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The Twilight Zone - Almeida Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

BASED on stories by Rod Serling, Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson from the CBS television series, adapted by Anne Washburn and directed by Richard Jones, The Twilight Zone receives its world premiere at the Almeida Theatre, running from December 12, 2017 (previews from December 5) to January 27, 2018.

Between light and shadow, science and superstition, fear and knowledge is a dimension of imagination. An area which we call the Twilight Zone.

Stage magic and fantasy unite as the ordinary becomes extraordinary.

One of television’s most revered and influential science-fiction fantasy series, The Twilight Zone ran on American network CBS from 1959 to 1964, winning three Emmy Awards during its 156 episode run. Its incisive parables explore humanity’s hopes, despairs, prides and prejudices.

The programme has had a seminal influence on popular culture – from Stephen King to Lin-Manuel Miranda, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan to Steven Spielberg, The Simpsons to Black Mirror.

Anne Washburn’s plays include Mr Burns: A Post Electric Play, which received its European premiere at the Almeida in 2014, 10 out of 12, Antlia Pneumatica, The Communist Dracula Pageant, A Devil at Noon, I Have Loved Strangers, The Internationalist, The Ladies, The Small and translated adaptations of Euripides’ Orestes and Iphigenia In Aulis.

Richard Jones has directed theatre at the Young Vic, The Old Vic, the National Theatre, in the West End, for the Royal Court/Ambassadors, for the RSC, in New York at the Public Theatre and three times on Broadway. He has directed opera at the Royal Opera House, the ENO, Aix en Provence, Paris, Amsterdam, Glyndebourne, la Scala, Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin and at the Met in New York.

In theatre, Jones has received Olivier Awards for Too Clever by Half (The Old Vic) and Into the Woods (Phoenix Theatre) and the Evening Standard Award as best director for The Illusion (The Old Vic). He was nominated for a Tony Award for La Bête on Broadway. He also received three Olivier Awards in opera – for Hansel and Gretel (WNO), Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (ROH) and The Mastersingers of Nuremberg (ENO), which also received a South Bank Show Award.

Casting has not yet been announced.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 020 7359 4404 (10am – 7.30pm, Monday – Saturday) or visit almeida.co.uk/.

The Twilight Zone is part of the Almeida’s new season and follows the world premiere of Mike Bartlett’s new play Albion (October 10 to November 24, 2017).

Jungle Book, The Streetdance Spectacular returns to the Underbelly Festival

Jungle Book

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AWARD-winning Metta Theatre have announced that their smash hit production of Jungle Book will return to the Underbelly Festival on the South Bank for an extended run – from August 1 to August 24, 2017.

This cutting edge production using street dance, circus and spoken word, all delivered by a diverse and multi-skilled cast which includes the UK’s leading dancers and circus performers including Matt Knight (Let It Shine) as Akela.

Poppy Burton-Morgan’s radical re-imagining of Kipling’s much-loved classic sees Jungle Book transposed to a contemporary urban jungle of skateboarding Wolves, street dancing Monkeys, a beat-loving bin man Baloo and graffiti artist Bagheera.

Metta Theatre are known for their powerful visual storytelling and exploration of multicultural stories often from a female perspective. Jungle Book follows Mowgli on her search for identity and belonging – vulnerable, isolated and trying to find her place in an alien environment. The story transcends boundaries and resonates with audiences young and old, urban and rural.

The cast also includes Natalie Nicole James as Mowgli, Ellen Wolf as Raksha, Kloé Dean as Bagheera and Nathalie Layton-McIntosh as Kaa.

Composer Filipe Gomes has created a beat-driven score using real world sounds of the city. Add to this designer William Reynolds’ trademark minimalism and an urban jungle is created – a stark forest of streetlamps disguising circus equipment on which these recognisably human animals cavort and contort themselves.

The show uses street dance and circus to explore the search for identity and belonging in contemporary multicultural Britain.

Choreography is by acclaimed hip hop artist Kendra J Horsburgh and costume design is by Kate Lane.

Metta Theatre are prolific theatre makers and masters of storytelling who combine circus, new writing and physical theatre forms to make challenging and richly layered work. Previous work using the multi-dimensionality of circus to unlock narratives includes Blown Away (2016 UK tour) and their adaptation of The King of Tiny Things (an award-winning circus show which toured nationally in 2015 to major venues and festivals. Recent new writing includes Mouthful at London’s Trafalgar Studios in September 2015, a response to the global food crisis from six of the world’s leading dramatists in partnership with six world-renowned scientists.

