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 Almeida Theatre: Romola Garai cast in title role of Ella Hickson’s The Writer

Romola Garai
Romola Garai

Romola Garai

“I want awe. I feel like I need blood. All the time. And anything less than that makes me feel desperate. It makes me feel like I want to die.”

She wants to change the shape of the world. But a new way of thinking needs a new story. How can she make herself heard?

Ella Hickson returns to the Almeida following the success of Oil in 2016 with the world premiere of The Writer, directed by Blanche McIntyre.

Tickets for The Writer, alongside tickets for Machinal and Dance Nation, are now on sale to general public.

 Romola Garai plays the Writer. Her previous theatre credits include Queen Anne at the Theatre Royal Haymarket; Measure for Measure at the Young Vic; Indian Ink at Roundabout Theatre (New York); The Village Bike at the Royal Court; Three Sisters at the Lyric Hammersmith; King Lear and The Seagull for the RSC and Calico at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Her television work includes The MiniaturistBorn to KillChurchill’s SecretLegacyThe HourCrimson Petal and the WhiteEmmaMary BryantDaniel DerondaPerfectAttachments and The Last of the Blonde Bombshells. For film, her credits include SuffragetteDominionThe Last Days on MarsHaving YouJunkhearts; One DayGlorious 39The Other ManAtonementAngelAmazing GraceRenaissance; ScoopAs You Like It; Inside I’m DancingVanity FairHavana NightsNicholas Nickleby and I Capture the Castle.

Ella Hickson’s Oil was produced by the Almeida Theatre in 2016 (it won the Catherine Johnson Award for Best Play in 2013). Her other plays include MerlinWendy and Peter PanBoysThe Authorised Kate BaneGift (part of Headlong’s Decade), Precious Little Talent and Hot Mess.

Blanche McIntyre directs. Her theatre credits include The Norman Conquests at Chichester Festival Theatre; Titus Andronicus and The Two Noble Kinsmen for the RSC; Noises Off at the Nottingham Playhouse; Welcome Home, Captain Fox! at the Donmar Warehouse; The Oresteia at HOME, Manchester; As You Like It and The Comedy of Errors at Shakespeare’s Globe; Arcadia for English Touring Theatre and Ambassador Theatre Group; Accolade at St James’ Theatre and also at the Finborough Theatre; Tonight at 8:30 and The Nutcracker at Nuffield Southampton Theatres; Ciphers for Out of Joint, Bush Theatre and Exeter Northcott; The Birthday Party at the Manchester Royal Exchange and The Seagullfor Headlong Theatre, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Derby Theatre (winner of Best Director at 2013 UK Theatre Awards) and Foxfinder at the Finborough Theatre. McIntyre was the winner of the 2011 Critics’ Circle Most Promising Newcomer Award. She will direct The Winter’s Tale at Shakespeare’s Globe later this year.

Almeida Theatre: New Season Announced

Rupert Goold
Rupert Goold

Rupert Goold – Artistic Director, Almeida Theatre

Artistic Director Rupert Goold today announced the Almeida Theatre’s new season:

  • The world premiere of The Writerby Ella Hickson, directed by Blanche McIntyre.
  • A rare revival of Sophie Treadwell’s 1928 playMachinal, directed by Natalie Abrahami.
  • The UK premiere ofDance Nation,Clare Barron’s award-winning play, directed by Bijan Sheibani.
  • The first London run of£¥€$ (LIES)from acclaimed Belgian company Ontroerend Goed. 

 Also announced today

  • The return of the Almeida For Free festival taking place from3 to 5 April during the run of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke.
  • The new cohort of eleven Resident Directors.

 Rupert Goold said today, “It is with enormous excitement that we announce our new season, featuring two premieres from immensely talented and ground-breaking writers, a rare UK revival of a seminal, pioneering American play, and an exhilarating interactive show from one of the most revolutionary theatre companies in Europe.

 “We start by welcoming back Ella Hickson, following her epic Oil in 2016, with new play The Writer, directed by Blanche McIntyre.  Like Ella’s previous work, this is a hugely ambitious, deeply political play that consistently challenges what theatre can and should be.

