SUNNY AFTERNOON ANNOUNCES NEW CAST

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Danny Horn as Ray Davies, Oliver Hoare as Dave Davies, Tom Whitelock as Pete Quaife and Damien Walsh as Mick Avory – ‘The Kinks’

New cast take over from 5th October 2015

Booking to 16th April 2016

Production won 4 Olivier Awards – including BEST NEW MUSICAL

The multi-Olivier Award-winning hit British musical SUNNY AFTERNOON, which tells the story of the rise to fame of The Kinks, has announced the actors taking over from its award-winning original cast.

Danny Horn (Doctor Who; The Dead Dogs) will play Ray Davies, with Oliver Hoare (Antony and Cleopatra, Chichester) as Dave Davies, Tom Whitelock (Times Square Angel, Union) as bassist Pete Quaife and Damien Walsh (Dreamboats and Petticoats) as drummer Mick Avory. At certain performances, the role of Ray Davies will be played by Ryan O’Donnell (Romeo and Juliet, RSC;Quadrophenia).

Cast includes: Niamh Bracken, Christopher Brandon, Jason Baughan, Harriet Bunton, Alice Cardy, Oliver Hoare, Danny Horn, Gillian Kirkpatrick, Jay Marsh, Megan Leigh Mason, Ryan O’Donnell, Stephen Pallister, Charlie Tighe, Gabriel Vick, Damien Walsh and Tom Whitelock.

With a book by Joe Penhall, music and lyrics and original story by Ray Davies, and directed by Edward Hall, Sunny Afternoon has established itself as a firm favourite with audiences and critics alike since it opened at the Harold Pinter Theatre in October 2014.

Sunny Afternoon was the best performing show at this year’s Olivier Awards, winning four awards.  The production won Best New Musical, John Dagleish won Best Actor in a Musical, George Maguire won Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, and Ray Davies of The Kinks won for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

The original cast, including Olivier Award winners John Dagleish and George Maguire, will remain in the show until 3 October 2015.

Forty-nine years ago this year, The Kinks were sitting at Number One in the UK charts with their single‘Sunny Afternoon’. The band’s popularity has not faded since the 1960s, with crowds of all ages filling the Harold Pinter Theatre night after night.

Featuring some of The Kinks’ best-loved songs, including You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset and Lola,Sunny Afternoon shows the music of The Kinks is still as popular as ever, more than 50 years since the band’s rise to fame.

Following a sold-out run at Hampstead Theatre, this world premiere production, with music and lyrics by Ray Davies, new book by Joe Penhall, original story by Ray Davies, direction by Edward Hall, design by Miriam Buether and choreography by Adam Cooper, opened at the Harold Pinter theatre on 28 October 2014. Lighting is by Rick Fisher, sound by Matt McKenzie and the Musical Supervisor and Musical Director is Elliott Ware.

The official cast recording album, produced by Ray Davies at his Konk studios, is released on BMG Chrysalis and is available to buy at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sunny-Afternoon-The-Kinks/dp/B00NH8O7LU.

Sonia Friedman Productions commissioned Joe Penhall in 2011 to write the book based on Ray Davies’s original story. The company developed the production over the next four years, assembling the creative team and cast that presented Sunny Afternoon last year at Hampstead Theatre under the direction of Edward Hall, and now at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

Ray Davies is an influential and prolific rock musician and was co-founder and lead singer and songwriter for rock band The Kinks, and later a solo artist. He has an outstanding catalogue of hits from the earliest 1960s to the present day with estimated record sales in excess of 50 million. He has also acted, directed and produced shows for theatre and television.

Joe Penhall is an award winning playwright and screenwriter. Plays include Some Voices (Royal Court),Blue/Orange (National Theatre and West End), winner of Best New Play at the Evening Standard Awards, Olivier Awards and at the Critics Circle, and Dumb Show, Haunted Child and Birthday (all Royal Court). Screenplays include Enduring Love and The Road.

As Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre, Edward Hall’s productions include Wonderland, Sunny Afternoon, Raving, Chariots of Fire, No Naughty Bits, Loyalty and Enlightenment. As Artistic Director of Propeller, his work has toured worldwide, played the West End and Broadway and has won numerous awards both in the UK and overseas. Other theatre work includes A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (National Theatre), Edmond with Kenneth Branagh (National Theatre), Macbeth with Sean Bean (Albery), The Constant Wife (Apollo), Julius Caesar (RSC), Henry V (RSC) and The Deep Blue Sea(Vaudeville). Television work includes Downton Abbey, Spooks and Kingdom.  Edward is an Associate of the National Theatre and the Old Vic.

Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, London SW1Y 4DN
Booking until 16 April 2016

Box Office 0844 871 7622
Online: www.sunnyafternoonthemusical.com

Performance Times:
Monday to Saturday 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinee 2.30pm

Christmas 2015/16 Schedule (Mon 21st Dec – Sat 2nd Jan):
Mon 21st Dec – 7.30pm
Tue 22nd Dec – 7.30pm
Wed 23rd Dec – 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Thu 24th Dec – 2.30pm
Fri 25th Dec – NO PERFORMANCE
Sat 26th Dec – 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Mon 28th Dec – 7.30pm
Tue 29th Dec – 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Wed 30th Dec – 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Thu 31st Dec – 2.30pm
Fri 1st Jan – NO PERFORMANCE
Sat 2nd Jan – 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Tickets from £15

VIP Party Tables available

Premium seats available

Group and schools rates available 0844 871 7644

 

 

Grand Hotel cancels performance after star hit by motorbike

Grand-Hotel-3-Christine-Grimandi-Scott-Garnham-Photo-Aviv-Ron-700x455Producers have cancelled the August 21 performance of Grand Hotel at Southwark Playhouse after a cast member was hit by a motorbike outside the theatre.

Christine Grimandi – who plays Elizaveta Grushinskaya in the musical – was not seriously injured in the collision, but producer Danielle Tarento has cancelled the performance (August 21) in order for Grimandi to recover.

She was struck by the motorbike on a pedestrian crossing near the theatre after the evening performance on August 20. The motorbike failed to stop after the incident, which is being investigated by police.

In a statement, Tarento said: “I’m very sorry to say that I have no choice but to cancel the show tonight. Christina is devastated but as a company we are just relieved she is okay.

“The good news is that, having spent the night with her in hospital, where she had numerous tests and scans, she has no broken bones and no concussion.”

Both tomorrow’s matinee and evening show are expected to go ahead with Grimandi in the cast.

Ticket holders for this evening’s show have been asked to contact the box office in order to reschedule, or get a refund.

Stereophonics Announce Ten Date UK Arena Tour

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Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle Sunday 6th December 2015

New Album ‘Keep The Village Alive’ Out 11th September

After their brilliant performance at T in the Park and a headline slot at V Festival to follow this weekend, Stereophonics announce ten UK dates this December including a show at The Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle on Sunday 6th December 2015.

Their ninth studio album ‘Keep The Village Alive’ is out September 11th and is written by Kelly Jones, produced by Kelly and Jim Lowe, and comes hot on the heels of 2013’s acclaimed, platinum-selling ‘Graffiti On The Train’.

‘C’est La Vie’ the first single from the album, is one of the songs of the year, and second single ‘I Wanna Get Lost With You’ is already a firm live favourite and currently on the Radio 2 A list.

The band are: Kelly Jones (vocals/guitar), Richard Jones (bass), Adam Zindani (guitar) and Jamie Morrison (drums)

Tickets costing £32.50, £39.50 & £47.50 will go on sale 9.00am Thursday 27th August 2015 and are available online, from the booking hotline number 0844 493 6666 or in person from the Metro Radio Arena Box Office. Tickets maximum 4 per person.

