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Winter 2023

A world premiere, a cinema release and our new Genesis writers


This November sees the world premiere of Cold War based on Paweł Pawlikowski’s Academy Award-nominated film of the same name, with a creative team including Grammy Award-winner Elvis Costello and Conor McPherson (Girl from the North Country).

Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold (Tammy Faye) directs Anya Chalotra (The Witcher), Elliot Levey (Cabaret) and Luke Thallon (Patriots) in this compelling story of passion, redemption, and the journey to be free.

Cold War will go on sale alongside the previously announced King Lear featuring Danny Sapani (Killing Eve) and directed by Yaël Farber (The Tragedy of Macbeth).

Almeida Theatre Auditorium - Marc Brenner

On Sale Dates

Cold War and King Lear will go on sale to:
Patrons, Gold, Silver & Bronze Friends Tue 26 Sep 12pm
Almeida Friends Thu 28 Sep 12pm
General Public Tue 3 Oct 12pm

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Also announced today, following its critically acclaimed run in 2021, our production of the Olivier and Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening is being screened in selected cinemas across the UK this November.

Additionally, six exciting new writers join our Genesis Almeida New Playwrights, Big Plays Programme for 2023-25. They are Georgia Bruce, Shahid Iqbal Khan, Martha Loader, Nikhil Parmar, Eoghan Quinn and Kirsty Rider. Find out more about the writers and the programme, supported by the Genesis Foundation here.

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A note from Artistic Director Rupert Goold:

“When I first saw Paweł Pawlikowski’s film Cold War, I was swept away by its beauty, passion and style. Its theatricality struck me as ripe for a stage adaption. So, I’m incredibly excited to be presenting Conor McPherson’s adaptation, with music by Elvis Costello.

Cold War follows a run of musicals at the Almeida over the last couple of years, including Spring Awakening which played through the peak of the Omicron Covid wave. It’s fantastic that more people will get to see it now, with our film of the production showing in cinemas this November.

Finally, we announce our 2023-25 group of Genesis Almeida Writers, six artists with big, imaginative, ambitious ideas. In addition to the mentoring from our literary team, they will receive expert advice from some of the most inspiring theatre-makers in the country. We continue to be extremely grateful to the Genesis Foundation for their support of this scheme, giving us the opportunity to work with so many brilliant emerging and mid-career writers.”

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