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Almeida Theatre: New Socially Distanced Season

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Almeida Theatre Artistic Director Rupert Goold announced a socially distanced season of three world premieres for Christmas 2020 and into 2021:

  • Running over Christmas 2020:

– Nine Lessons and Carols: stories for a long winter – a new production devised by Chris Bush, Rebecca Frecknall and a company of six actors and musicians.

  • Opening in early 2021:

– Hymna new play by Lolita Chakrabarti, featuring acclaimed actors Adrian Lester and Danny Sapani, directed by Blanche McIntyre.

– The Maladies, a new play by Carmen Nasr, performed by the Almeida Young Company, directed by Diyan Zora.

  • Also announced today:

 – Digital screenings of productions.

– The second year of the Genesis Almeida New Playwrights, Big Plays Programme.

– Two recent Almeida productions – Albion and The Duchess of Malfi – made available digitally exclusively for schools.

 Rupert Goold said, “Having gratefully received a grant from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund, we are very pleased to be offering a season of work playing through Christmas and into 2021. The theatre has been reconfigured for social distancing, with a reduced capacity of 120 – about a third of our usual size. Acknowledging the context and timing of our re-opening, we decided that it was imperative to produce new work this winter: to provide employment to staff and freelancers, to welcome our audiences, supporters and local community back into the building, and to reunite our young artist groups. Considerable work has gone into ensuring that the theatre is safe for audiences and more information on those measures can be found on our website. For those audiences who can’t make it to the Almeida, we will also be offering digital screenings for people to watch at home.

“In December, we welcome playwright Chris Bush to the Almeida for the first time to work with our Associate Director Rebecca Frecknall and a company of six actors and musicians to devise a new play titled Nine Lessons and Carols: stories for a long winter. It will reflect on a year of separation and the power of contact.

“After Christmas, we present two world premieres: Carmen Nasr’s The Maladies, about a break-out of unexpected mass hysteria, directed by Diyan Zora and performed by the Almeida Young Company, and Lolita Chakrabarti’s Hymn, a play about masculinity and ambition, featuring two of the UK’s great stage actors Adrian Lester and Danny Sapani and directed by Blanche McIntyre who returns to the Almeida following her production of The Writer in 2018.

“On top of this, we are delighted to be able to offer schools exclusive access to films of two recent Almeida productions – Albion and The Duchess of Malfi – in the hope that this will help to fill the void of school theatre trips. We are also launching the second year of our Genesis Almeida New Playwrights, Big Plays Programme – a group of seven brilliant, inventive and imaginative playwrights who will be with us for the next twelve months, attending masterclasses with creatives and developing their own commission for the Almeida.

“Lastly, a huge thank you to everyone that has supported us with encouraging messages and generous donations over the last seven months. Without them, we wouldn’t be in a position to present this season today.”

World Premiere

NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS

stories for a long winter

Created by Chris Bush, Rebecca Frecknall and the company.

Wednesday 2 December 2020 – Saturday 9 January 2021

Press performances: Wednesday 9 December, 2pm and 7pm

“In the dark times

Will there also be singing?

Yes, there will also be singing.

About the dark times.”

(Bertolt Brecht)

This is not a Corona play.

This is a play about connection and isolation, about lighting a candle to see us through the longest night, about what we hold on to when we cannot hold each other.

Almeida Associate Director Rebecca Frecknall (Summer and SmokeThe Duchess of Malfi), playwright Chris Bush (Standing at the Sky’s EdgePericles) and a company of six performers devise a new production reflecting on a year of separation and the power of contact.

Cast: Naana Agyei-Ampadu (Caroline or Change – West End; Measure for Measure – Shakespeare’s Globe); Katie Brayben (Beautiful: the Carole King Musical – West End, winner of Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical; King Charles III – Almeida); Toheeb Jimoh (Anthony – BBC One; A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Sheffield Crucible); Elliot Levey (Three Sisters and Mary Stuart – Almeida); Maimuna Memon (Jesus Christ Superstar – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre; Ghost Quartet – Boulevard Theatre) and Luke Thallon (Albion – Almeida; Leopoldstadt – West End).