 “Following The Writer, we are thrilled to present a timely revival of Sophie Treadwell’s masterpiece, Machinal, directed by Natalie Abrahami.  Ninety years after it emerged from the American expressionist theatre scene and twenty-five years since its last London production, it remains strikingly resonant in its depiction of oppression, gender and power.

 “I first saw Belgian company Ontroerend Goed’s show £¥€$ (LIES) at the Edinburgh Fringe last year. It was an adrenaline-charged, unpredictable, all-consuming experience that hasn’t left my mind since.  I couldn’t be happier to welcome the company of LIES to the Almeida for a three week run in August and to share its glamour, risk and game-playing with London audiences.

 “The season concludes with the award-winning new American play Dance Nation by Clare Barron, directed by Bijan Sheibani. Dance Nation is a fierce take on youth and ambition and the second winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award to be given its UK premiere at the Almeida, following Lucy Kirkwood’s Chimerica in 2013.

 “We also announce today the return of our Almeida For Free festival, following its success on Hamlet last year.  From 3-5 April, all performances of our production of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke will be performed to audiences aged 25 and under, with all tickets completely free.  They will be accompanied by a diverse programme of free events, performances and masterclasses themed around the play.  It continues our commitment to offering affordable, accessible tickets to young people for all Almeida productions.”

 World Premiere

THE WRITER

By Ella Hickson

Directed by Blanche McIntyre; Designed by Anna Fleischle

Sound Design by Emma Laxton; Lighting Design by Richard Howell

Saturday 14 April – Saturday 26 May 2018

Press night: Tuesday 24 April 7pm

“I want awe. I feel like I need blood. All the time. And anything less than that makes me feel desperate. It makes me feel like I want to die.”

She wants to change the shape of the world. But a new way of thinking needs a new story. How can she make herself heard?

Ella Hickson returns to the Almeida following the success of Oil in 2016 with the world premiere of The Writer, directed by Blanche McIntyre.

 Ella Hickson’s Oil was produced by the Almeida Theatre in 2016 (it won the Catherine Johnson Award for Best Play in 2013). Her other plays include MerlinWendy and Peter PanBoysThe Authorised Kate BaneGift (part of Headlong’s Decade), Precious Little Talent and Hot Mess.

Blanche McIntyre directs. Her theatre credits include The Norman Conquests at Chichester Festival Theatre; Titus Andronicus and The Two Noble Kinsmen for the RSC; Noises Off at the Nottingham Playhouse; Welcome Home, Captain Fox! at the Donmar Warehouse; The Oresteiaat HOME, Manchester; As You Like It and The Comedy of Errors at Shakespeare’s Globe; Arcadia for English Touring Theatre and Ambassador Theatre Group; Accolade at St James’ Theatre and also at the Finborough Theatre; Tonight at 8:30 and The Nutcracker at Nuffield Southampton Theatres; Ciphers for Out of Joint, Bush Theatre and Exeter Northcott; The Birthday Party at the Manchester Royal Exchange and The Seagull for Headlong Theatre, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Derby Theatre (winner of Best Director at 2013 UK Theatre Awards) and Foxfinder at the Finborough Theatre. McIntyre was the winner of the 2011 Critics’ Circle Most Promising Newcomer Award. She will direct The Winter’s Tale at Shakespeare’s Globe later this year.

MACHINAL

By Sophie Treadwell

Directed by Natalie Abrahami; Designed by Miriam Buether

Composition and Sound by Ben and Max Ringham; Lighting Design by Jack Knowles

Monday 4 June – Saturday 21 July 2018

Press night: Monday 11 June 7pm

“Your skin oughtn’t to curl – ought it – when he just comes near you – ought it? That’s wrong, ain’t it? You don’t get over that, do you – ever, do you or do you?”

 The city. A woman is restless. A woman is suffocating. A woman is silenced.

The woman revolts.

Natalie Abrahami directs a visceral production of Sophie Treadwell’s expressionist masterpiece.

