The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui returns to the Minerva Theatre for this year’s Chichester Festival, prior to transferring to the West End’s Duchess Theatre later in the year. The play by Bertolt Brecht, in a translation by George Tabori revised by Alistair Beaton, is to open at Chichester on 15th August and runs through until 14th September, when it transfers to the Duchess theatre in London’s West End from the 18th September 2013 for a strictly limited run of 12 weeks. Henry Goodman will once again play the title role. (18 MARCH 2013)
A new production of FEELGOOD by Alistair Beaton will open at the Spanish Theatre in Madrid on 3rd April. The production, directed by Alberto Ferrer Castrillo, will run from 3 April to 12 May. This award-winning satire on modern politics features Fran Perea, Manuela Velasco, Jorge Bosch, Ainhoa Santamaría, Javier Marquez and Jorge Usón. (17 MARCH 2013)
Alistair has been commissioned by Birmingham Opera to translate a Mussorgsky song cycle, to be directed by Graham Vick.
(9 JANUARY 2013)
Alistair has been commissioned by HAT TRICK Productions to write a pilot for a new sitcom series. More news soon… (1 JANUARY 2013)
The Bluma Appel Theatre in Toronto present the first Canadian production of THE ARSONISTS by Max Frisch in a translation by Alistair Beaton. This wildly funny political farce stars two of Canada’s favourite actors, Michael Ball and Fiona Reid and Toronto-based songwriter and musician Justin Rutledge will compose original music for the production. The production will be directed by Morris Panych with set design by Ken MacDonald and will run from 11th November - 9th December. (6 FEBRUARY 2012)
A new production of Alistair Beaton’s satire on modern politics, FEELGOOD, is to be performed at the OLD SCHAUSPIELHAUS Theatre in Stuttgart, Germany, during May and June. The production, directed by Manfred Langner, will open on 3rd May and run until 9th June. (1 FEBRUARY 2012)
Alistair Beaton has been commissioned by Channel 4 / The Comedy Unit to write an original film about the break-up of the the United Kingdom. Set in the near future, it paints the picture of what Scotland might (or might not) look like as an independent nation. (20 JANUARY 2012)
Alistair Beaton has been commissioned by Channel 4 / The Comedy Unit to write an original British film entitled THE EMBASSY. More news soon. (21 OCTOBER 2011)
Alistair Beaton will be a keynote speaker at The German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English Conference at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. The 20th Annual Conference will be held between 2-5 June 2011. FIND OUT MORE HERE (23 MAY 2011)
Alistair Beaton's Radio comedy satire set in the world of modern newspapers is currently running on Friday mornings on Radio 4. At the heart of the comedy is the relationship between Maddox Bradley (played by John Sessions), a journalist who mourns the day of proper investigative journalism, and Freddy (Stephen Wight), the online editor who will regurgitate a press release quite happily and call it a story. READ MORE HERE (3 DEC 2010)
Alistair Beaton was interviewed in the Guardian newspaper prior to CALEDONIA opening at last year's Edinburgh International Festival. READ THE ARTICLE HERE
Prior to its Festival opening in Edinburgh, CALEDONIA previewed at Eden Court, Inverness, on the 13th, 14th and 16th of August 2010. The play is an exploration of Scotland's futile attempt at establishing a colony in Panama which saw ships set sail from Leith in 1698. The mission ended in failure, bankrupted Scotland and led to the Act of Union. It is a co-production between the EIF and the National Theatre of Scotland. WEBSITE HERE
THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR was broadcast on Radio 3 on Sunday evening.
KING OF HEARTS currently running in Berlin under the title KÖNIG DER HERZEN has extended its season due to public demand. The play will now run until July. You can read the reviews here.
Two talks have been added to the programme at this (2010) year's Edinburgh International Festival relating to Alistair Beaton's new play 'CALEDONIA'. Explorations: The Darien Venture and Caledonia: Conversations will take place on Tuesday 24 August. More information and tickets for each of these events from the Festival website. WEBSITE HERE
The world premiere of Alistair Beaton’s new play, 'CALEDONIA', will be staged at this year's Edinburgh International Festival. It is a co-production between the EIF and the National Theatre of Scotland. The play is an exploration of Scotland's futile attempt at establishing a colony in Panama which saw ships set sail from Leith in 1698. The mission ended in failure, bankrupted Scotland and led to the Act of Union.
'CALEDONIA', will be directed by award-winning Scottish director Anthony Neilson and will run from 21st August to 26th August. More information here.
THE ARSONISTS, Max Frisch's uncannily relevant absurdist comedy and "with a sparkling new British translation" by Alistair Beaton, opens in Los Angeles for a two month long season.
And FEELGOOD, Alistair's comedy about the black art of political spin, opens in Australia on 18 March for a month long run.
BBC Radio has commissioned a second series of ELECTRIC INK and the recording will take place this autumn. The comedy starring Robert Lindsay and Alex Jennings is due for transmission towards the end of 2010.
KING OF HEARTS is currently running in Berlin where it opened to great reviews. "With King of Hearts the Schlosspark Theater has got itself a hit!" is how Berliner Morgenpost reviewed the play. Read the full review here.