David Harrower’s Blackbird to Open at London's Albery in February 2006

News   David Harrower’s Blackbird to Open at London's Albery in February 2006 German director Peter Stein is to make his West End debut with David Harrower’s Blackbird, which premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival earlier this year.

Harrower’s disturbing drama — about the legacy of a sexual past between Una, a young woman, and Ray, a middle-aged man — will open at the Albery on Feb. 13, 2006, with previews set to begin Feb. 7.

The production keeps the original cast of Roger Allam (Democracy, What the Night is For, Privates on Parade) and Jodhi May.

May played Nina in Stein’s EIF production of The Seagull in 2003 and came to prominence after her debut in “A World Apart,” winning the Best Actress award at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival. Allam received the 2001 Olivier Best Actor award for Privates on Parade.

In 1987 Stein won an Olivier for Best Director with his previous London production, The Hairy Ape at the National Theatre.

Edinburgh-born Harrower made his stage-writing debut in 1995 with the award-winning Knives and Hens. His subsequent play Kill the Old Torture Their Young won the Meyer Whitworth Prize four years later. For more information on Blackbird call (0)870 950 0920.