Sophie Treadwell (1885 – 1970) was a playwright and journalist. She was the author of 39 plays including Machinal (most recently revived in London at the National Theatre in 1993), GringoO NightingaleLadies LeaveLone ValleyPlumes in the Dust and Hope for a Harvest.

Natalie Abrahami directs. She was previously Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre from 2007-2012 and Associate Director at the Young Vic from 2013-2016. Her credits include WingsAh, Wilderness!Happy Days and After Miss Julie at the Young Vic; Queen Anne for the RSC and at the Theatre Royal Haymarket; Hitchcock Blonde at Hull Truck Theatre; YermaHow To Be An Other WomanThe Kreutzer SonataVanyaUnbrokenWomen in Love and The Internationalist at the Gate Theatre; Pericles at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Headlong.

Ontroerend Goed, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Richard Jordan Productions and Vooruit Kunstcentrum in association with Big in Belgium present

 

£¥€$ (LIES)

Tuesday 31 July – Saturday 18 August 2018

Press performances: Wednesday 1 August 6pm and 9pm; Thursday 2 August 6pm

Script by Joeri SmetAngelo TijssensKarolien De BleserAlexander Devriendt

Directed by Alexander Devriendt

Technical support from Babette Poncelet and Iben Stalpaert; costumes by Astrid Peeters; music composed by Johannes Genard; design byNick Mattan and scenography by Vormen.

 ‘The best way to rob a bank is to own one’ (William Crawford, Commissioner of the California Department of Savings and Loans).

 For one night only we invite you to join the super-rich. The 1%. You will call the shots. You will be the centre of the economy. You will have the power.

Given the chance to do things your way – will you play it safe or risk it all?

World-renowned Belgian theatre company Ontroerend Goed brings its award-winning immersive production to the Almeida Theatre for a limited run.

 Special thanks to Toneelacademie Maastricht and with the support of the Flemish Government, Province of East-Flanders, the City of Ghent.

 Ontroerend Goed produces self-devised work grounded in the here and now, inviting its audiences to participate as well as observe. It first emerged on the international scene in 2007, with The Smile Off Your Face, a one-on-one show in which the audience is tied to a wheelchair and then blindfolded. Its hit show Once and For All we’re gonna tell you who we are so shut up and listen, was an uncompromising celebration of raw teenage energy on stage. With every new piece of work, Ontroerend Goed provides an intense experience constructed in reality; life goes on during the performance. The company has won numerous awards across Europe, including STUK-prijs (2003), Scotsman Fringe Firsts (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016, 2017), Herald Angels (2008, 2009), Total Theatre Awards (2007, 2008, 2012) and The Stage Award for Best Ensemble (2014). Ontroerend Goed performs in Dutch, English and French, and has played to critical acclaim in New York, Sydney, Hong Kong, Toronto and London. Its work is currently being ‘staged’ in countries around the world with successful local remakes in Istanbul, Moscow and Vancouver.

Ontroerend Goed is Alexander Devriendt, David Bauwens, Joeri Smet, Wim Smet, Charlotte De Bruyne, Karen Van Ginderachter, Karolien De Bleser, Babette Poncelet, Aurélie Lannoy and Angelo Tijssens. They are currently associated artists in residence at Vooruit Arts Centre in their hometown Ghent, Belgium. With award-winning British theatre producer Richard Jordan and leading UK producing theatre Theatre Royal Plymouth, they co-produce and develop all their productions worldwide.

 

UK Premiere

DANCE NATION

By Clare Barron

Directed by Bijan Sheibani

Monday 27 August – Saturday 6 October 2018

Press night: Tuesday 4 September 7pm

 “Maybe this is the year, this is the moment, this is the dance where your lives will start!”

 Somewhere in America, a revolution is coming.

An army of competitive dancers is ready to take over the world, one routine at a time.

With a pre-teen battle for power and perfection raging on and off stage, Dance Nation is a ferocious exploration of youth, ambition and self-discovery.

Winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and The Relentless Award, Clare Barron’s explosive new play Dance Nation makes its UK debut in summer 2018, directed by Bijan Sheibani.

