Sutton Theatres – Season Highlights
- ‘The Lost Field of Summer’, a newly-commissioned short-format opera about local residents during First World War
- ‘Marhaba Maghreb’ a festival of Contemporary North African Theatre and Dance with some of the most innovative companies from the region, including international co-production with festivals and theatres from the Netherlands and Italy
- Headline comedians Rich Hall, Jason Byrne, Katherine Ryan and Tim Vine
- Opening of new space Back Door @ The Secombe dedicated to music gigs, comedy, cabaret, burlesque and new theatre work
- Christmas panto ‘Pinocchio’ starring Eastenders star Melissa Suffield
Since June 2015, Sutton Theatres are under new management, under the joint directorship of Beri Juraic and Micha Colombo. The three venues are The Secombe in Sutton, with now increased capacity of 396-seats and studio space The Cryer in Carshalton. From this autumn, Sutton will also be one venue richer, with our newly branded space, Back Door @ The Secombe, which offers informal entertainment from gigs, comedy, cabaret, burlesque and more, overseen by Programme and Operations Manager Benn Cody.
Entertaining, inspiring, and challenging, Sutton Theatres will be redefining what regional theatres are under the motto “Inspiration on your doorstep”. Highlights of the first season include: headline comedians Jason Byrne, Katherine Ryan, Rich Hall and Tim Vine; newly-commissioned short format opera ‘The Lost Field of Summer’ with libretto by Alasdair Middleton (Young Vic, Opera North, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) and music by Laura Bowler (ROH2, Manchester Camerata). It will be directed by Psyche Stott (Northern Stage, Young Vic) and based on real historical accounts of local lives during First World War; ‘Marhaba Maghreb’ (Welcome Maghreb) Festival, curated by Sutton Theatres’ Executive Director Beri Juraic, and featuring some of the most exciting North African dance and theatre-makers today, including the UK premiere of award-winning Tunisian theatre maker Meher Awachri’s ‘Plastic’- a co-production with Dutch festival ‘Dancing on the Edge’ and Italian Teatro Mediterraneo Occupato from Palermo and the UK premiere of Cie Hervé Koubi’s, ‘What The Day Owes To The Night’, previously performed at the Bolshoi Ballet and in New York. As Christmas bells begin to jingle, we will return to the great British institution that is pantomime, with our very own version of ‘Pinocchio’, written by Sutton Theatres’ Artistic Director Micha Colombo, directed by award-winning Peter Darney and featuring Eastenders star Melissa Suffield.
Over the course of the autumn and winter we have programmed over 120 performances of visiting companies from the UK, Europe and Australasia. From visually stunning children’s shows such as Little Dog Barking’s puppetry piece Death, Duck and the Tulip to Theatrical Niche’s commedia del arte Tartuffe or The Rose Kingston’s hilarious history My Kingdom is a Horse. We are also supporting local talent, such as the world premiere of Rachel Nanyonjo’s Kanzase Dance Theatre’s 2:1 which explores women and power, and the world premiere of Ciaran McConville’s Stones by young theatre company Grean Tea.
Friday 31st July 2015