To book tickets, visit www.underbellyfestival.com/whats-on/the-jungle-book.

Derren Brown: Underground comes to the West End

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

MENTALIST and illusionist Derren Brown is bringing his latest show, Derren Brown: Underground, to the West End – to the Playhouse Theatre where it will run for a limited season from September 11 to October 14, 2017 (35 performances only).

Direct from a sell-out national tour, it features a collection of some of the very best of his previous stage work brought together into a spell-binding experience of showmanship and magical genius.

Brown said: “It’s not a brand new show, rather an opportunity to see me perform some of my own choice of favourite bits from the past fourteen years of touring. Hopefully, it will be just as rewarding an experience for those who have seen me before as it will be for first-timers.”

Written by Andy Nyman, Andrew O’Connor and Derren Brown and presented by Michael Vine, Andrew O’Connor, Derren Brown and Paul Sandler for Vaudeville Productions Ltd. and David Binder, Derren Brown: Underground is directed by Andrew O’Connor and Andy Nyman and has setting by Will Bowen and lighting by Charlie Morgan Jones.

Derren Brown Website.

NB: The performance is not suitable for children under 12 years of age.

Tickets: from £34.25. To book, call the box office on 0844 871 7631 or visit www.atgtickets.com/shows/derren-brown/playhouse-theatre/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, with Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

Matthew Spangler’s highly acclaimed stage adaptation of The Kite Runner continues at the Playhouse Theatre until August 26, 2017.

Final casting announced for the 50th anniversary production of Loot at Park Theatre

Casting news

FINAL casting has been announced for the 50th anniversary production of Joe Orton’s darkly comic masterpiece, Loot, which runs at London’s Park Theatre from August 17 to September 24, 2017.

Joining previously announced Calvin Demba (as Dennis), Sam Frenchum (Hal) and Sinéad Matthews (Nurse McMahon) are Christopher Fulford (Truscott), Ian Redford (McLeavy) and Raphael Bar (Meadows).

A regular face in British TV and film for over 20 years, Christopher Fulford made an early mark playing green-haired punk Alex in the short-lived two-series ITV sitcom, Sorry, I’m A Stranger Here Myself. Memorably he appeared as a suspected child murderer in Cracker, played Castor Van Bethoven in the movie Immortal Beloved and starred as Napoleon in the BBC adaptation of Scarlet and Black alongside the then virtually unknown Ewan McGregor and Rachel Weisz.

More recently, he appeared in the ITV1 dramas Whitechapel and Collision, as a suicidal Prime Minister in the TV series The Last Enemy, and as Winston Churchill in Werner Herzog’s movie, Queen of the Desert.

Fulford’s theatre credits include Timothy Sheader’s production of The Crucible at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (as Rev Parriss), The River Line at Jermyn Street Theatre, Nightingale and Chase directed by Richard Wilson at the Royal Court, The Indian Boy at the RSC and as ”A” in Crave as part of the Sarah Kane Season in Sheffield.

Ian Redford’s extensive theatre credits include The Alchemist (RSC/Barbican), Mad World My Master and Candide (RSC), Our Country’s Good (Out Of Joint), Brimstone and Treacle (Arcola Theatre), The Gatekeeper (Manchester Royal Exchange), Love the Sinner (National Theatre), Six Degrees of Separation (Old Vic), and Helen and Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe).

His screen work includes New Tricks, Mary and Martha and Boogeyman (TV); The Trial of the King Killers, I.D, The Remains of the Day and Just Like a Woman (film).

Raphael Bar’s recent theatre credits include a national tour of Out of Order directed by Ray Cooney, The Club and Break Time (Tristan Bates Theatre), If My Heart Was A Closed Camera (Chelsea Theatre), Reprehensible Men (Camden Fringe), and Skewed Judgement (Cockpit Theatre). On film he played the title role in the movie Pericles.

In Loot, uproarious slapstick meets dubious morals as two young friends, Hal (Frenchum) and Dennis (Demba), stash the proceeds of a bank robbery in an occupied coffin, attempting to hide their spoils from the attentions of a psychopathic policeman, a gold-digging nurse and a grieving widower.

Loot is directed by Michael Fentiman and designed by Gabriella Slade, with lighting by Elliot Griggs and sound by Max Pappenheim.

