Almeida’s The Fever to be staged at luxury London hotel

The Fever at the Almeida Theatre. Concept NB Studio. Image Antoni Tudisco

It’s nice to get out and about…

The Almeida Theatre’s latest production is a boutique affair taking place in the intimate surroundings of a hotel room rather than on its Islington stage.

Wallace Shawn’s The Fever is being performed at The May Fair Hotel from January 7.

Almeida associate director Robert Icke directs Tobias Menzies (Game of Thrones) in a site specific staging.

Shawn’s searing monologue will be performed for an audience of 28 in the intimate surroundings of a suite (no raiding the minibar!) at the Stratton Street hotel.

In a hotel in a distant city, a man is looking for answers. Back at home, he can only see questions. Does everything have a price? Do people? Does killing?

Deeply thoughtful and beautifully written, Shawn’s confessional play cuts deep into the relationship between the world we live in and our wealth.

Tobias Menzies’ previous credits for the Almeida include Cloud Nine and Platonov.

Television credits include Outlander, Game of Thrones,The Honourable Woman, Puppy Love, Black Mirror, Any Human Heart, Doctor Who, The IT Crowd, Foyles War, Rome, Spooks and The Thick of It.

His other theatre work includes The Hush and The History Boys (National Theatre); Decade and King Lear Liverpool Playhouse/Young Vic); Three Sisters and The Children’s Hour (both West End); The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse); Hamlet (Royal and Derngate), Arcadia (Royal and Derngate /Salisbury Playhouse); The Cherry Orchard (Sheffield Crucible) and Light (Theatre de Complicite).

Wallace Shawn’s many plays include Marie and Bruce, The Designated Mourner, Aunt Dan and Lemon and Grasses of A Thousand Colors.

His screenplays include My Dinner With Andre and most recently A Master Builder.

As an actor he is best known for the cult classic My Dinner with Andre as well as The Princess Bride, Clueless and Manhattan.

The Fever runs from January 7-February 7.

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