Four new productions will be staged at Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold next autumn, the first season since Terry Hands stepped down as artistic director.

The season, programmed by associate artistic director Tim Baker, features classic American drama, a big musical for all the family, a new production of a neglected Welsh gem and the record-breaking rock ‘n’ roll panto at Christmas.

Tim Baker has been associate artistic director at Clwyd Theatr Cymru since 1997, where he has directed more than 50 plays including the multi award-winning production of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and Welsh language productions including Porth y Byddar for the 2007 National Eisteddfod.

Tim Baker of Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold
Tim Baker of Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold

He will direct Little Shop of Horrors by Howard Ashman with music by Alan Menken in the Anthony Hopkins Theatre from October 8-31.

Tim said: “Little Shop of Horrors is a 1950s sci-fi spoof musical with a hilarious plot and a glittering collection of funky tunes that live in the memory long after the final curtain. It is one of the longest running off-Broadway shows of all time.

“Little Shop of Horrors is a musical treat, guaranteed to entertain from start to finish.”

Kate Wasserberg opens the autumn season in the Emlyn Williams Theatre directing a new production for the Arthur Miller Centenary of All my Sons from September 24 until October 17.

Miller’s first major drama, All My Sons is one of the greatest classics of the American stage. Set in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, the play is both a powerful family drama and a searching critique of the American Dream.

Kate Wasserberg was associate director at The Finborough Theatre, London and is director of new plays at Clwyd Theatr Cymru.

My People by Caradoc Evans, in the Emlyn Williams Theatre from November 5, is a co-production with Invertigo Theatre Company.

The play is a neglected Welsh classic which explores hypocrisy and cruelty in the nonconformist community of West Wales in the early 1900s.

When the novel was published in 1915 it caused fury in Wales, was denounced in the press as the literature of the sewer with Evans branded a national traitor and resulted his books being banned from bookshops in Cardiff.

It has been adapted and directed by Steffan Donnelly from Llanfairpwll. He made his Clwyd debut in as Dickie Winslow in The Winslow Boy and is touring with The Globe’s production of Romeo and Juliet.

This year’s Christmas pantomime is Cinderella by Peter Rowe in the Anthony Hopkins Theatre from November 27 until January 23. Tim Baker is planning a host of additional activities for the Autumn, which will open the theatre to the community. Further details of these are to be announced at a later date.

Commenting on the new season Tim said: “We continue to strive to produce drama of the highest quality and for all ages and I believe the season provides an exciting variety of the classic, the popular and the innovative – and, of course, the panto.”

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