Game: Talkback

March 25, 2015 by
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Mike Noble (Ashley) and Jodie McNee (Carly) in Game. Photo: Keith Patterson

On 24 March 2015 we invited the audience of Game to stay behind for a Q&A with Associate Director Rob Icke and other members of the cast. Here’s a few excerpts from the discussion…

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Carmen Disruption: Speaking of Opera…

March 18, 2015 by
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The cast of Carmen Disruption in rehearsal. Photo: Marc Brenner

After week two of rehearsals  for Carmen Disruption, directed by Michael Longhurst, Assistant Director Jude Christian explores how much Simon Stephens’ play relates to Bizet’s immortal opera. Read the rest of this entry »

Carmen Disruption: A Matter of Time

March 10, 2015 by
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The clock on the Rehearsal Room wall, now sans glass. Photo: Isabella Wilson.

Following the first week of rehearsals for Carmen Disruption, directed by Michael Longhurst, Assistant Director Jude Christian takes us inside the rehearsal room and the themes the cast have been exploring for Simon Stephens’ play.

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The Merchant of Venice: Risky Business

January 27, 2015 by

In honour of the infamous loan taken out by The Merchant of Venice’s titular character, who wagers a pound of his own flesh if he fails to repay the loan, we asked our cast to reveal the greatest amount that they have ever won or lost in a bet. Here’s what they said:

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Tom Weston-Jones (Bassanio) and Scott Handy (Antonio) in The Merchant of Venice. Photo: Ellie Kurttz

“Won £400. First time in a casino. Not returned since.”
– Tom Weston-Jones (Bassanio)

“A full-body sensual massage.”
Scott Handy (Antonio)

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The Merchant of Venice: In Conversation with Rupert Goold and Ian McDiarmid

January 27, 2015 by

Reunited after an initial collaboration six years ago, the Almeida’s current and former Artistic Director discuss the complexities of Shakespeare and the charms of a certain North London stage.

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Director Rupert Goold and Ian McDiarmid (Shylock) in rehearsals. Photo: Ellie Kurttz

Almeida Theatre: This isn’t the first time you two have worked together. Can you talk a little about your history?

Rupert Goold: We did Six Characters in Search of an Author together in 2008.

Ian McDiarmid: It was at the Minerva in Chichester, then moved to the West End, then Australia. It was adapted by Rupert and Ben Power – “adapted” isn’t the word. “Blown apart and reconstructed.” Lovingly. It was very exciting to do.

AT: So how did working on Merchant together come about?

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The Merchant of Venice: Prized Possessions

January 20, 2015 by

The Merchant of Venice looks at what we value most, so we asked our cast what their most valuable possessions are. Here’s what they said: 

Scott Handy (Antonio) in The Merchant of Venice. Photo: Ellie Kurttz

Scott Handy (Antonio) in The Merchant of Venice. Photo: Ellie Kurttz

“A soprano saxophone.”
Scott Handy (Antonio)

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The Fever: The Trials and Triumphs of Site-Specific Theatre

January 15, 2015 by
Robert Icke and Tobias Menzies in rehearsals for The Fever. Photo: Perou

Robert Icke and Tobias Menzies in rehearsals for The Fever. Photo: Perou

Performances of The Fever are now in full swing at The May Fair Hotel. In her final reflections on the rehearsal process, Assistant Director Rebecca Hill addresses the particular challenges and joys of staging site-specific work.
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The Fever: A Man Walks into a Hotel Room

January 6, 2015 by
The full script of The Fever on the wall of the Almeida Theatre's rehearsal room. Photo: Simone Finney

The full script of The Fever on the wall of the Almeida Theatre’s rehearsal room. Photo: Simone Finney

Actor Tobias Menzies and director Robert Icke are in their final days of rehearsals for Wallace Shawn’s The Fever at The May Fair Hotel. Assistant Director Rebecca Hill lets us in on what it’s like to rehearse a show with a single performer.

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The Merchant of Venice: Did You Know…?

December 15, 2014 by
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Merry Holden (Conscience), Emily Plumtree (Nerissa) and Rebecca Brewer (Stephanie) in The Merchant of Venice. Photo: Ellie Kurttz

In preparation for Press Night, we’re brushing up on our Shakespearean trivia. Associate Director Lisa Blair has kindly collected some facts for you to impress your theatre-going companions with. In no particular order, here are 10 things you (probably) didn’t know about The Merchant of Venice:
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The Fever: Two Turtle Doves and Volume 1 of ‘Capital’ by Karl Marx

December 11, 2014 by
Volume 1 of Capital by Karl Marx. Photo: Rebecca Hill

Volume 1 of Capital by Karl Marx. Photo: Rebecca Hill

Now that rehearsals for Wallace Shawn’s The Fever, directed by Robert Icke, have officially begun, Assistant Director Rebecca Hill lets us in on why she’s spent the past month reading up on economic theory.

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