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08 September – 03 October

As part of our ICONS AND IDOLS Season

The Christians

Box office: 020 7229 0706

DATES & TIMES

£10 GATECRASHER DATES
  • Tuesday 8 September 7:30pm
    Saturday 12 September 3:00pm
    Saturday 19 September 3:00pm
    Saturday 26 September 3:00pm
    Saturday 3 October 3:00pm
    

PRESS NIGHT
  • Wednesday 9 September 7:30pm

YOUNG PEOPLE'S NIGHT
  • Thursday 24 September 7:30pm

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE
  • Thursday 1 October 7:30pm

For the last twenty years, Pastor Paul has been building his church.

Starting in a modest storefront, he now presides over a flock of thousands. Idolised by his followers, today should be a day for joy and celebration.

But the sermon that Paul is about to preach will shake the very foundations of his followers’ beliefs. As fractures spread throughout his congregation, Paul must fight to prevent his church tearing itself apart.
 
This is the UK Premiere of Lucas Hnath’s remarkable exploration of faith and community in the modern world. Featuring a full scale community choir, it asks profound questions about what we believe and why.


Running Time: 80 minutes

We have an offer for this production. Check it out below:

If you're a Notting Hill resident and a first-time Gate audience member, you're in for a treat with our exclusive offer of £7.50 tickets for any performance until the 20 September. Quote  GATELOYAL when booking tickets online, over the phone or on the counter. You may be asked for proof of address at the Box Office.


From 28th September, the role of the Congregant will be played by Emilie Patry




The Christians has been awarded two Offies nominations for the following:

Best New Play - The Christians 
Best Female Performances in a Supporting Roles - Lucy Ellinson and Jaye Griffiths


           
 


"excitingly intelligent play by Lucas Hnath"

The Times


"a powerful piece"

The Telegraph


"genuinely moving"
The Observer


"This is a play brimming with intelligent ideas about our need to communicate and the fluidity of faith."
Evening Standard


"timely and riveting"
The Scotsman


"So slick in its presentation"
The Public Reviews


"perfectly balanced performances from a cast playing nuanced characters"
A Younger Theatre


"Hail a bracingly, triumphantly, intelligently unfashionable play, and Christopher Haydon of the Gate Theatre for directing and premiering it"
Libby Purves, Theatrecat

 


Exeunt


"The Christians’ raises questions that are likely to stay with you long after seeing this production."
Edinburgh Guide


"Haydon's direction has a stark simplicity that allows the play's philosophical conflicts to battle out captivatingly onstage and in his audience's heads."
Fest Mag

"The most talked about play in the festival is The Christians...If you have a heart, a brain and a soul trust me and book a ticket. (Two out of three will do)"
The Church Times

"The Christians' flares incandescent"
Time Out

“It’s rare to find a play that analyses Christian feeling with such high seriousness and sympathetic intelligence.”
The Spectator

"always intellectually engaging"
The Stage

"smart and engaging, with insightful and complex characters played by a talented cast"
The List

"It will certainly appeal to those...that enjoy sipirited debates of any kind."
British Theatre Guide

"captivating performances"
Financial Times

"Haydon's production is bloody good proper theatre"
Postcards from the Gods


 

The Christians Trailer from Gate Theatre on Vimeo.

Tuesday 08 September - Saturday 03 October 2015

Monday-Saturday 19:30
Saturday Matinees 15:00

We have an offer for this production. Check it out below:

If you're a Notting Hill resident and a first-time Gate audience member, you're in for a treat with our exclusive offer of £7.50 tickets for any performance until 20th September. Quote  GATELOYAL when booking tickets online, over the phone or on the counter. You may be asked for proof of address at the Box Office. 

 
“Mr Hnath is quickly emerging as one of the brightest new voices of his generation.” 
The New York Times 

Tweets from Audiences

 
Fiona Campbell ‏@FiCampbell13  Aug 27
Award-winning The Christians @traversetheatre is so good I bought the script! Tickets still available - don't miss it! #WTFringe

Peter Graystone ‏@PeterGraystone  Aug 21
Caught the most talked-about #edfringe play: The Christians @traversetheatre. It's a sizzler. Was still talking with strangers an hour later

Alex Tahnée ‏@AlexandraTahnee  Aug 22
Just added a new play to my all time favourites ever. The Christians @traversetheatre - absolutely phenomenal.

