Almeida Theatre Artistic Director Rupert Goold has announced a new season of plays exploring leadership in crisis and the power of words. The season will begin at the end of April with The Treatment, a play by Martin Crimp. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (returning to the Almeida following her award-winning production of Chimerica) The Treatment is set in a film studio in New York. A young woman has an urgent story to tell. But here, people are products, movies are money and sex sells. And the rights to your life can be a dangerous commodity to exploit. The cast of The Treatment includes Aisling Loftus as Anne and Matthew Needham as Simon. The Treatment will be designed by Giles Cadle, with lighting by Neil Austin, composition by Rupert Cross, fight direction by Bret Yount, sound by Chris Shutt, and voice coaching by Charmian Hoare. Casting is by Julia Horan. The … Read more
Sacha Wares will be returning to Almeida Theatre to direct the world premiere of Boy by Leo Butler, after her directorial success in 2015 with the critically acclaimed production, Game, by Mike Bartlett. Wares is joined by a formidable creative team, including contemporary designers Miriam Buether for set design (Wild Swans, Sucker Punch, My Child, Generations) and Ultz for costume (Jerusalem, Hobson’s Choice, Fallout, Pied Pier). Further creative credits include movement by Leon Baugh, lighting by Jack Knowles and sound by Gareth Fry. Wares is associate director at the Young Vic and was previously Associate Director of the Royal Court from 2007-2013. Previous directorial credits include Wild Swans and Generations at the Young Vic, Sucker Punch, My Child and Credible Witness at the Royal Court, Random at the Royal Court and UK Tour, Trade at the Swan Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Soho Theatre. Butler’s playwriting credits include Alison! A … Read more
The second scene begins in darkness, palpably urgent as the Man returns from the river, alone, and desperately tries to call the police. The Woman is missing; he does not know what has happened to her in the River, she did not answer his calls. He seems distressed. But, is this just a cover up? Has he killed her and this is the alibi?