Casting has been announced for Almeida Theatre’s 2020 production of Albion starring The Crown‘s Victoria Hamilton.
Hamilton reprises her role from the acclaimed 2017 production alongside original cast members Nigel Betts (War Horse), Edyta Budnik (Death of Ophelia), Wil Coban (Romeo and Juliet at HOME), Margot Leicester (King Charles III),
Nicholas Rowe (King Charles III) and Helen Schlesinger (Hamlet at Shakespeare’s Globe).
Also joining the cast will be Angel Coulby (Good People, Merlin), Daisy Edgar-Jones (Normal People), Dónal Finn (Chasing Bono) and Geoffrey Freshwater (Ink).
Directed by Rupert Goold (Ink, King Charles III), Mike Bartlett’s piece is a ‘richly layered’, ‘state of the nation’ play inspired by Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. The play focuses on Hamilton’s character, Audrey, a mid-50’s move and shaker who sells up in London to move to the country with the aim of restoring a country pile she knew as a small child.
Along the way she alienates her daughter, her son’s lover, her oldest friend and the entire village. In her mixture of romanticism about the past and restless hunger for change, she seems to epitomise the nation’s neurotic divisions.
Hamilton’s recent screen roles include playing the Queen Mother in seasons 1 and 2 of The Crown, Doctor Foster, Call The Midwife, Pride and Prejudice and Victoria & Albert. Nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in Joe Egg, her extensive theatre roles include Love, Love, Love (Royal Court); Once in a Lifetime; Summerfolk; Money (National Theatre); and, Twelfth Night, Suddenly Last Summer (Donmar Warehouse)
Albion runs from 3 February 2020 until 29 February 2020 at Almeida Theatre, London.