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Almeida Theatre: World Premiere of The Doctor announced

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The Almeida Theatre today announced a new play written and directed by Robert Icke called The Doctor, freely adapted from Arthur Schnitzler’s 1912 play Professor Bernhardi.

 The production opens on Tuesday 20 August, with previews from Monday 12 August, and runs until Saturday 28 September. It will feature Juliet Stevenson and Ria Zmitrowicz, with further casting to be announced soon.

The production follows Icke’s other acclaimed work at the Almeida including, most recently, The Wild Duck in 2018 as well as Hamlet, Mary StuartOresteiaUncle VanyaMr Burns and 1984. It will be Icke’s final production in his role as Associate Director of the Almeida as he departs to pursue freelance projects.

Artistic Director Rupert Goold said today, “Robert’s contribution to the Almeida is immeasurable. His emergence from our time working together at Headlong to international renown through his work for this theatre has been a privilege to be part of. He has been a friend and a visionary and we wish him well on the next stage of his artistic journey and look forward to him making other Almeida productions in the future.”

Robert Icke said, “The Doctor will be my final show in my role as Almeida Associate Director. I’ve had a fantastic six years here, but it’s become impossible to give the building the attention it deserves alongside my other work for theatre and for the screen. I’m grateful to all my supportive and talented colleagues over that time, on stage and off, including so many wonderful actors, and to all of the wider Almeida team, some of whom I first met as an Almeida assistant director a decade ago. I look forward to returning in the future.”

World Premiere

THE DOCTOR

very freely adapted from Professor Bernhardi by Arthur Schnitzler

by Robert Icke

Design: Hildegard Bechtler; Light: Natasha Chivers; Sound: Tom Gibbons

Casting: Julia Horan

 Cast includes: Juliet Stevenson, Ria Zmitrowicz.

Monday 12 August – Saturday 28 September 2019

Press night: Tuesday 20 August 7pm

 First, do no harm. 

doctor

(noun) one who mends or repairs; in popular current use, applied to any medical practitioner. Also a traditional healer or diviner.

(verb) to treat so as to alter the appearance or character of; to falsify, tamper with, disguise.

Almeida Associate Director Robert Icke and Juliet Stevenson reunite at the Almeida for their third collaboration, following Mary Stuart and Hamlet. 

Almeida Theatre: Initial casting announced for The Hunt

The Hunt initial casting
The Hunt initial casting

The Hunt initial casting

We are a small community. The happiness of our children is everything. Our hopes and dreams rest in these tiny souls.

 In a small town in northern Denmark, the children celebrate Harvest Festival.

In the forest by the water the men of the lodge stand naked in the cold. This is their country. This is their song.

In the shadows a lonely child gives a strange man her heart.

The hunt begins.

Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold directs The Hunt by David Farr (The Night ManagerSpooks), based on the critically acclaimed Danish film thriller Jagten, by Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm.

The cast includes: Michele AustinDanny KirraneTobias Menzies and Howard Ward, with further casting to be announced soon.

Also announced today is Botis Seva as Movement Director. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Far From The Norm, a dance collective renowned for experimenting with hip hop form whilst tackling socio-political concerns. Seva’s show BLKDOG which ran at Sadler’s Wells in 2018 has been nominated for Best New Dance Production at the Olivier Awards.

Rupert Goold is the Almeida’s Artistic Director where he has previously directed Shipwreck Albion, Ink (also West End and Broadway), Richard III (broadcast live to cinemas around the world), MedeaThe Merchant of Venice, King Charles III (West End, Broadway, UK and international tour) and American Psycho (also Broadway). 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 (West End); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Almeida); Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre, West End and Broadway) and No Man’s Land (The Gate, Dublin and 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 nominatedRichard II, part of The Hollow Crown; Macbeth for the BBC; feature film True Story starring James Franco and Jonah Hill; a television adaptation of his production of Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III for BBC Two, and the forthcoming feature film Judy. He was awarded a CBE for services to drama in 2017.

David Farr’s plays include The Heart of Robin Hood, The UN Inspector, and adaptations of The Odyssey and Kafka’s Metamorphosis. His writing for television includes an episode of Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams (also director); The Night ManagerSpooks and the forthcoming series Hanna, based on his 2011 film of the same name. His film writing work includes Hanna and The Ones Below (also director).  He has previously been Artistic Director at the Gate Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and he was also Associate Director at the RSC where he directed several Shakespeare plays and Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming.

Almeida Theatre announces full casting for Three Sisters

Three Sisters. Patsy Ferran, Pearl Chanda and Ria Zmitrowicz. Photo - Nadav Kander.
Three Sisters. Patsy Ferran, Pearl Chanda and Ria Zmitrowicz. Photo - Nadav Kander.

Three Sisters. Patsy Ferran, Pearl Chanda and Ria Zmitrowicz. Photo – Nadav Kander.

Do you ever wonder what would happen if we could live our lives all over again but be fully conscious of it the second time? 

 I bet we’d try to do everything differently, or at least would know to create a different world for ourselves.

In a room in a house in a provincial town, three sisters wait for their lives to begin.
Olga, the eldest. Masha, the middle child. Irina, the youngest.

