NEWS: Julian Ovenden & Indira Varma join cast of Crimp’s The Treatment

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The Almeida Theatre today announced the full cast of The Treatment, Martin Crimp’s new play, which runs from 24 April 2017 to 10 June 2017, with a press night on 24 April.

Joining the previously announced Aisling Loftus and Matthew Needham will be Gary Beadle, Ian Gelder, Ben Onwukwe, Julian Ovenden, Ellora Torchia, Indira Varma and Hara Yannas. In addition, choreographer Arthur Pita has joined the production’s creative team.

New York. A film studio. A young woman has an urgent story to tell. But here, people are products, movies are money and sex sells. And the rights to your life can be a dangerous commodity to exploit.

Martin Crimp’s contemporary satire is directed by Lyndsey Turner, who returns to the Almeida following her award-winning production of Chimerica.

The Treatment will be designed by Giles Cadle, with lighting by Neil Austin, composition by Rupert Cross, fight direction by Bret Yount, sound by Chris Shutt, and voice coaching by Charmian Hoare. The choreographer is Arthur Pita. Casting is by Julia Horan.

In response to The Treatment – where it’s material that matters – Whose Life Is It Anyway? continues the Almeida’s programme of pre-show discussions as a panel delves into the worldwide fascination with constructed realities in art and in life.

When you sell your story is your life still your own? In the golden age of social media – where immaculately contrived worlds are labelled as real life – what is the cost? Can truth be traced in art at all?

The panel includes Instagram star Deliciously Stella, Made In Chelsea producer Nick Arnold, and Anita Biressi, Professor of Media and Communications at Roehampton University. Almeida Questions is an eclectic programme of pre-show discussions which consider some of the questions raised by the work on our stage.

Alongside The Treatment, Almeida Participation will produce a new piece of work in response to the play’s themes and provocations. A community company ranging in age from 18 – 70 will work with Resident Director Jo Tyabji and a dynamic creative team to develop their performance skills, culminating in an original piece of theatre to be performed on the Almeida stage.


Gary Beadle’s theatre credits include A Profoundly Affectionate, Passionate Devotion to Someone and Sucker Punch at the Royal Court; Now We Are Here at the Young Vic; Les Blancs at the National Theatre; Hapgood at Hampstead Theatre; The Whipping Man at Theatre Royal; Plymouth; We Know Where You Live at the Finborough Theatre; The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco at the Gate Theatre; You Know Who You Are for Talawa Theatre Company; Blue Remembered Hills at Chichester Festival Theatre; Family Man at Theatre Royal Stratford; Top Dog Under Dog and Moby Dick at Manchester Royal Exchange. Television includes The Interceptor; Hustle; The Sarah Jane Adventures; Kerching!Little BritainEastEnders; Lenny Henry ShowRelative Strangers and Honeymoon. Film includes In the Heart of the SeaCockney vs ZombieTil Death Do Us PartWitThe ImitatorsDrivenMemoirs of a Survivor; Fords on WaterAbsolute BeginnersPlaying AwayCresta Run; and White Mischief.

Ian Gelder has appeared in King Lear at the Almeida. Other theatre includes Human AnimalsThe Low Road; and Fireface at the Royal Court Theatre; Titus Andronicus at Shakespeare’s Globe; Gods & Monsters at the Southwark Playhouse; RootsGood; and Front Page at the Donmar Warehouse; Company and Racing Demon at the Sheffield Crucible; Precious Little Talent at Trafalgar Studios; Lingua Franca at the Finborough Theatre and 59E59 Theatre, New York; The Power of YesHenry IV Parts 1 and 2; His Dark Materials and Stuff Happens at the National Theatre; The Sound of Music at the London Palladium; The CrucibleRichard III; Titus Andronicus; The Merchant of Venice; and The Taming of the Shrew for the RSC; Mouth to Mouth at the Albery Theatre; Three Sisters at Chichester Festival Theatre; and Marvin’s Room at the Comedy Theatre. Television includes SnatchRiviera; Game of ThronesMr. Selfridge; Robin Hood; Kavanagh QCRipper Street; TorchwoodPsychoville; and The Day Today. Film includes Pope JoanKing RalphJinnah; Little Dorrit; and The Fool.

