The Watermill Theatre in Newbury has announced its 2020 spring/summer season.
Highlights includes the world premiere of Our Man From Havana, a female -led production of Hamlet and revivals of two recent hit productions.
Watermill Theatre Artistic Director Paul Hart says: “I am thrilled to announce our plans for the first half of 2020. It feels so important to be concentrating our efforts on the development of new work and absolutely demonstrates our commitment to nurturing and staging it whilst continuing to create a broad range of work for our audiences. ”
Darren Clark and Rhys Jennings folk-inspired musical The Wicker Husband will run from 12 March 2020 to 4 April 2020. A powerful and captivating show, the musical tells the timeless tale of an outsider ‘Ugly Girl’ living in superficial town. When a mysterious old basket weaver makes her a strong and loving husband, the jealous townsfolk embark on a cruel and destructive plan to ruin her happiness. Based on an original short story by Ursula Wills-Jones the piece has already won the Stile and Drewe mentorship award.
Graham Greene’s classic satire of the British intelligence services in fifties Cuba is brought to life in a new musical stage adaptation of Our Man in Havana by Ben Morales Frost and Richard Hough. Set to a red-hot Latin score the world premiere will run from 11 June to 18 July 2020.
Danielle Pearson’s Camp Albion, shines a light on the environmental activism that’s explored during the 1996 ‘The Third Battle of Newbury’, when a local community is bitterly divided over the proposed route of a new bypass. The production will run from 26 May to 6 June 2020 and is directed by Georgie Staight with design by Isobel Nicolson.
Also in the line-up is female-led production of Hamlet co-directed by Watermill Theatre Artistic Paul Hart and Abigail Pickard Price (17 April to 23 May 2020)
The 2020 season will also include David Wood’s adaptation of Michelle Magorian’s affecting story Goodnight Mister Tom by The Watermill Senior Youth Theatre and the revival of two recent hits – Craig Taylor’s comedy One Million Plays About Britain, running from 29 January to 15 February 202 and The Watermill Ensemble’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream from the 19 February to 7 March 2020.
Shows at a glance
ONE MILLION TINY PLAYS ABOUT BRITAIN
By Craig Taylor
29 January to 15 February 2020
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
By William Shakespeare
19 February to 7 March 2020
THE WICKER HUSBAND
12 March to 4 April 2020
By William Shakespeare
Friday 17 April to Saturday 23 May
By Danielle Pearson
26 May to 6 June 2020
GRAHAM GREENE’S OUR MAN IN HAVANA
A new musical version by Ben Morales Frost and Richard Hough
11 June to 18 July 2020
GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM
Adapted by David Wood
From the novel by Michelle Magorian
8 – 11 April 2020