Everyman Playhouse announce new season

Golem Image: Bernhard Mueller
SHERLOCK’S search for the Baskerville hound heads to the Playhouse as the Everyman hosts Kneehigh’s riotous world première of The Tin Drum. Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, directed by Loveday Ingram features a cast of just five actors playing over 40 characters, injecting energy, comedy and a little organised chaos to the classic Sherlock Holmes tale. Making their first visit to Liverpool, world-renowned Market Theatre Johannesburg present The Suitcase at the Playhouse. Set to the music of legendary South African musician and composer Hugh Masekela, The Suitcase focuses on the journey of a young couple looking to change their fortunes. Leaving their home and moving to the bustling city of Durban for a brighter future they find different challenges to contend with in the city. Considered to be one of the plays of 2016, the visceral and funny People, Places and Things by Headlong comes to the Playhouse one year after a sold-out run at the National Theatre and the West End. The story of Emma, an addict in denial and the challenge to face up to her problems, was nominated for the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Play. Rita, Sue and Bob Too comes to the Playhouse with the story of two babysitters Rita and Sue and their promiscuous employer Bob. Max Stafford-Clark and Out Of Joint Theatre Company return to this cult classic, following its original co-production at the Everyman in 1982. Theatre favourites Northern Broadsides head to the Playhouse with comedy romp For Love or Money, as a beautiful widow chooses between two suitors…and love or wealth. Breaking the boundaries of contemporary theatre at the Playhouse and new to Liverpool this year, 1927’s production of Golem is a performance that takes audiences on a mind-blowing spectacle of projections and images that push the limits of theatre and has to be seen to be believed. A West End hit, the re-imagination of family classic Around the World in 80 Days (Kenny Wax productions) comes to the Playhouse as the story of Phileas Fogg’s epic race against the clock is told by just eight actors performing over 125 characters. Following the success of Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) in 2014, Kneehigh Theatre Company return to the Everyman with a new production of The Tin Drum. This adaptation of Günter Grass’ epic story – often hailed as one of the greatest novels ever written – reunites the same creative team that produced Dead Dog in a Suitcase: writer Carl Grose, director Mike Shepherd and composer Charles Hazlewood. A 20th Century masterpiece, The Tin Drum is a riotous folktale for troubled times. This co-production between Kneehigh, the Everyman & Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse will be made in Liverpool.
Reasons to be Cheerful. Image: Patrick Baldwin
A busy programme heads to the Everyman this autumn.  First up, the theatre plays host to deaf and disabled theatre company Graeae with Reasons to be Cheerful – the story of legendary rocker Ian Dury and a group of fans’ desperate journey to see their idol. Keeping the fight going is a night of music and comedy as Josie Long (8 Out of 10 Cats) headlines Lefty Scum, celebrating the struggles of life on the left wing. As gig-theatre continues to attract a new generation of theatre-goers, musician and theatre maker Dom Coyote (Kneehigh) brings the award-winning show Songs From the End of the World to the Everyman for two nights. The Everyman host Shôn Dale-Jones (Hoi Polloi) and his one-man show Me & Robin Hood, an affectionate look at his boyhood relationship with the fictional renegade. Shôn will donate proceeds of the show towards Street Child United World Cup 2018 in true Robin Hood fashion. The work of Conquest of the South Pole writer Manfred Karge returns to the Everyman stage with Man to Man – a one-woman play set in Nazi Germany. Co-directed by Frantic Assembly’s Scott Graham, Man to Man offers a unique look at the Second World War through a powerful performance of physical theatre. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto returns to the Everyman as regular writers Sarah A Nixon and Mark Chatterton take us on a journey under the sea with the classic ‘tail’ The Little Mermaid. Gemma Bodinetz, artistic director at the Everyman & Playhouse said: “As we take a breath between the freneticism and wonder of our repertory company seasons, it is with huge excitement that we welcome so many remarkable world-class companies and artists to the Everyman and Playhouse. “As well hosting these exciting visiting companies and collaborations, no autumn season would be complete without our ever popular and critically-acclaimed Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto at the Everyman and our alternative Christmas offering at the Playhouse. “This year our regular panto team turn their many talents to The Little Mermaid and we are delighted to have Loveday Ingram directing the UK première of Baskerville by Ken Ludwig at the Playhouse. “Join us for a season of old friends and new relationships, the traditional and the game-changing, the home-grown and the international, all chosen to dazzle and thrill our audiences.” General sale for all shows in the Everyman & Playhouse Autumn/Winter 2017 Programme will be available from Monday 19 June. More information is available at: https://www.everymanplayhouse.com/whats-on.