19 May 2021 - 19 May 2021

Six Artists in Search of a Play


By S. Ansky, in a translation by Golda Werman

Directed By Audrey Sheffield

Running Time: Approx. 2 hours 15 mins, incl. a 15 minute pause

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production information

This semi-staged reading will take place at the Almeida, as part of Six Artists in Search of a Play.

On the day of her wedding, Leah is possessed by a dybbuk - the spirit of her former lover who died after learning of her engagement to another man.

Set in the vanished, mystically religious world of 19th-century Eastern European Hasidism, S. Ansky’s The Dybbuk is a complex and meticulously crafted tragedy in which two lovers, betrothed before birth and denied earthly communion, are ultimately bound together for all eternity.

Audrey Sheffield on why she chose this play: “There’s a view that through Yiddish theatre Jewish culture entered into dialogue with the outside world - both by putting itself on display and by importing theatrical pieces from other cultures. And The  Dybbuk was a revolutionary drama in its time and became a canonical work of both Hebrew and Yiddish Theatre. It stands out for its rich universality and as one of the most original and powerful plays in the genre. I've always been fascinated by its evocation and exploration of the spiritual and mystical world of shtetl Hasidism coexisting with - and ultimately transcending - the world of the physical and the material. It's also a beautiful and poignant love story.”

Don’t miss the accompanying event Mosaic Voices & Jewish Women in Theatre Panel.

Dates & Tickets

Wednesday 19 May 7pm
£10 (£5 concessions)

To ensure the Almeida is accessible to as many people as possible we’re offering £5 tickets to anyone who is:
- Aged 30 or under
- A student
- D/deaf or disabled plus their companion
- Aged 65 or over
- Claiming Jobseekers Allowance
- Living or working in Islington (use code ISFIRST to unlock)
A theatre or creative industries worker (use code INDUSTRY to unlock)

Simply select your ticket type when booking, and bring proof of eligibility for your performance.

Digital Recording
This performance will also be filmed. By attending this performance in-person you are agreeing to potentially being recorded and included in the digital recording of this production.

A live recording of The Dybbuk reading will be released on the Almeida YouTube channel from Wed 9 June. Audio description and closed captions will both be available on the recording.

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 this performance.

Running time approx. 2 hours, with a 15 minute pause. We are unable to offer bar service during the pause and we kindly ask audiences to remain mindful of social distancing if queuing for the toilets. Find out more about our running times here.

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

Cast & Creatives

Direction Audrey Sheffield
By S. Ansky
Translation Golda Werman
Composer and Musical Director Osnat Schmool
Lighting Designer Fraser Craig

Ilan Goodman
Joshua Higgott
David Horovitch
Sara Kestelman
Lilit Lesser
Elliot Levey
Andy Nyman
Jos Slovick
Esther Smith
Eleanor Wyld

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