London’s new crossover arts venue Marylebone Theater has announced its exciting second season. Near Baker Street, the new performing arts venue is carving out a special place on London’s cultural scene as a beautiful and grand yet intimate setting offering a wide variety of programs with theatre, music, dance and of spoken word. The theater’s second season will kick off in January 2023, opening with a particular focus on music, bringing internationally acclaimed musical artists to London this winter, including Benjamin Appl and Rachel Podger. In partnership with Quip Shed Comedy, the Marylebone Theater will host the biggest names in comedy, including Ed Gamble and Phil Wang, with more programs to be announced at a later date.
The exciting musical program will see six concerts by internationally renowned artists. Apollo5, the critically acclaimed a capella group known for their rich and dynamic sound, will open the season in January. The five-piece vocal group has a versatile approach to music, with a repertoire spanning Renaissance, classical and choral works, as well as folk, jazz and pop. Norwegian-American pianist and composer Ola Gjielo, one of the world’s most performed choral composers, will take to the Marylebone stage in January with his distinct style of cinematic and evocative harmonious sounds.
Award-winning cellist Constantin Macherel will perform in January. The Marylebone Theater has a strong heritage from Rudolf Steiner, who was known not only for his plays, but also for his movement art form, eurhythmy. Macherel will be accompanied by eurythmy performer Benjawan Boonyawat for a special and expressive evening of music and movement. Contralto Jess Dandy will bring her velvety, soaring voice in January, accompanied by pianist Dylan Perez. Dandy has previously performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Dunedin Consort and the Academy of Ancient Music. Baritone Benjamin Appl will perform with pianist James Baillieu. Appl, who was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2014 to 2016, is celebrated by audiences and critics across Europe and America, and his recent highlights include Dido and Aeneas with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. and Schubert’s song cycles at the Armory, New York. Renowned violinist Rachel Podger will close the musical program with her mastery of baroque and classical, known for her skillful renditions of Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Purcell and more.
Marylebone Theater’s spoken word program will include The Soldier, an evening of poetry by Kipling, Owen and Sassoon, performed by Olivier Award-winning actor Kenneth Cranham (The Father, West End; Hot Fuzz, Universal; The White Princess, Starz). Steinwerk will see the Marylebone Theater become a laboratory for voice sculpture. Poet and artist Sean Borodale and singer and performance sound artist Steve Boyland will explore the voice as a sculptural medium. Alongside their installation, which will include performances, will be presented an exhibition of prints drawn from a collection of vocal scores and lyrigraphs.
Audiences in need of mid-winter fun and cheer will enjoy some of the biggest and best names to come in comedy, including Ed Gamble (Pointless and Mock the Week, BBC; Taskmaster, Channel 4 ), known for presenting The Peacock and Gamble and off-menu podcasts; comedian and writer Phil Wang (Would I Lie to You? and Have I Got News For You, BBC; Roast Battle, Comedy Central); Scottish comedian Fern Brady (Cats 8 out of 10 and Taskmaster, Channel 4); Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated comedian Ahir Shah (Live at the Apollo and Have I Got News For You, BBC; Dots, HBO Max); and an exciting new stand-up and MC Michael May.
Marylebone Theater Artistic Director Alexander Gifford comments: “It is a great pleasure to announce a second season of work, which consolidates and expands on our first. The potential of Marylebone as a performance space will be fully explored with our upcoming program. I am especially pleased that we are showcasing the beautiful movement form of eurythmy, as well as hosting our first sculpture installation. Audiences are starting to know us as a place where they can be sure of high-quality theater and music, and it’s exciting that in the new year they can also come to know us as a home for the dance, stand-up and visual. arts.
Additional programming for the Marylebone Theater’s second season will be announced in due course.