New works form the core of the 2009-10 lineup at London’s Almeida theater, announced by a.d. Michael Attenborough.
Among the upcoming plays is “A Quiet Island,” a drama about obsession between parents and children by Samuel Adamson (“Southwark Fair,” “All About My Mother”). The show, commissioned by the North London theater, receives its world premiere in a production to be helmed by Indu Rubasingham and run Oct. 22-Dec. 5 2009.
Other new works on the venue’s slate include “Parlour Song” (March 19-May 9), by Jez Butterworth (“Mojo,” “The Night Heron”), which is receiving its European premiere following its Atlantic Theater Company production earlier this year. New production is helmed by Ian Rickson, whose Royal Court revival of “The Seagull” is currently on Broadway.
That will be followed by Attenborough’s European preem of “When the Rain Stops Falling” (May 14-July 4), by Australian scribe Andrew Bovell (“Speaking in Tongues”). The 2009 slate begins with a revival: “Duet for One” (Jan. 22-March 14), by Tom Kempinski. Juliet Stevenson plays the violinist struck down by multiple sclerosis and Henry Goodman plays her therapist in a production by Matthew Lloyd.
Roger Michell will end 2009 with a revival of Patrick Hamilton’s celebrated Leopold & Loeb-inspired thriller “Rope” and, in 2010, Attenborough will direct Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure.”
— David Benedict