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.
In March 2020, Stratford East and ETT's production of EQUUS won three Off-West End Awards for Best Production, Best Director (Ned Bennett) and Best Lighting Design (Jessica Hung Han Yun).
In March 2020, Stratford East was nominated for three Olivier Awards for Achievement in Affiliate Theatre (OUR LADY OF KIBEHO), Best New Opera (NOYE'S FLUDDE) and Best Achievement in Opera (Children's Ensemble in NOYE'S FLUDDE).
Photo: Hugo Glendinning