Theatre Royal Stratford East has announced its 2022-2023 season, including the U.K. premiere of Tambo & Bones which recently made its world premiere Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons.
The season's lineup features Anthony Neilson’s The Wonderful World of Dissocia (September 16–October 15), Samson Hawkins' Village Idiot (April 13–May 6, 2023), and Dave Harris' Tambo & Bones (June 16–July 15, 2023). The season's pantomime will be Leo Butler and Robert Hyman's Cinderella (November 19–January 7, 2023).
In addition to its main productions, the theatre will also host works from youth companies—like Sophie Ellerby's Painkiller (July 28-30) and Bola Agbaje's Olivier-winning Gone Too Far! (March 24, 2023 - April 1, 2023)—and visiting productions, such as Robert Hastie's adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing (November 1-5) and Nicola McCartney and Dritan Kastrati's How Not to Drown (January 26–February 11, 2023).
Theatre Royal Stratford East has also announced new membership programs to support its local arts community, including a free membership level titled Freelance Royalty, available to arts freelancers living or working in East London, which includes free or discounted rehearsal space, networking events, workshops, showcase opportunities, and more. Additional membership deals announced are Young Royalty, for 17-25 year olds; and Local Royalty, for those living in specific East London postcodes. Both schemes offer access to £15 tickets.
“Freelancers are the life blood of the theatre industry, and it is our job to support them at all stages of their career," says Executive Director Eleanor Lang in a statement. "We are, therefore, excited to launch Stratford East's Freelance Royalty Scheme. Our new scheme will provide a range of training and development opportunities, and provide freelancers who live and work in East London with a welcoming base."
Production directors will include Emma Baggott (The Wonderful World of Dissocia), Nadia Fall (Village Idiot, presented by Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nottingham Playhouse, and Ramps on the Moon), Matthew Xia (Tambo & Bones, presented by Theatre Royal Stratford East and Actors Touring Company), Eva Sampson (Cinderella), and Toby Clarke (Painkiller).
Hastie will direct his Much Ado About Nothing adaptation, presented by Sheffield Theatres and Ramps on the Moon. ThickSkin and Traverse Theatre Company's production of How Not to Drown, supported by Theatre Royal Stratford East, will be directed by Neil Bettles. Gone Too Far! is presented by Theatre Royal Stratford East and the National Youth Theatre.
For tickets and more information, visit StratfordEast.com.