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MTC Announces Third Extension for Tony Nominated INK

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Due to popular demand, Manhattan Theatre Club’s Tony Award nominated American premiere of INK, written by Tony nominee James Graham(Labour of Love, Privacy, Finding Neverland) and directed by Tony nominee and Almeida Theatre Artistic Director Rupert Goold (King Charles III) will extend for two more weeks of performances, now playing through Sunday, July 7 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

INK has received six Tony Award nominations including Best PlayBest Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Bertie Carvel), Best Direction of a Play (Rupert Goold), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Bunny Christie), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Neil Austin), and Best Sound Design of a Play (Adam Cork); INK received five OCC nominations including Outstanding New Broadway PlayOutstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Bertie Carvel), Outstanding Director of a Play (Rupert Goold),Outstanding Scenic Design (Play or Musical, Bunny Christie), and Outstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical, Neil Austin).

INK stars Tony nominee and two-time Olivier Award winner Bertie Carvel (reprising his Olivier Award-winning performance as Rupert Murdoch) and Olivier Award winner Jonny Lee Miller as Larry Lamb, the Editor of The Sun.

The cast also features David Wilson Barnes (The Lieutenant of Inishmore), Bill Buell (The History Boys), Andrew Durand (Head Over Heels), Eden Marryshow (Broadway Debut), Colin McPhillamy (The Ferryman), Erin Neufer (Broadway Debut), Kevin Pariseau (Legally Blonde), Rana Roy(Broadway Debut), Michael Siberry (Junk), Robert Stanton (Saint Joan), Tara Summers (The Hard Problem), Ian Bedford (A View From the Bridge), William Connell (A View From the Bridge), Christopher McHale (Oslo), Jessica Naimy (Honeymoon in Vegas), and Daniel Yearwood (Once on This Island).

The creative team for INK includes Bunny Christie (scenic & costume design), Neil Austin (lighting design), Adam Cork (original music & sound design), Jon Driscoll (projection design), Lynne Page (choreographer & movement director), Ben Furey (dialect coach) and Julie McBride (music director).

It’s 1969 London.  The brash young Rupert Murdoch purchases a struggling paper, The Sun, and sets out to make it a must-read smash which will destroy – and ultimately horrify – the competition. He brings on rogue editor Larry Lamb who in turn recruits an unlikely team of underdog reporters. Together, they will go to any lengths for success and the race for the most ink is on! Inspired by real events and a recent hit in London’s West End, James Graham’s electrifying new play comes to Broadway in the exhilarating Almeida Theatre production, directed by Rupert Goold.

INK is produced with the Almeida Theatre and Sonia Friedman Productions.

Lead production support for INK is made possible by a generous grant from The Roy Cockrum Foundation. Additional support provided by Gary L. Churgin, a Producing Fund Partner.

Manhattan Theatre Club Announces Full Casting for the American Premiere of INK

BERTIE CARVEL
BERTIE CARVEL

BERTIE CARVEL

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) have announced the  full casting for the American premiere of INK, written by Olivier Award winner James Graham (Labour of Love, Privacy, Finding Neverland) and directed by two-time Olivier Award winner, Tony and BAFTA Award nominee Almeida Theatre Artistic Director Rupert Goold (King Charles III).

Joining the previously announced Olivier Award winners Bertie Carvel and Jonny Lee Miller are David Wilson Barnes (The Lieutenant of Inishmore), Bill Buell (The History Boys), Andrew Durand (Head Over Heels), Eden Marryshow (Broadway Debut), Colin McPhillamy (The Ferryman), Erin Neufer (Broadway Debut), Kevin Pariseau (Legally Blonde), Rana Roy (Broadway Debut), Michael Siberry(Junk), Robert Stanton (Saint Joan), and Tara Summers (The Hard Problem).

Two-time Olivier Award winner Bertie Carvel (Matilda) will reprise his Olivier Award-winning performance as Rupert Murdoch and Olivier Award winner Jonny Lee Miller (“Elementary,” Frankenstein) will play the editor of The Sun, Larry Lamb.

