Stratford East 2024 - Abigail's Party & Wonder Boy

Abigail’s Party revival set for Stratford East, plus wonder Boy, The Mountaintop, Ballet Black

Stratford East theatre in London has announced its new season for 2024, including a revival of Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party.

Directed by Stratford East Artistic Director Nadia Fall, Abigail’s Party will run from 6 September to 5 October 2024, with casting to be announced.

Mike Leigh’s 1977 tragicomic portrait of social class, materialism and sexual tension in 1970s England is a modern classic, which started at Hampstead Theatre and went on to become a much-loved movie starring Alison Steadman.

The creative team for Abigail’s Party will also include design by Peter McKintosh; Lighting design by Howard Harrison; and Sound design by Alexandra Faye Braithwaite.

In October, Stratford East will transfer the acclaimed Bristol Old Vic production of Wonder Boy by Ross Willis, directed by Olivier Award-winner Sally Cookson (A Monster Calls), and produced by PW Productions (Spirited Away, The Woman in Black).

Wonder Boy is a heart-warming and inspiring story about the power of communication, and will play from 15 to 19 October 2024.

Ballet Black returns to Stratford East with a new double bill, Ballet Black – Heroes from 23 to 26 October 2024.

This new Ballet Black double-bill sees award-winning choreographer Mthuthuzeli November contemplate the purpose of life in The Waiting Game, his work about the meaning of life, originally created in 2020, and infused with a dynamic soundtrack featuring the voices of the Ballet Black artists; plus Sophie Laplane’s celebratory piece about heroism and self-acceptance, If At First.

Also in October, the Leicester Curve and MAST Mayflower Studios present The Mountaintop by Katori Hall and directed by Nathan Powell.

The Mountaintop tells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King’s last night on this earth, and will run from 29 October to 02 November 2024 starring Ray Strasser-King and Justina Kehinde.

Currently playing at Stratford East is Now, I See by Lanre Malaolu until 1 June 2024. This brand-new work explores the challenge of forgiving yourself for a lifetime of suppressed emotion, while celebrating the profound bond of brotherhood and the resilience that can be found in joy, and excavates and celebrates the truth of being a Black man in contemporary Britain.

Coming up, further programming is announced for Stratford East’s “Live At Stratford East” strand which is returning this July, on 19 July, headlined by Nina Conti. She’ll be joined by international comedy-pop duo Two Hearts (Taskmaster NZ), rising star Kemah Bob (QI, The Stand Up Sketch Show), and more.

As already announced, the Stratford East Young Company will present we all know how this ends (25 – 27 July 2024) by Molly Taylor, directed by Katie Greenall.

The cast features Ayomikun Omiteru, Ciara Amas, Dany Mutamba, Giorgia Valentino, Isla Pennell Swift, Lorraine Adeyefa, Maya Curtis, Reece Ford, Sofe Barker, Zainab Lawal.

Nadia Fall, Stratford East Artistic Director, said in a statement: “This autumn I’ll be directing Abigail’s Party, Mike Leigh’s dark comedy which takes a look behind the twitching curtains of 70s suburbia in all its camp and terrifying glory. I wonder if things are really all that different in the cul-de-sacs of today. We are also delighted to invite back our friends at Ballet Black with their new show Heroes, a double bill of new work comprising Mthuthuzeli November’s contemplation on the meaning of life, The Waiting Game, and Sophie Laplane’s celebratory piece about heroism and self-acceptance, If At First. Then Wonder Boy, a beautiful and heart-warming play written by the incredibly talented Ross Willis and directed by the Olivier Award-winning Sally Cookson. This story had me in bits and is certainly audacious and life-affirming. Next up is The Mountaintop by Katori Hall which exquisitely imagines an encounter between the extraordinary Martin Luther King Jr and a Memphis motel maid on the night before his assassination. This autumn is full of great and memorable characters you’ll certainly want to meet.”

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