Stratford East announces new shows for 2024 season

Stratford East has announced a new season of shows and events for 2024.

Award-winning writer, director, and choreographer Lanre Malaolu is set to bring to life Now, I See (10 May – 1 June 2024), the compelling second instalment of a trilogy that masterfully melds movement, song, and text to delve deep and celebrate the intricate tapestry of being a Black man in contemporary Britain.

In a nostalgic throwback, Stratford East is set to breathe new life into its critically acclaimed Windrush ska musical, The Big Life. Two decades after its inaugural show at Stratford East, which later made its way to the West End, the musical will once again grace the stage from 16 February – 30 March 2024.

Directed by Tinuke Craig (The Color Purple), the production boasts a team including set and costume design by Jasmine Swan, lighting by Elliot Griggs, sound design by Emma Laxton, choreography by Ingrid Mackinnon, and musical direction by Ian Oakley.

Comedy and music enthusiasts will also be treated to a plethora of one-night events to satiate their cultural appetites, including Live at Stratford East with Bridget Christie (19 January), Chineke! String Quartet (26 January), An Evening of Motown (2 February) and Jeff Innocent: Smart Casual: Saturday (6 April).

In a move that underscores its commitment to the community, Stratford East has also proudly introduced free membership schemes – Young Royalty for the youth (18-25 year-olds), and Local Royalty targeting specific East London postcodes. The memberships offer discounted tickets to Stratford East productions.

Speaking on the occasion, Eleanor Lang, Executive Director of Stratford East, expressed her delight. “Now, more than ever, we felt it was important to commit to making access to theatre more affordable for our community,” Lang said.

Lanre Malaolu, expressing his sentiments on Now, I See, stated: “The themes and questions in Now, I See are ones I’ve held close to my heart for what feels like a lifetime. Writing the first draft was a profoundly transformative experience, both creatively and emotionally. It connects to fundamental human questions we all quietly ask ourselves, and I’m so excited to share this with the world.”

Stratford East concludes 2023 with several other performances including its festive family panto Jack and the Beanstalk.

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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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