Jeff Hames and James Yeatman’s modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s romantic comedy Persuasion will open at Alexandra Palace in Spring 2022.
Presented as a co-production by Alexandra Palace and Rose Theatre in association with Oxford Playhouse, Austen’s romantic comedy is riotously reinvented for the twenty-first century with an explosive foam party and a soundtrack of Frank Ocean, Dua Lipa and Cardi B.
First seen at the Royal Exchange Theatre in 2017, James and Yeatman’s adaptation brings all the sharp observation and quick with of Janes Austen’s novel to the stage, without a bonnet in sight. The story centres on Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot – when the former penniless Captain returns rich and successful, will Wentworth forgive Anne for rejecting him at her family’s behest?
The show will be directed by Jeff James with a creative team that includes Alex Lowde (set & costume), Lucy Carter (lighting), Ben and Max Ringham (music & sound), Morgann Runacre-Temples (movement) and Layla Madanat (assistant director).
Alexandra Palace Chief Executive Louise Stewart said ‘We are delighted to be presenting our first co-production in collaboration with Rose Theatre, Kingston. I can’t wait to see this classic story told on both stages next year. This is definitely something to look forward to.’
Christopher Haydon, Artistic Director of Rose Theatre, said ‘I am delighted to be working with Alexandra Palace to present Persuasion – they have a gorgeous space and a fantastic team and it is thrilling to be able to share this production with as wide an audience in London as possible. I very much hope this will be the start of a longer and fruitful partnership.’
Persuasion arrives at Ally Pally Theatre on 7 April 2022 for a limited run through 30 April 2022 following its opening at Rose Theatre, Kingston in February during Christopher Haydon’s inaugural season as Artistic Director.
Full casting to be announced.
This new partnership sees West and North London collaborating to bring exceptional productions to London and visiting audiences with further co-productions in discussion.
Tickets on sale 18 June 2021.