Goold announced his second season as artistic director of Headlong - the touring outfit formerly known as Oxford Stage Company, which he rebranded and relaunched in 2006 (See News, 29 Aug 2006) – at a press conference at London’s Hospital Club this morning. In an “eclectic and heady mix” of collaborations and co-productions, other programme highlights include new pieces by Richard Bean and Anthony Neilson, the winner of the frist Gate/Headlong New Directions Award, a re-imagining of Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author and Goold’s previously announced King Lear with Pete Postlethwaite (See News, 12 Dec 2007).
The various productions will premiere at partner theatres across the country, with further casting details and full tour schedules announced in due course. At this morning's event Goold stated that his mission for the company going forward is that a full three-quarters of its output will be new and, rather than launching conventional tour schedules for each offering, “we will find the product and then the product will find its appropriate home”.
Headlong’s “Season Two” comprises:
Prior to the newly announced shows, Headlong will conclude its “Season One: Reinventing the Epic” with the previously announced European premiere of American Stephen Adly Guirgis’ The Last Days of Judas Iscariot which runs from 3 April to 10 May 2008 (previews from 28 March) at London’s Almeida Theatre, directed by Goold (See News, 30 Oct 2007).
- by Terri Paddock
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