Nuffield Theatre announces its autumn/winter season

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Nuffield Theatre’s director Samuel Hodges, now in his second year leading the company, has announced its upcoming autumn/winter season, alongside plans for his Nuffield directorial debut.

The season features two new Nuffield productions.

Orpheus will transport audiences to the music hall scene of 1930s Paris.

Orpheus will transport audiences to the music hall scene of 1930s Paris.

Samuel Hodges will direct a production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, with design by Ultz (Olivier Award winner, Jerusalem, Royal Court).

Samuel says: ‘I am thrilled that my Nuffield debut as a director will be the masterpiece The Glass Menagerie. This is one of the finest works from one of the greatest 20th century dramatists and was his first great Broadway success.

‘It was radical and bold when it was first produced almost 70 years ago, a quality which it retains uniquely to this day, making it a perfect fit for the work we are creating at Nuffield.’

Nuffield’s second production this season will be the legend of Merlin this Christmas. This co-production with Royal & Derngate, Northampton, is created by Ella Hickson and Olly Birch, with music by Rob Castell (BAFTA nominee, Officially Amazing, CBBC). Directed by Liam Steel, the production will see Nuffield transformed into the enchanted medieval court of King Arthur, telling the tale of Merlin and his raucous magical adventures.

I am thrilled that my Nuffield debut as a director will be the masterpiece The Glass Menagerie

Samuel Hodges, director of Nuffield Theatre

This season will also see a host of leading touring companies visit Nuffield, beginning with Little Bulb Theatre Company. Following the success of their work-in-progress piece Wail at this year’s annual Fulcrum Festival, Little Bulb return with their 1930s music hall retelling of the love story Orpheus.

Nuffield will then welcome Belgrade Theatre and Sell a Door Theatre Company’s musical adaptation of Ian Serrallier’s novel The Silver Sword. Also part of Nuffield’s season will be The Witches, a Curve Leicester and Rose Theatre Kingston production of the classic Roald Dahl story.

Since the launch of Nuffield’s Artist Development programme last year, the company have been joined by four Laboratory Associates, and have partnered with The Stage Door, Southampton’s new Fringe venue, to mentor the emerging theatre company Gauntlet Theatre.

Nuffield’s Laboratory Associates will come together to create a work-in-progress production of Juicy and Delicious – an epic, magical, coming-of-age story – on November 12 and 13.

The Silver Sword is set in Warsaw after the Second World War.

The Silver Sword is set in Warsaw after the Second World War.

The production will be directed by Anthony Lau, with set design by Petra Hjortsberg, lighting design by Sarah Louise McColgan and sound design by Alexandra Braithwaite.

From September to February, Nuffield also presents a programme of theatre for younger children aged three and older, including What The Ladybird Heard, a new stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ book, and Saturday shows presented by some of the best children’s theatre companies in the country.