Almeida Theatre

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The Almeida is a world-leading theatre space in North London led by award-winning director Rupert Goold.

The Almeida started its life as a literary and scientific society dedicated to investigating the world. From these beginnings the theatre that has developed continues to ask big, bold questions: of plays, of theatre and how we live.

The Almeida Theatre brings together the most exciting artists to present a dynamic range of production, whether new work or reinvigorated classics.


5 April 2016 – 28 May 2016
a new play by Leo Butler | directed by Sacha Wares
BOY is an important new play about coming of age in twenty first century London

Richard III
7 June 2016 – 6 August 2016
by William Shakespeare | directed by Rupert Goold
Starring Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave

They Drink It in The Congo
12 August 2016 – 1 October 2016
World Premiere | a new play by Adam Brace | directed by Michael Longhurst

Friday 7 October – Saturday 26 November
World Premiere | a new play by Ella Hickson | directed by Carrie Cracknell

February 2017
by William Shakespeare | directed by Robert Icke
Starring Andrew Scott as Hamlet and Juliet Stevenson as Gertrude


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Oresteia starring Lia Williams and Jessica Brown Findlay at the Trafalgar Studios.
Oresteia transfers direct from its critically acclaimed run at the Almeida to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios. A huge, moving, bloody saga, the original of all family dramas, Aeschylus' greatest and final play asks whether justice can ever be done? Part Godfather, part Breaking Bad, this new reimagined version of the epic Greek saga is the unmissable event of the year. Oresteia is brought to you from the team behind the multi award winning and critically acclaimed 1984 and transfers direct from a sell-out run at the Almeida, where it has been universally hailed as an astonishing, bold and exhilarating theatrical feat. Directed by Robert Icke (Mr. Burns; 1984) and starring Lia Williams (Old Times; Earthquakes in London) as Klytemnestra and Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) as Electra. Oresteia plays a strictly limited run from 22 August 2015 until 7 November 2015 at the Trafalgar Studios. What's it About? Orestes’ parents are at war. A family drama spanning several decades, a huge, moving, bloody saga, Aeschylus’ greatest and final play asks whether justice can ever be done – and continues to resonate more than two millennia after it was written. Creative Team Oresteia is directed by Robert Icke, with design by Hildegard Bechtler, lighting by Natasha Chivers, sound by Tom Gibbons and video by Tim Reid. Who's in it? Oresteia Cast The cast includes Amelia Baldock, Lorna Brown, Jessica Brown Findlay, Rudi Dharmalingam, Ann Firbank, Ilan Galkoff, Joshua Higgott, Cameron Lane, John Mackay, Clara Read, Eve Salama, Bobby Smalldridge, Luke Thompson, Lia Williams, Angus Wright and Hara Yannas. Reviews ★★★★ 'This quiet riot of theatricality is so great that this still grips, surprises and unsettles throughout. Huge themes, ordinary people, great performances, big success.' The Times ★★★★★ 'An exhilarating adaptation. One tremendous evening' Observer ★★★★★ 'Robert Icke performs revelatory surgery on Aeschylus’s epic revenge trilogy.' Sunday Times
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Almeida Theatre announces new Winter to Spring Season 2014 – 2015
The Almeida Theatre in Islington has announced its new programme for Winter 2014/15 and Spring 2015. Highlights of the new season include Almeida artistic director Rupert Goold reviving his acclaimed RSC production of The Merchant Of Venice, starring Ian Mcdiarmid as Shylock and Susannah Fielding as Portia. Robert Icke (Mr Burns, 1984) is to direct Tobias Menzies in Wallace Shawn’s play The Fever, in a site-specific production that will be staged in an intimate setting at the May Fair Hotel in London. The Almeida will stage the world premiere of Mike Bartlett's new play Game, directed by Sacha Wares, following the Almeida's acclaimed production of Bartlett's King Charles III - which is now playing at the Wyndham's Theatre. Award-winning designer Miriam Buether will radically reconfigure the auditorium of the Almeida for Bartlett's play about the housing crisis and a young couple offered a home of their own - but at a dangerous price. Also at the Almeida, a reimagining of Bizet's Carmen will be staged in a new play by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Birdland, Three Kingdoms) called Carmen Disruption, directed by Michael Longhurst. Currently playing at the Almeida is Little Revolution by Alecky Blythe and directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins (until 4 October 2014), a verbatim theatre piece about the London riots starring Ronni Ancona. From 10 October (until 29 November), David Cromer directs a new production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town, featuring Michael Ajao, Paul Bigley, Arthur Byrne, Sidney Cole, Kate Dickie, Laura Elsworthy, Anna Francolini, Matthew Jacobs-Morgan, Daniel Kendrick, Simon Lennon, Jessica Lester, Richard Lumsden, Annette McLaughlin, Christopher Staines, Rhashan Stone and David Walmsley. King Charles III by Mike Bartlett and directed by Rupert Goold is currently playing at the Wyndham’s Theatre until 29 November starring Katie Brayben, Oliver Chris, Richard Goulding, Nyasha Hatendi, Adam James, Margot Leicester, Tim Pigott-Smith, Miles Richardson, Tom Robertson, Nicholas Rowe, Tafline Steen and Lydia Wilson. Tickets for the new season go on sale to Almeida Members on 16 September and the general public on 23 September. LINKS Book tickets to King Charles III at the Wyndham's Theatre Almeida Theatre on Almeida Theatre website LISTINGS THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by William Shakespeare Directed by Rupert Goold 5 December 2014 – 14 February 2015 Press Night 15 December Stars Ian McDiarmid as Shylock, plus Jamie Beamish, Rebecca Brewer, Susannah Fielding, Scott Handy, Caroline Martin and Emily Plumtree. Designs by Tom Scutt, lighting by Rick Fisher, music by Adam Cork, sound by Gregory Clarke, choreography by Scott Ambler and orchestrations by Alex Baranowski. THE FEVER by Wallace Shawn Directed by Robert Icke at The May Fair Hotel 7 January - 7 February 2015 Stars Tobias Menzies (King Lear, The History Boys, The IT Crowd). GAME World Premiere by Mike Bartlett Directed by Sacha Wares 23 February – 4 April Press performances 3 March 7pm & 9.30pm Designed by Miriam Buether. CARMEN DISRUPTION UK Premiere by Simon Stephens Directed by Michael Longhurst 10 April - 23 May 2015 Press Performance 17 April

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