A new season of home produced plays begins with The Beauty Queen Of Leenane (03 Oct – 26 Oct), a Tony Award-winning dark comedy written by Martin McDonagh (writer of the Golden Globe and Oscar winning Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and In Bruges), with direction from our Artistic Director, Mark Babych.
In a remote cottage in the mountains of Connemara, 40 year old Maureen Folan lives with her manipulative and possessive mother, Mag. Trapped together in a poisonous cycle of daily battles and with endless rain driving at the walls, Maureen dreams of escape. When a chance for happiness arrives in the form of unexpected suitor Pato Dooley, she dares to hope… But Mag has other ideas and sets in motion a chain of events that build to a terrifying climax.
This co-production with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch follows the successful collaboration on the acclaimed The Hired Man.
Hull Truck Theatre’s Christmas production is a new adaptation of Peter Pan (29 Nov – 4 Jan), which brings the much-loved classic to life for children and their families to enjoy at this special time of year. Join Wendy and Peter Pan for a magical family adventure in Neverland. One night, bedtime stories come alive for the Darling children when Peter Pan and fairy Tinker Bell guide them through the stars to a land of Lost Boys, Pirates and Mermaids. Time stands still as their action-packed adventure unfolds. Can they save Tiger Lily from the pirates? Will the fearsome Captain Hook finally have his revenge on Peter Pan, or will the ticking crocodile catch him first? And will Wendy stay to be the Lost Boys’ mother?
Following the huge success of last year’s Oliver Twist, writer Deborah McAndrew returns with this brand new adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale. With original music, singing, dancing, flying and a generous sprinkle of fairy dust, Peter Pan is a much-loved story for the child in all of us.
How To Fly Like A Reindeer (13 Dec – 4 Jan) is Hull Truck Theatre’s upcoming Christmas show for younger children, presented in association with The Herd. Following the huge popularity of The Ugly Duckling Christmas Special last year, we have teamed up with The Herd once more for this touching story about superpowers, family and being far from home. A Christmas spectacle for 2-5 year olds and their families, told with original music. All performances will be relaxed, with a friendly attitude to noise and movement during the show.
A host of world-class music acts
Remi Harris (20 Sep) brings his eclectic mix of jazz standards, improvisations, original compositions and new arrangements of his favourite tunes for one night only.
An Intimate Evening with Snake Davis and Gareth Moulton (26 Oct) – Snake teams up with long time cohort and best buddy Gareth for an evening of gorgeous mellow music with pop, rock, jazz and soul. In The Righteous Jazz (2 Nov), The Mechanicals Band explore the life and work of the poet Philip Larkin through music and theatre. Setting a selection of his words to new music and highlighting biographical detail through scenes, featuring a small group of actors.
Barbra Dickson (6 Nov) and her pianist Nick Holland explore her catalogue of songs, drawing from her folk roots, contemporary greats and some of her classic hits. 20 albums and thousands of gigs later, they’re still dazzling audiences with their showmanship – Blues Band return with their 40th Anniversary Tour (8 Nov). King For A Day: The Nat King Cole Story 2019 Centenary Concert (9 Nov) features world-class live music, alongside narration and projected archive images and footage. Albums Show: Elio Pace’s Billy Joel Songbook Featuring David Brown (10 Nov) returns to Hull Truck Theatre, performing two more Billy Joel classic albums in their entirety, Storm Front and The Stranger.
Now in its 27th winter edition, the Hull Jazz Festival (13 – 16 Nov) returns with musical performances from; Lyn Acton (13 Nov), Yazz Ahmed (14 Nov), John Helliwell & the Super Big Tramp Band (15 Nov), Eva Scholten and Latchepen (15 Nov), Numb Mob (16 Nov) and Omar Puente & His Cuban Allstars (16 Nov). The season also features a dance piece from Ikarai entitled Muhammad: The Rumble in the Jungle (14 Nov) and the critically acclaimed show inspired by the life of Nina Simone, Black is the Color of My Voice (16 Nov) starring Apphia Campbell.
Something for the Musical Lovers
Christina Bianco: First Impressions (6 Sep) is calling in to Hull Tuck Theatre as part of her upcoming UK Tour. Christiana Bianco has over 25 million views on Youtube and has appeared on various TV shows including; The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Paul O’Grady Show, and ITV’s The Imitation Game. Here for one night only, she’ll be showcasing her large repertoire of impersonations, from musical theatre stars to pop culture personalities.
Hessle Theatre Company invite you to party like it’s 1985 at The Wedding Singer (3 – 7 Sep), Full of 80s inspired music and hysterical laughs, witness the musical comedy that will have you rolling in the aisles. Based on the hit Adam Sandler film of the same name, with music and lyrics by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (Elf the Musical).
