World Premiere

 


ALBION
 

a new play by Mike Bartlett
 

directed by Rupert Goold
 

Almeida Theatre

Tuesday 10 October – Friday 24 November 2017
Press night: Tuesday 17 October at 7pm

It’s England really, isn’t it? A climate without cloud and rain isn’t honest. 

 

In the ruins of a garden in rural England, in a house which was once home, one woman searches for seeds of hope. 

 

Albion is a new play by Mike Bartlett, directed by Rupert Goold, their first collaboration following their international award-winning production King Charles III. The cast will feature Victoria Hamilton with further casting to be announced.

 

Albion is designed by Miriam Buether, with lighting by Neil Austin. Casting is by Amy Ball

 

Victoria Hamilton has previously appeared in The Doctor’s Dilemma at the Almeida. Recent television appearances include The Queen Mother in The Crown and Anna in Doctor Foster. Other theatre credits include Love, Love, Love at the Royal Court; Twelfth Night for the Donmar Warehouse at Wyndham’s Theatre; Once in a Lifetime, Summerfolk and Money at the National Theatre; Suddenly Last Summer at the Donmar Warehouse and UK Tour; Sweet Panic in the West End; A Day in the Death of Joe Egg at the Roundabout Theatre, New York and in the West End; Home & Beauty in the West End; The Country Wife and As You Like It at Sheffield Crucible; King Lear, The Provoked Wife and The Seagull at The Old Vic; Troilus And Cressida and As You Like It at the RSC; The Master Builder in the West End; Retreat and Memorandum at the Orange Tree Theatre. Other television includes Our Ex-Wife; The Circuit; Call the Midwife Christmas Special; The Game; What Remains; Toast; Larkrise to Candleford; Time of Your Life; Trial & Retribution; Wide Sargasso Sea; The Shell Seekers; A Very Social Secretary; Jericho; Spine Chillers; To the Ends of the Earth; The Brontes; Goodbye Mr Chips; Baby Father - I & II; Victoria & Albert; The Savages; King Lear; The Merchant of Venice; Persuasion; and Pride and Prejudice. Films include French; Scoop; Before You Go and Mansfield Park.

 

Mike Bartlett’s plays for the Almeida include Game and the multi-award winning King Charles III (Olivier Award - Best New Play) which premiered at the Almeida before West End and Broadway transfers, and a UK and international tour. Mike’s television adaptation of the play was broadcast on BBC earlier this year. Other plays include Wild at Hampstead Theatre; An Intervention for Paines Plough and Watford Palace; Bull for Sheffield Theatres, Off Broadway and the Young Vic (Olivier Award – Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre); Medea for Headlong, at the Glasgow Citizens, Watford Palace and Warwick Arts Centre; Chariots of Fire at Hampstead Theatre and at the Gielgud Theatre, West End; 13 at the National Theatre; Decade (co-writer) for Headlong; Earthquakes in London for Headlong and the National Theatre; Love, Love, Lovefor Paines Plough, the Plymouth Theatre Royal, the Royal Court, and the Roundabout Theatre Company, New York (Theatre Award UK – Best New Play); Cock (Olivier Award - Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre), Contractions, and My Child for the Royal Court; and Artefacts for the Bush Theatre and Nabokov. Plays for the radio include: King Charles III, Cock,Heart, The Core, Family Man, and Love Contract for BBC Radio 4; and The Steps and Not Talking for BBC Radio 3. As Director: Medea (Headlong/Glasgow Citizens/Watford/Warwick) and Honest for the Theatre Royal Northampton. Television includes King Charles III; Doctor Foster; and The Town.

 

Rupert Goold is the Almeida’s Artistic Director where he has previously directed Ink, Richard III (which was broadcast live to cinemas around the world in July 2016), Medea, The Merchant of Venice, King Charles III and American Psycho, which opened on Broadway in April 2016. He was Artistic Director of Headlong from 2005 until 2013 where his work included The Effect, ENRON, Earthquakes in London and Decade. Other theatre credits include Made in Dagenham in the West End; The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at the Almeida; Macbeth at Chichester Festival Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway; and No Man’s Land at The Gate, Dublin and in the West End. He has twice been the recipient of the Laurence Olivier, Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Best Director. He was Associate Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2009 to 2012 and was Artistic Director of Northampton Theatres from 2002 to 2005. On film he directed the BAFTA nominated Richard II, part of The Hollow Crown, and Macbeth for the BBC, feature True Story, starring James Franco and Jonah Hill, and a television adaptation of his production of Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III for BBC Two. Rupert was awarded a CBE for services to drama in the 2017 New Year’s Honours. 

ALMEIDA THEATRE
Almeida Street
Islington
London N1 iTA
 
Box Office:  020 7359 4404 
www.almeida.co.uk
DATES & TICKETS

 

Previews Tues 10 Oct - Mon 16 Oct
Press Night Tues 17 Oct 7pm

 

Evenings 7.30pm
Wed matinees 2.30pm from 25 Oct
Sat matinees 2.30pm from 21 Oct

 

11 – 16 Oct
£32, £28, £20, £10
18 Oct – 11 Nov
£39.50, £32, £20, £10
13 – 24 Nov
£48, £38, £24, £10

Please note this production has a unique configuration with raked seating on three sides of the stage and the auditorium does not have level access. Wheelchair seating for this production is available in the side stalls. For Wheelchair bookings please call the Box Office who will be able to provide further information and assistance. 

Talkback 

 

Thurs 26 Oct
Post-show discussion with members of the Albion company. Free to same-day ticket holders.

Supporters' Evening
Mon 13 Nov

Captioned Performance
Thurs 9 Nov 7.30pm

£5 tickets for Captioned performance for those aged 25 and under will go on sale on Mon 25 Sep.

Audio Described Performance
by VocalEyes
Sat 11 Nov 2.30pm
Touch Tour 12.45pm
 

£5 tickets for Audio Described performance for those aged 25 and under will go on sale on Mon 25 Sep.


Islington First 
Tues 10 - Wed 18 Oct
If you live or work in the Islington area you can book best available seats for £25 (including top-price) for the opening performances, subject to availability. Enter the promo code ISFIRST when booking. For applicable postcodes see here.

Over 65s
Customers who are 65 and over can book second-price-band tickets for £25 (£27.50 on peak-priced performances) on Mon - Thurs evenings a Wed & Sat matinees.
For more information click here

 

Under 30s
Customers aged 30 or under can book second-price-band tickets for £15 (£17.50 on peak-priced performances) on Mon - Thurs evenings & Wed & Sat matinees.*

 

25 and under
Mon 16 Oct, Mon 23 Oct, Mon 30 Oct, Mon 6 Nov
£5 tickets available exclusively to those aged 25 and under on select Mondays and Access Performances. Enter the promo code UNDER25 to book. Proof of age ID will be required on collecting the tickets. Tickets are limited to two per person and subject to availability. On sale from Mon 25 Sep. 

*Subject to availability. Not available in the final week of performances