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14 Apr 2018 - 26 May 2018

World Premiere

The Writer

By Ella Hickson

Directed By Blanche McIntyre

Tickets £10 - £39.50

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“I want awe. I feel like I need blood. All the time. And anything less than that makes me feel desperate. It makes me feel like I want to die.”

A young writer challenges the status quo but discovers that creative gain comes at a personal cost. 

She wants to change the shape of the world. But a new way of thinking needs a new story. 

Ella Hickson returns to the Almeida following the success of Oil in 2016 with this searing exploration of power and patriarchy directed by Blanche McIntyre.


Photo: Romola Garai photographed by Clara Giaminardi.

Dates & Tickets

Previews Sat 14 Apr - Fri 20 Apr 
Press Night Tue 24 Apr 7pm

Evenings 7.30pm
Wed matinees 2.30pm from 2 May
Sat matinees 2.30pm from 28 Apr

14 Apr - 20 Apr
£32, £28, £20, £10
21 Apr - 26 May

£39.50, £32, £20, £10

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

Thu 3 May 
Post-show discussion with members of The Writer company. Free to same-day ticket holders. 

Almeida Questions
Almeida Questions is an eclectic programme of pre-show discussions which consider some of the questions raised by the work on our stage. An invited panel of speakers will discuss the key issues and ideas raised by The Writer

Mon 30 Apr 6pm
Masculinity: Toxic or misunderstood?
This panel puts masculinity under the spotlight to debate whether male characteristics and behaviours are inherently toxic – or just misunderstood. 

Tue 8 May 6pm
Director and dramatist behind The Writer, Blanche McIntyre and Ella Hickson, in conversation live on the Almeida stage.

Captioned Performance
Fri 11 May 7.30pm

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£5 Captioned tickets available to those aged 25 and under on sale from Mon 26 Mar.

Audio Described performance
by VocalEyes
Sat 19 May 2.30pm
(Touch Tour 12.45pm)


£5 Audio Described tickets available to those aged 25 and under on sale from Mon 26 Mar. 

Islington First
Sat 14 Apr - Wed 25 Apr
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 when booking. For applicable postcodes see here.

Customers claiming Jobseekers Allowance and students can book second-price band tickets for £25 on Monday - Thursday evenings and Wednesday and Saturday matinees. 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. For more information click here.

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

25 and under
£5 tickets on sale at 1pm on Mon 26 Mar for performances Mon 16 Apr, Tue 17 Apr, Mon 23 Apr, Mon 30 Apr, Tue 1 May, Mon 7 May, Tue 8 May. Book using the promo code UNDER25. 

*Subject to availability. Not available in the final week of performances.

Tuesdays at 1pm, get last minute tickets for performances the following week.

Theatre includes: Queen Anne; King Lear; The Seagull (RSC); Measure for Measure (Young Vic); Indian Ink (Roundabout); The Village Bike (Royal Court); Three Sisters (Lyric Hammersmith); Calico (Sonia Friedman Productions).

Television includes: The Miniaturist; Born to Kill; Churchill’s Secret; Legacy; The Hour; Crimson Petal and the White; Emma; Mary Bryant; Daniel Deronda; Perfect; Attachments; The Last of the Blonde Bombshells.

Film includes: The Unicorn; Suffragette; Dominion; Last Days on Mars; Having You; Junkhearts; One Day; Words of the Blitz; Glorious 39; The Other Man; Atonement; Angel; Amazing Grace; Renaissance; Scoop; As You Like It; Inside I’m Dancing; Vanity Fair; Havana Nights; Nicholas Nickleby; I Capture The Castle.

Short films include: Whitelands; Babysitting; Running for River.

Romola was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a mini-series for The Hour and for Emma, and nominated for a BAFTA for Best Leading Actress and Satellite Award for Best Performance by an actress in a mini-series for Crimson Petal and the White. She has also been nominated for the BIFA Awards for Best Supporting Actress for Inside I’m Dancing, and for Most Promising Newcomer for I Capture the Castle.

Additional information

The running time is approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes with no interval. This is subject to change during the preview period. 

Cast & Creatives

Romola Garai
Michael Gould
Lara Rossi
Samuel West

Writer Ella Hickson
Blanche McIntyre
Design Anna Fleischle
Light Richard Howell
Sound Emma Laxton
Movement Sasha Milavic Davies 
Video Designer Zakk Hein
 Julia Horan CDG
Costume Supervision Natasha Prynne
Design Associate Ruth Hall
Design Assistant Emily Bestow
Design Intern Gioia Danz
Resident Director Piers Black


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