Read more about the article REVIEW: The House of Shades, Almeida Theatre (2022)
THE HOUSE OF SHADES by Beth Steel ;
Director Blanche McIntyre ;
Set Designer Anna Fleischle ;
Costume Designer Liam Bunster ;
Lighting Designer Richard Howell ;
Sound Designer Gregory Clarke ;
Video Designer Isaac Madge ;
Movement and Intimacy Director Polly Bennett ;
Casting Director Annelie Powell ;
Associate Set Designer Liam Bunster. ;
Dialect Coach Esi Acquaah-Harrison ;
Fight Director Kevin McCurdy ;
Costume Supervisor Natasha Prynne ;
Associate Fight Director Sam Behan ;
Assistant Director Emily Ling Williams ; Almeida Theatre ; London, UK ; 7th May 2022 ; Credit and copyright: Helen Murray ; www.helenmurrayphotos.com Cast ;
Gus Barry ;
Anne-Marie Duff;
Beatie Edney;
Kelly Gough ;
Michael Grady-Hall ;
Emily Lloyd-Saini ;
Carol Macready ;
Stuart McQuarrie ;
Mark Meadows ;
Daniel Millar ;

REVIEW: The House of Shades, Almeida Theatre (2022)

Anne-Marie Duff plays the matriarch of the family over half a century.  She has born three children with the youngest Laura (Emma Shipp) still at school. Her husband Alistair is a trade union shop steward and tells us that in 1965 half the working population are in a trade union.  In 2017 this percentage had fallen by more than half to 23.3%. In the 1980s Margaret Thatcher has demolished trade union power with legislation against secondary picketing and the defeat of the miners’ strike in 1984/5. 

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Read more about the article REVIEW: Spring Awakening, Almeida (2021)
Laurie Kynaston as Melchior (Photo: Marc Brenner)

REVIEW: Spring Awakening, Almeida (2021)

The score is alternative rock by Duncan Sheik with the book and lyrics by Steven Sater.  There is a beautiful clarity to the sung words. It is pretty raunchy stuff with scenes of sado-masochism and masturbation but it has an honesty lacking in society then, and to a lesser extent, now. 

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Read more about the article NEWS: The Tragedy of Macbeth at the Almeida <br> from 1st October 2021 with James McArdle and Saoirse Ronan
James McArdle as Macbeth and Saoirse Ronan as Lady Macbeth

NEWS: The Tragedy of Macbeth at the Almeida
from 1st October 2021 with James McArdle and Saoirse Ronan

Yaël Farber directs the Scottish play at the Almeida James McArdle ans Saoirse Ronan (Photo: Sebastian Nevois) THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH by William Shakespeare Directed by Yaël Farber Friday 1…

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from 1st October 2021 with James McArdle and Saoirse Ronan