Theatre Royal Stratford East Hosts Piper PremiereDate: 10 August 2006
A street dance interpretation of The Pied Piper of Hamelin receives its world premiere in Kerry Michael’s third Autumn/Winter Season as artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Boy Blue Entertainment will present 21 professional dancers performing their contemporary version of Robert Browning’s poem, Pied Piper, from 3 to 14 October 2006 (previews from 30 September).
Township Stories, a brutally gripping and gritty new drama co-written by Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom (The Township Tarantino) and Presley Chweneyagae (who starred in Oscar winning film Tsotsi), currently being performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, will run in Stratford from 18 October to 11 November 2006 (preview 17 October) following a UK tour.
The crime thriller stars Zenzo Ngqobe (who also appeared in Tsotsi), and is presented by UK Arts International in association with The South African State Theatre and Traverse Theatre Edinburgh along with Theatre Royal Stratford East. The drama is recommended for adults only.
Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Christmas show is a new take on the traditional Hans Christian Andersen tale of The Snow Queen. The story centres on the struggle between good and evil as taken on by a little girl and boy, and runs from 6 December 2006 to 13 January 2007 (previews from 25 November 2006).
Michael said: “Theatre Royal Stratford East is in great shape, proving that you can have commercial success with programming that embraces diversity and reflects the local community we serve: continuing to give them access to new work and new voices.”
- by Caroline Ansdell