News Published 18 July 2012

New Diorama Theatre Announces New Season

The return of Faction and an Alan Turing musical.

Catherine Love

The New Diorama Theatre has this week announced its new season of work from August 2012 to May 2013. The diverse programme continues the theatre’s commitment to supporting and presenting the work of emerging theatre companies, with highlights including shows from returning companies The Faction and Bike Shed Theatre.

Associate company The Faction are due to bring their version of Schiller’s Mary Stuart back to the theatre in September ahead of mounting a second full rep season at the beginning of next year. The rep season, running throughout January and February 2013, will comprise of Lorca’s Blood Wedding, a new version of Three Sisters by Ranjit Bolt, and the UK premiere of Schiller play Fiesco.

The theatre’s autumn programme includes a new adaptation of Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck by Acting Like Mad ahead of the playwright’s bicentenary next year and the first London showing of Bike Shed Theatre’s Peter Brook/Mark Marvin Award-winning Bunnies. This will be followed by a Christmas double-bill of The Mysteries by new company secret/heart and children’s show The Sagas of Noggin the Nog, adapted for the stage by associate company Third Party.

The season concludes with the New Diorama’s second in-house production from Artistic Director David Byrne’s company PIT. The Universal Machine, also written by Byrne, is a new musical about the life and death of code breaker Alan Turing that will run between April and May 2013.

Other emerging companies presenting their work at the New Diorama throughout the new season include Sputnik, Rhum and Clay and international ensemble You Need Me, who are returning to the theatre with Total Theatre Award nominated production Certain Dark Things. The theatre has also announced plans to support a further twenty companies through its emerging companies course, which is now open for applications.

For tickets, further information and to see the full season brochure, visit the New Diorama website.


Catherine Love

Catherine is a freelance arts journalist and theatre critic. She writes regularly for titles including The Guardian, The Stage and WhatsOnStage. She is also currently an AHRC funded PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London, pursuing research into the relationship between text and performance in 21st century British theatre.



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