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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.

 

Almeida Theatre: New Season Announced

Rupert Goold
Rupert Goold

Rupert Goold – Artistic Director, Almeida Theatre

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

  • Simon Russell Beale takes the title role in Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of King Richard the Second, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins. 
  • For the first time, the Almeida collaborates with National Theatre Live to broadcast The Tragedy of King Richard the Second on Tuesday 15 January 2019 to cinemas in the UK and internationally. 
  • The world premiere of Shipwreck, a new play by Anne Washburn, directed by Rupert Goold.
  • Almeida Associate Director Rebecca Frecknall and Patsy Ferran reunite, following Summer and Smoke, for Chekhov’sThree Sisters, in a new version by Cordelia Lynn.
  • Almeida For Free, the annual free festival for 25s and under, to take place during the run of Three Sisters, following the success of previous festivals during Hamlet and Summer and Smoke.
  • The world premiere stage adaptation of Thomas Vinterberg’s acclaimed filmThe Hunt, adapted by David Farr and directed by Rupert Goold.
  • Tinuke Craig directs a new version of Maxim Gorky’sVassa, adapted by Mike Bartlett.
  • Also announced today, the Almeida’s new Youth Advisory Board, a group of young people aged between 18-25 who will advise on key areas of the company’s work.

Rupert Goold said, “It is incredibly exciting to be announcing this slate of work today, featuring artists new to the theatre, alongside names more familiar to the Almeida. The season begins with two plays which explore the seduction of power, one written at the end of the 16th century about an English king and one hot-off-the-press digging into the current American political culture. The former sees director Joe Hill-Gibbins return to the theatre, following his compelling production of Little Revolution in 2014, alongside Simon Russell Beale, who played Macbeth here in 2005, in a role that has been waiting for him. The latter brings the fearlessly original Anne Washburn back to the Almeida after Mr Burns and The Twilight Zone.

“Next up, we are thrilled to be reuniting Rebecca Frecknall and Patsy Ferran, following their sensational production of Summer and Smoke earlier this year (and soon to open in the West End), for a new version of Three Sisters written by Cordelia Lynn. The show also will see the return of our annual, essential Almeida For Free festival. The two previous festivals, during Summer and Smoke and Hamlet, saw 2300 people aged 25 and under attend a performance for free, and we can’t wait to throw open the theatre doors again to young people for a programme free performances, talks and masterclasses.

“15 years after Festen, one of the Almeida’s most celebrated shows, Thomas Vinterberg’s work returns to the theatre with The Hunt adapted by David Farr from Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm’s 2012 film, Jagten, a terrifying examination of accusation and denial in a world premiere for the stage.

“And concluding the season, we are delighted to welcome exciting director Tinuke Craig to the theatre for the first time to work with Mike Bartlett on a new version of Gorky’s darkly comic, family drama Vassa.

“Alongside our work here at the theatre, Summer and Smoke opens at the Duke of York’s Theatre in November and Spring 2019 will see our production of James Graham’s Ink head across the pond.

“It’s also fantastic to be able to announce our new Youth Advisory Board – a group of fiercely intelligent, talented young people who will be offering thoughts, suggestions and guidance to the Almeida management team on all aspects of the theatre’s operation.”

 THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD THE SECOND

by William Shakespeare

Direction: Joe Hill-Gibbins; Design: Ultz

Monday 10 December 2018 – Saturday 2 February 2019

Press night: Tuesday 18 December 7pm

NT Live screening: Tuesday 15 January 2019 (tickets go on sale from Monday 22 October)

Cast includes: Simon Russell Beale.

King. The male ruler of an independent state; one who inherits the position by right of birth.

King of the castle. A children’s game in which each child attempts to stand alone on a mound, or sandcastle, by pushing other children off it.

Simon Russell Beale plays King Richard II in a new production about the limits of power, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins (Little RevolutionAbsolute Hell).

Joe Hill-Gibbins previously directed Little Revolution for the Almeida Theatre. His other credits include Absolute Hell and Edward II (National Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s DreamMeasure for MeasureThe ChangelingThe Glass MenagerieThe Beauty Queen of LeenaneA Respectable Wedding (Young Vic); The Girlfriend Experience (Young Vic and Royal Court/Drum Theatre Plymouth); BlissThe Family Plays and A Girl in a Car with a Man(Royal Court); The Fever (Theatre 503 in association with the Young Vic) and A Thought in Three Acts (BAC). He was previously Associate Director at the Young Vic and Deputy Artistic Director at the Royal Court.