Clare Barron is a playwright and actor. She won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Dance Nation. Her plays include You Got OlderBaby Screams MiracleSolar Plexus and Dirty Crusty. She is the recipient of the 2014 Page 73 Playwriting Fellow and the Paula Vogel Award at the Vineyard, and a two-time finalist for the Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission. She is also a member of Youngblood, an Affiliated Artist with Target Margin and an alumnus of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. As an actor, Barron appeared in the world premiere of Heidi Schreck’s The Consultant (Long Wharf) and travelled to Beirut to play Mae in an Arabic-English production of María Irene Fornés’ Mud.

 Bijan Sheibani directs. He previously directed The House of Bernarda Alba and Fixer at the Almeida Theatre. His production of The Brothers Size is currently running at the Young Vic and he will shortly direct Circle Mirror Transformation at HOME Manchester. His other theatre credits include Barber Shop ChroniclesRomeo and JulietA Taste of HoneyEmil and the DetectivesThe Kitchen and Our Class at the National Theatre; Giving at Hampstead Theatre; Moonlight at the Donmar Warehouse, Eurydice for ATC and the Young Vic and Gone Too Far! for the Royal Court, Hackney Empire and Albany Theatre (Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre). His opera work includesNothing at Glyndebourne and The Virtues of Things and Through His Teeth at the Royal Opera House. He was Associate Director at the National Theatre from 2010-2015 and Artistic Director of ATC from 2007-2010.

ALMEIDA FOR FREE – SUMMER AND SMOKE

Tuesday 3 April – Thursday 5 April 2018

 Following the success of the inaugural ‘Almeida For Free’ during the run of Hamlet in 2017, the festival returns for a second time during the final week of Rebecca Frecknall’s production of the Tennessee Williams classic Summer and Smoke. All performances across the three days will be made free to 25s and under with an additional programme of free live music and theatre, late night cabaret, exclusive masterclasses with creative professionals and panel discussions. The full programme will be announced shortly.

1,600 people aged 25 and under saw Hamlet for free during the inaugural festival in April 2017, with another 750 involved in events over the week. 69% of participants had never visited the Almeida before.

This year’s festival has been made possible through the generous support of The Taylor Family Foundation. The Taylor Family Foundation, set up in 2007 by Ian and Cristina Taylor, supports charities giving opportunities to children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to improve their chances of attaining success; improving access and engagement in the performing arts and helping the homeless and struggling families to overcome their challenges. http://www.thetaylorfamilyfoundation.co.uk/

RESIDENT DIRECTOR POOL 2018

The Almeida Theatre’s Directors’ Pool offers directors in the early stages of their career the opportunity to work closely with the theatre in all aspects of the artistic programme, to gain experience through access to the resources provided by the Almeida, and to widen their artistic network. For each of our productions, the Director will select a Resident Director from the pool to support the production process from first rehearsals to public performance. Alongside the opportunity to assist, the group will take part in script readings and workshops led by Almeida creatives, and lead projects for Almeida Participation during their residencies. The 2017 pool included Rebecca Frecknall whose production of Summer and Smoke runs at the Almeida from 24 February – 7 April.

 The cohort for 2018 is:

Piers Black

Or Ben Ezra

Nel Crouch

Floriana Dezou

Matt Hassall

Hannah Joss

Caitlin McLeod

Dervla Toal

Denzel Westley-Sanderson

Joseph Winters

Lucy Wray

The Almeida Theatre is grateful to the Eranda Rothschild Foundation for its support of our Resident Director programme.

Full cast announcement for Rebecca Frecknall’s revival of Tennessee Williams’ classic Summer and Smoke at the Almeida Theatre

The girl who said ‘no’ — she doesn’t exist anymore, she died last summer — suffocated in smoke from something on fire inside her.

In the heat of summer – under the wings of an angel – Alma meets John.

Trapped between desire and fear in a life of obligation, her world turns upside down in the search for salvation.

The cast is announced for Rebecca Frecknall’s revival of Tennessee Williams’ classic Summer and Smoke at the Almeida Theatre.

