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Theatr Clwyd announces 2019 season and Menier Chocolate Factory co-production

Tamara Harvey has announced two world premieres for the new year

Katherine Parkinson in Home, I'm Darling
© Manuel Harlan

Theatr Clwyd's 2019 season has been announced by artistic director Tamara Harvey.

The Mold venue will collaborate with the Menier Chocolate Factory on a new revival of Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Descending, directed by Harvey. The piece is about Lady, who is trapped in a loveless marriage in the deep south, and will run from 15 to 27 April 2019 before transferring to the Menier, where it runs from 9 May to 6 July. Casting is to be announced.

Emma Reeves (Hetty Feather) will adapt Jacqueline Wilson's Wave Me Goodbye for the stage, returning to Clwyd following her time as a member of the Theatr Clwyd Youth Theatre in her childhood. Running from 23 April to 4 May, the show is directed by Christian Patterson and is based on the life of ten year-old Shirley as she's evacuated from her home as the Second World War begins.

Katie Posner will direct the large-scale production The Mold Riots from 21 to 26 October, written by Bethan Marlow. Reflecting on the 1869 riots in the city, more information about the expansive project is to be announced.

The venue will also mount the returning production of Laura Wade's Home, I'm Darling, after its previously announced West End run. The piece runs in Clwyd from 30 April to 4 May.

Touring productions featured across the season include Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz, Rain Man by Dan Gordon, Marie Jones' Stones in his Pockets and John Brittain's Rotterdam. Ian McKellen brings his solo show in celebration of his 80th birthday to the venue from 18 to 19 March.