Read more about Loot.

Rich Mix - July 21 to August 25, 2017

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

RICH Mix has announced its theatre and dance programme (and workshops) for the coming weeks and it includes:

Scratch Dat – Friday, July 21 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £10, £7.50 concessions.

An evening of short work-in-progress work from grassroots hip hop theatre artists – the result of workshops from hip hop theatre pioneers such as Curtis James, Kwesi Johnson and Robert Hylton.

Rawheed Collective Present B.S.I. JAM – Friday, July 21 at 10pm. Tickets: £4.

Dance the night away to the best r’n’b, hip hop, funk, house and old skool music, with DJs Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante (of Boy Blue Entertainment), Junia Official and Mister S.

Ui – Mind and Movement – Sunday, July 23 at 12pm and 5pm. Booking essential.

An awe-Inspiring opportunity to dive into the world of Urban Interface Dance UK with a daytime workshop, followed by an evening performance.

Can We Talk About It? (Week 1) – Monday, July 24 to Friday, July 28 at 10am. Free (application necessary).

Spend a week learning new film and drama skills, and create short films that talk honestly to other young people about relationships.

Introduction To Writing For Stage – Friday, July 28 at 5pm. Free (booking essential).

Join Soho Theatre’s Jules Haworth for an introductory writing workshop for the stage, exploring identity and revolution.

Confessions Of A Cockney Temple Dancer – Saturday, July 29 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £10 – £12.

Shane performs his life experience of growing up in London using Indian dance with a twist of stand-up comedy.

Takeover: Empowering Young Voices Theatre Workshop – Saturday, July 29 at 9.30am. Free (ticketed).

A workshop highlighting how the arts can become a powerful platform for advocacy, inclusivity and personal transformation.

How To Make A Home Workshop – Sunday, July 30 at 4pm. Free (booking essential).

Faced with the prospect of relocation, this interactive workshop asks: what do we need to make a home?

Our LDN – Sunday, July 30 at 7.30pm. Free (booking essential).

Theatre created and performed by Young & Talented’s Acting Company exploring young people’s relationship to contemporary London.

Takeover: Can We Talk About It? (WEEK 2) – Monday, July 31 to Friday, August 4 at 10am. Free (ticketed).

Spend a week learning new film and drama skills, and create short films that talk honestly to other young people about relationships.

Takeover: Let’s Talk About…Sex – Saturday, August 5 at 7.30pm. Free.

An interactive, performance cabaret all about every aspect of sex, leading a sex education revolution.

Takeover: The Garden: After The Bite – Sunday, August 6 at 4.30pm. Free.

An afternoon and evening of theatre, dance and music set in a garden that has been taken over by sin.

Takeover: Scratch It! – Sunday, August 6 at 7pm. Free.

Emerging artists aged under 30 present a work-in-progress in theatre and/or performance art, on ‘Women, Health and Well-being’, with the chance to collect feedback from the audience.

Powerplant: From Pen To Mouth With Jolade Olusanya – Friday, August 11 at 6pm. Free (booking essential).

Join this practical masterclass exploring how to turn your ability as a poet into a multi-disciplinary work approach.

Takeover: Application Status: Pending – Friday, August 11 at 7.15pm. Free.

13 poets take on the lyrical challenge of answering questions on an asylum application form.

Batuke! 2017 Festival: Opening Night – Friday, August 25 at 5pm.

Established in 2010, Batuke! is the only Afro-Luso festival in London – and opening night is always one to remember!

For more information or to book tickets, call 020 7613 7498 or visit www.richmix.org.uk/.

The Hunting of the Snark - Vaudeville Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE Hunting of the Snark, a new, highly original, ultra-modern adaptation inspired by Alice in Wonderland creator Lewis Carroll’s much loved classic poem, runs at the Vaudeville Theatre from Wednesday, July 26 to Saturday, August 26, 2017 (daytime slot).

A riotous ragtag gang of bold adventurers including the Boy, the Banker, the Butcher, the Baker, the Bellman and the knitting Beaver set off on a quest to catch the mythical Snark. On the journey they encounter the Jub Jub bird, the sly Bandersnatch and the dastardly Boojum.

Can a Snark be caught with soap? Will the Beaver escape the hungry Butcher’s clutches? Will the Baker remember his name? Does anyone know what a Snark actually looks like?

