The Hope Theatre announces 2022 autumn season of shows

The Moors, the Hope Theatre autumn season
The Moors, the Hope Theatre autumn season, photography credit, Steve Gregson, design credit, Matt Smith (3)

The Hope Theatre has announced its new autumn season of shows for 2022.

Highlights for the upcoming months include the UK professional premiere of award-winning American playwright Jen Silverman’s (A Play in 5 Betties, Southwark Playhouse) dark comedy The Moors.


A period drama with one foot firmly in the present, The Moors is an irreverent Gothic story, inspired by the letters of Charlotte Brontë, about isolation, ambition and women taking matters into their own hands. A queer thriller and macabre comedy, The Moors is set within a harsh and powerful landscape.

Running 11 October – 5 November, the in-house production will be directed by The Hope Theatre’s artistic director Phil Bartlett.

The autumn season also includes the world-premiere of Lydia Sabatini’s play The Light Trail (9 – 26 November) and Oh! Suburbia! (20 September – 1 October), returning to the venue following a successful summer run that was cut short due to the pandemic.

The upcoming programme will also see The Hope Theatre’s ever-popular two-night Sunday-Monday runs continue this autumn, providing companies with the opportunity to share work professionally in a low-risk environment.

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Artistic director Phil Bartlett said: “The true highlight of my job remains getting to meet so many innovative and inspiring theatre-makers and seeing how they transform our humble black box with their words and bodies and ideas.

“Jen Silverman is one of the sharpest and most exciting playwrights writing today, and I’m ecstatic to be staging the UK professional premiere of The Moors at the Hope this October. With a whip-smart and very funny script, unforgettable characters, and a darkly demented plot, I can think of no better way to spend an autumn evening than heading on up to the moors – just beware the ravenous crows!”

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