Amit Sharma announces first season at Kiln Theatre. Amit Sharma photo by Mark Senior

Amit Sharma announces first season at the Kiln Theatre 

Amit Sharma has announced his inaugural season as the new artistic director of the Kiln Theatre in London.

The new Kiln Theatre season includes two world premieres from playwrights Rob Drummond and Amy Ng, the European premiere of the rap culture comedy The Purists, and the transfer of the Windrush drama The Lonely Londoners.

Amit Sharma said today, “I’m incredibly proud to share my first season as Artistic Director of Kiln. My ambition is to make sure we present world class theatre coaligned with new entertainment offerings – so we are well on our way in making this a theatre for all! We have two world premieres, one European premiere and a hugely exciting transfer.”

He went on to say: “At the heart of the theatre programme are human stories which are fun, poignant, relatable, and make for a great night out! Pins and Needles, The Purists, The Lonely Londoners, and Shanghai Dolls are brilliant plays written by incredible playwrights. The common thread they all have is that they tackle the big conversations which explore our cultural and political life – past and present. This neatly intertwines with The Kilburn High Road project, our three-year Creative Engagement project exploring the human histories of our community at a much more local level. We’ll also be expanding our offer to audiences by hosting comedy, book launches, podcasts – with other action-packed events on the way.”

Rob Drummond puts science and skepticism to the test in the world premiere of Pins and Needles. His new play explores the complex world of truth, lies, and misinformation surrounding vaccines, along with the human stories behind them. Running from 19 September 2024 to 26 October 2024, the play is directed by Sharma.

The Purists, Dan McCabe’s New York comedy, receives its European premiere at the Kiln, running from 14 November to 21 December 2024. Friendships are tested in this funny and thought-provoking comedy about three unlikely friends who are forced to confront their convictions on race, sexuality, and music following an impromptu rap battle.

Following an acclaimed debut at Jermyn Street Theatre this year, Roy Williams’ adaptation of Sam Selvon’s iconic novel, The Lonely Londoners, transfers to the Kiln, running from 10 January to 15 February 2025. Ebenezer Bamgboye’s 5-star critically acclaimed production opens a window into the hopes, dreams, and realities of the Windrush generation.

Building on her acclaimed, politically charged adaptation of August Strindberg’s psychological classic Miss Julie, Amy Ng’s new play Shanghai Dolls delves into the untold story of two of the most influential women in Chinese history – Madam Mao and Sun Weishi. The play follows two struggling actresses whose lives take wildly different paths during China’s Cultural Revolution—one becoming a cultural martyr and the other a cultural oppressor. The world premiere of Shanghai Dolls begins performances in April 2025 – exact dates to be announced..

Next up at the Kiln is the world premiere of Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan’s Peanut Butter & Blueberries, running 8 to 31 August 2024, the piece is the final show programmed by former Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham.

Kiln Theatre – 2024/2025 Season

Book tickets to the Kiln Theatre New Season 2024-2025

Book Pins and Needles tickets – 19 September to 26 October 2024

Book The Purists tickets – 14 November to 21 December 2024

Book The Lonely Londoners tickets – 10 January to 15 February 2025

Coming Soon: Shanghai Dolls tickets – April to May 2025

Kiln Theatre New Season 2024 - 2025

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📷 Main photo: Amit Sharma announces first season at Kiln Theatre. Amit Sharma photo by Mark Senior

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