Finborough Theatre in London
Founded in 1980, the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre, led by Artistic Director Neil McPherson, presents plays and musical theatre, concentrated exclusively on thought-provoking text-based new writings, as well as re-discovering genuinely neglected works from the 19th and 20th centuries, many produced or co-produced at the theater. They have offered a stimulating program at the center of London’s cultural life, appealing to theatregoers of all generations.
The Finborough Theatre continues maintaining the freedom and intimacy of their theater home above a pub in Earl’s Court, discovering new practitioners who go on to become leading voices in British theatre. The Finborough Theatre regularly transfers productions to the West End and Off-Broadway, and plays premiered there have gone on to be seen in the UK, America, Canada, South Africa, Ireland and Australia.
The Finborough Theatre was also the inaugural holder of both the Leverhulme Bursary for Emerging Directors in partnership with the National Theatre Studio, and the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer scheme, facilitated by Mercury Musical Developments and Musical Theatre Network.
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Their current season includes: “P’yongyang” by award-winning, Korean-born playwright In-Sook Chappell; the world premiere of Stony Broke in No Man’s Land, written and directed by John Burrows; the world premiere of Weald by Daniel Foxsmith; the first professional UK production in more than 30 years of “Andy Capp The Musical” by Alan Price and Trevor Peacock; the London premiere of “Merit” by Alexandra Wood; the world premiere of “Don’t Smoke In Bed” by American playwright, Aurin Squire; the world premiere of a new British musical, “Princess Caraboo,” books and lyrics by Phil Willmott, music by Phil Wilmott and Mark Collins; and a production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre to commemorate the centenary of Dublin’s Easter Rising of 1916, Margaretta D’Arcy and John Arden’s epic retelling of the life story of Easter Rising leader. James Connolly, “The Non-Stop Connolly Show,” directed by Shane Dempsey.
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Among the awards they have received include London Theatre Reviews’ The Empty Space Peter Brook Award; several Off West End Awards including Most Promising New Playwright for Dawn King for “Foxfinder” at the Finborough Theatre, The Pearson Award Bursary for Playwright-in-Residence to Dawn King, Simon Vinnicombe, James Graham, Al Smith, Laura Wade; and Pearson's Catherine Johnson Award for Best Play for Playwright-in-Residence to Anders Lustgarten. For info: www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk, Finborough Theatre 118 Finborough Rd., London, England, email@example.com.