Peter Gill Makes Bush Debut, School in Session
Date: 3 August 2010
Peter Gill will make his Bush Theatre debut next month with the UK premiere of American playwright Annie Baker’s The Aliens. It kicks off the Bush’s new autumn/spring season, which also includes the Edinburgh Fringe transfer of DC Jackson’s My Romantic History and a “School Season” of two plays about modern education, performed in rep by a ten-strong ensemble (one of the largest casts ever assembled at the tiny, 80-seat Bush).
The programme is as follows:
The Aliens, 20 September – 16 October (previews from 15 September) - In a Vermont cafe one summer, dropouts KJ and Jasper draw 17-year-old Evan into their world of magic mushrooms, philosophical musings and great bands that never were. The Aliens premiered Off-Broadway in April 2010. Baker’s other plays Body Awareness and Circle Mirror Transformation, which won an Obie Award for Best New American Play. A playwright and director, Peter Gill was founder of Riverside Studios and the National Theatre and a veteran of the Royal Court in the 1960s. His recent directing credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, Gaslight, The Voysey Inheritance and Scenes from the Big Picture.
My Romantic History, 25 October – 20 November (previews from 20 October) - DC Jackson’s new play centres on an office romance between two people who can’t give over their childhood sweethearts. Iain Robertson, Alison O'Donnell and Rosalind Sydney star in the production directed by Lyndsey Turner, whose recent credits include Laura Wade’s Posh and Alice. My Romantic History premieres this month at the Edinburgh Fringe, running at the Traverse Theatre from 5 to 29 August, and then tours to Birmingham and Sheffield before its Bush dates.
The “School Season” - The Knowledge, 17 January to 19 February 2011 (previews from 12 January) - John Donnelly’s play, drawing on his own experiences from working in primary and secondary schools, examines what happens to a young teacher in a failing school. Charlotte Gwinner directs the production, which runs in rep with Little Platoons.
The “School Season” - Little Platoons, 17 January to 19 February 2011 (previews from 12 January) - This new dark comedy by Steve Waters (whose The Contingency Plan was a hit at the Bush last year) is written in response to the new coalition government’s offer to enable parents to set up their own free school. Nathan Curry directs the production, which runs in rep with The Knowledge.
Moment, 28 February to 26 March 2011 (previews from 25 February) - On a seemingly ordinary evening, an Irish family sit down to tea. The difference tonight is that child-killer Nial is back from prison with some news to share and a conscience to clear. A Tall Tales production, Moment is written by the company’s artistic director, Irish playwright Deirdre Kinahan, and directed by David Horan.
- by Terri Paddock
Subscribe to our free newsletter
Featured Editor's Picks
|X Factor musical titled I Can't Sing!, opens Palladium March 2014 |
The forthcoming X Factor musical will be called I Can't Sing! The Musical and will premiere at the L...
|Clint Eastwood on board to direct Jersey Boys film?|
Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood has reportedly been signed up to direct the film version of Jersey B...
First things first, it's great to see the Southwark Playhouse open again. Set halfway down New...
|Michael Coveney: Big Apple bites and Manhattan memories|
You should always do new things in familiar cities. Over the past few days in New York, I walked a...
|Donmar stages Nick Payne premiere, Wesker's Roots & Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus |
The Donmar Warehouse has announced its new season, which features the premiere of Nick Payne's new p...
|Podcast: Kendal & co in Relatively Speaking Q&A|
Last night (21 May 2013), 140 Whatsonstage.com theatregoers attended Relatively Speaking at the West...
|1st Night Photos: Kimberley Walsh & Denise Van Outen toast Tointon in Relatively Speaking|
Strictly Come Dancing stars Kimberley Walsh, Denise Van Outen and Artem Chigvintsev toasted former S...
|ATG acquires Broadway's largest theatre The Foxwoods, home of Spider-Man|
In another significant step for transatlantic theatre relations, the UK’s biggest theatre ...
|Video: Sheila Hancock shows wild side in Barking in Essex trailer|
As this new trailer reveals, Sheila Hancock has had a dramatic TOWIE-style makeover for her forthcom...
| Review Round-up: Critics convinced by Relatively Speaking?|
Lindsay Posner's revival of Alan Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking opened at the Wyndham's Theatre las...