The Almeida Theatre has announced its star-studded 2016-2017 season, including two heavyweight Shakespeare productions, two world premiere plays, a screen adaptation and another West End season. Production highlights include:
- Ralph Fiennes (pictured) takes the title role in Shakespeare’s RICHARD III, directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold. Vanessa Redgrave makes her Almeida debut as Queen Margaret
- THEY DRINK IT IN THE CONGO, a provocative new play by Adam Brace will be directed by Michael Longhurst
- OIL, an explosive new play by Ella Hickson, directed by Carrie Cracknell drills deep into the world’s relationship with the finite resource
- Andrew Scott will play the title role in HAMLET in a production directed by Almeida Associate Director Robert Icke. Juliet Stevenson returns to the Almeida to play Gertrude
- Robert Icke and Duncan MacMillan’s adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984, a co-production with Headlong and Nottingham Playhouse, will return to the West End in June for a 12 week run
- The Almeida’s Olivier Award-winning production of KING CHARLES III, now seen by more than 350,000 people around the world, will be adapted as a television film for BBC Two, written by Mike Bartlett and directed by Rupert Goold KING CHARLES III is currently playing at the Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney until 30 April
- AMERICAN PSYCHO: A NEW MUSICAL THRILLER, currently in previews at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Broadway, has its opening night on 21 April. The Original London Cast Recording is now available to buy
- The Almeida’s Participation department, led by new Director of Participation Dani Parr, will produce three major projects in the next year: PLAY ON in partnership with Arsenal in the Community, WE KNOW BEST: THE SMALL HUMANS’ GUIDE TO BIG HUMAN PROBLEMS with 5-14 year olds in Almeida Academy, and FROM THE GROUND UP with 16 – 25 year olds in Almeida Young Company, in association with Shoreditch Town Hall
In other, non production-specific news:
- The Almeida embarks on a collaboration with photographer Miles Aldridge which will see him produce exclusive images for productions throughout the season
- The Arts Council awards the Almeida a grant of £336,000 to contribute to making the theatre significantly more energy efficient, resilient and able to deliver a better audience and artist experience.
- The Almeida is awarded a three star Creative Industry Green (IG) certification, the highest IG rating by environmental sustainability charity Julie’s Bicycle
Artistic director Rupert Goold said:
“We’re thrilled to present a season of plays which, whether classic drama or new writing, ask the big questions the Almeida is renowned for. How far will someone go for power? And what can one person do about global, international problems?
“We’re reviving two of Shakespeare’s most potent and political tragedies with some of our greatest actors. We welcome Ralph Fiennes back to the Almeida as Richard III, a character at once Machiavellian and totally recognisable to a modern audience. To see the man who has played both Voldemort and Amon Göth in this role in our intimate space will be an extraordinary event. We’re delighted he will be joined by Vanessa Redgrave in her Almeida debut as Queen Margaret. Andrew Scott will provide a startlingly fresh take on Hamlet, a tragedy which needs no introduction to modern audiences: and with Juliet Stevenson as Gertrude, in a production directed by Robert Icke, we’ll see the latent theatricality of the play laid bare.
“Adam Brace’s They Drink It In The Congo and Ella Hickson’s Oil are urgent and anarchic new plays about the increasingly small, fragmented world we live in. Playful in approach and epic in form, they take us on international journeys, exploring our dependency on limited resources and the costs of modern living.
“Photographer Miles Aldridge will capture the vivid, subversive spirit of the characters that will be seen on the Almeida stage this year.
Our Participation team continues their work with more than 3,000 young people in the borough of Islington. Our partnerships with Arsenal in the Community and Shoreditch Town Hall ensure we reach the greatest number; opening up our theatre to anyone aged 5 to 25.
The Almeida’s work can now be seen around the world: in the West End, on Broadway, on tour in Australia and the USA, and now for the first time on television with King Charles III on BBC2.”
by William Shakespeare
directed by Rupert Goold
Tuesday 7 June – Saturday 6 August
Press Night: Tuesday 14 June at 7pm
THEY DRINK IT IN THE CONGO
a new play by Adam Brace
directed by Michael Longhurst
Friday 12 August – Saturday 1 October
Press Night: Friday 19 August at 7pm
a new play by Ella Hickson
directed by Carrie Cracknell
Friday 7 October – Saturday 26 November
Press Night: Friday 14 October, 7pm
by William Shakespeare
directed by Robert Icke February 2017.
Performance dates to be announced, tickets on sale Autumn 2016