31 May 2022 - 31 May 2022

Almeida For Free

The House of Shades For Free

By Beth Steel

Directed By Blanche McIntyre



production information

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

The Webster House.
1965. 1979. 1985. 1996. 2019.
Death silences no one, least of all the dead.

Blanche McIntyre (Hymn) directs the world premiere of Beth Steel’s revelatory new play which spans five decades of the lives, and deaths, of the Webster family.

Inside their home, set against the ever-changing industrial landscape of working-class Britain, some chase dreams of a brighter future and others are haunted by the nightmares of the past.

BAFTA and Olivier Award-nominated actor Anne-Marie Duff (His Dark Materials, Sex Education) returns to the Almeida to lead the cast as the Webster family matriarch. 

Beth Steel won Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Both The House of Shades and Wonderland were shortlisted for The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Dates & Tickets

Tue 31 May 7pm

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 or email boxoffice@almeida.co.uk.

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Playwriting Masterclass with Beth Steel
Tue 31 May 10.30am and 1.30pm
Join writer of The House of Shades Beth Steel for a masterclass focused on her approach to playwriting. More info>

Directing Masterclass with Emily Ling Williams
Tue 31 May 2pm
Explore approaches to directing and the text of The House of Shades with Assistant Director of the production Emily Ling Williams. More info>

Theatre includes: To Kill A Mockingbird (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

Television includes: War of the Worlds; Shakespeare and Hathaway; Almost Never; In The Long Run; Hetty Feather (BAFTA Nominated); Wolf Hall; Penny Dreadful; The Escape Artist.

Film includes: Black Sea; Deadly Intent; Judy; Picture Perfect.

Additional information

Running time is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes, including an interval. Find out more about our running times here.

This production contains the graphic depiction of an abortion that involves blood, depiction of a heart attack, references to domestic violence, the smoking of herbal cigarettes, latex balloons, strobe and flashing lights. Recommended for ages 14+

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

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The House of Shades is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. 

Cast & Creatives

Writer Beth Steel
Director Blanche McIntyre
Set Designer Anna Fleischle
Costume Designer Liam Bunster
Lighting Designer Richard Howell
Sound Designer Gregory Clarke
Video Designer Isaac Madge
Movement and Intimacy Director Polly Bennett
Casting Director 
Annelie Powell
Associate Set Designer Liam Bunster
Dialect Coach Esi Acquaah-Harrison
Fight Director Kevin McCurdy
Costume Supervisor Natasha Prynne
Associate Fight Director Sam Behan
Assistant Director Emily Ling Williams

Gus Barry
Anne-Marie Duff
Beatie Edney
Kelly Gough
Michael Grady-Hall
Emily Lloyd-Saini
Carol Macready
Stuart McQuarrie
Mark Meadows
Daniel Millar
Issie Riley
Emma Shipp

Artwork photography by Jonė Reed. Concept by Émilie Chen.

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