'Straight,' which adapts Lynn Shelton's 2009 indie pic, anchors winter slate

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The London preem of “Straight,” a stage adaptation of Lynn Shelton’s 2009 indie film “Humpday,” leads the winter slate of co-productions at London’s Bush Theater.

A comedy about the boundaries of long-standing friendship, “Straight” (Nov. 27-Dec. 22) has been anglicized and relocated to a U.K. setting by stage scribe D.C. Moore. A Sheffield Theaters production in association with the Bush Theater, it receives its world preem at Sheffield’s Crucible Studio (Nov. 1-24) before transferring for a four-week season at the London new writing venue. Helmed by Richard Wilson, it stars Philip McGinley, Henry Pettigrew, Jenny Rainsford and Jessica Ransom and is designed by James Cotterill.

“Straight” will be followed by “MONEY — The Game Show,” (Jan. 31-March 2) a Bush Theater and Unlimited Theater co-production written and directed by Claire Duffy. The show is billed as a playful and politically sharp look at the financial crisis via the characters of two hedgefund managers turned gameshow hosts, who lead a sequence of high stakes games about the world economic crisis.

“Three Birds” by Janice Okoh, winner of the 2011 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, receives its London preem March 29-April 23 following its world preem at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theater. A dark comedy about childhood, family and fantasy, the production is helmed by Royal Exchange a.d. Sarah Frankcom.

Bush Theater a.d. Madani Younis also announed RADAR 2012, a three-week festival of new writing with talks, debates and presentations of works-in-progress, plus lower ticket pricing throughout the new season with multi-buy discounts and £10 ($16) tickets for theatergoers under 26.

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