Almeida Theatre artistic director Rupert Goold has announced a socially distanced season of three world premieres for Christmas 2020 and into 2021.
- Nine Lessons and Carols: stories for a long winter – a new production devised by Rebecca Frecknall, Chris Bush and a company of six actors and musicians
- Hymn, a new play by Lolita Chakrabarti, featuring actors Adrian Lester and Danny Sapani, directed by Blanche McIntyre
- The Maladies, a new play by Carmen Nasr, performed by the Almeida Young Company, directed by Diyan Zora
- Also announced: Digital screenings of productions, the second year of the Genesis Almeida New Playwrights, Big Plays Programme and two recent Almeida productions – Albion and The Duchess of Malfi – made available digitally exclusively for schools
Rupert Goold said: “Having gratefully received a grant from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund, we are very pleased to be offering a season of work playing through Christmas and into 2021. The theatre has been reconfigured for social distancing, with a reduced capacity of 120 – about a third of our usual size.
“Acknowledging the context and timing of our reopening, we decided that it was imperative to produce new work this winter: to provide employment to staff and freelancers, to welcome our audiences, supporters and local community back into the building, and to reunite our young artist groups.
“For those audiences who can’t make it to the Almeida, we will also be offering digital screenings for people to watch at home.
Nine Lessons and Carols: stories for a long winter
2 December 2020 to 9 January 2021 (Press performances are on 9 December)
This is not a Corona play but it is a play about connection and isolation, about lighting a candle to see us through the longest night, about what we hold on to when we cannot hold each other.
Almeida associate director Rebecca Frecknall, playwright Chris Bush and a company of six performers devise a new production reflecting on a year of separation and the power of contact.
Cast: Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Katie Brayben, Toheeb Jimoh, Elliot Levey, Maimuna Memon and Luke Thallon.
18 January to 22 January 2021 (Press night is 19 January)
When a group of women in London mysteriously fall silent, no one can figure out why. The team at an all-female podcast decide to investigate and end up on a journey of discovery, uncovering more than they bargained for.
The Maladies is a new play by Almeida Genesis Writer Carmen Nasr, directed by Diyan Zora and has been devised with the Almeida Young Company (18-25).
29 January to 27 February 2021 (Press night is 4 February)
Benny is a loner anchored by his wife and children. Gil longs to fulfil his potential. They form a deep bond but as cracks appear in their fragile lives they start to realise that true courage comes in different forms.
Featuring music from Gil and Benny’s lives, Lolita Chakrabarti’s new play asks what it takes to be a good father, brother or son. Directed by Blanche McIntyre, Hymn features Adrian Lester and Danny Sapani.