Mountaintop, To Shoot Irishmen, Thunder Road, Macbeths, Women of Aktion
The Mountaintop – tour starts 2 October
The Young Vic production of Katori Hall's The Mountaintop tours with Gbolahan Obisesan as Martin Luther King Jr and Rochelle Rose as Camae.
Set during the height of America’s Civil Rights Movement, it is an intimate look into the life of Martin Luther King exposing his fears about his family, country and the ever-looming threat of a violent death.
The Mountaintop is a Reading Rep Theatre, Desara Productions and Nuffield Southampton Theatres Co-production. Roy Alexander Weise directs this Olivier Award-winning play.
The Mountaintop opens at the NST City Studio and visits Northern Stage, Northwall, Reading Rep Theatre, Leicester Curve, Bristol Old Vic and Birmingham Rep The Door.
To Have To Shoot Irishmen – tour starts 2 October
Award-winning playwright and singer-songwriter Lizzie Nunnery’s new play To Have To Shoot Irishmen is inspired by the true murder of Irish pacifist Francis Sheehy Skeffington by a British soldier during the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916.
It stars Gerard Kearns, known to television viewers for Shameless and The Mark of Cain. His stage credits include The Accrington Pals and Much Ado About Nothing.
Alongside Kearns are Elinor Lawless, Robbie O’Neil and Russell Richardson. Gemma Kerr directs.
To Have to Shoot Irishmen opens at Omnibus Theatre London and visits Liverpool Everyman Theatre (as part of Liverpool Irish Festival), Marlowe Theatre Canterbury, Theatre Severn Shrewsbury, Mumford Theatre Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge and The Arts Centre Edge Hill University Ormskirk.
Thunder Road – tour starts 3 October
RedCape Theatre present Thunder Road—part British First Aid training course, part Thelma and Louise.
In this dark comedy, two women pack a car with training materials and medical supplies and set off on a journey, but at the Travelodge the situation spins out of control and so starts the road trip of a life time.
Thunder Road visits South Street Arts Centre Reading, The Exchange Twickenham, ARC Stockton, Cornerstone Arts Centre Didcot, Jacksons Lane London, Goodrich Village Hall Ross on Wye, Habberley Village Hall Shrewsbury and The University Theatre Bath.
The Macbeths – tour starts 3 October
Charlene Boyd reprises the role of Lady Macbeth in the Citizens Theatre adaptation of the Scottish play with an all-female cast that focuses on the marriage at the heart of the story. The role of Macbeth is taken by Lucianne McEvoy.
The Macbeths is directed by Citizens Theatre's Dominic Hill and adapted in collaboration with Frances Poet. Music is by Matthew Whiteside.
The Macbeths tour is part of the first season of work from the Citizens Theatre whose theatre building is closed for redevelopment.
It visits Dundee Rep, MacArts Galashiels, Paisley Arts Centre, The Byre Theatre University of St Andrews, Macrobert Arts Centre University of Stirling, Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, Eden Court Theatre Inverness, Pitlochry Festival Theatre and The Beacon Arts Centre Greenock.
Women of Aktion – tour starts 3 October
In his play Women Of Aktion, Mick Martin imagines a collaboration between Joan Littlewood and anarchist German playwright Ernst Toller.
Set in Manchester in the 1930s, Littlewood and Toller are working on a play about the Kiel Mutiny of 1918, but when Littlewood asks where are the women they reveal the stories of the revolutionary women who changed the course of history.
Francesca Anderson plays Joan Littlewood with Rachael Gill Davis as Ernst Toller and Claire Marie Seddon as Gertrud Voelcker.
Bent Architect presents Women Of Aktion which is directed by Jude Wright and Mick Martin with film by Dave Lynch and music by Claire Marie Seddon.
It visits stage@leeds, Lakeside Theatre University of Essex, Theatre Royal Wakefield, Skipton Town Hall, Harrogate Theatre, York Theatre Royal, Gulbenkian Theatre Canterbury, Gallery Oldham Library, Square Chapel Halifax, Wolverhampton Arena, Partisan Collective Manchester and Theatre Deli Sheffield.