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The Years

Directed by Eline Arbo, Adapted as De jaren by Eline Arbo, in an English version by Stephanie Bain, Based on Les Années by Annie Ernaux

Event details

Sat 27 Jul - Sat 31 Aug 2024

Memory never stops. It pairs the dead with the living, real with imaginary beings, dreams with history.

She strikes a pose and the camera shutter clicks:

A child playing in the debris of the Second World War. Click. A student discovering parties and men’s bodies. Click. An activist fighting for the right to choose. Click. A wife picking out a velvet sofa. Click. A mother taking her eldest to judo. Click. A lover, seducing a younger man. Click. A grandmother presenting her granddaughter to the camera. Click

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam’s new Artistic Director Eline Arbo directs her inventive stage adaptation of Nobel Prize winner Annie Ernaux’s critically acclaimed “masterpiece” (The Guardian) The Years. Five different actors bring one woman’s personal and political story to life, set against the backdrop of a rapidly changing post-war Europe.


The original production and adaptation of The Years was first produced as De Jaren by Het Nationale Theater in The Hague, Netherlands, in 2022. 

Evenings 7.30pm
Matinees 2.30pm

Access Performances
Book our access performances by calling Box Office on 020 7359 4404 or email
Audio Described 
Sat 24 Aug 2.30pm (Touch Tour 12.30pm)
Tue 20 Aug 7.30pm
Relaxed Environment 
Wed 21 Aug 2.30pm & 7.30pm

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Introducing the play

Find out more about this UK premiere from Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold as he introduces Eline Arbo‘s inventive stage adaptation of Les Années.

Cast & Creatives

  • Cast

    Headshot of Deborah Findlay.
    Deborah Findlay
    Headshot of Romola Garai.
    Romola Garai
    Headshot of Gina McKee.
    Gina McKee
    Headshot of Anjli Mohindra.
    Anjli Mohindra
    Headshot of Harmony Rose-Bremner.
    Harmony Rose-Bremner
  • Creatives

    Eline Arbo

    Director and Adapter

    Stephanie Bain

    English Adapter

    Annie Ernaux

    Original Book Writer

    Thijs van Vuure

    Music Supervisor and Sound Designer

    Juul Dekker

    Set Designer

    Rebekka Wörmann

    Costume Designer

    Varja Klosse

    Lighting Designer

    Heidi Bryan

    Costume Supervisor

    Sophia Khan

    Wigs, Hair and Make Up Supervisor

    Yasmin Hafesji

    Assistant Director


The Years is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.


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 Deaf and disabled bookings. More info


Deaf and disabled patrons and a companion can buy discounted tickets by calling the Box Office on 020 7359 4404 or email

25s & Under

£5 tickets will be available to those aged 25 and under for performances from Sat 27 – Wed 31 Jul, Fri 2 Aug & Sat 3 Aug 2.30pm performance. Enter code 25UNDER when selecting your seats. Tickets go on sale at 5pm on Thu 4 Jul. More info

30s & Under, Over 65s & Unemployed

If you are aged 30 or under, over 65 or are unemployed you can book tickets at a discounted rate. Not applicable on Fri or Sat evenings.

Islington First

If you live or work in the Islington area you can book best available seats for £25 for performances from Sat 17 – Wed 31 Jul & Fri 2 Aug, subject to availability. Enter promo code ISFIRST when selecting your seats. Find applicable postcodes here.

Talks & Events

After Mon 5 Aug performance
A post-show talk with members of the company. Free to same-day ticket holders.

Almeida For Free
Thu 22 Aug 7.30pm
A free performance for those aged 25 and under. Sign up to our emails for Tickets & Events for 16-25s to be notified when tickets are available.

Four people are sat on chairs on the Almeida stage.

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