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With limited tickets now available for the run and a definite buzz in the air as Amanda Wilkin’s Verity Bargate Award-winning play Shedding A Skin prepares for first previews this week, Soho Theatre are celebrating the return of theatre with a sneak peek into its live theatre and comedy programme this autumn, including three more Soho co-productions of new plays and an international live comedy lineup.
David Luff, Soho Theatre’s Creative Director said:
“Featuring Soho Theatre in-house productions and co-productions with fantastic partners, we return to live theatre in 2021 with world premieres from four incredible, critically-acclaimed playwrights.
The re-launch of our theatre programme presents a selection of the best new plays for 2021, four daring and devastatingly powerful new plays, exploring the challenges and triumphs that help shape our lives.
With a mix of debut writers and multi award winners, we’re thrilled to present exhilarating new theatre and comedy on Soho stages this year.”
Opening the autumn programme is Soho Theatre’s world premiere production of curious, written and performed by Jasmine Lee-Jones. Set against the sprawling backdrop of urban London across centuries, curious is a frank, funny and moving excavation of the lives of two actresses who are young, Black, queer and trying to find out who they are. From the winner of Evening Standard Award 2019 and Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright for her play seven methods of killing kylie jenner (reopening this week at the Royal Court), curious’ four week Main House run starts 16 September.
Reopening Soho Upstairs venue for the first time since March 2020 is SESSIONS, a raw, funny, bittersweet deep-dive into the complexities of masculinity, depression and therapy by Ifeyinwa Frederick (THE HOES). The Soho Theatre Soho Six co-commissioned co-production with Paines Plough today announced its September/October UK tour dates culminating in a month long run at Soho Theatre in November. Full press release here.
And from 20 October for five weeks in the Main House, MUM by Olivier Award-winning playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm (Emilia), is a feverish journey through every parent’s worst nightmare. Soho Theatre co-producing with Francesca Moody Productions and Theatre Royal Plymouth in association with Popcorn Group. Full press release here.
As current Soho Theatre production and Verity Bargate Award-winning play Shedding A Skin by Amanda Wilkin prepares for opening week, Soho Theatre is pleased to announce its flagship new writing award will return in 2022. Since 1982, the biennial playwriting award competition has uncovered the best new play by an emerging UK and Irish writer and launched the careers of some of Britain’s most established writers. Sponsored by Character 7, workshops, submission dates and judges for Verity Bargate Award 2022 will be announced later this year.
Soho Theatre presents
written and performed by Jasmine Lee-Jones
Thu 16 Sept – Sat 16 Oct, 7.30pm
Press night: Thu 23 Sept
Sat 25 Sept: BSL interpreted
Mon 4 Oct: Audio described
Wed 6 Oct: Captioned
Jaz is in her second year at drama school. Jaz is tired of performing.
Hence her conundrum. But when she stumbles across a piece of forgotten history – her life is changed forever…
fifty-seven minutes of ecstasy, cum, sweat and tears
all erased in a heartbeat
all of it gone
Except if you’re like me and you know how to backlog…
What does it mean to find yourself?
Especially when it seems the world you live in is diametrically set against you doing just that?
Set against the sprawling backdrop of urban London across centuries, curious is a frank, funny and moving excavation of the lives of two actresses who are young, Black, queer and trying to find out who they are.
Paines Plough and Soho Theatre present
By Ifeyinwa Frederick
UK tour Sept/Oct
Soho Upstairs: Tue 9 Nov – Sat 4 Dec, 7.15pm
Press nights: Wed 10 and Thu 11 Oct
30 just matters, init. Like there’s no doubt you’re a proper adult then. Like 25 to 29 is just training but 30, it’s real.
Tunde’s 30th birthday is fast approaching. So, he’s just started therapy because he hasn’t been able to get to the gym for weeks and a recent one-night stand ended in tears – his.
Interrogating the challenge of opening up and accepting our own vulnerabilities, SESSIONS by Ifeyinwa Frederick is a raw, funny, bittersweet deep-dive into the complexities of masculinity, depression and therapy.
SESSIONS is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
Francesca Moody Productions, Soho Theatre and Theatre Royal Plymouth in association with Popcorn Group present
By Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
Wed 20 Oct – Sat 20 Nov (3pm matinees, 7.30pm)
Press Nights: Tue 26 Oct
An unmissable new play from Olivier Award winning playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm (Emilia, West-End) and the acclaimed Producers of Fleabag and Baby Reindeer.
Motherhood. No one can prepare you for it. No matter how much you tell yourself you can do it – can you? Where’s the rush of love? When will sleep again?