The clock strikes. A candle is lit.
The clock stops. Something catches fire.
The clock strikes. They wake up.

Following her critically acclaimed production of Summer and Smoke, Almeida Associate Director Rebecca Frecknall directs Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, in a new adaptation by Cordelia Lynn (One For SorrowLela & Co).

Joining the previously announced Pearl Chanda and Patsy Ferran are Lois ChimimbaAlexander ElliotAnnie FirbankElliot LeveyEric MacLennanFreddie MeredithPeter McDonaldSonny Poon TipShubham SarafAkshay SharanAlan Williams and Ria Zmitrowicz.

Rebecca Frecknall is Associate Director at the Almeida Theatre and was previously on the Almeida’s Resident Director programme. For the Almeida, she previously directed Summer and Smoke (transferred to the Duke of York’s Theatre) and worked as Resident Director on Ink at the Almeida/Duke of York’s Theatre and Movement Director on Albion. Her production of Steel by Chris Bush ran in the Sheffield Crucible Studio in 2018.  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 IdomeneusWhat Are They Like?, Educating Rita (for Durham Gala) and Julie by Zinnie Harris. Before taking up this role, she 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.

Cordelia Lynn’s plays include One For SorrowBest Served ColdLela & CoBelievers Anonymous and After The War. Her opera writing credits include Miranda and other vocal work includes HeaveThe White Princess and you’ll drown dear.  She was the recipient of the Harold Pinter Commission 2017.

Almeida Young Company show Cacophony transfers to Yard Theatre

Almeida Theatre

The Almeida Theatre today announced the transfer of its Young Company Show, Cacophony, after a successful, sold-out run at the Almeida in July.

 The Almeida Young Company returns to present Cacophony at The Yard Theatre in February 2019. The production was created by Molly Taylor and the 18-25 year old company, inspired by ideas in Jon Ronson’s book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.

The production has a limited run of four performances at The Yard Theatre from 19 – 22 February 2019.

 CACOPHONY

By Molly Taylor and the Almeida Young Company (18-25)

Direction: Michael Bryher; Design: Khadija Raza

Sound Design: George Lumkin; Lighting Design: Katie Nicoll

Assistant Director: Germma Orleans-Thompson

Yard Theatre

Tuesday 19 – Friday 22 February 2019

Press Night: Wednesday 20 February 8pm

When public shamings are delivered like remotely administered drone strikes nobody need think about how ferocious our collective power might be. The snowflake never needs to feel responsible for the avalanche.” Jon Ronson

Created by the Almeida Young Company and written by Molly Taylor, Cacophony tells the story of a young woman’s rise to fame after speaking up at a protest outside a controversial rape trial.

Weaving a complex web of fame and shame, Cacophony explores the power social media has to liberate brave new voices and, just as quickly, bring them crashing to earth. Inspired by the ideas in Jon Ronson’s book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.

 Molly Taylor is a playwright and theatre-maker. Recent projects include Shell and Davey at the Start and the End (VAULT Festival), See Me Now (Young Vic), And Yet It Moves (Young Vic Taking Part), The Neighbourhood Project (Bush Theatre). Her one-woman show Love Letters to the Public Transport System was produced by the National Theatre of Scotland and won the Adelaide Critics Circle Award 2018. In August she presented a new piece, Extinguished Things, at Summerhall for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018.

 Michael Bryher is a theatre maker, director and facilitator. He trained at LAMDA and has worked as an actor for companies including Kneehigh, The RSC, and dreamthinkspeak. In 2013 he was a finalist for the JMK award. He also runs Dumbshow, and over the last seven years has toured his work nationally and internationally. His production of Humbug! The Hedgehog Who Couldn’t Sleep is currently running at Nuffield Southampton Theatres. He has recently edited a volume of auditions monologues for young people for Nick Hern Books.

 Performed by members of the original cast.

 Tickets now on sale.

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:

  • Simon Russell Beale takes the title role in Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of King Richard the Second, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins. 
  • For the first time, the Almeida collaborates with National Theatre Live to broadcast The Tragedy of King Richard the Second on Tuesday 15 January 2019 to cinemas in the UK and internationally. 
  • The world premiere of Shipwreck, a new play by Anne Washburn, directed by Rupert Goold.
  • Almeida Associate Director Rebecca Frecknall and Patsy Ferran reunite, following Summer and Smoke, for Chekhov’sThree Sisters, in a new version by Cordelia Lynn.
  • Almeida For Free, the annual free festival for 25s and under, to take place during the run of Three Sisters, following the success of previous festivals during Hamlet and Summer and Smoke.
  • The world premiere stage adaptation of Thomas Vinterberg’s acclaimed filmThe Hunt, adapted by David Farr and directed by Rupert Goold.
  • Tinuke Craig directs a new version of Maxim Gorky’sVassa, adapted by Mike Bartlett.
  • Also announced today, the Almeida’s new Youth Advisory Board, a group of young people aged between 18-25 who will advise on key areas of the company’s work.

