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New Theatre, New Season!

28 July 2016

Debut season at Tara Theatre to open with co-production of Paradise of the Assassins

  • Anthony Clark to direct the first ever staging of a the 19th century Indian novella about the medieval cult of Assassins
  • Other season highlights include Black Theatre Live’s new version of Hamlet directed by Jeffery Kissoon and Ambreen Razia's The Diary of a Hounslow Girl
  • Further Tara co-productions include Vagabonds, a distinctive take on the life of Thin Lizzie’s Phil Lynott and a journey with Shakespeare’s mischievous Puck for children in Round the World in 40 Minutes
  • Panto comes to Earlsfield with Bollywood Jack
  • Dynamic pricing introduced across all shows to reward loyal bookers

 

 

Debut season at Tara Theatre to open with co-production of Paradise of the Assassins

Anthony Clark to direct the first ever staging of a the 19th century Indian novella about the medieval cult of Assassins
Other season highlights include Black Theatre Live’s new version of Hamlet directed by Jeffery Kissoon and Ambreen Razia's The Diary of a Hounslow Girl
Further Tara co-productions include Vagabonds, a distinctive take on the life of Thin Lizzie’s Phil Lynott and a journey with Shakespeare’s mischievous Puck for children in Round the World in 40 Minutes
Panto comes to Earlsfield with Bollywood Jack
Dynamic pricing introduced across all shows to reward loyal bookers

This Autumn Tara Theatre will open its specially sourced Indian doors as London’s new home for multicultural theatre. A new website goes online today as the opening season of work is announced.

Opening the season, is a co-production with Theatre Accord and Tara Arts co-production of Paradise of the Assassins (15 Sept to 8 Oct). Based on a 19th century novella by Indian polymath and communist Abdul Halim Sharrar, Paradise of the Assassins is the first ever theatrical staging of this resonant tale of a young man seduced into a terrorist creed, before and how love redeems him. This story for our times is adapted by award-winning director Anthony Clark, who directed Tara’s Arts first ever production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Lion’s Raj, in 1982.

Tara’s on-going national collaboration with regional theatres under the Black Theatre Live umbrella showcases two productions: Britain’s first all-black Hamlet (25 – 29 Oct), directed by Jeffrey Kissoon, and Ambreen Razia’s return to London following a successful UK tour with The Diary of a Hounslow Girl (1 – 3 Nov) an acerbic comedy told through the sharp, straight-talking voice of an aspirational 16 year old British Muslim girl. Collaborations continue with Anglo-Japanese children’s theatre company A Thousand Crane’s magical Shakespearean adventure for children Round the World in 40 Minutes (22 Oct) and new company Leviathan Goat’s comic take on Thin Lizzie’s Phil Lynott, Vagabonds (4 – 5 Nov) which sees actor Robert Mountford explore how his own life story echoes Thin Lizzie’s front man. The season ends at Christmas with Tara’s traditional panto-with-a-twist, which this year sees Jack and the Beanstalk re-invented as Bollywood Jack.

As Tara Theatre’s first shows go on sale, a new approach to ticketing will be introduced through a dynamic pricing model that will reward loyal audiences with the best ticket prices. A new Friends, Mentors and Makers scheme will offer generous discounts, priority booking and opportunities to get hands-on experience shaping the next productions at Tara. Box Office services will be provided through a partnership with fellow South West London venue Battersea Arts Centre, who hosted Tara’s very first-ever production in 1977.

Speaking as the season goes on sale, Tara’s Arts Artistic Director Jatinder Verma said “Connecting the worlds of story and imagination have been in Tara’s DNA since our first play in Battersea in 1977. Our new programme of work echoes both our history and the architecture of the new Tara Theatre, welcoming artists and audiences through our Indian doors.” where the rewards of collaboration reach out to welcome diverse audiences and artists through our Indian doors.”

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