If anything, the resonances in Mike Bartlett’s Albion have grown and strengthened as countrywide divisions have hardened.
Albion is a meaty, emotional and funny play with a superb Victoria Hamilton drawing out the complexity of Audrey, even if you don’t feel sorry for her.
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.
“It sounds like a fecking dog biscuit,” a young Neil McCormick responds to the news that his friend Paul Hewson is changing his name to Bono in this hilarious but touching new play by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais – just one moment that highlights the level of competitiveness and disillusionment the character feels going up against a little band called U2.
My final post-show Q&A of the year, to the stage premiere of Chasing Bono, was an absolute Irish corker! After a revealing discussion about the fine line between success and failure and the perils of fame, it ended with an impromptu song performance.
Chasing Bono is inspiring, beautifully told and full of heart. Inspired programming and highly recommended.
In another example of London’s fringe theatre at its unmissable finest, Chasing Bono at Soho Theatre offers an evening of flawless entertainment.