Hull Truck Theatre
Hull Truck Theatre

Hull Truck Theatre have announced their new season as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

The world premiere of Olivier Award-winner Richard Bean's The Hypocrite will open the season on 1 March 2017. The One Man, Two Guvnors writer's play is a comedy inspired by the moment King Charles I was denied entry to the city - an event which sparked the English Civil War. Philip Breen will direct Game of Thrones actor Mark Addy, with design by Max Jones.

Amanda Whittington's Mighty Atoms will also receive its world premiere. The play tells the story of a women's boxercise class run in a struggling pub on a tough Hull street. It will be directed by Mark Babych and open on 8 June 2017.

A production of Shakespeare's Richard III will be directed by Northern Broadsides artistic director Barrie Rutter, and will open on 4 May 2017.

The final production of the season will be a new adaptation of Our Mutual Friend by Bryony Lavery. The play explores Dicken's novel and moves it to Hull from its original London setting. It will feature around 100 performers from the Hull Truck Youth Theatre groups.

Artistic director of the theatre Mark Babych said: "2017 is a unique opportunity for Hull and we have programmed a year of ambitious and exceptional drama, telling powerful human stories which resonate with our city and beyond.

"After the years of waiting and planning, it's finally here – don't miss this chance to see world-class theatre from the heart of Hull."