Tickets are available from:-

  • Credit Card Booking and Information Line 0844 493 6666
  • The Metro Radio Arena Newcastle Box Office (Mon – Fri: 10.00am 4.00pm, Sat: 11.00am – 2.30pm)
  • Internet Site:- www.metroradioarena.co.uk
  • Group Bookers should call (0191) 260 6006
  • Accessible Bookings should call (0191) 260 6066 for further details

 

MULTI AWARD-WINNING THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME COMES TO SHEFFIELD

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THE NIGHT-TIME COMES TO SHEFFIELD

Winner of seven 2013 Olivier Awards and five 2015 TONY Awards, The National Theatre’s highly-acclaimed production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time arrives at the Lyceum Theatre as part of its first ever nationwide tour from Tuesday 15 – Saturday 26 September.

Christopher, 15 years old, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in a book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

Based on the award-winning novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a thrilling new stage play from the National Theatre.

Extraordinary and unmissable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time comes to the Lyceum Theatre from Tuesday 15 – Saturday 26 September. Tickets are priced from £14.00 – £32.00 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 0114 249 6000 or by visiting sheffieldtheatres.co.uk (a transaction fee of £1.50 (£1.00 online) applies to all bookings made at the Box Office, excluding cash).

Sheffield Theatres Listings:

Crucible Lyceum Studio 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA             
Box Office 0114 249 6000 –
Mon – Sat 10.00am to 8.00pm
A transaction fee of £1.50 (£1.00 online) applies to all bookings made at the Box Office (excluding cash).
On non-performance days the Box Office closes at 6.00pm.
sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
Twitter: @crucibletheatre @SheffieldLyceum

Instagram: sheffieldtheatres

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Tue 15 September – Sat 26 September

Press Night Tue 15 September 7.45pm

Mon – Sat 7.45pm

Thu 2.00pm and Wed 16 Sep 2.00pm

Sat 3.00pm

£14.00 – £32.00 (concessions and group discounts available)

Cast announced for European premiere of Casa Valentina

Casting has been announced for the upcoming European premiere of Harvey Fierstein’s play Casa Valentina, which opens at Southwark Playhouse next month.

The show, which opens as Fierstein-scripted musical Kinky Boots premieres in the West End, reunites producer Paul Taylor-Mills and director Luke Sheppard, whose hit production of In the Heights returns later this year.

Casa Valentina will star: Tamsin Carroll (Rita), Ben Deery (Miranda), Charlie Hayes(Eleanor), Bruce Montague (Terry), Robert Morgan (Amy), Matt Rixon (Bessie), Ashley Robinson (Gloria), Gareth Snook (Charlotte) and Edward Wolstenholme (Valentina).

Set in 1962 in the Catskills mountains of New York, Casa Valentina centres on a group of heterosexual men who escape from the city to spend their weekend dressed as female alter egos. However when given the choice to share their secret lives with the world, the group have to decide whether the freedom gained by the openness is worth the personal risk.

The production runs at Southwark Playhouse from 16 September to 10 October 2015 (previews from 10 September).

Cast and opening night confirmed for DUSTY

Dusty Springfield poster for DustyCast and opening night confirmed for DUSTY, a new British musical about the rise to fame of 60s superstar Dusty Springfield.

The world premiere of DUSTY, a new British musical about the rise to fame of 60s superstar Dusty Springfield, is previewing in the West End at Charing Cross Theatre.

DUSTY puts Dusty herself and her amazing voice in the heart of the action. It tells the incredible story of how Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien became Dusty Springfield, one of the biggest selling female artists and an icon of the 60s, as seen through the eyes of Nancy Jones, one of her childhood friends.

Throughout her career, Dusty, a musical perfectionist, chases her own unique sound. She turns music studios upside down, records in toilets and corridors to get just the sound she wants – and produces some of the most unforgettable songs ever. At the same time she embraces the outsider in society, breaks rules, introduces England to Tamla Motown, ‘The Sound Of Black America’, beats a path to America as part of the British Invasion and gets deported from South Africa for allowing blacks to attend her whites only concerts in the Apartheid era.