Chris Bush is an award-winning playwright, lyricist and theatre-maker. Her recent plays include Standing at the Sky’s EdgeFaustus: That Damned WomanThe Last NoëlThe Assassination of Katie HopkinsPericles and Steel. Her other plays include The Changing RoomScenes From The End Of The World; A Declaration From The PeopleA DreamThe Sheffield MysteriesDickensianGoodwill To All MenWe’re All In This Together and 20 Tiny Plays About SheffieldLarksongCards On The TableTony! The Blair Musical; Sleight & Hand. She has won awards at the UK Theatre Awards two years in a row, the National Young Playwrights’ Festival, Perfect Pitch, Sunday Times Edinburgh Competition, and a Brit Writers’ Award.

Rebecca Frecknall is Associate Director at the Almeida Theatre. For the Almeida, she has directed The Duchess of MalfiThree SistersSummer and Smoke (also West End and winner of two Olivier Awards including Best Revival) and worked as Associate Director on Ink at the Almeida/Duke of York’s Theatre and Movement Director on Albion. She was previously on the Almeida’s Resident Director programme. Away from the Almeida, her credits include Sanctuary City (New York Theatre Workshop) and Chris Bush’s Steel (Sheffield Crucible Studio). 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? and Julie. She has also 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.

World Premiere

THE MALADIES

by Carmen Nasr

Directed by Diyan Zora

Monday 18 January – Friday 22 January 2021

Press night: Tuesday 19 January

Performed by the Almeida Young Company (18-25)

I’m tired.
I’m tired of living in a world that’s not mine.

  1. Strasbourg. A woman dances compulsively, soon hundreds join her.
  2. Tanzania. A schoolgirl’s laughing fit spreads from village to village.
  3. USA. Cheerleaders are overcome by uncontrollable twitching.
    2023. London. A group of women suddenly lose the ability to speak.

When a group of women in London mysteriously fall silent, no one can figure out why. The team at an all-female podcast decide to investigate and end up on a journey of discovery, uncovering more than they bargained for.

The Maladies is a new play by Almeida Genesis Writer Carmen Nasr (Dubailand), directed by Diyan Zora (Chronicles of a City We Never Knew/Gather Ye Rosebuds) and has been devised with the Almeida Young Company (18-25).  

 Carmen Nasr is a British-Lebanese playwright. In 2017 she was awarded the Channel 4 Playwright’s Scheme alongside a year-long residency at the Finborough Theatre, where she remains a playwright in residence. Her first play The House of my Father was long listed for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2015. Her other plays include Dubailand, which was produced at the Finborough Theatre in 2017. Let Kilburn Shake was produced in 2019 at the Kiln Theatre, written for their Young Company. Her latest play The Climbers will premiere at Theatre by the Lake, directed by Guy Jones. She has been a member of the Orange Tree Theatre’s talent development programme, the Writers Collective, and the Royal Court’s Playwriting group.

Diyan Zora is a theatre director and writer. ​Her directing work includes Chronicles of a City We Never Knew (Gate Theatre); Ms Y (Young Vic 5 plays); Gather Ye Rosebuds (Theatre503 and tour); Waiting for Summer (Old Red Lion and tour) and Twelfth Night (Cockpit). As an Assistant/Associate Director, her work includes Faith, Hope and Charity and Evening at the Talkhouse (National Theatre); LOVE (National Theatre and Théâtre de L’Odéon, Paris); The Ferryman (Gielgud); Wolf From the Door and Fireworks (Royal Court). She is an Iraqi–born, London-based theatre director and writer. She is an associate artist of Manara Theatre Company. Her play Gather Ye Rosebuds won best new play at the Brighton Fringe Festival.

The Almeida is grateful to the individuals, companies, trusts and foundations that support the Almeida Young Company and wider Participation programme.

World Premiere

HYMN

by Lolita Chakrabarti

Directed by Blanche McIntyre

Friday 29 January – Saturday 27 February 2021

Press night: Thursday 4 February 7pm

 “Man, sometimes it takes a long time to sound like yourself”

Miles Davis

Two men meet at a funeral.

Gil knew the deceased. Benny did not.

Before long their families are close.

