Vassa

Vassa

In a rare proscenium-style presentation at the Almeida Theatre, director Tinuke Craig offers Maxim Gorky’s Vassa as her debut production for the venue in a new adaptation by Mike… 

The Hunt

The Hunt

Relax and enjoy the welcome extended to guests at the local infants’ school which Michele Austin delivers with considerable warmth and obvious delight. Feel proud to be part of a community in which people care for each other and members cherish the stability they have created for the safety and well-being of all and where that is celebrated in traditional festivals by families who have known each other for generations… 

Three Sisters

Three Sisters

An air of timelessness perversely pervades Three Sisters at the Almeida. It’s firmly rooted in Russia and was written in 1900 but Chekhov’s reflections on the human condition resonate across the ages… 

Shipwreck

Shipwreck

‘I haven’t had a Trump free 24-hours for… I don’t know how long’ complains a house-guest, ushered in from the cold before a snowstorm strikes a recently purchased farmstead, where seven middle-class Democrats have made their weekend retreat… 

The Wild Duck

The Wild Duck

A brightly lit auditorium and bare stage, with its exposed brick walls, look all set for a rehearsal. A man with a mic pops out of a rear door and makes ringing noises, encouraging people to check their mobile phones once more before providing background information on Ibsen… 

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone

Welcome to another theatrical dimension, beyond which there may be no clear sense of purpose. A dimension that at times is just a fun, semi-respectful staging of a TV Classic, but at others takes itself too seriously to unnecessarily attempt making some other point... 

Hamlet

Hamlet

What's real, what's imagined and what's the cause - or effect - of madness are the questions most of us know to be raised but rarely consistently answered in Shakespeare's most (accidentally) quoted, widely adapted, bum-achingly longest of plays... 

They Drink It In The Congo

They Drink It In The Congo

There's a very British way of how we process learning about atrocities going on in the world that many of us know little about - first humour, then guilt, a desire to somehow "fix it", a need to know more but with the lack of headspace and time to really learn about it... 

Boy

Boy

For all we may use the platitude that “life is too short”, the harsh reality is that for most of us, it is anything but – and we fill the many minutes, hours and days bemoaning the structure enforced upon us by school, work and law, without realising we are lucky to have something to do to get through it all... 

Medea

Medea

The Almeida is in the middle of its Greeks festival presenting new versions of classical Greek tragedies. Euripedes’ Medea gets a 21st Century makeover from controversial feminist author Rachel Cusk, well known for writing about her own divorce in minute detail... 

Game

Game

The rising trend in ‘poverty porn’ suggests that there’s money in laughing at, scorning at and ultimately punishing the socially and economically deprived. Mike Bartlett’s highly inventive new play imagines this tendency to its extreme, and leaves us wondering how far we are from this unsavoury conclusion...