15 Dec 2020 - 15 Dec 2020

Nine Lessons and Carols - LIVE STREAM

STORIES FOR A LONG WINTER

Created by Chris Bush, Rebecca Frecknall and the Company
WITH SONGS BY MAIMUNA MEMON

Running Time: Approx 90 Mins, No Interval

production information

This live stream has sadly passed. You can still watch the live recording of Nine Lessons and Carols here.

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Broadcast live from the Almeida Theatre for one night only, experience Nine Lessons and Carols: stories for a long winter from the comfort of your own home.

★★★★
"A REMINDER OF THE POWER OF THEATRE AND OUR NEED FOR IT"
The Telegraph

★★★★
"SONGS THAT PIERCE LIKE FIRELIGHT THROUGH DARKNESS"
Independent

"In the dark times
Will there also be singing?
Yes, there will also be singing.
About the dark times.”

(Bertolt Brecht)

This is not a Corona play.

This is a play about connection and isolation, about lighting a candle to see us through the longest night, about what we hold on to when we cannot hold each other.

Almeida Associate Director Rebecca Frecknall (Summer and Smoke, The Duchess of Malfi), playwright Chris Bush (Standing at the Sky’s Edge, Pericles) and a company of six performers devise a new production reflecting on a year of separation and the power of contact.

Cast includes Naana Agyei-Ampadu (Caroline or Change), Katie Brayben (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Toheeb Jimoh (Anthony), Elliot Levey (Three Sisters), Maimuna Memon (Jesus Christ Superstar) and Luke Thallon (Albion).

Dates & Tickets

Tickets are limited. Booking closes 5.30pm Tue 15 Dec.

Tue 15 Dec
7.30pm GMT
£25 (incl £15 donation*)
£20 (incl £10 donation*)
£15 (incl £5 donation*)
£10
*The donation portion is a suggested donation to which Gift Aid provisions apply.

Each ticketholder will have access to the same view and performance, regardless of the price you pay. We'd be grateful if you could consider paying close to what you might normally spend on a theatre ticket. Your support will be vital to help secure the future of our theatre in the coming year - each and every penny will make a difference.

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How to watch

The production will be live streamed to the Almeida Theatre website, with ticket holders able to access the performance from the Recordings & Live Streams section of My Account here.

The performance will start at 7.30pm, but make sure to log in earlier to watch exclusive behind-the-scenes videos.

Find FAQs about booking and watching the live stream here.

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Nine Lessons and Carols - On Demand

Shortly after the live stream we will make a recording of the production available to rent at home for a limited time. More details announced shortly.

Captioned and Audio Described Streams
We will make subtitled and audio described recordings available shortly after the live stream to rent at home for a limited time.

Nine Lessons And Carols Production Photos (by Helen Murray)

Nine Lessons And Carols Production Photos (by Helen Murray)

Nine Lessons And Carols Production Photos (by Helen Murray)

Nine Lessons And Carols Production Photos (by Helen Murray)

Nine Lessons And Carols Production Photos (by Helen Murray)

Nine Lessons And Carols Production Photos (by Helen Murray)

Nine Lessons And Carols Production Photos (by Helen Murray)

Nine Lessons And Carols Production Photos (by Helen Murray)

Nine Lessons And Carols Production Photos (by Helen Murray)

Nine Lessons And Carols Production Photos (by Helen Murray)

Nine Lessons And Carols Production Photos (by Helen Murray)

Nine Lessons And Carols Production Photos (by Helen Murray)

Nine Lessons And Carols Production Photos (by Helen Murray)

Nine Lessons And Carols Production Photos (by Helen Murray)

Nine Lessons And Carols Production Photos (by Helen Murray)

Nine Lessons And Carols Production Photos (by Helen Murray)

Nine Lessons And Carols Production Photos (by Helen Murray)

Nine Lessons And Carols Production Photos (by Helen Murray)

Nine Lessons And Carols Production Photos (by Helen Murray)

Nine Lessons And Carols Production Photos (by Helen Murray)

Nine Lessons And Carols Production Photos (by Helen Murray)

Nine Lessons And Carols Production Photos (by Helen Murray)

Nine Lessons And Carols Production Photos (by Helen Murray)

Rebecca Frecknall

Direction

Rebecca is Associate Director at the Almeida Theatre and was previously on the Almeida’s Resident Director Scheme supported by the Eranda Rothschild Foundation.

As director, for the Almeida:
The Duchess of Malfi, Three Sisters; Summer and Smoke (also West End).

As director, theatre includes: Sanctuary City (New York Theatre Workshop); Steel (Sheffield Crucible); From Morning to Midnight (Bridewell Theatre); Educating Rita (Durham Gala); Julie; What Are They Like?; Idomeneus (Northern Stage); You, Me, and Everything Else (Soho Theatre/UK Tour); Aftermath (Royal & Derngate); A Streetcar Named Desire - Parallel Production (Young Vic); Something Cloudy, Something Clear (Greenwich Theatre); Summer and Smoke (Southwark Playhouse); Bassett (New Diorama).

As Resident/Assistant Director, for the Almeida: Ink.

As Resident/Assistant Director, theatre includes: James and the Giant Peach; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Here is the News from Over There; Cyrano de Bergerac (Northern Stage); The Taming of The Shrew (RSC); From Morning to Midnight; Liola (National Theatre); The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (ThreeSixty Productions); After Miss Julie (Young Vic); Dream Story (The Gate).

Rebecca trained at Goldsmiths, LAMDA, and on the National Theatre Studio’s Directors Course. Upon graduating she received a Jerwood Assistant Director Bursary to train at the Young Vic and in 2015 she won the acclaimed Regional Theatres Young Directors Scheme Bursary at Northern Stage. She was one of the first winners of the Michael Grandage Company Futures Bursary in 2016, was Runner-Up for the Royal Theatrical Support Trust Director Award 2016 and a 2017 finalist, and was a finalist for the 2014 and 2017 Genesis Future Directors Award at the Young Vic. Summer and Smoke won two Olivier Awards, including Best Revival, and Rebecca was nominated as Best Director.

★★★★ “A reminder of the power of theatre and our need for it”

The Telegraph

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★★★★ “Mythical, moving and full of sincerity”

Independent

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★★★★ "lingers in the mind like smoke”

Observer

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★★★★ "Tender and timely"

Financial Times

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★★★★ "Very special indeed"

Metro

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★★★★ "This is theatre for the present moment"

The i

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Additional information

The running time is approximately 90 minutes, without an interval.

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

Photos by Helen Murray.

Cast & Creatives

Direction Rebecca Frecknall
Writer 
Chris Bush
Music and Lyrics Maimuna Memon
Set and Costume Design Tom Scutt
Light Jack Knowles
Sound Carolyn Downing
Musical Supervisor Tim Sutton
Assistant Director Helena Morais
Costume Supervision Claire Wardroper

Cast
Naana Agyei-Ampadu
Katie Brayben
Annie Firbank
Toheeb Jimoh
Elliot Levey
Maimuna Memon
Luke Thallon

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