By Leo Butler
Directed By Sacha Wares
Tickets £10 - £38
★★★★Evening Standard, Time Out, The Telegraph, Financial Times, Daily Mail, Observer, Sunday Times
"The Almeida's new production is the kind of thing to turn first-timers on to theatre forever" Radio Times
At a bus stop.
Master of observation, Leo Butler casts a sharp eye over contemporary London and picks out someone for us to follow. Someone easily missed amongst the crowd.
Following last year's groundbreaking production of Game, the innovative director-designer team Sacha Wares and Miriam Buether return to the Almeida to bring this ambitious exploration of austerity-era London to life. They are joined by an award-winning creative team and an exciting young company of actors.
Written by Leo Butler, who has quietly established himself as one of the UK's most talented political playwrights, Boy is an important new play about coming of age in 21st-century London
"About as high-concept as mainstream theatre gets. Vivid…exhilarating"
Time Out on Game
"Butler's outstanding new play.. Is a timely, savagely brilliant epitaph for the New Labour decade."
Daily Telegraph on Leo Butler’s Faces in the Crowd
Boy Production Supporters:
The Arsenal Foundation
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
The Sackler Trust
Alongside our production of Boy, the Almeida is working with our neighbour, Arsenal in the Community to bring young people’s stories centre stage. In this joint project, Play On, four professional playwrights – Leo Butler (Boy), Steven Camden (aka Polarbear), Charlotte Josephine (Perffection, Bitch Boxer) and Somalia Seaton (Crowning Glory, Courage Wonderland) – will work with 40 local young people over the course of six weeks, helping them to develop their stories and experiences into original monologues and short plays which express what is most important to them. The resulting plays will be presented by professional directors and actors on the set of Boy. Filmed versions and a longer Play On documentary will also be available on the website over the coming months. Through the combined strength of Arsenal in the Community’s established relationships and the Almeida’s artistic expertise, local young people who have not previously been involved in theatre will have the chance to experience an exciting part of their community which is completely new to them.
Play On is supported by The Arsenal Foundation.
Play On Performance
Sunday 1 May (Open dress for friends & family of participants) - 6pm
Monday 2 & Tuesday 3 May – 6pm
Tickets: Free (book in advance on 020 7359 4404)
Thursday 5 May – 6pm
In partnership with OpenWorks, this panel discussion led by young people will explore their views on the world they live in and debate relevant issues with an audience of their peers.
The talk is open to audiences of any age.
Tickets: Free (book in advance on 020 7359 4404)
Previews Tue 5 Apr - Mon 11 Apr
Press Night 7pm Tue 12 Apr
Wed matinees 2.30pm 27 Apr,18 May
1.30pm, 11 May (Relaxed Performance)
Sat matinees 2.30pm from 16 Apr
Mon 16 May
Post-show discussion with members of the Boy company. With live speech-to-text transcription by Stagetext. Free to same-day ticket holders.
Mon 9 May 7.30pm & Post-show talk
Mon 16 May 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance
Sat 21 May 2.30pm (Touch Tour at 12.45pm)
Wed 11 May 1.30pm
A Relaxed Performance is specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability. People have the freedom to come and go as necessary and a chill-out area is provided for those who need a quiet space. There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement and some small changes made to light and sound effects. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Box Office on 020 7359 4404.
Tue 5 - Sat 16 Apr
If you live or work in the Islington area you can book best available seats for £23 for the opening performances* of each production.
If you are aged 29 or under you can book best available seats for £19 for Monday performances*. To book online select the UNDER30 price type at the seating plan. Proof of age will be required when collecting the tickets.
Saturday matinees 21 & 28 Jun
All tickets £19 to Under 30s.
Click here for more information about Concessions.
*subject to availability
This is Mohammad’s professional stage debut.
★★★★ A haunting look at London life through young eyes... Quietly magnificent
★★★★ Sacha Wares' high concept, heartbreaking production... An audacious piece of theatre-making that does its bit through sheer depth of empathy
★★★★ A staging of powerful complexity
★★★★ Exquisitely realised... Frankie Fox, making his professional stage debut, gives a performance of real skill and delicacy
★★★★★ One of the most stunningly propulsive and inventive productions I've ever seen
London Theatre Guide
★★★★ Leo Butler's poignant new play... deftly done
An unforgettable 80 minutes
★★★★ Leo Butler... finds unexpected poetry between the pavement cracks
★★★★ Astonishing... perfectly captures the non-stop drive of the city
★★★★ Shot through with plentiful humour, profound sympathy and bang-up-to-date theatrical reportage
The Sunday Times
★★★★ London 2016 has made it onto the stage. Vitally
The running time is approximately 1 hour and ten minutes with no interval.
Writer Leo Butler
Direction Sacha Wares
Set Miriam Buether
Lighting Jack Knowles
Sound Gareth Fry
Casting Amy Ball