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Shipwright announces Spring 2022 season including return of The Pied Piper

12. The Pied Piper - Orlando Gibbs, Jacob Lovik, Rosanna Suppa, Salmaan Mohammed, David Matthews, Bea Svistunenko, Eleanor Colville
The Pied Piper - Orlando Gibbs, Jacob Lovik, Rosanna Suppa, Salmaan Mohammed, David Matthews, Bea Svistunenko, Eleanor Colville

Shipwright in London has announced its Spring 2022 season.

A new riverside theatre at the Master Shipwright’s House in Deptford (a short walk from Deptford, New Cross and Greenwich stations), Shipwright first opened its doors last summer.

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The new Spring 2022 season will include four semi-staged readings (from 6 March) featuring some of the UK’s most exciting stage and screen talent including Omari Douglas (It’s a Sin, Cabaret, Wise Children, RUSH), Alex Lawther (The End of the F*ing Word, The Imitation Game, The Jungle), Ellie Kendrick (Game of Thrones, The Diary of Anne Frank), Guy Gunaratne (In Our Mad and Furious City), Shanaya Rafaat (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Jude, Around the World in 80 Days), Daniel Raggett (Anna X, The Human Voice) and Hugh Wyld (Billy Elliot, Pillars of the Community, Titus Andronicus).

The new season also includes the return of Shipwright’s sold-out musical, The Pied Piper, which thrilled audiences last Christmas. The show will run for two live performances on 27 March and also stream online from April.

Alongside the new season, the venue has announced new ticket initiatives including ‘Pay What You can’ from £10, a new friends scheme and an ‘open door’ policy with free tickets for the local community.

Joseph Winters, Artistic Director, said: “This is an exciting and unusual season: not quite rehearsed-readings, not quite staged productions, these new performances exist somewhere in between, where the boundaries separating creatives, actors and audiences start to come down. For guests that means an experience like no other: come and join these extraordinary artists up close as they explore the stories that matter to them most.

“It is always a joy to welcome audiences into the unique setting that is the Master Shipwright’s House, and it feels particularly fitting for these readings: these are intimate and extraordinary works in an intimate and extraordinary space. At their heart these are all writers dreaming of freedom. By visiting them afresh, we are asking in different ways, and from different perspectives, what does it take to be free today?

“Alongside all this new work, we’re delighted to be bringing back our raucous new musical, ‘The Pied Piper’, originally our pantomime but coming back just as funny and just as relevant in March! After sold-out performances last year this is a great opportunity to share it with a wider audience, both in person, and then online from April.

“And as ever, we want Shipwright to be a theatre for the people who live with and around us, so our Open Doors scheme continues to give away free tickets to our neighbours, made possible, in part, by the launch of our new Friends scheme.”

More information about the season and tickets are available from www.theshipwright.co.uk


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