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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.

Almeida Theatre casting announcement for The Treatment, Martin Crimp’s contemporary satire, directed by Lyndsey Turner

The Treatment
The Treatment

The Treatment

Joining Aisling Loftus and Matthew Needham in THE TREATMENT will be Gary Beadle, Ian Gelder, Ben Onwukwe, Julian Ovenden, Ellora Torchia, Indira Varma, and Hara Yannas. The Treatment begins previews at the Almeida Theatre on Monday 24 April and runs until Saturday 10 June. The press night is Friday 28 April.

New York. A film studio.  A young woman has an urgent story to tell.  But here, people are products, movies are money and sex sells. And the rights to your life can be a dangerous commodity to exploit.

Martin Crimp’s contemporary satire is directed by Lyndsey Turner, who returns to the Almeida following her award-winning production of Chimerica.

The Treatment will be designed by Giles Cadle, with lighting by Neil Austin, composition by Rupert Cross, fight direction by Bret Yount, sound by Chris Shutt, and voice coaching by Charmian Hoare. The choreographer is Arthur Pita. Casting is by Julia Horan.

ALMEIDA QUESTIONS
In response to The Treatment – where it’s material that matters – Whose Life Is It Anyway? continues the Almeida’s programme of pre-show discussions as a panel delves into the worldwide fascination with constructed realities in art and in life.

When you sell your story is your life still your own? In the golden age of social media – where immaculately contrived worlds are labelled as real life – what is the cost? Can truth be traced in art at all?

The panel includes Instagram star Deliciously Stella, Made In Chelsea producer Nick Arnold, and Anita Biressi, Professor of Media and Communications at Roehampton University. Almeida Questions is an eclectic programme of pre-show discussions which consider some of the questions raised by the work on our stage.

ALMEIDA PARTICIPATION

Alongside The Treatment, Almeida Participation will produce a new piece of work in response to the play’s themes and provocations. A community company ranging in age from 18 – 70 will work with Resident Director Jo Tyabji and a dynamic creative team to develop their performance skills, culminating in an original piece of theatre to be performed on the Almeida stage.

THE TREATMENT CAST AND CREATIVE BIOGRAPHIES

Gary Beadle’s theatre credits include A Profoundly Affectionate, Passionate Devotion to Someone and Sucker Punch at the Royal Court; Now We Are Here at the Young Vic; Les Blancs at the National Theatre; Hapgood at Hampstead Theatre; The Whipping Man at Theatre Royal; Plymouth; We Know Where You Live at the Finborough Theatre; The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco at the Gate Theatre; You Know Who You Are for Talawa Theatre Company; Blue Remembered Hills at Chichester Festival Theatre; Family Man at Theatre Royal Stratford; Top Dog Under Dog and Moby Dick at Manchester Royal Exchange. Television includes The Interceptor; Hustle; The Sarah Jane Adventures; Kerching!Little BritainEastEnders; Lenny Henry ShowRelative Strangers and Honeymoon. Film includes In the Heart of the SeaCockney vs ZombieTil Death Do Us PartWitThe ImitatorsDrivenMemoirs of a Survivor; Fords on WaterAbsolute BeginnersPlaying AwayCresta Run; and White Mischief.

Ian Gelder has appeared in King Lear at the Almeida. Other theatre includes Human AnimalsThe Low Road; and Fireface at the Royal Court Theatre; Titus Andronicus at Shakespeare’s Globe; Gods & Monsters at the Southwark Playhouse; RootsGood; and Front Page at the Donmar Warehouse; Company and Racing Demon at the Sheffield Crucible; Precious Little Talent at Trafalgar Studios; Lingua Franca at the Finborough Theatre and 59E59 Theatre, New York; The Power of YesHenry IV Parts 1 and 2; His Dark Materials and Stuff Happens at the National Theatre; The Sound of Music at the London Palladium; The CrucibleRichard III; Titus Andronicus; The Merchant of Venice; and The Taming of the Shrew for the RSC; Mouth to Mouth at the Albery Theatre; Three Sisters at Chichester Festival Theatre; and Marvin’s Room at the Comedy Theatre. Television includes SnatchRiviera; Game of ThronesMr. Selfridge; Robin Hood; Kavanagh QCRipper Street; TorchwoodPsychoville; and The Day Today. Film includes Pope JoanKing RalphJinnah; Little Dorrit; and The Fool.

