Almeida Theatre announces new socially distanced season for Christmas 2020 & early 2021!

Almeida Theatre Artistic Director Rupert Goold has today announced a new socially distanced season of three world premieres for Christmas 2020 and early 2021.

The season includes: Nine Lessons and Carols: stories for a long winter – a new production devised by Chris Bush, Rebecca Frecknall and a company of six actors and musicians; Hymn, a new play by Lolita Chakrabarti, featuring Adrian Lester and Danny Sapani, and directed by Blanche McIntyre; and The Maladies, a new play by Carmen Nasr, performed by the Almeida Young Company, directed by Diyan Zora.

World Premiere


stories for a long winter

Created by Chris Bush, Rebecca Frecknall and the company.

Wednesday 2 December 2020 to Saturday 9 January 2021 

“In the dark times

Will there also be singing?

Yes, there will also be singing.

About the dark times.”

(Bertolt Brecht)

This is not a Corona play.

This is a play about connection and isolation, about lighting a candle to see us through the longest night, about what we hold on to when we cannot hold each other.

Almeida Associate Director Rebecca Frecknall (Summer and SmokeThe Duchess of Malfi), playwright Chris Bush (Standing at the Sky’s EdgePericles) and a company of six performers devise a new production reflecting on a year of separation and the power of contact.

Cast: Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Katie BraybenToheeb JimohElliot LeveyMaimuna Memon, and Luke Thallon.

Carmen Nasr

World Premiere


By Carmen Nasr

Directed by Diyan Zora

Monday 18 January to Friday 22 January 2021

Performed by the Almeida Young Company (18-25)

I’m tired. I’m tired of living in a world that’s not mine.

1508. Strasbourg. A woman dances compulsively, soon hundreds join her.

1962. Tanzania. A schoolgirl’s laughing fit spreads from village to village.

2011. USA. Cheerleaders are overcome by uncontrollable twitching.

2023. London. A group of women suddenly lose the ability to speak.

When a group of women in London mysteriously fall silent, no one can figure out why. The team at an all-female podcast decide to investigate and end up on a journey of discovery, uncovering more than they bargained for.

The Maladies is a new play by Almeida Genesis Writer Carmen Nasr (Dubailand), directed by Diyan Zora (Chronicles of a City We Never Knew/Gather Ye Rosebuds) and has been devised with the Almeida Young Company (18-25).

Lolita Chakrabarti. Photo by The Masons

World Premiere


By Lolita Chakrabarti

Directed by Blanche McIntyre

Friday 29 January – Saturday 27 February 2021 

“Man, sometimes it takes a long time to sound like yourself” Miles Davis

Two men meet at a funeral. Gil knew the deceased. Benny did not. Before long their families are close. Soon they’ll be singing the same tune.

Benny is a loner anchored by his wife and children. Gil longs to fulfil his potential. They form a deep bond but as cracks appear in their fragile lives they start to realise that true courage comes in different forms.

Featuring music from Gil and Benny’s lives, Lolita Chakrabarti’s searching, soulful new play asks what it takes to be a good father, brother or son.

Directed by Blanche McIntyre (The Writer), Hymn features Adrian Lester and Danny Sapani.

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