04 Jun 2018 - 21 Jul 2018


By Sophie Treadwell

Directed By Natalie Abrahami

Tickets £10–£39.50

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“Your skin oughtn't to curl - ought it - when he just comes near you- ought it? That's wrong, ain't it? You don't get over that, do you - ever, do you or do you?”

The city. A woman is restless. A woman is suffocating. A woman is silenced.

The woman revolts.

Natalie Abrahami directs a visceral production of Sophie Treadwell’s expressionist masterpiece.

Photo: Emily Berrington photographed by Clara Giaminardi.

Dates & Tickets

4 Jun – 9 Jun
£32, £28, £20, £10
10 Jun – 21 Jul
£39.50, £32, £20, £10

Previews Mon 4 Jun – Sat 9 Jun
Press Night  Mon 11 Jun

Evenings 7.30pm
Wed matinees 2.30pm from 20 Jun
Sat matinees 2.30pm from  16 Jun

Almeida Rush 
Almeida Rush allows audiences to book last minute tickets to popular Almeida shows each week. Tickets released Tuesday at 1pm. 

Rush tickets are no longer available for Machinal. The next release will be for Dance Nation

Talkback Thu 12 Jul
Post-show discussion with members of Machinal company. 

Captioned Performance
Tue 10 Jul 7.30pm

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£5 Captioned tickets available for those aged 25 and under on sale from Mon 14 May

Audio Described performance
by VocalEyes
Sat 7 Jul 2.30pm (Touch Tour 12.45pm)

£5 Audio Described tickets available for those aged 25 and under on sale from Mon 14 May

Almeida Questions
Mon 25 Jun 6pm
Unsung Heroines

Inspired by Sophie Treadwell, whose play Machinal was the only text out of 39 she wrote in her lifetime to be published, this Almeida Questions panel celebrates unsung literary heroines from the past, digs into their resounding absence in memory and looks ahead to a future where female stories and voices are not forgotten.

Islington First
Mon 4 Tue 12 Jun

If you live or work in the Islington area you can book best available seats for £25 for the opening performances, subject to availability. Enter the promo code ISFIRST when booking. For applicable postcodes see here.

Customers claiming Jobseekers Allowance and students can book second-price band tickets for £25 on Monday - Thursday evenings and Wednesday and Saturday matinees. For more information click here.

Over 65s
Customers who are 65 and over can book second-price-band tickets* for £25 on Monday - Thursday evenings & Wednesday & Saturday matinees. For more information click here.

Under 30s
Customers aged 30 or under can book second-price-band tickets for £15 on Monday - Thursday evenings & Wednesday & Saturday matinees*.

*Subject to availability. Not available in the final week of performances.

25 and under
£5 tickets on sale Mon 14 May for performances Mon 4 Jun, Tue 5 Jun, Tu 12 Jun, Mon 18 Jun, Tue 19 Jun, Fri 22 Jun, Sat 23 Jun, Mon 25 Jun, Wed 26 Jun (eve), Thu 28 Jun, Tue 3 Jul, Wed 4 Jul (eve), Mon 9 Jul, Wed 11 Jul (eve), Mon 16 Jul, Wed 18 Jul (eve). Book using the promo code UNDER25


Tuesdays at 1pm, get last minute tickets for performances the following week.

Theatre includes: Limehouse (Donmar Warehouse); Another World; The Motherf**ker with the Hat; Dara; Behind The Beautiful Forevers (National Theatre); Noah (short); References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (Young Vic/Arcola); The Complaint (Hampstead Theatre); The Bomb/First Blast/Second Blast; Damascus (Tricycle Theatre); On the Record (Arcola Theatre); The Tempest (Barbican); Lidless (Trafalgar Studios/High Tide Festival); Arabian Nights; Othello (RSC); Rough Cuts – The Spiral (Royal Court); Damascus (Traverse Theatre); Crazyblackmuthaf***inself; Local (Royal Court); Shameless (Birmingham Repertory Theatre); Natural World (Tara Arts); The Oedipus Table (The Stream Industry); In The Heart of America (Soho Theatre Company).

Television includes: Marcella; Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams; Unforgotten; Vera; Humans; Maigret; The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies; Rocket’s Island; Luther; Little Crackers; The Fixer; The Omid Djalili Show; Being Human; The English Harem; Spooks; Derailed; The Bill; William & Mary; Holby City; The Jury; Randall & Hopkirk Deceased; Maisie Raine; Deep Secrets; Living It.

Film includes: Final Score; Earthy Encounters; Denial; Grow Your Own.

Radio includes: Love Is Not New In This Country; The Bastard of Istanbul; Tommies: Tumanbay; A Greek Drama; Iranian Voices; The Waves; Poppyseeds; Sugar and Snow; The Glad House; Keep on Running; Psyche.

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★★★★ Natalie Abrahami directs an impressive, powerfully disconcerting production


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★★★★ Gaspingly intense revival of Sophie Treadwell's expressionist masterpiece

Time Out

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★★★★ An unforgettable portrait of a particular woman and of America itself as a hellishly dehumanised assembly line

The Guardian

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★★★★ Captivating, intense and resonant

The Stage

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★★★★ Gripping revival of Sophie Treadwell's merciless feminist fable

The Sunday Times


★★★★★ Absolutely captivating 

City AM

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Additional information

The running time is approximately 80 minutes with no interval.

This production features nudity, strobe like lighting, latex and smoking of real cigarettes.

Cast & Creatives

Nathalie Armin
Emily Berrington
Khali Best
Denise Black
Demetri Goritsas
Andrew Lewis
Jonathan Livingstone
John Mackay
Alan Morrissey
Kirsty Rider
Augustina Seymour
Dwane Walcott

Writer Sophie Treadwell
Director Natalie Abrahami
Set Design Miriam Buether
Costume Design Alex Lowde
Choreographer Arthur Pita
Lighting Jack Knowles
Sound and Composition Ben and Max Ringham
Costume Supervision Jemima Penny
Casting Julia Horan CDG
Video Robin Fisher
Voice Coach Emma Woodvine
Fight Director Jonathan Holby
Resident Director
Joseph Winters
Associate Lighting Designer Jamie Platt 
Assistant Costume Supervisor Emma Keaveney Roys
Design Assistant Joana Dias

Posters, programmes and scripts available to buy here

Meet the cast

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