stories for a long winter
"In the dark times
Will there also be singing?
Yes, there will also be singing.
About the dark times.”
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).
Previews Thu 3 Dec – Tue 8 Dec
Press Performances Wed 9 Dec
Some performances are currently held off-sale for potential filming, please check back for future releases.
Wed matinees 2.30pm from 16 Dec
Sat matinees 2.30pm from 12 Dec
Christmas and New Year
24 – 26 Dec No performances
31 Dec 2.30pm only
1 Jan 7.30pm
3 Dec – 8 Dec
£30, £20, £10
10 Dec – 9 Jan
£35, £25, £10
Mon 4 Jan after 7:30pm performance
Post-show talk with members of the company. Free to same performance ticket holders.
Mon 4 Jan 7.30pm
£5 Captioned tickets are available to those aged 25 and under.
Book by calling Box Office on 020 7359 4404.
Audio Described performance
Sat 2 Jan 2.30pm
(Touch Tour TBC)
£5 Audio Described tickets are available to those aged 25 and under.
Book by calling Box Office on 020 7359 4404.
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.
D/deaf and disabled patrons and a companion can buy top-price tickets for £25 for all performances by calling the Box Office on 020 7359 4404.
3 Dec – 12 Dec (except 9 Dec)
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 selecting your seats. For applicable postcodes see here.
25 & Under
£5 tickets are available to those aged 25 and under for performances on 7 Dec, 8 Dec, 14 Dec, 22 Dec, 28 Dec and 29 Dec. Enter the promo code 25UNDER when selecting your seats. More info here.
If you are aged 30 or under can book second-price-band tickets for £15 on Mon-Thu performances and Sat matinees.
Customers who are 65 and over can book top-price tickets for £25 on Mon-Thu performances and Sat matinees.
NHS and Blue Light Card holders
Book £10 tickets on Mon-Thu performances and Sat matinees using promocode BLUELIGHT when selecting your seats. Limited to 2 tickets per person.
Students can book top-price tickets for £25 on Mon-Thu performances and Sat matinees.
If you are claiming Jobseekers Allowance, you can book top-price tickets for £25 on Mon-Thu performances and Sat matinees.
Plays include: Standing At The Sky’s Edge; The Last Noël; The Assassination Of Katie Hopkins; Pericles and Steel. Her other plays include The Changing Room; Scenes From The End Of The World; A Declaration From The People; A Dream; The Sheffield Mysteries; Dickensian; Goodwill To All Men; We’re All In This Together and 20 Tiny Plays About Sheffield; Larksong; Cards On The Table; Tony! The Blair Musical; Sleight & Hand; Poking The Bear; The Bureau Of Lost Things; Odd; and Wolf.
She has won awards at the UK Theatre Awards two years in a row, the National Young Playwrights’ Festival, Perfect Pitch, Sunday Times Edinburgh Competition, and a Brit Writers’ Award.
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.
Please note there will be strictly no latecomers for any performances.
The running time is approximately 90 minutes, without an interval. The running time will be confirmed when the production opens.
Read more about our production guidance and warnings, or contact Box Office if you have specific concerns.
Direction Rebecca Frecknall
Writer Chris Bush
Set and Costume Design Tom Scutt
Light Jack Knowles
Sound Carolyn Downing
Music and Lyrics Maimuna Memon
Musical Supervisor Tim Sutton
Assistant Director Helena Morais
Costume Supervision Claire Wardroper