On 02 October 2017 the theatre entered a new chapter when Nadia Fall took the reins as Artistic Director.
Nadia's first season opened with an updated version of the Spanish Golden Age play Fuente Ovejuna by Lope de Vega. Transported from Spain to modern day rural India, and adapted by April De Angelis, THE VILLAGE paid homage to Joan Littlewood who staged a production of Fuente Ovejuna (called The Sheep Well) at Stratford East in 1954.
The season was met with great critical acclaim and consisted of BALLET BLACK, THE WOLVES by Sarah DeLappe, panto SLEEPING BEAUTY, Frantic Assembly's THE UNRETURNING by Anna Jordan, EQUUS by Peter Shaffer and directed by Ned Bennett (a co-production with English Touring Theatre), which transferred to the West End's Trafalgar Studios, Pilot Theatre's NOUGHTS & CROSSES by Sabrina Mahfouz adapted from the Malorie Blackman novel and KING HEDLEY II by August Wilson and starring Lenny Henry, which Nadia also directed. The season was rounded off by Benjamin Britten's NOYE'S FLUDDE, a co-production with English National Opera that saw over 200 amateur performers from the local community take to the Stratford East stage.
Season two opens in Sep 2019 with OUR LADY OF KIBEHO by Katori Hall and directed by James Dacre. There's also the return of Ballet Black, ROUNDABOUT Festival with Paines Plough, panto DICK WHITTINGTON, Eclipse Theatre's THE GIFT, the return of Frantic Assembly with I THINK WE ARE ALONE by Sally Abbott, co-directed by Kathy Burke and Scott Graham, Nadia Fall's new play WELCOME TO IRAN in co-production with National Theatre, the next Ramps on the Moon instalment OLIVER TWIST and a revival of Roy Williams' SUCKER PUNCH, directed by Roy Alexander Weise.
Photo: Hugo Glendinning