Aisling Loftus’ theatre credits include Touched at Nottingham Playhouse; Noises Off at The Old Vic; Spur of the Moment at the Royal Court; and The Hotel Plays at the Langham Hotel. Television credits include War and Peace; Mr Selfridge; Dive; Public Enemies; Good Cop; The Borrowers; Page Eight; Five Daughters and upcoming Broken. Film credits include Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; Death of a Superhero; Oranges and Sunshine and upcoming Property of the State and Salty. Her short film Jade was nominated for a BAFTA film award for Short Film in 2010.

Ben Onwukwe’s theatre credits include The Shawshank Redemption UK tour; The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the Royal Lyceum Edinburgh; Sense of an Ending and Man in the Middle at Theatre 503; The After Dinner Joke and The Making of Moo at the Orange Tree Theatre; Hamlet at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow; The Love Girl & The Innocent at Southwark Playhouse; Sunset Baby at the Gate Theatre; Pandora’s Box at the Arcola; In Time and Walking Waterfall for Eastern Angles and Tiata Fahodzi; Days of Significance; Pericles and The Winter’s Tale for the RSC; Macbeth for Out of Joint; Doctor of Honour for Cheek by Jowl; Greenland and The Emperor at the Royal Court. Television includes London’s Burning; EastEnders; Coronation Street; Holby City; Law & Order UK; After You’ve Gone; and Between The Lines. Film includes Late Bloomers.

Matthew Needham’s theatre credits include Imogen; The Comedy of Errors; Titus Andronicus; and The Knight of the Burning Pestle at Shakespeare’s Globe; Henry IV Parts I & II; Love’s Sacrifice; The Jew of Malta; Candide; and Titus Andronicus for the RSC; Our Country’s Good for Out of Joint; There is a War at the National Theatre; Bingo; and The Grapes of Wrath at Chichester Festival Theatre; and Shades at the Royal Court. Television includes Endeavour; The Hollow Crown; Monroe; and Sherlock. Film includes The Ritual.

Julian Ovenden’s theatre credits include My Night With Reg for the Donmar Warehouse and in the West End; Showboat for the New York Philharmonic; Sunday in the Park with George at the Théâtre du Châtelet; Finding Neverland on Broadway; Death Takes a Holiday at the Roundabout Theatre, New York; Marguerite and A Woman of No Importance at Theatre Royal, Haymarket; Butley at the Booth Theatre; Grand Hotel and Merrily We Roll Along at the Donmar Warehouse; and King Lear for the RSC. Television includes Knightfall; Major Crimes; Death in Paradise; The Sound of Music Live!; Downton Abbey; Smash; Any Human Heart; Foyle’s War; The Royal; The Forsyte Saga; and Come Together. Film includes The Confessions; The Colony; and Allies.

Ellora Torchia’s theatre includes Boys Will Be Boys at the Bush Theatre and for Headlong; and Macbeth for Out of Joint. Television includes BroadchurchBeowulf; Indian SummersDCI Banks: Buried; The Suspicions of Mr WhicherSpooks. Film includes Les Cowboys. Ellora graduated from RADA in 2014.

Indira Varma has previously appeared in Five Gold Rings at the Almeida. Other theatre credits include Man + Superman; Ivanov; and Othello at the National Theatre; Tiger Country at Hampstead Theatre; Titus Andronicus at Shakespeare’s Globe; The Hothouse for the Jamie Lloyd season at Trafalgar Studios; Dance of Death; Twelfth Night; The Vortex; and Privates on Parade at the Donmar Warehouse; Hysteria at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket; Ingredient X and The Vertical Hour at the Royal Court Theatre; The Skin of Our Teeth at the Young Vic; and Celebration on Broadway. Television includes Paranoid; Game of Thrones; What Remains; Hunted; Silk; World Without End; Luther; Hustle; Moses Jones; Torchwood; Waste of Shame; Broken News; Love Soup; and Rome. Film includes Exodus; Silent Hours; All You Need Is Kill; Mindscape; Risk Addiction; Bride & Prejudice; Jinnah; Sixth Happiness; Phoenix and Karma Sutra.

Hara Yannas has previously appeared in Oresteia; 1984; and The House of Bernarda Alba at the Almeida. Other theatre includes Mare Rider for the Arcola and European Tour; Britannicus for Wilton’s Music Hall; Pericles at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre; Uncle Vanya for the Arcola Theatre; Tales of the Harrow Road at the Soho Theatre; A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Shakespeare’s Globe; It Felt Empty When The Heart Went At First But It’s Alright Now for Clean Break and the Arcola Theatre; and the Scrooge UK Tour. Television includes Law & Order UKThe Smoke; The Bible; and Holby City. Film includes Patient Zero.

