Coming up at Almeida Theatre in 2011

Three new productions announced for 2011 at The Almeida Theatre, an off West End venue in Islington, north London.

Public booking opens 5 November 2010.

BECKY SHAW, by Gina Gionfriddo, opens 20 Jan 2011, following previews from 13 Jan - running to 5 March 2011. Directed by Peter DuBois, designed by Jonathan Fensom, lighting by Tim Mitchell. Starring Anna Madeley, David Wilson Barnes, Haydn Gwynne, Daisy Haggard, Vincent Montuel. From the moment that Becky arrives overdressed for her blind date with straight-talking Max, it’s clear the evening is unlikely go to plan. In the immediate fallout, Becky becomes an object of devotion for her boss Andrew, who appears to have a fetish for vulnerable women. In turn Andrew’s wife Suzanna turns to her step-brother Max for comfort, and their mutual desire begins to resurface.

THE KNOT OF THE HEART, by David Eldridge, opens 17 March 2011, following previews from 10 March - running to 30 April 2011. Directed by Michael Attenborough, designed by Peter McKintosh, lighting by Tim Mitchell. Starring Abigail Cruttenden, Lisa Dillon, Margot Leicester Beautiful and privileged, Lucy is enjoying a burgeoning career in television. But her social drug habit has become a serious addiction, casting a dark shadow over her future happiness. As her charmed life begins to slip away Lucy comes to realise that the devoted support of her family does not come without a price.

A DELICATE BALANCE, by Edward Albee, opens 12 May 2011, following previews from 5 May - running to 2 July 2011. Directed by James Macdonald, designed by Laura Hopkins. Starring Penelope Wilton Urban socialites Agnes and Tobias appear to inhabit a glamorous world of drinks parties and social clubs. The return home of their recently divorced daughter, the constant presence of Agnes’ alcoholic sister and the impromptu late-night arrival of some close friends, begin to peel away this veneer. As their lives become increasingly claustrophobic, the characters battle with their fear of stepping into the real world, opting instead for the undemanding familiarity of their own drawing room.

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