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Jermyn Street Theatre announces first full season under Anthony Biggs

The season will include a series of Steven Berkoff short works, David Pinner’s The Potsdam Quartet and new family musical Little Beasts (What Happens To Naughty Children)

Anthony Biggs has announced his first full season at the Jermyn Street Theatre since taking over at the venue earlier this year, including a series of short works by Steven Berkoff.

Steven Berkoff
Steven Berkoff
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Steven Berkoff: Religion and Anarchy, which runs from 24 September – 26 October 2013, sees Berkoff co-direct with Max Barton eight of his one act plays. Playing in rep, it will feature new works Roast, Guilt, Line-Up, Gas and How To Train and Anti-semite.

The season will also include Berkoff’s epic poem Requiem for Ground Zero, which he will perform once a week. Alongside the fully produced plays, there will be a series of readings of his other one-act plays and at least 20 of his works will feature in the season.

Following the Berkoff season, from 29 October to 23 November, Biggs will direct a revival of Wicker Man author David Pinner’s 1974 comedy The Potsdam Quartet.

Set in the summer of 1945 as the Second World War comes to an end, The Potsdam Quartet tackles the themes of love, friendship and endurance against the background of a disintegrated world beginning to put itself back together.

The final show in Biggs’ season will be new family musical
The Little Beasts (What Happens To Naughty Children), running from 26 November to 19 December 2013.

Written by the theatre’s resident composer Luke Bateman and Michael Conley, the show is based on an 18th century cautionary tale for children, and promises a “deliciously disgusting feast of naughtiness in which children are transformed into the animals they most resemble”.

Anthony Biggs became artistic director of Jermyn Street Theatre in January 2013. His previous productions at the theatre include the UK premiere of Ibsen’s St John’s Night, Charles Morgan’s The River Line, Ibsen’s Little Eyolf and the recent revival of Frederick Lonsdale’s On Approval.