Rupert Goold said, “It is incredibly exciting to be announcing this slate of work today, featuring artists new to the theatre, alongside names more familiar to the Almeida. The season begins with two plays which explore the seduction of power, one written at the end of the 16th century about an English king and one hot-off-the-press digging into the current American political culture. The former sees director Joe Hill-Gibbins return to the theatre, following his compelling production of Little Revolution in 2014, alongside Simon Russell Beale, who played Macbeth here in 2005, in a role that has been waiting for him. The latter brings the fearlessly original Anne Washburn back to the Almeida after Mr Burns and The Twilight Zone.

“Next up, we are thrilled to be reuniting Rebecca Frecknall and Patsy Ferran, following their sensational production of Summer and Smoke earlier this year (and soon to open in the West End), for a new version of Three Sisters written by Cordelia Lynn. The show also will see the return of our annual, essential Almeida For Free festival. The two previous festivals, during Summer and Smoke and Hamlet, saw 2300 people aged 25 and under attend a performance for free, and we can’t wait to throw open the theatre doors again to young people for a programme free performances, talks and masterclasses.

“15 years after Festen, one of the Almeida’s most celebrated shows, Thomas Vinterberg’s work returns to the theatre with The Hunt adapted by David Farr from Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm’s 2012 film, Jagten, a terrifying examination of accusation and denial in a world premiere for the stage.

“And concluding the season, we are delighted to welcome exciting director Tinuke Craig to the theatre for the first time to work with Mike Bartlett on a new version of Gorky’s darkly comic, family drama Vassa.

“Alongside our work here at the theatre, Summer and Smoke opens at the Duke of York’s Theatre in November and Spring 2019 will see our production of James Graham’s Ink head across the pond.

“It’s also fantastic to be able to announce our new Youth Advisory Board – a group of fiercely intelligent, talented young people who will be offering thoughts, suggestions and guidance to the Almeida management team on all aspects of the theatre’s operation.”

 THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD THE SECOND

by William Shakespeare

Direction: Joe Hill-Gibbins; Design: Ultz

Monday 10 December 2018 – Saturday 2 February 2019

Press night: Tuesday 18 December 7pm

NT Live screening: Tuesday 15 January 2019 (tickets go on sale from Monday 22 October)

Cast includes: Simon Russell Beale.

King. The male ruler of an independent state; one who inherits the position by right of birth.

King of the castle. A children’s game in which each child attempts to stand alone on a mound, or sandcastle, by pushing other children off it.

Simon Russell Beale plays King Richard II in a new production about the limits of power, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins (Little RevolutionAbsolute Hell).

Joe Hill-Gibbins previously directed Little Revolution for the Almeida Theatre. His other credits include Absolute Hell and Edward II (National Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s DreamMeasure for MeasureThe ChangelingThe Glass MenagerieThe Beauty Queen of LeenaneA Respectable Wedding (Young Vic); The Girlfriend Experience (Young Vic and Royal Court/Drum Theatre Plymouth); BlissThe Family Plays and A Girl in a Car with a Man(Royal Court); The Fever (Theatre 503 in association with the Young Vic) and A Thought in Three Acts (BAC). He was previously Associate Director at the Young Vic and Deputy Artistic Director at the Royal Court.

Simon Russell Beale returns to the Almeida for the first time since Macbeth in 2005. His theatre credits include The Lehman TrilogyKing LearTimon of AthensCollaboratorsLondon AssuranceLandscapeMajor BarbaraMuch Ado About NothingThe AlchemistLife of GalileoHamletOthelloRichard III (National Theatre); The Tempest (RSC); Temple (Donmar Warehouse); Privates on Pirade (Michael Grandage Company/Noel Coward Theatre); The Hothouse (Jamie Lloyd Company/Trafalgar Studios); The Cherry Orchard and The Winter’s Tale (Old Vic/Brooklyn Academy/world tour). His television work includes Penny DreadfulThe Hollow Crown (Henry IV Parts 1 and 2; Henry V)Spooks and forthcoming Vanity Fair. For film, his work includes The Death of StalinThe Legend of TarzanInto the WoodsMy Week with MarilynDeep Blue Sea and the forthcoming Radioactive.

World Premiere

SHIPWRECK

by Anne Washburn

Direction: Rupert Goold; Design: Miriam Buether

Monday 11 February – Saturday 30 March 2019

Press night: Tuesday 19 February 7pm

From across the room I saw the President, torchlight playing across his visage.

And the violins began, and the low rumble of the timpani.

I screamed. I ran.

An old farmhouse upstate. Snow is falling. Mountains are falling. Something is breaking apart.

You are formally invited to dinner with the 45th president of the United States.

Anne Washburn (The Twilight Zone, Mr Burns) returns to the Almeida with a sinister and sensational new play, directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold.