Adam Foster ‏@adzyfoster  22 hours ago
Fascinated by the use of microphones in The Christians @traversetheatre. Probing play and a properly intelligent production by @gatetheatre

Robert Harding ‏@robhardingactor  Aug 19
Been spoilt for good theatre today at #edfringe. The Christians @traversetheatre is sublime: engrossing play about conviction & its effects
 
Jenni Davidson ‏@jenni_davidson  23 hours ago
Pleasantly surprised that The Christians @traversetheatre was a nuanced and realistic portrayal rather than easy sterotyping. #EdintFest

Beth Holmes ‏@bethjoyholmes  Aug 20
Really really enjoyed @GateTheatre's The Christians last night. Some properly beautiful performances, and fascinating ideas to wrestle with.

Gloria Lindh ‏@GloriaLindh  Aug 19
First slam dunk straight up excellent show of #edfringe in The Christians@traversetheatre. Big thinking, compelling.

The Gate’s work is made possible by public funding from Arts Council England.

The Community Choir is supported by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Additional production support from The Christians Production Syndicates: Mark Bayley, Bruno and Christiane Boesch, Leslie Feeney, Richard and Jan Grandison, David and Abigail Lacey, Ellen and Michel Plantevin, Charles and Barbara Prideaux, Mark and Claire Ralf, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Rita Skinner

We are deeply grateful for the faith in our work shown by our funders.
 

 

Emilie Patry +

Congregant

Jaye Griffiths +

Pastor's Wife

Stefan Adegbola +

Associate Pastor

Irene Railley +

Choir Leader - Traverse Theatre

Michael Ager +

Production Manager

Sophie Donaldson +

Costume Supervisor

Lynette Linton +

Associate Director

MJ Paranzino +

Music Director

Iona Firouzabadi +

Video Designer

Elena Peña +

Sound Designer

Mark Howland +

Lighting Designer

Christopher Haydon +

Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive

Emilie plays the Congregant from the 28th September

Emilie trained at the Central School of Speech And Drama and at the Studio 34 in Paris. Theatre credits include Image of an Unknown Young Woman (Gate Theatre), The Gamblers (Greyscale, UK tour), A Beginning, Middle and an End (Traverse/ Tron/ Hull Truck), Stars in the Morning Sky (Riverside Studios), Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down (Arcola), Macbeth (New Wimbledon Theatre), Les Isles Kerguelen (Théatre De La Tempête, Paris), Bastringue (L’Etoile du Nord, Paris). TV credits include Casualty 1907 (BBC), Behind Closed Doors (BBC Scotland), The Advocates (STV) and Gayle Tuesday: The Comeback (Living TV). She is co-founder of Jagged Fence Theatre Company.
Jaye Griffiths plays Pastor’s Wife. Her theatre work includes Don’t Wake Me: The Ballad of Nihal Armstrong (St James Theatre and Edinburgh Festival), Clytemnestra (Sherman Cymru), Salome (Headlong), Category, Seize the Day (Tricycle Theatre) and Othello (Cheek by Jowl). For television, her work includes Doctor Who, Timeless, The Starlings, Sherlock, Skins, Criminal Justice, Kingdom and series regular in Doctors, The Bill and Always and Everyone.

Lucy Ellinson returns to the Gate to play Congregant. Her previous credits for the Gate include Grounded (also Edinburgh Festival, Washington DC, Sweden, national tour), Trojan Women and Tenet (Gate Theatre and Greyscale). Other theatre credits include World Factory (Young Vic), Money: The Game Show (Unlimited Theatre and Bush Theatre), Oh the Humanity! and other good intentions (Northern Stage and Soho Theatre), A Thousand Shards of Glass (Jane Packman Co), Presumption (Third Angel, UK/international tour), Land Without Words (UK/international tour), 3rd Ring Out (Metis Arts), Where We Meet, Who We Are, Speed death of the Radiant Child and Home-made (Chris Goode), They Only Come at Night and Helium (Slung Low) and Monsters (Arcola). Radio credits include 15 Minutes Live and The Fall. Lucy is an associate artist with Third Angel and Forest Fringe. Her solo work includes One minute manifesto, Kaidan and #TORYCORE.