Martin Crimp’s work in the UK has been produced by the Almeida (a translation of Marivaux’s The Triumph of Love); RSC, National Theatre Young Vic, Barbican, Théâtre de Complicité, and the Royal Court. His plays include In the Republic of Happiness; Play House; The City; Fewer Emergencies; Cruel and Tender (written for director Luc Bondy); Face to the Wall; The Country; Attempts on her Life; Getting Attention; No One Sees the Video; Play with Repeats; Dealing with Clair; and Definitely the Bahamas. His translations include Botho Strauss’s Gross und Klein; Ionesco’s Rhinoceros; Marivaux’s The False Servant; Genet’s The Maids; Ionesco’s The Chairs; Koltès’s Roberto Zucco; a new version of Chekhov’s The Seagull for the National Theatre; and Molière’s The Misanthrope. His work has been translated into many languages and produced at venues outside the UK including Milan’s Piccolo Teatro, the Sala Beckett in Barcelona, at the Vienna Festival, the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, the Théâtre de la Ville, by the Berliner Ensemble, at Berlin’s Schaubühne, and at the Festival d’Automne in Paris. His work for opera includes Into the Little Hill and Written on Skin (written for George Benjamin). In New York his work has been seen at the Public Theater, at Classic Stage, on Broadway (a translation of The Chairs, directed by Simon McBurney), and at the Metropolitan Opera. In 2007 Attempts on her Life was revived on the Lyttleton stage of the National Theatre, directed by Katie Mitchell; and in 2013 his latest play, The rest will be familiar to you from cinema, opened at the Schauspielhaus, Hamburg, where it was voted by Germany’s Theater heute best foreign play of the year. In 2005 Crimp received Italy’s Premio Ubu for the Fewer Emergencies trilogy. The Treatment was winner of the 1993 John Whiting Award.

Lyndsey Turner previously directed Chimerica for the Almeida, which then transferred to the West End and won 5 Olivier Awards including Best Director and Best New Play. Other theatre credits include Faith HealerFathers and Sons; and Philadelphia, Here I Come! at the Donmar Warehouse; Tipping The Velvet at the Lyric Hammersmith; Hamlet at the Barbican; Posh and Contractions at the Royal Court; and Light Shining in Buckinghamshire at the National Theatre where Lyndsey is an Associate Director.

Arthur Pita has choreographed Becky Shaw and Caledonian Road for the Almeida. Other choreographic work includes Salome for San Francisco Ballet; The Ballad of Mack & Ginny for the Royal Ballet and New York City Center; Run Mary Run at Sadler’s Wells; Casse Noisette for Paris Opera Ballet; Stepmother/Stepfather for Dance East and HeadSpace; Little Match Girl (Jerwood Dance House/DanceEast/UK tour/Sadlers Wells/Taiwan tour); The Metamorphosis for Royal Opera House and Joyce Theatre NY (Winner: South Bank Award for Dance, National Dance Award for Best Modern Choreography and Olivier nomination); A dream within a Midsummer Night’s Dream (Olivier Award nomination) and Cristaux for Ballet Black; Volver for Men In Motion/ London Coliseum/La Versiliana Festival. Choreographic Collaboration includes Saint Joan, and Les Liaisons Dangereuses for the Donmar Warehouse; Our Country’s Good, Mappa Mundi, Women Beware Women, and Detroit for the National Theatre; La bohème, and Show Boat for the Royal Albert Hall; Carmen; and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogonny for the Royal Opera House; The Winter’s Tale for the RSC; The Glass Menagerie for the Young Vic; and The Joke for Fuel.

ALMEIDA LISTINGS INFORMATION

Monday 24 April – Saturday 10 June
THE TREATMENT
by Martin Crimp
directed by Lyndsey Turner
Press night: Friday 28 April, 7pm

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Access The Treatment Audio Described performance:
Saturday 20 May at 2.30pm (Touch Tour at 12.45pm)
The Treatment Captioned performance:
Thursday 1 June at 7.30pm

Almeida Questions   An eclectic programme of pre-show discussions which consider some of the questions raised by the work on our stage.

Whose Life Is It Anyway? Thursday 25 May, at 6pm

Talkback Post-show discussion with members of the company

Free to same day ticket holders
The Treatment Thursday 1 June

Andrew Scott’s Hamlet at Almeida Theatre For Free, for anyone aged 25 and under from 10-13 April

Andrew Scott in Hamlet
Andrew Scott in Hamlet

Andrew Scott in Hamlet

Hamlet for Free will run from Monday 10 – Thursday 13 April with five performances of the Almeida’s production of Hamlet, directed by Robert Icke with Andrew Scott in the title role, exclusively available to anyone aged 25 and under. Free tickets for Hamlet can be booked online now at almeida.co.uk.