Dusty’s solo career began in 1963 with the upbeat pop hit, “I Only Want to Be with You”, and was followed by many hit songs including “Wishin’ and Hopin’”, “I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself”, “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” and “Son of a Preacher Man”.

With her distinctive, sensual sound Dusty becomes the best-selling female singer in the world with six top 20 singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 and 16 on the UK Singles Chart from 1963 to 1989.

Today, Dusty Springfield continues to be an inspiration for many female artists and she is often the benchmark by which they are judged. Her popularity still endures by the regularity with which her music continues to be heard on radio, television and in movies.

DUSTY the musical is a celebration of a peerless career and a tribute to the finest blue-eyed soul singer Britain has ever seen.

Cast: Alison Arnopp (Dusty/Mary O’Brien), Francesca Jackson (Nancy Jones), Graham Kent (Gerrard ‘OB’ O’Brien), Leo Elso (Dion O’Brien/Tom Springfield), Sienna Sebek (Norma), Harvey Robinson (Dave Dean), Witney White (Martha Reeves), Luke Thornton (Douggie Reece), Matt Blaker (Johnny Franz), Oliver Lynes (Vic Billing), Ellen Verenieks (Kay O’Brien), and ensemble members Jemma Geanaus (Maddie), Nikkola Burnhope, Amanda Digón Mata, Megan Makin, Jonathan de Mallet Morgan.

Written by Chris Cowey, Madpan Entertainments Ltd and Kim Weild with dramaturg Jack Bradley. Director Chris Cowey. Co-Director and Choreographer Joey McKneely. Additional Direction by Christian Durham. Set Designs Phil Lindley, Lighting Design Richard Williamson. Sound by Paul Gavin and James Nicholson. Musical Supervisor Dean Austin. Orchestrations and additional arrangements Noam Galperin. Casting Debbie O’Brien.Costume Design Jason Kealer. Wig Design Darren Evans.

DUSTY is produced in the West End by Freddie Madden, Duncan Sibbald and Patrice Wilson for Five Foot 2 Blonde Ltd and Darren P. DeVerna. Andrew Green and Ben White are Executive Producers. Paul Howes is Associate Producer.

Charing Cross Theatre
The Arches
Villiers Street
London WC2N 6NL
www.charingcrosstheatre.co.uk
Box office: 08444 930 650

Performances:
Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Thursday at 2.30pm
Saturday at 3.00pm
Press Night: Monday 7 September, 2015 at 7.00pm

One Tower Bridge new theatre for London

Today plans are announced for a new 900-seat theatre at Tower Bridge.

Situated at the heart of Berkeley Homes’ landmark One Tower Bridge development, the venue will be the flagship theatre for the London Theatre Company, the new independent producing company founded by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr, following their departure from the National Theatre after 12 years.

Designed to offer contemporary comfort for audiences and modern facilities for theatre-makers, the new venue will become the only commercial central London theatre of its scale outside the historic West End. The auditorium is designed by Steve Tompkins and Roger Watts of Haworth Tompkins, the Stirling Prize-winning theatre design practice behind The Royal Court Theatre and the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool.

The theatre will also create a new cultural destination, complemented by restaurants, cafes and shops within this iconic mixed use development. The site has been earmarked for a cultural venue of national importance for over 20 years, and was originally set to accommodate the Royal Opera House during the renovation of its Covent Garden home. The venture with the London Theatre Company is the result of a 10-year active search by Southwark Council and Berkeley Homes for the right occupier, both in terms of the space itself and the vision for the wider area.

Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr said: “While London is fortunate in its heritage of Victorian and Edwardian theatres, relatively few new theatres of scale have been built in London in the last hundred years. It feels like the time is right for a new theatre that answers the needs of contemporary theatre-makers and audiences, and which will be the home to our new independent producing company. With our friends Steve Tompkins and Roger Watts of Haworth Tompkins we’ve been looking for the kind of space, in the kind of location that could galvanise playwrights, directors and actors. We are thrilled to make this partnership with Berkeley Homes and Southwark, and couldn’t be more optimistic for the future.

