New London Marylebone Theatre has announced its first full season of shows.
The venue previously announced it would launch with the world premiere of Dmitry, written by Peter Oswald, from 27 September.
The newly announced first full season will include a series of music concerts curated by Robin Tyson (King’s Singers) in December.
Stile Antico, one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles, will perform a unique and beautiful sequence of music and readings inspired by the Nativity story. Music by Renaissance composers Thomas Tallis, Michael Praetorius and John Sheppard are interspersed with poetry by John Donne and George Herbert.
Mark Armstrong will direct a celebration of jazz icon Dizzy Gillespie by The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) while award-winning saxophonist and radio presenter Jess Gillam performs an animated programme with Zeynep Özsuca.
The concerts will also see internationally acclaimed Carducci Quartet bring their multi award-winning virtuosity to the venue while Toby Ward will direct a programme of well-loved Christmas carols performed by Ensemble Pro Victoria, a young vocal ensemble specialising in sacred music, alongside harpist Cecily Beer.
Christmas will also see DEM Productions and Fat Goose Productions bring Mark Shanahan’s off-Broadway hit A Sherlock Carol to the Marylebone stage.
A teaser shares: “Many years after Ebenezer Scrooge has let Christmas into his heart, he has suffered a mysterious and peculiar death, leading the distraught and not-so-Tiny Tim to seek the help of the great detective Sherlock Holmes. Using his powers of deduction, Holmes must overcome his own ghosts on Christmas Eve to solve the murder of Ebenezer Scrooge.”
Meanwhile launching Marylebone Theatre’s spoken word programme is a stirring solo rendition of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, performed by Booker Prize-winning poet Ben Okri (The Famished Road) and directed by Geraldine Alexander. The performance, marking the 100th anniversary of the acclaimed modernist poem, will be accompanied by a live music score and dance.
For more information and tickets, visit marylebonetheatre.com
The Artistic Director of Marylebone Theatre, Alexander J. Gifford, said: “I am delighted by the scope and beauty of our opening season. To be hosting artists of the calibre of Ben Okri and Stilo Antico is a joy and an honour.
“Our in-house production, Dmitry, promises to be both urgently meaningful and powerfully moving. To follow it with a delightful Christmas piece fresh from off Broadway shows, I hope, the range and seriousness of our ambition.”