The show features five high-energy actors (Polly Smith, Will Bryant, Simon Turner, Jordan Leigh-Harris and Ben Galpin), life-like puppets, fantastical characters, and lashings of daft humour.

Described as side-splittingly funny, joyful, fast-paced and bursting with a soundtrack of witty songs by an award-winning songwriter, The Hunting of the Snark is a musical comedy adventure for 4 to 94 year olds.

Written by Annabel Wigoder and directed by Gemma Colclough, The Hunting of the Snark has set and costume design by Justin Nardella, lighting by Ceri James, sound by Ian Barnard and musical direction, music and lyrics by Gareth Cooper.

Also at the Vaudeville Theatre: Laurence Boswell’s critically acclaimed production of Daniel Kehlmann’s The Mentor, starring Academy Award-winner F. Murray Abraham as Benjamin Rubin (until September 2, 2017).

How (not) to Live in Suburbia returns to Soho Theatre

Photo by Claire Nolan

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING a sell out run earlier this year, Annie Siddons’ How (not) to Live in Suburbia is returning to Soho Theatre – from August 29 to September 2, 2017.

Annie Siddons takes a look at the time in her life when she found herself – performance maker, part Greek, part Egyptian, full Londoner – as a single mum living in the nuclear family haven of curtain-twitching Twickenham, the most married place in London.

Through performance and surreal film, she recalls her gauche attempts to fit in with the yummy mummies who run triathlons and the families that row and cycle at weekends. With an eclectic soundtrack that swings from Bowie to Bieber, from Stormzy to Sinatra, Siddons conjures the vibes of the city she loves and the loneliness of the suburbia she doesn’t fit in to.

Part love letter to London, part satire of suburban culture, part text book case of a woman reacting to chronic loneliness, Siddons takes a poignant and humorous look at what it is to live in a community you don’t fit in, the compromises we make for the sake of our children, how chronic loneliness manifests itself and her own personal quest to cure it.

Siddons has been a volunteer for the Samaritans since 2016, and is touring How (not) to Live in Suburbia with their support.

Siddons said: “I’m an inherently gregarious person. I’m not the person that you would think would be lonely. But I became pathologically lonely, and it affected me really deeply, changed my personality and my outlook. It became impossible for me not to talk about it. It became very dangerous for me.

“There’s a brilliant quote in Julius Caesar: “Dwell I but in the suburbs of your good pleasure” and that’s what it was like for me, I was dwelling in the suburbs of my own life, both literally, as a lifelong Londoner, and psychologically, as someone who had got themselves stuck in isolation and ever decreasing circles of interaction.

“Reading John Cacioppo’s seminal book on Loneliness [Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection] after making the show made me realize that what I describe in the show is what happens to a human ape when they are confronted with enduring loneliness.”

Annie Siddons is a London based playwright, musician and performance maker. Her previous show was Raymondo (Edinburgh Fringe 2014, British Council Showcase 2015 and UK tour) and her past credits include Rapunzel with Kneehigh and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King for the Unicorn Theatre.

How (not) to Live in Suburbia premiered at Summerhall at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2016, and is her first directly autobiographical piece and her first collaboration with Richard DeDomenici (video design), whom she met in Edinburgh 2014. Siddons trained as a Samaritan while she was making this show, an increasingly overloaded service since mental health provision on the NHS has been reduced.

Written by Annie Siddons and performed by Annie Siddons and Nicki Hobday (with additional video performances from Adam Robertson, Jack Darell and Anthony Roberts), How (not) to Live in Suburbia is directed by Justin Audibert, co-directed by Nicki Hobday and has lighting by Andy Purves.

The Soho dates are part of a UK tour which visits Norwich, Harlow, Lincoln, Leeds and Brighton throughout November.

How (not) to Live in Suburbia is suitable for ages 18+ (contains adult language, scenes of a sexual nature, and scenes that some may find disturbing).

Tickets: £15 – available on 020 7478 0100 or online at www.sohotheatre.com/.

Times: 7.15pm, with Saturday matinee at 4pm.

Running Time: 70 minutes.

Also at Soho Theatre: The Scar Test, a new play by Soho Theatre Westminster Prize award-winning writer Hannah Khalil (until July 22) and OperaUpClose’s bold new take on Mozart’s The Magic Flute (September 6 to October 7, 2017).

