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Premieres Season at New Wimbledon Theatre

Following on from their successful inaugural 2021 season of productions, (originally intended for 2020), New Wimbledon Theatre have unveiled their next Premieres Season, with the new writing initiative returning in full force for 2022!

Premieres Season at New Wimbledon TheatreFeaturing three hand-picked, world premiere productions, set to headline the venue’s studio this Autumn, the season is designed to help facilitate creatives in getting their new work up on its feet for the first time. Curated by the venue’s team, led by Theatre Administrator and Events Programmer Emma Brack, the dynamic offering includes: a new piece by renowned ensemble BoxLess, about famed aviation pioneers the Montgolfier brothers, the pair portrayed here by two enigmatic female performers, a blazing, semi-biographical look at Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears’ supposed relationship, centred around Britten’s work on his latest masterpiece, and also a provocative new WWI play full of surrealism and historical amplifications, situating itself around the 1914 Christmas truce and storytelling from the female perspective.

Through our Premiere’s Season, we aim to provide an opportunity for theatre-makers to see their work on its feet and fully staged for the very first time, whilst delivering some top-quality and compelling productions for our Wimbledon audiences. We are incredibly proud to announce the return of our Premiere’s Season following last year’s successful runs, with three brand new titles. We cannot wait to see what our next three productions bring!” – Emma Brack.

New Wimbledon Theatre
The Broadway, Wimbledon,
London, SW19 1QG

All three productions are full-length and will run at the Studio at New Wimbledon Theatre Thursday to the following Saturday for 12 strictly limited performances each, in September, October and November respectively. Alongside this New Wimbledon Theatre are proud to announce their #FromTheFringe Season (Wimbledon’s very own Fringe Festival) will also be back for 2022 with 16 exciting shows and comedians taking to the Studio stage this coming June.

Ballooniana! by Alexander Knott
BoxLess Theatre
(Loop (Theatre N16, Theatre Royal Stratford East, tour & Edinburgh fringe) Private Peaceful (BarnFest, The Barn Theatre, Bristol Old Vic) & David Copperfield (Barn Theatre)).
Thur 22 Sep – Sat 1 Oct 2022

On November 21st in the year of our lord 1783, Jacques and Joseph Montgolfier watched a creation that was lighter than air soar away from them, in an effort to touch the face of God. Intentionally or not, this single action, this untethering of our collective dreams, led to us taking flight, in constant pursuit of the unattainable, and the unknown.

BoxLess take the story of the creation of the hot air balloon, and meld it with their signature physical theatre, original music and spoken word poetry, performed by the ensemble. This story could be dry. This story could be dusty. We promise it won’t be. The human race is taking flight. Untethered. A carnival of creativity, a celebration of
what mankind can achieve, told by two female performers playing the Montgolfier brothers, with live original music and musicians, physical theatre and balloons. A celebration of liveness, aliveness and live theatre. A cloud in a paper bag.

Cast & Creatives: Written & Directed by Alexander Knott. Performed by Zöe Grain, Freya Sharp, James Demaine and Samuel Heron. Original Music Composed & Performed Live by James Demaine & Samuel Heron. Movement & Additional Devising by the Company.

Turning The Screw by Kevin Kelly
K-Squared Productions
(The Milkman’s on His Way (Brighton Fringe)).
Thur 20 Oct – Sat 29 Oct 2022

It’s 1954 and Benjamin Britten is working on a new opera about purity and innocence. He’s in an illegal gay relationship with Peter Pears so they mustn’t draw attention to themselves.
The star of the opera, a roguish 12-year-old choirboy, is coming to stay with them and he has other things on his mind. Someone’s going to get hurt and someone might end up in jail. A play about love, music, and memory.
Directed by Tim McArthur.

Don’t Shoot The Meistersinger by Graham Hill
(Nice Bit O’Fish In High Wycombe (Time Out Play Of The Week) & Cissie and Ada: An Hysterical Rhectomy (UK Tour)).

Profugo Theatre Company
Thur 3 Nov – Sat 12 Nov 2022
Christmas 1914. Carol singing in the trenches. A football match in No Man’s Land. Enemies coming together as friends. The inordinate power of the human spirit.

Yeah, yeah. You know all that. Now find out what you don’t know (and probably don’t need to). All join up for a game of war. No girls!
But hang on a minute…

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