theatre premieres at the Finborough Theatre to mention. Some notable names include Rachel Weisz, David Mamet, James Graham, and the final premiere performance of the late John Bennett.

Transport

Earl's Court or West Brompton

Bar

The pub opens one hour before the performance for weekday matinees.

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