23 June 2022
Welcome to the OT’s Autumn/Winter 2022 season, a classic mix of six contrasting shows, written and directed by exceptional emerging talent and Paul Miller's final season as Artistic Director.
We open the season with the return of the 2021 JMK Award winner Diane Page who, following her critically acclaimed production of Statements After An Arrest Under The Immorality Act, directs a major London revival of Dael Orlandersmith’s Yellowman, this will be followed by the production of the 2022 JMK Award, with the winning director and play to be announced in July.
After its acclaimed run in autumn 2021, Sonali Bhattacharyya’s Two Billion Beats returns, directed by Nimmo Ismail (Fragments and My England, Young Vic), prior to a UK tour. Bouncing with wit, Bhattacharyya’s upbeat play is a coming-of-age story about the unfairness of growing up in a world where you don’t make the rules.
Completing the season is the world première of Ross Willis’ Grim Brenda developed with and directed by Ned Bennett (An Octoroon, Pomona); a co-production between the OT and the Olivier Award Winning Francesca Moody Productions (Fleabag).
Yellowman, The JMK Award-Winning Production and Arms and the Man will also be available to watch on-demand thanks to the continuation of OT On Screen, allowing greater access for audiences far and wide to connect with the OT digitally.
Paul Miller says today “New plays by the most exciting new writers, in dialogue with unexpected and intriguing revivals from the past: this season is another classic OT mixtape. I’m proud that we continue to further the emergence of such exciting talent, from Ned Bennett to Nimmo Ismail, as well as offering revivals that span the repertoire, from Bernard Shaw to Dael Orlandersmith. Since 2014 I have been privileged to lead the OT in forging this path, and am profoundly grateful to all the many people who have worked along the way to make this improbable success happen. It’s time to pass it forward now, and I wish my admirable successor Tom Littler all the very best, at the best theatre in the world.”
Public booking opens 6 July at midday.
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