Simon Russell Beale returns to the Almeida for the first time since Macbeth in 2005. His theatre credits include The Lehman TrilogyKing LearTimon of AthensCollaboratorsLondon AssuranceLandscapeMajor BarbaraMuch Ado About NothingThe AlchemistLife of GalileoHamletOthelloRichard III (National Theatre); The Tempest (RSC); Temple (Donmar Warehouse); Privates on Pirade (Michael Grandage Company/Noel Coward Theatre); The Hothouse (Jamie Lloyd Company/Trafalgar Studios); The Cherry Orchard and The Winter’s Tale (Old Vic/Brooklyn Academy/world tour). His television work includes Penny DreadfulThe Hollow Crown (Henry IV Parts 1 and 2; Henry V)Spooks and forthcoming Vanity Fair. For film, his work includes The Death of StalinThe Legend of TarzanInto the WoodsMy Week with MarilynDeep Blue Sea and the forthcoming Radioactive.

World Premiere

SHIPWRECK

by Anne Washburn

Direction: Rupert Goold; Design: Miriam Buether

Monday 11 February – Saturday 30 March 2019

Press night: Tuesday 19 February 7pm

From across the room I saw the President, torchlight playing across his visage.

And the violins began, and the low rumble of the timpani.

I screamed. I ran.

An old farmhouse upstate. Snow is falling. Mountains are falling. Something is breaking apart.

You are formally invited to dinner with the 45th president of the United States.

Anne Washburn (The Twilight Zone, Mr Burns) returns to the Almeida with a sinister and sensational new play, directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold.

Anne Washburn’s world premiere adaptation of The Twilight Zone ran at the Almeida in 2017/18 and her play Mr Burns: A Post Electric Play received its European premiere at the Almeida in 2014Other plays include 10 out of 12 (Premiere: at Soho Rep, NYC), Antlia Pneumatica (Premiere: Playwrights Horizons, NYC), The Communist Dracula Pageant (Premiere: ART, Boston), A Devil at Noon (Premiere: Actors Theater of Louisville, Kentucky), I Have Loved Strangers (Premiere: Clubbed Thumb Summerworks, NYC), The Internationalist (Premiere: 13P, NYC), The Ladies (Premiere: The Civilians, NYC), Little Bunny Foo Foo (Premiere: Actors Theater of Louisville, Kentucky), The Small (Premiere: Clubbed Thumb Summerworks, NYC), and transadaptations of Euripides’ Orestes (Premiere: The Folger, Washington D.C.), and Iphigenia In Aulis (Premiere: Classic Stage Company, NYC). Awards include a Guggenheim, an Alpert, and a Laura Pels for an artist in mid-career. She is an associated artist with The Civilians, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, and is an alumna of New Dramatists and 13P.

Rupert Goold is the Almeida’s Artistic Director where he has previously directed AlbionInk (transferred to the West End), 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 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;Macbeth for the BBC; feature film True Story starring James Franco and Jonah Hill; a television adaptation of his production of Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III for BBC Two, and the forthcoming feature film Judy. He was awarded a CBE for services to drama in 2017.

THREE SISTERS

by Anton Chekhov

in a version by Cordelia Lynn

Direction: Rebecca Frecknall; Design: Hildegard Bechtler

Monday 8 April – Saturday 1 June 2019

Press night: Tuesday 16 April 7pm

Almeida For Free festival: during week commencing 27 May

Cast includes: Patsy Ferran, Pearl Chanda.

We have no happiness and it doesn’t exist, we only desire it.

  1. Moscow.

In a drawing room, on a summer day, three sisters look for a new start.

Olga, the eldest. Masha, the middle child. Irina, the youngest.

  1. London.

In a drawing room, on a summer day, three sisters look for a new start.

Olga, the eldest. Masha, the middle child. Irina, the youngest.

The clock strikes. Life is not yet over.

Following her critically acclaimed production of Summer and Smoke, Almeida Associate Director Rebecca Frecknall directs Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, in a new adaptation by Cordelia Lynn (One for SorrowLela & Co).

Rebecca Frecknall is Associate Director at the Almeida Theatre and was previously on the Almeida’s Resident Director Scheme supported by the Eranda Rothschild Foundation. For the Almeida, she previously directed Summer and Smoke (transferring to the West End in November 2018) and worked as Resident Director on Ink at the Almeida/Duke of York’s Theatre and Movement Director on Albion. Her production of Steel by Chris Bush has just opened in the Sheffield Crucible Studio.  Prior to the Almeida, she was Resident Director at Northern Stage from 2015-2016 after winning the acclaimed RTYDS Bursary. During this time she directed IdomeneusWhat Are They Like?, Educating Rita (for Durham Gala) and Julie by Zinnie Harris. Before taking up this role, she worked as a freelance director in London and has worked with the National Theatre, RSC and Young Vic. She was the 2012 recipient of the National Theatre Studio’s Resident Director Bursary and was awarded one of the Young Vic’s Jerwood Assistant Director Bursaries in 2011.

Cordelia Lynn’s plays include One For SorrowBest Served ColdLela & CoBelievers Anonymous and After The War. Her opera writing credits include Miranda and other vocal work includes HeaveThe White Princess and you’ll drown dear.  She was the recipient of the Harold Pinter Commission 2017.

