London's Almeida Theatre Lines Up Season for First Half of 2013 | Playbill

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News London's Almeida Theatre Lines Up Season for First Half of 2013 London's Almeida Theatre has announced three productions for the first half of 2013: The Turn of the Screw will be adapted from Henry James' 1898 novella of the same name by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Rodney Ackland's Before the Party will be revived, and the world premiere of Lucy Kirkwood's Chimerica will be presented in a co-production with Headlong.

The Turn of Screw will begin performances Jan. 18, 2013, prior to an official opening Jan. 24 for a run through March 16. Lindsay Posner will direct the production, which is presented in association with Act Productions Limited, Sonia Friedman Productions and Hammer Theatre of Horror. 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 must confront her fear and protect the children from the alarming dangers that surround them. 

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 for more details. 

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