Game Almeida ups the ante with The Merchant Of Venice

The Merchant of Venice at the Almeida Theatre. Image Antoni Tudisco
The Merchant of Venice at the Almeida Theatre. Image Antoni Tudisco

The Merchant Of Venice is the Shakespeare of choice with both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Almeida Theatre announcing productions.

What’s more Almeida’s artistic director Rupert Goold is planning to stage his electrifying production of The Merchant that was originally produced at the RSC.

The Almeida’s autumn/ winter season sees Goold explosively relocate Shakespeare’s play to the bright lights of Las Vegas in a whirlwind of glitter, gambling and greenbacks.

Former Almeida artistic director Ian McDiarmid will play Shylock. Many of the original RSC cast will reprise their roles including Jamie Beamish, Rebecca Brewer, Susannah Fielding, Scott Handy, Caroline Martin and Emily Plumtree.

The Islington Theatre is also going walkabout, staging Wallace Shawn’s The Fever in the intimate surroundings of the The May Fair Hotel.

Robert Icke directs Tobias Menzies in a site specific production taking place in a hotel suite to an audience of just 28 people (room service not included in the ticket price and no raiding the minibar during the interval!).

There is the premiere of Mike Bartlett’s provocative new play, Game.

Invasive and unnerving, Bartlett’s play invites us to spy on a family as they explore a dangerous new way to live.

Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens(The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Birdland, Three Kingdoms) makes his Almeida debut with a dramatic reimagining of Bizet’s Carmen.

Carmen Disruption is Stephens’ strange and beautiful new play explores the possibility of love in a fractured urban world.

Tickets for the new productions will go on sale to Almeida Members on September 16 and to the general public on September 23.

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