03 Dec 2020 - 09 Jan 2021

World Premiere

Nine Lessons and Carols

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

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production information

Due to London moving into Tier 3 sadly we have taken the difficult decision to cancel all future performances of Nine Lessons and Carols. We'll be in touch with all affected bookers as soon as we can. Thanks for your continued support.

The production was recorded live on Tue 15 Dec and is available to watch here.

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★★★★
"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

Previews Thu 3 Dec – Tue 8 Dec
Press Performances Wed 9 Dec

Evenings 7.30pm
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

Live streamed performance
Tue 15 Dec 7.30pm
Broadcast live from the Almeida Theatre for one night only, experience the production from the comfort of your own home. More info

Tickets are also available to watch this performance in-person. By attending this performance in-person you are agreeing to potentially being recorded, and you willl need to be in your seats at the theatre for 7pm.

Talkback
Mon 4 Jan after 7:30pm performance
Post-show talk with members of the company. Free to same performance ticket holders.

Captioned performance
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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
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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.

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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 top-price tickets for £25 for all performances by calling the Box Office on 020 7359 4404.

Islington First
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, 15 Dec, 21 Dec, 22 Dec, 28 Dec and 29 Dec. Enter the promo code 25UNDER when selecting your seats. More info here.

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
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
Students can book top-price tickets for £25 on Mon-Thu performances and Sat matinees.

Unemployed
If you are claiming Jobseekers Allowance, you can book top-price tickets for £25 on Mon-Thu performances and Sat matinees.

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"

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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.

Please note there will be strictly no latecomers for any performances.

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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