13 Jul 2016
COMEDY DRAMAS AND WORLD PREMIERES ARE HIGHLIGHTS IN CAST’S NEW AUTUMN SEASON
Cast in Doncaster is to celebrate its third birthday with a diverse Autumn Season presenting internationally acclaimed companies and award-winning talent.
Following from the success of The Picture of Doreen Gray, Inspector Norse and Withering Looks, Cast in Doncaster presents the World Premiere of Mr Darcy Loses the Plot (13 Oct), by Yorkshire’s award-winning comedy duo LipService ahead of the 200th year commemorations of Jane Austen’s death.
Travels with My Aunt (4 –6 Oct) is a funny and frantic theatrical dash around the world as four actors take on over 20 characters, based on the much loved comic novel by Graham Greene (Brighton Rock, Our Man in Havana).
A major revival of French Without Tears (18 –22 Oct), Terrence Rattigan’s 1936 smash-hit romantic comedy of mischief, mayhem and misplaced affections, marks the beginning of a new partnership with English Touring Theatre, one of the UK’s most successful touring companies.
After last year’s The Colour of Time success, Cast bring Clash of Drums (23 Sep) in partnership with Global Streets and Right Up Our Street, an explosive free outdoor performance of drums and firework like nothing Doncaster has ever seen.
Professional ballet company Ballet Black (2 Nov) come to Doncaster for the first time with a Triple Bill featuring Storyville, a 1920s bittersweet fable set in New Orleans by Christopher Hamspon, alongside works by Arthur Pita (The Royal Opera House) and Christopher Marney (Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures).
South Yorkshire’s resident ensemble, Ensemble 360 and Music in the Round celebrate the grumpy musical genius Ludwig van Beethoven in Doncaster’s second weekend festival of classical chamber music, Brilliant Beethoven (30 Sep –2 Oct). Filling Cast with music, the festival includes four concerts by Ensemble 360, family and children concerts as well as many free activities to get involved in. Fusing classical music and Doncaster’s proud brass musical tradition, Big Brass Spectacular (1 Oct) will bring brass players from across the region together for a free outdoor concert in Sir Nigel Gresley Square in front of Cast.
This year’s pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk (2 – 31 December) promises to scale new heights with a giant of a show from the team behind Aladdin and Sleeping Beauty. It will again be written by Sheffield-based playwriting duo Matthew Bugg and Tobias Oliver. Matthew Bugg will be taking a break from performing in the show to undertake the role of Director for this year’s production. The professional in-house produced pantomime has grown in popularity year on year with Cast, the popular Doncaster venue, even adding an extra performance to cope with rising demand.
Alongside panto, Cast will also be staging a special festive show especially for small children aged three years and up. Twelve Birds of Christmas will be full of magical storytelling and fun, festive cheer. The show will run in the Doncaster venue’s intimate Second Space from Saturday 3 December to Christmas Eve.
Mathew Russell, Interim Executive Director of Cast commented:
‘It’s a great pleasure to be hosting - and in many cases welcoming back - an array of well respected companies featuring world premieres, well-loved favourites with drama, music and dance for all tastes. The team at Cast place great importance on offering high quality, often introductory, theatre experiences to children and their families, and our much loved Children's Festival, at October Half Term, is bigger than ever, offering dinosaurs, space adventures, dragons and much more. There's so much variety on offer for everyone this Autumn - we very much look forward to celebrating Cast's third birthday with you!’
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