The 2015-2016 season is the 40th one for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. The audience gets the gifts. It is not too late to subscribe, but for those wanting single tickets, the wait is almost over. Single tickets go on sale on Monday, August 17.
The season kicks off with William Shakespeare’s Scottish play about the Thane of Cawdor and his wife Lady M. The cauldron the witches stir is not the only toil and trouble on the heaths and moors of Scotland. It will run September 11-27.
Next up is the Tony winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This tuneful, witty musical with book by Rachel Sheinkin and songs by William Finn, will play from October 16 to November 8.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid will be the holiday show running from December 4 to January 3. It will be a regional premiere of this musical featuring a book by Pulitzer and Tony winner Doug Wright and a score by the Oscar winning team of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, with additional lyrics by Glenn Slater.
2016 will start off with another regional premiere–Peter and the Starcatcher. This prequel to the Peter Pan stories is by Rick Elice. Though a play, it does have some songs by Wayne Barker and Elice. This winner of five Tony Awards will be on stage from January 15 to February 7.
The regional theatre premiere of The Bridges of Madison County will take place on the Arkansas Rep stage from April 8 to May 1. This musical has a Tony winning score by Jason Robert Brown and a book by Pulitzer and Tony winner Marsha Norman.
The main stage season will conclude with a world premiere play Windfall. Directed by Tony winner Jason Alexander, this comedy by Scooter Pietsch looks at greed among a group of office workers. It will run from June 10 to 26.
The artwork for the shows for the 40th anniversary season was created by Marty Baragiola of Baragiola Creative.