The first shows to be performed at Hull New Theatre following its £16m refurbishment have now been revealed. From the world premiere of a brand new play by city playwright John Godber to world-class opera, drama and dance, the stage is set for something incredible!
Specially curated by Hull-born director, Kevin O’Hare, Opening the New by The Royal Ballet will officially reopen Hull New Theatre on 16 September bringing together artists from the city with a selection of Royal Ballet stars. Tickets for this production will be available in due course.
Written and directed by John Godber, The Kings of Hull, commissioned to celebrate Hull’s year as City of Culture, tells the remarkable story of the King family across three generations, from life on the docks, to Hull prison, a lottery win and success in the coal trade. Running from 27 September to 7 October, the production features the music of Ruby and the Vinyl.
September sees a week-long stint from the National Theatre, as they bring their epic production of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre to the city. In the 170th anniversary year of the classic novel, this bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms (18-23 September).
The National Theatre will also bring a new version of the classic, Hedda Gabler from 13-18 November, a crackling new version of Ibsen’s masterpiece by Patrick Marber. Hedda – just married, bored already, longs to be free.
The much-loved West End musical Joseph, a retelling the biblical story of Joseph and the coat of many colours, returns on 31 October to 4 November, alongside two musical theatre productions which will be performed in the Hull for the first time – the Carole King musical, Beautiful, running from 21-25 November, and a new work celebrating the music of 1960s icon, Dusty Springfield – Son of A Preacher Man, from 7-11 November.
The theatre will also welcome Opera North who will take a residency at the theatre from 26-28 October to present a series of one-act operas five short operas to Hull, from the well-known to rarely performed jewels of the genre. The Little Greats will include Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana, Trouble in Tahiti and Trial by Jury, and L’Enfant et les Sortilèges.
Northern Ballet will be performing a brand new ballet and the first story-telling through dance of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, with an original live score performed by the company’s sinfonia from 18-21 October.
The traditional pantomime this Christmas running from 7-31 December, will be Peter Pan, a family-friendly finale to round off this exciting year for Hull New Theatre. More details about this exciting production, including casting, will be announced soon.
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