What if the thing you fear most is also the thing you crave? All you wanted was one night of unbroken sleep, what have you done? Mum is a feverish journey through every parent’s worst nightmare.
Soho Theatre is proud to announce additional live comedy shows on its stages, with some new and revisiting work from international artists.
Berk’s Nest in association with IAM present
OLGA KOCH: HOMECOMING
Mon 6 – Sat 11 Sep, 9pm
Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated comedian and star of Mock The Week and QI, Olga Koch comes back with her third show
With her new passport in hand, Homecoming will see Olga try to figure out who the hell she is as an immigrant and certified teen drama queen.
Olga has also appeared on The Now Show, Hello America, Pls Like, The News Quiz, King Gary, BBC Sounds’s Tech Tech Boom and your little brother’s dreams. Her very own BBC Radio 4 show, OK Computer, is coming soon.
Mick Perrin Worldwide presents
ANUVAB PAL: DEMOCRACY AND DISCO DANCING
Mon 6 – Sat 11 Sep, 7pm
Anuvab Pal is trying to understand a thousand years of this bewildering isle through an Indian lens…
…covering critical socio-cultral events like: William The Conqueror, The Magna Carta, Hugh Grant and Chicken Tikka Masala, and is just confused.
As seen on BBC’s Big Asian Stand Up & BBC World Service’s New Year’s International Comedy Show.
United Agents presents
LLOYD GRIFFITH: NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE
Mon 11 – Fri 15 Oct, 9pm
Lloyd is back on the road with his latest stand up tour.
It’s been a busy few years for Grimsby’s favourite (for now, anyway) comedian/choirboy. He’s recently been supporting Jack Whitehall on tour, and you may have also seen him in on 8 out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club (ITV), Ted Lasso (Apple TV), Can You Beat The Bookies? (BBC), Soccer AM (Sky One), Flinch (Netflix), Songs of Praise (BBC1) ((lol)).
United Talent presents
Mon 11 – Sat 23 Oct, 7pm
Indian stand-up sensation Kanan Gill returns to London with a brand new show.
Having left his old career as a software engineer, Kanan Gill has risen to popularity as one of the finest stand-up comedians that India has to offer. With stand up specials on Netflix & Amazon Prime Video, having toured all over the world including at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and been a judge on India’s first ever comedy reality TV show, Kanan’s return to Soho Theatre is not to be missed.
Show and Tell presents
MAE MARTIN: SAP
Mon 22 Nov – Sat 11 Dec, 7pm
The co-writer and BAFTA-nominated star of Channel 4 and Netflix sitcom Feel Good, and star of their own Netflix stand-up special, is on tour…
In their brand new stand-up hour, Mae Martin looks at the uphill battle of trying to do the right thing in a world that sometimes seems to have lost its moral compass. With their characteristically manic self-reflection, they bounce between vice and virtue, optimism and pessimism, the urge to be our best selves versus the urge to gleefully give in to our more base instincts. But it’s not all big questions – there’s also a lot about sloths, moose, hot dogs, love, and tree sap.
Along with their new Channel Four and Netflix sitcom Feel Good, Mae is a multi award winning stand-up, who’s also released two radio series for BBC Radio Four, and written the acclaimed book Can Everyone Please Calm Down? A Guide to 21st Century Sexuality.
SOHO THEATRE is London’s most vibrant producer for new theatre, comedy and cabaret. We pursue creative excellence, harnessing an artistic spirit that is based in our new writing roots, the radical ethos of the fringe and the traditions of punk culture and queer performance. We champion voices that challenge from outside of the mainstream, and sometimes from within it too. We value entertainment, accessibility and enjoy a good show. We are a registered charity and social enterprise and our audiences are diverse in age, background and outlook.
Ordinarily our work plays to live audiences of 250,000 audiences a year in our Dean Street venue, at the Edinburgh Fringe and beyond. During our temporary closure due to Covid-19 we re-launched our online platform Soho Theatre On Demand, which hosted the phenomenally successful live recording of Fleabag and recently released the critically acclaimed Typical and Sunrise. We’ve partnered with Amazon Prime Video (UK) for a three-series deal, bringing existing and new comedy shows to the platform (2020-21). We are also working towards the opening of an exciting second venue, a “local theatre with a national profile” in Walthamstow, currently slated to open in 2022.
Soho Theatre’s board is chaired by Dame Heather Rabbatts DBE and the company is led by Executive Director Mark Godfrey and Creative Director David Luff. sohotheatre.com | sohotheatreondemand.com | @sohotheatre