Premiere & top international work at Almeida Theatre this spring

The spring season at London’s Almeida Theatre will include the premiere of Ella Hickson’s The Writer and a rare revival of Sophie Treadwell’s 1928 play Machinal, says artistic director Rupert Goold.

The UK premiere of Dance Nation, Clare Barron’s award-winning play and the first London run of £¥€$ (LIES) from acclaimed Belgian company Ontroerend Goed, make up the rest of the season.


Rupert Goold said: “It is with enormous excitement that we announce our new season, featuring two premieres from immensely talented and ground-breaking writers, a rare UK revival of a seminal, pioneering American play, and an exhilarating interactive show from one of the most revolutionary theatre companies in Europe.

“We start by welcoming back Ella Hickson, following her epic Oil in 2016, with new play The Writer, directed by Blanche McIntyre.

“Like Ella’s previous work, this is a hugely ambitious, deeply political play that consistently challenges what theatre can and should be.

“Following The Writer, we are thrilled to present a timely revival of Sophie Treadwell’s masterpiece, Machinal, directed by Natalie Abrahami.

“Ninety years after it emerged from the American expressionist theatre scene and 25 years since its last London production, it remains strikingly resonant in its depiction of oppression, gender and power.

“I first saw Belgian company Ontroerend Goed’s show £¥€$ (LIES) at the Edinburgh Fringe last year. It was an adrenaline-charged, unpredictable, all-consuming experience that hasn’t left my mind since.

“I couldn’t be happier to welcome the company of LIES to the Almeida for a three week run in August and to share its glamour, risk and game-playing with London audiences.

“The season concludes with the award-winning new American play Dance Nation by Clare Barron, directed by Bijan Sheibani.

“Dance Nation is a fierce take on youth and ambition and the second winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award to be given its UK premiere at the Almeida, following Lucy Kirkwood’s Chimerica in 2013”.

Listings: THE WRITER (April 14 – May 26); MACHINAL (June 4 – July 21); £¥€$ (LIES) (July 31 – August 18) and DANCE NATION (August 27 – October 6).

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