David Calvitto plays Elder.  His theatre work includes 12 Angry Men (Garrick Theatre), Americana Absurdum (Menier Chocolate Factory), These Shining Lives (Park Theatre), and Horse Country (Riverside Studios). This is his 20th show at the Edinburgh Festival - he has appeared in six Fringe First winning productions and been nominated five times in three categories for The Stage Acting Excellence Awards for the fringe: three times for Best Actor -winning in 2002 for Horse Country by CJ Hopkins- once for Best Solo Show (The Event- 2009) and once in the Best Ensemble category (Americana Absurdum- 2000). He also produced the Fringe First winner The Event which also won the Adelaide Fringe Best Actor Award.
Stefan Adegbola plays Associate Pastor. His theatre work includes The Merchant of Venice, The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare’s Globe), Widower’s Houses (Orange Tree Theatre), Othello (Riverside Studios), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (MGC at the Noel Coward). His television work includes Doctor Who.
William Gaminara returns to the Gate to play Pastor – he previously appeared in The Body of An American. He began his career playing seasons in repertory in the UK and with the Chung Ying Theatre, a half Chinese and half British company in Hong Kong. For theatre, his work includes Oppenheimer, The Shoemakers holiday (R.S.C) 12 Angry Men (West End), The Children’s Hour (National Theatre), Broadway Bound and The Single Man (Greenwich Theatre), and Bloody Poetry (Hampstead Theatre). Perhaps best known for his role as Professor Leo Dalton in eleven series of Silent Witness, Gaminara’s other television work includes as series regulars in Casualty, The House of Eliott and Attachments; and appearances in Spooks and People Like Us. His film work includes Leave To Remain, Comrades and Paradise Postponed.
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Katy graduated from the University of Hull in 2010 with a Degree in Theatre and Performance. From there she became the resident Production Manager for the New End Theatre until August 2011 before becoming a freelance Stage and Production Manager.

Previous credits for the Gate include: In the Night Time (Before the Sun Rises), The Christians, Image of an Unknown Young Woman, Eclipsed, Chimera, Body of an American (also toured to Royal &
Derngate) Grounded (also toured to Edinburgh Festival, and UK & International Tour) No Place to Go, Dances of Death, Purple Heart, The Trojan Women.
Other theatre credits include: Scene and Heard: The Tasty Plays (Theatro Technis); Zelda, Barbershopera (Trafagar Studios 2); These Trees are Made of Blood, The Illusion, The Hairy Ape, Shivered (Southwark Playhouse);Twelfth Night (Minack Theatre); Herding Cats (Hampstead Downstairs); Blue Surge (Finborough Theatre); Bunny (Soho Theatre Upstairs); Mr Happiness and The Water Engine (Old Vic Tunnels).

Alongside her Stage Management she also has a Diploma in Body Language and works as a freelance technician and production manager with various other
venues and theatre companies.
Michael is a Freelance Theatre Production Manager. He previously worked at the Young Vic Theatre as Technician and Production Manager for the Taking Part Department (2007 – 2013), where he production managed numerous projects with Young People, Schools, Local Community and Young Directors in the Clare and Maria Theatres.

Previous productions at The Gate: The Edge of Our Bodies; The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco.

Recent productions include: Man (Young Vic); Flat Stanley (Engine House); Who Do We Think We Are? (Visible Ensemble); The Saints and The Best Christmas Present in the World (Nuffield Playing Field, Southampton); In Lambeth (Spell Bound Productions); Debris (Open Works); The Cutting of the Cloth, London Wall and What The Women Did (Two's Company Productions); Tutto Bene Mama, The Last Yankee and Ignis (The Print Room); Donny's Brain, Godchild, Fault Lines, The Blackest Black and In The Vale of Health (Hampstead Theatre); Early Days (Of a Better Nation) (for Coney at Battersea Arts Centre, Warwick Arts Centre & Frascati Theater Amstersam). 
 
Sophie trained in Performance Costume at Edinburgh College of Art where she trained as a Designer, Supervisor and Maker. Since graduating in 2011 she has worked in a variety of roles throughout the UK (The Traverse Theatre, The Lyceum Theatre, Grid Iron, Lung Ha’s, Trinity Laban, The English National Opera), Prague (The Prague Quadrennial) and Australia (The Australian Ballet, Arts House, Melbourne Fringe Festival, The Production Company).
Lynette Linton is a director, and playwright. She trained on the StoneCrabs Young Directors Course where she was also awarded the Jack Petchy award.

