FURTHER AUTUMN SHOWS ANNOUNCED
1 September 2021
We are thrilled to announce the final details of the 2021 autumn season, with performances scheduled through to the end of the year. These shows will follow the previously announced productions of LONE FLYER (10 – 25 September), POIROT AND ME (5 – 7 October) and LITTLE WOMEN (8 – 9 October).
First up, we are delighted to announce a dazzling new production of Emma Rice’s stage adaptation of Noël Coward’s epic love story, BRIEF ENCOUNTER, reimagined for The Watermill stage. Featuring new compositions by Eamon O’Dwyer, Brief Encounter will be directed by Robert Kirby, with design by Harry Pizzey.
About BRIEF ENCOUNTER:
“I want to remember every minute. Always.”
A chance meeting between Laura and Alec in a train station tearoom leads to an impossible love affair. Engulfed by a sea of emotions, will they be swept ashore together, or will the tides of change pull them apart?
Based on the critically acclaimed film, Noël Coward’s timeless tale of happiness and heartache is reimagined for the stage in a dazzling new production of this epic love story. With music and movement to make your heart soar, this playful and inventive production will take you by the hand and whisk you on a journey through all of love’s beautiful complications.
THURSDAY 14 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 13 NOVEMBER
Following this, we are thrilled to confirm that our Christmas production of THE JUNGLE BOOK by Rudyard Kipling – originally scheduled for Christmas 2020, and then postponed – will play throughout the festive period this year. Directed by Tom Jackson Greaves, full casting and creative team will be announced later in the autumn.
About THE JUNGLE BOOK:
In the depths of the Indian rainforest a child is abandoned with no possessions, no family and no home. Under the light of the full moon, the infant is discovered by a pack of wolves who decide to raise him as one of their own.
When the ferocious tiger Shere Khan comes looking for prey, the child – Mowgli – is swept to safety by a friendly bear and a wise black panther. Together they teach him the laws of the jungle. Years later, Shere Khan returns and demands the ‘man cub’ leave the jungle forever. Mowgli faces a choice… should he stay and risk further destruction? Or should he leave and accept that the home he knows isn’t the right place for him after all?
A wild and captivating musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale full of warmth, laughter and wonder. Join Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, Kaa, King Louie and more as The Watermill Theatre is transformed into the Indian jungle for the adventure of a lifetime.
THURSDAY 18 NOVEMBER – FRIDAY 31 DECEMBER
Artistic Director, Paul Hart says:
“This autumn season, as we move back inside, is all about theatricality at its most playful and inventive. I’ve loved Emma Rice’s adaptation of Brief Encounter for such a long time and can’t wait to bring it to the Watermill stage. And I’m so delighted that we can finally share our new production of Jungle Book which will be a treat for all ages. We will continue to offer some socially distanced performances alongside full capacity for these shows and I can’t wait to welcome audiences back into the theatre.”
Book online at watermill.org.uk or call the Box Office on 01635 46044
For more information about our full programme of shows and events this Autumn, please visit www.watermill.org.uk
GENERAL ON SALE MONDAY 6 SEPTEMBER AT 2PM
ON SALE TO FRIENDS OF THE THEATRE WEDNESDAY 1 SEPTEMBER AT 10AM