Alongside the play, Hamlet For Free will feature a programme of free performances, events, and workshops inspired by the themes and making of Hamlet. The Almeida will be open from 9.30am each day during the festival with the entire building and café bar dedicated to young people.

Festival highlights include:

  • Press Go, an interactive promenade piece created in response to the themes of Hamlet which will run throughout each day of the Festival. Press Go sees a group of fearless young actors invite their audience on a journey around Islington in a murder mystery thriller where every move they make has game-changing consequences. Win or lose, how this story ends is entirely up to the audience. Playing in teams of two they will visit multiple locations, with the choices they make along the way affecting how their journey unfolds. Combining storytelling, gaming and the ingredients of a classic psychological thriller, Press Go is a bold, cinematic and playful alternate reality game developed in collaboration with the Almeida’s Young Producers, written by Hannah Wood of StoryJuice Ltd and directed by Christopher Elmer-Gorry.
  • Jacob Anderson (aka Raleigh Ritchie) will take part in Lads Lounge, a discussion about crisis in modern masculinity, and talk about his television and music career. Jacob’s debut album ‘You’re A Man Now, Boy’ was released in 2016 and he can currently be seen on television as Greyworm in Game of Thrones.
  • A programme of workshops which will provide young people with the opportunity to learn from leading industry professionals including Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold, award-winning spoken word artist Polarbear, Poet Vanessa Kisuule, stage and screen-writers Rachel De-Lahay and Vinay Patel, stage combat company RC Annie, immersive theatre-makers Coney, and members of the Hamlet cast. The Almeida technical team will demonstrate how lighting, sound and stage management come together to create a seamless performance and there will be opportunities to go behind the scenes at the Almeida to see how a production comes together.
  • Answers Back: Who the hell’s in charge here? a panel event on the themes of leadership and division explored in Hamlet, will feature a panel of young people discussing what makes a good leader and how young people can motivate social change in this period of global political unrest.
  • An Audio Described and Captioned matinee performance of Hamlet for young deaf or hard of hearing and blind or visually impaired audiences, preceded by a Touch Tour on Wednesday 12 April.

Hamlet for Free renews the Almeida’s commitment to ensuring affordable and accessible tickets for young people across the year. From The Treatment onwards, at least 500 £5 tickets per production will be available to audiences aged 25 and under, spread across a choice of four performances and audiences aged 26 – 30 will have access to a further 450 £15 tickets per production. See almeida.co.uk for further details of ticket schemes and concessions.

Rupert Goold, Almeida Artistic Director said: “Hamlet For Free celebrates the young people who belong at the heart of the Almeida’s community. We are delighted to be producing this entirely free festival around Robert’s production of Hamlet, harnessing the imagination and energy of the Almeida for what will be an electric four days. We want to open up the doors of the theatre and welcome everyone aged 25 and under inside to experience the shows we create, the actors on stage, the creatives off stage, and to offer a platform for young people to explore their own talent, at no cost. It’s vital to remove any barriers to attending and making theatre and we are excited to welcome first-timers, students and young theatre-makers. No one should feel that theatre “isn’t for them” and Hamlet For Free is a fantastic opportunity for us to engage with audiences new to the Almeida and create a memorable and valuable experience. Hamlet For Free renews our commitment to ensuring affordable accessible tickets for young people across the Almeida’s artistic programme. We hope to see young audiences return for The Treatment, Ink and Against later this year with the discounted ticket schemes we’re rolling out.”

The full schedule for Hamlet For Free will be announced soon, with tickets for events available to book online from Monday 13 March. Tickets for free performances of Hamlet are exclusively available to anyone aged 25 and under from 10 – 13 April and can be booked now online at almeida.co.uk. Tickets are limited to two per person. The provision of free tickets for Hamlet for Free has been generously supported by Gregory Nasmyth and Samantha Rowe-Beddoe.

