A message from our Artistic Director Kip Williams

It’s a year brimming with possibility, and I can’t wait to share it with you.


Welcome to our 2019 Season! In 2018, our season looked at leadership and social responsibility in all its forms. In 2019, we continue this exploration with a series of stories that examine the various ways we battle for political power. We also bring the focus inward, examining perhaps the most personal political institution of all: the family. Mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, sisters and brothers. It’s a look at how we live together, and the moral ambit of our society.

Surely family closets never held more skeletons than those of Big Mama and Big Daddy in Tennessee Williams’ electrifying Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The 19th century inter-generational conflicts of The Torrents are bang up to date, while The Beauty Queen of Leenane, the tale of Maureen and her mother Mag, looks at the limits of filial responsibility. And if you think you have trouble with the rellies, spare a thought for Mary Queen of Scots held captive in the Tower by her own cousin Elizabeth.

Meanwhile, playwright Nakkiah Lui will continue her extraordinary run of plays with a new political satire. In her debut with STC, Anchuli Felicia King puts viral media under the microscope. And playwright/provocateur Van Badham poses the question: can a feminist and a pick-up artist be friends?

I’m also thrilled to be taking on William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, certainly a story for our times.

Some of our favourite performers, directors, writers and creatives will make welcome returns, and there are plenty of debuts waiting in the wings.

I have been so proud of the work STC has produced in 2018 – and I am extremely excited and curious to experience what our artists have in store for us in 2019.

All we need now is an audience! And with that, over to you. See you in the theatre.

Kip Williams
Artistic Director