Joining the previously announced Patsy Ferran are Seb CarringtonNancy CraneEric MacLennanForbes MassonMatthew NeedhamTok Stephen and Anjana Vasan.

The production is designed by Tom Scutt, with lighting design by Lee Curran, composition by Angus MacRae, sound by Carolyn Downing and casting by Julia Horan.

Tennessee Williams, whose plays include The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named DesireCat on a Hot Tin Roof and Sweet Bird of Youth, transformed the American stage through his poetic writing and provocative subject matters. Williams was awarded two Pulitzer Prizes and Tony Awards, three Drama Critic Circle Awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  Summer and Smoke was first performed on Broadway in 1948, and ran for the first time in the West End in 2006.

Rebecca Frecknall (Director) was previously on the Almeida Resident Director Scheme. She worked as Resident Director on Ink (also Duke of York’s Theatre) and Movement Director on Albion. Prior to the Almeida, she was Resident Director at Northern Stage from 2015-2016 after winning the acclaimed RTYDS bursary. During this time she directed Idomeneus; What Are They Like?, Educating Rita (for Durham Gala) and Julie by Zinnie Harris. Before taking up this role, Rebecca worked as a freelance Director in London and has worked with the National Theatre, RSC and Young Vic. She was the 2012 recipient of the National Theatre Studio’s Resident Director Bursary and was awarded one of the Young Vic’s Jerwood Assistant Director Bursaries in 2011.

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CAST BIOGRAPHIES

Seb Carrington plays Archie Kramer. His theatre work includes Ivanov for the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute. His television work includes Father Brown and The Crown.

Nancy Crane plays Mrs Winemiller/Mrs Bassett. She previously appeared at the Almeida in Against and Chimerica. Other theatre credits include The Sewing GroupNow or LaterThe Sweetest Thing in Baseball and The Strip at the Royal Court;Teddy Ferrara at the Donmar Warehouse; Next Fall at Southwark Playhouse; The Children’s Hour in the West End; Design For Living at The Old Vic; Love The Sinner and Angels in America at the National Theatre; Chains of Dew and Trifles at the Orange Tree Theatre. Her television work includes Genius; Doctors; Nixon’s The One; Upstairs Downstairs. For film, her work includesThe Current War; Megan Leavey; Florence Foster Jenkins; The Danish Girl; Woman in Gold; and Batman: The Dark Knight.

Patsy Ferran plays Alma. Her theatre credits include Speech and Debate at Trafalgar Studios; As You Like It and Treasure Island at the National Theatre; The Merchant Of Venice at the RSC; The Angry Brigade for Paines Plough and Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre. Patsy’s television credits include Guerrilla and Jamestown (series regular). Film credits include Darkest HourGod’s Own CountryTulip Fever; The National Phobia; Association’s Day Out. Patsy won a Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer in 2014.

Eric MacLennan plays Papa Gonzales/Vernon.  For theatre his work includes 1984 at Creation Theatre; Government Inspector and Anne Get Your Gun at Young Vic; Henry V at Southwark Playhouse and Cyrano de Bergerac at Manchester Royal Exchange. His television credits include The Night Manager and The Borgias. For film, his work includes Rogue OneMindhornAnna Karenina and Tale of Tales.

Forbes Masson plays Rev Winemiller/Dr Buchanan. His recent theatre work includes Big Fish at The Other Palace; Boudica at Shakespeare’s Globe; Terror at Lyric Hammersmith; Travesties at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Apollo Theatre; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Theatre Royal Bath; Doctor Faustus at the Duke of York’s; Mr Foote’s Other Leg at Hampstead Theatre and Theatre Royal Haymarket and The Ruling Class, Richard III and Macbeth at Trafalgar Studios. His television work includes CatastropheShetland: Dead Water and Monarch of the Glen.

