A World Elsewhere to première at 403

Sandra Giorgetti

Battersea’s Theatre 503 is to première the new play by Alan Franks, former feature-writer for The Times and author of The Notes of Doctor Newgate.

Franks, who was at Oxford at the same time as fellow student Bill Clinton, has set A World Elsewhere in an Oxford College in 1968. From this context, the play looks at politics from different angles: the institutional politics of one of England’s oldest universities, America in the bitter run-up to Richard Nixon’s inaugural presidential election and the rule-free warfare of the bedroom.

The writer's previous theatre credits include The Mother Tongue, which starred Prunella Scales, Previous Convictions, which was seen at the Orange Tree Theatre Richmond, and Augusta, seen at New End Hampstead.

A World Elsewhere will be directed by Sally Knyvette, also known as Kate Sugden in ITV’s Emmerdale and Jenna in Blake’s Seven. Knyvette's directorial credits include Judgement at Nuremberg at the Tricycle Theatre where she directed five other productions as part of the Lawyers@Tricycle Company.

A World Elsewhere runs from 21 January to 15 February. It is suitable for those aged 16 and over.