Soho Theatre unveils new season featuring four new plays

Last Updated on 16 June 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team

New plays by Jasmine Lee-Jones, Ifeyinwa Frederick and Morgan Lloyd Malcolm feature in the autumn season at Soho Theatre in London

Jasmine Lee-Jones Curious
Curious by Jasmine Lee-Jones. Photo: Helen Murray

Soho Theatre in London has announced its autumn season including new plays by Jasmine Lee-Jones, Ifeyinwa Frederick and Morgan Lloyd Malcolm.

The programme will open with Curious, written and performed by Jasmine Lee-Jones, who wrote the award-winning play Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner which reopens this week at London’s Royal Court.

Running in the Main House from 16 September to 16 October, with opening night on 21 September, Curious is described as a frank, funny and moving excavation of the lives of two actresses who are young, black, queer and trying to find out who they are, set against the sprawling backdrop of urban London across the centuries.

Ifeyinwa Frederick’s Sessions will be the first play at Soho Upstairs since March 2020, running from 9 November to 4 December, opening on 11 November, at the end of a UK tour in September and October.

Following a young man approaching his 30th birthday, it is described as a raw, funny, bittersweet deep-dive into the complexities of masculinity, depression and therapy. It is directed by Philip Morris.

Sessions is a co-production with theatre company Paines Plough which has announced that the tour will visit Selby Town Hall, Arts Centre Washington, The Maltings in Berwick, Rosehill Theatre in Whitehaven, Middlesbrough Town Hall, Cast in Doncaster, Mill Arts in Banbury, The Hat Factory in Luton, The Edge in Manchester, Arts Depot in London, The Old Market in Brighton, Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis, Ventnor Exchange, The Spring Arts Centre in Havant, The Garage in Norwich, Key Theatre in Peterborough, Norden Farm, Derby Theatre, Unity Theatre in Liverpool, South Hill Park, Pound Arts in Corsham, Trestle Arts Base and Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford. Click here for dates.

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s previously announced new play, Mum, will run at Soho Theatre from 20 October to 20 November with opening night on 26 October. Click here for more details about Mum.

The theatre’s first production since Britain’s theatre buildings shut in March 2020 is Amanda Wilkin’s new play, Shedding a Skin which runs from 17 June to 17 July. Click here for more details about Shedding a Skin.

Soho Theatre has also announced a packed programme of comedy for the autumn including Mae Martin, Olga Koch, Anuvab Pal, Lloyd Griffith and Kanan Gill.

David Luff, Soho Theatre’s creative director, said: “Featuring Soho Theatre in-house productions and co-productions with fantastic partners, we return to live theatre in 2021 with world premieres from four incredible, critically-acclaimed playwrights.

“The re-launch of our theatre programme presents a selection of the best new plays for 2021, four daring and devastatingly powerful new plays, exploring the challenges and triumphs that help shape our lives.

“With a mix of debut writers and multi-award winners, we’re thrilled to present exhilarating new theatre and comedy on Soho stages this year.”

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