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Maverick Theatre Company leave Brummie base for W4
Birmingham’s Maverick Theatre Company is to begin producing theatre in London for the first time in it's nearly 20 year history with Chiswick the venue for its first production.
Artistic Director Nick Hennegan launching its first London season said that initially productions would be staged in Chiswick and Ickenham, but the company was looking for pubs and venues in the East, north and south of the capital to add to their new touring circuit.
“It will be a new, accessible touring circuit, although Shakespeare’s companies had similar ideas 300 years ago!” said Hennegan. “Maverick has always been about access. Every month in Chiswick, forget the telly for a night, come down the pub and see a show. No retakes, no going back again. Just professional actors and great, funny scripts.”
The company enjoyed critical and audience success in Birmingham with their contemporary classics winning numerous Arts Awards, including the Guinness Award through the Royal National Theatre. Productions grew from two-night to three week runs, every six weeks at their Billesley pub home. The company has also toured the UK and the USA and has worked with the likes of R.A.D.A., Sir Derek Jacobi and Sheila Hancock.
The first season includes the 20th anniversary of Maverick’s first production, John Godber’s Teechers; a revival of the Maverick hit comedy, P.A.L.S.; a large-scale People’s Company, pro/am production of Shakespeare's Henry V and Rav & Juliet - a new comedy inspired by the Olympics.
The initial productions will be performed at the George IV Pub on Chiswick High Road, London W4 on 1st and 2nd February 2012 and at The Compass Theatre in Ickenham.
December 8, 2011