By Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed By Blanche McIntyre
“Both actors are on blazing form”
Mail on Sunday
“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.
Mon 26 Jul - Fri 13 Aug
Previews Mon 26 – Wed 28 Jul
Press performance 7pm Thu 29 Jul
Wed matinees 2.30pm from 4 Aug
Sat matinees 2.30pm from 31 Jul
Mon 26 – Wed 28 Jul
£35, £30, £20, £10
Fri 30 Jul – Fri 13 Aug
£43.50, £35, £20, £10
Tue 3 Aug 7.30pm
£5 Captioned tickets available to those aged 25 and under.
Book by calling Box Office on 020 7359 4404.
Audio Described performance
Sat 7 Aug 2.30pm
£5 Audio Described tickets available to those aged 25 and under.
Book by calling Box Office on 020 7359 4404. More info>
Mon 2 Aug after 7:30pm performance
Post-show talk with members of the Hymn company. Free to same performance ticket holders.
All concession tickets are limited and subject to availability. Proof of eligibility is required. Concessions in the final week of performances are only valid for D/deaf and disabled bookings. More info
D/deaf and disabled patrons and a companion can buy tickets for £25 for all performances by calling the Box Office on 020 7359 4404.
25 & Under
£5 tickets will be available to those aged 25 and under for performances on 26, 27, 28, 30 & 31 July. Enter code 25UNDER when selecting your seats. More info
If you are aged 30 or under can book second-price-band tickets for £15 on Mon-Thu performances and Sat matinees.
Students, Over 65s & Unemployed
Audiences who are Students, aged over 65, or claiming Jobseekers Allowance can book second-price-band tickets for £25 on Mon-Thu evenings, and Wed & Sat matinees. This concession is also for top-price tickets on Wed & Sat matinees.
If you live or work in the Islington area you can book best available seats for £25 for performances on 26, 27, 28, 30 & 31 July, subject to availability. Enter promo code ISFIRST when selecting your seats. For applicable postcodes see here.
NHS and Blue Light Card holders
Use code BLUELIGHT when selecting your seats to book second-price-band tickets for £25 on Mon-Thu evenings, and top-price tickets on Wed & Sat matinees for £25. Limited to 2 tickets per person.
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.
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
Associate Designer Amy Hayden-Wason
Associate Lighting Designer Sally Ferguson
Associate Sound Designer Michael Woods