The Islington based theatre has confirmed details for its upcoming Winter season.

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This new season will include a programme of productions this December where all tickets will be £10 in response to the cost-of-living crisis.

The Winter season will begin with Cheryl May Coward-Walker’s ‘wildly relatable’ debut play The Wedding Speech (29th November – 3rd December), in which a woman prepares to speak at her mother’s wedding and it becomes clear the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree.

Also at the Hope Theatre will be A Splash of Milk (6th – 10th December) by Sami Sumaria, focussing on the character of Sunny, who retreats to their childhood bedroom after ‘a not-so-great couple of years’. A queer almost-love story, the show is sprinkled with sass and humour and comes to the Hope after a successful run as part of Camden Fringe.

Meanwhile, returning to the Hope Theatre following their sold-out run of These Craters of Ours are Springbok Production House, with their new production Nice Jewish Boy (13th – 17th December),a tragic comedy about a clash of identities.

2023 will begin with Iphigenia; or, the sacrifices of a young woman in nine movements (11th – 28th January). The show has been conceived and directed by Elsie

The Hope Theatre’s long-running Sunday – Monday series also continues this winter, giving companies the opportunity to present work professionally in a low-risk environment. December Sunday – Monday productions include: Goodbye Papà (11th – 12th December), the new tri-lingual production from Hope Theatre favourites Teatro Multilingue; Deck the Stalls (18th – 19th December), a blistering new play set at the office party from hell; and The Not-12 Days of Not- Christmas (4th – 5th December), an interactive life-sized board-game in which the performer dishes out a smorgasbord of not-so-festive confessions at the mercy of the roll of the dice. The programme continues in January with And Then They Came For Me (15th – 16th January), a powerful multimedia play that combines videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors Eva Schloss and Ed Silverberg with live actors recreating scenes from their lives as teenagers; and The Best Pints (22nd , 23rd , 29th and 30th January), a comedy play in which three friends tell the stories of the best pints of stout they ever had.

Phil Bartlett, artistic director said: “Whilst everyone is feeling the pinch, we remain committed topresenting high-quality pub theatre where all the actors and stage management are paid for their work. Our winter season is stuffed with brilliant and beguiling performance, and with all tickets for December priced at £10 we hope to be able to welcome as many people as possiblethrough the doors of our little theatre with big ideas.”

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