Soon they’ll be singing the same tune.

Benny is a loner anchored by his wife and children. Gil longs to fulfil his potential. They form a deep bond but as cracks appear in their fragile lives they start to realise that true courage comes in different forms.

 Featuring music from Gil and Benny’s lives, Lolita Chakrabarti’s searching, soulful new play asks what it takes to be a good father, brother or son.

Directed by Blanche McIntyre (The Writer), Hymn features Adrian Lester (Red VelvetHustle) and Danny Sapani (Killing EveLes Blancs)

Lolita Chakrabarti is a playwright and actor. Her plays include Life of Pi (WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Play 2019, UK Theatre Award for Best New Play 2019); Invisible CitiesRed Velvet (Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright); Message in a Bottle for ZooNation/Sadlers Wells for which she was dramaturg; The Greatest Wealth – a series of monologues curated by Chakrabarti, including her own monologue titled Speedy Gonzalez; and Last Seen (an Almeida Theatre production with Slung Low). As an actor, her theatre credits include Fanny and Alexander (The Old Vic); Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company); Last Seen (Almeida Theatre); Free Outgoing (Royal Court) and John Gabriel Borkman (Donmar Warehouse). For screen, her credits include Criminal; RivieraBorn to KillBeowulf: Return to the Shieldlands and The Casual Vacancy.​ She can be seen on television next year in Wheel of Time and Vigil, and on stage in Calmer, her new play at Birmingham Rep.

Blanche McIntyre returns to the Almeida having previously directed The Writer. Her other credits include Botticelli in the Fire (Hampstead Theatre); Tartuffe (National Theatre); Bartholomew FairA Winter’s Tale, As You Like It and The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Norman Conquests (Chichester Festival Theatre); Titus Andronicus and The Two Noble Kinsmen (RSC); Noises Off (Nottingham Playhouse); Welcome Home, Captain Fox! (Donmar Warehouse); The Oresteia (HOME, Manchester); Arcadia (English Touring Theatre and Ambassador Theatre Group); Accolade (St James’ Theatre); Tonight at 8:30Women in Power and The Nutcracker (Nuffield Southampton Theatres); Ciphers (Out of Joint, Bush Theatre and Exeter Northcott); The Birthday Party (Royal Exchange Theatre) and The Seagull (Headlong Theatre, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Derby Theatre – winter of Best Director at 2013 UK Theatre Awards); Foxfinder and Accolade (Finborough Theatre).

 Adrian Lester plays Gil. His theatre work includes Cost of Living (Hampstead Theatre); Othello (National Theatre – winner of Evening Standard Award for Best Actor); Red Velvet (Tricycle Theatre, West End and New York – Winner of Critics’ Circle Award for Best Actor); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (West End); Henry VSweeney Todd (National Theatre); Hamlet (Theatres des Bouffes du Nord); Company (Donmar Warehouse – Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical); As You Like It (Cheek By Jowl) and Six Degrees of Separation (Royal Court). For television, his work includes LifeThe RookCurfewTraumaRivieraUndercoverLondon Spy and Hustle. His film work includes Mary Queen of ScotsGrey LadyEuphoriaJimi: All Is by My Side; The Day After Tomorrow and Primary Colors. Directing work includes Of Mary (Winner of Best Short Film at PAFF); Hustle and Riviera on television and The Greatest Wealth (The Old Vic) and the forthcoming Calmer  (Birmingham Rep). He was recently made a CBE.

Danny Sapani plays Benny. He previously appeared at the Almeida in Big White Fog. His other theatre credits include Invisible Cities (Manchester International Festival); Les BlancsMedeaHomeMoon on a Rainbow ShawlThe OverwhelmingHis Dark MaterialsAntony and CleopatraThe Machine Wreckers and Richard II (National Theatre); Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Young Vic); Anderson’s English (Out of Joint); Wig Out and Neverland (Royal Court); The Green Fields Beyond (Donmar Warehouse) and Julius Caesar (Shakespeare’s Globe); For television, his work includes HaloKilling EveHarlotsMother Father SonBlack Earth RisingTraitorsBrokenThe CrownChewing GumBastard ExecutionerPenny DreadfulThe FearThe TownBlackout and Misfits. His recent film credits include Black Panther and Trance.

