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Theatre Royal Stratford East announces new season featuring Frantic Assembly and April de Angelis

Nadia Fall’s inaugural season will also see Matthew Xia return to direct this year’s pantomime

Theatre Royal Stratford East
Theatre Royal Stratford East

Artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East Nadia Fall has announced her inaugural season at the venue in east London.

April De Angelis will adapt Fuenteovejuna by Lope de Vega, in the world premiere of The Village. Transporting the Spanish play to a new contemporary Indian context, the piece reflects on the tension between community and tyranny. The production opens Fall's inaugural season on 7 September, and runs until 6 October.

The Gate Theatre's artistic director Ellen McDougall will oversee the European premiere of Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves, which runs from 24 October to 17 November. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, the piece follows a soccer team in middle America.

Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth will co-produce The Unreturning, written by Anna Jordan (winner of the 2013 Bruntwood Prize). Set in a northern coastal town, the play is set at different times over 100 years and follows young men returning home from war. It runs from 16 January to 2 February, with direction by Frantic Assembly's associate director Neil Bettles.

In May 2019, Fall will direct August Wilson's King Hedley II, with further details to be confirmed.

As previously announced, the venue will also host the new touring production of Equus, directed by Ned Bennett (Buggy Baby, An Octoroon). It runs from 15 February to 23 March 2019.

Cassa Pancho's Ballet Black will return to Stratford East for a four-day spell from 10 to 13 October.

Matthew Xia will return to the theatre to direct the annual pantomime – which this year will be Sleeping Beauty. It will have book by Sarah A Nixon and Mark Chatterton, with music and lyrics by Robert Hyman. It runs from 1 December to 12 January.