Almeida Theatre to present ‘Six Artists in Search of a Play’ series

Six semi-staged readings will take place during a three week season.

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The Almeida Theatre will reopen for in-person performances next month with a collection of international plays, exploring the impact of theatre traditions worldwide. Collectively titled Six Artists in Search of a Play, performances will run at the Almeida Theatre on selected dates from 19 May - 5 June.

The six plays being staged as part of the season have been selected to showcase global theatre. Each play will be shown as a semi-staged reading, with options to watch the show either in person or via online stream.

The six works being shown in Six Artists in Search of a Play are listed below:

The Dybbuk: Audrey Sheffield presents S. Ansky’s religious play, which has been translated by Golda Werman. The Dybbuk explores the rules and customs of 19th century Eastern European Hasidism, following a woman who is possessed by the spirit of a former lover. Performance on 19 May.

Thunderstorm: Anthony Lau presents Cao Yu’s seminal Chinese drama, which was originally considered controversial due to having three female leads. Thunderstorm sees a businessman deciding whether wealth or love is more important. Performance on 21 May.

The Gods are Not to Blame: Ola Rotimi’s award-winning play combines ancient Greek stories with the impact of colonialism in Nigeria. Ebenezer Bamgboye presents the Nigerian drama, with a performance on 26 May.

Dziady/Forefathers’ Eve: Nastazja Domaradzka presents Adam Mickiewicz’s poem, translated by Charles S. Kraszewski. The Polish drama sees a political prisoner strive to bring his nation together. Performance on 28 May.

Name, Place, Animal, Thing: Annie Zaidi’s drama explores the caste system in modern Indian homes, where being “one of the family” isn’t always respected. Atri Banerjee presents, with a performance on 2 June.

Michael X: Vanessa Walters’ drama is inspired by Michael X’s 1965 speech, where he rallied crowds by addressing the status of Black men in Britain and highlighted Caribbean cultures. Cherrelle Skeete presents Michael X, with a performance on 4 June.

Future upcoming performances at the Almeida Theatre are to be announced.

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