Off-West End fringe venue Seven Dials Playhouse in London’s Covent Garden has announced five shows for its spring 2024 season.
One-man play England & Son will play on 6 and 7 February 2024. Directed by Cressida Brown, England & Son stars the award-winning political comedian Mark Thomas, and is written by playwright Ed Edwards (The Political History of Smack and Crack).
A success in Edinburgh, Mark takes audiences on a kaleidoscopic odyssey where disaster capitalism, empire, stolen youth and stolen wealth merge into the simple tale of a working-class boy who just wants his dad to smile at him.
Also in the season, Steve Porters’ BLIND M8s will play at Seven Dials from 14 to 15 February 2024. From drag king Steve Porters and HÄUS OF DONS, this Comedy Special meets Games Show was also successful in Edinburgh, and features some of Steve’s comedian pals including Jazz Emu, Christopher Hall, Sikisa, Reading, Temi Wilkey and Ruairi McInerney.
Katherine & Pierre is a new show built around the musical back catalogue of Katy Perry, and runs from 2 February to 2 March 2024.
Created by Bobbie Twaddle and Ellena Begley, Katherine & Pierre plays out the highs and lows of a relationship in a way you’ve never seen it before, including lip sync, mime, acrobatics and choreography!
Fringe First Award winner BLUE is transferring to the Seven Dials Playhouse from 5 to 30 March 2024, and is an unflinching study of issues surrounding policing and race by writer and actor June Carryl.
Directed by Michael Matthews, the thriller sees LAPD Detective LaRhonda Parker investigate the shooting of an unarmed black motorist during a traffic stop. The officer in question is Boyd Sully, a family friend and her husband’s ex-partner. She wants to believe him, but his story keeps changing. Then a disturbing revelation forces Parker to decide whether to protect one of her own, or pursue an investigation that could up-end her marriage and her career.
The world’s longest-running comedy show, NewsRevue, debuts with brand new material this spring, playing from 7 to 23 March 2024.
NewsRevue is a multi-award winning comedy institution, where much of the content is written by the talented cast and creative team, presenting songs and sketches parodying the news.
Amanda Davey, the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Seven Dials Playhouse, said in a statement: “This season at Seven Dials Playhouse is all about championing voices that often sit on the periphery, and outside of the mainstream. We are excited to shine a light on stories that do not shy away from asking big questions and are polemical in their approach to tackling themes such as political upheaval and racial injustice. Alongside these, there are also moments of inescapable joy and comedic relief, and it is this deft thematic mingling that makes this season one that we hope will jolt, enliven and entertain in equal measure.”
Katie Pesskin, Programme Director at Seven Dials Playhouse, said: “We’re really thrilled to be launching this incredible selection of shows, many of which we saw (or wanted to see if only we’d had more time!) at the Edinburgh Fringe. We were enthralled by BLUE and immediately knew we needed to share it with our audience at Seven Dials Playhouse. It offers such a fresh and personal perspective on the racism epidemic in the US police system, with superb acting and exceptional dialogue to boot. We’re also so excited to introduce more comedy to our programme and are particularly heartened to be welcoming the wonderful NewsRevue.”