Visiting Plays from around the UK
London Classic Theatre return with a Harold Pinter classic, No Man’s Land (11 – 14 Sep). A chance meeting between two writers in a North London pub leads to an alcohol-fuelled night of verbal sparring. In his most beguiling and atmospheric play, Pinter interweaves truth, language and memory to create a world of dark comedy and subtle power games.
Strangers On A Train Set (18 – 19 Sep) pulls in to Hull. With clever use of projection and multiple train sets, LipService give you a whistle stop tour that will leave you breathless and racing for the refreshment coach.
Narrated by comedian John Simmit, Rush (21 Sep) features ska, rock steady, calypso, gospel, lovers rock, dancehall and reggae – all played live by the JA Reggae Band. A Joyous Jamaican Journey.
Under Three Moons (16 – 17 Oct) is a new play from Box Of Tricks, about friendship and growing up, it explores how men relate to each other today. Who we are and how we live. And the spaces between.
Following the sell-out success of H.G. Wells’ The War Of The Worlds, Northern Stage presents Sherlock Holmes’ most infamous case, adapted from Arthur Conan Doyle’s gothic classic, The Hound Of The Baskervilles (18 – 19 Oct).
Trojan Horse (25 Oct) was a local story that hit the national press, accusing ‘hardline’ Muslim teachers and governors of plotting extremism in Birmingham schools. Adapted from the real-life testimonies of those at the heart of the UK Government’s inquiry, critically acclaimed theatre-company LUNG in association with Leeds Playhouse investigate what really happened.
Even more shows for children and families
There’s plenty on offer for children and families this season. The popular Great Adventures in Storyland (one Saturday a month) returns for children aged 3 to 6 and their families. Stories are missing beginnings and ends, and the Story Menders need help to save them.
If you’re looking for something a bit different around Halloween, The Snow Dragon (30 Oct) is flying in with toe-tapping songs and lots of laughs for everyone aged 3 and up, from Tall Stories – the company that brought you The Snail and the Whale.
Just over a week later, Tall Stories return with their magical, musical adaptation of The Gruffalo (9 – 10 Nov) by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Songs, laughs and monstrous fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups, in the much-loved show that’s toured Britain and the world!
For the slightly older children, RSC First Encounters with Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice is a new production specially created for 7-13 year olds. Directed by Robin Belfield, it uses an edited version of the original text to bring Shakespeare’s story of justice and mercy to life in just 90 minutes.
Upcoming live comedy and events
Queen of self-published erotic fiction, Pamela DeMenthe is going to perform her hilarious new show, Sticky Digits (21 Sep). BBC Contains Strong Language (27 Sep) comes to Hull Truck Theatre, the UK’s biggest poetry and performance festival. Full details of which to be confirmed in August 2019.
Don’t miss the many laughs to be had during the Hull Comedy Festival 2019 (29 Oct – 9 Nov) including performances from; Dave Johns (29 Oct), Jack Gleadow (1 Nov), Lucy Beaumont (2 Nov), Ed Gamble (7 Nov), Paul Foot – Baby Strikes Back! (8 Nov) and The Noise Next Door (9 Nov) with their two shows At Sea (for ages 6+) and Remix (for ages 16+).
Mark Babych, Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive at Hull Truck Theatre, says:
“This season we are thrilled to be working again with our co-producing partners Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch following the success of The Hired Man, which delighted and captured the hearts of our audience here in Hull. The Beauty Queen Of Leenane is a fantastic comedy thriller by the brilliant Martin McDonagh that is both hilarious and edgy and guaranteed to grip audiences with its heart-in-the-mouth dramatic climax.
Building on the success of last year’s Oliver Twist and The Ugly Duckling, we embark on yet more adventures for families and children at Christmas with another new vibrant adaptation of a classic story by Deborah McAndrew – Peter Pan will see us flying high above our wonderful stage with the help of aerial director Vicki Amedume and we once again partner up with affiliate artists The Herd to make another show for younger children and families with How to Fly Like a Reindeer.
Alongside our vibrant vision programme full of diverse art forms and artists Hull Truck Theatre continues its commitment to offering the widest possible audiences access to great and enjoyable art right on their doorstep”
Sam Caseley, Co-Artistic Director of The Herd, says:
“We’re really excited to be back at Hull Truck after the quacking and splashing of last year’s The Ugly Duckling Christmas Special. This year we’re taking to the skies with a completely new show, How To Fly Like a Reindeer. This is a show about looking forward to Christmas, being far from home and that superpower we all wish we had – flight! Expect lots of laughs, some cool projection, new music and a large sprinkling of Christmas magic.”
[Paul Watt – Hull Truck Theatre]