New Season for the 40th Year of the Finborough Theatre
The multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre celebrates its
40th anniversary year in 2020 – and to mark the occasion, we will shortly be
unveiling a whole new look for our publicity, including a new logo, and a brand
new website.

The winter season at the Finborough Theatre features a
European premiere from the United States, a world premiere by our own
Playwright in Residence Athena Stevens, and another classic Finborough
rediscovery – unseen in London since 1945 – from Welsh playwright Emlyn
Williams
. Alongside the season, we are also relaunching our Finborough Forum
discussion group, and two major playwriting competitions will also return to
the Finborough Theatre in 2020.

We would like to thank Bill Kenwright for his very generous
donation to the Finborough Theatre. His support has made this year's work
possible.

The season opens with the European premiere of Chemistry,
the acclaimed multi award-winning American play by Jacob Marx Rice, playing 29
October-23 November 2019. Steph struggles with chronic depression. Jamie just
over-achieved himself off the deep end. When they meet in their psychiatrist's
office, sparks fly and they stumble unexpectedly into a beautiful relationship.
But how do you trust someone else when you are already in a battle with your
own brain? An intimate, frank and uncompromising examination of the chemicals
we take and how they impact our ability to love.

For Christmas, we present the first London production in
nearly 75 years of Welsh playwright Emlyn WilliamsThe Wind of Heaven, playing
26 November-21 December 2019. In the immediate aftermath of the Crimean War,
the mountain village of Blestin in rural Wales has no children and worships no
god since a disaster snatched away all its youth. Until a miracle allows one
small community to rediscover its lost faith, with startling consequences for
the village, and the world beyond...

The first production of the Finborough Theatre’s 40th
anniversary year is the world premiere of Finborough Theatre Playwright in
Residence and Olivier Award nominee Athena Stevens’s new play Scrounger,
playing 7 January-1 February 2020. Scrounger is a successful online
personality. Educated, ballsy, and with a huge network of online allies,
Scrounger is a woman who knows how to make change happen. That is, until an
airline destroys her wheelchair. Inspired by real events, Scrounger drives
towards the realities of how Britain is failing its most vulnerable and the
extreme cost paid by those seeking justice.

After two very successful years, we are also relaunching our
invitation-only group for playwrights, directors, designers and other creatives
connected with the Finborough Theatre, the Finborough Forum, with the generous
support of The George Goetchius and Donald Howarth Society of Friend’s Awards.

Two major playwriting competitions also return to the
Finborough Theatre in 2020:

The RADIUS Playwriting Competition opens for entries on 3
February 2020 and closes on 30 March 2020, with a prize of £500 and a staged
reading at the Finborough Theatre in June 2020.

The ETPEP Award 2020 is a playwriting prize for new UK
playwrights who work in the theatre industry, run by the Finborough Theatre in
association with the Experienced Theatre Practitioners Early Playwriting Trust
(ETPEP). Entries are now open, and close on 31 March 2020. The prize is £8000,
a staged reading at the Finborough Theatre in September 2020 and ongoing
dramaturgy and support from the Finborough Theatre.

Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson says:

“Our winter season – which includes the very first
production of our 40th anniversary year – features a European premiere from a
stunning new American playwright, a world premiere by our own Playwright in
Residence Athena Stevens, and another classic Finborough rediscovery from Welsh
playwright Emlyn Williams, unseen in London for 75 years.

In celebration of our 40th anniversary year in 2020, we will
also be unveiling a whole new look with a new logo, new designs for all our
print, and a brand new website; relaunching our Finborough Forum discussion
group, and offering the opportunity to enter two major playwriting
competitions.

We would like to thank Bill Kenwright for his very generous
donation to the Finborough Theatre. His support has made this year's work
possible. I look forward to welcoming you.” For more information, please visit
www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.   – Neil McPherson, Artistic Director