The Yard Theatre is pleased to welcome Hannah Millward (Broadchurch, ITV) and Bradley Hall (Goodnight Mister Tom, West End) as they begin rehearsals for This Beautiful Future. Alwyne Taylor (Flowers in the Forest, Jermyn Street Theatre) and Paul Haley (The One Day of the Year, Finborough) will complete the cast.

Following a ★★★★★ sellout U.K. debut at the Soho Theatre with First Love is the Revolution, Rita Kalnejais’ This Beautiful Future is a show about love in the extreme, set in occupied France during World War II.

With karaoke reworks of classic love songs, This Beautiful Future will be The Yard Theatre’s first play about an historical topic. It will see Artistic Director Jay Miller take another look at the theme of love in extreme contexts, a recurring thread in his growing repertoire.

“Our brilliant cast are helping us make This Beautiful Future right now, and so I don’t really know what it is about, but it might be a show about going back, in order to go forward. About tenderness in a time of violence. About love and war, times in which reality is so heightened it feels unreal. About two vulnerable people looking for safety. People who are falling in love, and falling through time.

I hope that in making This Beautiful Future, Rita and I will create a beautiful world which speaks of real feelings in unreal, dreamy worlds.”

At once tender, heartbreaking and viscerally moving This Beautiful Future has one eye on exploring the past with another on changing the present.

Written by Rita Kalnejais (First Love is the Revolution, Soho Theatre), it will be Jay Miller’s fourth directing credit as Artistic Director of The Yard Theatre following The Mikvah Project, Lines and Removal Men.


Written by Rita Kalnejais
Directed by Jay Miller
Designed by Cécile Trémolières
Composed by Jonah Brody
Sound by Josh Anio Grigg
Lighting by Christopher Nairne
Video by Sarah Readman
Casting by Sophie Parrott CDG

Tuesday 25 April – Saturday 20 May 2017, 8pm

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