Almeida Theatre Spring Season 2017

Almeida Theatre Spring Season

Almeida Theatre Spring Season 2017

The Almeida Theatre announced a new season and a major new digital film project exploring leadership in crisis and the power of words on January 20:

  • THE TREATMENT, Martin Crimp’s contemporary satire, receives its first London revival after 24 years, directed by Lyndsey Turner. The cast included Aisling Loftus as Anne and Matthew Needham as Simon.
  • INK, a new play by James Graham, directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold, explores the birth of this country’s most influential paper, The Sun, and the mythical world of Fleet Street in the 1960s
  • Ben Whishaw returns to the Almeida in AGAINST , a gripping new play about how we come to know ourselves honestly by Christopher Shinn, directed by Ian Rickson
  • Figures of Speech – a major new digital film project which interrogates the vitality of speech, rhetoric, and what visionary leadership sounds like – launched on January 20,2017 with Vanessa Redgrave reading Václav Havel’s ‘Words on Words’ .Throughout 2017 Figures of Speech will put history’s greatest speeches back on the map through a series of films read by an army of actors and young leaders released online, in partnership with the Guardian
  • Performer and lip synch artist Dickie Beau will haunt the set of the Almeida’s Hamlet for two performances in March with his new show, RE-MEMBER ME
  • Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s Olivier Award-nominated production of 1984, seen by over 400,000 people worldwide, will tour Australia in 2017 playing major seasons in Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Perth
  • Aspen to continue its principal partnership with the Almeida for four years, building towards a decade as the Almeida’s most significant corporate supporter

Rupert Goold, Almeida Artistic Director on the day of launch of  Figure of Speech  said: “At the end of 2016, as our new season materialised and we looked back on a year of mendacious politics, ambition and international polarisation, one recurring theme emerged: truth. Who owns the truth? What happens when the truth comes second to narrative – exploited for personal, commercial, political gain? How did facts suddenly become subjective? And is the truth explosive in the wrong hands?

The Almeida’s new season interrogates the reality behind fiction – the line between truth and art, words and action, money and meaning. Coruscating, satirical and frighteningly prophetic, The Treatment, Ink and Against all deal with the slippery and seemingly subjective nature of truth. These plays speak to our societies’ anxiety and uncertainty about the world we’re living in now.

In the wake of 2016’s political events and ahead of the vast wave of international elections in 2017 – beginning today alongside the inauguration of the new leader of the free world – Figures of Speech will unearth the world’s most vital speeches for a new audience. We want to remember what leadership sounds like. At the Almeida we believe what changes opinion, narrative, momentum, are words. Words carefully crafted and meticulously delivered by inspirational women and men, wherever a meaningful audience can be found.

It is up to us who hear these words, and watch these plays, to discover the truth.”

THE SEASON

Monday 24 April – Saturday 10 June

THE TREATMENT

by Martin Crimp

directed by Lyndsey Turner

Press night: Friday 28 April at 7pm

New York. A film studio. A young woman has an urgent story to tell.

But here, people are products, movies are money and sex sells. And the rights to your life can be a dangerous commodity to exploit.

Martin Crimp’s contemporary satire is directed by Lyndsey Turner, who returns to the Almeida

following her award-winning production of Chimerica. The cast includes Aisling Loftus as Anne and Matthew Needham as Simon. The Treatment will be designed by Giles Cadle, with lighting by Neil Austin, composition by Rupert Cross, fight direction by Bret Yount, sound by Chris Shutt, and voice coaching by Charmian Hoare. Casting is by Julia Horan.

Aisling Loftus’ theatre credits include Touched at Nottingham Playhouse; Noises Off at the Old Vic; Spur of the Moment at the Royal Court; and The Hotel Plays at the Langham Hotel. Television credits include War and Peace; Mr Selfridge; Dive; Public Enemies; Good Cop; The Borrowers; Page Eight; Five Daughters and upcoming Broken. Film credits include Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; Death of a Superhero; Oranges and Sunshine and upcoming Property of the State and Salty. Her short film Jade was nominated for a BAFTA film award for Short Film in 2010.

Matthew Needham’s theatre credits include Imogen; The Comedy of Errors; Titus Andronicus; and The Knight of the Burning Pestle at Shakespeare’s Globe; Henry IV Parts I & II; Love’s Sacrifice; The Jew of Malta; Candide; and Titus Andronicus for the RSC; Our Country’s Good for Out of Joint; There is a War at the National Theatre; Bingo; and The Grapes of Wrath at Chichester Festival Theatre; and Shades at the Royal Court. Television includes Endeavour; The Hollow Crown; Monroe; and Sherlock. Film includes The Ritual.

