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News: Northern Stage postpones autumn productions and reveals plans are underway to offer audiences a magical Christmas
postpones autumn productions and reveals plans are underway to offer audiences
a magical Christmas
Following the latest government advice, Northern Stage will postpone its
autumn season productions Red Ellen, The Invisible
Man and Gatsby, and Christmas shows The
Sorcerer’s Apprentice and The Hey Diddle Diddle Christmas
Spectacular from Kitchen Zoo.
Northern Stage - #MissingLiveTheatre
Photo: Kit Haigh
Executive Director Kate Denby said,
“While the government has announced its first steps to bringing back live
performances, there is still some way to go until we can put shows on in the
theatre. As a producing theatre, we need to consider how long it
takes to make a show from scratch - from writing, through to casting,
rehearsing, choreographing, creating the music, building sets and making
costumes in our workshops - and that’s all before it even makes it onto the
stage when our technical teams work their magic. So we have made the
difficult decision to postpone our autumn productions, but we remain absolutely
committed to making these shows and look forward to continuing to work with our
brilliant creative teams and freelancers to bring them to life.”
Red Ellen is a remarkable new play from Caroline Bird telling
the inspiring and epic story of Ellen Wilkinson, a Labour MP who, caught
between revolutionary and parliamentary politics, fought with an unstoppable
energy for a better world. A Northern Stage, Nottingham Playhouse & Royal
Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh production, Red Ellen will premiere in Newcastle in
spring 2022 before touring and will be directed by Wils Wilson (Twelfth
An electrifying new
production adapted from H.G. Wells’ horror fiction classic, The Invisible
Man will be directed by Anna Girvan (Our Country’s Good/Tobacco
Factory Theatres) and adapted by Philip Correia (Hyem/Theatre
503). The Invisible Man is part of Northern Stage’s NORTH programme
to support and develop new talent in the North East of England and will open in
Newcastle in 2021 before touring.
Maria Aberg ([BLANK],
The White Devil) directs a vivid new production of Gatsby, plunging us
headfirst into a seductive and murky world of love, money and glamour. A
Bristol Old Vic, Northern Stage, English Touring Theatre, Royal & Derngate,
Northampton, Oxford Playhouse, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre and Birmingham
Repertory Theatre production, Gatsby will tour in autumn 2021.
Northern Stage - #MissingLiveTheatre
Photo: Kit Haigh
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Kitchen Zoo’s new Christmas show for
under 5s will both be postponed. However, that doesn’t mean that Christmas is
cancelled. Northern Stage Associate Director Mark Calvert explains, “The
creative teams behind Northern Stage’s two festive productions have joined
forces to try to save Christmas. We are working on a brand new, feel-good
festive show for everyone to enjoy this December – a magical theatre experience
for the whole family that can be enjoyed in a safe and socially distanced way.
It won't be the same as we're used to, and it may or may not take place at
Northern Stage, but it will be something special. We've still got a lot of
details to work out, and all of this is dependent on government guidance, but
we will keep you posted with more details as soon as we can…” The
new show will be written by Laura Lindow (War of the Worlds/Northern Stage) and
devised with Kitchen Zoo (The Three Bears at Christmas/Northern Stage) and the
creative team behind The Snow Queen, A Christmas Carol, James and the
Giant Peach and Alice in Wonderland.
Spring touring productions are also being rescheduled including HERE -
a co-production with Curious Monkey written by Lindsay Rodden, and the premiere
of Shandyland - originally developed through The Old Vic 12 scheme,
written by Bruntwood Prize winning playwright Gareth Farr.
who have booked tickets for any of these shows do not need to do anything, the
box office team will contact them directly. As a registered charity, there will
also be an option for customers to donate the value of their tickets to
Northern Stage which will help the theatre to continue its work in the
community and work towards reopening.
Kate Denby said, "Donating the value of any purchased tickets will
help to ensure we can continue to weather this difficult period and get up and
running again. Thank you to everyone who has sent kind messages, made
donations and continued to share the work we have been doing over the last few
months; we are incredibly grateful to you, along with our brilliant staff,
artists, audiences and community. Northern Stage remains resilient. We
continue to find creative ways to support our community, and we look forward to
sharing more of our work with you over the coming months."