By LOLITA CHAKRABARTI
Directed By BLANCHE MCINTYRE
The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times, Evening Standard, BBC Online, The i, The Stage
“Adrian Lester and Danny Sapani deliver note-perfect performances”
"A triumph of creativity over adversity and thoroughly deserves a standing ovation”
“Man, sometimes it takes a long time to sound like yourself”
Two men meet at a funeral. 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 performances, this recording of Hymn will only be available to stream on-demand until Tuesday 9 March.
Featuring music from Gil and Benny's lives, Lolita Chakrabarti’s (Red Velvet, Life of Pi) searching, soulful new play asks what it takes to be a good father, brother or son.
Directed by Blanche McIntyre (The Writer), Hymn features Adrian Lester (Red Velvet, Hustle) and Danny Sapani (Killing Eve, Les Blancs).
Artwork photography by Zeinab Batchelor.
Watch the recording as many times as you wish for 48 hours.
Tickets are limited to ensure every viewer receives a high-quality stream. More info
Wed 3 - Tue 9 Mar
£40 (incl £25 donation*)
£30 (incl £15 donation*)
£25 (incl £10 donation*)
£20 (incl £5 donation*)
*The donation portion is a suggested donation to which Gift Aid provisions apply.
Each ticket holder will have access to the same view, regardless of the price you pay. We'd be grateful if you could consider paying close to what you might normally spend on a theatre ticket. Your support is vital to help secure the future of our theatre in the coming year - each and every penny will make a difference.
The live recording includes the option for subtitles. These can be turned on by selecting the Subtitles option in the menu bar at the bottom of the video. Only captions in English will be available.
Audio Described Stream
A separate audio described version of the live recording is available to watch on-demand here. This can be watched an unlimited number of times between Wed 3 and Wed 10 March. The audio description will be in English.
The performance will be available to watch from the Almeida Theatre website from the date you've booked for 48 hours. You will be able to access the performance from the Recordings & Live Streams section of My Account here.
You are able to watch on any device that has a web browser, including smartphones and tablets.
Find FAQs about booking and watching the on-demand stream here.
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.
★★★★ A POIGNANT FRIENDSHIP DRAMA
★★★★ A POWERFUL DEPICTION OF MALE BONDING
★★★★ an extraordinary achievement by all involved
★★★★ Two actors at the top of their game
★★★★ a quietly wondrous reflection on love, family, friendship and masculinity
★★★★★ an incredibly moving experience
★★★★ Everything about Lolita Chakrabarti’s Hymn is beautiful
★★★★ reminds us of life’s small beauties
The running time is approximately 90 minutes, with no interval.
Hymn is recommended for ages 13+, and 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