Marylebone Theatre unveils Spring 2024 season with drama, dance and spoken word

Marylebone Theatre has announced a vibrant Spring 2024 season, showcasing an eclectic mix of drama, dance and spoken word.

The season promises a blend of contemporary adaptations, poignant tales, and innovative dance performances, solidifying Marylebone Theatre’s status as a hub of cross-cultural artistic expression.

Highlights of the new season include The Dream of a Ridiculous Man (21 March – 20 April), a contemporary adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s work by Laurence Boswell, a multiple Olivier Award-winning director. This Russian Christmas Carol-like story delves into themes of environmentalism, nationalism, and human impact with humour and depth.

Nicolas Kent, known for his Olivier Award-winning work, directs The Most Precious of Goods (22 January – 3 February), a tender Holocaust-era fairytale adapted from Jean-Claude Grumberg’s novella. The production stars Allan Corduner and cellist Gemma Rosefield.

For one night only, on 19 February, Mark Farrelly presents Jarman, a moving portrayal of artist Derek Jarman, followed by a Q&A with gay rights activist Peter Tatchell.

Highlighting its commitment to spoken word, the theatre will host Sir Ben Okri and Charlotte Jarvis’s Revolution Earth, a multidisciplinary work responding to ecological challenges. Additionally, poets Alice and Peter Oswald present Poetry as Speech on 11 February, exploring the oral tradition of verse.

The theatre’s musical offerings include a special fundraiser, A Couple of Swells, on 19 January, hosted by Liza Pulman and Joe Stilgoe, with guests like Alistair McGowan.

Patsy Rodenburg OBE, a leading voice coach, establishes Marylebone Theatre as her UK base, offering courses and conferences throughout 2024.

In a first for the theatre, the dance programme features KVN Dance Company’s contemporary reimagining of Coppelia (24 – 27 April) and Weft and Warp: an Evening of Contemporary Ballet (22 – 23 June) by Marika Brussel and Aaron Thao, including performances of By a Thread and Iago v. Othello.

Artistic Director of Marylebone Theatre Alexander Gifford said: “It is just over a year since we opened the Marylebone Theatre. I am pleased that, in that time, we have attracted tens of thousands of people to the building, garnered awards and five-star reviews, and recently had the quality of our work compared by The Guardian to the National Theatre.

“The centrepiece of our new season is a stunning adaptation of a Russian short story, which cuts to the heart of humanity’s current political, ecological and spiritual struggles with both poignancy and humour.

“Alongside it, we will welcome an array of high-calibre artists in the genres of music, dance and poetry, including three brilliant male-female duos: Alice and Peter Oswald, Ben Okri and Charlotte Jarvis, and Joe Stilgoe and Liza Pulman. Joe and Liza are kindly presenting a celebrity fundraiser, which will kick off 2024 in fine style!”

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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