GENESIS ALMEIDA NEW PLAYWRIGHTS, BIG PLAYS PROGRAMME

The Genesis Almeida New Playwrights, Big Plays Programme is an annual programme that supports emerging and mid-career writers to develop new plays for larger stages giving them the space and time to experiment with form and scale. Each writer on the programme is commissioned to develop one new play and will be given dramaturgical support from the Almeida’s Literary Manager and artistic team. During the year the writers will also attend twelve masterclasses led by established British and international playwrights, directors, designers and other creatives, and be given a five day R&D workshop to develop their commission.

The Genesis Almeida Writers Programme is made possible by the support of the Genesis Foundation.

The Genesis Almeida Writers for 2020/21 are:

Zia Ahmed

Emma Dennis-Edwards

Phoebe Eclair-Powell

Yasmin Joseph

Carmen Nasr

Molly Taylor

Temi Wilkey

The Genesis Foundation was founded by John Studzinski CBE in 2001. Over the past 20 years, the Foundation has donated a total of more than £20 million to the arts. Through its funding and partnership model, it has enabled opportunities for thousands of young artists in theatre and music, building both their experience and their resilience. The Foundation’s main focus is on partnerships with leading arts organisations such as the Young Vic, National Theatre, Almeida Theatre, LAMDA and The Sixteen, and on training programmes that equip emerging artists for life as a creative professional. In 2020, it launched the Covid-19 Artists Fund, an Emergency response to help freelancers facing hardship, and the £1 million Genesis Kickstart Fund, to create future-facing projects for outstanding freelance talent in the creative sector across the UK.

FOR SCHOOLS

Released digitally exclusively for schools, are films of the Almeida productions of Mike Bartlett’s Albion, directed by Rupert Goold and Rebecca Frecknall’s production of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi.

 Albion was filmed in front of a live audience in February 2020, and aired on BBC Four in August. It was produced for the BBC jointly by the Almeida Theatre and Illuminations for The Space in association with BBC Television.

 The Duchess of Malfi was filmed in front of a live audience, during its run at Almeida from 30 November 2019 – 25 January 2020. It was filmed and produced by Robin Fisher.

The films will be made available on request. Please contact: participate@almeida.co.uk for more information.

 

Almeida Theatre announces the full cast for its revival of Mike Bartlett’s Albion, directed by Rupert Goold

Almeida Theatre

This is our little piece of the world, and we’re allowed to do with it, exactly as we like. Yes?

In the ruins of a garden in rural England.

In a house which was once a home.

A woman searches for seeds of hope.

Following a sell-out run in 2017, Albion returns to the Almeida for four weeks only.

Joining the previously announced Victoria Hamilton (awarded Best Actress at 2018 Critics’ Circle Awards for this role) and reprising their roles are Nigel BettsEdyta BudnikWil CobanMargot LeicesterNicholas Rowe and Helen Schlesinger. They will be joined by Angel CoulbyDaisy Edgar-Jones, Dónal Finn and Geoffrey Freshwater.

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

Rupert Goold is the Almeida’s Artistic Director where he has previously directed The HuntShipwreck, Albion, Ink (also West End and Broadway), Richard III (broadcast live to cinemas around the world), MedeaThe Merchant of Venice, King Charles III (West End, Broadway, UK and international tour) and American Psycho (also Broadway). He was Artistic Director of Headlong from 2005 until 2013 where his work included The EffectENRON, Earthquakes in London and Decade. Other theatre credits include Made in Dagenham (West End); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Almeida); Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre, West End and Broadway) and No Man’s Land (The Gate, Dublin and West End). He has twice been the recipient of the 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. His feature film Judy is currently in cinemas and his other work on film includes the BAFTA nominated Richard II, part of The Hollow Crown; Macbeth for the BBC; True Story starring James Franco and Jonah Hill and a television adaptation of his production of Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III for BBC Two. He was awarded a CBE for services to drama in 2017.

