By Beth Steel
Directed By Blanche McIntyre
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 (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.
Olivier and BAFTA 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.
The House of Shades is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.
The House of Shades was originally due to play at the Almeida in 2020 and was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you had tickets for the original run these will have either been refunded or a credit was added to your account. If you have any questions on this, please contact the Box Office at email@example.com .
Sat 7 May – Sat 18 Jun
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. £5 Captioned tickets available to those aged 25 and under from 5pm on Wed 13 Apr.
Audio Described performance Sat 11 Jun 1.30pm (Touch Tour 11.45am)
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Talkback After Thu 9 Jun performance
A post-show talk with members of the company. Free to same-day ticket holders.
Almeida For Free
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All concession tickets are limited and subject to availability. Proof of eligibility is required. Concessions in the final week of performances are only valid for D/deaf and disabled bookings. More info
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. Tickets go on sale from 5pm on Wed 13 Apr. More info
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Students, Over 65s & Unemployed
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Running time TBC. Find out more about our running times here.
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Writer Beth Steel
Director Blanche McIntyre
Set Designer Anna Fleischle
Costume Designer Liam Bunster
Lighting Designer Richard Howell
Sound Designer Gregory Clarke
Casting Director Annelie Powell
Further casting to be announced