Sonia Friedman unveils season of West End plays for 'bold new world'

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Gemma Arterton and Emma Corrin will be among cast in set of dramas confronting urgent issues

Producer Sonia Friedman and director Ian Rickson are to present a spring season of plays in the West End that will tackle “urgent issues integral to rebuilding our society”.

The Re:Emerge season, announced on Friday, comprises dramas about structural inequality, the climate emergency and issues raised by the case of Anna Sorokin, the socialite who was found guilty of grand larceny after posing as an heiress. News of the three dramas, all written by up-and-coming playwrights and supported by Arts Council England, runs counter to any suggestions that the West End will bank on “safe” revivals when theatres reopen in May in line with the government’s roadmap. Friedman called it a season of “bold, new work for a bold, new world as we begin to build back to the full reopening of British theatre”.

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