The Jermyn Street Theatre has announced details of its upcoming four month The Reaction season to be formed of fifteen plays and musicals. 

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The Jermyn Street Theatre has confirmed details of its third season which will include fifteen plays and musicals presented across four months.

Running from the 10th April until the 18th August, the season will be based around themes of reacting and re-enacting and will include the first complete London revival of Noël Coward’s Tonight at 8.30 since 1936.

Noël Coward’s Tonight at 8.30 features nine one-act plays ranging from music-hall pastiche, to light comedies, to heartbreaking drama. These have been arranged into three trios entitled Secret Hearts, Nuclear Families, and Bedroom Farces, with the chance to see all three trios (nine plays) in a single day on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tonight at 8.30 will be directed by Tom Littler, while the theatre’s Deputy Director Stella Powell-Jones directs Tomorrow at Noon in which three contemporary playwrights react to Tonight at 8.30. Casting for both productions have yet to be announced.

The season will also include productions of Esther Freud’s Stitchers directed by BAFTA-winning filmmaker Gaby Dellal and Hymn to Love which re-enacts the life of Edith Piaf, featuring 13 of her songs in new translations.

Talking about the news Tom Littler said: “This is the most ambitious season in our 24-year history, and I am incredibly grateful to all of the people who have helped to set it up. I am very excited to be directing the whole of Noël Coward’s Tonight at 8.30 – in our intimate studio space, I think these plays can be revealed as works of extraordinary insight, wit, and emotional impact. Although each trio stands alone, I hope people will come to experience the full breadth of this remarkable cycle, which I count as Coward’s finest achievement. And I cannot wait to see how the three playwrights of Tomorrow at Noon react to Coward. Esther Freud’s Stitchers and Boo Killebrew’s The Play About My Dad are both remarkable, fierce, funny works that I couldn’t put down and so looking forward to seeing on stage. And Hymn to Love is not just a delight for any lover of Edith Piaf, it’s a serious piece of art in its own right, made with deep integrity and performed by the remarkable Elizabeth Mansfield.”

For more information about the upcoming season and productions visit: http://www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk/

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