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The Almeida Theatre, Islington north London, has announced its progarmme of plays for 2012.
19 Jan - 10 Mar 2012
House of Bernarda Alba. Written by Federico Garcia Lorca n a new version by Emily Mann, directed by Bijan Sheibani, designed by Bunny Christie, sound by Dan Jones, lighting by Jon Clark, produced by Almeida Theatre. Cast include Shohreh Aghdashlo.
Following her husband’s funeral in rural Iran, powerful matriarch Bernarda Alba decrees to her five daughters that the household will enter a period of eight years mourning. The only one it seems will escape this fate is the eldest daughter, Angustias, who is already betrothed to the village’s most eligible bachelor. In the strict confines of the house, jealousy and suppressed sexuality rise to the surface. As Bernada’s oppression of her daughters increases it is more than the girls’ liberty that is in danger.
15 Mar - 12 May 2012
Filumena Written by Eduardo De Filippo, new English version by Tanya Ronder, directed by Michael Attenborough, designed by Rob Jones, sound by John Leonard, lighting by Tim Mitchell, produced by Almeida Theatre. Cast inludes Samantha Spiro.
In the balmy heat of late ‘40s Naples, Filumena Marturano lies on her deathbed waiting to marry Domenico Soriano, the man who has kept her as his mistress for twenty-five years. But no sooner has the priest completed the ceremony, than Filumena makes a miraculous recovery. As he reels in shock, Domenico discovers that this brilliant, iron-willed woman has a few more surprises for him.
17 May - 30 Jun 2012
Children's Children Written by Matthew Dunster, directed by Jeremy Herrin, designed by Robert Innes Hopkins, sound by Ian Dickinson, lighting by Neil Austin, produced by Almeida Theatre.
Michael and Gordon have been best friends since acting college. Now, 20 years later, Michael is Mr Saturday Night TV but failing actor Gordon is struggling with enormous debts. Meanwhile Gordon’s daughter Effie couldn't care less about her Dad's problems – she is far more interested in the film that her cool boyfriend is making and setting up an ecologically sound clothing label. When Gordon asks Michael to lend him a large sum of money it sets in motion a series of events that reveal irreparable cracks in the characters’ relationships.
31 Aug - 03 Nov 2012
King Lear Written by William Shakespeare, directed by Michael Attenborough , designed by Tom Scutt, sound and music by Dan Jones, lighting by Jon Clark, produced by Almeida Theatre. Cast includes Jonathan Pryce.
When Lear asks each of his daughters to profess their love for him, he is flattered by the false hyperbole of Regan and Goneril. When his youngest daughter Cordelia confesses to love him simply as a daughter should, his pride is dented and he casts her out of his kingdom. Too late to realise his mistake, and forced from power by his offspring, an increasingly impotent and frail Lear descends into madness.
Public Booking opens on 24 Oct 2011 for The House of Bernarda Alba, Filumena, Children’s Children. Public booking for King Lear opens on 24 Oct 2011 for performances 31 August 15 Sep 2012, booking for subsequent performances will open on Spring 2012, date to be announced.