Casting announced for the Olivier Award-winning cross-dressing musical Pageant

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CASTING has been announced for Pageant, the legendary Olivier Award-winning cross-dressing musical, which runs at the London Irish Centre from August 10 to August 25, 2017, as part of the Camden Fringe, before travelling to the Poole Lighthouse (September 1 and 2).

Miles Western, now playing the role of host Frankie Cavilier, will be joined by Nicholas Chiappetta (What’s Love Got To Do With It?, Charing Cross Theatre, Madame Butterfly, Heritage National Opera UK Tour) as Miss Industrial Northeast; Alex Anstey (winner of national drag talent contest Drag Idol) as Miss Great Plains…

…John McManus (Top Hat and Sweeney Todd, West End, Taboo, BBC) as Miss Bible Belt; Kevin Grogan (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, No 1 Tour, voithia, English Touring Opera) as Miss West Coast; Adam O’Shea (One Fine Day, European Tour, Lead Vocalist on Silver Sea Line Cruises and the QE2) as Miss Deep South, and Jonni Gatenby (Strictly Come Dancing, BBC, The Tootsie Rollers, The Hippodrome) as Miss Texas.

Pageant is described as a fabulous musical comedy about the world of beauty pageants – where six hopeful contestants battle to win the coveted title of ‘Miss Glamouresse’. But this is no ordinary pageant: all of the ‘girls’ are played by men. With catchy songs, outrageous costumes and hilarious dialogue, the contestants compete in rounds including talent, spokesperson, ball gowns and swimsuits. Finally, their fate rests with a panel of judges selected from the audience. Who will it be?

Read more about Pageant.

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin and Leonard Bernstein at The Other Palace

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AWARD-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder will bring to life on stage the music and personal stories of Irving Berlin and Leonard Bernstein in two musical-plays, which will alternate at The Other Palace this autumn.

Recently named in Time Magazine’s top ten theatre artists for 2016, Hershey Felder has broken box office records and received critical acclaim across America with his solo productions that bring to life the stories and music of Ludwig van Beethoven and Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and George Gershwin.

Felder created, produced and directed last season’s critically acclaimed and box office hit, The Pianist of Willesden Lane at the former St. James Theatre and now returns to newly named The Other Palace with this unique blend of piano virtuosity and musical biography for two of the 20th Century’s great icons of music.

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin – September 22 – 24, September 27 – 28 and October 9 – 15, 2017.

Felder performs some of the great composer’s most enduring songs and shares the backgrounds behind their creation including Alexander’s Ragtime Band, There’s No Business Like Show Business, Always, Blue Skies, White Christmas, Puttin On The Ritz and God Bless America.

Irving Berlin’s story begins as a child refugee from Russia, before rising as a songwriter in New York’s Tin Pan Alley and beyond to become one of the most celebrated composers of Broadway musicals, top charting hits and scores for Hollywood movies, earning him eight Academy Award nominations and with George Gershwin calling him “the greatest songwriter that has ever lived”.

In a career spanning 60 years, Berlin wrote an estimated 1500 songs, many of which formed a major part of the Great American Songbook and which are known globally today, having been performed by artists including: Fred Astaire, Aretha Franklin, Ethel Merman, Willie Nelson, Paul McCartney, Elvis Presley, Luciano Pavarotti, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Barbra Streisand, Billie Holiday, Marilyn Monroe and Lady Gaga.

Produced by Eva Price, Samantha F. Voxakis, Karen Racanelli, and Tom Wirtshafter with Fane Productions, Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin has a book by Hershey Felder and is directed by Trevor Hay, with scenic design by Hershey Felder, lighting by Richard Norwood, projection design by Christopher Ash, sound design and production management by Erik Carstensen and dramaturgy and research by Meghan Maiya.

Hershey Felder as MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein – September 25 – 26, September 30 – October 7 and October 18 – 22.

Hershey Felder plays Leonard Bernstein in MAESTRO as he reveals the behind-the scenes tale of the making of a musical superstar. MAESTRO features selections from Bernstein’s musicals and orchestral works including West Side Story, Candide, On The Town and Wonderful Town as well as compositions from those who inspired him including Beethoven, Mahler, Wagner, Copeland, and more.

Leonard Bernstein was a conductor, pianist, author, teacher, librettist, television star, and the composer of symphonies, operas, iconic film scores and many American musical classics. Born in Massachusetts in 1918, he found fame leading the New York Philharmonic as Artistic Director. Bernstein had a life of personal turbulence and tragedy but also great triumph, pushing boundaries to become, as music critic Donald Henahan described him, “one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history.”

