18 May 2020 - 27 Jun 2020


The House of Shades



Running Time: TBC

production information

Following government advice, and alongside other UK theatres, we have taken the very difficult decision to temporarily close the Almeida Theatre.  The length of closure is currently unknown and we will constantly review this in line with the latest government advice. 

We anticipate that it may be necessary to postpone The House Of Shades and therefore we have taken all performances off sale for the time being. In the event we need to cancel or move more performances we will communicate that with all ticket holders affected in good time.

We are receiving a high volume of phone calls and emails and we’d appreciate your patience as we contact all ticket holders by date of performance as quickly as we can in these difficult circumstances.

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Nothing cuts into us like the family knife.

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

Blanche McIntyre (The Writer) directs the world premiere of Beth Steel’s (Wonderland) 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.

Olivier and BAFTA award-nominated actor Anne-Marie Duff (Sweet Charity, Sex Education) returns to the Almeida to play the Webster family matriarch.

Beth Steel won Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, and her play Wonderland was shortlisted for The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Dates & Tickets

Previews Mon 18 May – Mon 25 May
Press Night
7pm Tue 26 May

Evenings 7.30pm
Wed matinees 2.30pm from 3 Jun
Sat matinees 2.30pm from 30 May

18 May – 25 May
£34, £29, £20, £10

27 May – 27 Jun
£42.50, £34, £20, £10

Almeida Rush
Almeida Rush allows audiences to book last minute tickets to popular Almeida shows. Tickets released Tuesday at 1pm here.

Thu 18 Jun
Live-subtitled post-show talk with members of The House of Shades company. Free to same-day ticket holders.

Almeida Questions
Mon 15 Jun
An eclectic programme of pre-show discussions, which consider some of the questions raised by the work on our stage.
More info

Captioned performance
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Thu 18 Jun 7.30pm
£5 Captioned tickets available to those aged 25 and under on sale Wed 29 Apr.
Book by calling Box Office on 020 7359 4404.

Audio Described performance
by VocalEyes
Sat 20 Jun 2.30pm
(Touch Tour 12.45pm)
£5 Audio Described tickets available to those aged 25 and under on sale Wed 29 Apr.
Book by calling Box Office on 020 7359 4404.

Islington First
Mon 18 May – Wed 27th May (except 26 May)
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 at the top of the seating plan screen before selecting your seats. For applicable postcodes see here.

Customers claiming Jobseeker's Allowance and students can book second-price band tickets for £25 on Monday - Thursday evenings and Wednesday and Saturday matinees. Concessions tickets are also applicable for first-price band tickets on Wednesday and Saturday matinees*.

Concessions tickets are subject to availability and not available in the final week of performances. For more information click here.

Over 65s
Customers who are 65 and over can book second-price-band tickets* for £25 on Monday - Thursday evenings & Wednesday & Saturday matinees. Over 65s tickets are also applicable for first-price band tickets on Wednesday and Saturday matinees. For more information click here.

Under 30s
Customers aged 30 or under can book second-price-band tickets for £15 on Monday - Thursday evenings and Wednesday & Saturday matinees*.

Deaf and disabled patrons and a companion can buy tickets for £25 for all performances by calling the Box Office on 020 7359 4404.

*Concessions are subject to availability and proof of eligibility is required. Concessions in the final week of performances are only valid for Deaf and disabled bookings

25 and under
£5 tickets will be available to those age 25 and under for performances on Mon 18 May, Tue 19 May, Mon 25 May, Mon 1 Jun, Tue 2 Jun, Mon 8 Jun & Tue 9 Jun. Enter the promo code 25UNDER to access. Tickets go on sale Wed 29 Apr. For more information click here.

For the Almeida: Oil; Vassa.

Theatre includes: Sweet Charity; Berenice; Days of Wine and Roses (Donmar Warehouse); Common; Husbands and Sons; Strange Interlude; Saint Joan; King Lear; War and Peace; La Grande Magia (National Theatre); Macbeth (Lincoln Centre Theatre); Cause Celebre (Old Vic); The Soldier’s Fortune; The Daughter in Law; (Young Vic); Playboy of the Western World (Druid Theatre Company); A Doll’s House (Shared Experience Theatre Comp); Collected Stories (Haymarket Theatre Royal).

Television includes: Sex Education; His Dark Material; Watership Down; From Darkness; Murder; The Accused Mo’s Story; Parade’s End; Margot; The History of Mr Polly; The Virgin Queen; Shameless; Doctor Zhivago; Sinners; Wild West; The Way We Live Now; Aristocrats; Amongst Women.

Film includes: On Chesil Beach; Suffragette; Before I Go to Sleep; Molly Moon; Sanctuary; Closed Circuit; Nowhere Boy; The Last Station; Is Anybody There; French Film; Born Equal; Garage; The Waiting Room; Magdelene Sisters; Enigma.

Additional information

Running time TBC. 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

By Beth Steel
Direction Blanche McIntyre
Design Anna Fleischle
Anna Fleischle and Liam Bunster
Light Richard Howell
Sound Gregory Clarke
Movement Direction Lucy Hind
Casting Annelie Powell
Resident Director Emily Ling-Williams

Anne-Marie Duff

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