Almeida For Free
By LOLITA CHAKRABARTI
Directed By BLANCHE MCINTYRE
This free performance is exclusively for those aged 25 and under as part of Almeida For Free.
“Sometimes it takes a long time to sound like yourself”
Two men meet at a funeral.
Gil knew the deceased. Benny did not.
Before long their families are close.
Soon they’ll be singing the same tune.
Benny is a loner anchored by his wife and children. Gil longs to fulfil his potential. They form a deep bond but as cracks appear in their fragile lives, they start to realise that true courage comes in different forms.
Following a sold-out run of live streamed shows in February, Hymn returns to the Almeida for the first time in front of a live audience.
Written by award-winning playwright Lolita Chakrabarti, best known for her internationally acclaimed play Red Velvet and her recent stage adaptation of the novel Life of Pi, this soulful new play, filled with music, asks what it takes to be a good father, brother or son.
Directed by Blanche McIntyre (The Writer), Hymn features Adrian Lester (Hustle) and Danny Sapani (Killing Eve), ‘two actors at the top of their game’ (Evening Standard).
Artwork photography by Zeinab Batchelor.
Unfortunately this performance is sold out. Keep checking the booking page here for online returns. We will also have some tickets available on the day. For the opportunity to get one of these free tickets join the returns queue at the theatre from half an hour before the performance.
Friday 6 August 7.30pm
Tickets are free and exclusive to those aged 25 and under, limited to 2 per person. Please bring proof of age to the performance.
Captioned & Audio Described
This performance will be Captioned and Audio Described. To book and for further information please contact the Box Office on 020 7359 4404.
Lolita Chakrabarti is a playwright and actor.
For the Almeida: Last Seen (an Almeida Theatre production with Slung Low).
Theatre includes: Life of Pi (Sheffield Crucible); The Greatest Wealth (The Old Vic, monologues curated by Chakrabarti, including her own monologue titled Speedy Gonzalez); Invisible Cities (Manchester International Festival); Message in a Bottle (as dramaturg for ZooNation/Sadler’s Wells); Red Velvet (Tricycle Theatre/West End/New York).
Theatre as actor includes: Fanny and Alexander (The Old Vic); Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company); Last Seen (Almeida Theatre); Free Outgoing (Royal Court); John Gabriel Borkman (Donmar Warehouse).
Television as actor includes: Criminal; Riviera; Born to Kill; Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands; The Casual Vacancy.
Lolita won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Play 2019 and UK Theatre Award for Best New Play 2019 for Life of Pi which is due to transfer to the West End later this year. She was awarded the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright and Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright for Red Velvet.
The running time is approximately 90 minutes, with no interval.
Hymn is recommended for ages 13+. It contains strong language and themes of mental health, suicide and trauma.
If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in the production, you can get free support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from the Samaritans. Visit samaritans.org or call 116 123 for free.
By Lolita Chakrabarti
Direction Blanche McIntyre
Set and Costume Miriam Buether
Light Prema Mehta
Sound Gregory Clarke
Musical Director D.J. Walde
Movement Director Robia Milliner
Assistant Direction Simeon Blake-Hall
Associate Designer Amy Hayden-Wason
Associate Lighting Designer
Associate Sound Designer