Coventry’s Albany Theatre has announced an eclectic summer season of performances, including both locally-produced and touring productions, ahead of the venue’s earliest reopening date of 17 May.
The new season includes a one-night only showing of AAAAA (FiveA), and the UK premiere of A Perfect Likeness. With the former, the theatre are aiming to “recapture the mystery” of live fringe theatre, so each performance will be unique. The show was written and directed by London-based fringe theatre workers, including the critically acclaimed director Jess Barton.
A Perfect Likeness details the fictional meeting of English literary giants Lewis Carroll and Charles Dickens in Carroll’s Oxford home. Written by Daniel Rover Singer, the comedy will be performed by Conn Artists Theatre Company in association with Worthing Theatres and Museum.
Other productions confirmed as part of the Albany Theatre’s summer season include Romeo and Juliette, reimagined in a newly nationalist world of ‘Brexit-style’ closed borders where tensions are high between the English Montagues and the French Capulets.
Emerge Production House have also announced that a live caption box will translate the performance into both languages throughout. The French characters will speak their own language when together, and English when others are present.
AAAAA (FiveA) will launch the summer season on 30 May, with Romeo and Juliette following on 5 August. A Perfect Likeness will be performed on 2 September. Tickets for these shows and more are available from the theatre’s website.
Words by Georgia Douglas.
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