Produced by Samantha F. Voxakis, Karen Racanelli, Erik Carstensen and Tom Wirtshafter with Fane Productions, MAESTRO has a book by Hershey Felder and is directed by Joel Zwick, with scenic design by Francois Pierre Couture, lighting and projection design by Christopher Ash and costume design by Abigail Caywood.

Image: Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin.

Tickets: £22.50, £35, £39.50 (20% off total ticket price if both productions are booked together for Monday to Thursday performances). To book, call 020 7087 7900 or visit www.theotherpalace.co.uk/.

Also at The Other Palace: A work in progress presentation of brand new family musical, The Little Beasts (until July 29) and award-winning composer Ryan Scott Oliver’s thrilling new alternative rock musical, 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (September 18 to September 30, 2017).

Almeida Theatre's new season opens with the world premiere of Albion

Season preview

THE ALMEIDA Theatre has announced a new season and it includes two world premieres (Albion and The Twilight Zone), a Tennessee Williams’ classic (Summer and Smoke) and the launch of the second series of digital films in the Figures of Speech project.

The season opens with the world premiere of Albion. A new play by Mike Bartlett, directed by Rupert Goold, it runs from October 17 (previews from October 10) to November 24, 2017.

It’s England really, isn’t it? A climate without cloud and rain isn’t honest.

In the ruins of a garden in rural England, in a house which was once home, one woman searches for seeds of hope.

Albion is Mike Bartlett and Rupert Goold’s first collaboration following their international award-winning production of King Charles III. The cast will feature Victoria Hamilton with further casting to be announced.

Victoria Hamilton has previously appeared at the Almeida in The Doctor’s Dilemma. Her other numerous theatre credits include Love, Love, Love (Royal Court); Twelfth Night (Donmar Warehouse at Wyndham’s Theatre); Once in a Lifetime, Summerfolk and Money (National Theatre); Suddenly Last Summer (Donmar Warehouse/UK Tour); A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Roundabout Theater, New York/West End), King Lear, The Provoked Wife and The Seagull (Old Vic); and Troilus And Cressida and As You Like It (RSC).

Her television work includes Call the Midwife Christmas Special, The Game, Larkrise to Candleford, Time of Your Life, The Shell Seekers, Jericho, The Brontes, Goodbye Mr Chips, Victoria & Albert, Pride and Prejudice and most recently The Crown (as The Queen Mother) and Doctor Foster (as Anna). Hamilton has also appeared in the films French, Scoop, Before You Go and Mansfield Park.

Mike Bartlett’s plays for the Almeida include Game and the multi award-winning King Charles III (Olivier Award – Best New Play) which premiered at the Almeida before West End and Broadway transfers, and a UK and international tour. His television adaptation of the play was broadcast on BBC earlier this year.

Other plays include Wild (Hampstead Theatre); An Intervention (Paines Plough/Watford Palace); Bull (Sheffield Theatres/Off Broadway/Young Vic – Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre); Chariots of Fire (Hampstead Theatre/Gielgud Theatre); 13 (National Theatre); Earthquakes in London (Headlong/National Theatre); Love, Love, Love (Paines Plough/Plymouth Theatre Royal/Royal Court/Roundabout Theater Company, New York – Theatre Award UK – Best New Play); Cock – Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, Contractions and My Child (Royal Court); and Artefacts (Bush Theatre/Nabokov).

Rupert Goold is the Almeida’s Artistic Director where he has previously directed Ink, Richard III (which was broadcast live to cinemas around the world in July 2016), Medea, The Merchant of Venice, King Charles III and American Psycho, which opened on Broadway in April 2016. He was Artistic Director of Headlong from 2005 until 2013 where his work included The Effect, ENRON, Earthquakes in London and Decade.

His other theatre credits include Made in Dagenham (West End); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Almeida); Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre/West End/Broadway; and No Man’s Land (The Gate, Dublin/West End). Goold has twice been the recipient of the Laurence Olivier, Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Best Director.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 020 7359 4404 (10am – 7.30pm, Monday – Saturday) or visit almeida.co.uk/.

Ink continues at the Almeida Theatre until August 5, 2017, before transferring to the Duke of York’s Theatre. Also at the Almeida: Against, written by Christopher Shinn and directed by Ian Rickson (August 12 to September 30, 2017).