Artistic director Rupert Goold announces the Almeida Theatre’s new season for spring 2020

Artistic director Rupert Goold announces the Almeida Theatre’s new season for spring 2020:

  • The return of Mike Bartlett’s acclaimed Albion for a four week run, with Victoria Hamilton reprising her award-winning performance.
  • The UK Premiere of“Daddy”, byJeremy O. Harris (Slave Play), directed by Danya Taymor.
  • The World Premiere ofBeth Steel’s new play The House of Shades, directed by Blanche McIntyre.

Also announced today:

  • The launch of the Genesis Almeida New Playwrights, Big Plays Programme, a new annual scheme that supports emerging and mid-career writers to develop new plays for larger stages. The first cohort of seven writers is Kendall FeaverSami IbrahimCharley MilesAmy NgIman QureshiSam Steiner and Ross Willis.
  • A new Resident Designers scheme to run alongside the Resident Directors programme, now in its fourth year.

Rupert Goold said, “When we first produced Albion a year after the EU referendum, it caught a moment fraught with uncertainty about the future direction of the country. Now, two years later, we face a new moment of juncture, with our country and national identity fracturing along the fault lines of that fateful vote in new ways every week. Returning to the garden of Albion, I find Mike Bartlett’s play resonates with an entirely different tone and, with Victoria Hamilton, whose performance as Audrey is one of the finest in my tenure at the Almeida, agreeing to return, it feels important to bring it back, the first production we have revived.

“Alongside Albion, we present two new voices to Almeida audiences – Jeremy O. Harris has been generating major waves on Broadway with Slave Play and now makes his UK debut with “Daddy”, his brave and brilliant exploration of intimacy and power, mentorship and identity in the glamorous retreats of the LA art world. And Beth Steel, already recognised as one of the country’s most ambitious political writers, gives us her new play The House of Shades, whose ghost-filled story charts the journey of a single family over half a century of social and economic change, as the Labour movement they inherited crumbles and reforms around them.

“As we announce these two new plays, it feels fitting to also announce the brand new Genesis Almeida New Playwrights, Big Plays Programme, featuring seven writers who have all demonstrated their ability to think big, engaging with unusual, imaginative and formally innovative ideas. We can’t wait to guide them over the next year and to see what they produce and are hugely grateful to the Genesis Foundation for giving us this opportunity.”

John Studzinski, Founder and Chairman of the Genesis Foundation said, “One of the great gifts of life is to be challenged continually and never to stop learning. The Genesis Foundation works with its partners to identify areas in arts philanthropy that aren’t being fulfilled. Experienced artists wishing to develop their creative work are too often overlooked for support and commissions and don’t get the mentoring they need. It’s important that we support the creation of the Genesis Almeida Writers Programme. By identifying and supporting writers who will benefit most from working with the team at the Almeida we are helping to ensure that they continue to develop their work in new and exciting ways.”

ALBION

by Mike Bartlett

Direction: Rupert Goold; Design: Miriam Buether; Light: Neil Austin;

Sound: Gregory Clarke; Movement Director: Rebecca Frecknall

 Monday 3 February – Friday 28 February 2020

Press night: Wednesday 5 February 7pm

 Cast includes: Victoria Hamilton.

 ★★★★★

“The play that Britain needs right now”

The Telegraph

 This is our little piece of the world, and we’re allowed to do with it, exactly as we like. Yes?

In the ruins of a garden in rural England.

In a house which was once a home.

A woman searches for seeds of hope.

Following a sell-out run in 2017, Albion returns to the Almeida for four weeks only.

Mike Bartlett’s plays for the Almeida include his adaptation of Maxim Gorky’s VassaGame and the multi-award winning King Charles III (Olivier Award for Best New Play) which premiered at the Almeida before West End and Broadway transfers, a UK and international tour. His television adaptation of the play was broadcast on BBC Two in 2017. Other plays include Snowflake (Old Fire Station and running at the Kiln Theatre this Christmas); WildAn Intervention; Bull (won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre); an adaptation of MedeaChariots of Fire13Decade (co-writer); Earthquakes in LondonLove, Love, LoveCock (Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre); Contractions and My Child Artefacts. His writing for television includes PressTraumaDoctor FosterKing Charles III and the forthcoming Life.

