Spring 2015 Season Launch

Dundee Rep Theatre is proud and excited to present their new season of work linked by a common theme – revenge. A new version of the great Spanish classic Blood Wedding, Shakespeare’s thrilling early tragedy Titus Andronicus and a dramatisation of the Charles Dickens classic Great Expectations are three very different plays bound together by the common thread of Revenge. 

Dundee Rep Ensemble opens the season with Blood Wedding (4 – 14 March), a collaboration with Derby Theatre and Graeae. Directed by Jenny Sealey, David Ireland’s radical new take on Lorca’s play re-fuels this classic story with a contemporary twist. Blood Wedding is followed by William Shakespeare’s brutal tragedy Titus Andronicus (8-25 April), directed and designed by one of Scotland’s most dynamic theatre artist Stewart Laing, whose cast also perform contemporary classic The Love of the Nightingale by Timberlake Wertenbaker as a rehearsed reading on20 April. Dundee Rep Ensemble together with Horsecross present Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations (3 – 15 June), directed by Jemima Levick and full of colourful characters. 

After their international tour last season, Scottish Dance Theatre will perform YAMA by Damien Jalet (12 Feb), a double bill Winter, Again by Jo Strømgren and Dreamers by Anton Lachky (13&14 Feb) and artistic director Fleur Darkin’s mesmerising Miann (19 March). Visiting dance includes Breakin Rules (17 Jan), Youth Dance Festival (8 May) and six superb performing artists come together for Three’s a Crowd (9 May). 

Rep Creative Learning have another packed season including On Stage (6 May),Dundee Rep’s Illuminate Ensemble presents Masked Ball (19 June), Youth Theatre double bill (26-27 June), Community Company Show (10&11 July) and an celebration evening of Royal Shakespeare Company’s Scotland-wide Open Stages project (18 July) and much much more. 

Visiting drama features Sunday Mornings on Dundee Law (22-24 Jan) by Mike Gibb, top class dancers and West End singers in Broadway! A Night at the Movies (27 – 31 Jan) and Three Men in a Boat (17-21 Feb) sail into Dundee following a hit, sell-out national tour in 2012. Dundonian Mark Kydd tell his personal story, There Were Two Brothers (26 Feb) and a new play by Mona Pearson inspired by RL Stevenson, Lung Ha’s Theatre’s Jekyll & Hyde (25 March). Long Live The Little Knife (26 March), The Devil Wears Primark (3&4 April) and Arnold Ridley’s classic comedy thriller The Ghost Train (31 March – 2 April). Based on the book Mary Slessor: The Barefoot Missionary by Elizabeth Robertson, Mother of All the Peoples (15-17 April) takes us back in time with Mary, as she reflects on her inauspicious beginnings and unlikely journey to Africa. 

Suspect everyone in Agatha Christie’s record-breaking classic whodoneit, The Mousetrap (18-23 May), more drama from Birds of Paradise Theatre Company with Crazy Jane (13 June) and Faux Theatre’s Tron (24 June) a unique and sensual visual performance combing object theatre, kinetic art and an original live score. National Theatre of Scotland bring their riotous new comedy Yer Granny (30 June & 4 July), Shakespeare’s  Globe Theatre’s Romeo & Juliet (14-17 July) and Stellar Quines’ The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy (24 – 26 July) ensures incredible theatre this spring. The Devil Wears Primark (3&4 April) and back by popular demand An Evening of Dirty Dancing (25-27 June) and for the younger audience members Sing-a-long-a Frozen (24 July). 

Music from Dougie Maclean (20 March), Cloudbusting performs The Music of Kate Bush (21 March) and for one night only Thank you for the Music (27 March). Dundee’s The Hazy Janes (18 April) returns to the Rep with an expanding line-up. From Japan the Yamato Drummers (15 May) and Scottish singer-songwriter Horse returns to Dundee Rep (16 May). 

Comedy this seasons comes in all shapes and sizes, from stand-up comedians Stewart Lee (16 March) and Phil Kay (28 March) to monthly comedy clubs Jongleurs and Just Laugh and big comedy drama with Big Pants and Botox (21 – 25 April). From the writer of sell-out hit comedy The Berries, Dundonian Garry Robertson brings us another hilarious offering of Dundee life with The Scaffies (29 April – 2 May). For all Blackadder II fans Edmund & Co The Dinner Show (28-30 May) is a must. 

Dundee Rep’s Children’s Festival 2015 includes storytelling with Andy Cameron Oor Rabbie Oor Scotland (6&10 April), The Worm (7 April) and be creative with Puppets! Puppets! Puppets! (8 April). Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre are back with their version of Rapunzel (8 April), Pitschi – The Kitten with Dreams (9 April) and Macrobert & Barrowland Ballet presents, The Pine Tree, Poggle & Me (11 April). Dundee Rep Creative Learning presents The Little Prince (12 April) an adaptation by Dundee Rep’s 16-18’s youth theatre.