Welcome to Primavera
Littler and his ambitious production company Primavera confirm that they are names to follow - Evening Standard on Anyone Can Whistle
Primavera is presenting three extraordinary plays in 2014.
The first was the first ever revival of The Notorious Mrs Ebbsmith, by Arthur Wing Pinero, the foremost playwright of the Victorian theatre. Directed by Abbey Wright and starring Rhiannon Sommers and Christopher Ravenscroft, this was a major rediscovery.
The second was Martine, by Jean-Jacques Bernard, one of the finest plays of the French theatre, written in 1922. This was the first revival since it was staged by Peter Hall at the National Theatre in 1985. Directed by Tom Littler, it starred Hannah Murray and Susan Penhaligon.
Both plays were published by Oberon Books, and received outstanding national reviews and audience responses. Martine received a record seven OffWestEnd Award Nominations.
In the autumn, we present the first ever revival of Terence Rattigan's first play, First Episode. Tom Littler directs this charming and moving comedy about student life in 1930s Oxford.
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Primavera is an award-winning theatre company which focuses on revivals and rediscoveries. Our last production was the first major revival of The Living Room, by Graham Greene, at Jermyn Street Theatre in spring 2013. It received OFFIE NOMINATIONS: Best Director (Tom Littler), Best Set (Cherry Truluck), Best Male Performance (Christopher Timothy), Best Female Performance (Emma Davies).
Before that, recent productions were Shiverman, a new play by James Sheldon at Theatre503, and a revival of Bloody Poetry, by Howard Brenton, at Jermyn Street Theatre. These received outstanding national reviews and a number of Off-West End Award nominations.
Thirty-something directors Rupert Goold and Josie Rourke are big names now, but those keen to talent-spot the next generation should take a look at Tom Littler. Increasingly impressive over a number of fringe productions ... how stimulating it is to see such a surfeit of directorial invention. - Evening Standard on Antigone
Exuberant... Tom Littler's production runs like an all-singing, all-dancing train. Five Stars, Time Out Critics' Choice, Show of the Week.
Primavera was founded by Artistic Director Tom Littler in 2003. Recent productions include Antigone, translated by Timberlake Wertenbaker; UK premiere of Madagascar, by JT Rogers, with Sorcha Cusack; the first revival of Charles Wood's Jingo: A Farce of War, starring Susannah Harker and Anthony Howell; The Rivals, with Celia Imrie, Ella Smith, and Charity Wakefield; and Bryony Lavery's Origin of the Species, with Marjorie Yates and Clare-Hope Ashitey. We recently produced the West End premiere of the first musical by Stephen Sondheim, Saturday Night which transferred to the Arts Theatre and Theatre Royal Windsor after a critically acclaimed sell-out run at the Jermyn Street Theatre, and a highly-praised reinterpration of Anyone Can Whistle.
Tom Littler's production, beautifully designed and lit by Will Reynolds, contains perfectly pitched performances - Michael Billington, The Guardian on Jingo: A Farce of War
Look through our past productions page to see photographs and press reviews.
Patrons: Anonymous, Anonymous, Martin Bishop, Richard Buxton, Margaret Crowther, Rickie Dammann, Tom Erhardt, Richard & Daisy Littler, Tom Littler, English Touring Theatre. Angels: Lord Archer, Lord Cobbold, Ian Cormack, Lord Parkinson, Anthony Salz, Douglas Shaw. Honorary Patrons: Peter Gill, Penelope Keith, Felicity Kendal, Peter Nichols, Diana Quick. Registered Charity No. 1124618