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Price of Money - The Albany

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IN THE wake of recession, the internationally renowned Belarus Free Theatre is presenting the world premiere of Price of Money at The Albany – from Tuesday, September 16 to Saturday, September 20, 2014.

Price of Money is described as an urgent new exploration of how theatre has depicted money throughout the ages; from ancient Greece, through the Elizabethan golden-age to today’s fractured economy.

Working in the genre of devised documentary theatre, Price of Money is based on Aristophanes’ Plutus, the first political satire on money from ancient Athens, and Ben Johnson’s work on the emerging ethics of capitalism, The Staple of News.

Price of Money is the start of an ongoing relationship between Belarus Free Theatre and the Albany, which will see the company working closely with local communities.

Belarus Free Theatre is one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary theatre companies, astonishing audiences internationally and with fans such as Tom Stoppard, Steven Spielberg, Jude Law, Kevin Spacey, Mick Jagger and Vaclav Havel.

The company was founded in 2005 under Europe’s last surviving dictatorship; the company is one of the most outspoken critics of Belarus’s repressive regime. Many company members have served time in prison, lost their jobs, gone into hiding or been exiled. Despite this, the company continues to develop award-winning work with the support of artists around the world.

Natalia Kaliada, Joint Artistic Director, Belarus Free Theatre, said:

“A long time ago Deptford was part of the pilgrimage route from Canterbury to London, and we want to get to know those people from Deptford who continue to seek out the unknown. We hope to meet them at the Albany which has become a beacon for those who seek something new in their lives.”

And Gavin Barlow, CEO, The Albany, said:

“We’re delighted to have one of the world’s most exhilarating, politically radical theatre companies premiering their new show at the Albany. Price of Money represents the start of an ongoing relationship between Belarus Free Theatre and the Albany, and we’re looking forward to welcoming them to Deptford.”

Price of Money is suitable for ages 12+.

Tickets: £10 – £16. To book, call the box office on 020 8692 4446 or visit thealbany.org.uk/.

Times: 7.30pm, with Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.