By LOLITA CHAKRABARTI
Directed By BLANCHE MCINTYRE
Running Time: Approx 90 Mins, No Interval
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“Adrian Lester and Danny Sapani deliver note-perfect performances”
“Man, 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.
Featuring music from Gil and Benny's lives, Lolita Chakrabarti’s 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).
Lolita Chakrabarti is best known for her play Red Velvet, that opened at the Tricycle Theatre (now Kiln), before playing in the West End and internationally. Recently her adaptation of the novel Life of Pi ran to great acclaim at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield and it transfers to the West End in 2021.
Artwork photography by Zeinab Batchelor.
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Press Night Thu 18 Feb
Wed - Sat evenings 8pm GMT
Sat matinee 3pm GMT
Sun 5pm GMT
Preview Wed 17 Feb
£25 (incl £15 donation*)
£20 (incl £10 donation*)
£15 (incl £5 donation*)
Thu 18 – Sun 21 Feb
£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.
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Booking closes 1 hour before performance start time.
Thu 18 Feb after 8pm performance and Sat 20 Feb after 3pm performance.
Post-show talk with members of the Hymn company. Free to same performance ticket holders.
The production will be live streamed to the Almeida Theatre website, with ticket holders able to access the performance from the Recordings & Live Streams section of My Account here.
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Find FAQs about booking and watching the live 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
★★★★ Two actors at the top of their game
★★★★★ It’s an incredibly moving experience
★★★★ a subtle but quietly wondrous reflection on love, family, friendship and masculinity
★★★★ "a triumph of creativity over adversity and thoroughly deserves a standing ovation"
The running time is approximately 90 minutes, with no interval.
Recommended for ages 13+.
Hymn 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