By Stephen Poliakoff
Directed By Stephen Poliakoff
How would you feel if, 15 years after you last saw them, you bumped into the one person who had the biggest influence on your life?
On a dusky evening, old friends Richard and Julie find their primary school headmistress lying on a park bench in the shadow of St Paul's Cathedral. As they become reacquainted with her and the other teachers that helped shape them, memories of their vivid and imaginative lessons come to life and their tales of London inspire Richard and Julie once more.
Stephen Poliakoff's first new theatre play for over a decade celebrates the power of storytelling to raise the human spirit.
Previews Thu 8 – Wed 14 September
Press night Thu 15 September (7pm)
Evening performances 7.30pm
Saturday matinees 2.30pm from 17 September
Wednesday matinees 2.30pm on 19 & 26 October & 2 November
Happy Mondays 12 September Discounted tickets for Young Friends of the Almeida.
Panel Discussion Thu 29 September 2011 (post show)
Talkback Mon 10 October 2011 Post show discussion with Stephen Poliakoff and Robin Nelson, writer of Stephen Poliakoff: On Stage and Screen. Free to same day ticket holders.
Captioned Tue 25 October, 7.30pm
Audio Described Sat 29 October, 2.30pm (Touch Tour at 1pm)
Hannah trained at RADA. My City is Hannah’s professional debut.
Theatre at RADA includes: Oh What A Lovely War; Entertaining Mr Sloane; The Crucible; Measure for Measure; A Waste of Time; Henry iV Parts 1&2; Electra; The Revenger’s Tragedy; The Rivals; A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
"Ullman's excellent performance...commands the tale-spinners eerie universe...Lez Brotherston's set plays cunning variations on the London skyline - the city is never the same place twice."
"This production can make one feel, on leaving the theatre, that one is seeing through London to other cities shimmering on its ether…Tracey Ullman is so very disciplined that she compels our attention"
"Welcome back Stephen Poliakoff…the master penman… haunting, contemporary tale of chance encounters and mysterious city nights… an exhilarating sense of a powerful imagination at work…the cast is excellent… Miss Lambert is played by the wonderfully expressive Tracey Ullman."
The Arts Desk
"And Poliakoff conjures an inner city world of rooftop bars, cellar clubs, night time and tragic interiors with an expressive language of theatrical poetry, superbly realised in the designs of Lez Brotherston, the sound of Ben and Max Ringham and, especially, the lighting of Oliver Fenwick."
(Critic's Choice) "With Lez Brotherston’s haunting skyscape and Ben and Max Ringham’s heartstopping sound and music, it evokes all the surge and vitality and layers of buried past in the dark city … Tracy Ullman, in a career-defining performance as a burnt-out former primary school headmistress, is a king of shaman, walking London streets all night, sleepless."
(Pick of The Week Guardian Guide) "The play, like much of Poliakoff’s work, makes you look at the metropolis with fresh eyes … Tracey Ullman, also making an overdue return to the London stage, is charismatic as Miss Lambert."
"As well as Ullman’s mesmerisingly enigmatic Miss Lambert there is fine support from Sorcha Cusack and the splendidly disconcerting David Troughton as two of her former colleagues, and from Tom Riley and Sian Brooke as their puzzled former pupils."
The Daily Telegraph
"Poliakoff’s well-acted production…David Troughton is a tremendously touching mix of boyish enthusiasm and deep, underlying anxiety in the role of Mr Minken…Tracey Ullman brings a born headteacher’s unforced magnetism to Miss Lambert"
"Intriguing is a word that sums up this new play by Poliakoff, his first in 12 years. From this initial premise unfolds a highly evocative piece that is part comedy, part thriller, part modern fable. Complex and highly engrossing, it delves into the souls of the characters and asks, what becomes of us all? … In this, the play is as much a homage to the city as a portrait of the lost souls who inhabit it, and Poliakoff paints his picture expertly …Miss Lambert is a wonderful creation, beautifully played by Tracey Ullman."
Running Time is 2 hours and 40 mins, including one interval
Writer & Director Stephen Poliakoff
Design Lez Brotherston
Lighting Oliver Fenwick
Sound & Music Ben and Max Ringham
Casting Andy Pryor
Assistant Director Laura Farnworth