The King’s Head Theatre in Islington has announced a season of premieres in honour of playwright Sir Arnold Wesker’s 80th birthday which falls on 24th May.
The Wesker at 80 season will feature the London premiere of Denial, his 1997 play about false memory syndrome; the first London revival of his rarely staged opera Caritas, commissioned by Opera North for the Huddersfield Opera Festival in 1991; and the world premiere of The Wesker Trilogy: Revisited, a stage adaptation of an un-produced film script based on his trilogy of plays – Chicken Soup With Barley, Roots & I’m Talking About Jerusalem – adapted for the stage by Rachel Grunwald and King’s Head Theatre artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher.
Wesker said: “It is gratifying when anybody wants to do something of one’s work and I’m flattered that productions of little known works will be staged in London to mark my 80th birthday.”
The season starts on 15th May 2012.
Photograph by Horst Tappe