Almeida Theatre announce further productions

Almeida Theatre announce further productions

The off West End venue, Almeida Theatre has announced further productions for 2008 Season: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (28 Mar - 10 May) & Rosmersholm (15 May - 5 July), plus cast announced for Marianne Dream

Public booking opens 19 Nov 2007

Casting confirmed for Marianne Dreams, Moira Buffini’s adaptation of Catherine Storr’s classic novel, which opens 19 Dec 2007, following previews 13 Dec - running to 19 Jan 2008. Directed by Will Tuckett, the cast includes: Mark Arends (Mark), Selina Chilton (Marianne) , Siubhan Harrison (Miss Chesterfield), Jack James(Dr Burton), Sarah Malin (Helen) . (At certain performances the role of Marianne will be played by Sarah Boulton). On her tenth birthday Marianne runs a fever and to her horror she’s soon confined to bed. She picks up a pencil and starts to draw to fill her time. That night Marianne dreams. Transported into her own picture she discovers she has the power to change her dreams. As she draws by day and dreams by night, Marianne soon realises the consequences of her actions and finds that she’s not alone – a sick boy called Mark exists not only in her dreams but also in her waking reality.

As previously mentioned, Harold Pinter's The Homecoming, opens on 7 Feb 2008, following previews from 31 Jan - running to 22 March 2008. Directed by Michael Attenborough, the cast includes Kenneth Cranham (Max) , Neil Dudgeon (Teddy) , Danny Dyer (Joey) , Jenny Jules (Ruth), Nigel Lindsay (Lenny), Anthony O’Donnell (Sam).

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, by Stephen Adly Guirgis, opens 3 April 2008, following previews from 28 Mar - running to 10 May 2008. Directed by Rupert Goold, designed by Anthony Ward, lighting by Howard Harrison. Co-produced with Headlong. The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is a time-bending, serio-comic drama in an imagined world between Heaven and Hell that re-examines the plight and fate of The New Testament’s most infamous sinner. Throughout the play figures ranging from Pontius Pilate to Sigmund Freud are called to testify in a trial of 'God and the Kingdom of Heaven and Earth versus Judas Iscariot.' Guirgis uses the violent, chaotic energy of modern America, and particularly of New York, to explore timeless questions of free will and responsibility, of faith and fate.

Rosmersholm, by Henrik Ibsen, in a new version by Mike Poulton, opens 22 May 2008, following previews from 15 May - running to 5 July 2008. Directed by Anthony Page, designed by Hildegard Bechtler, lighting by Peter Mumford. Cast includes: Paul Hilton (Rosmer), Helen McCrory (Rebecca West) and Malcolm Sinclair (Kroll). For generations the house of Rosmer has been a stronghold of religious and political conservatism, but great changes are taking place at Rosmersholm. The tragic suicide of his wife and the influence of the mysterious Rebecca West bring former clergyman Rosmer’s new libertarian beliefs into the light. But the past won’t easily release him. Written in 1886, Ibsen’s play charts the struggle between freedom and the cruelty of conscience in an age of political division. Isolated by their beliefs and afraid of the force of their love Rosmer and Rebecca’s journey races them to an astonishing conclusion.

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