Theatre Royal Stratford East have announced three of their big, brand new shows for 2018...

Zippos Presents Cirque Berserk

Showcasing traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk celebrates the 250th anniversary of the invention of circus by bringing this form of live entertainment bang up-to-date in a spectacular created especially for the theatre. 

Combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, this international troupe includes over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and daredevil stuntmen. Featuring the world’s most hair-raising circus act - the legendary motorcycle ‘Globe of Death’.

April 3 and 4.

Nottingham Playhouse in Association with Theatre Royal Stratford East present the world première of Shebeen, by Mufaro Makubika

English actor Karl Collins will play George. You may know him from the 2011 British film Attack the Block, or various TV roles in Doctor Who, Hollyoaks and Black Mirror. The remaining cast members are yet to be announced.

It’s a hot and humid summer in 1958 St Anns, Nottingham. Tempers are flaring and Teddy Boys are on the march.

Jamaican couple Pearl and George are helping Caribbean migrants to cut loose by hosting a forbidden party at their Shebeen.

Pearl has dreams of opening a restaurant on the Wells Road. George, a retired boxer, has hung his dreams next to his gloves. A young interracial couple are falling in love and figuring out how to be together.

As tensions mount on a night filled with rum, calypso and dancing, and with the Shebeen under threat from the police, everyone is forced to confront the uncomfortable truths their relationships are built upon.

This world premiere by Nottingham writer, Mufaro Makubika, shines a light on a community under siege and the sacrifices made for love.

The director is Matthew Xia, designer Grace Smart, lighting designer Ciarán Cunningham, sound designer and composer is Richard Hammarton, and dramaturg Kirsty Patrick Ward.

June 20 until July 7.

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

Theatre Royal Stratford East presents Sleeping Beauty

Christmas 2018 may be way off your radar, but for theatres panto season stops for just a second. In the coming year, Theatre Royal Stratford goes far East for another brand new festive adventure.

Sleeping Beauty has been in a deep sleep for a hundred years, but wakes to find herself in a strange city with a cruel fairy hot on her heels.

17 December 2018 – 12 January 2019. More dates to be announced in the New Year.

Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London, E15 1BN. Details: 020 8534 0310