Anne Washburn’s world premiere adaptation of The Twilight Zone ran at the Almeida in 2017/18 and her play Mr Burns: A Post Electric Play received its European premiere at the Almeida in 2014Other plays include 10 out of 12 (Premiere: at Soho Rep, NYC), Antlia Pneumatica (Premiere: Playwrights Horizons, NYC), The Communist Dracula Pageant (Premiere: ART, Boston), A Devil at Noon (Premiere: Actors Theater of Louisville, Kentucky), I Have Loved Strangers (Premiere: Clubbed Thumb Summerworks, NYC), The Internationalist (Premiere: 13P, NYC), The Ladies (Premiere: The Civilians, NYC), Little Bunny Foo Foo (Premiere: Actors Theater of Louisville, Kentucky), The Small (Premiere: Clubbed Thumb Summerworks, NYC), and transadaptations of Euripides’ Orestes (Premiere: The Folger, Washington D.C.), and Iphigenia In Aulis (Premiere: Classic Stage Company, NYC). Awards include a Guggenheim, an Alpert, and a Laura Pels for an artist in mid-career. She is an associated artist with The Civilians, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, and is an alumna of New Dramatists and 13P.

Rupert Goold is the Almeida’s Artistic Director where he has previously directed AlbionInk (transferred to the West End), Richard III (broadcast live to cinemas around the world), MedeaThe Merchant of Venice, King Charles III (West End, Broadway, UK and international tour) and American Psycho (also Broadway). 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 (West End); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Almeida); Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre, West End and Broadway) and No Man’s Land (The Gate, Dublin and 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;Macbeth for the BBC; feature film True Story starring James Franco and Jonah Hill; a television adaptation of his production of Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III for BBC Two, and the forthcoming feature film Judy. He was awarded a CBE for services to drama in 2017.

THREE SISTERS

by Anton Chekhov

in a version by Cordelia Lynn

Direction: Rebecca Frecknall; Design: Hildegard Bechtler

Monday 8 April – Saturday 1 June 2019

Press night: Tuesday 16 April 7pm

Almeida For Free festival: during week commencing 27 May

Cast includes: Patsy Ferran, Pearl Chanda.

We have no happiness and it doesn’t exist, we only desire it.

  1. Moscow.

In a drawing room, on a summer day, three sisters look for a new start.

Olga, the eldest. Masha, the middle child. Irina, the youngest.

  1. London.

In a drawing room, on a summer day, three sisters look for a new start.

Olga, the eldest. Masha, the middle child. Irina, the youngest.

The clock strikes. Life is not yet over.

Following her critically acclaimed production of Summer and Smoke, Almeida Associate Director Rebecca Frecknall directs Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, in a new adaptation by Cordelia Lynn (One for SorrowLela & Co).

Rebecca Frecknall is Associate Director at the Almeida Theatre and was previously on the Almeida’s Resident Director Scheme supported by the Eranda Rothschild Foundation. For the Almeida, she previously directed Summer and Smoke (transferring to the West End in November 2018) and worked as Resident Director on Ink at the Almeida/Duke of York’s Theatre and Movement Director on Albion. Her production of Steel by Chris Bush has just opened in the Sheffield Crucible Studio.  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 IdomeneusWhat Are They Like?, Educating Rita (for Durham Gala) and Julie by Zinnie Harris. Before taking up this role, she 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.

Cordelia Lynn’s plays include One For SorrowBest Served ColdLela & CoBelievers Anonymous and After The War. Her opera writing credits include Miranda and other vocal work includes HeaveThe White Princess and you’ll drown dear.  She was the recipient of the Harold Pinter Commission 2017.

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

Pearl Chanda previously appeared at the Almeida in Ink (also West End). Her other credits include One For Sorrow (Royal Court); Julie (Northern Stage Theatre); The Glass Menagerie (Nuffield Southampton Theatres); The Angry Brigade (Bush Theatre); Crave and 4.48 Psychosis (Sheffield Theatres); The Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC); Godchild (Hampstead Theatre); and The Seagull (Headlong Theatre). Her television credits include Motherland; Endeavour and Arthur and George. For film, her work includes The Final Haunting and Mr Turner. 

World Premiere

THE HUNT

by Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm

adapted by David Farr

Direction: Rupert Goold

Monday 17 June – Saturday 3 August 2019

Press night: Wednesday 26 June 7pm

 We are a small community. The happiness of our children is everything. Our hopes and dreams rest in these tiny souls. 

In a small town in northern Denmark, the children celebrate Harvest Festival.

In the forest by the water the men of the lodge stand naked in the cold. This is their country. This is their song.

In the shadows a lonely child gives a strange man her heart.

The hunt begins.

Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold directs The Hunt by David Farr (The Night ManagerSpooks), based on the critically acclaimed Danish film thriller Jagten, by Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm. 

David Farr’s plays include The Heart of Robin Hood, The UN Inspector, and adaptations of The Odyssey and Kafka’s Metamorphosis. His writing for television includes an episode of Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams (also director); The Night ManagerSpooks and the forthcoming series Hanna, based on his 2011 film of the same name. His film writing work includes Hanna and The Ones Below (also director).  He has previously been Artistic Director at the Gate Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and he was also Associate Director at the RSC where he directed several Shakespeare plays and Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming.

 VASSA

by Maxim Gorky

adapted by Mike Bartlett

Direction: Tinuke Craig

Monday 7 October – Saturday 23 November 2019

Press night: Tuesday 15 October 7pm

There are no miracles in this world. Only those we make for ourselves.

