The season kicks off May 7 at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guilford with the world premiere of The English Game by Richard Bean (Harvest). Directed by Sean Holmes, the work is described as a state-of-the nation play in the mold of David Hare and a "funny and vivid exploration of the modern British psyche." The play combines cricket and racial politics.
Beginning June 5, West London's Gate Theatre will host a new version of Chekhov's Three Sisters. Called ...Sisters, Chris Goode's experimental version is a result of The Gate Theatre and Headlong's New Directions Award, which attempts to find new approaches to classic international plays.
Headlong's revival of Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of An Author will be part of the Chichester Festival season. For this production Goold returns to the venue that premiered his acclaimed production of Macbeth, starring Patrick Stewart, which arrives at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in February. Goold's production of Six Characters begins performances at the Chichester's Minerva Theatre June 28.
The season climaxes with Pete Postelthwaite's King Lear. Goold's production is presented as part of Liverpool's Capital of Culture 2008 celebrations and will seek to "capture the spirit and atmosphere of an extraordinary city in the Everyman's unique theatrical space." Performances begin at Liverpool's Everyman on Nov. 5.
Dates and venue for the 2009 production of Prebble's E.N.R.O.N. have yet to be announced, but press notes describe the work as a mix of classical tragedy and Mamet-like savage comedy.