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Almeida Theatre - January to June 2013

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE ALMEIDA Theatre has announced its programme for January to June 2013 and it includes Rodney Ackland’s Before The Party and the world premiere of Lucy Kirkwood’s Chimerica.

However, the season commences with Rebecca Lenkiewicz’ new stage adaptation of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, which runs from January 24 (previews from January 18) to March 16, 2013.

Miss Jessel is dead. A new governess arrives at a remote estate in Bly to care for Miles and Flora. Wild but angelic they charm their guardian with flowers, poetry and song.

But as she grows to love her two wards, figures appear in the darkness outside and the corners of the house are haunted by those that have gone before. The Governess must confront her fear and protect the children from the alarming dangers that surround them.

The Turn of the Screw will be directed by Lindsay Posner, whose previous work at the Almeida includes The House of Games, Tom and Viv, The Hypochondriac and Romance.

His other credits include Relatively Speaking (Bath Theatre Royal), Abigail’s Party (Menier Chocolate Factory), Noises Off (Old Vic), An Ideal Husband (Vaudeville Theatre) and A View From the Bridge (Duke of York’s Theatre). This week, his production of Uncle Vanya began previews at the Vaudeville Theatre.

Rebecca Lenkiewicz’ other adaptations include Ghosts and An Enemy of the People, while her original plays include The Painter, Stars Over Kabul, Her Naked Skin, The Lioness, The Soldier’s Tale, Shoreditch Madonna and The Night Season.

The Turn of the Screw was originally written in 1898 by American born writer Henry James’ (1843 – 1916). James’ novella has been adapted by Benjamin Britten as an opera, was adapted for film – The Innocents – starring Deborah Kerr and for television with Lynne Redgrave in 1974 and Jodhi May and Colin Firth in 1999.

The novella was also produced as a ballet by William Tuckett, a Radio 4 adaptation by Neville Teller and a BBC TV drama starring Michelle Dockery and Sue Johnston.

Presented in association with Act Productions Limited, Sonia Friedman Productions and Hammer Theatre of Horror, the Almeida production of The Turn of the Screw will be designed by Peter McKintosh, with lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound by John Leonard. Casting will be announced shortly.

King Lear continues at the Almeida until November 3, 2012. It will be followed – from November 8, 2012 to January 12, 2013 – by The Dark Earth and the Light Sky.