The Finborough Theatre has announced its winter line-up, with a season mixing new writing and old.

The season will launch on 4 October 2012 (previews from 2 October) with the first London production in more than 30 years of A Life by Hugh Leonard, which will run until 27 October. It will be accompanied by the world premiere of Chris Dunkley's new play The Soft of Her Palm.

In November, another premiere, Khadija is 18 by new playwright Shamser Sinha runs from 1-24 November (previews from 30 October). It is accompanied on Sunday and Monday evenings and Wednesday and Thursday matinees between 4-22 November 2012 by the return of Vibrant - A Festival of Finborough Playwrights 2012, which consists of staged readings of plays by twelve Finborough playwrights, returning for its fourth year running.

The year comes to a close performances of the winners of the The Papatango New Writing Festival and Competition 2012. Louise Monaghan's Pack, which won first prize of a four-week run, plays 29 November - 22 December 2012 (previews from 27 November); runner-up Everyday Maps for Everyday Use by Tom Morton-Smith runs for three weeks 6-22 December 2012. Staged readings of third- and fourth-placed entries Back Home Contemplation by May Sumbwanyambe and Photos of You Sleeping by Jane Wainwright close the season on 10 and 17 December 2012.

- by Rosie Bannister