This new riverside hub will add to the trail of cultural attractions to be enjoyed along the south bank and supports the claim by Mayor of London Boris Johnson that London is the cultural capital of the world.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Bringing two of the most respected names in British theatre to this part of south London is fantastic news. Their well-deserved reputation and The London Theatre Company’s location will ensure it becomes a magnet for theatregoers and other culture lovers.”

Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr. Photo credit Helen Maybanks

The London Theatre Company will play a vital part in establishing the riverside at One Tower Bridge as a destination for everyone to enjoy. In addition to a programme of world-class performances, the new venue will offer a range of schools’ initiatives and educational opportunities.

Tony Pidgley, Chairman of Berkeley Group, said: “This is the next big step for the London Bridge area – London’s newest and most exciting theatre, run by a theatre director and producer of real pedigree in Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr. After several false-starts, Berkeley is delighted to be able to deliver the world-class cultural facility envisioned by Southwark Council. The London Theatre Company will have a strong beneficial impact upon the area, creating footfall, growth and jobs and consolidating Southwark’s status as a major cultural destination. Together with the cafes, shops and restaurants here, we can create the Covent Garden of the south bank.

Cllr Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council, added: “We’re delighted to be welcoming some of the leading lights in theatre to Southwark with this fantastic new facility – one of the largest new theatres in London. The excellent work the London Theatre Company will bring to the borough will cement Southwark’s reputation as one of London’s most upcoming destinations for arts and culture and ensure that local people benefit from the developments happening on their doorstep.”

The new theatre is due to open in 2017, subject to financing and planning. The One Tower Bridge development is due for completion in 2017. The additional commercial units are due to be released later this year (2015).
www.LondonTheatreCompany.co.uk

 

Lucian Msamati and Sharon D. Clarke in A Wolf In Snakeskin Shoes

FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR THE WORLD PREMIÈRE OF MARCUS GARDLEY’S A WOLF IN SNAKESKIN SHOES

Lucian Msamati stars as Archbishop Tardimus Toof
Sharon D. Clarke plays Lady Toof

Directed by Indhu Rubasingham; Designed by Tom Piper; Lighting Design by Paul Anderson
Sound Designer: David McSeveney; Musical Director: Nigel Lilley; Composers: Ben & Max Ringham Arrangements: Nigel Lilley, Ben & Max Ringham; Movement Director Coral Messam.

Tricycle Theatre Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham today announces the full cast for the world première of A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes, by multi-award winning American playwright Marcus Gardley. Sharon D. Clarke and Lucian Msamati lead the company which also includes Adjoa Andoh, Ayesha Antoine, Michelle Bonnard, Wil Johnson, Karl Queensborough and Angela Wynter in the production which opens on 14 October, with previews from 8 October, and runs until 14 November.

This fresh adaptation of Molière’s Tartuffe is a wicked new comedy set in a world of millionaires and mega-churches that rocks the foundations of trust, faith and redemption. It follows Rubasingham’s critically-acclaimed production of Marcus Gardley’s The House That Will Not Stand in 2014.

Given just days to live, multi-millionaire Archibald Organdy rejects costly experimental treatment and opts to face his end surrounded by his loving family. His fate sealed, Archibald awaits his day of reckoning. However things could be about to change.

