Dorset Theatre Festival Announces 2020 Summer Season

Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps

Adapted by Patrick Barlow

From the novel by John Buchan

From the movie by Alfred Hitchcock

Licensed by ITV Global Entertainment Limited

Directed by Jess McLeod

June 25-July 11

Based on the classic British spy-chase suspense-thriller

The 39 Steps contains every single legendary scene from the award-winning movie — including the chase on the Flying Scotsman, the escape on the Forth Bridge, the first theatrical bi-plane crash ever staged, and the sensational death-defying finale in the London Palladium.

Thirst – World Premiere

by Ronán Noone

Directed by Theresa Rebeck

July 13-August 1

A witty Irish drama wrapped in humanity

2020 Boston Globe Spring Arts Preview Critics Pick!

Set during Eugene O’Neill’s classic Long Day’s Journey Into Night, THIRST by Ronán Noone is a moving, wrenching, and bitingly funny play directed by Resident Playwright and the acclaimed director of DIG (2019), Theresa Rebeck.

Howard’s End – East Coast Premiere

Adapted by Caroline Hewitt

Created by Autumn Dornfeld & Caroline Hewitt

Directed by Jackson Gay

August 6-22

Based on one of the English language novels of the 20th Century by E. M. Forster

Margaret and Helen Schlegel are savvy, intellectual women struggling to be heard over the stubborn dominance of England’s early 20th century social strictures. Four actors play 20 characters learning how to connect with each other in a landscape of changing values and alliances.

A romping reinvention of a classic – FLEABAG meets the Victorian era.

Native Gardens

by Karen Zacarias

Directed by Jade King Carroll

August 27-September 5

A hilarious hot-button comedy about when good fences don’t make good neighbors.

What begins as a friendly civil dispute over a fence line erupts into a no-holds-barred turf war where cultures, classes, and tastes hilariously clash.

Nobody comes out smelling like a rose in this brilliant, smash-hit comedy of bad manners.

The 2020 Pipeline Series

Where today’s new works become tomorrow’s classics
The Pipeline Series features new works and projects in process through three one-night-only presentations each year. Today’s top theatrical talent travels to Dorset to work on brand new plays or to launch brand new collaborations.

SAVE THE DATES:

TBA: TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2020

TBA: SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2020

TBA: TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2020

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