The Maltings Theatre – currently celebrating ten years since Artistic Director Adam Nichols and his company OVO took over the running of this popular venue in the heart of St Albans – is to open its 2021 autumn season on September 7th with a rousing programme of drama, comedy, opera, live music and song.
Dyad Productions opens the autumn season on September 7th-11th with the solo show, A Room Of One’s Own, based on Virginia Woolf’s classic 1928 and performed by actor, writer, producer Rebecca Vaughan.
September 21st-24th sees Charles Court Opera present Gilbert & Sullivan’s evergreen comic opera The Mikado.
September 30th-October 2nd journalist turned writer/performer Osman Baig stages his dazzling, critically acclaimed, one-man show, Fake News.
October 12th-23rd OVO presents a re-mixed, musical version of Christopher Hampton’s classic social drama Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
October 28th to November 6th award-winning director Matthew Parker presents OVO’s production of Caryl Churchill’s searing drama, Vinegar Tom.
November 16th-27th is OVO’s new production of Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama Hedda Gabler which closes the autumn season and is directed by OVO’s Associate Director Janet Podd.
Adam Nichols, OVO Artistic Director says: “We’re so excited about this autumn’s programme with its wide variety of productions and emphasis on strong female protaganists.
“I’m extremely proud to be presenting Osman Baig’s outstanding one-man show, Fake News, hot on the heels of its run at the Bridge Theatre in London and A Room of One’s Own whose run we had to cancel last year due to the pandemic.
“I’ll be directing Les Liaisons Dangereuses and I’m delighted Charles Court Opera continue their association with us by bringing their very funny production of The Mikado to The Maltings stage. Matthew Parker will bring Caryl Churchill’s blistering Vinegar Tom to life and I can’t wait to see what Janet Podd does with Hedda Gabler, one of my favourite dramas.
“We recently completed seven weeks of drama, music, opera, and comedy at The Roman Theatre Open Air Festival where we more than doubled our audience from last year. And we were delighted to take our Roman Theatre production of The Winter’s Tale to the fabulous Minack Theatre in Cornwall for ten days in July. The timing was great as we opened on freedom day when theatres were finally allowed to host capacity audiences; it was an emotional and memorable night!
“This year has been a continuing roller-coaster in juggling rules and regulations with the presentation of a huge variety of theatrical treasures to audiences in St Albans, Cornwall and online. I’m also extremely proud to be able to say that this year – 2021 – marks ten years since we at OVO took over the running, management, and programming of The Maltings Theatre.”