Director Sam Hodges has announced the Spring 2017 season for the newly re-branded NST, Nuffield Southampton Theatres. The name change recognises the addition of a brand-new venue in the heart of Southampton which opens in autumn 2017.
Headlining the Spring season is a new production of John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Grapes of Wrath, adapted by Frank Galati and directed by NST Associate Director Abbey Wright. The co-production with Nottingham Playhouse, Royal & Derngate, Northampton and West Yorkshire Playhouse runs in Southampton from 6 – 25 March.
This is followed by Sam Pritchard’s production of Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion which comes to NST from 25 April, in a co-production with Headlong and West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Alongside the in-house productions are two NST Youth Theatre shows – Consensual by Evan Placey and The Monstrum by Kellie Smith, both directed by Max Lindsay, and a wide range of touring theatre including Greyscale Theatre and Northern Stage’s Dr Frankenstein, The Woman in Black, and two David Wood family show adaptations, Roald Dahl’s The Twits presented by Curve and Rose Theatre Kingston and Babe, The Sheep Pig produced by Tom O’Connell Productions and Polka Theatre. Click here for a full list of productions.
Along with its three co-producers on The Grapes of Wrath, Nottingham Playhouse, Royal & Derngate, Northampton and West Yorkshire Playhouse, NST today also announces a series of initiatives in support of refugees, asylum seekers and migrant communities in each city. These include a combination of free ticket schemes, workshops to overcome language barriers, and performance opportunities. At NST, Now-here will be a series of performances from the unheard voices of Southampton. Sam Hodges said today, “The world we live in has never felt so volatile and uncertain. At home, recent events have left a country divided and with no coherent sense of self. Abroad, people are being displaced from their home on an unprecedented scale.
This is a season which goes to the heart of community and seeks a voice within a world which doesn’t listen. It is a season about the voices of Southampton.
John Steinbeck’s epic drama The Grapes of Wrath, adapted by Frank Galati, is the story of a migrant family, looking first to the state and then to each other, for solace and strength and hope. Our Associate Director Abbey Wright will direct a bold new production, infused with live music and featuring an ensemble made up of Southampton residents.
Bernard Shaw’s searing comedy Pygmalion is the hilarious and poignant tale of two opposites, Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle, trying to find a common language. Supported with dramaturgy by NST Associate Dramaturg Adam Brace, director Sam Pritchard teams up with radical sound designers The Ringham Brothers to put Southampton’s diverse range of voices at the heart of the production.
And Now-Here is the start of an important dialogue with our city’s often invisible and ignored voices.”