We're thrilled to reveal some new shows heading to the Stratford East stage in 2024, including a brand-new work by award-winning writer, director, and choreographer Lanre Malaolu: Now, I See. The production forms the second instalment of a trilogy that fuses movement, song and text to excavate and celebrate the truth of being a Black man in contemporary Britain.
In January, LIVE AT STRATFORD EAST returns with headliner Bridget Christie and a mix of famous faces and up-and-comers on the comedy circuit. For music lovers, we've got AN EVENING OF MOTOWN, and CHINEKE! making their Stratford East debut.
We’re also delighted to relaunch our Royalty Schemes for Local and Young audiences. If you're aged 18-25 or live locally, you can get tickets to Stratford East shows for just £12 or £15. Find out more.
Speaking about the Young Royalty and Local Royalty free membership schemes Eleanor Lang, Executive Director of Stratford East, said:
“We are delighted to be expanding our Local Royalty and Young Royalty schemes ahead of our 140th anniversary in 2024. Stratford East is and has always been a theatre for East London and has always been committed to ensuring access for young people to the arts. Now, more than ever, we felt it was important to commit to making access to theatre more affordable for our community.”
Speaking about Now, I See, Lanre Malaolu said:
“The themes and questions in Now, I See are ones I've held close to my heart for what feels like a lifetime. Writing the first draft was a profoundly transformative experience, both creatively and emotionally. It connects to fundamental human questions we all quietly ask ourselves, and I'm so excited to share this with the world."
These new productions join the previously announced programme for 2023, including JONNY WOO'S ALL STAR CABARET (Thu 2 Nov), THE SQUINT PLAYWRITING AWARD SHOWCASE (Fri 3 Nov), KIELL SMITH-BYNOE: KOOL STORY BRO (Wed 13 Dec) and SHOOT FROM THE HIP: JINGLE BOYS (Tue 19 Dec), as well as THE BIG LIFE and JEFF INNOCENT: SMART CASUAL in early 2024.