The creative team for INK includes Bunny Christie (scenic & costume design), Neil Austin (lighting design), Adam Cork (original music & sound design), Jon Driscoll (projection design), Lynne Page(choreographer & movement director), Ben Furey (dialect coach) and Julie McBride (music director).

INK will begin previews Tuesday, April 2 prior to a Wednesday, April 24 opening night at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). Rehearsals begin Tuesday, February 26.

INK earned unanimous raves from London’s top theatre critics, including The Times, Evening Standard, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer, The Independent, Mail on Sunday, The Guardian, Time Out, Daily Express, Daily Mail, City A.M. and The Stage.

It’s 1969 London.  The brash young Rupert Murdoch purchases a struggling paper, The Sun, and sets out to make it a must-read smash which will destroy – and ultimately horrify – the competition. He brings on rogue editor Larry Lamb who in turn recruits an unlikely team of underdog reporters. Together, they will go to any lengths for success and the race for the most ink is on! Inspired by real events and a recent hit in London’s West End, James Graham’s electrifying new play comes to Broadway in the exhilarating Almeida Theatre production, directed by Rupert Goold. In its London run, The Guardian called it “riveting,” and Time Out hailed it as “an incredibly brilliant stunner.”

INK is produced with the Almeida Theatre and Sonia Friedman Productions.

Lead production support for INK is made possible by a generous grant from The Roy Cockrum Foundation. Additional support provided by Gary L. Churgin, a Producing Fund Partner.

TICKETING INFORMATION

Tickets for INK are available at Telecharge.com, by calling 212-239-6200, or by visiting The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office at 261 West 47th Street. Joining MTC’s season of plays is easy! Just visit manhattantheatreclub.com/join, or call the MTC Clubline at 212-399-3050.

For more information and to sign up for MTC’s “30 under 35” program for theatregoers age 35 and under visit https://www.manhattantheatreclub.com/season-tickets/30-under-35/.

Manhattan Theatre Club, under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including 7 Pulitzer Prizes and 23 Tony Awards. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner Cost of Living by Martyna Majok; Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes; August Wilson’s Jitney and The Piano Lesson; Heisenberg by Simon Stephens; The Father by Florian Zeller with translation by Christopher Hampton; Fool For Love by Sam Shepard; Airline Highway by Lisa D’Amour; Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein; Outside Mullingar and Doubt by John Patrick Shanley; The Commons of Pensacola by Amanda Peet; Murder Ballad by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash; The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg; Wit by Margaret Edson; Venus in Fur by David Ives;Good People and Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire; The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez; Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies; Ruined by Lynn Nottage; Proofby David Auburn; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife by Charles Busch; Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally; Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley; and Ain’tMisbehavin’, the Fats Waller musical. For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

 

 Olivier Awards 2018 Winners Announced

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Olivier Awards

Olivier Awards

  • Hamilton Wins 7 awards including Best New Musical with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Orchestrator Alex Lacamoire winning Outstanding Achievement In Music and Giles Terera and Michael Jibson winning Best Actor and Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical respectively
  • The Ferryman wins 3 awards including Best New Play with Sam Mendes winning Best Director and Laura Donnelly winning Best Actress
  • The National Theatre celebrates 5 Awards including Best Revival for Angels In America and Best Musical Revival for Follies with Bryan Cranston winning Best Actor for his role in Network and Denise Gough winning Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Angels In America
  • Shirley Henderson and Sheila Atim win Best Actress in a Musical and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical respectively for Girl From The North Country
  • Bertie Carvel wins Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Ink written by James Graham, who wins best Best New Comedy For Labour Of Love

The winners of the Olivier Awards 2018 with Mastercard, the UK’s most prestigious stage honours, were announced tonight (Sunday 8 April 2018) at London’s Royal Albert Hall hosted by Catherine Tate.  The full list of winners is available below and online at OlivierAwards.com.

This year’s ceremony will be broadcast on ITV tonight at 22:20. It will also broadcast worldwide at the same time, outside the UK, on the Olivier Awards Facebook page.  The Oliviers will broadcast in China via iQiyi on Tuesday 10 April.