Martin Crimp’s work in the UK has been produced by the Almeida (a translation of Marivaux’s The Triumph of Love); RSC, National Theatre Young Vic, Barbican, Théâtre de Complicité, and the Royal Court. His plays include In the Republic of Happiness; Play House; The City; Fewer Emergencies; Cruel and Tender (written for director Luc Bondy); Face to the Wall; The Country; Attempts on her Life; Getting Attention; No One Sees the Video; Play with Repeats; Dealing with Clair; and Definitely the Bahamas. His translations include Botho Strauss’s Gross und Klein; Ionesco’s Rhinoceros; Marivaux’s The False Servant; Genet’s The Maids; Ionesco’s The Chairs; Koltès’s Roberto Zucco; a new version of Chekhov’s The Seagull for the National Theatre; and Molière’s The Misanthrope. His work has been translated into many languages and produced at venues outside the UK including Milan’s Piccolo Teatro, the Sala Beckett in Barcelona, at the Vienna Festival, the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, the Théâtre de la Ville, by

the Berliner Ensemble, at Berlin’s Schaubühne, and at the Festival d’Automne in Paris. His work for opera includes Into the Little Hill and Written on Skin (written for George Benjamin). In New York his work has been seen at the Public Theater, at Classic Stage, on Broadway (a translation of The Chairs, directed by Simon McBurney), and at the Metropolitan Opera. In 2007 Attempts on her Life was revived on the Lyttleton stage of the National Theatre, directed by Katie Mitchell; and in 2013 his latest play, The rest will be familiar to you from cinema, opened at the Schauspielhaus, Hamburg, where it was voted by Germany’s Theater heute best foreign play of the year. In 2005 Crimp received Italy’s Premio Ubu for the Fewer Emergencies trilogy. The Treatment was winner of the 1993 John Whiting Award.

 Lyndsey Turner previously directed Chimerica for the Almeida, which then transferred to the West End and won 5 Olivier Awards including Best Director and Best New Play. Other theatre credits include Faith Healer; Fathers and Sons; and Philadelphia, Here I Come! at the Donmar Warehouse; Tipping The Velvet at the Lyric Hammersmith; Hamlet at the Barbican; Posh; and Contractions at the Royal Court; and Light Shining in Buckinghamshire at the National Theatre where Lyndsey is an Associate Director.

Alongside The Treatment, Almeida Participation will produce a new piece of work in response to the play’s themes and provocations. A community company ranging in age between 18 – 70 will work with Resident Director Jo Tyabji and a dynamic creative team to develop their performance skills, culminating in an original piece of theatre to be performed on the Almeida stage.

INK

a new play by James Graham

directed by Rupert Goold

Press night: Tuesday 27 June at 7pm

Fleet Street. 1969. The Sun rises.

James Graham’s ruthless, red-topped new play leads with the birth of this country’s most influential newspaper – when a young and rebellious Rupert Murdoch asked the impossible and launched its first editor’s quest, against all odds, to give the people what they want.

Ink will be designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting by Neil Austin. Casting is by Anne McNulty.

Ink is James Graham’s Almeida debut. His work for theatre, television and film includes This House, which had two sell-out runs at the National Theatre, was broadcast to cinemas internationally by NT Live, and is currently playing at the Garrick Theatre in the West End; 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’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 later this year. Rupert was awarded a CBE for services to drama in the 2017 New Year’s Honours.

 AGAINST

a new play by Christopher Shinn

directed by Ian Rickson

Press night: Friday 18 August at 7pm

Silicon Valley. The future. A rocket launches.

Luke is an aerospace billionaire who can talk to anyone. But God is talking to him. He sets out to change the world. Only violence stands in his way.

Christopher Shinn’s gripping new play, directed by Ian Rickson, features Ben Whishaw as Luke.

Against is designed by Ultz. Casting is by Sophie Holland.

Ben Whishaw previously appeared in Bakkhai at the Almeida. Other theatre credits include The Crucible on Broadway; Mojo and Peter and Alice in the West End; Cock at the Royal Court; His Dark Materials; The Seagull; and The Idiot at the National Theatre; and Hamlet at the Old Vic. His film credits include A Hologram for The King; The Danish Girl; The Lobster; In The Heart of the Sea; Suffragette; James Bond films Spectre and Skyfall as Q; Paddington; Lilting; Enduring Love; Layer Cake; Perfume; Stoned; I’m Not There; Brideshead Revisited; Bright Star; The Tempest; and Cloud Atlas. For television he won a BAFTA for the BBC adaptation of Richard II, directed by Rupert Goold. Other television includes London Spy; The Hour; Nathan Barley; and Criminal Justice, for which he won Best Actor Awards at the Emmys and the Royal Television Awards.