Aisling Loftus’ theatre credits include Touched at Nottingham Playhouse; Noises Off at The Old Vic; Spur of the Moment at the Royal Court; and The Hotel Plays at the Langham Hotel. Television credits include War and Peace; Mr Selfridge; Dive; Public Enemies; Good Cop; The Borrowers; Page Eight; Five Daughters and upcoming Broken. Film credits include Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; Death of a Superhero; Oranges and Sunshine and upcoming Property of the State and Salty. Her short film Jade was nominated for a BAFTA film award for Short Film in 2010.

Ben Onwukwe’s theatre credits include The Shawshank Redemption UK tour; The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the Royal Lyceum Edinburgh; Sense of an Ending and Man in the Middle at Theatre 503; The After Dinner Joke and The Making of Moo at the Orange Tree Theatre; Hamlet at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow; The Love Girl & The Innocent at Southwark Playhouse; Sunset Baby at the Gate Theatre; Pandora’s Box at the Arcola; In Time and Walking Waterfall for Eastern Angles and Tiata Fahodzi; Days of Significance; Pericles and The Winter’s Tale for the RSC; Macbeth for Out of Joint; Doctor of Honour for Cheek by Jowl; Greenland and The Emperor at the Royal Court. Television includes London’s Burning; EastEnders; Coronation Street; Holby City; Law & Order UK; After You’ve Gone; and Between The Lines. Film includes Late Bloomers.

Matthew Needham’s theatre credits include Imogen; The Comedy of Errors; Titus Andronicus; and The Knight of the Burning Pestle at Shakespeare’s Globe; Henry IV Parts I & II; Love’s Sacrifice; The Jew of Malta; Candide; and Titus Andronicus for the RSC; Our Country’s Good for Out of Joint; There is a War at the National Theatre; Bingo; and The Grapes of Wrath at Chichester Festival Theatre; and Shades at the Royal Court. Television includes Endeavour; The Hollow Crown; Monroe; and Sherlock. Film includes The Ritual.

Julian Ovenden’s theatre credits include My Night With Reg for the Donmar Warehouse and in the West End; Showboat for the New York Philharmonic; Sunday in the Park with George at the Théâtre du Châtelet; Finding Neverland on Broadway; Death Takes a Holiday at the Roundabout Theatre, New York; Marguerite and A Woman of No Importance at Theatre Royal, Haymarket; Butley at the Booth Theatre; Grand Hotel and Merrily We Roll Along at the Donmar Warehouse; and King Lear for the RSC. Television includes Knightfall; Major Crimes; Death in Paradise; The Sound of Music Live!; Downton Abbey; Smash; Any Human Heart; Foyle’s War; The Royal; The Forsyte Saga; and Come Together. Film includes The Confessions; The Colony; and Allies.

Ellora Torchia’s theatre includes Boys Will Be Boys at the Bush Theatre and for Headlong; and Macbeth for Out of Joint. Television includes BroadchurchBeowulf; Indian SummersDCI Banks: Buried; The Suspicions of Mr WhicherSpooks. Film includes Les Cowboys. Ellora graduated from RADA in 2014.

Indira Varma has previously appeared in Five Gold Rings at the Almeida. Other theatre credits include Man + Superman; Ivanov; and Othello at the National Theatre; Tiger Country at Hampstead Theatre; Titus Andronicus at Shakespeare’s Globe; The Hothouse for the Jamie Lloyd season at Trafalgar Studios; Dance of Death; Twelfth Night; The Vortex; and Privates on Parade at the Donmar Warehouse; Hysteria at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket; Ingredient X and The Vertical Hour at the Royal Court Theatre; The Skin of Our Teeth at the Young Vic; and Celebration on Broadway. Television includes Paranoid; Game of Thrones; What Remains; Hunted; Silk; World Without End; Luther; Hustle; Moses Jones; Torchwood; Waste of Shame; Broken News; Love Soup; and Rome. Film includes Exodus; Silent Hours; All You Need Is Kill; Mindscape; Risk Addiction; Bride & Prejudice; Jinnah; Sixth Happiness; Phoenix and Karma Sutra.

