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Finborough Theatre announces Summer season

Plays marking The Great War, Battle of Waterloo and World War Two feature

The publicity image for Miss Wilson's Waterloo
The publicity image for Miss Wilson's Waterloo

The Finborough Theatre's artistic director Neil McPherson has announced his Summer season, which continues the venue's 35th anniversary celebrations.

The season opens with the return of the Finborough's occasional TheGreatWar100 series. Commemorating the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign, the first UK production in over 50 years of Alan Seymour's The One Day of the Year (19 May to 13 June) will be directed by Australian Wayne Harrison and star Mark Little.

Running alongside it, Stony Broke in No Man's Land, a world premiere written and directed by John Burrows and performed by two original members of 80s group The Flying Pickets, plays on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays from 24 May to 9 June.

There will also be two afternoon staged readings of Miss Wilson's Waterloo, a new play by Ellis Jones and Martin Wimbush, on 10 and 11 June to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

In June and July, Purni Morell, artistic director of the Unicorn Theatre, directs the first major revival of Ted Whitehead's Alpha Beta for more than 40 years, playing from 18 June to 18 July. The play, which premiered at the Royal Court with Albert Finney and Rachel Roberts, is a "brutal examination of a disintegrating marriage".

It's accompanied by the world premiere of A Third by Chicago playwright Laura Jacqmin, about a young married couple exploring an open relationship, playing on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.

The season culminates with two world premieres. Previously seen at the Finborough in 2013, Operation Crucible (28 July to 22 August) by Kieran Knowles returns to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Sheffield Blitz and the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

It's accompanied on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays by a new play from the Finborough's Playwright on Attachment Steven Hevey, We Know Where You Live, about the "brutal wave of gentrification" in a London borough.