Theater Royal Stratford East unveils plans for 2022, including musical Fantastically Great Women

The Theater Royal Stratford East has unveiled its plans for the 2022 season.

The venue will host the London premiere of the new musical Fantastically great women who changed the world, written by Chris Bush, Miranda Cooper and Jennifer Decilveo under the direction of Amy Hodge.

Telling the story of iconic characters from history, the play has sets and costumes by Joanna Scotcher, choreography by Danielle Lecointe, lighting by Zoe Spurr, sound by Carolyn Downing, cast by Rosie Pearson, orchestration and musical production by Decilveo, live arrangements by Jen Green, musical direction by Audra Cramer, production direction by Tamsin Rose and general direction by Kenny Wax. Casting is TBC by production, with the show running from June 15 to July 17.

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A series of newly commissioned plays will be presented script in hand from April 19 to May 5, 2022 as part of the burn it down series, while Ballet Black will present a double program from May 11-21 with half featuring work by South African choreographer Gregory Maqoma and an original score by Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante.

The double invoice is composed of pancho and Makoma. The former is directed by Ballet Black founder and artistic director Cassa Panch and has choreography by José Alves, Charlotte Broom, Isabela Coracy, Alexander Fadayiro, Sayaka Ichikawa, Rosanna Lindsey, Marie-Astrid Mence, Mthuthuzeli November, Pancho, Cira Robinson and Ebony. Thomas, with lighting by David Plater, costume design by Jessica Cabassa and music by Michael Asante, Jon Batiste, Flowdan, Etta James, Lord Kitchener, Steve Reich and Soweto Gospel Choir.

The season opener will be that of Dennis Kelly, previously revealed After the end, directed by Lyndsey Turner and from February 25 to March 26.

Artistic Director Nadia Fall said: “Listening to our audience, there has been a tremendous appetite for congregation and debate around the most pressing political and social issues that affect all of our lives. Burn it Down is truly an answer to this: short, sharp, dramas from some of the most talented writers around.I expect lively conversations in the post show bar.

“Along with this, we all felt the need to be uplifted and entertained. The magnificent and ever-popular work of Ballet Black and the jaw-dropping new musical Fantastically great women who changed the world are a total antidote to drudgery, and I challenge anyone not to go on cloud nine.

After the end is a masterclass in storytelling, with dazzling twists of darkness, it’s pure theatre. This season is designed to be electric and life-affirming, there’s nothing soft about softness.”

The venue will also launch a new “Future Leaders” initiative, while preparing to present a new production from its young company in July.

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