New American musical Hamilton collected seven Olivier Awards including Best New Musical with composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire winning Outstanding Achievement in Music.  Giles Terera, who plays the part of Aaron Burr, was named Best Actor in a Musical, with Michael Jibson winning Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for his portrayal of King George III.  The musical, about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, also went on to win Best Lighting Design, Best Sound Design, and Best Theatre Choreographer.

The Ferryman collected three Olivier Awards including Best New Play.  Stage and film director, Sam Mendes, won Best Director with Laura Donnelly winning Best Actress for her role in the Northern Irish drama set during The Troubles.

The National Theatre celebrate five Awards including Best Revival for Angels In America and Best Musical Revival for Follies.  Bryan Cranston won Best Actor for his role in Network and Denise Gough won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Angels In America.  The production is currently playing in New York to great acclaim.

Shirley Henderson and Sheila Atim won Best Actress in a Musical and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical respectively for Girl From The North Country, Conor McPherson’s musical based on the work of Bob Dylan.

Bertie Carvel was named Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Ink, written by James Graham who won Best New Comedy for Labour Of Love.

The Royal Court’s production of Killology won Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre and Dick Whittington won Best Entertainment and Family.

In the dance categories, Best New Dance Production went to Flight Pattern by Crystal Pite for The Royal Ballet at Royal Opera House.  Francesca Velicu won Outstanding Achievement in Dance for her performance in English National Ballet’s production of Pina Bausch’s Le Sacre Du Printemps at Sadler’s Wells.

The Royal Opera House won Best New Opera for Semiramide and Joyce DiDonato and Daniela Barcellona won Outstanding Achievement in Opera for their performances in Semiramide.

David Lan was this year’s recipient of the Special Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution in leading the Young Vic since 2000, his work within the local community around the theatre, and his commitment to internationalism and diversity.

Performances on the night included American musical theatre legend Chita Rivera performing the iconic West Side Story track Somewhere with Andy Karl (Olivier Award 2017 winner for his performance in Groundhog Day), Adam J. Bernard (Olivier Award 2017 winner for his performance in Dreamgirls), and the Arts Educational Schools London Choir, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the production debuting in London.  There was also a unique moment to honour the 50th anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s iconic musical Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with past stars including Jason Donovan and Linzi Hateley, Lee Mead and Preeya Kalidas, and Joe McElderry and Danielle Hope. There were also performances from nominated musicals including: HamiltonEverybody’s Talking About Jamie; Girl From The North Country, Young Frankenstein, Follies and 42nd Street.

Presenters this year included Alexandra Burke, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Anne-Marie Duff,  Beverley Knight, Chita Rivera, Cuba Gooding Jnr, Frank DiLella, Juliet Stevenson, Meera Syal, Mel Giedroyc, Michael Sheen, Ophelia Lovibond, Patti LuPone, Pearl Mackie and Sergei Polunin.

FULL LIST FOR THE OLIVIER AWARDS 2018 WITH MASTERCARD

AMERICAN AIRLINES BEST NEW PLAY

The Ferryman at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre and Gielgud Theatre

BEST NEW COMEDY

Labour Of Love at Noël Coward Theatre

BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION

Flight Pattern by Crystal Pite for The Royal Ballet at Royal Opera House

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE

Francesca Velicu for her performance in English National Ballet’s production of Pina Bausch’s Le Sacre Du Printemps at Sadler’s Wells

BEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY

Dick Whittington at London Palladium

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Vicki Mortimer for Follies at National Theatre – Olivier

DELTA LIVE AWARD FOR BEST SOUND DESIGN

Nevin Steinberg for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Bertie Carvel for Ink at Almeida Theatre and Duke of York’s Theatre

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Denise Gough for Angels In America at National Theatre – Lyttelton

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AFFILIATE THEATRE

Killology at Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court Theatre, a co-production with Sherman Theatre Cardiff

BLUE-I THEATRE TECHNOLOGY AWARD FOR BEST SET DESIGN

Bob Crowley and 59 Productions for An American In Paris at Dominion Theatre

WHITE LIGHT AWARD FOR BEST LIGHTING DESIGN

Howell Binkley for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

BEST ACTOR

Bryan Cranston for Network at National Theatre – Lyttelton

BEST ACTRESS

Laura Donnelly for The Ferryman at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre and Gielgud Theatre

