The nabokov Autmun 2011 Season is here!

Welcome to the nabokov Autumn season crammed full of theatrical treats, including 3 productions, the nabokov Arts Club and the brand new Vox Pop event!

This season sees 7 exceptional young writers’ work produced in 4 cities across 2 continents. 



by E V Crowe

September 2011

Presented by nabokov, Escalator East to Edinburgh and Hull Truck Theatre in association with Watford Palace Theatre and Mercury Theatre Colchester 

It’s not a Scottish history lesson, more a three-act, three-handed chamber study of the cycle of teenage rebellion” - **** The Scotsman

melding history with rock star swagger to pose questions about the hidden costs of conflict.” - **** Metro 

Charlie is 24. By the time he was 12 he had decided that there was just one thing that he was going to do with his life. And now he’s going to do it. He’s told everyone he knows that this is what he’s going to do. That this is who he is. 

Invade England and Scotland. 


Inspired by the life of the infamous Bonnie Prince Charlie, Young Pretender is a thrilling ride that follows Charlie through the glorious triumphs and the bitter failures of his rebellion. 

Told with an exhilarating fusion of the modern and the historic, this sharp new play is about every young person who has ever stood up and tried to do something extraordinary.

 “Captivating” - The Observer

Crowe’s writing zings off the page” and “Paul Woodson’s Prince is as magnetic as Mick Jagger” - The Independent 

I could have watched hours more of EV Crowe's modern rewrite” - The Guardian


Fri 2 – Sat 3 September 2011 // 8:00pm // also 5pm on 3 Sept

Watford Palace Theatre // Clarendon Road // Watford // WD17 1JZ

Tickets // £12.50 // 01923 225671,, or CLICK HERE!


Thurs 8 – Sat 10 September 2011 // 7:45pm

Mercury Theatre Colchester // Balkerne Gate // Colchester // CO1 1PT

Tickets // £10.50, £6.50 concs. // 01206 573948,, or CLICK HERE!


Wed 14 – Sat 17 September 2011 // 8:00pm // also 2pm on 17 Sept

Hull Truck Theatre // Ferensway // Hull // HU2 8LB

Tickets // £15, £10 concs. // 01482 323638,, or CLICK HERE!



10 October 2011

There’s a new challenge in town, and it’s looking right at you!

Vox Pop challenges the UK’s most exciting emerging talent to respond to what the pubic decide is the most important story on the news agenda.

Here’s how it works:

From Monday 26 September we’ll be asking you to vote online for what you consider to be the hottest topic of the moment.   

On Monday 3 October our artists will be presented with your decision. 

Then they’ll have just 7 days to create pieces of work in response before they are performed live at the brand new Cabaret Space at The Soho Theatre!

Get ready for a night of theatrical innovation in the heart of the capital.



10 October 2011 // Time TBC

Soho Theatre // Dean Street // London // W1D 3NE // Closest Tube: Tottenham Ct Rd / Leicester Sq.

Tickets // Price TBC // 020 7478 0100,



by Jack Thorne

October - November 2011

Presented by nabokov in association with Watford Palace Theatre and Mercury Theatre Colchester

Amusing, poignant, bang on the money real – catch it if you can” - ***** WhatsOnStage

Pretty much pitch perfect” - ***** Manchester Evening News 

The Fringe First Award winning production goes to London and New York.

"I don't like thinking. But I do. Think. All the time."

Scorching heat. A fight. A car-chase. A siege. Feisty 18-year-old Katie is thrust on white-knuckle ride through one extraordinary evening when her boyfriend is attacked on the street. Amidst the baying for blood and the longing for love, Katie is forced to decide her future.

This award winning, deeply personal new play from one of Britain’s most exhilarating young writers is an unflinching, heartbreakingly vulnerable look at the complexities of growing up and the complications of racial diversity in Britain today

Electrifying” - **** The Scotsman

Jack Thorne confirms his position as a powerful voice for Britain's youth" with writing that is "fresh and compelling". - **** The Independent 

Rosie Wyatt gives a remarkable performance" - **** The Financial Times

BUNNY by Jack Thorne

12 - 29 October

Soho Theatre // Dean Street // London // W1D 3NE // Closest Tube: Tottenham Ct Rd / Leicester Sq.

Tickets // 020 7478 0100,, or CLICK HERE!


2 - 19 November // various times

59E59 Theaters // 59 East 59th St // Between Madison & Park Ave // New York City // NY 10022, USA. // Subway: 4/5/6 or N/R/Q to 59th & Lex.

Tickets // +1 212.753.5959,



by Michael McLean

illustrated by Graham Cheal

18 - 19 November 2011

nabokov have teamed up with the Liverpool Everyman to return to the fantastic Everyword festival with Grotesque Chaos by Michael McLean.  

An intense mash up of live action and animation, this one man show is an unflinching look at one of Liverpool’s most controversial sons: Derek Hatton. 

In 1982 he helped set up a free school in Croxteth.

In 1983 he held Thatcher’s government to ransom for £30,000,000.  

In 1985 he sent a fleet of taxis to make 30,000 council employees redundant.

Love him or hate him, Degsy is back, and there's a few things that he wants to say about 2011 Britain.



17 - 18 November 2001 // Time TBC

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse

Tickets // 0151 709 4776,



28-29 October

We've heard your anguished screams and tortured, sleepless nights. We've felt your pain. So it gives us great, great pleasure to announce the return of the nabokov Arts Club!  What's more, we're moving to an amazing new venue - Battersea Arts Centre!

That's right, the undisputed heavyweight champion of artistic happenings anywhere, ever, returns in style for a Halloween Weekend Spectacular! Taking over BAC for two consecutive nights, we'll be delivering that same high quality mix of live arts, great chat and outrageous dance moves that you've been yearning for.

We'll be announcing more soon, so keep your 'best night out in London' radars charged...



Fri 28 – Sat 29 November 2011 // Time TBC

Battersea Arts Centre // Lavender Hill // Battersea // SW11 5TN // Closest Train: Clapham Jct

Tickets // NOT YET ON SALE //