It’s 8am and a revolt is underway.

The father is dying. The son is spying. The wife is cheating. The uncle is stealing. The mother is scheming. The dynasty is crumbling.

One house. One fortune. One victor.

Tinuke Craig (Genesis Future Directors Award, Random/Generations) makes her Almeida debut with a new production of Maxim Gorky’s savagely funny play, adapted by multi award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett (AlbionKing Charles III).

Tinuke Craig’s directing work includes Random/Generations (Chichester Festival Theatre); I Call My Brothers (Gate Theatre) and dirty butterfly (Young Vic). As an Assistant/Associate director, her credits include wonder.land (National Theatre); Hamlet and All’s Well That Ends Well (RSC) and The Changeling (Young Vic). She was the Gate Theatre’s Associate Director from 2015-2016. In 2014 she was the winner of the Genesis Future Director Award. She is an Associate Artist of HighTide, a selector for the National Student Drama Festival, an Associate of the National Youth Theatre, and an Education Associate Practitioner at the RSC. She also regularly directs at Mountview, RADA and LAMDA.

 Mike Bartlett’s plays for the Almeida include AlbionGame and the multi-award winning King Charles III (Olivier Award – Best New Play) which premiered at the Almeida before West End and Broadway transfers, a UK and international tour. His television adaptation of the play was broadcast on BBC in 2017. Other plays include WildAn Intervention; Bull (won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre); an adaptation of MedeaChariots of Fire13Decade (co-writer); Earthquakes in LondonLove, Love, LoveCock (Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre), Contractions and My Child Artefacts. His writing for television includes PressTraumaDoctor Foster and King Charles III.

Full cast announced for The Wild Duck in a new version by Robert Icke

The Wild Duck
The Wild Duck

The Wild Duck

The Almeida Theatre today announced the full cast for The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen, in a new version created by Almeida Associate Director Robert Icke.

 THE WILD DUCK

after Henrik Ibsen

in a new version created by Robert Icke

Design: Bunny Christie; Light: Elliot Griggs

Sound: Tom Gibbons; Casting: Julia Horan

Monday 15 October – Saturday 1 December 2018

Press night: Tuesday 23 October 7pm

 verb. to duck

  1. a quick lowering of the head (to avoid a blow or so as not to be seen)
  2. depart quickly
  3. avoid

 noun. wild duck (more commonly known as mallard duck or anas platyrhynchos) – an undomesticated duck.

 note. Due to its beautiful feathers, the mallard duck is one of the most popular ducks for hunters. When injured or threatened, ducks have been alleged to commit suicide, by diving to the bottom of the water, never returning to the surface.

Almeida Associate Director Robert Icke stages a new version of The Wild Duck, Ibsen’s masterpiece about the nature of truth.

Cast: Nicholas DayGrace DohertyNicholas FarrellAndrea Hall, Kevin HarveyEdward HoggLyndsey Marshal, Clara Read and Rick Warden.

Henrik Ibsen (1828 – 1906) was a Norwegian playwright, director and poet. His plays include Hedda GablerA Doll’s HouseGhostsPeer GyntThe Lady from the SeaThe Master BuilderEmperor and Galilean and Little Eyolf.

 Robert Icke is Associate Director at the Almeida where his work includes adapting and directing Mary Stuart (also West End), Uncle VanyaOresteia (also West End) and 1984 (co-created with Duncan Macmillan, also Broadway, West End, national and international tours). As director, his other Almeida productions include Hamlet (also West End and BBC2), The Fever, and Mr Burns. Elsewhere, his recent work includes a new adaptation of Oedipus (Toneelgroep Amsterdam) and his future work includes The Crucible (Theater Basel) and Oresteia (Schauspiel Stuttgart). His other credits include Boys and Romeo and Juliet (Headlong). He has won the UK Theatre Award, the Critics’ Circle Award and the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Director, and is the youngest ever winner of the Olivier Award for Best Director.

The Wild Duck is supported by the Ruddock Foundation for the Arts.

 

Almeida Theatre: The Wild Duck in a new version created by Robert Icke

Almeida Theatre
Almeida Theatre

Almeida Theatre

The Almeida Theatre today announced a new production of Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck, in a new version created by Almeida Associate Director Robert Icke.

It is Icke’s first show at the Almeida since Hamlet in 2017 and follows his previously acclaimed productions of Mary StuartOresteiaUncle VanyaMr Burns and 1984. It opens on Tuesday 23 October, with previews from Monday 15 October, and runs until Saturday 1 December. Casting to be announced.

Also announced today is a one-day Almeida For Free festival taking place on Saturday 27 October, following the previous success of Almeida For Free during the runs of Summer and Smoke and Hamlet. The event includes a matinee performance made exclusively free to 25s and under, a Q&A with Robert Icke and workshops run by theatre practitioners. Full details to be announced soon.

