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Almeida Theatre - Autumn 2014

Almeida Theatre

Season preview

THE ALMEIDA’S Autumn 2014 Season features Alecky Blythe’s Little Revolution, which explores the urgent stories of a community brought together and divided by the 2011 riots; and award-winning US actor-director David Cromer directs an intimate new version of Our Town, Thorton Wilder’s iconic American play.

Joe Hill-Gibbins directs the world premiere of Little Revolution, which runs from August 26 to October 4.

In the summer of 2011, London was burning and Alecky Blythe took her dictaphone to the streets.

The play, which uses Blythe’s signature verbatim technique, is based on testimony by those caught up in the riots, which took place between Saturday, August 6 and Thursday, August 11, when thousands of mostly young males rioted in several London boroughs and in cities and towns across England.

As well as Alecky Blythe, the cast includes Ronni Ancona, Imogen Stubbs, Melanie Ash, Bayo Gbadamosi, Lloyd Hutchinson, Rez Kempton, Barry McCarthy, Lucian Msamati, Clare Perkins, Michael Shaeffer and Rufus Wright.

As with David Greig’s The Events, Little Revolution will include a community chorus recruited from Islington and Hackney by the Almeida Projects Team.

The production will be designed by Ian MacNeil, with costumes by Holly Waddington, lighting by Guy Hoare and sound by Paul Arditti.

David Cromer directs Our Town, which runs from October 10 to November 29.

A deceptively simple story, Our Town exposes the stark truth of human existence as two people fall in love, marry, and live out their lives as a small American town becomes an allegory for everyday life.

King Charles III, Mike Bartlett’s controversial new play, continues at the Almeida until May 31, 2014, before transferring to the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre where it will run from September 11 (previews from September 2) to November 29, 2014.

King Charles III will be followed at the Almeida by the European premiere of Mr Burns, Anne Washburn’s post-electric play starring Jenna Russell.