NEWS: Marylebone Theatre Announces Details of Second Season

The theatre, which opened in September, has confirmed details of its next season with more of a focus on music and comedy.

Based near Baker Street, the cross-arts venue has announced details for its upcoming season featuring a wide variety variety of programming with theatre, music, dance and spoken word.

The new season is set to launch in January 2023, beginning with a particular focus on music and bringing renowned artists such as Benjamin Appl and Rachel Podger to London. Meanwhile, the theatre has also confirmed that in partnership with Quip Shed Comedy, Marylebone Theatre will also feature performances from comedians such as Ed Gamble and Phil Wang.

Marylebone Theatre’s upcoming music programme will feature six concerts from a diverse range of artists. Apollo5, the critically acclaimed a capella group known for its rich, dynamic sound, will open theseason in January. The five-piece vocal group has a versatile approach to music, with a repertoire spanning Renaissance, classical and choral works, as well as folk, jazz and pop. Norwegian-American pianist and composer Ola Gjielo, one of the most frequently performed choral composers in the world, will also take to the Marylebone stage in January. Award-winning cellist Constantin Macherel is also part of the line up, accompanied by by eurythmy performer Benjawan Boonyawat for a special and expressive evening of music and movement. Contralto Jess Dandy will bring her velvety, plangent voice in January, accompanied by pianist Dylan Perez. Dandy
has previously performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dunedin Consort and The Academy of Ancient Music. Baritone Benjamin Appl will perform with pianist James Baillieu.

Meanwhile, the theatre’s spoken word programme will include The Soldier, an evening of the poetry of Kipling, Owen and Sassoon, performed by Olivier Award-winning actor Kenneth Cranham (The Father, West End; Hot Fuzz, Universal; The White Princess, Starz). Steinwerk will see Marylebone Theatre become a laboratory for a sculpture of voice. Poet and artist Sean Borodale and vocalist and performance sound artist Steve Boyland will explore the voice as a sculptural medium. Alongside their installation, which will feature performances, will be an exhibition of prints drawn from a stock of vocal scores and lyrigraphs.

For those looking for comedy, the programme will also feature performances from Ed Gamble (Pointless and Mock the Week, BBC; Taskmaster, Channel 4), known for presenting The Peacock and Gamble and Off Menu podcasts; stand-up comedian and writer Phil Wang (Would I Lie to You? and Have I Got News For You, BBC; Roast Battle, Comedy Central); Scottish comedian Fern Brady (8 Out of 10 Cats and Taskmaster, Channel 4); Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated comedian Ahir Shah (Live at the Apollo and Have I Got News For You, BBC; Dots, HBO Max); and exciting new stand-up and MC Michael May.

Further programming has yet to be announced.

Talking about the news, Artistic Director of Marylebone Theatre Alexander Gifford said: “It is a great pleasure to be announcing a second season of work, which consolidates and expands upon our first. The Marylebone’s potential as a performance space will be fully explored with our upcoming programme.”

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