HOME have today announced the return of live theatre to their building for the first time in 10 months with an Autumn Winter season featuring over 30 shows including Rhum and Clay’s The War of the Worlds, The Lemon Table, starring Ian McDiarmid, and a new adaptation of Christie Watson’s NHS memoir, The Language of Kindness.
The season also includes festivals of new work and digital commissions delivered on a specially commissioned online platform, Homescreen.
As well as shows that missed their chance to appear at HOME due to Covid, the season includes new commissions from North West, national and international artists and the return of some HOME favourites, including Bourgeois and Maurice, Le Gateau Chocolat and Hofesh Shechter.
Priority ticket booking will be available for HOME Friends from Friday, 30 July, and members from Monday, 2 August with tickets on sale to the general public from Tuesday, 3 August. Several shows will have a mix of socially distanced and full capacity performances, to provide as many options as possible for audiences post-Covid.
Dave Moutrey, Director and CEO of HOME, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to announce the return of live theatre to our building, following a very long 10 months during which our theatres have been closed to the public due to coronavirus. We were absolutely determined to give artists whose work had been cancelled or postponed at the start of the pandemic the chance to bring their shows to the stage, and I’m pleased to say that many of the works appearing this season are among those we were planning to host last year. As well as honouring our commitments to those artists, our programming team have also found great new work, which I know HOME audiences will love.
“I’m also really pleased that festivals are back, and that with Push and Orbit we will have the opportunity to showcase some of the most exciting new works from artists in the North West and from across the world.
“This is a season full of joy, compassion and excitement, that I’m proud to say represents the best of HOME at this exciting moment when – finally – all three of our artforms are live again in our building.”
Some coronavirus safety measures, including additional cleaning, hand sanitiser stations and queue management, will stretch into the Autumn, and while it is planned that most shows will go ahead at full capacity, certain performances are to be designated as social distanced for audiences who feel more comfortable keeping more space around them.