Thu 12 September 2013

Soho Theatre have pulled out all the stops this Christmas with an amazing line up of new theatre, comedy and cabaret.

Steve Marmion, Artistic Director of Soho Theatre says:

“This December we are thrilled to offer you an incredible mix of the most entertaining, experimental and important new work. We lead with work that we’ve created with two of the UK’s most talented playwrights, a new dark and delicious Christmas musical from the brilliantly distinctive Anthony Neilson, and a tour that takes the best of British new writing as far as India from fast-rising star Phil Porter.

Add Soho’s own TO&ST award-winner Lady Rizo with her lung-bursting brand of New York cabaret and top comedy from Tony Law, Nish Kumar, Luisa Omielan and Late Night Gimp Fight, and you have our best-ever Christmas season at Soho. Come and share the festive fun.”

A new musical version of Anthony Neilson’s modern classic The Night Before Christmas, directed by Soho Theatre’s Artistic Director Steve Marmion with music by Tom Mills forms the centrepiece of the Christmas season and continues our Fall of Innocence theme. The three have previously worked together on 2009’s Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness and 2011’s Realism – hit shows that, respectively, marked his brilliant debut as a visiting director and then opened Steve Marmion’s first season at Soho Theatre. Expect darkly adult themes and a Christmas tale like no other – working titles for songs include Not an Elf, The Filthybusiness Song and Boo Fucking Hoo.

Critically acclaimed Blink returns to Soho Upstairs and forms part of Soho Theatre’s longstanding and innovative partnership with Jagriti Theatre in Bangalore, India. The production will open in India in November, play Soho in December and goes out on a UK tour in the New Year. Phil Porter was commissioned to write Blink whilst he was at Soho as part of our writers’ attachment scheme the Soho Six in 2012. It’s a dysfunctional, voyeuristic and funny love story which we produced in association with nabokov and played to enthusiastic audiences and critical acclaim at the Traverse and Soho last year. Directed by Soho’s Artistic Associate Joe Murphy.

A big part of the work at Soho involves supporting artists, companies and voices that have real talent, and may not otherwise be heard.

Steve Marmion says:

“Behind the busy bar and queues for the hottest shows, Soho Theatre is a producer, nurturer and creator of an enormous amount of new theatre writing, comedy and cabaret. Whilst that’s one of the least visible aspects of our programme, it’s also the one that I’m most proud of so I’m particularly delighted that so much of our home-produced talent will be on show at Soho this Christmas”.

This year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe presented a plethora of critically acclaimed shows by women, many of whom were already part of Soho’s broader creative family and featuring in our programme. These include:

• Soho Six writer Bryony Kimmings performing Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model, an astonishing piece developed with and co-starring her nine year-old niece and dealing with the sexualisation of children. Bryony’s previous shows at Soho Theatre include Sex Idiot and Seven Day Drunk.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, a hugely talented and charismatic performer/writer with the much acclaimed Fleabag, a hit at Edinburgh before returning to our Soho Upstairs. This was developed as a work-in-progress at Soho Theatre by DryWrite, Soho Theatre’s newest Associate Company and follows the hit Mydidae by Jack Thorne which transferred to Trafalgar Studios.

• Another company with a big future, The Wrong Crowd, return to transform the Upstairs space into a cannibalistic witch’s lair in Hag. Creatively led by director Hannah Mulder and designer Rachael Canning, they were previously at Soho with the smash hit The Girl With the Iron Claws.

• We’re delighted to congratulate Bridget Christie on her Foster’s Comedy Award for her searing show about feminism, A Bic for Her. Bridget has performed her shows with us since 2008, is a firm favourite with Soho’s discerning comedy audience and returns with her award-winning show.

• Last year Lady Rizo won the inaugural TO&ST Award (Time Out & Soho Theatre Award for Cabaret at Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and went on to make her London debut at Soho Theatre. This year we’ve presented her at festivals around the country and we’re delighted to be bringing her back to Soho with a tremendous Christmas cabaret show and to host a one-off New Year’s Eve party that will be one of the hottest tickets of the season.

More comedy as Tony Law has Nonsense Overdrive, gallivanting through time zones, historical empires and deep space in his biggest London run to date, and Nish Kumar explores identity and offence, and what happens when someone on the internet steals your face in Nish Kumar is a Comedian. A smash hit at Soho Theatre, Luisa Omielan returns to ask What Would Beyonce Do?!

The piano-wielding prophet Sue Timms offers an anarchic alternative nativity, in a unique blend of comedy, music and theatre. In Sue: The Second Coming carols, eggnog and, if you’re lucky, witness the birth of a new Messiah.

Completing the alternative Christmas line-up, Associate Company Late Night Gimp Fight are back in a show directed by Soho Theatre’s Artistic Director Steve Marmion, complete with One Direction tributes, cock genies and the biggest jelly you will ever see!


On 30 September 2013 Soho Theatre shall be announcing the winner of the 2013 Verity Bargate Award for emerging playwrights. The final six have made it down from over 800 entries and the shortlisted plays are:

Copperfield Daniel Alicandro
The Vendor Clara Brennan
4m 12s James Fritz
The One Vicky Jones
No After No Kicking K
Rollers Iain Weatherby

In addition, Dead Party Animals by Thomas Pickles was highly commended as a fantastic first play by a very promising young playwright, and In Your Image from Soho Young Company member Gemma Copping has been awarded Soho Young Writers’ Award.

On the same day, Soho Theatre shall also be announcing the next round of the Soho Six, six of the most exciting emerging talents who will be invited to become writers on attachment to Soho Theatre for six months.

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