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Paul Taylor-Mills (Photo: Mark Senior)

Paul Taylor-Mills (Photo: Mark Senior)

Paul Taylor-Mills powers new Turbine Theatre with Torch Song revival

Robin Johnson

By Robin Johnson First Published 8 July 2019, Last Updated 8 July 2019

There’s a new theatre entering the London theatre scene this summer. Driven by producer Paul Taylor-Mills, the Turbine Theatre will launch next month with an exciting revival of the classic play Torch Song.

Situated next to Battersea Power Station on the banks of the Thames, the Turbine Theatre is presented by Bill Kenwright, and founded and led by Paul as Artistic Director. The venue will launch on 22 August 2019 with the Tony Award-winning play, Torch Song, directed by Olivier Award winner Drew McOnie.

Paul Taylor-Mills (Photo: Mark Senior)Paul Taylor-Mills (Photo: Mark Senior)

With a cast including Dino Fetscher (Years And Years, BBC), Matthew Needham (Chernobyl, HBO), Daisy Boulton (Yonderland, Sky) and Rish Shah (Years And Years), Torch Song is writer Harvey Fierstein’s heart-rending and hilarious play about a drag queen and his quest for true love in 1970s Manhattan.

The show perfectly encapsulates the Turbine Theatre’s reported mission statement: to power classic stories with new energy and interpretations for contemporary audiences. The theatre will be located under the Grosvenor Bridge railway arches at Circus West Village, the first chapter of the iconic Battersea Power Station’s regeneration.

The Turbine Theatre

Paul Taylor-Mills said of the venture, “… We’re interested in being the starting point for new shows and also reimagining the older ones. It has been a lifetime dream of mine to have a home for my ideas that feels authentically ‘me’. Over the last year I’ve had the most precious time curating a venue and programme that reflects my tastes and I’m really excited about welcoming those that have followed my work over the last couple of years.”

The Turbine Theatre also comes with promises of potential festivals of brand new works, world premieres of new productions, and classic stories revisited.

Tickets will on sale through the venue’s website.

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