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 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

*Calls are charged at 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge.

Websitewww.summerandsmoke.co.uk

Twitter: @SummerSmokePlay

#SummerAndSmoke

Almeida Theatre: Full cast announced for Machinal

Emily Berrington photographed by Clara Giaminardi
Emily Berrington photographed by Clara Giaminardi

Emily Berrington photographed by Clara Giaminardi

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

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

The woman revolts.

The cast includes Nathalie ArminEmily BerringtonKhali BestDenise Black, Demetri GoritsasAndrew LewisJonathan LivingstoneJohn MackayAlan MorrisseyKirsty RiderAugustina Seymour and Dwane Walcott.

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

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

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

 CAST BIOGRAPHIES

 Nathalie Armin plays various parts. Her theatre credits include Limehouse at the Donmar Warehouse; Another World: Losing Our Daughters to Islamic State,The Motherf**ker with the HatDara and Behind the Beautiful Forevers at the National Theatre; Arabian Nights and Othello at the RSC and Crazyblackmuthaf**kin’self at the Royal Court. For television her recent credits include MarcellaPhilip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams; Unforgotten and Humans.  Her film work includes Final Score; Denial and Grow Your Own.

 Emily Berrington plays Young Woman. She returns to the Almeida having appeared in Children’s Children.  Her other theatre credits include Dead Funny at the Vaudeville Theatre.  For television, her work includes HumansThe MiniaturistSons of Liberty24Outnumbered and The White Queen.  For film, she has appeared in The HippopotamusThe Inbetweeners 2The Last Showing and The Look of Love.

 Khali Best plays various parts. His theatre credits include Choir Boy at the Royal Court.  His television work includes Eastenders (as series regular Dexter) and for film, his credits include Show Dogs.

Denise Black plays Mother. Her theatre credits include The Cherry Orchard at Sherman Theatre; Winter Hill at Bolton Octagon; Pack at Finborough Theatre; a UK tour of Sister Act; a UK tour of Calendar GirlsSisters at Sheffield Crucible; Aristo at Chichester Festival Theatre; Roots at Royal Exchange Manchester and The Seagull at the Royal Court. Her television work includes series regular roles in Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

 Demetri Goritsas plays various parts. He returns to the Almeida having appeared in Mr Burns. His other theatre credits include Last of the Boys at Southwark Playhouse; The Sweetest Thing in Baseball and Boy Gets Girl at the Royal Court; His Girl FridayA Prayer for Owen Meany and Finding the Sun at the National Theatre. His recent television work includes ModusBlack MirrorA Poet in New YorkNixon’s The OneEpisodes and Twenty Twelve. His recent film credits include The Catcher Was a SpyBorg McEnroePapillonThe Darkest HourSnowdenEverest and Rush.

Andrew Lewis plays various parts. His theatre credits include Network, Deep Blue Sea and Salome at the National Theatre; Henry VI Parts I, II and III and Richard III for the RSC; Buried Child at Trafalgar Studios; Miss Julie at Theatre Royal Haymarket. For television, his work includes Holby City (series regular) and his film credits include The Man with the Iron Heart.

Jonathan Livingstone plays George H Jones. His theatre credits include The Caretaker at the Bristol Old Vic; Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe; Now We Are Here at the Young Vic; Our Country’s GoodTreasure Island and War Horse at the National Theatre; Tis Pity She’s A Whore for Cheek by Jowl andTaming of the Shrew for the RSC. His work for television includes Chewing Gum and his film credits include Still Life.

John Mackay plays various parts. He returns to the Almeida having appeared in Oresteia. His other theatre credits include The Sewing Group at the Royal Court; Wild, Drawing the Line and 55 Days at Hampstead Theatre; Measure for Measure at the Young Vic; Richard III for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory and Little EaglesAnthony and CleopatraKing LearThe Winter’s TaleJulius Caesar and The Grainstore for the RSC. His television work includes Hollow Crown II and The Honourable Woman.

 Alan Morrissey plays various parts. His theatre credits include Beautiful at Aldwych Theatre; I Can’t Sing at the Palladium; Boiling Frogs at Southwark Playhouse; Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe and on European tour; The Seagull Project at Hampstead Theatre; James and the Giant Peach at Bolton Octagon and SolsticeTwelfth Night and As You Like It for the RSC. For film, he appeared in The League of Gentleman’s Apocalypse.

