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Marylebone Theatre announces first full season

A rich programme of music  and spoken word events and concerts

The full first season has been announced for Marylebone Theatre, London’s most exciting new venue. The theatre recently announced its launch production Dmitry, a thrilling production by  Peter Oswald, directed by the acclaimed Tim Supple in his return to London theatre. Now, the  rest of this new theatre’s full first season has been announced, with a rich programme of music  and spoken word events, including concerts by Stile Antico, Jess Gillam, and the National Youth  Jazz Orchestra, a festive whodunnit straight from off-Broadway and a T.S. Eliot poetry reading by the acclaimed Ben Okri. 

Curated by Robin Tyson (King’s Singers), five outstanding concerts by some of the most  celebrated performers in the UK will open Marylebone Theatre’s music programming this  December. Stile Antico, one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles, will perform a unique and  beautiful sequence of music and readings inspired by the Nativity story. Music by Renaissance  composers Thomas Tallis, Michael Praetorius and John Sheppard are interspersed with poetry  by John Donne and George Herbert.  

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO), the UK’s finest young professional jazz group, takes  to the stage for an exciting celebration of the life and work of jazz icon Dizzy Gillespie, directed  by Mark Armstrong.  

The award-winning saxophonist and radio presenter Jess Gillam performs an animated  programme with Zeynep Özsuca, featuring diverse music by Francis Poulenc, Meredith Month,  Luke Howard, Barbara Thompson, Astor Piazzolla and others. 

The internationally acclaimed Carducci Quartet bring their multi award-winning virtuosity to  Marylebone Theatre with a powerful programme including Haydn’s Quartet Op. 33/2 ‘The Joke’,  Rebecca Clarke’s Poem, Beethoven’s Quartet Op. 59/2 and festive Christmas music.  

Ensemble Pro Victoria, a young vocal ensemble specialising in sacred music, will sing well-loved  traditional Christmas Carols in Marylebone Theatre’s partner church next door, St Cyprian’s  Clarence Gate. Directed by Toby Ward, the programme features well-loved traditional carols  from the 15th century to the present day, including Benjamin Britten’s stunning Ceremony of  Carols with harpist Cecily Beer.  

This Christmas, DEM Productions and Fat Goose Productions bring Mark Shanahan’s A Sherlock  Carol to the Marylebone stage. Just around the corner from 221B Baker Street, Marylebone  Theatre is the perfect venue for this New York Times Critic’s Pick, which will delight and mystify  audiences following a successful off-Broadway run. Many years after Ebenezer Scrooge has let  Christmas into his heart, he has suffered a mysterious and peculiar death, leading the distraught  and not-so-Tiny Tim to seek the help of the great detective Sherlock Holmes. Using his powers  of deduction, Holmes must overcome his own ghosts on Christmas Eve to solve the murder of  Ebenezer Scrooge.  

Launching Marylebone Theatre’s spoken word programme is a stirring solo rendition of T.S.  Eliot’s The Waste Land, performed by Booker Prize-winning poet Ben Okri (The Famished Road)  and directed by Geraldine Alexander. The performance, marking the 100th anniversary of the  acclaimed modernist poem, will be accompanied by a live music score and dance. Ben Okri says,  I have always loved The Waste Land. It is a poem that continually speaks to us of the loss of  meaning and the fragmentation of our times. It is, in many ways a war poem, and it manages to  offer some vision back to sanity. In these times when so much is collapsing around us, in these  times of war and doubt, when we need true values to ‘shore against our ruins’, this is just the  poetic medicine we need, one that speaks the truths we need to hear. 

The Artistic Director of Marylebone Theatre, Alexander J. Gifford, says, I am delighted by the  scope and beauty of our opening season. To be hosting artists of the calibre of Ben Okri and Stilo  Antico is a joy and an honour. Our in-house production, Dmitry, promises to be both urgently  meaningful and powerfully moving. To follow it with a delightful Christmas piece fresh from off Broadway shows, I hope, the range and seriousness of our ambition. 

Dmitry  Dates Thursday 29th September – Saturday 5th November 2022 Press night: Tuesday 4th October

The Waste Land  Dates Friday 11th November, 7.30pm 

A Sherlock Carol  Dates Thursday 17th November 2022 – 7th January 2023 

Stile Antico  Dates Thursday 8th December, 7.30pm 

Mark Armstrong and National Youth Jazz Orchestra Dates Friday 9th December, 7.30pm 

Jess Gillam with Zeynep Özsuca  Dates Tuesday 13th December, 7.30pm 

The Carducci Quartet  Dates Thursday 15th December, 7.30pm 

Ensemble Pro Victoria at St Cyprian’s Clarence Gate Church Dates Friday 16th December, 7.30pm 

Tickets are available www.marylebonetheatre.com