Joanna Lumley, Dawn French and brand new show from Janie Dee in Live At Zédel winter/spring season

Crazy Coqs
Crazy Coqs

Crazy Coqs

Live At Zédel, Soho’s unique live entertainment concept at Crazy Coqs, announced their new 2018 winter/spring season produced in partnership with Fane Productions.

James Albrecht, Artistic Director says: “According to the Oxford dictionary the definition of ‘Festival’ is, “An organized series of concerts, plays, or films, typically one held annually in the same place.” The more we embrace the possibilities of the venue and the insatiable appetite of our increasingly diverse audience, the more we have the sensation of programming a yearlong festival of culture – and the place is Crazy Coqs. With some 800 performances in our first year, at least 2 a night at 7pm and 9:15pm, the range and quality of artists who have populated our tiny stage has been thrilling and humbling. We hope there will be plenty to entice you in our 2018 winter/spring season.”

Highlights of the 2018 winter/spring season include season favourite La Voix Meets… who returns by popular demand for a brand-new residency which includes the likes of Joanna Lumley, Sally Morgan and Dawn French. The Parkinson show is brought back to life with a neat twist as Parky hands over the baton to his son, Mike Parkinson who hosts his very own chat show for the first time with Barrie Rutter as his first guest. Song writing star Scott Alan begins a week-long residency with some astonishing special guests including Alice Fearn, Sophie Evans, Matt Henry, Natasha Barnes, Amy Lennox and Marisha Wallace and the world premiere of Alexander S. Bermange’s musical revue I Wish My Life Were Like a Musical runs for 9 performances in a cheeky, caustic, and affectionate exploration of why there is no business-like show business.

Theatre and cabaret have consistently been centre stage in each Live At Zédel season and this year is no different. Kicking off 2018 from 3 January is the London premiere of Edinburgh Festival hit Dad’s Army Radio Hour, a pitch-perfect reimagining of Dad’s Army brought mesmerizingly to life by Fringe-First Award winning actor David Benson and Jack Lane. After a widely praised run at 59e59 Theatre in New York, James Phillip’s City Stories: Tales of Love and Magic in London performs at Crazy Coqs on 9 and 10 February.

Cabaret highlights include Janie Dee, one of Britain’s most celebrated actresses who is back after a sell-out 2017 show and an Evening Standard award nomination for her role in Sondheim’s critically-acclaimed Follies at the National Theatre with a brand-new show on 11, 12, 16 and 17 March. Hal Cazalet’s Play on Words returns after his sell-out debut in 2017 to celebrate the centenary of PG Wodehouse on Broadway from 12-14 February and Julian Ovenden, the man who is ‘beyond praise’ (The New York Times) provides a rare opportunity for audiences to hear one of the most versatile singers up close and personal. Other highlights include Anne Reid: A Night at the Pictures, West End and film star Johnnie Fiori and legendary cabaret artist Holy Penfield. At the very end of the season, Joe Stilgoe and Friends returns for a weeklong residency following 9 sold out performances in 2017.

David McAlmont presents Billie Holiday Live at Carnegie Hall on 1 and 7 February is one of many music and jazz highlights in the winter/spring season that includes the likes of Emily Saunders, Liane Carroll, Eva Scholten and Michelle Shocked The classical programme at Crazy Coqs includes The Philharmonia Trio performing Piazzolla’s Four Seasons performed in the round on March 2, Classic FM chart toppers The Ayoub Sisters making their Live At Zédel debut, and for the first time a full opera in The New Generation’s production of Dido and Aeneas.

Live At Zédel has always hosted some of the best transatlantic talent and highlights of this season’s US artists include Christian Howes, following multiple sold-out engagements in New York and Washington, Tony-award nominated Melissa Ericco who makes her solo debut bringing her gorgeous voice to the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, classically-trained artist and protégé of Quincy Jones Eli Taplin, the ‘comic firecracker with a pyrotechnic voice’ (Time Out) Christine Bianco who makes her Crazy Coqs debut and Jason Kravits who reinvents the musical cabaret with Off The Top! with Jason Kravits on 7 April.

