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Attenborough preps final Almeida slate

Kirkwood's 'Chimerica' 'Turn of the Screw' among lineup

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A world preem, a new stage adaptation of Henry James’ creepfest “The Turn of the Screw,” and a rare revival of a forgotten English classic form outgoing a.d. Michael Attenborough’s final slate at North London’s Almeida Theater.

Rising scribe Lucy Kirkwood’s “Chimerica” studies a fictional American photojournalist in New York covering the 2012 election, whose image of an individual caught in the 1989 Tiananmen Square riots returns unexpectedly. Kirkwood’s latest play “NSFW” — the e-mail acronym warning about sexual content Not Safe For Work — is currently previewing at the Royal Court and her adaptation of “Hansel and Gretel” for children opens at the National Theater in December. Running May 17-June 29 with a May 23 opening, the production will be helmed by Lyndsey Turner.

Following the venue’s upcoming production of Nick Dear’s new “The Dark Earth and the Sky” which previews from Nov. 8, Lindsay Posner will helm “The Turn of the Screw” in a new adaptation by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Designed by Peter McKintosh (“The 39 Steps”) and lit by Tim Mitchell, the production runs Jan. 18-Mar 16 with a Jan. 24 opening.

First staged in 1949 but unseen for 25 years, “Before The Party” is an adaptation of a story by W. Somerset Maugham by Brit playwright Rodney Ackalnd (1908-1991). Set in the aftermath of WW2, the play looks at a scandal unexpectedly erupting in a family. Helmed by Matthew Dunster, the production features designs by Anna Fleischle and lighting by Philip Gladwell.

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