The Almeida Theatre in North London has announced two new productions for summer 2023.
Rebecca Frecknall, Associate Director at Almeida Theatre reimagines Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet this June with a cast led by Emmy Award-nominee Toheeb Jimoh (Ted Lasso, Nine Lessons and Carols: stories for a long winter) and Isis Hainsworth (Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Shakespeare’s ferocious and bloody tragedy will run from Tuesday 6 June – Saturday 29 July 2023 with press night on 14 June.
Frecknall, who’s work includes acclaimed productions of Tennessee Williams’ Summer & Smoke, and the West End revival of Cabaret, most recently directed an “electrifying and revelatory” (New York Times) production of A Streetcar Named Desire starring Oscar nominee and BAFTA-winner Paul Mescal (Aftersun, Normal People), Olivier Award winner Patsy Ferran (Summer and Smoke), Anjana Vasan (We Are Lady Parts) and Dwane Walcott (One Night in Miami, Our Girl).
Further casting and creatives for Romeo & Juliet will be announced.
In August, Jack Nurse will direct 24 (Day), the first in a trilogy of plays exploring what it means to live, work, love, pray, celebrate and mourn in Islington, written by Annie Jenkins and starring a cast of local community participants alongside professional actors. Celebrating the understated joys of living, 24 (Day) stands up to the stereotypes of ageing, and shows how mobilising the past can fuel us through the most daunting changes. 24 (Day) runs from 3-5 August 2023.
Almeida Theatre also announced:
• The film of Yaël Farber’s Olivier Award-nominated production of The Tragedy of Macbeth, featuring James McArdle and Saoirse Ronan, will be available to stream on-demand worldwide for one week only from Wednesday 22 – Tuesday 28 March.
• Waleed Akhtar is the first recipient of The Roger Michell Commissioning Fund.