The venue will also host the much-welcomed return of French Fest in March from 18 -25 March following a sold-out run in 2017. It features comedienne Alexandria Macleod with her show La Franglaise, singer Mandy Meadows with The Legendary Edith Piaf, the return of Joe Stilgoe & Giacomo Smith who celebrate the great gypsy jazz groups of The Hot Club De Paris, Joe Stilgoe & Clare Martin, Peter Straker Sings Brel, accordionist Arnaud NANO Méthivier, cabaret artist Sarah-Louise Young’s show with Michael Roulston Je Regrette!, Christine Bovill’s Paris and Paul Ryan and Kenny Clayton: Ici on Chante Francais.

In other residences, London’s leading cabaret experts Black Cat ‘Salon des Artistes’ move to every Saturday at 9:15pm, Flo & Joan, the British-Born, Toronto based musical comedy sensations bed in for a monthly residency with guests, and Crazy Coqs institution Miss Hope Springs returns after a successful tour with Miss Hope Springs: Vegas to Weimar and Miss Hope Springs: A Month of Sundays in April.

For full, up-to-date listings and info on all the shows and events please visit

National Theatre’s MACBETH to tour to primary schools in Doncaster, London Sunderland and Wakefield



Following a successful tour to schools and performances in the Dorfman theatre earlier this year, in which nearly 5000 students saw Macbeth,the production now begins a tour this week to a further 31 schools and colleges across Doncaster, London, Sunderland and Wakefield.

Macbeth is adapted and directed for teenage audiences by Justin Audibert and the production is a bold contemporary retelling of one of Shakespeare’s darkest plays. Amid bloody rebellion and the deafening drums of war, Macbeth and his wife will stop at nothing to fulfil their ambition. Witchcraft, murder, treason and treachery are all at play in this murky world. The cast includes Nana Amoo-GottfriedShazia NichollsGabby WongStephanie Levi JohnAdrian RichardsTamara CamachoJohndeep More and Kenton Thomas.

Speaking about the production director, Justin Audibert said ‘Macbeth is a tale of ambition, dark magic, violence and love; the perfect combination for an audience of young adults. We have made our version as exciting and visceral as possible, a truly sensory experience.’

The tour will begin by visiting 15 schools in London, followed by a further 16 schools across Doncaster, Sunderland and Wakefield, as part of the NT’s strategic touring programme.

Speaking about the schools tours the National Theatre’s Director of Learning, Alice King-Farlow said ‘At the NT we believe that all young people should have the opportunity to take part in theatre and drama while at school and so I am delighted that we’re touring Justin’s contemporary 90 minute adaptation of Macbeth to schools across London and in the North of England this year as part of our new national partnership programme.’

The Mohn Westlake Foundation supports nationwide Learning programmes for young peopleShakespeare for younger audiences is supported by The Ingram Trust, Archie Sherman Charitable Trust, Behrens Foundation, and Jill and David Leuw. The National Theatre’s Partner for Learning is Bank of America Merrill Lynch.


First Look: Production Images – The Seagull at the Lyric Hammersmith

Girl From The North Country West End transfer announced

Girl From The North Country packshot

Due to phenomenal demand following a sell-out, critically acclaimed run at The Old Vic, Bob Dylan’s and Conor McPherson’s Girl from the North Country comes to the West End for a strictly limited season.

Brought to life by an exceptional company of actors and musicians, award-winning playwright Conor McPherson beautifully weaves the iconic songbook of Bob Dylan into this new show full of hope, heartbreak and soul.

Duluth, Minnesota. 1934. A community living on a knife-edge huddle together in the local guesthouse.