THE WILD DUCK

after Henrik Ibsen

in a new version created by Robert Icke

Design: Bunny Christie; Light: Elliot Griggs

Sound: Tom Gibbons; Casting: Julia Horan

Monday 15 October – Saturday 1 December 2018

Press night: Tuesday 23 October 7pm

verb. to duck

  1. a quick lowering of the head (to avoid a blow or so as not to be seen)
  2. depart quickly
  3. avoid

noun. wild duck (more commonly known as mallard duck or anas platyrhynchos) – an undomesticated duck.

note. Due to its beautiful feathers, the mallard duck is one of the most popular ducks for hunters. When injured or threatened, ducks have been alleged to commit suicide, by diving to the bottom of the water, never returning to the surface.

Almeida Associate Director Robert Icke stages a new version of The Wild Duck, Ibsen’s masterpiece about the nature of truth.

Henrik Ibsen (1828 – 1906) was a Norwegian playwright, director and poet. His plays include Hedda GablerA Doll’s HouseGhostsPeer GyntThe Lady from the SeaThe Master BuilderEmperor and Galilean and Little Eyolf.

Robert Icke is Associate Director at the Almeida where his work includes adapting and directing Mary Stuart (also West End), Uncle VanyaOresteia (also West End) and 1984 (co-created with Duncan Macmillan, also Broadway, West End, national and international tours). As director, his other Almeida productions include Hamlet (also West End and BBC2), The Fever, and Mr Burns. Elsewhere, his recent work includes a new adaptation of Oedipus (Toneelgroep Amsterdam) and his future work includes The Crucible (Theater Basel) and Oresteia (Schauspiel Stuttgart). His other credits include Boys and Romeo and Juliet (Headlong). He has won the UK Theatre Award, the Critics’ Circle Award and the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Director, and is the youngest ever winner of the Olivier Award for Best Director.

ALMEIDA LISTINGS INFORMATION

Monday 15 October – Saturday 1 December 2018

The Wild Duck
after Henrik Ibsen

in a new version created by Robert Icke

Press night: Tuesday 23 October 7pm

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

Café Bar                     The Almeida Café Bar is open from 11.00am -11.00pm, Monday to Saturday

Box Office                  Online almeida.co.uk

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

                                    In person 10am – 7.30pm, Monday – Saturday

                                    Nearest Tube: Angel / Highbury & Islington

Website                      almeida.co.uk
Twitter                        @AlmeidaTheatre
Facebook                   facebook.com/almeidatheatre
Instagram                   @almeida_theatre

Access                       Captioned performance:
Tuesday 20 November 7:30pm
                                    Audio Described performance:
Saturday 24 November 2:30pm (Touch Tour at 12.45pm)

Talkback                    Post-show discussion with members of the company

                                    Free to same day ticket holders

                                    Monday 12 November

 

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

                                    Monday 19 November 6pm – Liar Liar

 

 Almeida Theatre: Cast announced for UK premiere of Dance Nation

Bijan Sheibani
Bijan Sheibani

Bijan Sheibani

The Almeida Theatre today announced the full cast for the UK premiere of Clare Barron’s new play Dance Nation, directed by Bijan Sheibani.

“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.

The cast includes Brendan CowellNancy CraneKarla CromeMiranda FosterSarah HadlandKayla MeikleIrfan ShamjiManjinder Virk and Ria Zmitrowicz.

 Clare Barron’s play Dance Nation recently received its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons (NYC) in May 2018. It is the recipient of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and The Relentless Award established in honour of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Her other plays include You Got Older which received an Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Play, and was a Susan Smith Blackburn finalist; I’ll Never Love Again; and Baby Screams Miracle. She is the recipient of a Whiting Award for Drama, the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award at The Vineyard, and the Page 73 Fellowship; and is a member of New Dramatists.

 Bijan Sheibani directs. He previously directed The House of Bernarda Alba and Fixer at the Almeida. His other theatre credits include Circle Mirror Transformation (HOME Manchester); The Brothers Size (Young Vic Theatre); Barber Shop ChroniclesRomeo and JulietA Taste of HoneyEmil and the DetectivesThe Kitchenand Our Class (National Theatre); You Got Older (RADA); Giving (Hampstead Theatre); Moonlight (Donmar Warehouse); Eurydice (ATC and the Young Vic) and Gone Too Far! (Royal Court, Hackney Empire and Albany Theatre – Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre). His opera work includes Tell Me the Truth about Love (Streetwise Opera); Nothing (Glyndebourne) and The Virtues of Things and Through His Teeth (Royal Opera House). He was Associate Director at the National Theatre from 2010-2015 and Artistic Director of ATC from 2007-2010.

The Almeida Theatre announces two new Almeida Young Company shows

Cacophony © Helen Murray
Cacophony © Helen Murray

Cacophony © Helen Murray

Following the success in 2017 of the acclaimed From The Ground Up at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Shoreditch Town Hall, the Almeida Young Company returns to present two new plays, Cacophony by Molly Taylor and the 18-25 year old company, inspired by ideas in Jon Ronson’s book, So You Think You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, and Loki and Cassie: A Love Story by Luke Barnes, featuring the 14-18 year old company.

The two productions run from Thursday 26 – Saturday 28 July in the Almeida Theatre and tickets are now on sale.

