Northern Stage has announced their 2022 autumn season.
Highlights include a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (29 October-12 November) from Shakespeare North Playhouse, Not Too Tame and Northern Stage, directed by Matthew Dunster and Jimmy Fairhurst.
English Touring Theatre and award-winning director Denzel Westley-Sanderson breath fresh new life into Oscar Wilde’s sharpest and wittiest comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest (4-8 October).
Visiting companies include multi-award winning Fat Rascal Theatre with their hit parody musical Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch (20-24 September) – the untold story of legendary queer queen, Ursula the Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid.
Pilot Theatre return with their critically acclaimed stage adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s award-winning novel for young adults, Noughts & Crosses (18-22 October) while All the Beds I Have Slept In (8-9 September) from Phosphoros Theatre explores the kindness and care experienced by a company of performers who have left their homelands to seek asylum.
There’s also How to Save the Planet When You’re a Young Carer and Broke (30 September) from Boundless Theatre, Natasha Brown’s I Am [Not] Kanye West (1 October), Class (4-5 October) by Scottee and Downs With Love (2 November) from Cutting Edge Theatre.
Dance shows include the return of award-winning contemporary dance company balletLORENT with their family-friendly retelling of Rapunzel (29 Sept-2 Oct) by Carol Ann Duffy, and Rapunzel After Dark (30 Sept-1 Oct) – a brand new adaptation exclusively for adult audiences, choreographed and directed by the company’s artistic director, Liv Lorent MBE. The venue will also play host to Aakash Odedra Company’s Samsara (14 October).
A raft of family and comedy shows complete the season, with full listings and tickets from £10 available from northernstage.co.uk
Northern Stage Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive Natalie Ibu said: “We’re inviting audiences and artists to Northern Stage to figure out ways through this messy, confusing and ever-changing world we live in, together, with bold new productions about the things everyone is talking about – the climate crisis, race, class, queer politics, disability and the experience of refugees. And because, sometimes, all you can do in the face of the tough stuff, is laugh, we’ve got events that offer pure escapism and a great night out.
“For anyone who thinks Shakespeare isn’t for them, there is literally no better company than Not Too Tame to make you reconsider – I fully expect to fall back in love with the Bard and I am hyped to be co-producing A Midsummer Night’s Dream with them and Shakespeare North Playhouse. It’s going to be wild! And I can’t wait to see Denzel Westley-Sanderson’s thrilling new take on The Importance of Being Earnest for English Touring Theatre.”