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Almeida Theatre: World Premiere of The Doctor announced

Almeida Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

World Premiere

THE DOCTOR

very freely adapted from Professor Bernhardi by Arthur Schnitzler

by Robert Icke

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

Casting: Julia Horan

 Cast includes: Juliet Stevenson, Ria Zmitrowicz.

Monday 12 August – Saturday 28 September 2019

Press night: Tuesday 20 August 7pm

 First, do no harm. 

doctor

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

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

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

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First Look: Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams in Mary Stuart at the Duke of York’s

The Almeida Theatre’s acclaimed production of Robert Icke’s new adaptation of Mary Stuart to open in the West End, with Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams reprising their roles

Two queens. One in power. One in prison. It’s all in the execution.

Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out season at the Almeida in 2016-17, Robert Icke’s new adaptation of Mary Stuart transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End from Saturday 13 January for a limited run. The production will then visit Theatre Royal Bath from Wednesday 4 – Saturday 14 April, Salford Lowry from Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 April and Cambridge Arts Theatre from Monday 23 – Saturday 28 April 2018.

Schiller’s political tragedy takes us behind the scenes of some of British history’s most crucial days. Playing both Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, Juliet Stevenson (Hamlet) and Lia Williams (Oresteia) trade the play’s central roles, decided at each performance by the toss of a coin.

★★★★★ Time Out, Observer, Mail on Sunday, The Stage ★★★★ Sunday Times, The Times, Independent, Evening Standard, Daily Mail

For every performance of Mary Stuart in the West End, 25 top price tickets will be available at £25 for those aged 25 and under. These will be available to buy in person at the Box Office and via the TodayTix app.

Robert Icke previously directed Hamlet, Uncle Vanya, Oresteia, Mr Burns and 1984 for the Almeida and The Red Barn for the National Theatre. Mary Stuart is produced by Fiery Angel (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company – Plays at the Garrick, The 39 Steps) and the Almeida (London Theatre of the year 2016 – Hamlet, Bakkhai, Richard III, American Psycho, King Charles III, Oil and Chimerica).

Juliet Stevenson is one of Britain’s leading actors. She has worked extensively for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Royal Court, winning an Olivier award for her performance as Paulina in Death and The Maiden in 1991. Most recent theatre credits include starring roles in Mary Stuart and Hamlet (both directed by Robert Icke, the latter currently playing in the West End) and of course Beckett’s Happy Days at The Young Vic which played to huge critical acclaim and due to popular demand returned for a second run. Her films include Truly, Madly, Deeply, Bend it Like Beckham, When Did You Last See Your Father, Being Julia, Pierrepoint, Mona Lisa Smile and Diana and Departure. Recent television work includes starring roles in Williams brothers’ thriller One of Us for BBC1 and Sky Living’s supernatural thriller The Enfield Haunting, as well as playing series regulars on two series of Atlantis and The Village. Other television work includes Place of Execution, The Accused, The Hour and White Heat. Upcoming releases include feature film Let Me Go. In addition to her Olivier award, Juliet has been nominated a further four times and is four times BAFTA nominated for her film and television work. She was awarded a CBE in 1999.

Lia Williams most recently appeared in the Almeida’s productions of Mary Stuart and Oresteia (Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress) as well as Harold Pinter’s Celebration. Other theatre credits include The Revengers’ Comedies in the West End (Critics Circle Most Promising Newcomer Award, Olivier Award nomination for Best Comedy Performance), Old Times in the West End, Arcadia and Skylight on Broadway, at the National Theatre and in the West End (Tony and Olivier Award nominations for Best Actress), Earthquakes in London, The Hothouse and Mappa Mundi at the National Theatre, Oleanna, King Lear and My Child at the Royal Court, The Homecoming at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, in the West End and on Broadway, and The Lover and The Collection at the Donmar Warehouse. Her television credits include Strike: Silkworm, The Missing, The Crown, Secret State, Doc Martin, May 33rd (BAFTA nomination for Best Actress), The Russian Bride, Imogen’s Face, A Shot Through the Heart, Flowers of the Forest, Seaforth and Mr Wroe’s Virgins. Film includes The Foreigner, Jonathan Toomey, The King is Alive, Different for Girls, The Fifth Province, Firelight, Dirty Weekend and La Suite Blanche-Neige. As Director, her credits include The Match Box for the Liverpool Playhouse and the Tricycle Theatre and films Feathers, The Stronger (BAFTA nomination for Best Short Film), Dog Alone and the feature documentary Nanabozhung.

Robert Icke is a writer and theatre director. He is currently Associate Director at the Almeida where his work includes adapting and directing Mary Stuart, Uncle Vanya, Oresteia (also West End) and 1984 (co-created with Duncan Macmillan, also Broadway, West End, National and International tours). As director, his productions include Hamlet (starring Andrew Scott, also West End), The Fever, Mr Burns (Almeida), The Red Barn (National Theatre), Boys, Romeo and Juliet, Decade (Headlong, where he was Associate Director until 2013). For Oresteia, Robert won Best Director in the Critics Circle and Evening Standard Theatre Awards in 2015, and the Olivier Award for Best Director in 2016.

