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Roots

By Arnold Wesker, Directed by Diyan Zora

Event details

Tue 10 Sep - Sat 23 Nov 2024

What’ve you done since you come in? Hev you said anythin’? I mean really said or done anything to show you’re alive?

  

Beatie Bryant returns to her rural home in Norfolk, inflamed with political zeal from her time spent living in London. As the family anxiously prepares for the arrival of her firebrand activist boyfriend Ronnie, Beatie struggles to fit back into her old way of life.  

  

As Beatie’s radical new ideals fail to land with her traditional family, the differences between young and old are laid bare.  

 

Diyan Zora (Tom Fool; English) directs a new production of Arnold Wesker’s lyrical, impassioned play about a young woman’s journey to self-discovery which, together with John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger, changed British theatre forever. The mirror they held up to 1950s society is now angled towards 2024, with the two plays running alongside each other in repertory for 13 weeks, as part of the Almeida’s Angry and Young season.

Evenings 7.30pm
Matinees 2pm

Access Performances
Book our access performances by calling Box Office on 020 7359 4404 or email boxoffice@almeida.co.uk.
Audio Described 
Sat 23 Nov 2pm (Touch Tour 12pm)
Captioned 
Fri 15 Nov 7.30pm
Relaxed Environment 
Wed 30 Oct 2pm & Wed 6 Nov 7.30pm

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Introducing the play

Find out more about this lyrical, impassioned play from Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold, as he introduces our Angry and Young repertory season.

Cast & Creatives

  • Cast

    Headshot of Morfydd Clark.
    Morfydd Clark
    Headshot of Iwan Davies.
    Iwan Davies
    Headshot of Billy Howle.
    Billy Howle
    Headshot of Ellora Torchia.
    Ellora Torchia
  • Creatives

    Arnold Wesker

    Writer

    Diyan Zora

    Director

    Naomi Dawson

    Set Designer

    Tomás Palmer

    Costume Designer

    George Dennis

    Sound Designer

    Chris Evans

    Movement Director

    Yarit Dor

    Fight & Intimacy Director

    Sabia Smith

    Costume Supervisor

    Edda Sharpe

    Dialect Coach

    Tian Brown-Sampson

    Assistant Director

Concessions

All concession tickets are limited and subject to availability. Proof of eligibility is required. More info

Access

Deaf and disabled patrons and a companion can buy discounted tickets by calling the Box Office on 020 7359 4404 or email boxoffice@almeida.co.uk.

25s & Under

£5 tickets will be available to those aged 25 and under for performances from Tue 10 – Sat 28 Sep. Enter code 25UNDER when selecting your seats. Tickets go on sale at 5pm on Tue 20 Aug. More info

30s & Under, Over 65s & Unemployed

If you are aged 30 or under, over 65 or are unemployed you can book tickets at a discounted rate. Not applicable on Fri or Sat evenings.

Islington First

If you live or work in the Islington area you can book best available seats for £25 for performances from Tue 10 – Mon 30 Sep, subject to availability. Enter promo code ISFIRST when selecting your seats. Find applicable postcodes here.

Talks & Events

Talkback
After Thu 7 Nov performance
A post-show talk with members of the company. Free to same-day ticket holders.

Almeida For Free
Thu 14 Nov 7.30pm
A free performance for those aged 25 and under. Sign up to our emails for Tickets & Events for 16-25s to be notified when tickets are available.

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