Christopher Shinn, who makes his Almeida debut with Against, is the author of twelve plays including Now or Later (shortlisted for the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play); Dying City (Pulitzer Prize Finalist); and Where Do We Live (Obie in Playwriting). His play Teddy Ferrara was produced at the Donmar Warehouse in 2015 directed by Dominic Cooke, and his adaptation of Hedda Gabler premiered on Broadway in 2009, directed by Ian Rickson. Five of his plays received their world premiere at the Royal Court, and his work has also been produced by Soho Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Vineyard Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Goodman Theatre, South Coast Rep, and Hartford Stage. He has written short plays for Headlong and the Bush Theatre. A Guggenheim Fellow, he teaches playwriting at the New School.

Ian Rickson previously directed Parlour Song at the Almeida. Ian was Artistic Director at the Royal Court from 1998 to 2006, during which time he directed Krapp’s Last Tape; The Winterling; Alice Trilogy; The Sweetest Swing in Baseball; Fallout; The Night Heron; Boy Gets Girl; Mouth to Mouth (also in the West End); Dublin Carol; The Weir (also in the West End and on Broadway); The Lights; Pale Horse; Mojo (also at the Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago); Ashes & Sand; Some Voices; and Killers. His final Royal Court production of The Seagull also transferred to Broadway. Other theatre includes The Nest at the Lyric, Belfast and Young Vic; Evening At The Talkhouse; The Red Lion; The Hothouse and The Day I Stood Still at the National Theatre; The River at the Royal Court and on Broadway, Electra at the Old Vic; Mojo; Old Times; Betrayal; and The Children’s Hour in the West End; Hamlet at the Young Vic; Jerusalem at the Royal Court, West End and Broadway; Hedda Gabler at the Roundabout Theatre, New York; The House of Yes at the Gate; and Me & My Friend at Chichester Festival Theatre. Film includes Fallout; Krapp’s Last Tape; and The Clear Road Ahead. Radio includes In Therapy for Radio 4.

FIGURES OF SPEECH

Figures of Speech is a provocative anthology of digital films exploring the voices behind visionary leadership. From 20 January, the day of the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States of

America, the Almeida has been  releasing  a series of films online, in partnership with the Guardian. Launching at 12pm today with Vanessa Redgrave reading Václav Havel’s ‘Words on Words’, an army of actors and young leaders will build a tapestry of dynamic voices and ideas from unique spaces across the world as a dramatic response to social crisis. Figures of Speech is conceived and directed by Rupert Goold and Anthony Almeida.

  1. A divided politics, a divided country, a divided people.
  2. If we don’t speak now, when?

This year the Almeida is on a quest to rediscover leadership, to put history’s greatest speeches back on the map, to come together and experience the moments when men and women stood in front of people to find that words are electric, hope is immortal and ideas can carve a path through history and into the future. To accompany the growing anthology of speeches released online, inspiring young leaders aged 15 – 25 from across London will be invited to respond and deliver a speech of their own on the theme to be broadcast online, as part of the Almeida’s extensive Participation programme. This work will allow unheard voices to also have a platform.

The films will be available for free through a dedicated microsite, alongside additional material on the themes explored through the speeches, creating a platform for a wider interrogation on what leadership means in the 21st century. Films can be viewed here: speech.almeida.co.uk

Figures of Speech  on January 20  was 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 the Resident Director of the Almeida in 2015 where his work as associate director included: The Odyssey; The Iliad; Oresteia (also West End); and Game. Figures of Speech is funded by a number of generous Almeida Supporters.

Sunday 19 and Sunday 26 March at 6pm

RE-MEMBER ME

A Dickie Beau show devised and performed by Dickie Beau

directed by Jan-willem van den Bosch

Award-winning performer and lip synch maestro Dickie Beau’s new solo show, RE-MEMBER ME will haunt the set of the Almeida’s Hamlet for two performances in March.

When Dickie realised he might never play The Dane, he decided instead to turn himself into a human Hamlet mix-tape. He would channel audio recordings of great historical performances of theatre’s most famous role, to “re-member” the ghosts of Hamlet from the past. Part documentary theatre, part twenty first century séance, this is a personal adventure in cultural archaeology and a very contemporary ghost story. Re-Member Me is an ode to the impermanence of personhood, procrastination, and the presence of absence on the haunted stage.

Dickie Beau is a pioneer of playback performance, emerging from the drag tradition of lip-synching. His work combines elements of physical theatre, clowning, vaudeville, dance, drag and mime. He has presented his work at venues including the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, the Royal Festival Hall, Cafe de Paris, and the art galleries of the Place des Vosges, the British Film Institute, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. In 2014, Dickie was the recipient of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust award. Dickie is an Associate Research Fellow at both Queen Mary University of London School of English and Drama and at the Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, University of London.

