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The Twilight Zone - Almeida Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

BASED on stories by Rod Serling, Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson from the CBS television series, adapted by Anne Washburn and directed by Richard Jones, The Twilight Zone receives its world premiere at the Almeida Theatre, running from December 12, 2017 (previews from December 5) to January 27, 2018.

Between light and shadow, science and superstition, fear and knowledge is a dimension of imagination. An area which we call the Twilight Zone.

Stage magic and fantasy unite as the ordinary becomes extraordinary.

One of television’s most revered and influential science-fiction fantasy series, The Twilight Zone ran on American network CBS from 1959 to 1964, winning three Emmy Awards during its 156 episode run. Its incisive parables explore humanity’s hopes, despairs, prides and prejudices.

The programme has had a seminal influence on popular culture – from Stephen King to Lin-Manuel Miranda, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan to Steven Spielberg, The Simpsons to Black Mirror.

Anne Washburn’s plays include Mr Burns: A Post Electric Play, which received its European premiere at the Almeida in 2014, 10 out of 12, Antlia Pneumatica, The Communist Dracula Pageant, A Devil at Noon, I Have Loved Strangers, The Internationalist, The Ladies, The Small and translated adaptations of Euripides’ Orestes and Iphigenia In Aulis.

Richard Jones has directed theatre at the Young Vic, The Old Vic, the National Theatre, in the West End, for the Royal Court/Ambassadors, for the RSC, in New York at the Public Theatre and three times on Broadway. He has directed opera at the Royal Opera House, the ENO, Aix en Provence, Paris, Amsterdam, Glyndebourne, la Scala, Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin and at the Met in New York.

In theatre, Jones has received Olivier Awards for Too Clever by Half (The Old Vic) and Into the Woods (Phoenix Theatre) and the Evening Standard Award as best director for The Illusion (The Old Vic). He was nominated for a Tony Award for La Bête on Broadway. He also received three Olivier Awards in opera – for Hansel and Gretel (WNO), Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (ROH) and The Mastersingers of Nuremberg (ENO), which also received a South Bank Show Award.

Casting has not yet been announced.

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/.

The Twilight Zone is part of the Almeida’s new season and follows the world premiere of Mike Bartlett’s new play Albion (October 10 to November 24, 2017).