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Rupert Goold announces three new productions at the popular off-West End venue
The Almeida Theatre in north London has announced three new productions for its 2017 season which also sees a return to the venue for Ben Whishaw. The popular star of stage and screen last appeared at the venue in the 2015 production of Bakkhai.
Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold describes the season as "a season of work that interrogates the line between truth and art, words and action, money and meaning."
The new season begins with a revival of Martin Crimp's contemporary satire The Treatment, directed by Lyndsey Turner, which plays a limited engagement from 24 April to 10 June 2017. Opening night is scheduled for 28 April.
"Martin Crimp's modern satire is set in a film studio in New York and centres on a young woman in an industry, where people are mere commodities and the business' driving factor is to sell sex and make money. Our leading lady finds out that it is a dangerous game, exploiting the rights to your life as a commodity."
The production will feature Aisling Loftus and Matthew Needham, as well as music composition by Rupert Cross, scenic design by Giles Cadle, lighting design by Neil Austin, fight direction by Bret Yount, sound design by Chris Shutt and voice coaching by Charmian Hoare.
The Treatment also marks the first return to the Almeida for director Lyndsey Turner, following her critically acclaimed 2013 production of Chimerica, which transferred to the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre and went on to win the Olivier Award for Best Play.
The next production of the new season will be the world premiere of a ruthless new play by James Graham entitled Ink. Artistic Director Rupert Goold will helm the production which begins previews on 17 June, officially opens on 27 June and runs through to 5 August 2017.
"Set in 1969, the play follows a young Rupert Murdoch on his quest to establish what would become Britain's most influential newspaper - The Sun. Discover how the rebellious Murdoch defied the odds and really have the people what they want."
The creative team features scenic design is by Bunny Christie and lighting design by Neil Austin. Casting for Ink will be announced at a later date.
Finally, Ben Whishaw stars in the world premiere of Against, written by Chris Shinn, directed by Ian Rickson and designed by Ultz.
"Ben Whishaw takes on the role of Luke - an aerospace billionaire in Silicon Valley. Luke claims he can talk to anyone and that God himself is talking to him. He sets out on a mission to change the world but is met with violent consequences."
Previews begin on 12 August, before an official opening on 23 August and a final performance on 30 September 2017.
Tickets for The Treatment and Ink will go on sale to the general public on 2 February 2017, whilst booking for Against will open in May 2017.