NEWS: Full cast is announced for Albion at the Almeida Theatre

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The Almeida Theatre has announced the full cast for its revival of Mike Bartlett’s Albion, directed by Rupert Goold, running from 3-29 February 2020 (press night is 5 February) following the play’s acclaimed run in 2017.

Joining the previously announced Victoria Hamilton (awarded Best Actress at 2018 Critics’ Circle Awards for this role) and reprising their roles are Nigel BettsEdyta BudnikWil CobanMargot LeicesterNicholas Rowe and Helen Schlesinger. They will be joined by Angel CoulbyDaisy Edgar-Jones, Dónal Finn and Geoffrey Freshwater.

Director Goold is joined by designer Miriam Buether, lighting designer Neil Austin, sound designer Gregory Clarke and movement director Rebecca Frecknall.


Nigel Betts plays Edward. His theatre credits include The Box of Delights (Wilton’s Music Hall); Steel (Sheffield Theatres); Aladdin (Oxford Playhouse); Three Days in the Country (National Theatre); War Horse and One Man Two Guv’nors (National Theatre and West End); Wonderland (Hampstead Theatre); Pastoral (Soho Theatre); Aladdin (Lyric Hammersmith), The 39 Steps, Up’n’Under, Henry IV and As You Like It (West End).

Edyta Budnik plays Krystyna. Her theatre credits include This Kind of Air (The Bunker); Death of Ophelia (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse); Us Against Whatever (Liverpool Everyman); Under the Lid (Jermyn Theatre) and Tense/Nine (Nabokov at the Southwark Playhouse).

Wil Coban plays James/Stanley. His theatre credits include Gate (Cockpit Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (HOME Manchester) and Your Last Breath (Curious Directive). His television work includes Origin; Cuffs and the forthcoming Cursed and The Liberator.

Angel Coulby plays Anna. Her theatre credits include Good People (Hampstead Theatre/West End); Lavender Blue (Edinburgh Lyceum) and A Statement of Regret (National Theatre).

Daisy Edgar-Jones plays Zara. This is her professional stage debut.

Dónal Finn plays Gabriel. His theatre credits include Sing Street (Mark Rubinstein Ltd); Chasing Bono (Soho Theatre).

Geoffrey Freshwater plays Matthew. He previously appeared in Ink and Filumena at the Almeida. For the RSC, where he is an Associate Artist, he has appeared in Jew of Malta; The Witch of EdmontonArden of FavershamThe Roaring GirlLove’s SacrificeVolponeAs You Like ItKing LearThe Taming of the ShrewJulius Caesar; The Merchant of Venice; The ChangelingSoftcopsCoriolanusHappy EndThe OdysseyMuch Ado About Nothing (RSC USA/European tour); Richard III (RSC Australian tour); Travesties (RSC / Savoy Theatre); The Winter’s TaleThe Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe; King JohnThe MalcontentEastwood Ho! (RSC/Gielgud). His other theatre work includes Noises Off; Old MoneyThe TempestThe Way of the WorldDracula; and Arsenic And Old Lace (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Churchill Play and The Alchemist (National Theatre); Once In A Lifetime and Piaf (West End); The Real Inspector Hound (Donmar Warehouse in the West End).

Margot Leicester plays Cheryl. She previously appeared at the Almeida in King Charles III (also West End and Broadway) and Knot of the Heart. Her other theatre credits include Admissions (Trafalgar Studios); Stories (National Theatre); Seventeen (Lyric Hammersmith); Long Day’s Journey Into Night, An Inspector Calls, The Glass Menagerie, Habeas Corpus, Who’s Afraid of Virginal Woolf, The Enemies Within, All My Sons and Ghosts (Bolton Octagon); A Conversation (Royal Exchange, Manchester) and Coriolanus (Shakespeare’s Globe).

Nicholas Rowe plays Paul Walters. His previous work for the Almeida includes King Charles III (also West End). His other theatre credits include Donkey’s Years (Rose Theatre Kingston); Raving (Hampstead Theatre); The Madness of George III (Theatre Royal Bath and on tour); Victory (Arcola Theatre); Whipping It Up (Bush Theatre/West End) and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (English Touring Theatre).

Helen Schlesinger plays Katherine Sanchez. Her theatre credits include Hamlet and As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe); Boys Will Be Boys and Whipping It Up (Bush Theatre); Frozen (Park Theatre); Single Spies (Rose Theatre Kingston); Coriolanus (Donmar Warehouse); Bracken Moor (Tricycle Theatre); Fireface (Young Vic Theatre); Skåne and Comfort with Apples (Hampstead Theatre); Blue/Orange (Tiata Fahodzi and the Arcola Theatre); The God’s Weep, The Crucible (WhatsOnStage Award for Best Supporting Actress), The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night (RSC); Wild East, Bear Hug, The Weather (The Mother) (Royal Court); The Oresteia, War and Peace, An Inspector Calls (also West End), Inadmissable Evidence (also West End) at the National Theatre.

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