The Almeida Theatre has announced a new production of Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck in a new version created by Almeida associate director Robert Icke. It is Icke’s first show at the Almeida since Hamlet in 2017 and follows his previously acclaimed productions of Mary Stuart, Oresteia, Uncle Vanya, Mr Burns and 1984. It opens on Tuesday 23 October 2018, with previews from Monday 15 October, and runs until Saturday 1 December (press night is 23 October). Casting to be announced.
In the creative team are designer Bunny Christie, lighting designer Elliot Griggs, sound designer Tom Gibbons and casting director Julia Horan.
Also announced today is a one-day Almeida For Free festival taking place on Saturday 27 October, following the previous success of Almeida For Free during the runs of Summer and Smoke and Hamlet. The event includes a matinee performance made exclusively free to 25s and under, a Q&A with Robert Icke and workshops run by theatre practitioners. Full details to be announced soon.
Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) was a Norwegian playwright, director and poet. His plays include Hedda Gabler, A Doll’s House, Ghosts, Peer Gynt, The Lady from the Sea, The Master Builder, Emperor and Galilean and Little Eyolf.
Robert Icke is associate director at the Almeida where his work includes adapting and directing Mary Stuart (also West End), Uncle Vanya, Oresteia (also West End) and 1984 (co-created with Duncan Macmillan, also Broadway, West End, national and international tours). As director, his other Almeida productions include Hamlet (also West End and BBC2), The Fever, and Mr Burns. Elsewhere, his recent work includes a new adaptation of Oedipus (Toneelgroep Amsterdam) and his future work includes The Crucible (Theater Basel) and Oresteia (Schauspiel Stuttgart). His other credits include Boys and Romeo and Juliet (Headlong). He has won the Critics’ Circle Award and the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Director and is the youngest ever winner of the Olivier Award for Best Director.