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


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

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

 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.