Matthew Needham plays John Buchanan. He is currently appearing in The Twilight Zone at the Almeida and was previously inThe Treatment in 2017. His other theatre credits include Much Ado About NothingImogenThe Comedy of ErrorsTitus Andronicus and The Knight of the Burning Pestle at Shakespeare’s Globe; Henry IV Parts I and IILove’s SacrificeThe Jew of MaltaCandide and Titus Andronicus for the RSC; Our Country’s Good for Out of Joint and There is a War at the National Theatre. For television, his work includes EndeavourThe Hollow Crown: Part TwoMonroe and Sherlock.

Tok Stephen plays Roger Doremus/Dusty. He recently graduated from RADA and his professional theatre work includesBoudica at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Anjana Vasan plays Rosemary/Rosa Gonzales/Nellie. Her theatre work includes King Lear and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe; Life of Galileo at the Young Vic; Image of an Unknown Young Woman at the Gate Theatre; Dara at the National Theatre and Macbeth at Manchester International Festival/Broadway. For television, her work includes Hang UpsIll BehaviourBlack MirrorCa

ALMEIDA LISTINGS INFORMATION

Saturday 24 February – Saturday 7 April 2018

Summer and Smoke
By Tennessee Williams

Directed by Rebecca Frecknall

Press night: Wednesday 7 March at 7pm

 

Address                     Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, London, N1 1TA

 

Café Bar                     The Almeida Café Bar is open from 11am -11.00pmMonday to Saturday

 

Box Office                  Online almeida.co.uk

 

                                    Phone 020 7359 4404 (10am – 7.30pm Monday – Saturday)

 

                                    In person 10am – 7:30pm Monday – Saturday

 

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Twitter                        @AlmeidaTheatre
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Access                     Captioned performance:
      Monday 26 March 7:30pm
                                  Audio Described performance:
      Saturday 24 March 2.30pm (Touch Tour at 12.45pm)

 

Talkback                Post-show discussion with members of the company

                                    Free to same day ticket holders

                                  Monday 26 March

 Almeida Theatre: Full cast announced for The Twilight Zone

Almeida Theatre: Series Two of Figures of Speech launched today

Figures of Speech

The Almeida Theatre today launches the second series of Figures of Speech, its major digital film project interrogating the vitality of speech, the power of performance, and what visionary leadership sounds like.

The first instalment of series two is released today with Cush Jumbo delivering Malcolm X’s controversial 1965 speech ‘The Language of Violence’ and continues with one film released each week over the next month featuring actors Noma DumezweniJohn Heffernan, Derek Jacobi and Russell Tovey. They will perform significant speeches from politicians, activists and philosophers throughout history. The new films continue to examine what leadership means and the power of the spoken word in the 21st century with an increased focus on rhetoric that initially received a hostile reaction and remains both divisive and provocative.

 A divided politics, a divided country, a divided people.

We’ve never needed leaders more.

Figures of Speech places history’s greatest speeches centre stage through an anthology of films read by a range of actors released online, building a concert of dynamic voices and ideas from across the world as a dramatic response to social crisis.

Series one, which launched in May, featured speeches delivered by American politician Harvey Milk spoken by Ian McKellen; Nelson Mandela spoken by Lucian Msamati; Virginia Woolf spoken by Fiona Shaw; AIDS activist Elizabeth Glaser spoken by Nicola Walker; and Labour Party Politician Neil Kinnock spoken by Ashley Walters.

Figures of Speech is available for free via a dedicated mini-site: speech.almeida.co.uk

Alongside a growing anthology of films, the microsite features additional material exploring the speeches, the context within which they were first delivered and the choice to revive them in 2017. The site features guest-authored articles and filmed reactions from each performer alongside an audience of people from local communities who have direct connections to the themes explored. To complement the films, inspiring young leaders aged 15 – 25 from across London have been invited to respond with a speech of their own, crafted through an Almeida Participation programme, inviting previously unheard voices to share the platform.

Series one of Figures Of Speech has so far received a combined total of 140,000 views, from both clips on the Almeida’s social media channels and the full-length films on YouTube. Ian McKellen’s reading of Harvey Milk’s ‘Hope Speech’ has had over 66,000 views through social media and YouTube. Overall the Almeida reached over 650,000 people through their social channels alone with 60% of the conversation online about the project taking place outside the UK.