The owner, Nick, owes more money than he can ever repay, his wife Elizabeth is losing her mind and their daughter Marianne is carrying a child no one will account for. And, when a preacher selling bibles and a boxer looking for a comeback show up in the middle of the night, things start to spiral beyond the point of no return…

An instant classic’ The Times *****
Piercingly beautiful’ The Independent *****
Conor McPherson weaves magic with Bob Dylan’s songs’ The Observer *****
‘Dylan’s songs expand the emotional palette: direct and gnomic, raging and desiring’

The Sunday Times ****

Conor McPherson said:

“Working with this stunning cast and the incredible music of Bob Dylan at The Old Vic has been an amazing pleasure and privilege. I’m delighted that audiences will continue to have the opportunity to enjoy our show as we move into the West End. I’d like to thank everyone who has brought Girl from the North Country to life and I look forward hugely to our next steps in this intriguing journey.”

Conor McPherson is an acclaimed writer and director. He was born in Dublin in 1971 and attended University College Dublin where he began to write and direct.

Stage plays include Rum & VodkaThe Good ThiefThis Lime Tree BowerSt Nicholas, The Weir (Olivier, Evening Standard, and Critics Circle Awards), Dublin CarolPort AuthorityShining City (Tony Award nominated), The Seafarer (Tony, Olivier and Evening Standard Award nominated), The Veil, and The Night Alive (New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, Olivier, Evening Standard and Lucille Lortel Award nominated). Adaptations include Franz Xaver Kroetz’s The Nest, and August Strindberg’s The Dance of Death.

Screen credits include the screenplay for the BBC series Paula, broadcast earlier this year.

Bob Dylan is one of our culture’s most influential and ground-breaking artists. Born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1941; self-taught on piano, guitar and harmonica, he travelled to New York City in 1961, quickly establishing himself as an explosive performer in the Greenwich Village music scene.

More than half a century later, Dylan continues to perform almost 100 concerts each year. He has released more than 50 albums and written over 600 songs. He’s sold more than 125 million records and is the holder of 11 Grammy Awards. His songs have been covered more than 6000 times by artists as diverse as Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix, Guns N’ Roses, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley and Adele. He is also an accomplished visual artist and author, and in 2016 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature – the first songwriter to receive such a distinction.

The Old Vic is London’s independent not-for-profit theatre, creating world class entertainment on an international scale. Through our eclectic and adventurous work on stage, projects with young people, employability programmes, digital outreach, all-day café and late night cocktail bar, The Old Vic under Artistic Director Matthew Warchus is an exciting and inviting place to be. We trade in creative imagination. It is the commodity that will be most prized tomorrow and the reason why The Old Vic is as vital today as it was in 1818 when it first opened its doors.

Writer & Director                                                                                      Conor McPherson

Music & Lyrics                                                                                            Bob Dylan

Designer                                                                                                        Rae Smith

Orchestrator, Arrangements & Musical Supervisor                    Simon Hale

Lighting                                                                                                          Mark Henderson

Sound                                                                                                             Simon Baker          

Movement Director                                                                                  Lucy Hind

Casting Director                                                                                         Jessica Ronane CDG

Casting to be announced soon.

Today, Sony Music also announce the vinyl release of The Original London Cast Recording of Girl from the North Country. Released on the Silvertone label, and already available on CD, download and streaming services, the double vinyl will be available from 15th December. It is available to pre-order on Amazon now.

The Old Vic’s production of Girl from the North Country is produced by Tristan Baker & Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Steven Lappin, Sony Music Entertainment UK and David Mirvish.


Noël Coward Theatre

St Martin’s Lane

London WC2N 4AU

Box office number: 0844 482 5141


Dates: Friday 29 December 2017 – Saturday 24 March 2018

Press Night: Thursday 11 January 2018

Performance Times: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm

Ticket Prices: Prices are £12.50, £20.00, £30.00, £52.50 and £67.50

Over 150 tickets for each performance will be £20 or under

Social media handles:

Twitter @dylanmusical






First Look: The Tin Drum

Full Casting Announced for James Graham’s Ink – Duke of York’s Theatre

INK Full Cast
INK Full Cast

INK Full Cast

Sonia Friedman Productions and the Almeida Theatre today announced full casting for the West End transfer of Ink, written by James Graham (This House), which will play a limited season at the Duke of York’s Theatre from 9 September, following a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre.

