News Published 4 October 2011

Launch of World Stages London

New work by Kneehigh and a stage version of Wild Swans.

Natasha Tripney

World Stages London, an international collaborative season of work to run from May 2012, was officially launched yesterday.  The World Stages season will feature work by a consortium of eight London venues and twelve companies; highlights are set to include a new musical piece by Peter Brook – The Suit, based on a South African fable – and a stage version of Jung Chang’s best-selling memoir Wild Swans.

The season will also include Wah! Wah! Girls,  a new musical collaboration between Sadler’s Wells, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Kneehigh; Three Kingdoms, a new work by Simon Stephens; and a piece about Yoruba culture by director Rufus Norris. Jonathan Dove will be staging a community opera  at Somerset House and plans are being made for BABEL a large-scale site-specific work by Wildworks (the company responsible for the Port Talbot Passion) which will be staged with a cast of 500 at an as yet undisclosed London landmark.

Participating venues and companies include the Bush Theatre, BAC, the Lyric Hammersmith, the Young Vic, the Royal Court, Sadler’s Wells, Somerset House and Theatre Royal Stratford East. The season is intended to create work which draws on the history and reflects the experiences of London as a multi-cultural city, London as an international space; the season also features an ‘unprecedented’ level of collaboration between companies and venues.

For more details about the season visit the World Stages London website. 

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Natasha Tripney

Natasha co-founded Exeunt in 2011 and was editor until 2016. She's now lead critic and reviews editor for The Stage, and has written about theatre and the arts for the Guardian, Time Out, the Independent, Lonely Planet and Tortoise.

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