Hara Yannas has previously appeared in Oresteia; 1984; and The House of Bernarda Alba at the Almeida. Other theatre includes Mare Rider for the Arcola and European Tour; Britannicus for Wilton’s Music Hall; Pericles at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre; Uncle Vanya for the Arcola Theatre; Tales of the Harrow Road at the Soho Theatre; A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Shakespeare’s Globe; It Felt Empty When The Heart Went At First But It’s Alright Now for Clean Break and the Arcola Theatre; and the Scrooge UK Tour. Television includes Law & Order UKThe Smoke; The Bible; and Holby City. Film includes Patient Zero.

Martin Crimp’s work in the UK has been produced by the Almeida (a translation of Marivaux’s The Triumph of Love); RSC, National Theatre Young Vic, Barbican, Théâtre de Complicité, and the Royal Court. His plays include In the Republic of Happiness; Play House; The City; Fewer Emergencies; Cruel and Tender (written for director Luc Bondy); Face to the Wall; The Country; Attempts on her Life; Getting Attention; No One Sees the Video; Play with Repeats; Dealing with Clair; and Definitely the Bahamas. His translations include Botho Strauss’s Gross und Klein; Ionesco’s Rhinoceros; Marivaux’s The False Servant; Genet’s The Maids; Ionesco’s The Chairs; Koltès’s Roberto Zucco; a new version of Chekhov’s The Seagull for the National Theatre; and Molière’s The Misanthrope. His work has been translated into many languages and produced at venues outside the UK including Milan’s Piccolo Teatro, the Sala Beckett in Barcelona, at the Vienna Festival, the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, the Théâtre de la Ville, by the Berliner Ensemble, at Berlin’s Schaubühne, and at the Festival d’Automne in Paris. His work for opera includes Into the Little Hill and Written on Skin (written for George Benjamin). In New York his work has been seen at the Public Theater, at Classic Stage, on Broadway (a translation of The Chairs, directed by Simon McBurney), and at the Metropolitan Opera. In 2007 Attempts on her Life was revived on the Lyttleton stage of the National Theatre, directed by Katie Mitchell; and in 2013 his latest play, The rest will be familiar to you from cinema, opened at the Schauspielhaus, Hamburg, where it was voted by Germany’s Theater heute best foreign play of the year. In 2005 Crimp received Italy’s Premio Ubu for the Fewer Emergencies trilogy. The Treatment was winner of the 1993 John Whiting Award.

Lyndsey Turner previously directed Chimerica for the Almeida, which then transferred to the West End and won 5 Olivier Awards including Best Director and Best New Play. Other theatre credits include Faith HealerFathers and Sons; and Philadelphia, Here I Come! at the Donmar Warehouse; Tipping The Velvet at the Lyric Hammersmith; Hamlet at the Barbican; Posh and Contractions at the Royal Court; and Light Shining in Buckinghamshire at the National Theatre where Lyndsey is an Associate Director.

Arthur Pita has choreographed Becky Shaw and Caledonian Road for the Almeida. Other choreographic work includes Salome for San Francisco Ballet; The Ballad of Mack & Ginny for the Royal Ballet and New York City Center; Run Mary Run at Sadler’s Wells; Casse Noisette for Paris Opera Ballet; Stepmother/Stepfather for Dance East and HeadSpace; Little Match Girl (Jerwood Dance House/DanceEast/UK tour/Sadlers Wells/Taiwan tour); The Metamorphosis for Royal Opera House and Joyce Theatre NY (Winner: South Bank Award for Dance, National Dance Award for Best Modern Choreography and Olivier nomination); A dream within a Midsummer Night’s Dream (Olivier Award nomination) and Cristaux for Ballet Black; Volver for Men In Motion/ London Coliseum/La Versiliana Festival. Choreographic Collaboration includes Saint Joan, and Les Liaisons Dangereuses for the Donmar Warehouse; Our Country’s Good, Mappa Mundi, Women Beware Women, and Detroit for the National Theatre; La bohème, and Show Boat for the Royal Albert Hall; Carmen; and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogonny for the Royal Opera House; The Winter’s Tale for the RSC; The Glass Menagerie for the Young Vic; and The Joke for Fuel.

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