Almeida Spring/Summer Season 2014
King Charles III and Mr Burns complete the Almeida Spring Season
The Almeida Theatre in Islington have announced their Spring/Summer season, with two new plays programmed by Artistic Director Rupert Goold.
King Charles III is a new play by Mike Bartlett, reuniting the author with director Rupert Goold for the first time since 'Earthquakes in London'. Described as a 'future history play', 'King Charles III' is a controversial look at Britain's most famous family, and examines the people beneath the crown, alongside the unwritten rules of our democracy.
The Queen is dead: after a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule?
King Charles III begins performances on 3 April and runs until 31 May 2014, with press night on 10 April.
The season continues at the Almeida Theatre with the European premiere of Mr Burns by Anne Washburn, in a new production directed by Robert Icke.
Performances run at the Almeida Theatre from 5 June to 19 July 2014, with a press night on 12 June.
Mr Burns , which is described as being a 'post electric play', premiered in New York in Autumn 2013. As contemporary America faces a future without power, no one is sure exactly who will survive. A group of survivors fondly remember an episode of 'The Simpsons', and the story is retold and passed down through the generations, eventually turning into mythology. Washburn's play asks about the stories we tell as a society and explores the boundaries between high art and pop culture, alongside America's favourite TV family.
Mike Bartlett's previous plays include 'Decade', 'Aretfacts' and 'Cock' for which he won the 2010 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre at the Royal Court. Anne Washburn’s credits include 'The Internationalist' and 'The Ladies and A Devil at Noon'.
(Public booking opens 25 Feb 2014)