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Everyman and Playhouse reveal new season line-up; Greek myth, ghost stories and classic 20th-century tales.

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GREEK myth, classic 20th-century tales and a chilling Christmas are among the new season highlights unveiled by Liverpool's Everyman and Playhouse. The summer may only have just begun, but the two theatres have announced a host of autumn treats set to be staged at Williamson Square and Hope Street.

They include The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead, a coproduction between the Everyman and Playhouse and English Touring Theatre (ETT), and written by poet and playwright Simon Armitage.

It reunites the 52-year-old Yorkshireman with director Nick Bagnall, following their collaboration on The Last Days of Troy, their interpretation of Homer's epic poem The Iliad, which was staged at the Royal Exchange last year.

The play will be premiered in the Everyman in September.

Simon Armitage said: "It's an ancient tale with a modern twist. And it's a great thrill to be putting it on in this space. It's a space both old and new.

"And Liverpool is a fine place to be writing a play about the sea."

Everyman and Playhouse artistic director Gemma Bodinetz added: "The play feels particularly resonant. Right now the Mediterranean is a really dangerous place, and hundreds of people are being washed up on its shores."

Join the conversation on our Facebook page poolecho Another co-production, this time with Headlong and West Yorkshire Playhouse, is Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, being staged at the Playhouse in October.

Gemma Bodinetz said: "This show feels urgent, dazzling, and I think surprising for some of our audience."

While the Everyman stages its famous rock 'n' roll panto - this year Rapunzel: Hairway to Heaven! the Playhouse is offering a spine-tingling festive season courtesy of The Haunting of Hill House, a co-production with Sonia Friedman Productions and HAMMER and written by Anthony Neilson.

It is hoped the production, which builds on the success of Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson's 2010 production Ghost Stories, could then transfer to the West End.

Earlier in the autumn, there is a return for the Everyman and Playhouse and Kneehigh theatre's Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), described by Gemma as "just one of the favourite things that I feel we've been involved in. It feels like a perfect Everyman show, anarchic and irreverent."

Among the touring productions visiting the city are Terence Rattigan's World War II drama Flare Path, Northern Broadsides' take on Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, and the stage version of Jacqueline Wilson's Hetty Feather.

Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo bring their The Movie Doctors show to the Everyman in November, and Nina Conti is at the Playhouse in September.

Out of Joint returns to the Everyman with Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern by Rebecca Lenkiewicz which tells the story of the last witch trial to take place in Britain, and Little Bulb Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre transport Orpheus to a 1930s Paris jazz bar in a reimagining of the Greek myth. Pilot Theatre present Outsiders, a play inspired by Albert Camus's novel L'Etranger, in the Playhouse Studio, which also sees the premiere for Liverpool writer Lizzie Nunnery's latest play Narvik - set on a World War II submarine.

Meanwhile, looking forward to next year, Regent's Park Theatre's production of Lord of the Flies will be staged at the Playhouse in February.


The | |Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead

| The Haunting of Hill House is this | |year's Christmas production at the Liverpool Playhouse

Dead Dog in | |a Suitcase returns to The Everyman

Hetty | |Feather, by Jacqueline Wilson

Mark | | Kermode, pictured, and Simon Mayo bring their The Movie Doctors show to the Everyman

The Glass | |Menagerie comes to the Liverpool Playhouse
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 26, 2015
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