17 Feb 2022 - 17 Feb 2022

ALMEIDA FOR FREE

The Chairs For Free

By Eugène Ionesco
Translated & Directed By Omar Elerian


Running Time: Approx. 1 hour & 45 mins, with no interval.

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production information

This free performance is exclusively for those aged 25 and under as part of Almeida For Free.

"I have a message. A struggle, a mission. Something deep in my guts, a message to share with humanity."

The water is rising. The world outside is crumbling. Alone in a room, an old man and an old woman set out chairs ready for the arrival of a very special audience.

They’ve invited everyone. The dancers, the chancers, the editors, the creditors, the picketers, the hecklers, the Leavers, the Remainers, the Remoaners. Even the bankers. All the movers and shakers are gathering to hear the old man’s final message to humanity. But will the message ever be delivered?

Translated and directed by Omar Elerian (Misty), this exhilarating new version of Eugène Ionesco’s tragic farce reflects on a life lived together: on what has been, what might have been, and what it all really means.

The cast features, Olivier Award-winner Kathryn Hunter, "one of the greatest stage actors alive" (Vanity Fair), Marcello Magni, co-founder of pioneering theatre company Complicité, and Olivier Award-winning choreographer and performer Toby Sedgwick.

Dates & Tickets

Thu 17 Feb 7.30pm

Tickets are free and exclusive to those aged 25 and under, limited to 2 per person. All attendees must be present at the time of ticket collection and proof of age must be brought to the performance for each ticketholder.

Captioned & Audio Described
This performance will be Captioned and Audio Described. To book and for further information please contact the Box Office on 020 7359 4404.

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ALMEIDA FOR FREE EVENTS

Movement Masterclass with Nicola Chambers
Thu 17 Feb 11am
Nicola Chambers leads a movement masterclass which will explore how to develop ideas, embody emotion and tell stories through physical theatre. 
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Clowning Masterclass with Rachel Lincoln
Thu 17 Feb 2pm
Inspired by the teachings of Jacques Lecoq, Rachel Lincoln leads a masterclass that introduces the physical character and playful approach that emerges from Clowning. More info>

Kathryn Hunter is an Olivier Award-winning Actress and Director.

Theatre includes:

For the Almeida: Mr Puntila and his Man Matti (The Right Size, also West End).

As an Actor: The Visit; Foe; Out of the House Walked a Man; Anything for a Quiet Life; Help! I’m Alive; The Winter’s Tale (Complicité); Happy Days; WHY; Fragments; The Valley of Astonishment (Bouffes du Nord); Timon of Athens (RSC/ TFANA); A Tender Thing; Antony & Cleopatra (RSC); Lear; Prometheus Unbound (Epidaurus); The House of Bernarda Alba (Royal Exchange Theatre); The Emperor; Kafka’s Monkey (Young Vic/ TFANA); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TFANA); The Diver; The Bee (Noda Map/ Young Vic); Yerma (Arcola); Richard III; The Taming of the Shrew (The Globe); The Rose Tattoo; The Devils (Theatr Clwyd); Live Like Pigs; The Recruiting Officer; Our Country’s Good (Royal Court); The Hypochondriac (Lyric Hammersmith); Spoonface Steinberg (West End); Mother Courage (Shared Experience); The Skriker; The Visit (Complicité/ National Theatre).

As Director: Napoleon Disrobed (Arcola Theatre); Othello (RSC); The Birds (National Theatre); Wiseguy Scapino (Theatr Clywd); The Glory of Living (Royal Court); The Comedy of Errors; Pericles (The Globe); My Perfect Mind (Young Vic).

Film includes: The Tragedy of Macbeth; Poor Things; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Tale of Tales; Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; The Baby of Macon; Maria’s Child; Orlando; All or Nothing.

Television includes: Landscapers; Pilgrim; Les Misérables; Black Earth Rising; Flowers; Rome; Silent Witness; Grushko.

The Chairs Rehearsal Photos (By Helen Murray)

The Chairs Rehearsal Photos (By Helen Murray)

The Chairs Rehearsal Photos (By Helen Murray)

The Chairs Rehearsal Photos (By Helen Murray)

The Chairs Rehearsal Photos (By Helen Murray)

The Chairs Rehearsal Photos (By Helen Murray)

The Chairs Rehearsal Photos (By Helen Murray)

The Chairs Rehearsal Photos (By Helen Murray)

The Chairs Rehearsal Photos (By Helen Murray)

The Chairs Rehearsal Photos (By Helen Murray)

The Chairs Rehearsal Photos (By Helen Murray)

The Chairs Rehearsal Photos (By Helen Murray)

The Chairs Rehearsal Photos (By Helen Murray)

The Chairs Rehearsal Photos (By Helen Murray)

The Chairs Rehearsal Photos (By Helen Murray)

The Chairs Rehearsal Photos (By Helen Murray)

The Chairs Rehearsal Photos (By Helen Murray)

The Chairs Rehearsal Photos (By Helen Murray)

The Chairs Rehearsal Photos (By Helen Murray)

The Chairs Rehearsal Photos (By Helen Murray)

The Chairs Rehearsal Photos (By Helen Murray)

Additional information

Running time is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, with no interval. Find out more about our running times here.

CONTENT WARNINGS
Please note this production includes the depiction of a suicide as well as the use of haze and smoke. Read more about our production guidance and warnings, or contact Box Office if you have specific concerns.

Cast & Creatives

Writer Eugène Ionesco
Translator 
Omar Elerian
Director 
Omar Elerian
Co-Designer Cécile Trémolières
Co-Designer Naomi Kuyck-Cohen
Lighting Designer Jackie Shemesh
Co-Sound Designer Elena Peña
Co-Sound Designer Pete Malkin
Wigs, Hair and Makeup Co-Designer Suzanne Scotcher
Voice Coach Michaela Kennen
Assistant Director Nastazja Domaradzka
Magic Consultant Patrick Ashe

Cast
Kathryn Hunter
Marcello Magni
Toby Sedgwick

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