A few friends have recently asked what I’m booking up ahead of time, rather than finding out after the event what they should have seen. Which is a fair ask, given that I’m sometimes catching the last night of a run and / or not getting to blog about it in a timely manner.
So the Park Theatre 2019 Jan – Jun Season has been available to book for a little while, but I’ve just got around to booking a clutch of plays coming up.
Now whilst I have no direct affiliation to the Park Theatre (a stone’s throw from Finsbury Park Station) I can proudly claim it as one of my local theatre’s and hence I’m more than happy to bumble along and see what’s on. That and the fact it has consistently been putting on some interesting and challenging plays.
The Park Theatre has two stages, the smaller Park 90 and the larger Park 200. In the smaller you tend to get more intimate productions, often more experimental, whilst on the larger stage you may find more popular plays or higher profile actors who will possibly ensure a packed production (such as David Haig in Pressure recently). Yet the theatre manages to keep a local and friendly feel, which makes it feel like a place you want to spend time in. And because of this local feel you often find yourself meeting and chatting with the actors and directors after a show. This gives it a reality and a personal feel that lies at the heart of its charm.
So you’ll find me propping up the bar (before, during and after) the following shows:
The Dame – story of a northern pantomime Dame, staring Peter Duncan, written by his daughter and having had previous outings up in Edinburgh the last two years. 2 -26 Jan.
My Dad’s Gap Year – Dave and his gay son on holiday in Thailand and directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair (who recently directed Alexis Gregory in The Riot Act). 30 Jan – 23 Feb.
Gently Down The Stream – A UK debut of this play written by Martin Sherman who wrote Bent, which charts a gay history leading to marriage equality. 13 Feb- 16 Mar.
The Life I Lead – Based on the true life story behind the actor David Tomlinson, best know for playing the uptight father in Mary Poppins, and played by Miles Jupp (and my favourite current host of The News Quiz). 18 – 30 Mar.
The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson – A comedy drama written by Jonathan Maitland who wrote An Audience with Jimmy Saville. Given this will be playing post Brexit, it will either be painfully funny or hilariously painful! 9 May – 8 Jun
There is much more on in the new season and more that I’m still highly likely to go see, but these are my first picks. For more details check out their website.