16 Jul 2021 - 13 Aug 2021

Hymn

By Lolita Chakrabarti

Directed By Blanche McIntyre

Running Time: Approx 90 mins

production information

“Adrian Lester and Danny Sapani deliver note-perfect performances”
The Times

★★★★★ “Tremendous”
The Observer

★★★★★ “Mind-blowingly excellent”
WhatsOnStage

“Sometimes it takes a long time to sound like yourself
Miles Davis

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.

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Dates & Tickets

On sale dates
Bronze, Silver & Gold Members
Thu 24 Jun 12pm
Almeida Friends
Mon 28 Jun 12pm
General Sale 
Thu 1 Jul 12pm
Become a member here to access Priority Booking

Fri 16 Jul - Fri 13 Aug

Previews Fri 16 – Mon 19 Jul
Press performances 
Tue 20 Jul

From 19 July 2021 the Government is due to bring an end to social distancing. If you book for a performance after this date, we may no longer follow social distancing and you may be may be sat directly next to another household.

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ALMEIDA FOR FREE
A free performance of Hymn for those aged 25 and under. More details to be announced. Sign up to our emails for Tickets & Events for 16-25s to be the first to hear when tickets are available.

Hymn Production Photos (by Marc Brenner)

Hymn Production Photos (by Marc Brenner)

Hymn Production Photos (by Marc Brenner)

Hymn Production Photos (by Marc Brenner)

Hymn Production Photos (by Marc Brenner)

Hymn Production Photos (by Marc Brenner)

Hymn Production Photos (by Marc Brenner)

Hymn Production Photos (by Marc Brenner)

Hymn Production Photos (by Marc Brenner)

Hymn Production Photos (by Marc Brenner)

Hymn Production Photos (by Marc Brenner)

Hymn Production Photos (by Marc Brenner)

Hymn Production Photos (by Marc Brenner)

Hymn Production Photos (by Marc Brenner)

Hymn Production Photos (by Marc Brenner)

Hymn Production Photos (by Marc Brenner)

Hymn Production Photos (by Marc Brenner)

Additional information

The running time is approximately 90 minutes, with no interval.

Recommended for ages 13+.

CONTENT WARNING
Hymn contains strong language and themes of mental health, suicide and trauma.

Read more here about our production guidance and warnings or email boxoffice@almeida.co.uk if you have specific concerns or questions.

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.

Cast & Creatives

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

Cast
Adrian Lester
Danny Sapani

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