Adaptation and direction Robert Icke Set and Costume Design Hildegard Bechtler Lighting Jackie Shemesh Sound Paul Arditti Video Tim Reid Casting Julia Horan CDG

Cast includes: Juliet Stevenson (Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart) and Lia Williams (Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart). Further casting to be announced.

Mary Stuart is presented by Fiery Angel, Almeida Theatre, Gavin Kalin Productions and Howard Panter.

New Shows for 2017 at the Young Vic

Young Vic 2017 Season

Young Vic 2017 Season

• Joe Wright directs Brecht’s Life of Galileo with Brendan Cowell in the title role
• Billie Piper returns to her role in Simon Stone’s Yerma   
• Juliet Stevenson reunites with director Natalie Abrahami in the London premiere of Arthur Kopit’s Wings 
• London premiere for Ramin Gray and David Grieg’s acclaimed production The Suppliant Women featuring a chorus of Waterloo residents 
• In the Maria, two poetic personal stories Taha and Nina – a story about me and Nina Simone, and Edinburgh Festival hit How To Win Against History 

Plus as previously announced:
• Joe Hill-Gibbins’s production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
See Me Now created by Mimi Poskitt, Molly Taylor and a company of performers who have been or are sex workers
• Two Genesis Future Directors Award shows: Chekhov’s The Bear and The Proposal – casting announced today – and Yellowman by Dael Orlandersmith
New Shows for 2017 at the Young Vic

New Shows for 2017 at the Young Vic

Artistic Director David Lan on today’s announcement:  
We want every show we stage to evoke the world on our streets. As life becomes ever more complex and surprising, we look for the best angles from which to watch and intervene.
 
Joe Hill-Gibbins’ ferocious A Midsummer Night’s Dream searches out the darkest caverns beneath Shakespeare’s young masterpiece with some of the finest actors on the UK stage and two great designers from Berlin.
 
Brendan Cowell’s Young Vic debut was opposite Billie Piper in Yerma. Now he plays the genius astronomer in Brecht’s greatest play Life of Galileo. How do you stay true to your hard-won understanding of the nature of reality when Power tells you you’re wrong? Joe Wright directs this timeless play of extreme ideologies and dogma backed by violence. The designs by Lizzie Clachan and 59 Productions promise an out of this world experience. 
 
And Simon Stone’s huge 2016 success Yerma returns with the incomparable Billie Piper. Last time demand went through the roof so we’re thrilled more people will have a chance to catch this once-in-a-lifetime show. 
 
Natalie Abrahami and Juliet Stevenson’s collaboration on Happy Days was so admired that it played two seasons. Now they’re back together with Wings, Arthur Kopit’s extraordinarily poignant and powerful account of an aviatrix in late middle age whose mind, following a stroke, comes apart. Told from within her consciousness, following her journey from trauma towards healing, Wings caused enormous excitement when first seen on Broadway almost 40 years ago. 
 
The Suppliant Women continues our season Horizons, exploring the experience of refugees. 3000 years ago Aeschylus wrote this story about a large number of women, refugees from their destroyed city, as they wait outside a neighboring city, desperate for shelter. David Greig and Ramin Gray’s new version has already had huge success in Edinburgh, Belfast and Newcastle. 
 
In our Maria studio: 
See Me Now began its life as a project run by our Taking Part department in response to our production of Measure for Measure. Now it is a show in its own right created and performed by people who have been or are sex workers. 
 
Taha is the story of the great Palestinian poet Taha Muhammed Ali written and performed by Amer Hlehel, directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi – both of whom have performed many times with us. 
 
Nina – a story about me and Nina Simone created and performed by Josette Bushell-Mingo tells the story of the magnificent musician Nina Simone, linking her life-long struggle within the US Civil Rights movement to the Black Lives Matter movement of today.
 
How To Win Against History was the smash hit of last year’s Edinburgh Festival. We’re delighted to welcome this hilarious musical visit from a great English eccentric. 
 
And in The Clare:
This year the Genesis Future Directors Award gives two outstanding young directors the chance to create their most ambitious show yet. Lucy J Skilbeck brings their unique perspective to two Chekhov shorts The Bear and The Proposal in March and in November Nancy Medina directs the American modern classic Dael Orlandersmith’s Yellowman.  
 

There will be more news of 2017 shows at the Young Vic soon.”

Lucy Woollatt, Executive Director of the Young Vic said: 
“Last year we welcomed almost 150, 000 people to the Young Vic. Sustained funding from Arts Council England as well as box office receipts and philanthropic giving allow us to keep ticket prices low and to offer 10% of seats free to targeted audiences. It also means we can continue to encourage artists to produce bold and exciting work on our three stages and offer a range of opportunities via our wide-reaching participation and directors programs.”
Tickets for the 2017 season go on sale to Friends of the Young Vic at 10.00am today. Public booking opens Wednesday 1 February at 10.00am. Box Office: 0207 922 2922, www.youngvic.org