Writing credits include: Step (rehearsed reading, and school tour, Theatre Royal Stratford East), Chicken Palace (Theatre Royal Stratford East), where she also co-directed, Ergo Sum (Theatre Deli). Her new play #Lightie is in development with Team Angelica. 

Directing credits include: The Rally (Rehearsed Reading, Theatre Royal Stratford East), Assata: She Who Struggles (5 minute play at The Young Vic), Step Nine (Rehearsed reading, Theatre Royal Stratford East,) Naked  (Vault Festival 2015), Pornado (Theatre Royal Stratford East), This Wide Night (Albany Theatre), Stunted (Rehearsed Reading, Theatre Royal Stratford East) and Co-Director on Chicken Shop (R&D, and full show, Theatre Royal Stratford East).

As Assistant Director: Gutted (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Image of An Unknown Young Woman, The Christians (Gate Theatre), Live Lunch’s A View from the Moon (Royal Court). 

MJ’s Choirs are over 300 members strong, led by the musical director, MJ Paranzino. The choirs sing all styles of music, from Mozart and gospel to The Black Eyed Peas.

 

Over the past 13 years, the members have organised a programme of community outreach concerts, raising over £25,000 for charities. Every year, MJ commissions new choral pieces, from around the world, for The Brighton Fringe. MJ’s Choirs have performed several times at the Royal Festival Hall and Central Hall Westminster, as well as appearing on film, the BBC, Channel Four, and SKY Arts.

 

MJ is often contacted as a musical director for events, and a source for singers at all levels. Recent examples include the Just Eat ad and Volkswagen Christmas campaign. She is the go-to contact for flash mob choirs (Citroen and Channel Four). Her clients for vocal corporate workshops include the NHS, Travelex and EDF.

 

MJ and her partner Ginny Dougary accept commissions for all kinds of events. Last year, Lady Carnarvon of Highclere Castle [aka Downton Abby] commissioned a 20 - minute piece to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the First World War. Three hundred singers performed on the main stage to an audience of 15,000, with Alexandra Burke singing Hallelujah for the finale. 

Iona is a recent graduate of the National Film and Television School, and Cambridge University. Her work has been selected for international film festivals, including EIFF and Rhode Island. Prior to film school she worked in factual television for Brook Lapping, RDF Media, ITV, Endemol and the BBC. Her company Misfit Films has created promos for clients including Sky Arts, Almeida Theatre, Royal Court, British Council and UNICEF. In 2012 she designed the video installations for Trojan Women at The Gate. www.ionafirouzabadi.com
For the Gate: The Christians and Unbroken.

Other theatre includes: Islands (Bush Theatre), Arabian Nights, The Kilburn Passion, The Wardrobe and Storylabs (Tricycle Theatre), Brainstorm (ICT, National Theatre) Soechon Odyssey (Hi Seoul Festival, Korea), Patrias (Edinburgh International Festival), You Have Been Upgraded (Unlimited Theatre) Better Than Life (Coney), Girl’s Guide To Saving The World (HighTide), Not Now Bernard (Unicorn Theatre), Pim & Theo (NIE / Odsherred Teater, Denmark, Unicorn Theatre),  Macbeth: Blood Will Have Blood (China Plate), A High Street Odyssey (Inspector Sands, NT Watch This Space Festival), Flashes (Young Vic), Mass Observation (Almeida Theatre), Ant Street and Brimstone & Treacle (Arcola Theatre), Gambling (Soho Theatre), The 13 Midnight Challenges of Angelus Diablo (RSC), Quimeras (Sadlers Wells, Edinburgh International Festival), Plasticine (Southwark Playhouse), Under Milk Wood (Northampton Theatre Royal).

Sound and performance Installation Includes: Yes, These Eyes Are The Windows and Have Your Circumstances Changed (ArtAngel).

Radio Includes: 12 Years, The Meet Cute and Duchamps Urinal (BBC Radio 4).

Television includes: Live from Television Centre: Brainstorm (BBC4, iPlayer) , UNSA Astro-science Challenge (Unlimited Theatre, online episodes).
 
