The theatre has confirmed details of its upcoming 2022/2023 season.
The newly announced season is set to begin with Anthony Neilson’s poignant and comical delve into the nature of mental illness, The Wonderful World of Dissocia. Directed by Emma Baggott, the play will run at the theatre from the 16th September until the 15th October. This production will then be followed by Ramps on the Moon’s first new play, Village Idiot by Samson Hawkins, in a new co-production between the Theatre Royal Stratford East and Nottingham Playhouse.
Meanwhile, from the 19th November until the 7th January, the theatre’s pantomime of Cinderella will be performed. Written by Leo Butler and Robert Hyman it is directed by one of Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Sky Arts Artistic Associates, Eva Sampson, providing much family fun this Christmas.
The season also includes work from youth companies including new play, painkiller written by Sophie Ellerby and presented by the 2022 Stratford East Young Company, and the National Youth Theatre presenting Bola Agbaje’s Olivier Award-winning Gone Too Far!. Elsewhere, the Theatre Royal Stratford East will also welcome visiting productions such as Sheffield Theatres and Ramps on the Moon’s co-production of Much Ado About Nothing directed by Robert Hastie, and the ThickSkin and Traverse Theatre Company production of How Not to Drown, thetrue story of an 11-year-old unaccompanied asylum-seeker.
In additional news, the theatre has announced their new Royalty Scheme, including Freelance Royalty, a new free membership scheme designed to support arts freelancers living or working in East London. The Freelance Royalty scheme offers exclusive benefits, including free or discounted rehearsal space, networking events, workshops, freelance surgeries and showcase opportunities for artists.They also launch Young Royalty, for 17-25 year olds, and Local Royalty, for those living in specific East London postcodes – with those eligible able to access £15 tickets across Theatre Royal Stratford East productions.
Talking about the news, Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nadia Fall said today, “This new season has a tantalising sense of mischief and the chance for a delicious collusion between the stage and the audience. From Anthony Neilson’s cult play, The Wonderful World of Dissocia, which transports us to another dimension, exploring mental health through a kind of Alice in Wonderland meets David Lynch experience, to the UK premiere of Dave Harris’ Tambo & Bones which looks at the commodification of Black lives with an actual hip-hop concert slap bang in the middle of it. Although each production tells its own unique story, conjuring up wildly different worlds, they are all brilliantly theatrical, often addressing the audience directly. It’s certainly the opposite of staying in and watching the television, unless you have a television where the characters leap out of the box and envelop you in the story!”
To find out more and to book tickets visit: https://www.stratfordeast.com/