Jan-willem van den Bosch is a writer and director based in London, who grew up in The Netherlands. At the Almeida he was Assistant Director on Puntila and his Man Matti; and The Government Inspector. His award-winning theatrical work has been produced all over the world including Britain, China, Germany, Russia, Nigeria and Uzbekistan. His work as a translator includes Lee Hall’s adaptation of Mother Courage, for which he also acted as Assistant Director; and Thomas Bernhard’s Destination. He co-directed Destination with Kathryn Hunter, with whom he has assisted on Pericles at Shakespeare’s Globe; and The Glory of Living at the Royal Court. He has adapted and directed Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, for the Dailes Theatre, Riga; E.T.A Hoffman’s story The Golden Pot, for Liepaja Theatre, Latvia and Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris for Kosice Theatre, Slovakia.

1984 AUSTRALIAN TOUR

Robert Icke and Duncan McMillan’s production of George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece 1984 will tour Australia in 2017. The Olivier Award nominated production has been seen by over 400,000 people worldwide and will play major seasons in Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Perth over a four month period.
The critically acclaimed production, adapted and directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, and produced by Headlong, the Almeida Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse, has been a theatrical phenomenon, with three hugely successful seasons in the West End, extensive UK and US touring and international festival appearances, including a sold-out season at the 2015 Melbourne Festival.

The Australian tour of 1984 will feature a new Australian cast under the direction of Australian Associate Director Corey McMahon who worked with Robert Icke on the most recent West End season. The production is spearheaded by Ambassador Theatre Group, GWB Entertainment and State Theatre Company South Australia and involves partnerships with the Adelaide Festival Centre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Sydney Theatre Company, Canberra Theatre Centre and Perth Theatre Trust.

1984 is designed by Chloe Lamford, with lighting by Natasha Chivers, sound by Tom Gibbons and video by Tim Reid. The cast includes: Paul Blackwell, Terence Crawford, Renato Musolino, Yalin Ozucelik and Fiona Press.

Set in a world where an invasive government keeps a malevolently watchful eye on its citizens, this radical and richly praised staging explores surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever. It is a timely reminder of the dangers posed by the digital age and society’s subconscious cooperation in the invasion of our own privacy.

1984 received a nomination for Best New Play at the Olivier Awards, and won a UK Theatre Award for Best Direction. Published in 1949, 1984 is one of the most influential novels of all time, with its depiction of perpetual war, pervasive government tracking, mind control and the corruption of language and history. Its ideas have become our ideas, and Orwell’s fiction is often said to be our reality. Many of the terms coined by Orwell in the book have entered the English language, with the entity of Big Brother becoming one of the most iconic literary inventions and potent symbols of the 20th century. Even the recent US Presidential campaign evoked the legacy of the book when US Senator Bernie Sanders warned of an “Orwellian future” when responding to the rise of Wikileaks and the release of classified NSA files by Edward Snowden.

ASPEN WILL CONTINUE ITS PRINCIPAL PARTNERSHIP FOR FOUR YEARS, BUILDING TOWARDS A DECADE AS THE ALMEIDA’S MOST SIGNIFICANT CORPORATE SUPPORTER

The Almeida has announced that Aspen will continue its Principal Partnership as the Almeida’s most significant corporate supporter for another four years. Aspen was established in 2002 and is a leading global insurance and reinsurance company. This will be the third term of Principal Partnership between Aspen and the Almeida.
Rupert Goold said: “The Almeida is incredibly grateful to Aspen for this fantastic commitment of significant long term support. Aspen’s Principal Partnership enables us to programme bold and ambitious projects and to nurture the next generation of artists and new plays to their full potential. In Aspen we have found a likeminded partner that it’s a pleasure to work with. A decade of partnership is a real cause for celebration.”

ALMEIDA LISTINGS INFORMATION

Friday 17 February – Saturday 8 April

HAMLET

by William Shakespeare

directed by Robert Icke

Press night: Tuesday 28 February, 7pm

Sunday 19 and Sunday 26 March

RE-MEMBER ME

A Dickie Beau show
devised and performed by Dickie Beau

directed by Jan-willem van den Bosch

Monday 24 April – Saturday 10 June

THE TREATMENT

by Martin Crimp

directed by Lyndsey Turner

Press night: Friday 28 April, 7pm

Saturday 17 June – Saturday 5 August

INK

by James Graham

directed by Rupert Goold

Press night: Tuesday 27 June, 7pm

Saturday 12 August – Saturday 30 September

AGAINST

by Christopher Shinn

directed by Ian Rickson

Press night: Friday 18 August, 7pm