Bridgerton’s Martins Imhangbe (right) takes on the role of Othello. Picture: Mark Douet
October 17, 2023
The remainder of 2023 at the Riverside Studios will see a major new exhibition celebrating Doctor Who in collaboration with the BBC; screenings including NT Live and other event cinema, as well as major releases; local and international cabaret, music, spoken word and comedy talent in the River Room, alongside a mix of theatrical productions in the two Studio spaces.
The London premiere of Ulster American from playwright David Ireland, starring Woody Harrelson, Andy Serkis and Louisa Harland, directed by Jeremy Herrin will open from 3 December for its strictly limited 8-week season; the musical, Flowers for Mrs Harris starring Olivier Award-winning Jenna Russell must end 25 November; in Studio 3, Bridgerton’s Martins Imhangbe plays the title role in a fast-paced version of one of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Othello, which features Iago played by three actors - Michael C. Fox best known as Andrew Parker in Downton Abbey), Orlando James and Jeremy Neumark Jones. Riverside Studios will also welcome Sir Trevor Nunn for an extended introduction to a screening of the filmed version of his production of Shakespeare’s Othello (Thursday 26 October, 18:30), starring Ian McKellen, Willard White and Imogen Stubbs.
Pericles for Autistic Individuals and their Families adapted by Kelly Hunter returns to Riverside from 23 - 27 October.
Hal Fowler and Jenna Russell in Flowers for Mrs Harris. Picture: Pamela Raith
Made at Riverside Studios between 1964 and 1968, Doctor Who was one of the world’s most successful and enduring television programmes. In the run up to its 60th anniversary, Riverside Studios has collaborated with the BBC to launch the exhibition Regeneration at Riverside supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The exhibition will feature rarely seen before photography from the BBC's vast Photographic Archives. The event occurs at the same time as 'Set To Stun' at Gunnersbury Park Museum which also features display on Dr Who.
An episode of Doctor Who being made at the Riverside Studios. Picture: BBC
William Hartnell face to face with daleks in Hammersmith. Picture: BBC
Riverside Studios’ Black History Month cinema season in October is now showing; with the rediscovered Claudine (22 – 23 October) showcasing 1970s working-class New York Black life, restored in 4K and featuring performances from leads Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones.
The venue’s ‘Made at Riverside’ strand, celebrating Riverside’s history as a film and television studio since the 1930s, also continues: On 29 October it joins the British Film Institute’s nationwide celebration of the filmmaking duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger with a special screening of their One of Our Aircraft is Missing with an introduction by Professor Ian Christie; this wartime romp had special effects sequences filmed in part at Riverside and a short film narrated by John Gielgud will screen before.
Tickets are already on sale for Martin Scorsese’s long-anticipated true American crime story Killers of the Flower Moon, starring Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone from 20 October. To coincide with the release, Riverside Studios is rereleasing the 1974 classic: Mean Streets, starring Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel.
CinemaItalia UK will return with The First Day of My Life on 29 October, alongside Exhibition on Screen: Klimt on 30 Octoberand NT Live: Skylight on 16 November which sees the return to the big screen after nearly ten years, Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan feature in the revival of David Hare’s play.
Riverside Studios’ friends at the Tony Hancock society will also be presenting another showcase of the comedian’s TV episodes in Hancock’s Half Hour Triple Bill Part VI on Saturday 4 November.
An eclectic mix of local and international talent continues in the River Room with You Give Me Fever – The Phaedra Cabaret (12 & 13 November); Live Next to the Apollo (24 October, 7 & 21 November); Poetry Open-Mic Night (25 October, 29 November); Amore: Jazz & World Music Night (10 November, 18:30); Photojournalism Hub X Riverside Studios (15 November, 19:00)
Duck Pond Market Pop Up, a marketplace for independent crafters, food producers and small businesses to sell in the local community, will be back on the fourth Sunday of every month.
Pitchblack Playback’s next immersive listening session Pitchblack Playback: Beyonce ‘Renaissance’ on Tuesday 19 October will present Beyoncé's 'Renaissance' in all its glory. Plus, they’ll return on Tuesday 24 October for MGMT's debut and their 2018 album 'Little Dark Age' Pitchblack Playback: MGNT ‘Oracular Spectacular + Little Dark Age (double bill).
Midweek matinee screenings continue and in addition to Silver Screen showings on Monday, there will be reduced-price screenings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tony Lankester, Executive Director, said, “It’s so gratifying that, even as we plan for the future, Riverside still plays an outsize role in the life of our community and audiences continue to support what we do. Our building has never been busier and we’re loving welcoming so many people through our doors every day.”
Rachel Tackley, Creative Director, added, “I am delighted to be working with brilliant producers of theatre, comedy and cinema to bring work of quality and ambition across all the spaces here at Riverside. It has been wonderful to see the venue operating at capacity and to see so many people coming here to enjoy the broad range of work we have on offer in our studios and cinemas. Naturally I am hugely excited that our resident Dalek has now been joined by the Tardis!”
Tickets for all performances on sale now here.
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