Arriving in Atlanta from the deep, deep South, flamboyant Archbishop Tardimus Toof, a prophet, preacher and part-time masseur promises to absolve Archibald’s sins and heal his disease. But his family suspect there’s more to this devout healer than faith, virtue and snakeskin shoes…

 

8th October – 14th November 2015
Evenings: 7.30pm
Matinees: Wed 2pm (from 21 October), Sat 3pm (from 17 October)
Audio Described performance: Thursday 5th November at 7.30pm, with a touch tour at 6pm
Captioned performance: Tuesday 10 November, 7.30pm

Pricing: £12 – £28
Concessions available on all performances
£10 Trike Tickets for under 26s available 8 – 22 Oct
Suitable for ages 14+
Box office: 020 7328 1000
www.tricycle.co.uk

NEW PROJECT UNVEILED TO HELP LOOKED AFTER KIDS GET INTO THE FRINGE

NEW PROJECT UNVEILED TO HELP LOOKED AFTER KIDS GET INTO THE FRINGE

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, in collaboration with City of Edinburgh Council and Virgin Money have launched a brand new scheme aimed at providing complimentary tickets to Fringe shows for children who are being cared for by City of Edinburgh Council.

The project called ‘Access Fringe  – Looked-After Children’ comes on the back of a successful pilot last year when, for the first time, tickets to Fringe shows were made available to children whose economic and social circumstances would not normally allow them to participate in cultural activity.

This August the Edinburgh Festival Fringe will see 50,459 performances of 3,314 shows from 49 countries in 313 venues across Edinburgh. The Fringe, which began on 07 August, and continues until 31 August, welcomes audiences and artists from all over the world, offering something for everyone – from theatre, dance, circus, physical theatre, comedy, music, musicals, opera, cabaret to variety, children’s shows, free shows, exhibitions, events and spoken word.

Over 1,400 young people and children are in the City of Edinburgh care system, and ‘Access Fringe  – Looked-After Children’ will provide them with a unique opportunity to participate in the kind of cultural and entertainment opportunities readily available to many other children and young people.

Unveiling the new scheme, Kath M. Mainland CBE, Chief Executive of the Fringe Society said:

 

“We’re absolutely delighted that in partnership with City of Edinburgh Council and Virgin Money, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is launching Access Fringe  – Looked-After Children’. We want to help provide some of the most disadvantaged children and young people in the City an opportunity to experience the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – an opportunity they would not normally have due to economic and social reasons.

 

“I truly believe access to, and engagement with the arts is fundamental for people of all ages and I’m overjoyed we are in the position to be able to offer young people and children of Edinburgh the chance to get involved and be inspired at this year’s Fringe.


“The Fringe Society is committed to making access to the festival a major plank of our work going forward. It is important that everyone who wants to come and be part of this festival – whether as performers or audience members – can do so. So this is one of a series of initiatives over the years to come to tackle the physical, economic, social and geographic barriers that stop people from participating.”

Support from Virgin Money has been crucial in getting the project off the ground and Paul Lloyd, Marketing Director at Virgin Money said:

 

“We are proud to support this initiative to help children in care in Edinburgh experience the wonder of the Fringe. We always welcome inclusive and community-spirited initiatives and we think that this is a brilliant example.”

Cllr.  Paul Godzik, Convener of the Children and Families Committee at City of Edinburgh Council said:

 

“Edinburgh’s festivals offer so much to our city, and it’s fantastic that the Fringe community have come together to support our looked after children and ensure that some of the most vulnerable people are fully part of the event.

 

“I’m delighted that the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society and Virgin Money are working so closely with the Council on enhancing the lives of looked after children and I’m sure that the children who get the opportunity to go to these fantastic performances will have a great time when they do.

 

“There are over 1,400 children in the City of Edinburgh care system and I’m very proud that more and more of our local institutions and businesses are pledging to support these children and make sure that they have access to opportunities to grow and to flourish despite the challenges that they may face.”

The Almeida Theatre announces casting for Medea

MEDEA
Euripides
a new version by Rachel Cusk
directed by Rupert Goold

25 September – 14 November 2015

bcb72e829320fb6c_100x100arThe Almeida Theatre announces full casting for MedeaRupert Goold will direct Euripides’ masterpiece, as one of world drama’s most infamous characters is brought to life in a new version by controversial feminist writer Rachel Cusk.

