Tag Archives: Almeida Theatre

The Tragedy of King Richard the Second

Almeida Theatre, London ***
Runs: 1hr 40mins without interval

© Marc Brenner, Simon Russell Beale. Richard II, down and out...

© Marc Brenner, Simon Russell Beale. Richard II, down and out…

TICKETS 020 7359 4404 (24 hours)
In person: 10am-7.30pm (Mon-Sat)
On-line: www.almeida.co.uk

Review by Carole Woddis of performance seen Jan 2, 2019:

Much as I admire Rupert Goold, I have to admit that if it weren’t for Simon Russell Beale, I’m not sure I’d have stayed the course with Joe Hill-Gibbins latest excursion into Shakespeare. Continue reading

The Convert, Sweat, Summer and Smoke

The Convert ****
By Danai Gurira

© Marc Brenner with Letitia Wright (Jekesai/Ester) - the newest convert...

© Marc Brenner with Letitia Wright (Jekesai/Ester) – the newest convert…

Young Vic Theatre,
The Cut,
London SE1 8LZ

Runs: 3hrs incl two 15 min intervals

Sweat ****
By Lyn Nottage

© Johan Persson, with Leanne Best (Jessie), Martha Plimpton (Tracey), Clare Perkins (Cynthia)

© Johan Persson, with Leanne Best (Jessie), Martha Plimpton (Tracey), Clare Perkins (Cynthia)

Donmar Warehouse,
41 Earlham Street,
Seven Dials, London WC2H 9LX

Runs: 2hrs 30 mins incl 15 min interval

Summer and Smoke *****
By Tennessee Williams

© Marc Brenner, Patsy Ferran carries the load as Alma in Rebecca Frenshall's superb revival. Here facing the chorus of pianos and the back brick wall distinctive of the Almeida auditorium and replicated in the West End setting.

© Marc Brenner, Patsy Ferran carries the load as Alma in Rebecca Frecknall’s superb revival. Here facing the chorus of pianos and the back brick wall distinctive of the Almeida auditorium and replicated in the West End setting.

Duke of York’s Theatre
St Martin’s Lane
London WC2N 4BG

Runs: 2hrs 40mins incl 15 min interval

Review by Carole Woddis of performances seen Dec 18, 20, and Dec 22, 2018:

After something of an enforced lay-off, this week has been one of those weeks. Three shows via our three of our foremost subsidised London theatres, the Young Vic, Donmar Warehouse and the third, an Almeida Theatre transfer to the West End at the Duke of York’s. Continue reading

The Wild Duck

Almeida Theatre, London ****
Review by Carole Woddis of performance seen Oct 25, 2018:

© Manuel Harlan, Lyndsey Marshal as Gina and Edward Hogg as James Ekdal in happier times, before the truth comes bursting in and breaks them...money and pride beats the best of men and women...

© Manuel Harlan, Lyndsey Marshal as Gina and Edward Hogg as James Ekdal in happier times, before the truth comes bursting in and breaks them…money and pride beats the best of men and women…

Robert Icke is far too clever a theatre magician for it to be accidental. But there are moments when his updated, deconstructed and completely reimagined version of Ibsen’s Wild Duck comes over as a bit of a lecture in keeping with one of the Almeida’s former lives as a lecture theatre for the Islington Literary and Scientific Society. Continue reading

Machinal

Almeida Theatre, London ****

© Johan Persson, Jonathan Livinstone (Jones, the boss), Emily Berrington (young woman) and cast beating out a rhythm at the office...

© Johan Persson, Jonathan Livinstone (Jones, the boss), Emily Berrington (young woman) and cast beating out a rhythm at the office…

Rupert Goold’s tenure hardly puts a foot wrong these days.

True I’ve missed a couple of events the past few months – including Ella Hickson’s The Writer which divided everyone apparently. But here’s another cracker from the Goold stable. And nobody could accuse Goold of ignoring 50% of the population in his choices. After Mike Bartlett’s Albion last year with its central female protagonist, and Hickson’s feminist oriented writer, here is Natalie Abrahami’s terrific revival of Sophie Treadwell’s 1928 humdinger of a `masterpiece’ (is there another word?!).  Continue reading

Albion

Almeida Theatre, London *****

© Marc Brenner, Victoria Hamilton as Audrey battling to save a piece of old England - superb

© Marc Brenner, Victoria Hamilton as Audrey battling to save a piece of old England – superb

They do produce some crackers at Rupert Goold’s Almeida. Say what you like about the plays – and they’re mostly four/five stars in any case – they, the productions, nearly always pack a hefty punch. Continue reading

Ink

Almeida Theatre, London (****)

© Marc Brenner, Richard Coyle as Larry Lamb, newly recruited Sun editor and Bertie Carvel as Rupert Murdoch, plotting and setting his sights on winning...

© Marc Brenner, Richard Coyle as Larry Lamb, newly recruited Sun editor and Bertie Carvel as Rupert Murdoch, plotting and setting his sights on winning…

He likes his politics and history does James Graham who has given us some cracking examples of the unholy alliances that pass for politics in this and probably every country, starting with Eden’s Empire a decade ago and leading up to the blissfully funny The Vote (Donmar) on Election Night 2015 and This House, now setting off on a national tour. Continue reading