29 Jan 2021 - 27 Feb 2021

World Premiere

Hymn

By Lolita Chakrabarti

Directed By Blanche McIntyre

Running Time: TBC

production information

“Man, 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.

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.

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(Touch Tour date TBC)
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Concessions
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. For full information click here.

Access
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.

Islington First
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25 & Under
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Under 30s
If you are aged 30 or under can book second-price-band tickets for £15 on Mon - Thu performances and Sat matinees.

Over 65s
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NHS and Blue Light Card holders
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Students
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Unemployed
If you are claiming Jobseekers Allowance, you can book second-price-band tickets for £25 on Mon - Thu performances and Sat matinees. This concession is also applicable for top-price tickets on Wed & Sat matinees.

Her plays include Life of Pi; Invisible Cities; Red Velvet (Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, Critics Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright); The Greatest Wealth – a series of monologues curated by Chakrabarti, including her own monologue titled Speedy Gonzalez; and Last Seen (an Almeida Theatre production with Slung Low).

As an actor, her theatre include credits include Fanny and Alexander (The Old Vic); Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company); Last Seen (Almeida Theatre); Free Outgoing (Royal Court) and John Gabriel Borkman (Donmar Warehouse). For screen, she has recently appeared on television in Riviera; Born to Kill; Beowulf and The Casual Vacancy and she played recurring character WPC Jamila Blake in The Bill.

Additional information

We’ve put in a number of steps to ensure our audiences are safe when visiting the Almeida, including socially distanced seating and flexible ticket exchanges. Find out more about how we’re welcoming audiences back here.

Running time TBC. Find out more about our running times here.

Read more about our production guidance and warnings, or contact Box Office if you have specific concerns.

Cast & Creatives

By Lolita Chakrabarti
Direction Blanche McIntyre

Cast
Adrian Lester
Danny Sapani

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