Michael Gould, Lara Rossi and Samuel West will join the previously announced Romola Garai in the world premiere of Ella Hickson’s The Writer at the Almeida Theatre, directed by Blanche McIntyre, playing from 14 April to 26 May 2018, with a press night on 24 April.
A young writer challenges the status quo but discovers that creative gain comes at a personal cost. She wants to change the shape of the world. But a new way of thinking needs a new story.
Ella Hickson returns to the Almeida following the success of Oil in 2016 with this exploration of power and patriarchy.
The Writer is designed by Anna Fleischle, with sound design by Emma Laxton, lighting design by Richard Howell, movement by Sasha Milavic Davies and casting by Julia Horan.
Romola Garai plays the Writer. Her previous theatre credits include Queen Anne at the Theatre Royal Haymarket; Measure for Measure at the Young Vic; Indian Ink at Roundabout Theatre (New York); The Village Bike at the Royal Court; Three Sisters at the Lyric Hammersmith; King Lear and The Seagull for the RSC and Calico at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
Michael Gould plays the Director. His recent theatre credits include The Jungle, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A View from the Bridge (also Wyndham’s Theatre and Lyceum Theatre, New York) and Hamlet at the Young Vic; The Audience at the Apollo Theatre; ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore at Shakespeare’s Globe and Damned by Despair, Greenland, Earthquakes in London and Our Class at the National Theatre.
Lara Rossi plays Female Actor/Girlfriend. Her theatre credits include Misalliance at the Orange Tree Theatre; Persuasion at the Royal Exchange Manchester; Octagon at the Arcola Theatre; Even Stillness Breathes Softly Against a Brick Wall at the Soho Theatre; The Alchemist at the Liverpool Playhouse; Tender Napalm for Supporting Wall; 13 and Emperor and Galilean at the National Theatre and Women, Power and Politics at the Tricycle Theatre.
Samuel West plays Male Actor/Boyfriend. His recent theatre credits include Julius Caesar at Sheffield Crucible; Present Laughter at Theatre Royal Bath and on tour; the Young Chekhov season at Chichester Festival Theatre; Uncle Vanya at the Vaudeville Theatre; A Number at the Sheffield Crucible Studio, Menier Chocolate Factory and Fugard Theatre, Cape Town; Enron at Chichester Festival Theatre, Royal Court and Noël Coward Theatre and The Family Reunion and Betrayal at the Donmar Warehouse.