Cast Announced for New Stage Version of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw at London's Almeida Theatre

By Mark Shenton
November 24, 2012

Casting has been announced for Lindsay Posner's production of The Turn of the Screw, a new stage adaptation of the Henry James book of the same name, that begins performances Jan. 18, 2013, prior to an official opening Jan. 24, for a run through March 16.



The cast comprises Caroline Bartleet, Laurence Belcher, Eoin Geoghegan, Gemma Jones, Anna Madeley and Orlando Wells, with Isabella Blake, Emilia Jones and Lucy Morton alternating the role of Flora.  

In the story, "Miss Jessel is dead. A new governess arrives at a remote estate in Bly to care for Miles and Flora. Wild but angelic they charm their guardian with flowers, poetry and song.  But as she grows to love her two wards, figures appear in the darkness outside and the corners of the house are haunted by those that have gone before. The Governess (played by Anna Madeley) must confront her fear and protect the children from the alarming dangers that surround them."

The Turn of the Screw was originally written in 1898 by American born writer Henry James (1843-1916).  This novella has been adapted by Benjamin Britten as an opera, was adapted for film as "The Innocents" starring Deborah Kerr and for television with Lynne Redgrave in 1974 and in 1999 with Jodhi May and Colin Firth.  The novella was also produced as a ballet by William Tuckett, a Radio 4 adaptation by Neville Teller and a BBC TV drama starring Michelle Dockery and Sue Johnston.

This new stage adaptation is by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, recently represented on Broadway by her version of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People at Manhattan Theatre Club, that had originally been produced in London at the Arcola. Her original plays include Her Naked Skin and The Night Season, which both premiered at the National Theatre, The Painter, Stars Over Kabul, The Lioness, The Soldier's Tale and Shoreditch Madonna.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7359 4404, or visit www.almeida.co.uk for more details.