The Pleasance announces 2024 Spring Season in London

Pleasance Islington, Exterior at night.
Pleasance Islington, Exterior (Night). Image courtesy of The Pleasance.

The Pleasance Theatre Trust is set to dazzle London audiences with an exhilarating line-up for its 2024 spring season.

With a diverse array of performances including theatre, cabaret, comedy, and magic, the season promises to offer something for everyone.

One of the most anticipated shows of the season is Awkward Productions’ Gwyneth Goes Skiing, returning due to popular demand. The show, which runs from 30 January – 16 February, humorously delves into a 2016 skiing collision and subsequent court case involving a celebrity. The audience plays a pivotal role, casting their verdict in this engaging production.

The Pleasance stage will also host GISELLE: REMIX from 10 – 27 March, following its successful premiere at the Royal Opera House. This unique cabaret event combines stunning choreography with spectacular lip-sync performances, featuring dancers from The Royal Ballet.

Wasteman, an award-winning one-person play, will be presented on 14 – 16 March. This poignant production, based on the real-life experiences of writer Joe Leather, offers a heartwarming tribute to hardworking Northerners and explores themes of gender euphoria.

Additional highlights include Sergio Maggiolo’s Jeezus! F*cking Christ, a queer ritualistic play, and The Khandi Shop, featuring iconic cabaret legends. Polly – The Heartbreak Opera, a radical adaptation with a blend of techno, tracksuits, and palm trees, is scheduled for 8 – 11 May.

The Manny, a dark comedy about an Irish male nanny in West London, will grace the stage on 20 and 23 March. The season also sees the return of the bi-annual theatre-meets-wrestling festival Wrestival from 2 – 4 May, offering a mix of comedy, cabaret, and wrestling.

Other noteworthy performances include I Hope This Helps, a new comedy set in a Russian Banya, and Bloody Mary: Live!, a stand-up special by Olivia Miller. The Charlie Hartill Try Outs on 19 – 20 February will showcase early career artists competing for a £10,000 fund to present at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Additionally, Make The Cut, a competition for actors and writers, and Late Night Magic, featuring members of the Magic Circle, are scheduled for February. The multimedia show Gamble on 24 February explores addiction and its impact.

The Work In Progress comedy season, marking its 10th year, will host over 70 shows with well-known comedians like Alan Davies, Sophie Duker and Fern Brady.

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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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