Directed by Rupert Goold (King Charles III), the returning cast includes Oliver Birch, Rachel Caffrey, Bertie Carvel, Pearl Chanda, Richard Coyle, Geoffrey Freshwater, Jack Holden, Justin Salinger, Sophie Stanton, Tim Steed, Tony Turner and Rene Zagger, with Jonathan Coy joining the company to play the role of Hugh Cudlipp. They will be joined on stage by Natalie Law, Andrew McDonald, Jonny McPherson, Owen Oldroyd and Joel Samuels who form the ensemble.  Ink is designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting by Neil Austin.

Fleet Street. 1969. The Sun rises. A young and rebellious Rupert Murdoch asks the impossible and launches The Sun’s first editor’s quest: to give the people what they want. No matter the cost.


‘A play for today. The blazingly talented James Graham has penned a super, soaraway smash.’

The Daily Telegraph

Ink is James Graham’s Almeida Theatre debut.  His work for theatre, television and film includes This House, which had two sell-out runs at the National Theatre, and a run at the Garrick Theatre in the West End, was broadcast to cinemas internationally by NT Live and will tour the UK early 2018; Finding Neverland (book) on Broadway; Privacy and The Vote (broadcast live on television on election night 2015) at the Donmar Warehouse; Coalition for Channel 4; Monster Raving Loony for Theatre Royal Plymouth and Soho Theatre, and The Whisky Taster at the Bush Theatre. He remains the writer in residence at the Finborough Theatre. His first feature film X+Y for BBC Films was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival and the London Film Festival before an international cinema release in Spring 2015.  James has been commissioned to write a TV drama set around the events of the 2016 Referendum and a film adaptation of 1984.

Rupert Goold is the Almeida Theatre’s Artistic Director, he will direct the forthcoming production of Albion by Mike Bartlett this Autumn. His previous productions for the Almeida Theatre include Richard III, which was broadcast live to cinemas around the world in July 2016, Medea, The Merchant of Venice, King Charles III and American Psycho, which opened on Broadway in April 2016. He was Artistic Director of Headlong from 2005 until 2013 where his work included The Effect, ENRON, Earthquakes in London and Decade.  Other theatre credits include Made in Dagenham in the West End; The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at the Almeida; Macbeth at Chichester Festival Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway; and No Man’s Land at The Gate, Dublin and in the West End. He has twice been the recipient of the Laurence Olivier, Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Best Director.  He was Associate Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2009 to 2012 and was Artistic Director of Northampton Theatres from 2002 to 2005. On film he directed the BAFTA nominated Richard II, part of The Hollow Crown, and Macbeth for the BBC, feature True Story, starring James Franco and Jonah Hill, and an adaptation of his production of Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III for BBC Two.  Rupert was awarded a CBE for services to drama in the 2017 New Year’s Honours.

Ink, a new play by James Graham

Duke of York’s Theatre

Saturday 9 September 2017 – Saturday 6 January 2018

Opening night: Tuesday 19 September, 7pm

Cast: Oliver Birch, Rachel Caffrey, Bertie Carvel, Pearl Chanda, Jonathan Coy, Richard Coyle, Geoffrey Freshwater, Jack Holden, Justin Salinger, Sophie Stanton, Tim Steed, Tony Turner and Rene Zagger. With Natalie Law, Andrew McDonald, Jonny McPherson, Owen Oldroyd and Joel Samuels.

Writer James Graham
Director Rupert Goold
Design Bunny Christie
Lighting Neil Austin
Sound & Composition Adam Cork
Video Jon Driscoll
Choreography & Movement Direction Lynne Page
Casting Anne McNulty CDG.


Sonia Friedman Productions and the Almeida Theatre

in association with Tulchin Bartner Productions, Lee Dean, Scott M. Delman, Rupert Gavin and

Playful Productions


The Almeida Theatre production of


 A New Play by James Graham

Duke of York’s Theatre

St Martin’s Lane

London WC2N 4BG

Box office number: 0844 871 7623


Dates: Saturday 9 September 2017 – Saturday 6 January 2018

Opening Night: Tuesday 19 September, 7pm

Performance Times: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm

Ticket Prices: £10 – £65

Preview ticket prices: £10 – £55




Charlotte Wakefield to play ‘Polly’ in the national tour of the Watermill Theatre’s acclaimed production of “CRAZY FOR YOU”.

