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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).