The SLT Play Pipeline – updated

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Despite the radio silence, your Theatre Committee has been working towards putting together a programme of shows for the rest of the year. Along with the challenges of uncertainties regarding Covid-related restrictions on cast and audience sizes, plus some difficulties obtaining licences for plays we want to put on, this has been proving tricky, and we’re sorry that we’re still not quite in a position to announce the full season with dates.

However, we’re delighted to let you know that as long as the government’s road map out of Covid restrictions goes to plan, we’ll re-open in June with the two postponed shows from November 2020, a Robert Holman Double Bill Lost and Being Friends from 15 June, and A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) from 29 June. Any plays we have in the pipeline for July, August and December are yet to be confirmed, or are awaiting licences. (Our thanks go to Lisa Thomas for her efforts in working with the publishers and agents!)

In mid-September, first-time director Panit Chantranuluck will direct a Pinter double bill (Silence and Night, followed by Switzerland by Joanna Murray-Smith, to be directed by Jess Osorio (who directed the playwright’s Bombshells last autumn). In October, we’ve scheduled the classic Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, with Jeanette Hoile making a welcome return to directing. In a complete contrast, Godot will be followed by the highly original Wasted by Lewisham’s performance poet Kae Tempest, to be directed by SLT newcomer Emily Windham.

In early November, Barry Hooper will direct the mystical, suspenseful dramatic adaptation of the novel Picnic at Hanging Rock, and in late November, Cal Beckett will direct Swive (Elizabeth) which premiered at the Sam Wanamaker theatre at the Globe in 2019.

We haven’t quite got as far as Christmas yet (let’s see where we are with social distancing!), but next year we hope that we’ll be able to announce the relaunch of a number of the shows which were postponed in 2020, but for various reasons could not be rescheduled this year.

We hope you’ll bear with us, but we’ll announce all those scheduled dates as soon as possible so you can get dates in your diary and think about auditions. We’ll also continue to live stream a performance during every show run whenever possible (rights aren’t always granted), to enable you to watch remotely.

In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you in June, when we’re keeping everything crossed that the shows will go on!

Barry, Ben & Cal
SLT Theatre Committee

This post was updated on 30 April to reflect new shows added to the schedule