Book by Conor McPherson, Music by Elvis Costello, Based on the film by Paweł Pawlikowski, Directed by Rupert Goold
Thu 30 Nov 2023 - Sat 27 Jan 2024
Zula is bold and brilliant, a singer who ignites the stage. Wiktor is withdrawn and damaged, a composer longing to write. Irresistibly drawn to each other, they dream of escape. But in communist-controlled Poland that can be a dangerous thing.
Based on Paweł Pawlikowski’s Academy Award-nominated film, Cold War is an epic love story spanning the decades and breadth of Europe at its most divided.
Featuring traditional Polish songs, stirring choral arrangements, alongside music from Grammy Award-winner Elvis Costello, Conor McPherson‘s (Girl from the North Country, The Weir) adaptation of Cold War is a compelling story of passion, redemption, and the journey to be free.
Directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold (Tammy Faye), this poignant new musical features Anya Chalotra (The Witcher) and Luke Thallon (Patriots).
Cold War is presented in association with Tanya Seghatchian and John Woodward, and Sonia Friedman Productions.
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Audio Described Sat 20 Jan 2pm (Touch Tour 12pm)
Captioned Mon 8 Jan 7.30pm
Relaxed Environment Wed 10 Jan 2pm & 7.30pm
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Go inside rehearsals
“It’s an astonishing, tempestuous love story.”
Cast members Anya Chalotra, Elliot Levey, Anastasia Martin, Alžbeta Matyšáková, Luke Thallon and Sophie Maria Wojna take us inside the rehearsal room for Cold War.
Cast & Creatives
Violin/ Steel Guitar
Original Film Director
The Charlotte Aitken Trust, Dianne Roberts and The Ruddock Foundation for the Arts
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£5 tickets will be available to those aged 25 and under for performances from Thu 30 Nov – Wed 6 Dec. Enter code 25UNDER when selecting your seats. Tickets go on sale at 5pm on Mon 6 Nov. More info
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Talks & Events
After Thu 18 Jan performance
A post-show talk with members of the company. Free to same-day ticket holders.
Almeida For Free
Thu 11 Jan 7.30pm
A free performance for those aged 25 and under. Sign up to our emails for Tickets & Events for 16-25s to be notified when tickets are available.
Artwork image design by Tekin Türe. Photo by Keystone/Getty Images.