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07 May 2022 - 18 Jun 2022

World Premiere

The House of Shades

By Beth Steel

Directed By Blanche McIntyre

Running Time: APPROX. 2 HOURS & 45 MINS, INCL. AN INTERVAL

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production information

4 Stars Red 2022 200x50
The Telegraph, Independent, The i, WhatsOnStage, The Stage

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 "epic, bold and compassionate" (Financial Times) 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) is "on spectacular form as the family matriarch" (Independent) and gives a "tour de force" (The Guardian) performance.

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.

“A riveting watch from an incredibly exciting playwright – an explosive family portrait of secrets, grief, despair and division”
The Stage

Dates & Tickets

Sat 7 May – Sat 18 Jun
Evenings
7pm
Matinees
1.30pm

Sat 7 – Tue 17 May £10 - £35
Wed 18 May – Sat 18 Jun
£10 - £48.50
(Prices vary per performance)

Captioned performance Tue 7 Jun 7pm
Book by calling Box Office on 020 7359 4404 or email boxoffice@almeida.co.uk. £5 Captioned tickets available to those aged 25 and under.

Audio Described performance Sat 11 Jun 1.30pm (Touch Tour 11.45am)
Book by calling Box Office on 020 7359 4404 or email boxoffice@almeida.co.uk. £5 Audio Described tickets available to those aged 25 and under.

Relaxed Environment performance Wed 15 Jun 1.30pm
This performance is for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed audience environment when seeing a production. More info>

Talkback After Thu 9 Jun performance
A post-show talk with members of the company. Free to same-day ticket holders.

Almeida For Free Tue 31 May 7pm
A free performance for those aged 25 and under. More info>

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

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

25 & Under
£5 tickets will be available to those aged 25 and under for performances from Sat 7 – Fri 13 May. Enter code 25UNDER when selecting your seats. Book here

Under 30s
If you are aged 30 or under, you can book £35 tickets for £15, or a £20 for £10.

Students, Over 65s & Unemployed
Book a £35 ticket for £25 on all performances. This concession is also for the £43.50 tickets on matinee performances.

Islington First
If you live or work in the Islington area you can book best available seats for £25, subject to availability. Enter promo code ISFIRST when selecting your seats. Find applicable postcodes here.

NHS and Blue Light Card holders
Use code BLUELIGHT when selecting your seats to book £35 tickets for £25 on Mon-Thu evenings. This concession is also for the £43.50 tickets on matinee performances. Limited to 2 tickets per person.

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.

CONTENT WARNING
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

Cast 
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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