Almeida Theatre: Full cast announced for Machinal

Emily Berrington photographed by Clara Giaminardi

Emily Berrington photographed by Clara Giaminardi

“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.

The cast includes Nathalie ArminEmily BerringtonKhali BestDenise Black, Demetri GoritsasAndrew LewisJonathan LivingstoneJohn MackayAlan MorrisseyKirsty RiderAugustina Seymour and Dwane Walcott.

Natalie Abrahami directs a visceral production of Sophie Treadwell’s 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 Internationalistat the Gate Theatre; Pericles at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Headlong.


 Nathalie Armin plays various parts. Her theatre credits include Limehouse at the Donmar Warehouse; Another World: Losing Our Daughters to Islamic State,The Motherf**ker with the HatDara and Behind the Beautiful Forevers at the National Theatre; Arabian Nights and Othello at the RSC and Crazyblackmuthaf**kin’self at the Royal Court. For television her recent credits include MarcellaPhilip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams; Unforgotten and Humans.  Her film work includes Final Score; Denial and Grow Your Own.

 Emily Berrington plays Young Woman. She returns to the Almeida having appeared in Children’s Children.  Her other theatre credits include Dead Funny at the Vaudeville Theatre.  For television, her work includes HumansThe MiniaturistSons of Liberty24Outnumbered and The White Queen.  For film, she has appeared in The HippopotamusThe Inbetweeners 2The Last Showing and The Look of Love.

 Khali Best plays various parts. His theatre credits include Choir Boy at the Royal Court.  His television work includes Eastenders (as series regular Dexter) and for film, his credits include Show Dogs.

Denise Black plays Mother. Her theatre credits include The Cherry Orchard at Sherman Theatre; Winter Hill at Bolton Octagon; Pack at Finborough Theatre; a UK tour of Sister Act; a UK tour of Calendar GirlsSisters at Sheffield Crucible; Aristo at Chichester Festival Theatre; Roots at Royal Exchange Manchester and The Seagull at the Royal Court. Her television work includes series regular roles in Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

 Demetri Goritsas plays various parts. He returns to the Almeida having appeared in Mr Burns. His other theatre credits include Last of the Boys at Southwark Playhouse; The Sweetest Thing in Baseball and Boy Gets Girl at the Royal Court; His Girl FridayA Prayer for Owen Meany and Finding the Sun at the National Theatre. His recent television work includes ModusBlack MirrorA Poet in New YorkNixon’s The OneEpisodes and Twenty Twelve. His recent film credits include The Catcher Was a SpyBorg McEnroePapillonThe Darkest HourSnowdenEverest and Rush.

Andrew Lewis plays various parts. His theatre credits include Network, Deep Blue Sea and Salome at the National Theatre; Henry VI Parts I, II and III and Richard III for the RSC; Buried Child at Trafalgar Studios; Miss Julie at Theatre Royal Haymarket. For television, his work includes Holby City (series regular) and his film credits include The Man with the Iron Heart.

Jonathan Livingstone plays George H Jones. His theatre credits include The Caretaker at the Bristol Old Vic; Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe; Now We Are Here at the Young Vic; Our Country’s GoodTreasure Island and War Horse at the National Theatre; Tis Pity She’s A Whore for Cheek by Jowl andTaming of the Shrew for the RSC. His work for television includes Chewing Gum and his film credits include Still Life.

John Mackay plays various parts. He returns to the Almeida having appeared in Oresteia. His other theatre credits include The Sewing Group at the Royal Court; Wild, Drawing the Line and 55 Days at Hampstead Theatre; Measure for Measure at the Young Vic; Richard III for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory and Little EaglesAnthony and CleopatraKing LearThe Winter’s TaleJulius Caesar and The Grainstore for the RSC. His television work includes Hollow Crown II and The Honourable Woman.

 Alan Morrissey plays various parts. His theatre credits include Beautiful at Aldwych Theatre; I Can’t Sing at the Palladium; Boiling Frogs at Southwark Playhouse; Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe and on European tour; The Seagull Project at Hampstead Theatre; James and the Giant Peach at Bolton Octagon and SolsticeTwelfth Night and As You Like It for the RSC. For film, he appeared in The League of Gentleman’s Apocalypse.

Kirsty Rider plays various parts. Her theatre credits include The Great Wave and St George and the Dragon at the National Theatre and Pride and Prejudiceat Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and on UK tour. Her television work includes Space Pirates.

Augustina Seymour plays various parts. Her theatre credits include Playing for Time at Sheffield Crucible; Hitchcock Blonde at Hull Truck Theatre; The Nutcracker at Nuffield Southampton Theatres and A Doll’s House at Theatre by the Lake.

 Dwane Walcott plays Dick Roe. His theatre credits include One Night in Miami and Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse; Henry V at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre; The Iphigenia Quartet at the Gate Theatre; Hamlet for Sonia Friedman Productions; The Twits at the Royal Court; Titus AndronicusA Mad World, My Masters and Candide for the RSC and Damned by Despair at the National Theatre. His television work includes Into the Badlands and Our Girl. For film, his credits include Mindhorn.