Mark studied, briefly, at Oxford University prior to training in Stage Lighting Design at RADA. Previous credits for the Gate include: Purple Heart, The Trojan Women, The Prophet, The Kreutzer Sonata (2012 revival), Yerma, Wittenberg, The Kreutzer Sonata (2009), Vanya. Other theatre credits include: Hitchcock Blonde (Hull Truck); Ignorance (Hampstead Theatre); Canvas (Chichester Festival); Ghosts, Sweeney Todd (Aarhus Theatre, Denmark); Singin in the Rain (New Theatre, Copenhagen); Entertaining Mr. Sloane, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Absurd Person Singular, Molly Sweeney, Translations (Curve); Measure for Measure (Sherman Cymru); Bea, Pressure Drop, On Religion (On Theatre); Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (Vienna’s English Theatre); Dick Turpin’s Last Ride, Much Ado About Nothing, Cider with Rosie, The Merchant of Venice (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds); The Man Jesus, Uncle Vanya, , Dockers, The Home Place(Lyric Theatre, Belfast); A Number (Salisbury Playhouse); Topless Mum (Tobacco Factory); Monsters (Arcola Theatre); The Pains of Youth (Belgrade Theatre).
Oli trained at RWCMD and is an Associate Artist at the Gate Theatre. Previous credits for the Gate include: Wittenberg. Other set and costume design credits include: Rodelinda (Scottish Opera); Macbeth (Blackheath Community Opera); Hitchcock Blonde (Hull Truck); A Beginning, A Middle, and An End (Greyscale/Scottish Tour); The Merchant of Venice (Creation Theatre); Gods are Fallen and All Safety Gone (Greyscale/Almeida Festival); Blood Wedding (Royal and Derngate); Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be (Union); .45 (Hampstead); The Barber of Seville (Opera Up Close); INTRIGUE/LOVE (Southwark Playhouse); Narcissus (Roundhouse); The Grimm Bros’ Circus (Bath Theatre Royal & En Masse Theatre); For All Time, The Memory of Water, Blackbird (Theatre By The Lake). Costume design credits include: Wozzeck (ENO); The Lighthouse (ROH Linbury); Big Maggie (Druid). Oli is one of the Gate’s Jerwood Young Designers for 2013.

Christopher is Artistic Director at the Gate Theatre and formerly an Associate Director at the Bush Theatre. Credits include: The Christians (Gate Theatre/Traverse Theatre, Winner: Fringe First), Grounded (Gate Theatre, Traverse Theatre, Studio Theatre Washington DC, national and international tour; winner: Fringe First, Best Production - Off West End Awards) Image of an Unknown Young Woman, The Edge of Our Bodies, Trojan Women, Purple Heart, The Prophet, Wittenburg (Gate), Twelve Angry Men (Birmingham Rep/West End), Sixty-Six Books, In the Beginning (Bush Theatre/Westminster Abbey); A Safe Harbour for Elizabeth Bishop (Southbank Centre); Grace, Pressure Drop (On Theatre); Deep Cut (Sherman Cymru/National Tour); Monsters, Notes from Underground (Arcola); A Number (Salisbury Playhouse). Short Films include: Devil in the Detail (Royal Court/Guardian). As a journalist he has written for: The Scotsman, The Financial Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The New Statesman and Prospect Magazine.

Christopher will be directing Agamemnon for The Iphigenia Quartet. 

Lucas Hnath’s plays include Red Speedo (Studio Theatre, DC), A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney (Soho Rep), Nightnight (2013 Humana Festival), Isaac's Eye (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Death Tax (2012 Humana Festival, Royal Court Theatre), and The Courtship of Anna Nicole Smith (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Lucas has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011 and is also a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. Lucas has been the recipient of the 2012 Whitfield Cook Award for Isaac’s Eye and a 2013 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citation for Death Tax. His work has been commissioned by a variety of organisations from the EST/Sloan Project, Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Repertory, Playwrights Horizons, New York University’s Graduate Acting Program, and the Royal Court Theatre. Hnath holds a BFA and MFA from New York University's Department of Dramatic Writing.

08 September – 03 October

As part of our ICONS AND IDOLS Season

The Christians

Box office: 020 7229 0706

DATES & TIMES

£10 GATECRASHER DATES
  • Tuesday 8 September 7:30pm
    Saturday 12 September 3:00pm
    Saturday 19 September 3:00pm
    Saturday 26 September 3:00pm
    Saturday 3 October 3:00pm
    

PRESS NIGHT
  • Wednesday 9 September 7:30pm

YOUNG PEOPLE'S NIGHT
  • Thursday 24 September 7:30pm

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE
  • Thursday 1 October 7:30pm