Mamet, Hare and Rare Tennessee Williams Featured in New Almeida Season

News   Mamet, Hare and Rare Tennessee Williams Featured in New Almeida Season The Almeida Theatre has announced its upcoming season. It includes the European premiere of David Mamet’s Romance, a new version of Moliere’s The Hypochondriac as well as Sam Shepard, rare Tennessee Williams and Gorky as interpreted by David Hare.
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Mamet’s satirical courtroom farce was given its world premiere early in 2005 by New York’s Atlantic Theater Company. The Almeida production will be directed by Lindsay Posner. The show will begin previews Sept. 2, with opening night on Sept. 8. It will run until Oct. 22.

Posner will stay on board for Richard Bean’s new version of Moliere’s The Hypochondriac. Bean has written such plays as Under the Whaleback and Honeymoon Suite for the Royal Court and The Mentalists at the National Theatre (Loft season). The show previews Nov. 10, opens Nov. 17 and runs until Jan. 7, 2006. Giles Cradle will design, with lighting by Jean Kalman, music by Matthew Scott and sound by John Leonard.

Almeida boss Michael Attenborough will direct the British premiere of Sam Shepard’s The Late Henry Moss, which premiered in San Francisco in 2000. The story of two brothers who confront each other after the death of their father will feature designs by Rob Jones. It will preview at the Almeida Jan. 12, open on Jan. 16 and run until March 4.

Tennessee Williams’ Period of Adjustment hasn’t been performed in London since Roerg Graef’s production in 1962. Howard Davies will revive the “tangled and funny” (according to the press release) tale of an intense 48 hours in the lives of a newly married couple. Previews start on March 9, opening night is on March 16, and the show runs until April 29.

And, Attenborough directs Hare’s new version of Gorky’s Enemies. Opening on May 11 (previews begin May 5) and running until June 24, the play depicts a struggle between workers and industrialists. There’s good news for the Almeida with the renewal of the annual principal sponsorship from the private bank Coutts & Co. Rick Haythornthwaite, the chairman of the Almeida’s board, welcomed the bank’s support for a third year, saying in a statement, “Coutts & Co’s commitment to the theatre provides crucial funding for the Almeida’s annual programme, facilitating greater artistic freedom.”

Casting details will be announced in due course. For more information, call (0)20 7359 4404 or visit www.almeida.co.uk.