Kirsty Rider plays various parts. Her theatre credits include The Great Wave and St George and the Dragon at the National Theatre and Pride and Prejudiceat Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and on UK tour. Her television work includes Space Pirates.

Augustina Seymour plays various parts. Her theatre credits include Playing for Time at Sheffield Crucible; Hitchcock Blonde at Hull Truck Theatre; The Nutcracker at Nuffield Southampton Theatres and A Doll’s House at Theatre by the Lake.

 Dwane Walcott plays Dick Roe. His theatre credits include One Night in Miami and Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse; Henry V at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre; The Iphigenia Quartet at the Gate Theatre; Hamlet for Sonia Friedman Productions; The Twits at the Royal Court; Titus AndronicusA Mad World, My Masters and Candide for the RSC and Damned by Despair at the National Theatre. His television work includes Into the Badlands and Our Girl. For film, his credits include Mindhorn.

 Almeida Theatre: Figures Of Speech series 3 launched

FOS series 3
FOS series 3

FOS series 3

The Almeida Theatre today launched the third and final series of Figures of Speech, its major digital film project exploring the vitality of speech, the power of performance, and what visionary leadership sounds like.

The first instalment of series three is released today with Andrew Scott delivering American laywer and judge Edith Sampson’s 1965 speech ‘Choose One of Five’ and continues over the next three weeks with films featuring Amanda AbbingtonPearl MackieTobias Menzies and Iwan Rheon. They will perform significant speeches from pioneers, politicians and activists throughout history. The new films continue to examine what leadership means and the power of the spoken word in the 21st century.

 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.

The project launched in May 2017 and the first two series have featured speeches delivered by American politician Harvey Milk spoken by Ian McKellen; Virginia Woolf spoken by Fiona Shaw; Malcolm X spoken by Cush Jumbo; and American aviator Charles Lindbergh spoken by Russell Tovey.

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. The site features guest-authored articles and filmed reactions from performers and audiences of people from local communities with direct connections to the themes explored. To complement the films, inspiring young leaders aged 15 – 25, from Bristol, Manchester, Cardiff and Liverpool, 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. The Participation team will continue to work with young people in these regions offering leadership classes and workshops.

Figures of Speech series one and two have so far received a combined total of a quarter of a million views, both from 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 70,000 views through social media and YouTube. Overall Figures of Speech has reached over a million people through its social channels alone.

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.

Almeida Theatre: Further events announced for Almeida for free – Summer And Smoke

Almeida Theatre
Ned Bennett c

Ned Bennett credit Manuel Harlan

Further events are today announced for Almeida For Free – Summer & Smoke, the Almeida Theatre’s free festival for anyone aged 25 and under taking place from Tuesday 3 – Thursday 5 April.

 Added to the programme are masterclasses from director Ned Bennett, designer Soutra Gilmour, live performances from Summer and Smoke cast member Anjana Vasan and poet Solomon O.B, and a closing night party curated by Gaggle Collective. The events run alongside three performances of Rebecca Frecknall’s production of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke performed entirely for free to 25s and under.

Anjana Vasan

Anjana Vasan

In the lead up to the festival, the Almeida Participation team is running an outreach programme, connecting with local youth organisations and schools to provide workshops, tickets and opportunities to perform on the Almeida stage as part of the Almeida’s commitment to engaging with new audiences.

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

Solomon OB

Solomon OB

Tickets for the newly announced Almeida For Free events go on sale at 5pm on Thursday 15 March.

Also announced today is a day of general public performances of Séance, Darkfield’s unnerving exercise in suspense and surprise, on Friday 6 April. This sits outside of the Almeida For Free festival and the performances are available to anyone (tickets £5).  General public tickets for Séance go on sale at 10am on Tuesday 13 March, alongside tickets for Ontroerend Goed’s £¥€$ (LIES) which runs for three weeks in August.

FULL FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

REBECCA FRECKNALL DIRECTING MASTERCLASS

Tuesday 3 April 12pm-2pm

Workshop led by Rebecca Frecknall, director of Summer and Smoke.

 SO YOU THINK YOU’RE A (FEMALE) DIRECTOR?