Charlotte Wakefield
Charlotte Wakefield

Charlotte Wakefield

Jamie Wilson and Gavin Kalin have announced that Charlotte Wakefield will play ‘Polly’ in the national tour of the Watermill Theatre’s acclaimed production of “CRAZY FOR YOU”. Charlotte joins the previously announced Tom Chambersas ‘Bobby’ and Caroline Flack as ‘Irene’. ”CRAZY FOR YOU” opens at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth on 17 August 2017.

Charlotte Wakefield made her West End debut as Wendla in “Spring Awakening”, for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award. She played ‘Maria’ in the critically acclaimed production of “The Sound of Music” at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre receiving nominations for Best Actress in a Musical at both the Evening Standard and Olivier Awards. Her other theatre credits include Sophie in “Mamma Mia!” in the West End, Truly Scrumptious in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and Laurey in “Oklahoma!”, both on national tour.

Tom Chambers

Tom Chambers

Tom Chambers created the role of Jerry Travers in the West End musical “Top Hat”, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. In 2008 he won the 6th season of “Strictly Come Dancing”. He can currently be seen in the hit BBC drama “Casualty” and his other TV credits include “Holby City” and “Waterloo Road”. His recent stage credits include “Private Lives” and “White Christmas” in the West End.

Caroline Flack

Caroline Flack

 Caroline Flack won the 12th season of “Strictly Come Dancing” in 2014. She currently presents  ITV’s “Love Island” and her previous presenting credits include “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here NOW!” and “The Xtra Factor”. She has also presented “The X Factor”. Prior to presenting, Caroline trained in musical theatre.

The cast is completed by Arthur Boan, Daniel Bolton, Hollie Cassar, Neil Ditt, Kate-Anne Fenton, Cristopher Fry, Stacey Ghent, Matthew James Hinchcliffe,  Kieran Kuypers,  Kate Milner-Evans, Emma Jane Morton, Kate Robson-Stuart, Ned Rudkins-Stow, Seren Sandham-Davies and Mark Sangster.

High energy, high kicking and gloriously glamorous, “CRAZY FOR YOU” is the ultimate feel-good musical with a fabulous score from the Gershwin brothers’ songbook. Mistaken identities, plot twists, heartbreak, happiness and a wealth of memorable tunes, including I Got Rhythm, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Embraceable You, all feature in this exhilarating celebration of the great Broadway musicals.

 “CRAZY FOR YOU” is directed by The Watermill’s Artistic Director, Paul Hart, with musical arrangements by Catherine Jayes (The Color Purple, Broadway)It is choreographed by Nathan M. Wright (High Society, Old Vic) and is designed by Diego Pitarch (The Addams Family). Lighting design is by Howard Hudson (In the Heights) with sound design by Tom Marshall (Legally Blonde).

“CRAZY FOR YOU” has Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, Book by Ken Ludwig, co-conception by Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent. It is inspired by material by Guy Bolton and John McGowan. “CRAZY FOR YOU” was originally produced on Broadway by Roger Horchow and Elizabeth Williams. Original Broadway Choreography by Susan Stroman.

Improbable announces its most accessible Devoted & Disgruntled Ever, in London from 20-22 January 2018

Devoted And Disgruntled

Devoted And Disgruntled

Devoted And Disgruntled

Improbable’s 13th annual unconventional convention for arts people, Devoted & Disgruntled gets under way in January 2018. With significant funding via Royal & Derngate’s Arts Council supported Changemaker programme and additional support from New Diorama Theatre, D&D 13 will be able to offer Access support in a wide variety of ways to D/deaf, disabled, BAME & Learning Disabled participants, bringing more marginalised issues into the mainstream conversation than ever before.

D&D is an opportunity for arts people at every point in their careers, from audiences to artists, CEOs to FOH staff, grassroots groups to seasoned professionals, to come together and focus on the question WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THEATRE AND THE PERFORMING ARTS?

