London's Almeida to Present Premiere of Nick Dear's The Dark Earth and the Light Sky

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London's Almeida Theatre will present the world premiere of Nick Dear's The Dark Earth and the Light Sky, beginning performances Nov. 8 prior to an official opening Nov. 15, for a run through Jan. 12, 2013.

It is directed by Richard Eyre, who has previously directed David Hare's The Judas Kiss for the Almeida, which subsequently transferred to the West End and Broadway. He is currently represented on Broadway by Mary Poppins, which he has co-directed with Stephen Mear.

Set deep in the Hampshire countryside, the play "revolves around Edward Thomas, a disaffected husband, exhausted father and tormented writer. Then in 1913 he meets American poet Robert Frost and everything changes. As their friendship blossoms Edward writes, emerging from his cocoon of self-doubt into one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century. On the verge of success he makes the drastic decision to enlist, confounding his friends and family."

Dear's adaptation of Frankenstein premiered at the National Theatre last year. Previous original plays include The Art of Success, Zenobia and Pure Science, all premiered by the RSC. His screenplays include "Jane Austen's Persuasion," for which he received a BAFTA, "The Gambler" and "Byron."

Casting is still to be announced.

To book tickets, on sale to Almeida Theatre members from April 17 and for public booking from May 1, contact the box office on 020 7359 4404, or visit www.almeida.co.uk.

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