Rupert Goold is the Almeida’s Artistic Director where he has previously directed The HuntShipwreck, Albion, Ink (also West End and Broadway), Richard III (broadcast live to cinemas around the world), MedeaThe Merchant of Venice, King Charles III (West End, Broadway, UK and international tour) and American Psycho (also Broadway). He was Artistic Director of Headlong from 2005 until 2013 where his work included The EffectENRON, Earthquakes in London and Decade. Other theatre credits include Made in Dagenham (West End); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Almeida); Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre, West End and Broadway) and No Man’s Land (The Gate, Dublin and West End). He has twice been the recipient of the 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. His feature film Judy is currently in cinemas and his other work on film includes the BAFTA nominated Richard II, part of The Hollow Crown; Macbeth for the BBC; True Story starring James Franco and Jonah Hill and a television adaptation of his production of Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III for BBC Two. He was awarded a CBE for services to drama in 2017.

Victoria Hamilton plays Audrey Walters. She previously appeared in The Doctor’s Dilemma at the Almeida. Her other theatre credits include Love, Love, Love (Royal Court); Twelfth Night (Donmar Warehouse at Wyndham’s Theatre); Once in a LifetimeSummerfolk and Money (National Theatre); Suddenly Last Summer (Donmar Warehouse and UK Tour); Sweet PanicHome & Beauty and The Master Builder (West End); A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Roundabout Theatre, New York and in the West End); The Country Wife and As You Like It at (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); King Lear, The Provoked Wife and The Seagull (The Old Vic) and Troilus And Cressida and As You Like It (RSC). Her  television work includes the forthcoming Mike Bartlett series LifeDeep StateThe Crown; Doctor Foster; Our Ex-WifeThe CircuitCall the Midwife Christmas SpecialThe GameWhat RemainsToastLarkrise to CandlefordTime of Your LifeTrial and RetributionWide Sargasso SeaThe Shell SeekersA Very Social SecretaryJerichoSpine ChillersTo the Ends of the EarthThe BrontesGoodbye Mr ChipsBaby Father – I & IIVictoria & AlbertThe SavagesKing LearThe Merchant of VenicePersuasion and Pride and Prejudice. Films include French; Scoop; Before You Go and Mansfield Park.

 UK Premiere

“DADDY”

A Melodrama

by Jeremy O. Harris

Direction: Danya Taymor; Design: Matt Saunders

Monday 30 March – Saturday 9 May 2020

Press night: Thursday 9 April 7pm

 I will be your father figure. Put your tiny hand in mine.

I will be your preacher teacher. Anything you have in mind.

 A young black artist meets an older white art collector.

A gospel choir emerges from an infinity pool.

A mother stops at nothing to save her son’s soul.

When it’s summer every day…when even is it?

In this Bel Air tale of love and family, intimacy is a commodity and the surreal gets real.

Danya Taymor directs the UK premiere of “Daddy”, an explosive and blistering melodrama from Jeremy O. Harris (Slave Play) – “one of the most exciting new voices of his generation” GQ.

Jeremy O. Harris’ plays include Slave Play (Golden Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Winner of the 2018 Kennedy Center Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, and The Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences); Xander Xyst; Dragon: 1 and WATER SPORTS; or insignificant white boys. In 2018, he co-wrote A24’s upcoming film Zola with director Janicza Bravo. He is the eleventh recipient of the Vineyard Theatre’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, a 2016 MacDowell Colony Fellow, an Orchard Project Greenhouse artist, a resident playwright with Colt Coeur, and is under commission from Lincoln Center Theater and Playwrights Horizons. He is a graduate of the Yale MFA Playwriting Programme.

