Award-winning TV and stage actress to star in new Almeida production this Autumn.
For the first time in 20 years, British comedian Tracey Ullman will return to the UK from her home in America to star on the London stage.
Stephen Poliakoff’s new play, My City, will run at the Almeida Theatre in North London from 8 September to 5 November 2011 as part of their new Summer/Autumn 2011 season. Poliakoff will also direct the play, which is his first for 12 years.
In My City Ullman plays a former primary school headmistress discovered lying on a park in the City of London by a former male pupil. As he becomes reacquainted with her and the other teachers that helped shape him, memories of their vivid and imaginative lessons come to life and their tales of London inspire him.
Stephen Poliakoff started his career in theatre, working at the National Theatre and creating stage work that includes Hitting Town and Blinded by the Sun. But it is for his screen writing that he has become best known, writing a range of award-winning work including Caught on a Train and The Lost Prince.
Tracey started her career as a dancer in the late 70’s in a variety of productions including Gigi in Berlin, Elvis and Oh Boy at the Astoria, and the Rocky Horror Show at the Comedy Theatre, before appearing in Victoria Wood’s Talent at the Everyman in Liverpool in 1980 and going on to feature in Dracula at the Young Vic, before her big stage break in Four in Million at the Royal Court.
She then made her big break into TV with Three of a Kind alongside Lenny Henry and David Copperfield, A Kick Up The Eighties, Girls on Top and then moved to America and started her Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning US comedy show The Tracey Ullman Show.
Her other stage performances include The Taming of the Shrew in New York in 1990 and her one-woman shows The Big Love and Tracey Ullman: Live and Exposed.
The Amleida’s new season also includes Neil LaBute returning to the Almeida to direct the UK premiere of his play Reasons To Be Pretty, and two international collaborations with the Belarus Free Theatre Company and Greyscale. Michael Attenborough’s production of The Knot of the Heart is currently running at the theatre starring Kieran Bew, Abigail Cruttenden, Lisa Dillon, Margot Leicester and Sophie Stanton, followed by James McDonald’s production of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance from 5 May starring Lucy Cohu, Diana Hardcastle, Ian McElhinney, Imelda Staunton, Tim Pigott-Smith and Penelope Wilton.