Almeida Theatre: Initial casting announced for The Hunt

The Hunt initial casting

The Hunt initial casting

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.

The cast includes: Michele AustinDanny KirraneTobias Menzies and Howard Ward, with further casting to be announced soon.

Also announced today is Botis Seva as Movement Director. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Far From The Norm, a dance collective renowned for experimenting with hip hop form whilst tackling socio-political concerns. Seva’s show BLKDOG which ran at Sadler’s Wells in 2018 has been nominated for Best New Dance Production at the Olivier Awards.

Rupert Goold is the Almeida’s Artistic Director where he has previously directed Shipwreck 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 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 nominatedRichard 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.

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.