Following on from the successful Almeida Greeks season, the Almeida Theatre has today announced its Winter 2015/2016 season.
Artistic Director Rupert Goold introduced the new season saying: “We follow our Almeida Greeks with a double-header of late nineteenth-century masterpieces by two of the world’s most important and influential playwrights. Written less than five years apart, these plays offer startlingly fresh reflections on our lives and our theatre – and how we can understand them.”
The two plays that will be staged at the theatre over the coming months are a new translation of Ibesen’s Little Eyolf which will then be followed by a new production of Chekov’s Uncle Vanya.
Little Eyolf : 19th November 2015 – 9th January 2016 – following on from his productions of Hedda Gabler and Ghosts, Richard Eyre returns to the Almeida with a new version of Little Eyolf.
How is a life well lived? Alfred Allmers comes home to his wife, Rita, and makes a decision. Casting aside his writing, he dedicates his life to raising his son. But one event is going to change his life forever.
The cast will be lead by Jolyon Coy and Lydia Leonard and will also include Sam Hazeldine, Eve Ponsonby and Eileen Walsh. Design will be by Tim Hatley and with lighting by Peter Mumford.
Uncle Vanya: 5th February – 26th March 2016 – following on from his hugely successful production of Oresteia (currently running at the Trafalgar Studios), Almeida Associate Director Robert Icke directs a new production of Chekov’s best known play.
The production will see Paul Rhys making his debut at the Almeida in the title role.
Things your life could be: 1) a farce 2)a tragedy 3)pointless 4) all of the above
Things you could do about it: 1) keep living 2)stop living 3)stop someone else living 4)nothing.
Even so what has your life been worth?
Checkov’s masterpiece examines human behaviour in all its contradiction.
Tickets for both productions will first go on sale to Almeida members on Tuesday 8th September and to members of the public on the 15th September.