BEST DIRECTOR

Sam Mendes for The Ferryman at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre and Gielgud Theatre

BEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTION

Semiramide at Royal Opera House

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERA

Joyce DiDonato and Daniela Barcellona for their performances in Semiramide at Royal Opera House

BEST REVIVAL

Angels In America at National Theatre – Lyttelton

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC

Hamilton – Composer-Lyricist: Lin-Manuel Miranda; Orchestrator: Alex Lacamoire at Victoria Palace Theatre

BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER

Andy Blankenbuehler for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

MAGIC RADIO BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL

Follies at National Theatre – Olivier

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Michael Jibson for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Sheila Atim for Girl From The North Country at The Old Vic and the Noël Coward Theatre

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Shirley Henderson for Girl From The North Country at The Old Vic and the Noël Coward Theatre

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Giles Terera for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

MASTERCARD BEST NEW MUSICAL

Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

SPECIAL AWARD

David Lan

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

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INK Full Cast

INK Full Cast

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

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

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

★★★★★

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

The Daily Telegraph

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

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

Ink, a new play by James Graham

Duke of York’s Theatre

Saturday 9 September 2017 – Saturday 6 January 2018

Opening night: Tuesday 19 September, 7pm

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

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

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION

Sonia Friedman Productions and the Almeida Theatre

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

Playful Productions

present

The Almeida Theatre production of

Ink

 A New Play by James Graham

Duke of York’s Theatre

St Martin’s Lane

London WC2N 4BG

Box office number: 0844 871 7623

Website: www.inktheplay.com

Dates: Saturday 9 September 2017 – Saturday 6 January 2018

Opening Night: Tuesday 19 September, 7pm

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

Ticket Prices: £10 – £65

Preview ticket prices: £10 – £55

 

 

 

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

Rupert Goold

Rupert Goold

Rupert Goold – Artistic Director, Almeida Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALMEIDA THEATRE  NEW SEASON DETAILS

Almeida Theatre Spring Season 2017

Almeida Theatre Spring Season

Almeida Theatre Spring Season 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE SEASON

Monday 24 April – Saturday 10 June

THE TREATMENT

by Martin Crimp

directed by Lyndsey Turner

Press night: Friday 28 April at 7pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INK

a new play by James Graham

directed by Rupert Goold

Press night: Tuesday 27 June at 7pm

Fleet Street. 1969. The Sun rises.

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

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

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

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

 AGAINST

a new play by Christopher Shinn

directed by Ian Rickson

Press night: Friday 18 August at 7pm

Silicon Valley. The future. A rocket launches.

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

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

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

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

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

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

FIGURES OF SPEECH

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

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

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

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

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

Figures of Speech  on January 20  was Almeida’s third marathon theatre event, following day-long durational readings of The Iliad and The Odyssey in 2015, which inspired audiences of over 50,000 people across the UK and around the world. Anthony Almeida was the Resident Director of the Almeida in 2015 where his work as associate director included: The Odyssey; The Iliad; Oresteia (also West End); and Game. Figures of Speech is funded by a number of generous Almeida Supporters.

Sunday 19 and Sunday 26 March at 6pm

RE-MEMBER ME

A Dickie Beau show devised and performed by Dickie Beau

directed by Jan-willem van den Bosch

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

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

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

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

1984 AUSTRALIAN TOUR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALMEIDA LISTINGS INFORMATION

Friday 17 February – Saturday 8 April

HAMLET

by William Shakespeare

directed by Robert Icke

Press night: Tuesday 28 February, 7pm

Sunday 19 and Sunday 26 March

RE-MEMBER ME

A Dickie Beau show
devised and performed by Dickie Beau

directed by Jan-willem van den Bosch

Monday 24 April – Saturday 10 June

THE TREATMENT

by Martin Crimp

directed by Lyndsey Turner

Press night: Friday 28 April, 7pm

Saturday 17 June – Saturday 5 August

INK

by James Graham

directed by Rupert Goold

Press night: Tuesday 27 June, 7pm

Saturday 12 August – Saturday 30 September

AGAINST

by Christopher Shinn

directed by Ian Rickson

Press night: Friday 18 August, 7pm