Tuesday 3 April 2:30pm-4:30pm

Arts writer Victoria Sadler will be joined by a panel of directors including Rebecca Frecknall, director of Summer and Smoke; Jenny Sealey, Artistic Director of Graeae; theatre and film director Nadia Latif; Róisín McBrinn, Head of Artistic Programme at Clean Break; and Caitlin McLeod, one of the resident directors at the Almeida and Artistic Director of The Coterie. They will talk about what it means to be a female director in the industry today and what the future looks like for female directors. This will be an interactive debate where audience can submit questions in advance.

ACTING MASTERCLASSES

Tuesday 3 April 2:30pm-4:30pm and Thursday 5 April 2:30pm-4:30pm

Led by members of the Summer and Smoke cast, these workshops will look specifically at Tennessee Williams’ text drawing on techniques used in rehearsals.

EMMA FRANKLAND THEATRE-MAKING MASTERCLASS

Tuesday 3 April 4:45pm-6:45pm

Theatre-maker Emma Frankland explores making theatre using yourself and your story.

ANJANA VASAN

Tuesday 3 April 5pm-5:30pm

Summer and Smoke cast member Anjana Vasan performs songs from her debut EP Too Dark For Country.

SÉANCE

Tuesday 3 April 8pm-11pmWednesday 4 April 3:30pm-6:30pm and 8pm-11pmThursday 5 April 3:30pm-6:30pm and 8pm-11pm(Each performance lasts 20 minutes)

A presentation in complete darkness. Proceed with an open mind.

This intense sonic performance from Darkfield explores group psychology and superstition in an unnerving exercise in suspense and surprise.

 DENIM: WORLD TOUR

Tuesday 3 April 10:45pm-11:45pm

Experience DENIM’s unique take on drag as they present a vibrant carousel of twisted pop classics and original songs interspersed with stand-up and sketch comedy.

SOUTRA GILMOUR DESIGN MASTERCLASS

Wednesday 4 April 10am-2pm

An insight into the everyday practicalities of working as a theatre designer.

 REIMAGINING SUMMER AND SMOKE

Wednesday 4 April 2pm-3pm

Three local youth organisations, led by industry directors, present reimaginings of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke.

INUA ELLAMS WRITING MASTERCLASS

Wednesday 4 April 3pm-5pm

Poet, playwright and performer Inua Ellams (writer of The Barber Shop Chronicles) leads this writing workshop exploring his work and process.

ANSWERS BACK: YOUNG, ANXIOUS AND OVER IT

Wednesday 4 April 4pm-5:30pm

A panel of guest speakers discuss everyday pressures and their effects on young people.

KANE HUSBANDS MOVEMENT MASTERCLASS

Wednesday 4 April 5pm-7pm

Artistic Director of physical theatre company The Pappy Show, Kane Husbands leads this masterclass exploring the use of movement in theatre.

 JAYDE ADAMS: JAYDED

Wednesday 4 April 10:45pm-11:45pm

Acclaimed comedian (nominated for 2016 Edinburgh Comedy Best Newcomer Award) is back with a new show about popularity.

LULU RACZKA WRITING MASTERCLASS

Thursday 5 April 10am-12pm

Award-winning playwright Lulu Raczka shares her approach to playwriting in this interactive masterclass.

 BETWEEN THE LINES WITH THE ALMEIDA YOUNG CRITICS

Thursday 5 April 12pm-1:30pm

The Almeida Young Critics deconstruct the alchemy of Summer and Smoke with a panel discussion.

NED BENNETT DIRECTING MASTERCLASS

Thursday 5 April 12:15pm-2:15pm

Workshop led by director Ned Bennett (PomonaAn Octoroon).

SOLOMON O.B.

Thursday 5 April 3:10pm-3:40pm

Poet and artist Solomon O.B. performs a 30 minute set of his original spoken word.

 ALMEIDA YOUNG PRODUCERS: MIND ON THE MIC

Thursday 5 April 4pm-6pm

Two hours of talent, ideas and new work from young artists, curated by the Almeida Young Producers.

GAGGLE PRODUCTION PRESENTS GAH! (GAGGLE AFTER HOURS)

Thursday 5 April 10pm – late

A raucous fusion of live music, flash performance and party hits. Expect everything from the fun to the absurd. Confetti and conga.