Alongside the previously announced Kate Fleetwood, who makes her Almeida debut in the title role, the cast will include Michele Austin, Guillarmo Bedward, Sarah Belcher, Amanda Boxer, Richard Cant, Ruth Everett, Georgina Lamb, Emily Mytton, Charlotte Randle, Lukas Rolfe, Justin Salinger, Louis Sayers, Sam Smith, Xavier Moras Spencer, Andy de la Tour and Joseph West.

Medea’s marriage is breaking up. And so is everything else. Testing the limits of revenge and liberty, Euripides’ seminal play cuts to the heart of gender politics and asks what it means to be a woman and a wife.

Design is by Ian MacNeil, costume by Holly Waddington, composition and sound by Adam Cork and choreography by Scott Ambler. Casting is by Julia Horan CDG.

Rachel Cusk was selected by Granta as one of their Best Young British Novelists in 2003.  Author of seven novels and three works of non-fiction, she won the Whitbread First Novel Award for Saving Agnes, a Somerset Maugham Award for The Country Life, and was shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Prize for Arlington Park. Her latest novel, Outline, was shortlisted for the Folio Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Kate Fleetwood is currently appearing in Maria Friedman’s production of the Cole Porter musical High Society at the Old Vic, having previously been nominated for Best Actress in a Musical at the Olivier Awards for her performance in the National Theatre’s London Road.  She was nominated for Best Actress at the Tony Awards for her role as Lady Macbeth in Rupert Goold’s acclaimed production of Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre/ West End/ Broadway).  Her other theatre credits include King Lear and Love’s Labour’s Lost (both National Theatre), Hecuba and Life is a Dream (both Donmar Warehouse), The Winter’s Tale/Pericles (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Tempest and The Two Noble Kinsmen (both Shakespeare’s Globe), and Our New Girl (Bush Theatre). On film she has appeared in the BAFTA-winning Philomena,London Road, Les Miserables and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Address           Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, London, N1 1TA

Café Bar          The Almeida Café Bar is open from 11.30am -11.00pm, Monday to Saturday

Box Office       Phone 020 7359 4404 (10am – 8pm Monday – Saturday)

                         Online almeida.co.uk
                         In person 10am – 7.30pm, Monday – Saturday
Performances Monday – Saturday at 8pm
Saturday matinees at 3pm from 3 October
Wednesday matinees at 3pm on 14, 21 & 28 October, 4 November
Tickets £10 – £38

Website           almeida.co.uk

Twitter            @AlmeidaTheatre

#almeidagreeks

Facebook        facebook.com/almeidatheatre

Instagram       @almeida_theatre

Access            Bakkhai Audio Described performance by VocalEyes Saturday 5 September at 3pm, Touch Tour 1.15pm and Friday 11 September at 8pm, Touch Tour 6.15pm.

                        Bakkhai Captioned performances Friday 4 September at 8pm

                        Medea Audio Described performance by VocalEyes Saturday 24 October at 3pm, Touch Tour 1.15pm and Monday 2 November at 8pm, Touch Tour 6.30pm.

                        Medea Captioned performances Monday 26 October at 8pm

Talkback         Post-show discussion with members of the company
Free to same day ticket holders
Monday 26 October

Almeida Questions is an eclectic programme of pre-show discussions which consider some of the questions raised by the work on our stage. In each discussion, invited panellists dig into the key issues and ideas emerging from the show.
From Medea to Mumsnet Thursday 15 October at 6pm
From Aristotle to Albert Square Thursday 22 October at 6pm
Tickets £7 (£5 concesssion)

ALMEIDA QUICK REFERENCE

23 July – 19 September 2015
BAKKHAI
Euripides
a new version by Anne Carson
directed by James Macdonald

25 September – 14 November 2015
MEDEA
Euripides
a new version by Rachel Cusk
directed by Rupert Goold
Press Night 1 October, 7pm

The Almeida Greeks season has been generously supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
Medea is supported by the Onassis Foundation.

The Almeida is supported using public funding by Arts Council England