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

Pearl Chanda previously appeared at the Almeida in Ink (also West End). Her other credits include One For Sorrow (Royal Court); Julie (Northern Stage Theatre); The Glass Menagerie (Nuffield Southampton Theatres); The Angry Brigade (Bush Theatre); Crave and 4.48 Psychosis (Sheffield Theatres); The Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC); Godchild (Hampstead Theatre); and The Seagull (Headlong Theatre). Her television credits include Motherland; Endeavour and Arthur and George. For film, her work includes The Final Haunting and Mr Turner. 

World Premiere

THE HUNT

by Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm

adapted by David Farr

Direction: Rupert Goold

Monday 17 June – Saturday 3 August 2019

Press night: Wednesday 26 June 7pm

 We are a small community. The happiness of our children is everything. Our hopes and dreams rest in these tiny souls. 

In a small town in northern Denmark, the children celebrate Harvest Festival.

In the forest by the water the men of the lodge stand naked in the cold. This is their country. This is their song.

In the shadows a lonely child gives a strange man her heart.

The hunt begins.

Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold directs The Hunt by David Farr (The Night ManagerSpooks), based on the critically acclaimed Danish film thriller Jagten, by Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm. 

David Farr’s plays include The Heart of Robin Hood, The UN Inspector, and adaptations of The Odyssey and Kafka’s Metamorphosis. His writing for television includes an episode of Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams (also director); The Night ManagerSpooks and the forthcoming series Hanna, based on his 2011 film of the same name. His film writing work includes Hanna and The Ones Below (also director).  He has previously been Artistic Director at the Gate Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and he was also Associate Director at the RSC where he directed several Shakespeare plays and Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming.

 VASSA

by Maxim Gorky

adapted by Mike Bartlett

Direction: Tinuke Craig

Monday 7 October – Saturday 23 November 2019

Press night: Tuesday 15 October 7pm

There are no miracles in this world. Only those we make for ourselves.

It’s 8am and a revolt is underway.

The father is dying. The son is spying. The wife is cheating. The uncle is stealing. The mother is scheming. The dynasty is crumbling.

One house. One fortune. One victor.

Tinuke Craig (Genesis Future Directors Award, Random/Generations) makes her Almeida debut with a new production of Maxim Gorky’s savagely funny play, adapted by multi award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett (AlbionKing Charles III).

Tinuke Craig’s directing work includes Random/Generations (Chichester Festival Theatre); I Call My Brothers (Gate Theatre) and dirty butterfly (Young Vic). As an Assistant/Associate director, her credits include wonder.land (National Theatre); Hamlet and All’s Well That Ends Well (RSC) and The Changeling (Young Vic). She was the Gate Theatre’s Associate Director from 2015-2016. In 2014 she was the winner of the Genesis Future Director Award. She is an Associate Artist of HighTide, a selector for the National Student Drama Festival, an Associate of the National Youth Theatre, and an Education Associate Practitioner at the RSC. She also regularly directs at Mountview, RADA and LAMDA.

 Mike Bartlett’s plays for the Almeida include AlbionGame and the multi-award winning King Charles III (Olivier Award – 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 in 2017. Other plays include 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 Foster and King Charles III.

Almeida Theatre: New Season Announced

Rupert Goold
Rupert Goold

Rupert Goold – Artistic Director, Almeida Theatre

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

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

 Also announced today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 World Premiere

THE WRITER

By Ella Hickson

Directed by Blanche McIntyre; Designed by Anna Fleischle

Sound Design by Emma Laxton; Lighting Design by Richard Howell

Saturday 14 April – Saturday 26 May 2018

Press night: Tuesday 24 April 7pm

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

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

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

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

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

MACHINAL

By Sophie Treadwell

Directed by Natalie Abrahami; Designed by Miriam Buether

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

Monday 4 June – Saturday 21 July 2018

Press night: Monday 11 June 7pm

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

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

The woman revolts.

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

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

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

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

 

£¥€$ (LIES)

Tuesday 31 July – Saturday 18 August 2018

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

Script by Joeri SmetAngelo TijssensKarolien De BleserAlexander Devriendt

Directed by Alexander Devriendt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

UK Premiere

DANCE NATION

By Clare Barron

Directed by Bijan Sheibani

Monday 27 August – Saturday 6 October 2018

Press night: Tuesday 4 September 7pm

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

 Somewhere in America, a revolution is coming.

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

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

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

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

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

ALMEIDA FOR FREE – SUMMER AND SMOKE

Tuesday 3 April – Thursday 5 April 2018

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

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

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

RESIDENT DIRECTOR POOL 2018

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

 The cohort for 2018 is:

Piers Black

Or Ben Ezra

Nel Crouch

Floriana Dezou

Matt Hassall

Hannah Joss

Caitlin McLeod

Dervla Toal

Denzel Westley-Sanderson

Joseph Winters

Lucy Wray

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

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

INK Full Cast
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