D&D uses Open Space, which means everyone attending sets the agenda as anyone can call a session and bring the issues and topics they want to discuss to the floor. This year’s event is presented in association with Royal & Derngate, Northampton and The Core at Corby Cube, and in partnership with the New Diorama Theatre.

The most accessible ever D&D – For its 13th annual event, Devoted & Disgruntled is held this year in association with Royal & Derngate, Northampton and The Core at Corby Cube. Significant additional funding means Improbable will be working with a dedicated Access consultant to bring in more support staff than ever before to provide BSL interpretation and lip-speakers, to investigate and supply state-of-the-art Access technology and to really make this an event for everyone. Additional bursaries and support will also be available for participants with Access needs from across the UK.

Martin Sutherland Chief Executive & Andrew Miller Executive Associate, Royal & Derngate Northampton say: “Having participated in Devoted & Disgruntled a number of times before, we are delighted to be able to make this vital event even more accessible for all of our colleagues this year. We constantly seek opportunities to ensure that the arts are for, by and with all and very much look forward to another weekend of fun, lively, provocative and reflective debate and discussion.” 

Back in London – Following two years taking this annual event to Birmingham and Bristol, D&D 13 is to be hosted by New Diorama Theatre who have a unique venue available in the form of ND2 – a beautiful circular space that is perfect for Open Space and is fully Accessible throughout. With a reputation for access, NDT are the perfect partners for D&D13. As well as providing the venue, New Diorama is funding grants for up to 150 artists of colour to attend from across the UK.

David Byrne, New Diorama Theatre’s Artistic & Executive Director says: “Hosting D&D 13 is a huge honour. NDT work with hundreds of diverse artists and groups and, through providing 150 paid-for places, we will ensure that anyone who wants to attend can afford to be in the room. We can’t wait to greet attendees from all across the country – many visiting NDT for the very first time. I promise that our welcome and hospitality will be second to none. Roll on January!

Phelim McDermott, Improbable Co-Artistic Director, says: “D&D is…a slow but persistent revolution of meaningful dialogue and emergent action for our arts and culture…for whatever you want to make happen – and D&D is the first step.”


Devoted & Disgruntled 13

Floor 1, 1 Triton Square, Regents Place, NW1 3HG
Saturday 20 January – Monday 22 January 2018
Ticket prices and bookings TBC

Theatre Royal Stratford East offer free tickets to people named Summer for world première of Rikki Beadle-Blair’s Summer In London

Summer In London

Summer In London

Summer In London

Theatre Royal Stratford East today invite anyone who shares the name of the production’s title role, Summer to attend the world première of Rikki Beadle-Blair’s new rom-com Summer in London for free. Summer in London, opens at Theatre Royal Stratford East today and runs until 29 July.

Anyone named Summer will be entitled to one free ticket to the show on a date of their choice (subject to availability). Please note that to claim free ticket photo ID will be required.

Come and celebrate the first play in mainstream British theatre led by an all trans cast, written and directed by award-winning filmmaker and LGBTQ activist Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE.

Four friends court the same woman on a budget of nothing while the sun shines. A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Generation Rent in a city that still hides a bit of magic, if you know where to look.

As the sun sets and the drinks flow things get complicated, and we discover nothing is as it first appears.

A love letter to London and a story of friendship, love and finding yourself. Don’t miss this funny, sexy and life-affirming night out!

Theatre Royal Stratford East                                                                                                                       Listings

Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN

Box Office: 020 8534 0310

Facebook: theatreroyalstratfordeast

Twitter: @stratfordeast
Instagram: theatre_royal_stratford_east

Youtube: theatreroyalstratfordeast

8 July – 29 July

Press night: 13 July 7pm

 Ticket prices

Newham Discount Night £2.50

8-12 Jul previews £12-£15

Mon-Thu until 20 Jul £12-£22

Tue-Thu from 25-27 Jul £12-£25

Fri-Sat £12-£25

Concessions from £8

Access performances

Signed Fri 28 Jul 7.30pm

Audio Described Sat 29 Jul 2.30pm

Captioned Wed 26 Jul 7.30pm


The Almeida Theatre announces a new season including two World Premieres, a Tennessee Williams classic and the launch of the second series of digital films in The Figures Of Speech Project