Figures of Speech is conceived by Rupert Goold and directed by Anthony Almeida. It is the Almeida’s third major digital theatre event, following day-long durational readings of The Iliad and The Odyssey in 2015, which inspired audiences of over 50,000 people across the UK and around the world.

Anthony Almeida is currently the Link Artist of the Royal Opera House. In 2015 he was the Resident Director at the Almeida where his work as associate director included The OdysseyThe IliadOresteia (also West End); and Game.​

Rupert Goold is the Almeida’s Artistic Director where he has previously directed Ink (now running in the West End), Richard III (which was broadcast live to cinemas around the world in July 2016), MedeaThe Merchant of Venice, King Charles III (which transferred to West End and Broadway) and American Psycho (opened on Broadway in April 2016). His new production of Mike Bartlett’s Albion opens in October.  He was Artistic Director of Headlong from 2005 until 2013 where his work included The EffectENRON, 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, featureTrue Story starring James Franco and Jonah Hill, and a television 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.

Figures of Speech has been made possible by the generous support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and a number of individual supporters.

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.

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION

Sonia Friedman Productions and the Almeida Theatre

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

Playful Productions

present

The Almeida Theatre production of

Ink

 A New Play by James Graham

Duke of York’s Theatre

St Martin’s Lane

London WC2N 4BG

Box office number: 0844 871 7623

Website: www.inktheplay.com

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

 

 

 

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.”

ALMEIDA THEATRE  NEW SEASON DETAILS

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First Look : Productions images of Robert Icke’s Hamlet, at Almeida Theatre, with Andrew Scott playing Hamlet

Andrew Scott in Hamlet

Figures of Speech, a major new digital film project exploring Leadership, launches today

Ian McKellan

Today, at 12pm, the Almeida Theatre launches Figures of Speech, a major new digital film project interrogating the vitality of speech, rhetoric, and what visionary leadership sounds like.

Figures of Speech will place history’s greatest speeches centre stage through a series of films read by a network of actors and young leaders released online, building a tapestry of dynamic voices and ideas from across the world as a dramatic response to social crisis.

At a time of political turmoil, unprecedented world events and an increasingly divided society, what does inspiring leadership sound like? In 2017 the Almeida will revisit the words of powerful and often surprising orators to remember. Figures of Speech creates a platform for a wider interrogation of what leadership means and the power of the spoken word in the 21st century.
Viewers can hear speeches delivered by American politician Harvey Milk spoken by Ian McKellen; Nelson Mandela spoken by Lucian Msamati; Virginia Woolf spoken by Fiona Shaw; AIDS activist Elizabeth Glaser spoken by Nicola Walker; and Labour Party Politician Neil Kinnock spoken by Ashley Walters. With a network of actors adding dynamic voices to the project, the Almeida will harness the power of performance to explore big political and social ideas.

Figures of Speech films will be available for free – one film released each day for five days, with further slates of films following later in the year – through a dedicated microsite.

All Figures of Speech material is available at speech.almeida.co.uk

Alongside a growing anthology of films, the microsite will feature additional material exploring the speeches, the context within which they were first delivered and the choice to revive them in 2017. The site will feature guest-authored articles and filmed reactions from each speech’s performer alongside an audience made up of people from local communities that have direct connections to the themes explored. To complement each speech, inspiring young leaders aged 15 – 25 from across London have been invited to respond to Figures of Speech and deliver a speech of their own, crafted through an Almeida Participation programme, inviting previously unheard voices to share the platform.
Figures of Speech is conceived by Rupert Goold and directed by Anthony Almeida.

Figures of Speech is the Almeida’s third marathon theatre event, following day-long durational readings of The Iliad and The Odyssey in 2015, which inspired audiences of over 50,000 people across the UK and around the world.

Anthony Almeida was Resident Director at the Almeida in 2015 where his work as associate director included: The Odyssey; The Iliad; Oresteia (also West End); and Game.​

Rupert Goold is the Almeida’s Artistic Director where he has previously directed 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, which will air in May. His production of Ink, a new play by James Graham, opens in June. Rupert was awarded a CBE for services to drama in the 2017 New Year’s Honours.

