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Finborough Theatre


118 Finborough Road, LONDON, SW10 9ED
01223 357 851
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Blueprint Medea
FROM:21-05-2019
TO:08-06-2019
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Kurdish freedom fighter Medea escapes the Turkish military and arrives at UK Border Control on a forged passport. Slipping through immigration, Medea discovers how to exist on the margins of London life. Working illegally as a cleaner in a gym, she meets Jason-Mohammed, the son of Iraqi immigrants. Their attraction results in the birth of twin boys. Medea believes that she has finally found a new home, a new family and a new life.??
But when Jason-Mohammed’s father decides that his son must marry Glauke, an Iraqi cousin, Medea realises that she will lose both her sons and her safe haven in the UK. ??
Based on interviews with Kurdish fighters living in the UK, and written and directed by the first woman ever to direct at the National Theatre, Blueprint Medea is an award-winning new drama loosely inspired by Euripides’ Medea, which connects the classical to the contemporary to explore eternal questions of passion, war, cultural identity, women’s freedom, sex, family and love.

After Dark/A Drama of London Life
FROM:12-06-2019
TO:06-07-2019
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The first production in over 120 years

“It’s hardly the place to take a gentleman. The night- birds of London roost there...”

Written in 1868, the year that the Finborough Theatre’s building was constructed, The first London production in over 120 years of Dion Boucicault’s rip-roaring Victorian melodrama, After Dark; or, A Drama of London Life, directed by the multi-award-winning Phil Willmott.? After losing his wife and daughter to the seductive charm of his fellow army officer Chandos Bellingham, Frank Dalton turns to drink and now lives homeless on the streets of London. Dalton’s only daughter Eliza, having lost her mother in the workhouse and with the wicked Bellingham transported to Australia for a felony, is now married to the unprincipled George Medhurst. Learning her husband intends to abandon her so that he can claim his dual inheritance, she decides to attempt suicide by jumping into the River Thames, but is saved by a group of tramps – including her own father.

Lunatic 19s
FROM:09-07-2019
TO:03-08-2019
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The world premiere

“Discover, detain, deport. It’s all legal. It’s...I put them in the van, bats in a cage, and I just drive.”

A world premiere from a new American playwright.

Recovering from a serious car crash, Gracie, an undocumented Latina migrant worker from Kentucky, is tracked down to her hospital bed by immigration enforcement officer Alec. Dragged from hospital, she is chained and forced into a van to begin the long journey to deportation…

With coruscating humour and caustic observation, Lunatic 19’s captures the human stories at the heart of the current debate about migration and refugees, and the brutal surrealism of jailer and prisoner bound together on a road trip to exile and new beginnings.

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.

Tokenline: 020 3011 0755

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