Rupert Goold

Rupert Goold

Rupert Goold – Artistic Director, Almeida Theatre

The Almeida Theatre announces a new season includng two world premieres, a Tennessee Williams’ classic and the launch of the second series of digital films in The Figures Of Speech Project:

  • Albion, a new play by Mike Bartlett, directed by Rupert Goold
    Albion marks their first collaboration since the Olivier award-winning King Charles III. The cast will feature Victoria Hamilton
  • The world premiere ofThe Twilight Zone, based on stories from the classic 1960s CBS television series, adapted by Anne Washburn, directed by Richard Jones
  • A revival ofTennessee Williams’ classic Summer and Smoke, directed by Rebecca Frecknall
  • Figures of Speech, a provocative anthology of digital films exploring the voices behind visionary leadership, continues with a second series, to be released later this summer, directed by Anthony Almeida
  • Ink, by James Graham and directed by Rupert Goold, will transfer to the Duke of York’s theatre, in the West End from 9 September 2017
  • Mary Stuart, by Friedrich Schiller, adapted and directed by Robert Icke, will transfer to the Duke of York’s theatre, in the West End from 13 January 2018
  • The Almeida Young Company’s From The Ground Up visits the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer
  • Almeida participation partner with Arsenal in the community on a new project, Against All Odds,a response to Christopher Shinn’s Against, led by writer Charlotte Josephine

Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold said: “We are thrilled to present three major new productions at the Almeida, including two world premieres and one rare revival. Spanning the Atlantic and beyond, this season is a timely and limitless interrogation into contemporary cultural anxieties and the power we have over our own lives.

“What do we truly desire? What is it that scares us the most? Is it more dangerous to live in the past or only in dreams? Are we looking to belong – or to escape?

 “Here at the Almeida we are committed to ongoing relationships with artists and for that reason, following on from his extraordinary work on King Charles III and Game, we are excited to welcome back Mike Bartlett with Albion. Equally, Anne Washburn’s work with us on the mind-bending Mr Burns was one of the most controversial and formally exhilarating texts we have presented – and we are thrilled to produce a brand new play with Anne’s unique take on The Twilight Zone. Finally, we are delighted to present an exciting new director to the Almeida stage, Rebecca Frecknall, with Tennessee Williams’ rarely performed Summer and Smoke. Rebecca has been part of our Resident Director scheme which aims to support emerging directors. 

“Opening the season, Albion interrogates the political state of England through the lens of tangled family politics. The Twilight Zone looks back at American nightmares made during the Cold War which speak as powerfully to the current political moment and the ongoing power of the imagination today. And to complete the season, Summer and Smoke explores the spiritual and sexual sacrifices we can make on the journey to self-discovery. 

 “Each play challenges the preoccupations of daily life in search of something more meaningful. The answers might lie close to home – the earth beneath our feet, the complexity of family, or national identity. They might already exist in our bodies and souls without our knowing – love, sickness, belonging. Or they might be found beyond our physical existence, in alternate universes, technology… and dreams.

 “Our Figures of Speech digital project continues with a new slate of filmed speeches, featuring Derek Jacobi, Noma Dumezweni, Russell Tovey, Pearl Mackie, John Heffernan and responses by our young leaders, challenging British politics, rediscovering the power of rhetoric and questioning the art of leadership.  

“In the West End, Ink by James Graham will open at the Duke of York’s Theatre in September, Robert Icke’s production of Hamlet featuring Andrew Scott runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre until September, and Mary Stuart with Lia Williams and Juliet Stevenson, opens at the Duke of York’s Theatre in January.

 “The ground-breaking work of Participation continues in multiple projects across the rest of the year, including From the Ground Up at the Edinburgh Festival and a new project in partnership with Arsenal in the Community and supported by The Arsenal Foundation, following the success of Play On.”