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‘Brief Encounter’ and ‘The Jungle Book’ complete Autumn Season at The Watermill Theatre

Brief Encounter and The Jungle Book will complete the Autumn Season at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury, it has been announced.

Brief Encounter, a new production of Emma Rice’s stage adaptation of Noël Coward’s classic love story, based on the critically acclaimed 1945 film, will play at the Watermill from Thursday 14 October – Saturday 13 November 2021.

Noël Coward’s timeless tale of happiness and heartache is reimagined for the stage in a dazzling new production of this epic love story. With music and movement to make your heart soar, this playful and inventive production will take you by the hand and whisk you on a journey through all of love’s beautiful complications. 

Directed by Robert Kirby it will feature design by Harry Pizzey, movement by Anjali Mehra, compositions and arrangements byEamonn O’Dwyer and Lighting by Ali Hunter.

The Jungle Book – originally scheduled for Christmas 2020, and then postponed – will play from 18 November until 31 December. Directed by Tom Jackson Greaves, this wild and captivating musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale is full of warmth, laughter and wonder.

The venue will run socially distanced performances of both productions.

This autumn season, as we move back inside, is all about theatricality at its most playful and inventive. I’ve loved Emma Rice’s adaptation of Brief Encounter for such a long time and can’t wait to bring it to the Watermill stage. And I’m so delighted that we can finally share our new production of Jungle Book which will be a treat for all ages. We will continue to offer some socially distanced performances alongside” said Paul Hart, Watermill Artistic Director Paul.

The Autumn season includes previously announced productions of Lone Flyer (10 – 25 September) – a powerful play about one of the most inspirational woman of the twentieth century, female aviator Amy Johnson; Poirot And Me (5 – 7 October) – for over 25 years David Suchet captivated millions worldwide as Agatha Christie’s elegant Belgian detective.  Meet the actor behind the detective and the many faces he’s portrayed on stage and screen over a career spanning five decades; and Little Women (8 – 9 October) – a brand new take on this classic story retains all the charm and spirit of the original novel, with a twist; the four sisters, their family and friends are all played by just one woman.

The venue continues to follow measures to control the risk of Covid-19. The wearing of face coverings continues to be strongly encouraged. Enhanced cleaning procedures, including regular fogging of the auditorium, and an efficient ventilation system supplying conditioned and filtered fresh air also remain in place.

To help audience members to book with confidence, The Watermill are operating a flexible booking policy. In the event that their booking is affected by Covid-19, audience members will be offered a ticket exchange, account credit or refund.

For more information and to book tickets see WWW.WATERMILL.ORG.UK


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