Almeida Theatre new season January - June 2013


The Almeida Theatre, an Off West End venue in Angel, north London, has announced three new productions for 2013.

(Public booking opens 13 Nov 2012)

18 Jan to 16 March 2013
The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James, new adaptation by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, directed by Lindsay Posner, designed by Peter McKintosh, lighting by Tim Mitchell, sound by John Leonard.Almeida Theatre in Association with Act Productions Limited, Sonia Friedman Productions and Hammer Theatre of Horror. Miss Jessel is dead. A new governess arrives at a remote estate in Bly to care for Miles and Flora. Wild but angelic they charm their guardian with flowers, poetry and song. But as she grows to love her two wards, figures appear in the darkness outside and the corners of the house are haunted by those that have gone before. The Governess must confront her fear and protect the children from the alarming dangers that surround them.

21 March to 11 May 2013
Before the Party, by Rodney Ackland, based on a short story by Somerset Maugham. Directed by Matthew Dunster, designed by Anna Fleischle, lighting by Philip Gladwell , sound by Ian Dickinson. The war is over and the Skinner family are trying to return to normal. If only the blasted Government weren't such a nuisance about the rations and Cook could get some more of those delicious delicacies. With daughter Laura returned from Africa, widowed but not alone, they prepare for the latest social gathering. Amidst the never-ending whirl of hats and dresses and below stairs skirmishes, Laura reveals a shocking secret that threatens to ruin more than one party on the climb to social success.

17 May to 29 June 2013
Chimerica, by Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Lyndsey Turner, designed by Es Devlin , lighting by Tim Lutkin , sound by Carolyn Downing. A Almeida Theatre & Headlong co-production. Tiananmen Square, 1989. As tanks roll through Beijing and soldiers hammer on his hotel door, Joe – a young American phottojournalist – captures a piece of history. In New York, 2012 Joe is covering a presidential election, marred by debate over cheap labour and the outsourcing of American jobs to Chinese factories. When a cryptic message is left in a Beijing newspaper, Joe is driven to discover the truth behind the unknown hero he captured on film. Who was he? What happened to him? And could he still be alive?

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