Tracey Ullman to Return to London Stage to Star in Stephen Poliakoff's My City

News   Tracey Ullman to Return to London Stage to Star in Stephen Poliakoff's My City The British-born television comedienne and writer Tracey Ullman, who has long been resident in the U.S., will return to the London stage to star in the world premiere of Stephen Poliakoff's My City, beginning performances at London's Almeida Theatre Sept. 8, prior to an official opening Sept. 15, for a run through Nov. 5.

Tracey Ullman
Tracey Ullman

Ullman, who has previously appeared onstage in the short-lived 1991 Broadway run of the solo play The Big Love, is best known for creating her own U.S. network series "The Tracey Ullman Show," followed by "Tracey Takes On…." and "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union."

According to press materials, My City asks how would you feel if, 15 years after you last saw them, you bumped into the one person who had the biggest influence on your life? On a dusky evening, Richard Kenton finds his primary school headmistress lying on a park bench in the shadow of St Paul's Cathedral. As he becomes reacquainted with her and the other teachers that helped shape him, memories of their vivid and imaginative lessons come to life and their tales of London inspire him once more.

Poliakoff, who will also direct his own play, began his career in the theatre and won the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright in 1976 for Hitting Town and City Sugar, has written over 20 plays, including Breaking the Silence (premiered by the RSC) and Coming In To Land (premiered at the National). His film and TV credits include "Hidden City," "Caught on a Train," "Close My Eyes," "Perfect Strangers" and most recently "Glorious 39."

Designs for The City are by Lez Brotherson with lighting by Oliver Fenwick and sound and music by Ben and Max Ringham.

Priority booking for Almeida members opens from April 19, with public booking from May 9. To book tickets contact the box office on 020 7359 4404, or visit www.almeida.co.uk.

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