FEATURED: Nuffield Southampton Theatres Announce Spring 2020 Season


Director of Nuffield Southampton Theatres Samuel Hodges has announced the company’s Spring 2020 season.

Highlights of the season include new adaptations of three classic novels including a co-production of H.G. Well’s The War of the Worlds created by Rhum and Clay and written with Isley Lynn, a co-production of Emily Brontë‘s Wuthering Heights created by Inspector Sands and the critically-acclaimed co-production of Tron Theatre Company and Blood of the Young’s Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) which arrives at NST City as part of its UK tour on 17th March and will be extending its run by a week, running until 4th April 2020. In addition, the company present Heist with its resident dance company, ZoieLogic Dance Theatre.

Director of Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Sam Hodges, said today “This is a season of radical new versions of much-loved texts with Blood of the Young’s hilarious and moving Pride & Prejudice* (*sort of), Rhum & Clay’s thrilling, shape-shifting The War of the Worlds and Inspector Sands’ sensory Wuthering Heights. In each adaptation, these fiercely talented theatre-makers are telling the story from a new perspective, and by doing so, making them funnier, more relevant, and more gripping – exactly what theatre should be.

It’s also a season about supporting some of the country’s most exciting up-and-coming theatre companies. We’re delighted to be working in partnership to introduce Blood of the Young, an excellent Scottish company, to England, and support Rhum & Clay, Inspector Sands and our resident dance company ZoieLogic all to grow their work to the mid-scale for the very first time.”

In April 2020 NST Campus will be closing in order to undergo a major refurbishment as part of The University of Southampton’s wider renovation of the Highfield Campus. The theatre will continue to present a full programme of produced and touring work at their city centre venue NST City.

Created by Rhum and Clay and written with Isley Lynn, The War of the Worlds is directed by Hamish McDougall and Julian Spooner, with design by Bethany Wells.

“No-one would have believed in the early years of the twentieth century that this world was being watched…”

But we did believe. We believed that Martians landed in New Jersey. We believed a water tower was an alien war machine. We believed a man walked on the moon. We believe everything the internet trolls tell us and now the end of the world is being broadcast live…

Inspired by H.G. Wells’ novel and Orson Welles’ classic radio play, this legendary science fiction thriller is playfully reimagined for our era of Fake News and ‘alternative facts’.

The production will run from 15th to 25th April 2020, with a press night on Friday 17th April.

A Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Royal & Derngate, China Plate and Inspector Sands co-production in association with Oxford Playhouse production present Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.

The production is written by Ben Lewis, and features direction by Lucinka Eisler.

“We don’t in general take to foreigners here… unless they take to us first”

Does it take a village to raise a monster?

Channelling Emily Brontë’s piercing wit and fierce emotion, Inspector Sands present this classic story of obsessive love and revenge in a thrilling new version for our times.

Expect violence, passion, peril, social awkwardness, high winds, heavy rain, loud music and mud.

Wuthering Heights runs from 11th to 23rd May, with a press night on Thursday 14th May.

Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh present a Tron Theatre Company and Blood of the Young’s production with co-producers Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Leeds Playhouse, Northern Stage and Oxford Playhouse.

Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of), writtenby Isobel McArthur after Jane Austen, is directed by Paul Brotherton, with design by Ana Inés Jabares-Pita. 

A fun new musical take on the original rom-com, Pride & Prejudice. Men, money and microphones will be fought over in this loving and irreverent all-female adaptation of Jane Austen’s unrivalled literary classic.

An adaptation like no other, drawing on over two-hundred years of romantic pop history this is Blood of the Young’s unique take on a beloved novel – the hugely acclaimed Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of).

Let the ruthless match-making begin!

Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) runs from 17th March to 4th April 2020, with a press night on Tuesday 17th March.

Alongside the company’s main season of work Nuffield Southampton Theatres presents a season of work by NST Youth Theatre which provides the opportunity for local young people to work with professional theatre makers.

Nuffield Southampton Youth Theatre present Mayflower 400, a one-off commemorative season of plays, new and old, to mark the 400th year since Southampton’s Mayflower sailed for the New World.



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