Before the Party will begin performances March 21, prior to an official opening March 28, for a run through May 11. Matthew Dunster will direct the play, which is based on a short story by Somerset Maugham. The war is over and the Skinner family are trying to return to normal. If only the blasted Government weren't such a nuisance about the rations and Cook could get some more of those delicious delicacies. With daughter Laura returned from Africa, widowed but not alone, they prepare for the latest social gathering. Amidst the never-ending whirl of hats and dresses and below stairs skirmishes, Laura reveals a shocking secret that threatens to ruin more than one party on the climb to social success.
Chimerica will begin performances May 17 prior to an official opening May 23, for a run through June 29. Lydnsey Turner directs the Almeida/Headlong co-production. Kirkwood's latest play NSFW opens at the Royal Court Oct. 31. In Tiananmen Square in 1989, a young American photojournalist called Joe captures a piece of history as tanks roll through Beijing and soldiers hammer on his hotel door. In New York, 2012 Joe is covering a presidential election, marred by debate over cheap labour and the outsourcing of American jobs to Chinese factories. When a cryptic message is left in a Beijing newspaper, Joe is driven to discover the truth behind the unknown hero he captured on film. Who was he? What happened to him? And could he still be alive?
Priority booking for Almeida members opens Oct. 30, with public booking from Nov. 13. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7359 4404 or visit www.almeida.co.uk for more details.