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Blackbird

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

LEGENDARY German director Peter Stein will make his West End debut directing Blackbird which runs for a limited season – from February 13 to May 13, 2006 (previews from February 7) – at the Albery Theatre.

David Harrower’s “unflinchingly, darkly intense” play received its world premiere at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival and starred Roger Allam and Jodhi May who will be reprising their roles in the West End.

Fifteen years ago, Ray and Una had a relationship. Ray has made a new life for himself and with a new identity, believes he can’t be found. Una on the other hand, has thought of nothing else and sets out to find him, with shattering consequences.

Allam is currently reprising another role – Abanazer in the Old Vic’s production of Aladdin. His other stage credits include Democracy, What the Night Is For, Summerfolk and Privates on Parade – the latter two winning him Olivier Awards.

May’s stage credits include The Talking Cure and Stein’s production of The Seagull at the 2003 Edinburgh Festival; while screen credits include Tipping the Velvet and Daniel Deronda.

Stein last worked in London (at the National Theatre) in 1987, directing The Hairy Ape for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Director.

Scottish playwright Harrower’s previous work includes Knives in Hens which won the Theater Heute Best Foreign Play in 1998, and Kill the Old Torture Their Young which won both the Meyer-Whitworth Award and the Pearson Award in 1999.

He has also adapted Ivanov, Six Characters in Search of an Author and Woyzeck.

Currently at the Albery is Patrick Stewart’s one-man version of A Christmas Carol.