CACOPHONY

By Molly Taylor and the Almeida Young Company (18-25)

Direction: Michael Bryher; Design: Khadija Raza

Sound Design: George Lumkin; Lighting Design: Katie Nicoll

Video Design: Robin Fisher; Assistant Director: Germma Orleans-Thompson

Thursday 26 – Saturday 28 July

When public shamings are delivered like remotely administered drone strikes nobody need think about how ferocious our collective power might be. The snowflake never needs to feel responsible for the avalanche.” Jon Ronson

Created by the Almeida Young Company and written by Molly Taylor, Cacophony tells the story of a young woman’s rise to fame after speaking up at a protest outside a controversial rape trial.

Weaving a complex web of fame and shame, Cacophony explores the power social media has to liberate brave new voices and, just as quickly, bring them crashing to earth. Inspired by the ideas in Jon Ronson’s book, So You Think You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.

 Molly Taylor is a playwright and theatre-maker. Recent projects include Shell and Davey at the Start and the End (VAULT Festival), See Me Now (Young Vic), And Yet It Moves (Young Vic Taking Part), The Neighbourhood Project (Bush Theatre). Her one-woman show Love Letters to the Public Transport System was produced by the National Theatre of Scotland and won the Adelaide Critics Circle Award 2018. In August she will be presenting a new piece, Extinguished Things,at Summerhall for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018.

 Performed by members of the Almeida Young Company (18-25): David Bankole, Simeon Blake-Hall, Eddie Boyce-Rogers, Samson Cox-Vinnell, Timothy Dennett, Hannah Donelon, Charlotte Dylan, Annie Hawkins, Tiwalade Ibirogba Olulode, Lao Lee, Lauren McGarvey, Khanyiso Mtwana, Helena Morais, Corey Peterson, Ben Quashie, Ashley Rose and Lucy Shafi.

Loki and Cassie  © Helen Murray

Loki and Cassie © Helen Murray

LOKI AND CASSIE: A LOVE STORY

By Luke Barnes

Direction: Michael Bryher; Design: Khadija Raza; Music: Grace Savage

Sound Design: George Lumkin; Lighting Design: Katie Nicoll

Video Design: Robin Fisher; Assistant Director: Germma Orleans-Thompson

Thursday 26 – Saturday 28 July

 “This is a story about a boy and a girl…or a girl and a boy, depending on how you look at it.”

Loki and Cassie live in an ordinary town. Populated by average people. But they are anything but normal.

When they first meet across the dining-hall sparks begin to fly, starting a fire which threatens to engulf the whole school.

An explosive new play written by Luke Barnes for the Almeida Young Company, with music by Grace Savage, Loki and Cassie: A Love Story, takes an unflinching look at masculinity, teenage relationships and the darkest corners of modern society.

Luke Barnes’s stage credits include All We Ever Wanted Was Everything (Paines Plough Roundabout with Middle Child), No One Will Tell Me How To Start A Revolution (Hampstead Theatre), Bottleneck (Soho Theatre with HighTide), Chapel Street (Bush Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Weekend Rockstars (Battersea Arts Centre and Hull Truck with Middle Child), Ten Storey Love Song (Hull Truck with Middle Child), The Saints (Nuffield Southampton Theatres), The Class (The Unicorn with National Youth Theatre), Eistedfodd (HighTide), A Wondrous Place (Manchester Royal Exchange), The Jumper Factory, Fable and Men In Blue (Young Vic,Taking Part), Lost Boys New Town (National Youth Theatre) and Katie Johnstone (Orange Tree Theatre). For television his work includes Minted in Manchester.

Michael Bryher is a theatre maker, director and facilitator. He trained at LAMDA and has worked as an actor for companies including Kneehigh, The RSC, and dreamthinkspeak. In 2013 he was a finalist for the JMK award. He also runs Dumbshow, and over the last seven years has toured his work nationally and internationally. He has recently edited a volume of auditions monologues for young people for Nick Hern Books, and will be making a Christmas show for the Nuffield Theatre Southampton in 2018.

Performed by members of the Almeida Young Company (14-18): Louis Barras-Hargan, Molly Branston, Kate ButlerArtemas Cowley, Ruth Gracia Balosa, Arianna Granata, Louis Irvine, Jakaya Jenkins, Chelsea Hines Rivera, Darmonelle Johnson, Jake Turner-Chan and Max Wilson.

 

Following a critically acclaimed & sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre Tennessee Williams’ Summer And Smoke transfers to the Duke Of York’s Theatre

Summer of Smoke
Summer of Smoke

Summer of Smoke

The West End transfer of Tennessee Williams’ intoxicating and rarely staged classic, Summer and Smoke, follows a sold-out and critically lauded run at the Almeida Theatre. Directed by the Almeida’s Associate Director Rebecca Frecknall with the full cast reprising their roles for the West End run, this innovative new production of Summer and Smoke has a limited run from 10 November 2018 – 19 January 2019, at the Duke Of York’s Theatre, with press night on Tuesday 20 November at 7pm.

Tickets are priced from £15 (£10 in previews) and 25% of all tickets for the West End transfer of Summer & Smoke will be accessibly priced at £25 and under. This includes a special allocation of tickets per performance made exclusively available for young people (aged 25s and under).

