Hull Truck Theatre announces new shows for 2017

Tickets for part one of Hull Truck Theatre‘s 2017 season have gone on sale today, announcing the venue’s plans for “a year of ambitious and exceptional drama for 2017”.

A must-see for anyone who enjoys classic drama in a northern voice, Shakespeare’s Richard III runs from 4-27 May, presented in partnership with Northern Broadsides and Hull 2017. Directed by Northern Broadsides’ artistic director Barrie Rutter, this new production will bring the company back to its roots here in Hull – the city where its first-ever production, Richard III, was staged in the Hull Marina Boatshed.

Our diverse programme certainly has something for all tastes.

Babych, Artistic Director

The world première of Mighty Atoms (8 June-1 July) will be presented in partnership with Hull 2017, directed by Mark Babych and inspired by the life of Hull’s world champion boxer Barbara Buttrick. Set above a Hull pub and telling the story of a group of women taking part in a boxercise class, this new play by award-winning playwright Amanda Whittington (Be My Baby, Ladies Day), is the final part of the theatre’s Hull Trilogy – a trio of world premières exploring Hull’s history, identity and capacity for survival, following The Gaul in 2016 and Dancing Through the Shadows in 2015.

“We have a year of ambitious and exceptional drama for 2017,” says Mark Babych, artistic director of Hull Truck Theatre, “telling powerful human stories which resonate with our city and beyond. We are excited to be working with internationally renowned artists while staying true to our roots and remaining a cultural hub for our communities.”

In another world première for 2017, Our Mutual Friend, adapted from the Charles Dickens novel by playwright Bryony Lavery, will be presented with Hull 2017. Bringing about 100 young performers from Hull Truck Youth Theatre groups to the theatre’s main stage, it tells a story of renewal and hope for the future.

This all follows the runaway success of The Hypocrite, announced in September 2016. Written by Olivier Award-winning writer Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors, Made in Dagenham) and with Game of Thrones and The Full Monty star Mark Addy in the lead role, the show is presented in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Hull 2017. The biggest and most ambitious show in the theatre’s history, they recently announced that it is the fasting selling production since their building on Ferensway opened in 2009.

All of this ambitious work is evidence of the exciting journey that Hull Truck Theatre is on, and we want to continue to offer audiences innovative, highquality work for years to come.

Babych, Artistic Director

Alongside The Hypocrite, the theatre’s intergenerational participation project Defiance brings members of the Hull Truck Senior Youth Theatre together with Act III, its over-55s theatre-makers group. The piece, performed in an as-yet secret location in Hull from 22 to 25 March, will explore what happens when “the protest generation” meets the “politically apathetic” and consider what defiance means to two very different generations in Hull 2017.

“Young people are also a key part of our season and ongoing work,” says Mark Babych. “They will be performing on the same stage as renowned national and international artists, which will be an inspiring experience and will hopefully encourage them to be involved in the arts long past 2017.

“All of this ambitious work is evidence of the exciting journey that Hull Truck Theatre is on, and we want to continue to offer audiences innovative, high-quality work for years to come.”

For full details of Hull Truck Theatre’s programme for part one of 2017, including accessible performances, touch tours, audio description, captioned performances and ticket offers, please see their website.

The Hypocrite, Our Mutual Friend, Mighty Atoms and Richard III are generously supported by the John Ellerman Foundation.