 Danya Taymor’s previous directing work includes Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Playwrights Horizon); Daddy (New Group/Vineyard); Pass Over (Lincoln Center/Steppenwolf); Familiar (Steppenwolf); queens (Lincoln Center Theater); Esai’s Table (Cherry Lane Mentor Project); The Sensuality Party (The New Group); Christina Martinez (Juilliard); Cygnus (Women’s Project); Wyoming (Lesser America); My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer and The Place We Built (The Flea). Her translations include Alejandro Ricaño’s We Are Getting Better at Saying Goodbye, Luis Enrique Guitierrez Ortiz Monasterio’s I Hate Fucking Mexicans and Ettore Scola’s Working on a Special Day. She is a 2014-2016 Time Warner Directing Fellow at Women’s Project, a 2050 fellow at New York Theatre Workshop, an Artist in Residence at Theatre for a New Audience, a member of Ensemble Studio Theater, an Associate Artist at The Flea Theater, New Georges Affiliated Artist and a semi-finalist for the Lange-Taylor prize with Dominic Bracco.

 World Premiere

THE HOUSE OF SHADES

by Beth Steel

Direction: Blanche McIntyre; Design: Anna Fleischle

 Monday 18 May – Saturday 27 June 2020

Press night: Tuesday 26 May 7pm

 Nothing cuts into us like the family knife.

The Webster House.

  1. 1979. 1985. 1990. 2016.

Death silences no one, least of all the dead.

Blanche McIntyre (The Writer) directs the world premiere of Beth Steel’s (Wonderland) revelatory new play which spans five decades of the lives, and deaths, of the Webster family.

Inside their home, set against the ever-changing industrial landscape of working-class Britain, some chase dreams of a brighter future and others are haunted by the nightmares of the past.

 Beth Steel’s plays include LabyrinthWonderland and Ditch. She was awarded the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2014.

Blanche McIntyre directs. She returns to the Almeida having previously directed The Writer. Her other credits include Botticelli in the Fire (Hampstead Theatre); Bartholomew FairA Winter’s Tale, As You Like It and The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Norman Conquests (Chichester Festival Theatre); Titus Andronicus and The Two Noble Kinsmen (RSC); Noises Off (Nottingham Playhouse); Welcome Home, Captain Fox! (Donmar Warehouse); The Oresteia (HOME, Manchester); Arcadia (English Touring Theatre and Ambassador Theatre Group); Accolade (Finborough Theatre); Tonight at 8:30 and The Nutcracker (Nuffield Southampton Theatres); Ciphers (Out of Joint, Bush Theatre and Exeter Northcott); The Birthday Party (Royal Exchange Theatre) and The Seagull (Headlong Theatre, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Derby Theatre – winter of Best Director at 2013 UK Theatre Awards); Foxfinder and Accolade (Finborough Theatre). She was the winner of the 2011 Critics’ Circle Most Promising Newcomer Award.

GENESIS ALMEIDA NEW PLAYWRIGHTS, BIG PLAYS PROGRAMME

The Genesis Almeida New Playwrights, Big Plays Programme is an annual programme that supports emerging and mid-career writers to develop new plays for larger stages giving them the space and time to experiment with form and scale. Each writer on the programme is commissioned to develop one new play and will be given dramaturgical support from the Almeida’s Literary Manager and artistic team. During the year the writers will also attend twelve masterclasses led by established British and international playwrights and be given a five day R&D workshop to develop their commission.

The Genesis Almeida Writers Programme is made possible by the support of the Genesis Foundation.

The Genesis Almeida Writers for 2019/20 are:

Kendall Feaver

Sami Ibrahim

Charley Miles

Amy Ng

Iman Qureshi

Sam Steiner

Ross Willis

Established by John Studzinski, the Genesis Foundation works in partnership with leaders of prestigious UK arts organisations such as the Almeida Theatre, LAMDA, the National Theatre, The Sixteen and the Young Vic. Its largest funding commitment is to programmes that support directors, playwrights, actors and musicians in their career development.

MTC’s Tony Winning INK Begins Final Two Weeks of Performances

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Manhattan Theatre Club’s American premiere of INK, written by Olivier Award winner and Tony nominee 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) is beginning its final two weeks of performances. After being extended three times, the play must close on Sunday, July 7 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

Tony and Olivier Award winner Bertie Carvel and Olivier Award winner Jonny Lee Miller star in INK with 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).

INK garnered two Tony Awards for Best Featured Actor in a Play (Bertie Carvel) and Best Lighting Design of a Play (Neil Austin).

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 began previews on Tuesday, April 2 prior to a Wednesday, April 24 opening night at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

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.

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

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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.