By Maxim Gorky | adapted by Mike Bartlett
Directed By Tinuke Craig
"Disgracefully funny. A vivid, vital production"
"Tinuke Craig’s sharp, stylish production is acted with savage panache"
There are no miracles in this world. Only those we make for ourselves.
It’s 8am and a revolt is underway.
The father is dying. The son is spying. The wife is cheating. The uncle is stealing. The mother is scheming. The dynasty is crumbling.
One house. One fortune. One victor.
Tinuke Craig (The Color Purple, Random/Generations) makes her Almeida debut with a new production of Maxim Gorky’s savagely funny play, adapted by multi award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett (Albion, King Charles III, Doctor Foster). Cast includes Siobhán Redmond (Top Girls, Imperium I & II) who “gives a highly impressive performance as Gorky’s domineering matriarch" (The Guardian).
Vassa is part of New Cultural Perspectives, generously supported by The Kamini and Vindi Banga Family Trust.
Photos by Marc Brenner.
Previews Wed 9 Oct – Tue 15 Oct
Wed matinees 2.30pm from 23 Oct
Sat matinees 2.30pm from 19 Oct
9 Oct – 15 Oct
£34, £29, £20, £10
16 Oct – 23 Nov
£42.50, £34, £20, £10
Almeida Rush allows audiences to book last minute tickets to popular Almeida shows. Tickets released Tuesday at 1pm here.
Mon 4 Nov
Post-show talk with members of the Vassa company. Free to same-day ticket holders.
Under One Roof
Mon 28 Oct
Adults boomeranging back to live with Mum and Dad. Garages converted into granny flats. As property prices soar, are there benefits to multigenerational living? Inspired by Vassa, this Almeida Questions panel discusses shacking up with your extended family.
Thu 14 Nov 7.30pm
£5 Captioned tickets available to those aged 25 and under.
Book by calling Box Office on 020 7359 4404.
Audio Described performance
Sat 9 Nov 2.30pm
(Touch Tour 12.45pm)
£5 Audio Described tickets available to those aged 25 and under.
Book by calling Box Office on 020 7359 4404.
Wed 9 Oct – Sat 23 Nov
If you live or work in the Islington area you can book best available seats for £25, 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 all performances. Concessions tickets are also applicable for first-price band tickets on Wednesday and Saturday matinees*.
Concessions tickets are subject to availability. For more information click here.
Customers who are 65 and over can book second-price-band tickets* for £25 on all performances. Over 65s tickets are also applicable for first-price band tickets on Wednesday and Saturday matinees. For more information click here.
Customers aged 30 or under can book second-price-band tickets for £15 on all performances.
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.
25 and under
£5 tickets will be available to those age 25 and under for performances on Mon 14 Oct, Tue 15 Oct, Mon 21 Oct, Tue 22 Oct, Mon 28 Oct, Tue 29 Oct, Wed 30 Oct (2.30pm), Thu 31 Oct, Tue 5 Nov, Thu 7 Nov & Wed 13 Nov (2.30pm). Enter the promo code 25UNDER to access.
The Almeida is grateful to Cockayne - Grants for the Arts and the London Community Foundation for their support of this production.
Theatre includes: Don Carlos (Rose Theatre Kingston); Romeo and Juliet; Richard III (Shakespeare's Rose Theatre); A Lie of the Mind (Southwark Playhouse); While The Sun Shines (Theatre Royal Bath); I Have Been Here Before; The Last of the De Mullins (Jermyn Street Theatre).
Television includes: The Musketeers; Agatha Christie's Poirot: Elephants Can Remember; Game of Thrones; Merlin.
Film includes: Starbright; Hammer of the Gods.
★★★★ Siobhan Redmond shines in this disgracefully funny adaptation
★★★★ Tinuke Craig’s sharp, stylish production is acted with savage panache
Siobhan Redmond gives a highly impressive performance as Gorky’s domineering matriarch
Bartlett's adaptation is very, very funny
The running time is approximately 2 hours including a 20-minute interval.
This production features the smoking of real cigarettes. Read more about our production guidance and warnings or contact Box Office if you have specific concerns.
Vassa includes the depiction of a suicide.
If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this production, you can get free support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from the Samaritans. Visit samaritans.org or call 116 123 for free.
Adaptation Mike Bartlett
Direction Tinuke Craig
Design Fly Davis
Light Joshua Pharo
Sound Emma Laxton
Movement Jenny Ogilvie
Casting Annelie Powell CDG
Resident Director Tamar Saphra