London's Cock Tavern Theatre Will Present Nine-Week Season of Six Edward Bond Plays

News   London's Cock Tavern Theatre Will Present Nine-Week Season of Six Edward Bond Plays London's Cock Tavern Theatre in Kilburn, North London, is to present a nine-week season of six Edward Bond plays, written across six decades, including the U.K. premiere of his 1993 play Olly's Prison and the first professional production of the 2005 play The Under Room, as well a new, as yet untitled, premiere that Bond has been commissioned to write for the theatre.

The season, which will run from Sept. 14 through Nov. 13, will also include revivals of The Pope's Wedding (originally seen in 1962), The Fool (1976) and Red, Black and Ignorant (1985). The season will open with Olly's Prison, beginning performances Sept. 14 prior to an official opening Sept. 17. Originally seen on BBC TV as a feature film and subsequently presented by the Berliner Ensemble and at the Avignon Festival in the stage version, the play is set in an ordinary city flat, where a man tries to talk to his daughter. She will not answer. Slowly their world turns to tragedy and a search begins that lasts for years. Gareth Corke directs a cast that comprises Ewan Bailey (Mike), Melissa Suffield (Sheila), Elicia Daly (Vera), Robin Berry (Frank), Terry Jermyn (Barry), Charlotte Fields (Ellen), Frank McGinty (Oliver) and James Kenward (Smiler).

The Pope's Wedding, beginning performances Sept. 19 prior to an official opening Sept. 21, will be directed by Conrad Blakemore. It is set in a small rural community and addresses the frustrations of youth where tensions ripple under the surface. The Under Room, beginning performances Oct. 5 prior to an official opening Oct. 8, will be directed by Hamish MacDougall. The director for The Fool, beginning performances Oct. 10 prior to an official opening Oct. 12, is to be confirmed. The new, untitled work, beginning performances Oct. 26 prior to an official opening Oct. 29, will be directed by Adam Spreadbury-Maher. Red Black and Ignorant, beginning performances Oct. 31 prior to an official opening Nov. 2, will be directed by Maja Milatovic-Ovadia.

Tickets are priced from £5-£12 for individual plays, and a season ticket is being offered for the entire season for £58 (or £48 for those eligible for concessions). To book tickets, contact the boxd office on 0844 477 1000, or visit www.cocktaverntheatre.com for more details.

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