NEWS: Pleasance Theatre To Reopen With Fringe Futures Festival

The theatre in Islington is teaming up with  VAULT Creative Arts to present the festival which will take place from the 17th May.

The Pleasance in Islington is set to open its doors to audiences once more on the 17th May with a programme filled with comedy, theatre, drag and musicals. in order to make this happen, the theatre is collaborating with VAULT Creative Arts to present a festival that will include live work-in-progress shows from leading independent performance makers.

Taking place throughout May and June, the Fringe Futures Festival will provide and opportunity for early and mid-career artists to try out work at various stages of development in front of a live audience. This innovative collaboration is intended to showcase the future of the fringe. With performances on both sides of the river, the festival will take place in the newly configured, socially distanced Pleasance Downstairs at Pleasance, Islington
and Pretty Vacant, a new pop-up performance space on Lower Marsh in Waterloo.

Elsewhere, the theatre will continue with the socially distanced Cabaret layout trialled in December, with the main house having table service for drinks from the bar as well as pizzas from Pleasance’s neighbours The Depot. The theatre will also follow up-to-date safety regulations with enhanced cleaning and sanitising procedures to ensure
audience and performer safety and comfort.

In terms of the theatre programme, the line up is set to include: Silent Faces Theatre’s Godot is a Woman, Charles Court Opera’s EXPRESS G&S: The complete works of Gilbert & Sullivan – in 75 minutes and Ginger Johnson’s cabaret The Producers! (No, not that one). Meanwhile, the theatre has also created a comedy programme which will se performances from the likes of Joel Dommett, Bridget Christie and Rob Beckett.

Talking about the news, Anthony Alderson, Director of the Pleasance Theatres Trust said: “We can’t wait to get back into our Islington space and welcome audiences through our doors. We exist to entertain audiences, to support the amazing artists that we work with and most importantly fuel the U’s vibrant arts scene.”

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