Figures of Speech has been supported by a number of generous individual Almeida supporters.

#FiguresOfSpeech

 

Following a critically acclaimed and sell-out run at The Almeida Theatre, Hamlet will transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre for a strictly limited season from 9 June – 2 September

Andrew Scott in Hamlet
Andrew Scott in Hamlet

Andrew Scott in Hamlet

Olivier Award-winning director, Robert Icke’s (Mary Stuart, The Red Barn, Uncle Vanya, Oresteia, Mr Burns and 1984), ground-breaking and electrifying production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, starring BAFTA award-winner Andrew Scott (Moriarty in BBC’s Sherlock, Denial, Spectre, Design For Living and Cock) in the title role, will transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre, following a critically acclaimed and sell out run at the Almeida Theatre. Hamlet will run for a limited season only from 9 June to 2 September 2017 with press night on Thursday 15 June.

Hamlet is produced by Ambassador Theatre Group (Sunday In The Park With George, Buried Child, Oresteia), Sonia Friedman Productions and the Almeida Theatre (Chimerica, Ghosts, King Charles III, 1984, Oresteia), who are renowned for introducing groundbreaking, critically acclaimed transfers to the West End.

Rupert Goold, Artistic Director, Almeida Theatre said “We’re delighted that with this transfer more people will be able to experience our production of Hamlet. Robert, Andrew, and the entire Hamlet company have created an unforgettable Shakespeare which we’re looking forward to sharing even more widely over the summer in partnership with Sonia Friedman Productions and ATG.”

 Robert Icke, Director (and Almeida Theatre Associate Director) said “It has been such a thrill to work with Andrew and the extraordinary company of Hamlet on this play so far, and I’m delighted we’re going to continue our work on this play in the West End this summer. I’m also extremely proud to be working with the Almeida and our producers, ATG and Sonia Friedman, to be able to present this play in a way that genuinely throws the doors open to a bigger range of audience members. In an increasingly expensive industry, I can’t tell you how brilliant it is for them to commit to having 300 tickets priced at under £30 at every single show.”

 Andrew Scott, playing Hamlet, “I’m so thrilled and honoured to be playing this extraordinary role with these brilliant actors in Rob’s stunning production. We have been overwhelmed with the reaction to our interpretation of Hamlet and I’m so happy that we can share it with a larger audience. This is a play full of heart, compassion and humanity. I’m so happy that we are able to offer 300 tickets for under £30 to every performance in the West End run to allow everybody a chance to see the play.”

The confirmed cast for the transfer of Robert Icke’s production includes Marty Cruickshank (Player Queen), Jessica Brown Findlay (Ophelia), Calum Finlay (Rosencrantz), Joshua Higgott (Horatio),Daniel Rabin (Reynaldo), David Rintoul (Ghost/Player King), Andrew Scott (Hamlet) Juliet Stevenson (Gertrude), Luke Thompson (Laertes), Peter Wight (Polonius), Angus Wright (Claudius)and Matthew Wynn (Bernardo/Player 3/Priest). Further cast will be announced in due course.

Hamlet has design by Hildegard Bechtler, with lighting by Natasha Chivers, sound by Tom Gibbons,and video design by Tal Yarden. The Associate Director is Daniel Raggett. Casting is by Julia Horan.

Multi award-winning Director, Robert Icke, has adapted/directed at the Almeida Theatre Mary Stuart,Uncle Vanya, Oresteia (also West End, and for which Icke won the Critics’ Circle, Evening Standard and Olivier Award for Best Director) and the multi-award-winning 1984 with Duncan Macmillan (also West End as well as playing several UK and international tours, and a forthcoming Broadway run at the newly opened Hudson Theater).

His work as a director includes The Fever at The May Fair Hotel, Mr Burns at the Almeida, Boys andRomeo and Juliet for Headlong. He made his National Theatre debut directing The Red Barn, at the Lyttelton Theatre in October 2016 starring Mark Strong and Elizabeth Debicki.