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Oresteia: A Train of Thought

April 22, 2015

Following the first week of rehearsals for Oresteia, adapted and directed by Robert Icke, Assistant Director Anthony Almeida helps us prepare for the moral challenges that lie ahead…

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Six Degrees of Carmen Disruption

April 17, 2015
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Jack Farthing (Carmen), Katie West (Micaëla), Viktoria Vizin (Chorus), Noma Dumezweni (Don José) and John Light (Escamillo) in Carmen Disruption, directed by Michael Longhurst. Photo: Marc Brenner

In the run-up to Press Night for Simon Stephens’ Carmen Disruption, directed by Michael Longhurst, Assistant Director Jude Christian lets us in on a few little known facts about the play…

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Carmen Disruption: The Worst Place on Earth

April 9, 2015
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Jude Christian in rehearsals for Carmen Disruption. Photo: Marc Brenner

After week five of rehearsals for Simon Stephens’ Carmen Disruption, directed by Michael Longhurst, Assistant Director Jude Christian considers the lasting effects that technology has on us.

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Carmen Disruption: Facing The Music

April 2, 2015
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Jamie Cameron (Ensemble/Cellist), Katie West (Micaëla), Harry Napier (Ensemble/Cellist) and Simon Slater in rehearsal for Carmen Disruption.

After week four of rehearsals for Simon Stephens’ Carmen Disruption, directed by Michael Longhurst, Assistant Director Jude Christian explains the use of music in the play.

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Carmen Disruption: Going Through The Motions

March 31, 2015
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Following the third week of rehearsals  for Carmen Disruption, directed by Michael Longhurst, Assistant Director Jude Christian explores the relationship between verbal and physical vocabulary.

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Game: Talkback

March 25, 2015
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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
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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. (more…)

Carmen Disruption: A Matter of Time

March 10, 2015
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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

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

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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