Jermyn Street Theatre’s dynamic Spring Season 2018 focuses on scandal and its impact. Putting on stage four shocking stories that will outrage, delight, and open our eyes to new perspectives, this season casts light on some of the extraordinary women who didn’t mind being the subject of scandal as long as they could remain true to themselves.
Lanie Robertson’s Woman Before A Glass brings Peggy Guggenheim’s remarkable story to life – showing how her love life was as colourful as her art collection and how her passionate loyalties changed the face of twentieth century art. Mad as Hell, written by Cassie McFarlane and Adrian Hope, will reveal for the first time how the backdrop to Peter Finch’s iconic Oscar- winning performance in Network was as fiery as the role he played. It was a battle of race, prejudice andvlove that scandalised Hollywood.
Maureen Duffy’s double-bill, Hilda & Virginia, looks back on Virginia Woolf’s life, uncovering the hidden stories behind her iconic novels from the torture of depression to the scandal of her lesbian affairs. Closing the season, part madcap misadventure, part piercing social satire, Proud Haddock presents The Dog Beneath the Skin by Christopher Isherwood and W. H. Auden – a vivid depiction of a world on the brink of collapse that has never seemed so timely.
Tom Littler, Jermyn Street Theatre’s Artistic Director, comments ‘Following the wonderful reception for our Escape Season so far, I am excited to announce our Scandal Season, which runs from the New Year until Easter 2018. It features three world premieres, one UK premiere, and a rare revival of a truly remarkable 1930s drama. The plays tell the stories of some incredible, path-breaking women, and we are especially proud to present the UK premiere of Lanie Robertson’s Woman Before a Glass, in a beautiful production by one of New York’s great directors, Austin Pendleton.’