The King's Town Players Announce the 2016-2017 Season
THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN
Written by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Sean Roberts
The Cripple of Inishmaan is set on the remote island of Inishmaan off the west coast of Ireland. Word arrives that a Hollywood film is being made on the neighbouring island of Inishmore. The one person who wants to be in the film more than anybody is young Cripple Billy, if only to break away from the bitter tedium of his daily life.
The Cripple of Inishmaan examines an ordinary coming of age in extraordinary circumstances and shows once more that playwright Martin McDonagh is master of the deepest, darkest and most powerful humour.
Since its premiere at the National Theatre in 1996 McDonagh's work has gone on to achieve its rightful place in the great pantheon of Irish drama.
Performance Dates: October 12-15, 19-22
Written and Directed by Steven Spencer
Join us as we tell the magical tale of two kingdoms — Fife and Drum — their ongoing rivarly and the curse that has been laid upon them both. Featuring evil curses, dastardly villains, princes and princesses and... the Eiffel Tower?! Will a handsome young prince be able to save our protaganists and help them live happily ever after? Featuring everything you love about pantomimes - dazzling costumes, stunning sets, mischievous fun and musical numbers that will excite the whole family.
Performance Dates: December 7-10, December 14-17
YEARS TO THE DAY
Written by Allen Barton
Directed by Krista Garrett
These days, we hang on to people and friendships through the impressions we get from their online profiles. Yet, over the years, people seldom share any deep and personal changes through social media. Allen Barton explores the collision of these relationships in his dark comedy Years to the Day.
Two 40-something men, who have been friends for decades but only cursorily in touch via social media over the past four years, finally get together for coffee. However, their long anticipated “face to face” meeting reaps surprising consequences now that truthful and dramatic changes in each of their lives are revealed. Can this long-time friendship survive?
Performance Dates: January 25-28, February 1-4, 2017
Written by Gérald Sibleyras
Translated by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Richard Linley
Winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy! The year is 1959. Three aging World War I veterans find themselves residing together in a military retirement home in the French countryside. They pass the time on their favorite isolated terrace – gossiping, joking, and generally irritating one another. Looking out to the cemetery beyond, the trio dream of their freedom. Our three heroes (along with a statue of a dog!) set into motion a courageous and adventurous plan to make their escape once and for all. What will their final destination be – Indochina? The local village? Or perhaps just to the top of the hill? Heroes combines Tom Stoppard’s hysterical wit with the poignancy of the three veterans approaching their final journey together.
Performance Dates: March 15-18, 22-25, 2017
OF MICE AND MEN
Written by John Steinbeck
Directed by Chris McKinnon
Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place…with us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us.
Set in America during the Great Depression, this classic play tells the story of George and Lennie, two migrant farm workers, who go in search of new beginnings, in the hope of attaining their shared dream: of putting together enough money to buy a small piece of land and building a home.
After a long and exhausting journey, the pair arrive at a farm in California where they seek work. But they are no strangers to trouble and soon find themselves reeling from the fall out of an innocent misunderstanding which spirals out of control and leaves the two men, bound together by friendship, facing an earth-shattering climax.
Performance Dates: May 3-6, 10-13, 2017