So You Think You’re A (Female) Director? will be live subtitled by stage text and the performance of Summer and Smoke on Tuesday 3 April will be both live captioned and audio described.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Saturday 24 February – Saturday 7 April 2018

Summer and Smoke
By Tennessee Williams

Directed by Rebecca Frecknall

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

Café Bar                     The Almeida Café Bar is open from 11.30am -11.00pmMonday to Saturday

Box Office                  Online almeida.co.uk

                                    Phone 020 7359 4404 (10am – 7.30pmMonday – Saturday)

                                    In person 10am – 7.30pmMonday – Saturday

During the week commencing 2 April, the box office hours will be:

                                    Monday 2 April12pm – 7:30pm

                                    Tuesday 3 April10am – 10:45pm

                                    Wednesday 4 April9am – 10:45pm

                                    Thursday 5 April9am – 10:45pm

                                    Friday 6 April 10am – 10:45pm

                                    Saturday 7 April 10am – 7:30pm

                                    Nearest Tube: Angel / Highbury & Islington

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

Full cast announced for World Premiere of Ella Hickson’s The Writer

The Writer
The Writer

The Writer

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

 A young writer challenges the status quo but discovers that creative gain comes at a personal cost.

She wants to change the shape of the world. But a new way of thinking needs a new story.

Joining the previously announced Romola Garai are Michael GouldLara Rossi and Samuel West.

Ella Hickson returns to the Almeida following the success of Oil in 2016 with this exploration of power and patriarchy, directed by Blanche McIntyre.

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

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

ALMEIDA LISTINGS INFORMATION

Saturday 14 April – Saturday 26 May 2018

The Writer
By Ella Hickson

Directed by Blanche McIntyre

Press night: Tuesday 24 April 7pm

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

Café Bar                     The Almeida Café Bar is open from 11.30am -11.00pmMonday to Saturday

Box Office                  Online almeida.co.uk

                                    Phone 020 7359 4404 (10am – 7.30pmMonday – Saturday)

                                    In person 10am – 7.30pmMonday – Saturday

                                    Nearest Tube: Angel / Highbury & Islington

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

 

Access                       Captioned performance:
Saturday 11 May 7:30pm
                                    Audio Described performance:
Saturday 19 May 2.30pm (Touch Tour at 12.45pm)

Talkback                    Post-show discussion with members of the company

                                    Free to same day ticket holders

                                    Thursday 3 May

 

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

Romola Garai
Romola Garai

Romola Garai

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Almeida Theatre: New Season Announced

Rupert Goold
Rupert Goold

Rupert Goold – Artistic Director, Almeida Theatre

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

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

 Also announced today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 World Premiere

THE WRITER

By Ella Hickson

Directed by Blanche McIntyre; Designed by Anna Fleischle

Sound Design by Emma Laxton; Lighting Design by Richard Howell

Saturday 14 April – Saturday 26 May 2018

Press night: Tuesday 24 April 7pm

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

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

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

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

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

MACHINAL

By Sophie Treadwell

Directed by Natalie Abrahami; Designed by Miriam Buether

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

Monday 4 June – Saturday 21 July 2018

Press night: Monday 11 June 7pm

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

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

The woman revolts.

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

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

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

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

 

£¥€$ (LIES)

Tuesday 31 July – Saturday 18 August 2018

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

Script by Joeri SmetAngelo TijssensKarolien De BleserAlexander Devriendt

Directed by Alexander Devriendt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

UK Premiere

DANCE NATION

By Clare Barron

Directed by Bijan Sheibani

Monday 27 August – Saturday 6 October 2018

Press night: Tuesday 4 September 7pm

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

 Somewhere in America, a revolution is coming.

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

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

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

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

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

ALMEIDA FOR FREE – SUMMER AND SMOKE

Tuesday 3 April – Thursday 5 April 2018

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

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

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

RESIDENT DIRECTOR POOL 2018

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

 The cohort for 2018 is:

Piers Black

Or Ben Ezra

Nel Crouch

Floriana Dezou

Matt Hassall

Hannah Joss

Caitlin McLeod

Dervla Toal

Denzel Westley-Sanderson

Joseph Winters

Lucy Wray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CAST BIOGRAPHIES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALMEIDA LISTINGS INFORMATION

Saturday 24 February – Saturday 7 April 2018

Summer and Smoke
By Tennessee Williams

Directed by Rebecca Frecknall

Press night: Wednesday 7 March at 7pm

 

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

 

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

 

Box Office                  Online almeida.co.uk

 

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

 

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

 

                                    Nearest Tube: Angel / Highbury & Islington

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

 

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

 

Talkback                Post-show discussion with members of the company

                                    Free to same day ticket holders

                                  Monday 26 March