Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan to make UK stage debut in ‘Macbeth’ at Almeida Theatre

Irish actress Saoirse Ronan will make her UK theatre debut this September in a feminist rereading of Macbeth at the Almeida Theatre in London.

Ronan, a four-time Oscar nominee, will reunite with her Mary Queen of Scots co-star James McArdle – currently seen playing Deacon Mark Burton in HBO’s Mare of Easttown – in Yaël Farber’s production of Shakespeares, The Tragedy of Macbeth. The piece will run from 25 September until 20 November. The creative team includes design by Soutra Gilmour, costumes by Joanna Scotcher, lighting by Tim Lutkin, movement by Emily Terndrup and musica by Tom Lane.

The Almeida reopens in June with a promising season of new work, revivals and post-poned shows that were due to be staged over the lockdown period. First up is And Breathe …, an adaptation of Yomi Ṣode’s forthcoming poetry collection Manorism. Miranda Cromwell will direct the production, which stars David Jonsson (BBC’s Industry). It runs from 16 June til 10 July.

Lolita Chakrabarti’s two-hander Hymn, starring Adrian Lester and Danny Sapani, will return from 16 July until 13 August. It’s followed by the world premiere of Once Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia (21 Aug-18 Sep) by Josh Azouz, a “dark comedy” about Arab-Israeli history directed by Eleanor Rhode.

The season will include a revival of Spring Awakening (30 Nov – 22 Jan) directed by Goold and starring Laurie Kynaston and Amara Okereke.

Almeida artistic director Rupert Goold said: “Although still battered and bruised by the last 14 months, and keenly aware that many within this industry continue to suffer as a result of the pandemic, this announcement today feels like an exhalation and moment to pay tribute to the endurance and creativity shown by so many friends and colleagues.

Next year will see the premiere of a collection of short plays titled The Key Workers Cycle, by writers including Nessah Muthy and Danusia Samal, which will be performed by professional actors, members of the local community and key workers.

Previously postponed productions of Jeremy O. Harris’ Daddy: A Melodrama, Beth Steel’s The House of Shades and Carmen Nasr’s The Maladies will also be staged in 2022.

Further information and tickets can be found here.

📷 Main photo: Saoirse Ronan

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