The full cast returning to this production are; Seb Carrington, Nancy Crane, Patsy Ferran, Eric MacLennan, Forbes Masson, Matthew Needham, Tok Stephenand Anjana Vasan.

Summer and Smoke is designed by Tom Scutt, with lighting by Lee Curran, sound by Carolyn Downing, composition by Angus MacRae and casting by Julia Horan. The West End transfer of Summer and Smoke is produced by the Almeida Theatre and Sonia Friedman Productions.

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

 Trapped between desire and a life of obligation, Alma meets John and her world turns upside down. 

 With ‘spellbinding, stripped-back staging’ (Financial Times), this intoxicating classic about love, loneliness and self-destruction evokes the simmering passions of a sweltering summer in small-town Mississippi. 

Tennessee Williams, whose plays include The Glass MenagerieA 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.

Rebecca Frecknall (Director) is Associate Director at the Almeida Theatre and was previously on the Almeida’s Resident Director Scheme supported by the Eranda Rothschild Foundation. She worked as Resident Director on Ink at the Almeida/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 IdomeneusWhat Are They Like?, Educating Rita (for Durham Gala) and Julie by Zinnie Harris. Before taking up this role, she 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.

Seb Carrington plays Archie Kramer. His theatre work includes Ivanov for the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute. His television work includes DoctorsFather Brownand 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 Group, Now or Later, The Sweetest Thing in Baseball and The Strip at the Royal Court; Teddy Ferrara at the Donmar Warehouse; A Lie of The Mind and Next Fallat Southwark Playhouse; The Children’s Hour an the Comedy Theatre; 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; The Girl in a Goldfish Bowl and Six Degrees of Separation at the Crucible Theatre; The Price on UK Tour; Habitat at the Royal Exchange, Manchester; and A Wedding Story at Sphinx. Her television work includes Patrick MelroseBlack Earth RisingGenius; Doctors; Nixon’s The One; Upstairs, Downstairs; Law & Order UK; Cambridge Spies; and Strike Force. For film, her work includes The Current War; Leavey; Megan Leavey; Florence Foster Jenkins; The Danish Girl; Woman in GoldThe Special RelationshipBatman: The Dark KnightThe Road to GuantanamoSky Captain and the World of Tomorrow; and The Machinist.

Patsy Ferran plays Alma. Her theatre credits include My Mum’s A Twat at the Royal Court; 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 Will; Guerrilla; and Jamestown (series regular). Film credits include Darkest Hour; God’s Own Country; Tulip Fever; The National Phobia; Association’s Day Out. She won a Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer in 2014, and was nominated for an Emerging Talent Award at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in 2015.

Eric MacLennan plays Papa Gonzales/Vernon. For theatre his work includes Brave New World1984 at Creation Theatre; A Tale of Two Cities at Chung Ying Theatre; Government Inspector and Annie Get Your Gun at Young Vic; Henry V at Southwark Playhouse; Half-Life at the National Theatre of Scotland; and Cyrano de Bergerac at Manchester Royal Exchange. His television credits include The Night Manager and The Borgias. For film, his work includes Darkest HourRogue One: A Star Wars Story; MindhornAnna 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 Catastrophe; Shetland: Dead WaterDead Boss; No Holes Bard; Monarch of the GlenSupergirly; EastEnders; Young Person’s Guide to Becoming a Rock Star; and The High Life.

Matthew Needham plays John Buchanan. His previous work for the Almeida includes The Twilight Zone and The Treatment. His other theatre credits include Much Ado About Nothing, Imogen, The Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus and The Knight of the Burning Pestle at Shakespeare’s Globe; Henry IV Parts I and 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; Bingoand The Grapes of Wrath for Chichester Festival Theatre; and Shades at the Royal Court. For television, his work includes Endeavour; The Hollow Crown: Part Two; Monroe; and Sherlock. For film, his work includes The Ritual; and Stutterer.

Tok Stephen plays Roger Doremus/Dusty. He recently graduated from RADA and his professional theatre work includes Boudica 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 and Behind The Beautiful at the National Theatre; and Macbeth at Manchester International Festival/Broadway. For television, her work includes Sex Education;  Hang Ups; Ill Behaviour; Black Mirror; Call the Midwife and Fresh Meat. Her film work includes The Children Act; Cinderella; and Jack Ryan.

LISTINGS

SUMMER AND SMOKE

DUKE OF YORK’S THEATRE

WRITTEN BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

DIRECTED BY REBECCA FRECKNALL

10 NOVEMBER 2018 – 19 JANUARY 2019

 General On Sale: Wednesday 13 June

Press Night: Tuesday 20 November 2018 – 7pm

Running Time: Approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes including a 15 minute interval.

Performances:

Monday – Saturday Evenings – 7.30pm

Wednesday and Saturday Matinees – 2.30pm

Ticket Prices: Tickets from £15 (£10 in previews)

25% of tickets £25 and under

25 tickets at £25 for 25s and under at every performance

Address: Duke Of York’s Theatre, St. Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4BG

Box Office: 08448717623*

Group Bookings: 02072061174*

Access Booking Line: 08009126971

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